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    Camelopard wishes you a comfortable stay in your Claverack New York hotel. Seasoned travellers will become acquainted with the famous hotels in their destinations. The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, the Grand Hyatt Macau, the New Stanley Hotel in Nairobi, Christian's Hotel in Luoyang China, the PuLi Hotel and Spa in Shanghai, the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles and the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. are some of the world's most famous hotels.

    National Parks, State Forests, State Parks, Nature Reserves, National Forests and Refuges in New York State

    Buttermilk Falls State Park near Ithaca; Watkins Glen State Park, on Seneca Lake, with its cliffs and eighteen waterfalls; the Mohonk Preserve in the Shawangunk Mountains; Robert Moses State Park in the Thousand Islands area; Allegany State Park near Salamanca, with black bears, beavers and more, often revealed in the evening by spotlights around Red House Lake; the wild Adirondack Park, inhabited by black bears and increasing numbers of moose and with its famous Great Camps, wilderness lodges of the wealthy; Great Swamp Conservancy; Utica Marsh Wildlife Management Area; Nelson Swamp Unique Area; Labrador Hollow Unique Area; Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex; Sterling Forest State Park; Sam's Point Preserve, a National Natural Landmark and the habitat of bears and other wildlife; Catskill Park with its forest inhabited by bears, bobcats and other animals as well as, perhaps, the Catskill gnomes; Finger Lakes National Forest; Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary; Letchworth State Park with its waterfalls and the Genesee River Gorge; and Niagara Falls State Park, the first state park in the USA, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of New York State.

    Myths, Folklore, Scary Stories, Ghosts, Legends and Monsters in New York State

    The ghosts of the Dakota Apartments (used in exterior shots in Rosemary's Baby) in New York City, including an Edwardian little girl, a little boy dressed in clothes of the same period, a young man, a crying woman, Edward Clark (who had the Dakota built) and, it is said, former Beatle John Lennon; the giant serpent of Silver Lake, near Gainesville; the dwerg (dwarf) of John Coleman, a seaman with Hendrik Hudson (did Coleman not recover from his encounter with the Catskill gnomes and so remained a dwarf?), who still haunts the area near Donderberg (Thunder Mountain) on the Hudson River; the Devil's Stepping Stones in Long Island Sound, used by Satan to escape from Native American warriors; the literary ghosts, including Dorothy Parker, of New York City's Algonquin Hotel; the Devil's Dance Chamber to the west of the Hudson River, where native Americans performed their divinatory dance rituals until the Manitou manifested himself as a wild animal; and the pirate treasure, possibly Captain Kidd's, buried on New York harbour's Liberty Island but protected by a fire breathing devil, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of New York State.

    The celebrity ghosts of New York City's Chelsea Hotel (itself immortalised in song by Leonard Cohen), which allegedly include Sid Vicious, Dylan Thomas, Thomas Wolfe and Eugene O'Neill; the ghosts of Sleepy Hollow (a real village popularly known by that name before it officially became so in 1996), where Washington Irving is buried and which really is haunted, especially around Raven Rock, by a wailing lady in white, the witch Mother Hulda and by a spectral horseman (not headless and usually heard but not seen); Champ, the famous monster of Lake Champlain on the northeastern border of the state; the Montauk monster, an unidentified carcass (but thought by some to be a bald raccoon); the metal-working Catskill gnomes (originally of Mohican (Mahican) legend but possibly embellished since), pygmies with piggy eyes, long beards and enormous heads (melonheads?), whose games of nine-pins every twenty years cause thunder and flashes of light (September 3rd 2029 should be the date of their next tournament and, for the brave, the mountain behind the now demolished New Grand Hotel was said to be a good place to look but beware, Hendrik Hudson's crew were temporarily turned into gnomes after drinking their liquor and Rip van Winkle met the gnomes with famous results); alligators in the sewers of New York City, said to be the descendants of baby alligators flushed down toilets; and the ghost ship Adventure Galley, commanded by Captain Kidd, seen near Bear Mountain Bridge, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in New York State.

    Events in the Long Island house dramatised in the film The Amityville Horror (please do not linger as it is a private residence); the ghost ship The Flying Dutchman, usually associated with the Cape of Good Hope but which is said by some to appear at Tappan Zee on the Hudson River (I suspect that it is really Captain Kidd's ship the Adventure Galley); the Catskill Witch who, according to Native American folklore, commanded the weather from Top Mountain and Round Top before playing tricks on anyone who ventured into her domain, once called Ontiora or Mountains of the Sky; the Cardiff Giant, an allegedly petrified man now on display in the Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown; the incredible twenty-two ghosts haunting the house at 14 West 10th Street in Manhattan, which include Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens); the witches of Native American legend who may still dwell in the glacial Green Lakes; the skeletal Rambout Van Dam who rows the Tappan Zee; and the finger marks of the Great Spirit, according to the Iroquois, as seen in the Finger Lakes to the west of Syracuse, are more weird folklore associated with New York State.


    Some people say that they have no desire to visit America because they have seen so much of it on TV and in the movies. However, there is no substitute for the real thing. Be as familiar with famous places as you might like to be with famous people. Savannah, San Diego, Santa Fe, Sacramento, Sitka, Phoenix, Chicago, Los Angeles, Fairbanks, Kansas City, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Honolulu, Detroit, Las Vegas, New Orleans, San Francisco, Boston, Minneapolis, Miami, Corpus Christi, Juneau, Lake Tahoe, Washington DC, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Fort Lauderdale, St Louis, Houston, New York, Indianapolis, Dallas, Skagway, Anchorage, Albuquerque and Philadelphia. If you have seen those cities, you have at least seen the most famous ones in the USA. Visiting all fifty states is something that even most Americans cannot manage but it is possible to visit those cities, as well as other iconic destinations such as The wild west town of Tombstone, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Grand Canyon, the California coastline, Yellowstone National Park, Niagara Falls, rodeos, the Ozarks, the Everglades, Bryce Canyon, the Adirondacks, Mount Rushmore, Glacier Bay National Park, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, the Okefenokee Swamp, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the Florida Keys, the Appalachians, Mount Rainier National Park, Yosemite National Park, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Route 66, the Disney resorts, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta and Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi. Casually mentioning places that you have visited can be as impressive as mentioning the names of celebrities that you have met. By the way, you will find other Camelopard tips, hints, anecdotes or warnings on other pages of the website.

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