6 Amazing Estate Tours in America

We don’t all have billions of dollars to spare on our living quarters. Fortunately, we can still get a taste of the high life — at least, for a few hours — by touring a few of the finest mansions in history. Use this time to revel at the architectural whimsies of some of the wealthiest — and often most eccentric — echelons of the American elite. Gape and gawk all you want at these six incredible houses. They were built to be admired!

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1. Hearst Castle (San Simeon, California)

Also known as La Cuesta Encantada (The Enchanted Hill), Hearst Castle was commissioned by early 20th-century media magnate William Randolph Hearst. The lavish estate consists of multiple houses, swimming pools, and gardens. It is set upon a coastal mountain on 250,000 acres of Hearst’s own ranch property. In its heyday, it hosted the likes of Winston Churchill, Calvin Coolidge, Charlie Chaplin, Lionel Barrymore, and George Bernard Shaw — along with many others.

A tour of the Castle’s Grand Rooms costs $25 for adults. For more information on this incredible estate, visit the Hearst Castle website.