Welcome to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina! Located on 8,000 square acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains, it's considered the largest privately owned residence in the United States. I could list all the mind boggling statistics such as the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, game rooms, libraries, and of course, the 70,000 gallon swimming pool....but, let me just say...it's lavish and enormous! When George Vanderbilt built this place in 1895, he put the 'conspicuous' in conspicuous consumption. Biltmore has remained in the family all these years, although it opened to the public for tours during the Great Depression as an economic generator for the Asheville community. Over the years, it has become a very successful tourism destination. Believe it or not, the estate employees approximately 1,700 people. Besides the mansion, there's a lot to explore on the grounds including a variety of stunning gardens. You can learn more about the Biltmore Estate here. Definitely a worthwhile visit!