Chicago Heights IL hotels. Find places to stay / hotels in Chicago Heights Illinois United States of America. Wildlife, state and national forests and parks, attractions and/or sights of Illinois. Monsters, myths, legends, folklore, ghosts and hauntings of Illinois. Camelopard travel tips and hints.
We hope that you enjoy your stay in your Chicago Heights Illinois hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, the PuLi Hotel and Spa in Shanghai, the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, the Renaissance Suzhou Hotel in Suzhou China, the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, the Peace Hotel (formerly the renowned Cathay Hotel) in Shanghai and the Grand Coloane Beach Resort in Macau. are among the classic or luxury hotels of the world.
Ghosts, Myths, Legends, Monsters, Folklore and Scary Stories in Illinois
The chatty little ghost Abigail, who haunts the Ruebel Hotel in Grafton; the phantom guests of Desoto House Hotel in Galena (the hotel boasts Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S Grant as former living guests); the phantom monks of St Rita of Cascia church, Chicago; the long snouted, hominid, Tuttle Bottoms Monster; the red eyed and three legged Enfield Monster; Big Muddy, the Murphysboro mud monster (similar to the Cole Hollow Monster); 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); and the nine or more spectres that haunt Original Springs Mineral Spa and Hotel in Okawville, including a former owner and a Lady in White, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Illinois.
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; the spirits of Congress Plaza Hotel, Chicago, especially the spectral woman in Room 441; gigantic, aggressive thunderbirds; 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; the hairy, anthropoid Cole Hollow Monster, or Cohomo; the strange phenomena of Robinson Woods, Chicago; and the giant serpent of Lake Michigan, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Illinois.
National Parks, National Forests, Nature Reserves, State Parks, State Forests and Refuges in Illinois
Apple River Canyon State Park; the strange geology of Starved Rock State Park; Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge; Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers; Beall Woods State Park on the Wabash River; the 280000 acre Shawnee National Forest (there had to be at least one significant wild place in Illinois); 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; and Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Illinois.
The USA has always welcomed friendly travellers from all over the world. Being familiar with the USA is as important in the modern Grand Tour as familiarity with Europe. Skagway, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Sitka, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, Anchorage, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Houston, Corpus Christi, Chicago, Sacramento, Fairbanks, Fort Lauderdale, Honolulu, Minneapolis, Albuquerque, Detroit, Lake Tahoe, Santa Fe, New York, Savannah, Seattle, Juneau, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Phoenix, Washington DC, Kansas City and St Louis 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, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the Ozarks, the California coastline, rodeos, Yosemite National Park, the Everglades, Bryce Canyon, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the wild west town of Tombstone, the Florida Keys, Yellowstone National Park, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the Disney resorts, Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, Route 66, the Adirondacks, Niagara Falls, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta and Mount Rainier National Park.
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. By the way, you will find other Camelopard tips, hints, anecdotes or warnings on other pages of the website.
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