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The 8 Most Beautiful Castles You Can Visit in the United States

Belvedere Castle (New York): Located in Central Park, this Gothic castle was completed in 1872 by co-designer Calvert Vaux. It was designed to be a surprising landmark for park visitors during their walks.

Scotty's Castle (California): Built in 1922 in Death Valley National Park, California, this Spanish-style castle was inspired by con man Walter E. Scott. Although Scott never owned or lived in it, the castle stands as a unique historical structure.

Iolani Palace (Hawaii): The only official royal residence in the U.S., situated in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii. Home to the last two monarchs of Hawaii from 1882 to 1893, it was renovated and reopened in 1978.

Bannerman Castle (New York): Constructed in 1901 by Francis Bannerman VI, a Scottish-born military surplus supply company owner. Destroyed by fire in 1969, the ruins are now located in the Hudson River in Beacon, New York.

Castello di Amorosa (California): A 13th-century Tuscan castle replica in Napa Valley, California, built over 15 years. It is a popular tourist attraction offering tours and wine tastings.

Montezuma Castle (Arizona): Built by the Sinagua people approximately 800 years ago in Camp Verde, Arizona. While not accessible, the castle's cliffside view is worth the visit.

Lyndhurst Mansion (New York): An 1838 mansion in Tarrytown, New York, showcasing Gothic Revival architecture. Originally built for Mayor William Paulding and later owned by railroad tycoon Jay Gould, now a museum and wedding venue.

Hearst Castle (California): Constructed by newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst in San Simeon, California, and designed by Julia Morgan. Initially a private residence, it is now a museum open to the public after completion in 1947.