The state of Delaware is practically synonymous with the Du Pont family, whose legacy lives on in a handful of spectacular mansions clustered around the Wilmington area (known affectionately as "Chateau Country").Alfred Du Pont must have adored his second wife, Alicia, as he commissioned the prestigious New York firm of Carrère & Hastings (architects of the New York Public Library) to build her a 102-room, country estate with landscape designs based on the gardens of Versailles.Plenty of mediocre homes become museums on account of their famous residents.
Visit Nemours to stroll portions of the property's 300 magnificent acres. Honorable Mention: Winterthur, Henry Francis du Pont's childhood home, now a renowned museum of American decorative arts.
Approximately 40 to 50 polydactyl (six-toed) cats now inhabit the Key West home in which Ernest Hemingway lived with his wife from 1931 to 1940.
Interesting though the animals may be, the circa 1851 Spanish Colonial style house itself is the real showstopper here.
But it wasn't always this way—originally dating to 1851, the home had fallen into total disrepair by the time the Hemingways purchased it eighty years later.
But that doesn't stop you from enjoying a vibrant pastel tableau from your picnic spot in Alamo Square, located across the street.
Honorable Mention: The bizarrely captivating Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, an eccentric Victorian mansion rife with architectural oddities.The couple was responsible for the restoration that ultimately made this one of America's most beloved homes. Honorable Mention: Ca' d'Zan, circus mogul John Ringling's flashy Sarasota estate, which just might be the greatest show on Earth.Originally designed for the great-grandfather of songwriter Johnny Mercer around the time of the Civil War, the historic home was purchased and later restored by preservationist and antiques dealer Jim Williams in 1969.Some have followed their hearts and have gone on treasure hunts that have resulted in locating buried treasures both beneath the ground and under the water.Others have located caches of all sizes inside homes and barns.It became one of Savannah, Georgia's "must see" tourist attractions after the 1994 publication of , which loosely chronicled the real-life trial of Williams after he was accused of murdering Danny Hansford in the home's study (Williams was ultimately acquitted).