Mansions on the Cheap

Minnesota State Capitol Building, St. Paul, MN

One sure way to break the travel budget is with lots of mansion tours. The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, is fantastic, but as one of my readers correctly pointed out ‘at the price they charge it’s no wonder.’ Entrance fees for Biltmore can run as much as $64 per person. The Breakers in Newport will set you back almost $20, and the James Hill House in St. Paul, Minnesota, runs eight bucks. If you’re wondering who in Sam Hill is James Hill, all I can say to you is – exactly.

Meanwhile, one mile down the road from Mr. Hill’s eight dollar estate is the larger and completely free Minnesota State Capitol. While it’s true that you won’t typically see elegant dining rooms or wood paneled man caves lined with big game mounts in our nation’s capitol buildings, you will find plenty of fabulous architecture and all of the extravagant splendor that typically draws visitors to those pricier venues.

Icing on the cake: interior photography – increasingly verboten almost everywhere these days – is universally permitted in these public buildings. So here’s a small taste of what our state capitols have to offer . . .

Tennessee State Capitol Library, Nashville

Kentucky State Capitol Reception Room, Lexington

Louisiana Old State Capitol Stained Glass Dome, Baton Rouge

Tags: ,

4 Comments on “Mansions on the Cheap”

  1. Mark September 23, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    The first and last pics are breath taking!



  1. Santa Fe for Sale | Everywhere Once - January 13, 2012

    […] the capitol building is an art museum. On our travels we’ve found various state capitols to be worthy tourist stops owing to both their price (free) and their often fantastic architecture. […]


  2. Everything is Big | Everywhere Once - May 8, 2012

    […] the largest in the country. Despite its size, the interior isn’t as elaborate as many other state buildings we’ve visited, although the several stories of space under its giant dome is quite […]


What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: