Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, the Biltmore Estate is one of North Carolina's most popular tourist destinations—and one of the country's most iconic homes. During the holidays, the 8,000-acre estate is decorated with Christmas lights, thousands of ornaments, and dozens of fir trees. Year-round, the opulent mansion is worth exploring, boasting stunning architecture, antique furnishings, and lush gardens. Though the Biltmore Estate is currently closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, you can still virtually visit America's largest home right now.
The Biltmore estate is providing virtual tours of the mansion and the estate's blooming gardens. With clips of the estate and captions providing context, the video tours highlight the home's timeless architecture, landscape design, and mountainous views.
The first tour takes you throughout the mansion, describing its history and current features. Renowned architect Richard Morris Hunt designed the 250-room French Renaissance château for George and Edith Vanderbilt. After six years of construction, the home was completed in 1895. It comprises 35 bedrooms, 34 bathrooms, and a stunning 65 fireplaces. The virtual tour even gives you a peek into the basement, which has a bowling alley and a full-sized swimming pool.
on the second tour, you'll visit the estate's grand grounds and gardens, which were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who's best know for designing Central Park. Olmsted wanted to create formal gardens, naturalized areas, an arboretum and nursery, and a managed forest.
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