East Peoria IL hotels. Find accommodation / hotels in East Peoria Illinois United States of America. Illinois folklore, legends, myths, ghosts, monsters and hauntings. Camelopard presents advice, anecdotes and warnings for travellers. Sights, attractions, wildlife, national and state parks and/or forests of Illinois.
Camelopard wishes you a comfortable stay in your East Peoria Illinois hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. The Goldeneye Hotel (once the home of James Bond author Ian Fleming) in Jamaica's Oracabessa Bay, the Mandarin Oriental Macau, the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong, the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macau, the Langham Shanghai Xintiandi in Shanghai, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong and the Menger Hotel in San Antonio. are among the classic or luxury hotels of the world.
National Parks, State Parks, National Forests, State Forests, Nature Reserves and Refuges in Illinois
Beall Woods State Park on the Wabash River; Apple River Canyon State Park; Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge; 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; the strange geology of Starved Rock State Park; Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge; and Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Illinois.
Monsters, Myths, Scary Stories, Folklore, Ghosts and Legends in Illinois
The moans of a suicidal chambermaid, heard on the sixth floor of the Hotel Baker in Saint Charles; the phantom monks of St Rita of Cascia church, Chicago; the spirit of a 1920s flapper with bobbed hair that haunts Waldheim Cemetery in Forest Park; 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 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); the red eyed and three legged Enfield Monster; and the strange phenomena of Robinson Woods, Chicago, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Illinois.
The hairy, anthropoid Cole Hollow Monster, or Cohomo; the giant serpent of Lake Michigan; the phantom guests of Desoto House Hotel in Galena (the hotel boasts Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S Grant as former living guests); the spirits of Congress Plaza Hotel, Chicago, especially the spectral woman in Room 441; gigantic, aggressive thunderbirds; the chatty little ghost Abigail, who haunts the Ruebel Hotel in Grafton; 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); 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 other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Illinois.
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. It is well-known that in Europe you should see London, Paris, Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice and Athens but in the USA you should see Honolulu, Corpus Christi, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Sitka, Atlanta, Anchorage, St Louis, New York, New Orleans, Atlantic City, Dallas, Philadelphia, Savannah, Boston, Miami, Indianapolis, Lake Tahoe, Detroit, Fairbanks, Albuquerque, Houston, Minneapolis, San Diego, Sacramento, Washington DC, Seattle, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Juneau, Skagway, Los Angeles, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Phoenix and Santa Fe. Then perhaps you can say that you are familiar with the United States of America. The Grand Canyon, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Bryce Canyon, the Florida Keys, the Appalachians, the California coastline, Mount Rainier National Park, the Adirondacks, Yosemite National Park, the Everglades, Route 66, rodeos, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the Disney resorts, the Ozarks, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, Yellowstone National Park, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, the wild west town of Tombstone, Niagara Falls, Glacier Bay National Park, Mount Rushmore, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park and the Okefenokee Swamp are other places, sights or events that can justify your claim to know America. Good luck on your travels.
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