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Camelopard wishes you a comfortable stay in your Chicago Ridge Illinois hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. Claridge's in London, Raffles Hotel in Singapore where the Singapore Sling was invented in the hotel's Long Bar, the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong, the Grand Hyatt Macau, the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, the Excelsior Hotel in Hong Kong near the famous noonday gun and the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. are some of the world's most famous hotels.
State Forests, Nature Reserves, National Forests, State Parks, National Parks and Refuges in Illinois
The 280000 acre Shawnee National Forest (there had to be at least one significant wild place in Illinois); Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge; Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge; 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; Beall Woods State Park on the Wabash River; Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers; the strange geology of Starved Rock State Park; and Apple River Canyon State Park, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Illinois.
Folklore, Scary Stories, Monsters, Ghosts, Myths and Legends in Illinois
The hairy, anthropoid Cole Hollow Monster, or Cohomo; the giant serpent of Lake Michigan; 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 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; Big Muddy, the Murphysboro mud monster (similar to the Cole Hollow Monster); gigantic, aggressive thunderbirds; the phantom guests of Desoto House Hotel in Galena (the hotel boasts Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S Grant as former living guests); 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 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 long snouted, hominid, Tuttle Bottoms Monster; the phantom monks of St Rita of Cascia church, Chicago; the spirits of Congress Plaza Hotel, Chicago, especially the spectral woman in Room 441; the moans of a suicidal chambermaid, heard on the sixth floor of the Hotel Baker in Saint Charles; the red eyed and three legged Enfield Monster; the spirit of a 1920s flapper with bobbed hair that haunts Waldheim Cemetery in Forest Park; the chatty little ghost Abigail, who haunts the Ruebel Hotel in Grafton; and the strange phenomena of Robinson Woods, Chicago, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Illinois.
So you want to see America. Being familiar with the USA is as important in the modern Grand Tour as familiarity with Europe. Savannah, Sacramento, Chicago, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Santa Fe, New York, Philadelphia, Miami, Boston, Juneau, Washington DC, San Francisco, Indianapolis, San Diego, Atlanta, Dallas, Honolulu, Kansas City, Sitka, Seattle, Albuquerque, St Louis, Houston, Skagway, Phoenix, New Orleans, Fairbanks, Atlantic City, Corpus Christi, Anchorage, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Lake Tahoe, Minneapolis and Las Vegas 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 Niagara Falls, the California coastline, Mount Rainier National Park, Route 66, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the Disney resorts, Glacier Bay National Park, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the Everglades, the Appalachians, Bryce Canyon, the Okefenokee Swamp, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, the Adirondacks, the Grand Canyon, the Ozarks, Yosemite National Park, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, rodeos, the wild west town of Tombstone, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, the Florida Keys, Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone 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. Whether you travel America for business or pleasure, enjoy your journey.
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