Edwardsville IL hotels. Look for your hotels in Edwardsville Illinois USA. Vacation and travel suggestions by Camelopard. Weird tales, monsters, ghosts, hauntings, scary stories, legends, folklore and myths of Illinois. Illinois national parks, state parks, state forests, national forests, wildlife, sightseeing and/or attractions.
Camelopard wishes you a comfortable stay in your Edwardsville Illinois hotel. When you get the chance, stay in some of the famous, luxurious and/or historic hotels of your destinations. The Excelsior Hotel in Hong Kong near the famous noonday gun, Claridge's in London, Christian's Hotel in Luoyang China, the Royal Tulip Rio de Janeiro, the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, the Chelsea Hotel in New York and the Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana. are among the classic or luxury hotels of the world.
Nature Reserves, National Parks, State Forests, National Forests, State Parks and Refuges in Illinois
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers; Apple River Canyon State Park; 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; Beall Woods State Park on the Wabash River; Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge; the strange geology of Starved Rock State Park; and Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Illinois.
Myths, Monsters, Ghosts, Legends, Folklore and Scary Stories in Illinois
Big Muddy, the Murphysboro mud monster (similar to the Cole Hollow Monster); gigantic, aggressive thunderbirds; the moans of a suicidal chambermaid, heard on the sixth floor of the Hotel Baker in Saint Charles; 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 nine or more spectres that haunt Original Springs Mineral Spa and Hotel in Okawville, including a former owner and a Lady in White; 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 strange phenomena of Robinson Woods, Chicago; and 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, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Illinois.
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 chatty little ghost Abigail, who haunts the Ruebel Hotel in Grafton; the giant serpent of Lake Michigan; the long snouted, hominid, Tuttle Bottoms Monster; the red eyed and three legged Enfield Monster; the phantom guests of Desoto House Hotel in Galena (the hotel boasts Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S Grant as former living guests); the spirit of a 1920s flapper with bobbed hair that haunts Waldheim Cemetery in Forest Park; and the hairy, anthropoid Cole Hollow Monster, or Cohomo, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in 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. Seattle, Lake Tahoe, Fort Lauderdale, Juneau, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Corpus Christi, Atlanta, San Diego, Dallas, Savannah, St Louis, Miami, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Honolulu, Skagway, Fairbanks, Santa Fe, Sitka, New York, Kansas City, Phoenix, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Atlantic City, Albuquerque, Washington DC, Detroit, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, San Francisco, Anchorage, Sacramento and Salt Lake City 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 Mount Rushmore, Route 66, the Disney resorts, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Bryce Canyon, the Appalachians, the Grand Canyon, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the wild west town of Tombstone, the California coastline, Mount Rainier National Park, Niagara Falls, rodeos, Yosemite National Park, the Florida Keys, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the Okefenokee Swamp, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, the Adirondacks, the Ozarks, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Everglades, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta 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. Good luck on your travels.
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