If you’re looking to infuse some history and culture into your wedding, we have the ultimate list of venues for you to consider, from Florida to Alaska:
- Alabama: The Winston Place near Mentone
Built around 1931, this historic home is on the National Register of Historic Places. Now a bed and breakfast, the colonial-style mansion’s best feature is its wrap-around verandas.
- Alaska: The Sentinel Lighthouse near Inside Passage
One of the first lighthouses built in Alaska, it helped guide people to Lynn Canal and Inside Passage during the Gold Rush in the late 1890s. It was remodeled in mid-2000s by the Gastineau Channel Historical Society.
- Arizona: The Wigwam in Litchfield Park
One of the most iconic hotels in the state, it was originally built in the early 1900s by Paul Litchfield, an original descendant of the Mayflower. It housed Goodyear’s sales executives before turning into a winter retreat in 1929.
- Arkansas: Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs
This gorgeous glass and wooden beam, 48-foot-tall chapel sits in the Ozark Mountains, near Eureka Springs. With a total of 425 windows, it brings the outdoors to an indoor ceremony.
- California: Ojay Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai
The luxury 220-acre retreat is known for its healing powers and is a favorite getaway of the rich and famous. It gained even more fame after being featured in the TV show “Brothers & Sisters.”
- Colorado: The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs
The luxurious, 3000-acre European-style hotel in Colorado Springs first opened in 1918 and it its 90+ years, it has been known for its unmatched service.
- Connecticut: The Branford House in Groton
Looking to give your wedding a “Downton Abbey” theme? It can be arranged at this 31-room historic mansion on a University of Connecticut campus, with a two-story fireplace and views of Fishers Island Sound.
- Delaware: Belmont Hall in Smyrna
Originally built in 1773, this manor was once home to such history makers as Thomas Collins and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
- Florida: Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum in Key West
The Nobel Prize-winning author wrote some of his greatest tomes in this estate. If you’re a wait-until-the-last-minute-to-write-your-vows kind of person, then strolling through the gardens, lawns and a Koi pond of this property on the day of your wedding might give you the right inspiration.
- Georgia: Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island
Treat your wedding guests to a reception where the Carnegies once dined. This colonial-style home was built in 1900 for Margaret Ricketson, the daughter of Lucy and Thomas Carnegie and niece of Andrew Carnegie.
- Hawaii: Chapel by the Sea on Kauai
Jutting out into the waters of the Kauai Lagoons, this chapel features stunning ocean views and is still large enough to share your vows with your closest friends and family.
- Idaho: The Little White Chapel in Still Water Hallow
Throughout its 110+ year history, this quaint chapel has seen many owners and been physically moved around between several farms around the state. It was restored by one private family in 2004 and after proposing and tying the knot there, another private family now owns it.
- Illinois: Millennium Park in Chicago
While it doesn’t hold the oldest structures in the state (it opened in 2004), the park is one of Chicago’s largest city projects, not to mention one of the most beautiful public areas. Between “the bean” (Cloud Gate), the Crowd Fountain, the Harris Theater and the BP bridge, it will undoubtedly make the history books one day.
- Indiana: French Lick Springs Hotel in French Lick
First built in 1875, it’s been renovated and added on to throughout two centuries, turning into a huge resort. The original hotel is now part of the French Lick Resort Casino, and the resort now also offers a luxurious spa, a championship golf course and boutique shopping -- all perfect for a destination wedding.
- Iowa: Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport
Built in the fabulous Great Gatsby era, this hotel still keeps its refined opulent décor, with marble accents and sophisticated furnishings, while offering guests all of today’s contemporary amenities.
- Kansas: The Urban Event in Kansas City
It’s one of the city’s newest event spaces, but it’s set in the historic Firestone building with exposed stone walls, encased leftover equipment and antique chandeliers. The venue infuses modern touches with industrial décor and skyline views of the city.
- Kentucky: Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort
Built in the early 1800s, the distillery is one of the oldest in the state and one of only four that legally continued production during prohibition. Today, one of the oldest houses in Kentucky still stands on the premises and one of the distillery’s founders is said to roam the property as a ghost!
- Louisiana: The Nottoway Plantation in White Castle
The breathtaking antebellum mansion was originally built in 1859 and features a dual staircase entrance, 22 Greek-style columns, 15-foot ceilings and 11-foot doors. There are a total of 64 rooms on its three floors, with the most memorable being the White Ballroom: A semi-circular room with hand-cast archways.
