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We hope that you enjoy your stay in your Galveston Area Texas hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. The Royal Tulip Rio de Janeiro, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong, the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong (featuring in the Clark Gable movie Soldier of Fortune), the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, the Villa D'Este on Lake Como, the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town and the Chelsea Hotel in New York. are among the classic or luxury hotels of the world.
Myths, Scary Stories, Monsters, Legends, Ghosts and Folklore in Texas
The groaning Enchanted Rock, said to be genuinely magical; the Lake Worth monster, a creature appearing as part man, part goat and part fish; the emerald-headed serpent, a great deity that inhabits a crystal cave in the Gulf of Mexico but which, according to Native Americans, may be seen from the coast, when it ventures to the surface with a great display of light; the ghostly woman who walks the banks of the Rio Grande in Laredo, looking for the children that she pushed over a cliff into the river; the alleged hauntings of the historic Excelsior House Hotel in Jefferson, including a light-fingered woman in black with a baby, a perfumed lady, a headless man and a boy who wakes people up to ask whether they want breakfast (it is even claimed that Steven Spielberg had a supernatural experience at the hotel, the guests of which have included Oscar Wilde and Ulysses S Grant; the spirits of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, such as the shade of Sarah Morgan (who was killed by a student) in the biology building, the ghost of a bearded and stetsoned professor in Holden Hall, the phantom of a student in the underground tunnels (still trying to sneak into the girls' dormitories) and "George", the harmless spectre of the old President's House; and the ghostly civil war soldiers of Patterson Road, Houston, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Texas.
The three ghosts of the Hotel Galvez and Spa, Galveston, including one that leaves the scent of gardenias in a room; appearances of the spiny goat-sucker, the chupacabra; the unexplained phenomena and spectres of the Hotel Lawrence, Dallas, including the ghost of a gambler; the Confederate soldier and the phantom boy nicknamed "Jimmy" who still roam Tremont House hotel in Galveston; the strange phenomena at the Driskill Hotel, Austin, including the odd sensation experienced by guests who stare at the third floor picture of a child holding flowers; the spectral cowboys who, in the hours before dawn, walk in the courtyard of the Y.O. Ranch Hotel, Kerrville; and the winged, humanoid monsters of Littlefield who allegedly lived in the basement of two elderly spinsters, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Texas.
The suicidal jumper who is said to still haunt his room at the Omni Austin Hotel; the ghost of a murdered call girl in the Gunter Hotel, San Antonio; the thirty-two benevolent ghosts of the historic Menger Hotel, close to the Alamo in San Antonio, including Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt (who recruited Rough Riders in the Menger Bar), the phantom of rancher Richard King in his former suite (the King Room), chambermaid Sallie White who still meticulously performs her duties in Victorian attire, a bespectacled lady in a blue dress who knits quietly in the lobby, a man in a buckskin jacket and unseen kitchen helpers; phantoms of the Faust Hotel, New Braunfels, which include a black cat; strange phenomena at the Emily Morgan Hotel, near the Alamo in San Antonio (the Alamo itself is said by some to be the site of paranormal phenomena); the spooky goings on at the St Anthony Hotel, San Antonio, including phantom second-honeymooners who don't know when to stop; and the black eyed boy, presumably a BEK, who terrified a large airman on a military base, are more weird folklore associated with Texas.
Creepy and malevolent black eyed children (Black Eyed Kids or BEKs) in Abilene; Pecos Bill with his coyote family, his rattlesnake Shake (that served as his lasso) and his true love the catfish-riding Slue-Foot Sue (Neil Armstrong may have been the first MAN to set FOOT on the moon but Sue banged her HEAD on it many years earlier, after being thrown by Bill's appropriately named horse, Widow-Maker); the sounds of happy children heard in the Hamilton Hotel, Laredo, even when no children are near; the lady in white who carries a cat in the Marriott Plaza Hotel in San Antonio; supernatural entities at Victoria's Black Swan Inn in San Antonio; the phantom of a former cleaner in a brown uniform and the ghostly sounds of children playing in the Rio Grande Plaza Hotel, Laredo; ghosts in all of the rooms (including one that still sometimes leaves tips for the maid) at Miss Molly's Hotel bed and breakfast, once a bordello, in Fort Worth; the ghostly nun and the doppelgangers of staff who roam La Posada Hotel, on the site of a former convent, in Laredo; and paranormal phenomena at the Tarpon Inn, Port Aransas, including a bathroom that sometimes has a pink glow, are yet more strange folktales of Texas.
Mammals, Reptiles, Birds and other Wildlife / Fauna of Texas
Sandhill cranes, plain chachalacas, white-tailed deer, red-cockaded woodpeckers, burrowing owls, collared peccaries or javelinas, road runners, cougars (also called pumas or mountain lions), endangered whooping cranes, jackrabbits, raccoons, turkey vultures (turkey buzzards), cactus wrens, wild turkeys, nine-banded armadillos, American white pelicans, Texas horned lizards, opossums, Montezuma quails, pronghorn antelopes, Mexican free-tailed bats, roseate spoonbills, Ridley sea turtles, increasing numbers of black bears, brown pelicans, Western diamondback rattlesnakes, American avocets, bobcats, otters, coyotes, prairie chickens, prairie dog towns, alligators, bald eagles and great kiskadees are among the wild animals of Texas.
America is one country that nearly everyone wants to visit at some time in their lives. Being familiar with the USA is as important in the modern Grand Tour as familiarity with Europe. Salt Lake City, Savannah, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Houston, Sacramento, Atlanta, Skagway, New Orleans, Atlantic City, Fairbanks, San Diego, St Louis, Sitka, Honolulu, Anchorage, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Corpus Christi, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco, Detroit, Santa Fe, Minneapolis, Juneau, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Albuquerque, Dallas, New York and Lake Tahoe 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 Ozarks, the Everglades, the Adirondacks, Niagara Falls, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, Yosemite National Park, Mount Rushmore, Bryce Canyon, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Yellowstone National Park, the wild west town of Tombstone, the Disney resorts, rodeos, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the Florida Keys, Glacier Bay National Park, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, the Okefenokee Swamp, Route 66, the Appalachians, the Grand Canyon, Mount Rainier National Park and the California coastline.
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.
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