Saturday, September 30, 2023


These incredible castles are right here in the U.S.—no passport required!

Forget your passport and expensive airline ticket. If you want to tour a real castle you can stay much closer to home! Just put these four Midwest castles on your “must-see” list and you’ll see what I’m talking about. You won’t even know you’re in the Midwest, much less the United States!

Must-visit castles in the Midwest

Joslyn Castle. Photo credit:

Joslyn Castle. Omaha, Nebraska

Built in 1903, this Scottish-style castle-home is an architectural wonder with its gold trim, intricately carved mahogany woodwork, and stained-glass windows. Visitors can tour much of the 19,360-square-foot castle, which includes a ballroom, library, drawing room, music room, reception hall, and more. This 35-room mansion is surrounded by beautifully maintained gardens and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. You can find more information here. Or call for tours at: 402-595-1415

Bettendorf Castle. Photo credit:

Bettendorf Castle. Fox River Grove, Illinois

Theodore (Teddy) Bettendorf immigrated to the United States from Luxembourg in 1931. Bettendorf, an artist and visionary of his time, dreamt of constructing a castle reminiscent of medieval European architecture. Bettendorf used local materials—stones from farmers’ fields and nearby stone quarries—and determinedly set out to build his dream over the course of 30+ years! The completed castle sits atop a scenic bluff overlooking the Fox River, and boasts classic features like battlements, turrets, and even a drawbridge! Find tour information and more here or call 847-639-8280.

Stronghold Castle. Photo credit: City of Oregon

Stronghold Castle. Oregon, Illinois

Built in the late 19th century, Stronghold Castle was the vision of Walter Strong, a prominent Chicago businessman and philanthropist. Inspired by his travels in Europe, Strong aimed to recreate the charm of medieval architecture and began construction of the castle in 1899. Stronghold Castle features intricate stonework, a prominent tower, and fortified walls, and was originally intended as a summer retreat for Strong’s family and friends. It later gained a deeper purpose as it transitioned into an educational and spiritual retreat center. See this site for more information and to schedule a tour.

Loveland Castle. Photo credit:
Loveland Castle. Photo credit:

Loveland Castle. Loveland, Ohio

Sir Harry Andrews began building his castle in 1927, fashioning it after Europe’s many famous fortresses. Andrews included battlements, towers, and a drawbridge, all of which hearken back to the romanticism of the Middle Ages. Sir Harry also founded a fraternity called the Knights of the Golden Trail to promote camaraderie, chivalry, and education. Today, the Knights of the Golden Trail organize events, reenactments, and activities that encourage appreciation for history, culture, and the values of honor and loyalty. For additional information check this website or call 513-683-4686.

Have you visited these Midwest castles?

Or have you discovered additional castles in the Midwest that readers should add to their “must see” list? Please tell us in the comments below.


Gail Marsh
Gail Marsh
Gail Marsh is an avid RVer and occasional work camper. Retired from 30+ years in the field of education as an author and educator, she now enjoys sharing tips and tricks that make RVing easier and more enjoyable.


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Ted Beyer Sr
1 month ago

We visited the Bolt Castle in Alexandria Bay which sits on an island in the St Lawrence Seaway. Absolutely amazing. A must see!

1 month ago

Uh, Fox River Grove is many miles from the Mississippi River. Perhaps you meant that it overlooked the FOX River?

1 month ago
Reply to  Pancho

Yes, sorry! Thanks for the edit!

Sandi Roberts
1 month ago

Not in the midwest but highly recommend Hammond Castle in Gloucester, Massachusetts!
Hammond Castle is located on the Atlantic coast in the Magnolia area of Gloucester, Massachusetts. The castle, which was constructed between 1926 and 1929, was the home, laboratory, and museum of John Hays Hammond Jr., an inventor and pioneer in the study of remote control who held over four hundred patents. Wikipedia
Address: 80 Hesperus Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930
Areas served:
Boston and nearby areas
Owner: John Hays Hammond Jr.
Construction started: 1926
Architect: John Hays Hammond Jr.
Hours: Open ⋅ Closes 4 PM
Opened: 1929
Architecture firm: Allen and Collins
Phone: (978) 283-2080
Area: 7 acres
Added to NRHP: May 8, 1973

Neal Davis
1 month ago

Thank you, Gail! No, never seen or visited one.

David Onder
1 month ago

While not classified as a castle, the Biltmore House is America’s largest private home and definitely feels like a castle. It is in Asheville, NC. It is beautiful and worth the visit.

1 month ago

Bishop Castle in Rye Colorado

1 month ago

Gillette Castle, East Haddem, CT. The castle was designed and built by William Gillette, an American actor most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on stage. There are hidden rooms, amazing hand carved woodwork throughout the castle, beautiful views of the CT river, hiking trails.

1 month ago

There is also the Redstone Castle just south of Aspen, CO.

Bob S
1 month ago

This summer we visited the Hearst Castle on the California coast. I wasn’t that interested in going but our friends we were traveling with wanted to see it. I had no idea what to expect. This place was incredible, I’ve never seen anything like it! It was worth the trip.

Tony Grigg
1 month ago

We are right now on a 3 month RV trip around the upper Midwest to avoid the staggering Florida heat. Last week we visited the castle in Loveland OH. A remarkable feat by a single man over 51 years. We highly recommend it.

Linda K
1 month ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

I visited the Loveland Castle several times while Sir Harry was still alive. I believe the construction was ongoing, maybe even after his death and is larger than years ago when I was last there. It is interesting for sure. I also highly recommend seeing it.

1 month ago

Castle in the Clouds in Moultonboro NH

Mike M.
1 month ago

There’s also the “Palace on the Prairie” in Ponca City, OK, Built by former oil man and governor E. W. Marland.

Calvin Wing
1 month ago

The “Inn At Riverside”In Wichita, Kansas.

1 month ago

The Inn at Riverside on the banks of the Little Arkansas River was built by a retired sea caption in the 19th century. It hast a turret tower with battlements, ballroom, detached servants quarters, library…. Beautiful location and wonderful place to stay.

Stephen M
1 month ago

How about Gillette Castle in Lyme Ct. Very unique with history. Check it out.

Janet Herrell
1 month ago

The Kentucky Castle complete with castle walls and Towers is now a farm and hotel located in Versailles Ky.

1 month ago

Lyndhurst Mansion, Tarrytown, NY

1 month ago
Reply to  Lindsay

Not midwest but give this one a look!

1 month ago
Reply to  Lindsay

Fonthill Castle in Doylestown, PA

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