8 Incredible Castles In America You Need To Visit This Summer

Published July 23, 2015
Updated July 22, 2020

Bannerman Castle

Bannerman Island

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About 1,000 feet off the coast of the Hudson River’s eastern shore lies a small, rocky island called Pollepel. It was here that Francis Bannerman decided to build a castle to store some of the wares that had made him wealthy (military surplus items including munitions, relics, and uniforms).

Bannerman designed the castle himself, and had his crew build it without help from professional architects or engineers. He also designed a smaller castle near the top of the island, which was where he and his family lived. After everyone eventually left, in 1957, the castle was left vacant for decades, until the Bannerman Castle Trust dedicated itself to preserving the island and its history.

Bannerman Castle

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Belvedere Castle

American Castles Belvedere Castle

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No American castle is as fabulous as the Belvedere Castle, which was designed by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted, co-designers of New York’s Central Park, in 1869. Though there have been a few bumps in the road, as far as maintenance goes, over the years, Belvedere Castle still offers some of the best panoramic views of Central Park.

This video offers a glimpse of what you’ll see on Belvedere Castle’s two balconies:


Belvedere Castle In New York CIty

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Castles In America Belvedere Park

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Kiri Picone
Kiri Picone holds a B.A. in English and creative writing from Pepperdine University and has been writing for various digital publishers for more than 10 years.
John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.
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Picone, Kiri. "8 Incredible Castles In America You Need To Visit This Summer." AllThatsInteresting.com, July 23, 2015, https://allthatsinteresting.com/castles-in-america. Accessed June 22, 2024.