Biltmore, Asheville, North Carolina
by architect-to-the-stars Richard Morris Hunt and opened to the George
Vanderbilt III family and guests on Christmas Eve, 1895, this colossal
250-room country retreat on 8,000 acres is the largest private home in
America. Today, a successful tourist destination, the house reflects the
unbridled spending and ostentation of the Gilded Age. But it is the brilliant
gardens laid out by Central Park designer Frederick Law Olmstead that
remain in your memory.