7 outrageous American castles

Published On: Aug 26 2013 10:09:35 AM EDT

For a country that ditched monarchical rule, America has some of the most intriguing "castles" in the world. OK, maybe not castles in the classic sense. Here are some whose gates are open to gaping plebeians.

The Breakers
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The Breakers

The 70-room Breakers covers 126,000 square feet from attic to basement to mezzanine. Ever humble, 19th-century owner Cornelius Vanderbilt II originally called this a "cottage."

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