The romantic royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry captured the attention of millions of people around the world — and for good reason. Markle’s two elegant wedding gowns, the celebrity attendees in their stylish fascinators, and the happy couple’s passionate kiss after the ceremony made this a captivating event that won’t be soon forgotten.
The pair exchanged vows in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, a nearly 1,000-year-old structure atop a hill overlooking the River Thames roughly 20 miles outside of London. It’s been home to many monarchs, including Queen Elizabeth, who spends a month living at the castle over Easter every year. Windsor Castle is also where the Queen often hosts foreign dignitaries.
Feeling inspired by the royal wedding venue? You don’t have to book a flight to Europe to visit a real-life castle — there are dozens located in the United States. Though they may not be as old as their European counterparts, these U.S. castles have plenty of stories to tell. And though they once served as grandiose private residences or government buildings, today you can eat, drink and stay inside many of them (and yes, sometimes even get married at them).
For inspiration for your next weekend getaway, here are 15 cities with unique castles you’ll want to consider visiting.