Amarillo Area TX hotels. Reservations for hotels in Amarillo Area Texas United States of America. Myths, legends, fearsome critters, ghosts, folklore, monsters, hauntings and eerie tales of Texas. Advice for keeping safe on your journey. Sights, attractions, wildlife, national and state parks and/or forests of Texas.
We hope that you enjoy your stay in your Amarillo Area Texas hotel. Seasoned travellers will become acquainted with the famous hotels in their destinations. The Mandarin Oriental Macau, the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, the Chelsea Hotel in New York, the Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana, the Hotel Icon in Hong Kong, the Imperial Hotel in Delhi and the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong. are among the historic, famous and/or luxurious of the international hotels.
Attractions and Sights/Places to See in Texas
The scenery of the Hill Country, best seen while drifting down the Guadalupe River; Amarillo in the Panhandle, with the historic J A Ranch and the Big Texan Steak Ranch where you can eat for free, if you take less than an hour to eat their huge steak meal; Dallas, setting of the great TV series; the old frontier outposts of Fort Belknap, Fort Davis and Fort Richardson; San Antonio with the Alamo mission, where Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie made their famous stand, as well as San Antonio Missions National Historical Park; Fort Worth with its Water Gardens and Cowtown Coliseum; the Gulf city of Galveston with its amusement pier, the tall ship Elissa and Victorian architecture in the Strand and the East End; the Lucas Gusher in the Spindletop Oil Field; Houston with the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center and the battleship USS Texas; the Palo Duro Canyon, where a summertime Musical, Texas, is played outdoors; the King Ranch, larger than the state of Rhode Island; the Trevino-Uribe Rancho in San Ygnacio; the Caribbean beaches of Corpus Christi and the Gulf Coast; and the Sahara-like sand dunes of Monahans, are among the attractions of Texas.
Monsters, Legends, Scary Stories, Myths, Folklore and Ghosts in Texas
The alleged hauntings of the historic Excelsior House Hotel in Jefferson, including a light-fingered woman in black with a baby, a perfumed lady, a headless man and a boy who wakes people up to ask whether they want breakfast (it is even claimed that Steven Spielberg had a supernatural experience at the hotel, the guests of which have included Oscar Wilde and Ulysses S Grant; the suicidal jumper who is said to still haunt his room at the Omni Austin Hotel; the ghostly nun and the doppelgangers of staff who roam La Posada Hotel, on the site of a former convent, in Laredo; Pecos Bill with his coyote family, his rattlesnake Shake (that served as his lasso) and his true love the catfish-riding Slue-Foot Sue (Neil Armstrong may have been the first MAN to set FOOT on the moon but Sue banged her HEAD on it many years earlier, after being thrown by Bill's appropriately named horse, Widow-Maker); the winged, humanoid monsters of Littlefield who allegedly lived in the basement of two elderly spinsters; the spooky goings on at the St Anthony Hotel, San Antonio, including phantom second-honeymooners who don't know when to stop; and the phantom of a former cleaner in a brown uniform and the ghostly sounds of children playing in the Rio Grande Plaza Hotel, Laredo, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Texas.
The ghostly woman who walks the banks of the Rio Grande in Laredo, looking for the children that she pushed over a cliff into the river; the lady in white who carries a cat in the Marriott Plaza Hotel in San Antonio; the Confederate soldier and the phantom boy nicknamed "Jimmy" who still roam Tremont House hotel in Galveston; ghosts in all of the rooms (including one that still sometimes leaves tips for the maid) at Miss Molly's Hotel bed and breakfast, once a bordello, in Fort Worth; supernatural entities at Victoria's Black Swan Inn in San Antonio; the groaning Enchanted Rock, said to be genuinely magical; and paranormal phenomena at the Tarpon Inn, Port Aransas, including a bathroom that sometimes has a pink glow, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Texas.
Creepy and malevolent black eyed children (Black Eyed Kids or BEKs) in Abilene; the unexplained phenomena and spectres of the Hotel Lawrence, Dallas, including the ghost of a gambler; the strange phenomena at the Driskill Hotel, Austin, including the odd sensation experienced by guests who stare at the third floor picture of a child holding flowers; phantoms of the Faust Hotel, New Braunfels, which include a black cat; the ghostly civil war soldiers of Patterson Road, Houston; the ghost of a murdered call girl in the Gunter Hotel, San Antonio; and the emerald-headed serpent, a great deity that inhabits a crystal cave in the Gulf of Mexico but which, according to Native Americans, may be seen from the coast, when it ventures to the surface with a great display of light, are more weird folklore associated with Texas.
The black eyed boy, presumably a BEK, who terrified a large airman on a military base; the sounds of happy children heard in the Hamilton Hotel, Laredo, even when no children are near; the spirits of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, such as the shade of Sarah Morgan (who was killed by a student) in the biology building, the ghost of a bearded and stetsoned professor in Holden Hall, the phantom of a student in the underground tunnels (still trying to sneak into the girls' dormitories) and "George", the harmless spectre of the old President's House; the Lake Worth monster, a creature appearing as part man, part goat and part fish; appearances of the spiny goat-sucker, the chupacabra; the three ghosts of the Hotel Galvez and Spa, Galveston, including one that leaves the scent of gardenias in a room; strange phenomena at the Emily Morgan Hotel, near the Alamo in San Antonio (the Alamo itself is said by some to be the site of paranormal phenomena); the spectral cowboys who, in the hours before dawn, walk in the courtyard of the Y.O. Ranch Hotel, Kerrville; and the thirty-two benevolent ghosts of the historic Menger Hotel, close to the Alamo in San Antonio, including Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt (who recruited Rough Riders in the Menger Bar), the phantom of rancher Richard King in his former suite (the King Room), chambermaid Sallie White who still meticulously performs her duties in Victorian attire, a bespectacled lady in a blue dress who knits quietly in the lobby, a man in a buckskin jacket and unseen kitchen helpers, are yet more strange folktales of Texas.
America welcomes careful drivers; also pilots and passengers, for that matter. It is well-known that in Europe you should see London, Paris, Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice and Athens but in the USA you should see Sacramento, Philadelphia, Corpus Christi, New Orleans, Honolulu, Anchorage, Fort Lauderdale, Detroit, Salt Lake City, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Miami, Phoenix, Fairbanks, Kansas City, Atlantic City, Atlanta, Washington DC, San Diego, Boston, Indianapolis, Houston, Lake Tahoe, Savannah, Los Angeles, Dallas, Skagway, St Louis, Sitka, Juneau, Las Vegas, Chicago, Minneapolis and Albuquerque. Then perhaps you can say that you are familiar with the United States of America. Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Ozarks, Bryce Canyon, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Glacier Bay National Park, the Grand Canyon, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Disney resorts, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Yosemite National Park, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, rodeos, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the wild west town of Tombstone, Mount Rainier National Park, the Everglades, the Florida Keys, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Niagara Falls, the Appalachians, the California coastline, Route 66 and the Adirondacks are other places, sights or events that can justify your claim to know America. By the way, you will find other Camelopard tips, hints, anecdotes or warnings on other pages of the website.
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