Arcadia FL hotels. Find rooms / hotels in Arcadia Florida USA. Camelopard travel tips and hints. Sights, attractions, wildlife, national and state parks and/or forests of Florida. Florida myths, folklore, hauntings, monsters, legends and ghosts.
We wish you an enjoyable stay at your chosen Arcadia Florida hotel. When you get the chance, stay in some of the famous, luxurious and/or historic hotels of your destinations. The Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, the Hotel Lisboa and its famous casino in Macau, the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, Hotel La Mamounia in Marrakesh (Marrakech), the Cascades Hotel at Sun City in South Africa, the Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro and the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund. are among the historic, famous and/or luxurious of the international hotels.
National Parks, State Parks, State Forests, National Forests, Nature Reserves and Refuges in Florida
Osceola National Forest where the Skunk Ape is said to have been seen; J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island with alligators, loggerhead turtles, manatees and the unique Sanibel Island rice rat; Manatee Springs State Park, the main attraction of which you can guess; the 938 square mile Apalachicola National Forest; Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, which extends into Georgia; Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge with nesting loggerhead and green turtles; the 607 square mile Ocala National Forest; the 220 square mile Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge at Cape Canaveral, where you may see grazing manatees and sea turtles as well as space launches; Caladesi Island State Park, said to have the best beaches in America; the 2500 square mile Everglades National Park, home of alligators, American crocodiles, Florida cougars, black bears, American flamingos and much more; and the large Big Cypress National Preserve, home to bears and Florida panthers, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Florida.
Scary Stories, Folklore, Ghosts, Monsters, Myths and Legends in Florida
The Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; the thoroughfare popularly called Bloody Bucket Road and the similarly prefixed bridge and woods in Wauchula where, at night, blood appears in the water below the bridge and the sound of crying babies is heard from the woods (a murderous midwife is said to have been haunted by a bucket that supernaturally filled with the blood of her victims, which she tried to pour out at the bridge); hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; the spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; and spirits of the Agustin Inn in the St Augustine Historic District, including a man in white, who walks through walls and who may also be the ghostly Chiles who "goes bump in the night", are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.
Spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; unusual hauntings of a Victorian guesthouse, Artist House, in Key West (the turret is said to be haunted, both by Anne, the wife of artist and author Robert Eugene "Gene" Otto and by the malevolent spirit of a sailor doll, also called Robert - the "possessed" doll itself is sometimes displayed in the Fort East Martello Museum or at the Old Post Office and Customhouse and is claimed to be the inpiration for the Chucky movies); sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs; the ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola; the phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum; the numerous ghosts of the Cassadaga Hotel, Cassadaga, which embraces its phantom guests and usually has a professional psychic on hand (spectres include girls Katlin and Sarah, Gentleman Jack with his trademark cigar and a rather naughty ghost called Arthur); and the pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
Strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville; the Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon; the phantom maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine; unexplained phenomena at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Miami (ghostly events are associated with the fact that the hotel was used as a soldiers' hospital during WW2); the White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; the Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; and the pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops, are more weird folklore associated with Florida.
The phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island; the smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; the ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud; the ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview; the ghosts of Miss Sunshine Gibson and Captain Wood in the historic, Cracker styled, Gibson Inn in Apalachicola; the toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider; ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; the gash-throated phantom of Luc Simone Aury that haunts the area outsde of the Amelia Island Museum of History, formerly the Old Jail where he was hanged, in Fernandina Beach (his attempt at suicide failed and his throat was stitched by a surgeon but the long drop of the gallows caused his wound to open and shower the horrified spectators with blood - Aury couldn't have planned it better if he had tried!); the Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified; and the Wiccademous Grave of the atmospheric shrimping village Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island, where the spirit of a witch causes the earth to tremble, are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
The United States of America has been the most culturally influential country in the world for generations. Being familiar with the USA is as important in the modern Grand Tour as familiarity with Europe. Phoenix, Boston, Skagway, Albuquerque, Anchorage, Sacramento, Houston, Kansas City, San Francisco, Seattle, Savannah, Washington DC, Indianapolis, Miami, Lake Tahoe, Sitka, Minneapolis, San Diego, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Santa Fe, Fort Lauderdale, New Orleans, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, St Louis, New York, Dallas, Juneau, Honolulu, Fairbanks, Detroit and Corpus Christi 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 Appalachians, Mount Rainier National Park, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, Route 66, the Disney resorts, the Everglades, the Florida Keys, Glacier Bay National Park, Yellowstone National Park, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Yosemite National Park, the Ozarks, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the California coastline, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Grand Canyon, the wild west town of Tombstone, rodeos, Mount Rushmore, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the Adirondacks, Bryce Canyon and Niagara Falls.
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 at camelopard.com wish you a pleasant journey in the USA.
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