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We wish you an enjoyable stay at your chosen Bellwood Illinois hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. Raffles Hotel in Singapore where the Singapore Sling was invented in the hotel's Long Bar, the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong, the New Stanley Hotel in Nairobi, Christian's Hotel in Luoyang China, Hotel La Mamounia in Marrakesh (Marrakech) and the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego. are some of the world's most famous hotels.
State Parks, National Parks, State Forests, Nature Reserves, National Forests and Refuges in Illinois
Beall Woods State Park on the Wabash River; the strange geology of Starved Rock State Park; Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers; Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge; the 280000 acre Shawnee National Forest (there had to be at least one significant wild place in Illinois); Apple River Canyon State Park; Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge; and Pere Marquette State Park, a pathetic 8000 acres but still the largest state park in Illinois and which permits the licensed shooting of deer, turkeys, raccoons and squirrels within its small boundaries, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Illinois.
Ghosts, Monsters, Myths, Legends, Scary Stories and Folklore in Illinois
The chatty little ghost Abigail, who haunts the Ruebel Hotel in Grafton; the long snouted, hominid, Tuttle Bottoms Monster; the ghostly screams heard near the post office on the site of the hotel built by sadistic serial killer H H Holmes on West 63rd Street, Chicago; the moans of a suicidal chambermaid, heard on the sixth floor of the Hotel Baker in Saint Charles; the spirit of a 1920s flapper with bobbed hair that haunts Waldheim Cemetery in Forest Park; Big Muddy, the Murphysboro mud monster (similar to the Cole Hollow Monster); the spirits of Congress Plaza Hotel, Chicago, especially the spectral woman in Room 441; and gigantic, aggressive thunderbirds, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Illinois.
The phantom monks of St Rita of Cascia church, Chicago; the phantom guests of Desoto House Hotel in Galena (the hotel boasts Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S Grant as former living guests); the nine or more spectres that haunt Original Springs Mineral Spa and Hotel in Okawville, including a former owner and a Lady in White; the giant serpent of Lake Michigan; the red eyed and three legged Enfield Monster; the hairy, anthropoid Cole Hollow Monster, or Cohomo; the strange phenomena of Robinson Woods, Chicago; the ghosts of the Mineral Springs Hotel in Alton, including the marble playing child Cassandra who drowned in the swimming pool, the fragrant Jasmine Lady, a drunken artist (who didn't have time to complete the Crystal Room's mural) and the unfortunate George; and the seven bridges on Lebanon Road, Troy, known as The Seven Gates to Hell, protected by ghostly hounds with glowing eyes (it is said that if you drive through all seven "gates" and finish at midnight, you will go straight to hell), are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Illinois.
Welcome to the United States. Nobody can visit all of America but if you have seen the cities of Houston, Kansas City, New Orleans, Detroit, Albuquerque, Los Angeles, Seattle, Sitka, Atlantic City, Atlanta, San Diego, Fort Lauderdale, Santa Fe, Honolulu, Phoenix, Corpus Christi, Sacramento, Skagway, Minneapolis, Chicago, Anchorage, Washington DC, Indianapolis, Boston, Dallas, San Francisco, St Louis, Miami, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Juneau, New York, Lake Tahoe, Fairbanks, Savannah and Philadelphia you can be regarded as well travelled within the United States. Other world famous USA destinations include Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Yosemite National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, Mount Rushmore, Glacier Bay National Park, the California coastline, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the Everglades, the Ozarks, the Appalachians, Bryce Canyon, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, the Grand Canyon, the Disney resorts, rodeos, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Route 66, the Adirondacks, the Florida Keys, Yellowstone National Park, the wild west town of Tombstone, Niagara Falls, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta and the Okefenokee Swamp. See as much as you can of the only country in the world that includes territory both in the Arctic and in the tropics. Good luck on your travels.
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