Guilderland NY hotels. Find places to stay / hotels in Guilderland New York United States of America. New York State hauntings, monsters, myths, ghosts, legends and folklore. Vacation and travel suggestions by Camelopard. Wildlife, state and national forests and parks, attractions and/or sights of New York State.
Camelopard wishes you a comfortable stay in your Guilderland New York hotel. When you get the chance, stay in some of the famous, luxurious and/or historic hotels of your destinations. The Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong, the Arena Copacabana Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, the Mandarin Oriental Macau, the beautiful and historic San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, the Peace Hotel (formerly the renowned Cathay Hotel) in Shanghai, the Hotel Lisboa and its famous casino in Macau and the Palace of the Lost City at Sun City in South Africa. are among the historic, famous and/or luxurious of the international hotels.
Legends, Folklore, Myths, Monsters, Scary Stories and Ghosts in New York State
The ghost ship Adventure Galley, commanded by Captain Kidd, seen near Bear Mountain Bridge; the literary ghosts, including Dorothy Parker, of New York City's Algonquin Hotel; 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); events in the Long Island house dramatised in the film The Amityville Horror (please do not linger as it is a private residence); the skeletal Rambout Van Dam who rows the Tappan Zee; alligators in the sewers of New York City, said to be the descendants of baby alligators flushed down toilets; and the finger marks of the Great Spirit, according to the Iroquois, as seen in the Finger Lakes to the west of Syracuse, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of New York State.
The giant serpent of Silver Lake, near Gainesville; 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); 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; the incredible twenty-two ghosts haunting the house at 14 West 10th Street in Manhattan, which include Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens); Champ, the famous monster of Lake Champlain on the northeastern border of the state; the Cardiff Giant, an allegedly petrified man now on display in the Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown; and 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, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in New York State.
The Montauk monster, an unidentified carcass (but thought by some to be a bald raccoon); 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 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 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 witches of Native American legend who may still dwell in the glacial Green Lakes; the pirate treasure, possibly Captain Kidd's, buried on New York harbour's Liberty Island but protected by a fire breathing devil; 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; and the Devil's Stepping Stones in Long Island Sound, used by Satan to escape from Native American warriors, are more weird folklore associated with New York State.
State Forests, State Parks, Nature Reserves, National Forests, National Parks and Refuges in New York State
Niagara Falls State Park, the first state park in the USA; Utica Marsh Wildlife Management Area; Letchworth State Park with its waterfalls and the Genesee River Gorge; Buttermilk Falls State Park near Ithaca; Watkins Glen State Park, on Seneca Lake, with its cliffs and eighteen waterfalls; Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex; Nelson Swamp Unique Area; Allegany State Park near Salamanca, with black bears, beavers and more, often revealed in the evening by spotlights around Red House Lake; Catskill Park with its forest inhabited by bears, bobcats and other animals as well as, perhaps, the Catskill gnomes; Great Swamp Conservancy; Finger Lakes National Forest; Labrador Hollow Unique Area; the Mohonk Preserve in the Shawangunk Mountains; the wild Adirondack Park, inhabited by black bears and increasing numbers of moose and with its famous Great Camps, wilderness lodges of the wealthy; Robert Moses State Park in the Thousand Islands area; Sam's Point Preserve, a National Natural Landmark and the habitat of bears and other wildlife; Sterling Forest State Park; and Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of New York State.
America is one of the largest, most most varied and most interesting countries in the world. Being familiar with the USA is as important in the modern Grand Tour as familiarity with Europe. Savannah, Dallas, Honolulu, Lake Tahoe, Miami, Albuquerque, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Corpus Christi, Fairbanks, Seattle, Atlanta, Anchorage, Detroit, Houston, Salt Lake City, Sitka, Chicago, Indianapolis, Kansas City, New York, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, Juneau, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Skagway, San Diego, Santa Fe, Atlantic City, Minneapolis, New Orleans and St Louis 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 Grand Canyon, the California coastline, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Bryce Canyon, Yosemite National Park, Niagara Falls, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Mount Rushmore, the Appalachians, Glacier Bay National Park, the Okefenokee Swamp, Route 66, the Everglades, Mount Rainier National Park, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, rodeos, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the Florida Keys, the Adirondacks, the wild west town of Tombstone, the Disney resorts, the Ozarks and Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords 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. Happy travelling!
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