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Magnificent Must-See Mansions

Take an elegant journey through America’s greatest estates from a bygone era: See gold-leaf ceilings, indoor swimming pools and more at some very posh places sure to leave you a bit ... envious.

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Flagler Museum (Palm Beach, FL)
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Flagler Museum (Palm Beach, FL)

Once hailed by a New York newspaper as "more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world," this 55-room mansion, built by oil tycoon Henry Flagler in 1901, later came close to demolition -- until one of Flagler’s granddaughters saved it in 1959. You’ll need a good 2 hours to tour the property -- must-see stops include the Louis XV-style Grand Ballroom and the atrium garden.

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