Though the Biltmore Estate (castle) is in North Carolina, I didn't include it in my week of NC photos because, you know, things had to be narrowed down. But then a fellow blogger mentioned in a recent post that she had been to the Biltmore and...well...I couldn't stop myself.
No one is allowed to take pictures inside the estate - which is a maaaaajor, super-duper bummer - so it's kind of something you just have to travel to Asheville to see. There is an official pictorial guide that you can purchase with the history of the house and George Vanderbilt and his family, but I think it's one of those things where it's only truly fascinating once you've been there.
Anyway, there are gardens and ponds and trails and pagodas and a grand vista of Vanderbilt's vast acreage, which in his day stretched to the Pisgah mountains in the distance. There's more than enough to photograph on the grounds to keep you happy, and inside, well, you just have to flex your mind's camera. :)