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!
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.