A tour of three Victorian mansions: industrialist John Glessner's "Glessner Home" in Chicago; Thomas Edison's "Glenmont" in New Jersey; and Mark Twain's house in Hartford, Conn., where he wrote "Huckleberry Finn" and "Tom Sawyer."
The homes of Presidents Theodore Roosevelt (Sagamore Hill on Long Island, N.Y.) and Franklin D. Roosevelt (Springwood in Hyde Park, N.Y.). Also: FDR's summer retreat on Campobello Island, off New Brunswick, Canada.
Tours of the Biltmore house and gardens, built by forestry pioneer George Washington Vanderbilt near Asheville, N.C. Included: an exploration of its history and architecture; and a profile of its owner.
Mansions along New York's Hudson Valley are toured, including Lyndhurst, the Gothic revival castle of railroad magnate Jay Gould; Kykuit, the Rockefeller mansion. Also: the Hyde Park home of tycoon Frederick Vanderbilt.
Tracking the homes of 19th-century railroad barons. Included: Hildene, built in 1902 by Robert Todd Lincoln, son of the slain President; and the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, constructed by LeGrand Lockwood in Norwalk, Conn.
English and American estates owned by the Astors are visited. Included: the 62-room mansion Beechwood in Newport, R.I.; Cliveden, on the cliffs of the Thames outside London; and Hever Castle, in the style of an Italian villa and featuring a moat and a Tudor village.
Three of America's most prominent resort hotels, including San Diego's Hotel del Coronado, built in 1888; the 235-room Mission Inn, designed as a Spanish castle; and the Grand on Michigan's Mackinak Island.
Visited: the palatial homes of three 19th-century Westerners, including Terrace Hill in Fort Des Moines, Iowa, called the "Palace of the Prairies"; Rosemont, in Pueblo, Colo., built by a French teacher from Pennsylvania; and Montana's Moss Mansion, built by a Missouri lumberman.