What do you get when you cross a Tim Burton film and a Dr. Suess book? Bishop Castle in Colorado. This whimsical palace features a grand ballroom, towers, bridges, a fire-breathing dragon, and endless views. Sounds too good to be true, right?\nNestled in the San Isabel National Forest, Bishop Castle was built by one man named Jim Bishop.\nYou and your friends can plan a summer or fall road trip here to see it for yourselves up-close.\nSince it's an open construction site, the owner has put up several signs for visitors to read before wandering through the estate, so tread carefully. Plus, it's free to stroll through too.\nWhy not throw on your most fabulous attire and get lost in the castle like a real queen or king?\nThroughout the home, you'll encounter windows with beautiful stained glass and elaborate designs on the vaulted ceilings. It's like a work of art right in the middle of the mountains.\nSpiraled stairways adorn the exterior of the home, that if explored, will take you to the top for some unbelievable forest views.\nView this post on Instagram I posted a video of Bishop Castle a few months ago but it chopped up the photos so badly so I decided to post some photos of it because it is such a unique house. For nearly 60 years, Jim Bishop has been building his dream home consisting of three full stories of interior rooms, a grand ballroom and a fire breathing dragon. It is quite unique. #bishopcastle #exploreamerica #usaontheroad #travelamerica #castles #discoverusa #usa_photolovers #just_unitedstates #wow_america_landscape #roadtrippers #westbysouthwest #usaroadtrip #roadtripusa #seeamerica #insearchofquirk #americanroadtrip #roadtripfinds #roadsideamerica #touristattraction #eccentric #atlasobscura #usaroadtrip #roadsideoddities #roadtrippin #sightseeing #coloradophotography #visitcolorado #travelusa #castle🏰 #castlesofinstagram #castles_oftheworld A post shared by Becky (@bec24ran) on Feb 21, 2020 at 2:05pm PST\nWhen you first see the castle, you might wonder why there's a dragon's head at the very top.\nThe palace's website goes into great detail on how the steel "dragon chimney" came to be. It sits 80-feet in the air, right above the Grand Ballroom.\nIf you're up for it, you can tread up to the third floor and pretend you've saved the kingdom from the mighty creature minus the sword fighting.\nView this post on Instagram Bishop's Castle 🏰😍 We actually made it to the highest point this time & got pictures since the last trip we took here it was already so dark. Sooo cool! If any of our friends are ever in #Colorado, this is a place you definitely don't wanna miss! Free & open to the public whenever 💛 (climb @ your own risk 😬) #america #attractions #explorers #funtimes #adventuretime #adventure #couple #bishopcastle #castle #magical #roadtrip #fun #seekdiscomfort #discover #world #travel #photography #hiddengems #stainedglass #beautiful #colorfu #stone #architecture A post shared by TheAdventureAddictz (@theadventureaddictz) on Feb 9, 2020 at 1:43pm PST\nYou can visit year-round; however, the website says that the weekends are the best time to wander through the corridors.\nOn the weekends through summer, the dragon chimney gets fired up and becomes a real-life 'fire-breather.'\nView this post on Instagram Step by step A post shared by Ramatullayeva Meruyert (@m.ramatullayeva) on Feb 2, 2020 at 6:30pm PST\nIf you didn't think fairytales were real, this castle might change your mind. It's one of the state's best-kept secrets.\nBishop Castle\nPrice: Free\nAddress: 12705 State Highway 165, Rye, CO\nWhy you need to go: You can explore a stone castle with a dragon-shaped chimney.\nWebsite\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a site, respect the environment.