Mar-a-Lago, the Winter White House

Constructed by cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post between 1924 and 1927, this ornate, gilded 126-room mansion was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1980. Post willed the estate to the National Parks Service upon her death in 1973, in the hopes that it would become a 'Winter White House' for the president. More than 40 years later, this wish has come true: President Donald Trump, who bought the estate in 1985 and turned it into a private club, has made Mar-a-Lago his weekend retreat and a de facto Camp David. Members of the club – who pay six figures in annual dues – now have unprecedented access to the president, a fact that has stoked considerable controversy. Due to security measures and its status as a private club, Mar-a-Lago is not accessible to the general public. It is best glimpsed as you drive over the bridge from West Palm towards the ocean.