Fort Walton Beach Destin FL hotels. Find rooms / hotels in Fort Walton Beach Destin Florida USA. Sights, attractions, wildlife, national and state parks and/or forests of Florida. Warnings, anecdotes and travel advice from Camelopard.com. Florida hauntings, monsters, myths, ghosts, legends and folklore.
Camelopard wishes you a comfortable stay in your Fort Walton Beach Destin Florida hotel. Seasoned travellers will become acquainted with the famous hotels in their destinations. The Imperial Hotel in Delhi, the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Christian's Hotel in Luoyang China, the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, the Shangri-La Hotel in Lhasa, the Excelsior Hotel in Hong Kong near the famous noonday gun and the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong. are among the classic or luxury hotels of the world.
National Parks, State Forests, State Parks, Nature Reserves, National Forests and Refuges in Florida
The 220 square mile Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge at Cape Canaveral, where you may see grazing manatees and sea turtles as well as space launches; J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island with alligators, loggerhead turtles, manatees and the unique Sanibel Island rice rat; Osceola National Forest where the Skunk Ape is said to have been seen; the 2500 square mile Everglades National Park, home of alligators, American crocodiles, Florida cougars, black bears, American flamingos and much more; the 938 square mile Apalachicola National Forest; the large Big Cypress National Preserve, home to bears and Florida panthers; Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, which extends into Georgia; Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge with nesting loggerhead and green turtles; Caladesi Island State Park, said to have the best beaches in America; Manatee Springs State Park, the main attraction of which you can guess; and the 607 square mile Ocala National Forest, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Florida.
Legends, Myths, Folklore, Monsters, Scary Stories and Ghosts in Florida
The toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider; the phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island; sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs; spirits of the Agustin Inn in the St Augustine Historic District, including a man in white, who walks through walls and who may also be the ghostly Chiles who "goes bump in the night"; hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; the White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; and the pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.
Spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; the ghosts of Miss Sunshine Gibson and Captain Wood in the historic, Cracker styled, Gibson Inn in Apalachicola; the ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview; unusual hauntings of a Victorian guesthouse, Artist House, in Key West (the turret is said to be haunted, both by Anne, the wife of artist and author Robert Eugene "Gene" Otto and by the malevolent spirit of a sailor doll, also called Robert - the "possessed" doll itself is sometimes displayed in the Fort East Martello Museum or at the Old Post Office and Customhouse and is claimed to be the inpiration for the Chucky movies); the Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; and strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
The pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops; the smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; the spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; the ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola; the numerous ghosts of the Cassadaga Hotel, Cassadaga, which embraces its phantom guests and usually has a professional psychic on hand (spectres include girls Katlin and Sarah, Gentleman Jack with his trademark cigar and a rather naughty ghost called Arthur); the ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud; and the thoroughfare popularly called Bloody Bucket Road and the similarly prefixed bridge and woods in Wauchula where, at night, blood appears in the water below the bridge and the sound of crying babies is heard from the woods (a murderous midwife is said to have been haunted by a bucket that supernaturally filled with the blood of her victims, which she tried to pour out at the bridge), are more weird folklore associated with Florida.
The Wiccademous Grave of the atmospheric shrimping village Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island, where the spirit of a witch causes the earth to tremble; the Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon; unexplained phenomena at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Miami (ghostly events are associated with the fact that the hotel was used as a soldiers' hospital during WW2); the Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; the phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum; the phantom maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine; the gash-throated phantom of Luc Simone Aury that haunts the area outsde of the Amelia Island Museum of History, formerly the Old Jail where he was hanged, in Fernandina Beach (his attempt at suicide failed and his throat was stitched by a surgeon but the long drop of the gallows caused his wound to open and shower the horrified spectators with blood - Aury couldn't have planned it better if he had tried!); ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; and the Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified, are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
America welcomes careful drivers; also pilots and passengers, for that matter. Being familiar with the USA is as important in the modern Grand Tour as familiarity with Europe. Corpus Christi, New Orleans, Savannah, Minneapolis, Skagway, Santa Fe, Lake Tahoe, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Fairbanks, New York, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Honolulu, Detroit, Albuquerque, Seattle, Atlantic City, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Houston, St Louis, Indianapolis, Sitka, Sacramento, Washington DC, Dallas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Anchorage, Philadelphia, Boston, Juneau and San Diego 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 Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Niagara Falls, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Yosemite National Park, the wild west town of Tombstone, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the Disney resorts, the Adirondacks, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Mount Rushmore, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, the Appalachians, the Ozarks, Yellowstone National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, the Okefenokee Swamp, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Grand Canyon, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the Everglades, the California coastline, the Florida Keys, Route 66, Bryce Canyon and rodeos.
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. Camelopard.com and its staff hope that you enjoy your stay.
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