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The Most Beautiful Buildings in Every State

Posted: 1:22 PM, Jan 19, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-19 14:09:36-05

Thrillest Travel released a list of the most beautiful buildings in every state including the District of Columbia. From that list, we are sharing our favorites! 

1. Alabama

Alabama Theatre in Birmingham. 

"The Alabama Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Birmingham Alabama on 3rd Avenue North. Since 1927 the Alabama Theatre has been the home to shows and performances ranging from movies, concerts, beauty pageants, silent films and even the Mickey Mouse Club! This beautiful theatre is an amazing piece of history that defies the imagination and must be experienced to be truly appreciated."

2. Arizona 

Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix.

"Lauded as “The Jewel of the Desert” since 1929, the iconic Arizona Biltmore is a luxurious oasis set amongst 39 acres of lush gardens. With two PGA golf courses, eight sparkling swimming pools and the 22,000+ square foot spa and fitness center, Spa Biltmore to offer, guests can expect to have an unparalleled experience in Phoenix. Having recently unveiled a multi-million-dollar redesign, Arizona Biltmore looks forward to a new era of seductive style and refined luxury."

3. California

Hearst Castle in San Simeon.

"Hearst Castle’s history begins in 1865, when George Hearst purchased 40,000 acres of ranchland. In 1919,William Randolph Hearst inherited what had grown to more than 250,000 acres, and was dreaming of ways to transform it into a retreat he called La Cuesta Encantada—Spanish for “Enchanted Hill.” By 1947, Hearst and architect Julia Morgan had created Hearst Castle: 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways—all built to house Hearst’s specifications and to showcase his legendary art collection."

4. Georgia

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah.

"The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is an iconic symbol of Savannah, Georgia, gracing the skyline with its towering steeples – a view valued by our residents and visitors alike."

5. Kentucky

Churchill Downs in Louisville. 

"Horse racing in Kentucky dates back to 1789, when the first race course was constructed in Lexington. Almost 100 years later, in 1875, Churchill Downs officially opened its gates in Louisville, and began its tradition as "Home of the Kentucky Derby" and the longest continually running sporting event in America."

6. Maryland

The George Peabody Library in Baltimore. 

"The George Peabody Library, housed in the world-renowned Peabody Institute of Music, is part of the Sheridan Libraries Special Collections at Johns Hopkins University. In addition to its traditional use as a research library, the George Peabody Library has now become the premiere wedding  and event venue in Baltimore."

7. Minnesota

Cathedral of St. Paul in St.Paul.

"The Cathedral dominates the Saint Paul skyline and is situated on the highest point in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota. For the wider community, as well as for our parishioners, the Cathedral provides opportunities to enhance our appreciation for the arts. The parish hosts a regular organ concert series showcasing the Cathedral's two Skinner organs. The Minnesota Orchestra and Vocal Essence are some of the groups that present concerts at the Cathedral each year."

8. New York

Empire State Building in NYC. 

"The Empire State Building is more than just a view. It’s an immersive experience inside a world famous landmark. In addition to our Observation Decks, your visit includes the newly restored lobby with its stunning art deco ceiling murals, the historical Dare To Dream Exhibit, the new Sustainability Exhibit, and an interactive audio device."

9. Ohio

The Arcade in Cleveland. 

"The Arcade Cleveland opened in May of 1890 as the first indoor shopping center in America. It quickly became one of downtown Cleveland’s most popular landmarks, and was nicknamed Cleveland’s Crystal Palace."

10. Rhode Island

The Breakers in Newport. 

"Cornelius Vanderbilt II became Chairman and President of the New York Central Railroad system in 1885, and purchased a wooden house called The Breakers in Newport during that same year. In 1893, he commissioned architect Richard Morris Hunt to design a villa to replace the earlier wood-framed house which was destroyed by fire the previous year. Hunt directed an international team of craftsmen and artisans to create a 70 room Italian Renaissance- style palazzo inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin."

See the entire list here.