- Maine: The Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport
First opened in 1914, it is the epitome of a coastal hotel, featuring stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean from its wrap-around porches, gazebos with white wicker chairs, lawn games and afternoon tea.
- Maryland: The Engineer’s Club at Garrett-Jacobs Mansion in Baltimore
Crafted in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by two of the best American architects, Stanford White and John Russell Pope, the mansion is now a private club.
- Massachusetts: The Kendall in Cambridge
The “Grand Dame” of Martha’s Vineyard -- first opened in 1891 -- was once the destination of New York’s rich & famous. Now, the stunning views of Edgartown Harbor and lighthouse welcome your friends and family for a memorable wedding weekend.
- Michigan: The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn
The iconic automotive museum offers multiple spaces within the museum to tie the knot and can accommodate up to 5,000 people. Depending on the package you select, your guests could even tour parts of the museum during cocktail hour.
- Minnesota: The Duluth Depot in Duluth
Lots of cultural and performance events (ballet, musicals, etc.) already take place at the historic depot, so why not your wedding? Originally built in 1892, the venue features 88-foot ceilings and two fireplaces.
- Mississippi: Shadowlawn Bed & Breakfast in Columbus
The land this bed & breakfast stands on was originally purchased in 1848 for only $9! Today, you can say your vows on the grand front steps of the building and dance the night away inside the charming house.
- Missouri: Gateway Arch in St. Louis
If you’re looking for an intimate, informal ceremony, consider saying “I do” at the top of the most iconic building in the state. The arch can accommodate up to 40 guests and the 15-20 minute ceremony is standing room only.
- Montana: Many Glacier Hotel in Babb
Built in 1915, this Swiss chalet-style hotel is nestled in Glacier National Park, at the bottom of mountains and on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake, with breathtaking views of its natural surroundings.
- Nebraska: Pioneer Park Nature Center in Lincoln
You might be surprised to find what looks like the ruins of the Roman Empire in this park: The standing and fallen/broken ornate columns in front of a pond after a walk down the trail (not aisle) make for a unique wedding ceremony.
- Nevada: A Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas
Whether you plan to get married here or make a last-minute decision to tie the knot, this famous (home to hundreds of real-life and on-screen celebrity weddings) wedding venue has everything you need on hand: Gowns, tuxes, flowers, photos, and an Elvis impersonator to make it official.
- New Hampshire: Wentworth by the Sea in New Castle
First opened in 1874, the “Grand Dame of the Sea” was once the largest wooden building on the coast of New Hampshire. Located high above the ocean, every room in this hotel offers a waterfront view.
- New Jersey: Mountain Lake Estates in Princeton
After driving under a tree-lined canopy as you enter this historic estate, say your vows on the shores of a private lake in this secluded 96-acre nature preserve.
- New Mexico: La Fonda in Santa Fe
The Pueblo-style architecture of this state landmark is iconic and unmistakable. First opened in 1922, the hotel features lots of hand-made details, such as chandeliers and furniture.
- New York: The Plaza in Manhattan
What movie hasn’t this hotel been featured in? “The Way We Were,” “Home Alone,” “Bride Wars” -- to name a few -- all present this Manhattan hotel as the most coveted place to tie the knot in the city. Originally opened in 1907, the iconic Fifth Avenue landmark has hosted a slew of famous guests in its luxurious accommodations, with gold-plated sinks and handmade marble vanities in each guestroom.
- North Carolina: The Biltmore in Asheville
Built in 1889, this estate was originally destined to be George Vanderbilt’s country home. What is now an expansive French Renaissance chateau-style hotel with acres of formal gardens, Biltmore hosted the wedding of Cornelia Vanderbilt in 1924 and today offers a number of venues for weddings and large gatherings.
- North Dakota: The Grand Historic Events Center in Grand Forks
Originally built in 1888, this historic building is Grand Forks’ oldest building and was once a grocery store. Today, the event space mixes an exposed brick wall and antique chandeliers with modern design elements for private and public occasions.
- Ohio: Adena Mansion & Gardens in Chillicothe
Talk about a historical landmark: This estate, completed in 1807, is one of only three designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe -- first American architect and designer of the U.S. Capitol -- still standing and was once home to Thomas Worthington, Ohio’s first U.S. senator. The mansion currently stands on 300 of the original 2000 acres and is surrounded by four other buildings and formal gardens.
