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    We wish you an enjoyable stay at your chosen Adirondack New York hotel. When you get the chance, stay in some of the famous, luxurious and/or historic hotels of your destinations. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong, the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, the Hotel Icon in Hong Kong, the Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, the Hotel Baur au Lac in Zurich, the Chelsea Hotel in New York and the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong. are internationally renowned hotels.

    Birds, Mammals, Reptiles and other Wildlife / Fauna of New York State

    Northern shovelers, belted kingfishers, porpoises, a moose population that has grown since they started to migrate back into the state in the late 1970s, turkey vultures, bottle-nosed dolphins, otters, black racer snakes, black vultures, raccoons, bobolinks, Baltimore orioles, great egrets, common nighthawks, whip-poor-wills, snowshoe hares, canvasbacks, pilot whales, white-winged scoters, red foxes, rufous sided towhees, great horned owls, weasels, gray foxes, water snakes, pintails, black bears, brown thrashers, box turtles, beavers, harbor seals, leatherback turtles, spotted turtles, little brown bats, widgeons, spring peepers, fiddler crabs, coyotes, big brown bats, minks, red-winged blackbirds, common goldeneyes, horseshoe crabs, diamondback terrapins, ospreys, common loons, smooth green snakes, wild turkeys, bald eagles, common egrets, Eastern gray squirrels, snapping turtles, pileated woodpeckers, great blue herons, screech owls, cardinals, snowy egrets, Eastern chipmunks, spotted salamanders, porcupines, scarlet tanagers, White-tailed deer, oldsquaws, black-crowned night herons, peregrine falcons, black capped chickadees, woodcocks, Eastern bluebirds, bobcats, Eastern timber rattlesnakes, red-breasted mergansers, woodchucks, milk snakes, piping plovers, brown garter snakes, American goldfinches, fishers, muskrats, bobwhite quails, painted turtles, yelow-bellied sapsuckers, ruby-throated hummingbirds, snowy owls, ruddy turnstone sandpipers, hooded mergansers, Eastern cottontail rabbits, ruffed grouse, blue-winged warblers, sea turtles and opossums are among the wild animals of New York State.

    Myths, Folklore, Monsters, Legends, Ghosts and Scary Stories in New York State

    The metal-working Catskill gnomes (originally of Mohican (Mahican) legend but possibly embellished since), pygmies with piggy eyes, long beards and enormous heads (melonheads?), whose games of nine-pins every twenty years cause thunder and flashes of light (September 3rd 2029 should be the date of their next tournament and, for the brave, the mountain behind the now demolished New Grand Hotel was said to be a good place to look but beware, Hendrik Hudson's crew were temporarily turned into gnomes after drinking their liquor and Rip van Winkle met the gnomes with famous results); the Devil's Dance Chamber to the west of the Hudson River, where native Americans performed their divinatory dance rituals until the Manitou manifested himself as a wild animal; the ghost ship The Flying Dutchman, usually associated with the Cape of Good Hope but which is said by some to appear at Tappan Zee on the Hudson River (I suspect that it is really Captain Kidd's ship the Adventure Galley); alligators in the sewers of New York City, said to be the descendants of baby alligators flushed down toilets; the giant serpent of Silver Lake, near Gainesville; the incredible twenty-two ghosts haunting the house at 14 West 10th Street in Manhattan, which include Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens); and the dwerg (dwarf) of John Coleman, a seaman with Hendrik Hudson (did Coleman not recover from his encounter with the Catskill gnomes and so remained a dwarf?), who still haunts the area near Donderberg (Thunder Mountain) on the Hudson River, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of New York State.

    The finger marks of the Great Spirit, according to the Iroquois, as seen in the Finger Lakes to the west of Syracuse; the skeletal Rambout Van Dam who rows the Tappan Zee; the Devil's Stepping Stones in Long Island Sound, used by Satan to escape from Native American warriors; the Catskill Witch who, according to Native American folklore, commanded the weather from Top Mountain and Round Top before playing tricks on anyone who ventured into her domain, once called Ontiora or Mountains of the Sky; the ghosts of Sleepy Hollow (a real village popularly known by that name before it officially became so in 1996), where Washington Irving is buried and which really is haunted, especially around Raven Rock, by a wailing lady in white, the witch Mother Hulda and by a spectral horseman (not headless and usually heard but not seen); the Cardiff Giant, an allegedly petrified man now on display in the Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown; and the Montauk monster, an unidentified carcass (but thought by some to be a bald raccoon), are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in New York State.

    The ghosts of the Dakota Apartments (used in exterior shots in Rosemary's Baby) in New York City, including an Edwardian little girl, a little boy dressed in clothes of the same period, a young man, a crying woman, Edward Clark (who had the Dakota built) and, it is said, former Beatle John Lennon; the celebrity ghosts of New York City's Chelsea Hotel (itself immortalised in song by Leonard Cohen), which allegedly include Sid Vicious, Dylan Thomas, Thomas Wolfe and Eugene O'Neill; the witches of Native American legend who may still dwell in the glacial Green Lakes; the literary ghosts, including Dorothy Parker, of New York City's Algonquin Hotel; the ghost ship Adventure Galley, commanded by Captain Kidd, seen near Bear Mountain Bridge; the pirate treasure, possibly Captain Kidd's, buried on New York harbour's Liberty Island but protected by a fire breathing devil; events in the Long Island house dramatised in the film The Amityville Horror (please do not linger as it is a private residence); and Champ, the famous monster of Lake Champlain on the northeastern border of the state, are more weird folklore associated with New York State.


    America is one of the largest, most most varied and most interesting countries in the world. Being familiar with the USA is as important in the modern Grand Tour as familiarity with Europe. Seattle, Sitka, St Louis, Miami, Minneapolis, San Diego, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Detroit, Las Vegas, Indianapolis, San Francisco, Fairbanks, Chicago, Juneau, Houston, Atlanta, New Orleans, Dallas, Skagway, Fort Lauderdale, Sacramento, Savannah, Albuquerque, New York, Philadelphia, Honolulu, Lake Tahoe, Boston, Corpus Christi, Washington DC, Kansas City, Atlantic City, Anchorage and Salt Lake City are among the most famous cities in the USA. Other American mainland sites that should not be missed if a visitor to America, or an American for that matter, is to be regarded as well travelled, include The Ozarks, Bryce Canyon, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Route 66, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, Yellowstone National Park, the Okefenokee Swamp, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the California coastline, the Adirondacks, Glacier Bay National Park, the Grand Canyon, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, the Disney resorts, Mount Rushmore, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Yosemite National Park, the wild west town of Tombstone, the Appalachians, the Florida Keys, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, the Everglades, Niagara Falls and rodeos.

    The United States of America are so enormous that even most Americans cannot "know" all of their own country. Even visiting every state would be a major undertaking. It is possible, however, to visit the iconic places known all over the world, especially through Hollywood movies. We hope that you found today's Camelopard tip useful.

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