The Biltmore Estate
One of the most famous estates in America, the 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., has its own winery and features one of the most esteemed gardens in the country. There are ponds and waterfalls, and formal and informal gardens abound. You can stroll amid ancient trees, tropical plants, orchids, weeping cherries, tulips, the 250-variety All American Rose Garden and a 250-acre deer park with white-tailed deer denizens. Starting in August, the south terrace of Biltmore House is transformed into what's called a magic carpet, formed by more than 155,000 individual plants arranged in different detailed patterns.