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U.S. Cities With the Most Beautiful Old Houses

The Vanderbilts and other New York and Philadelphia tycoons used the Gilded Age homes in coastal Rhode Island as summer retreats.

1. Newport, Rhode Island

Brick lanes and cobblestone alleys are lined with beautiful Georgian- and Federal-style homes (more than 200 were built before 1820), and 140 sites are associated with the first president.

2. Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Tradd Street has 1700s residences, and the Battery has waterfront mansions. Walk around and find helpful "history plaques and markers.

3. Charleston, South Carolina

The "cobblestone alleyways" and "quaint squares." give it character. Add the city's famous mossy oak trees for a unique romanticism.

4. Savannah, Georgia

The City of St. Augustine has a strong preservation policy to conserve its renowned old structures.

5. St. Augustine, Florida

The National Register of Historic Places lists more than 1,000 structures, including over 40 pre-Civil War and Victorian residences and buildings around town.

6. Natchez, Mississippi

The Mississippi River city's French Quarter, including Bourbon Street, is its most famous attraction. With its wrought-iron balconies and patios, this area's architecture is Spanish.

7. New Orleans, Louisiana

Not all historic homes are 1800s-era. Tucson has many "20th-century modern designs, including the Southwest's best mid-century architecture.

8. Tucson, Arizona

Old Louisville is the nation's largest contiguous Victorian-era mansion collection south of downtown.

9. Louisville, Kentucky

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