A few pieces of information we remember from the tour: the house has 43 bathrooms, an indoor swimming pool and bowling lanes, a glass-roofed indoor winter garden, endless tapestries, sculptures and fireplaces, and many balconies with stunning Smokey Mountain views.
During our Tennessee vacation last week, we continued our roadtrip east to Asheville, North Carolina, to tour the Biltmore Estate. George W. Vanderbilt began his "counry" home in 1889 with architect Richard Morris Hunt, and it officially opened six years later. Vanderbilt used his fortune and background in the shipping and railroad industries combined with his interests and knowledge in history and architecture to create a home that stands the test of time. (More below the jump! Sorry, no interior pics allowed.)