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.
Homes built by cattle ranchers in the Western United States are toured. Included: Colorado's Cherokee Ranch, built in the style of a Scottish castle; King Ranch in Texas; Wyoming's Trail End Historic Center. Also: Thistle Hill, built by W.T. Waggoner for his daughter Electra.
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.
Estates built to display collections of fine art, rare books and manuscripts. Included: the Philbrook Estate in Tulsa; the Huntington in San Marino, Cal.; and Reynolds House Museum of American Art in North Carolina.