- Oklahoma: The Inn at Price Tower in Bartlesville
The Price Tower, built in 1956 and the only skyscraper designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, houses the hotel in its top seven floors. The hotel opened in 2003 and features a number of art exhibitions throughout the hotel.
- Oregon: Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood
Looking for a rustic yet elegant lodge on the slope of a snow-covered mountain as your wedding venue? Check out this luxurious ski resort in the Cascade Mountains, originally hand-built in 1938 out of local materials, with stunning views of surrounding nature.
- Pennsylvania: The Gettysburg Hotel in Gettysburg
Established in 1797 by James Scott as a tavern, this hotel is located minutes away from the site of the critical Civil War battle and where President Abraham Lincoln penned the Gettysburg Address.
- Rhode Island: The Hotel Viking in Newport
First opened in 1926 and renovated in 2007, the historic hotel has been and continues to draw in the most upscale of clienteles. Located in the historic Hill district, it offers spectacular views of the Newport Harbor.
- South Carolina: John Rutledge House Inn in Charleston
The historic landmark was built in 1763 by John Rutledge, who was a South Carolina governor, a Supreme Court justice and one of the signers of the U.S. Constitution.
- South Dakota: Custer State Park Resort in Black Hills
Located near Mount Rushmore, the resort features four historical lodges and offers various adventures in its natural surroundings, such as buffalo safari tours and guided trail rides.
- Tennessee: The Chattanooga Choo Choo in Chattanooga
Are you humming the tune to Glen Miller’s “Chattanooga Choo Choo” song right now? There’s a reason that song became popular: All trains heading south passed through Chattanooga’s terminal from 1901-1970.The terminal itself was designed by an architectural student in his 20s and became a hotel in 1973.
- Texas: The Driskill in Austin
Built in 1886 by a Texas cattle baron, the hotel is one of the most historic in the state and is located in its capitol. The Romanesque building now boasts 189 rooms, large balconies and intricate design details throughout.
- Utah: Wadley Farms in Lindon
Constructed in 1869, the historic farm is set on 18 acres of land near Mount Timpanogos. It offers multiple indoor and outdoor venues, including a renovated barn and an intimate Railroad House.
- Vermont: Old Lantern Inn & Barn in Charlotte
This 1800s barn has been renovated and features the largest maple wood dance floor in the state. The property also has an intimate inn with eight rooms and boasts views of Lake Champlain.
- Virginia: The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond
The lobby of this historic hotel, which first opened in 1895, houses a life-size statue of Thomas Jefferson, surrounded by features like two-story columns, Tiffany stained glass skylight and a grand, “Gone With the Wind”-worthy staircase. It’s hosted a multitude of celebs and dignitaries and in the first half of the 20th century, it boasted fish and alligator ponds.
- Washington: Thornewood Castle outside of Tacoma
This Gothic Tudor-style castle was originally built in 1908 as a single family home. It was a gift from Port of Tacoma founder to his bride, and was actually a 400-year-old English manor shipped to the United States and reassembled on property. Today, you can only see the 27,000-square-foot American Lake estate -- which was featured in films like “Rose Red” and “There Will Be Blood” -- if you’re staying overnight or attending an event, such as a wedding.
- Washington, D.C.: The Patterson Mansion
The historic Dupont Circle residence, originally built in 1901, was once home to newspaper giant Cissy Patterson, where she was known to entertain the capitol’s elite. President Calvin Coolidge stayed at the mansion while the White House was being renovated in 1927, and it was the home of the Washington Club since 1951. With an interior fit for royalty, the edifice went up for sale in 2013 and is currently listed for $26 million.
- West Virginia: The Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg
First opened in 1889, this hotel combines historic charm with modern luxuries. Its elaborate architecture reflects the Gaslight era, during which it became popular, yet its room amenities include marble showers and unmatched personalized service.
- Wisconsin: Villa Filomena in Milwaukee
First built in 1874 as a single family home for a Great Lakes captain, the building features grand arches and columns. Even though it has been extensively renovated, many historical aspects of its original architecture have been preserved and used throughout the estate.
- Wyoming: Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park
The original portion of this lodge was built in 1905, with wings and guest rooms being added throughout the 20th century. Located near the Old Faithful Geyser, it is the most coveted lodging facility in Yellowstone National Park.