Rubbing Elbows With the Rockefellers in Tarrytown, New York
So you want to see how “the other half”—make that the other 1 percent—lives. We’re talking the crème de la crème—19th-century robber barons like Rockefeller and Vanderbilt, who built opulent, sprawling country estates up and down the Hudson Valley. Kykuit, overlooking the mighty Hudson and Sleepy Hollow, is a good starting point. Built by oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, the 40-room house has been home to four generations of Rockefellers. You’re sure to enjoy the richly landscaped 3,400-acre grounds and the extensive sculpture collection of former governor Nelson Rockefeller. It’s only when you realize that your whole apartment would fit inside any one of the eight bathrooms that you’re ready to move on to the next estate.