The Vanderbilts and other New York and Philadelphia tycoons used the Gilded Age homes in coastal Rhode Island as summer retreats.
Brick lanes and cobblestone alleys are lined with beautiful Georgian- and Federal-style homes (more than 200 were built before 1820), and 140 sites are associated with the first president.
Tradd Street has 1700s residences, and the Battery has waterfront mansions. Walk around and find helpful "history plaques and markers.
The "cobblestone alleyways" and "quaint squares." give it character. Add the city's famous mossy oak trees for a unique romanticism.
The City of St. Augustine has a strong preservation policy to conserve its renowned old structures.
The National Register of Historic Places lists more than 1,000 structures, including over 40 pre-Civil War and Victorian residences and buildings around town.
The Mississippi River city's French Quarter, including Bourbon Street, is its most famous attraction. With its wrought-iron balconies and patios, this area's architecture is Spanish.
Not all historic homes are 1800s-era. Tucson has many "20th-century modern designs, including the Southwest's best mid-century architecture.
Old Louisville is the nation's largest contiguous Victorian-era mansion collection south of downtown.