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We hope that you enjoy your stay in your Highwood Illinois hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. The Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, the Grand Coloane Beach Resort in Macau, the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong (featuring in the Clark Gable movie Soldier of Fortune), the Imperial Hotel in Delhi, the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong, the Villa D'Este on Lake Como and the New Stanley Hotel in Nairobi. are some of the world's most famous hotels.
State Parks, State Forests, National Forests, Nature Reserves, National Parks and Refuges in Illinois
Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge; Apple River Canyon State Park; the 280000 acre Shawnee National Forest (there had to be at least one significant wild place in Illinois); Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers; the strange geology of Starved Rock State Park; 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; and Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Illinois.
Monsters, Scary Stories, Legends, Myths, Ghosts and Folklore in Illinois
Gigantic, aggressive thunderbirds; the chatty little ghost Abigail, who haunts the Ruebel Hotel in Grafton; the red eyed and three legged Enfield 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 spirits of Congress Plaza Hotel, Chicago, especially the spectral woman in Room 441; Big Muddy, the Murphysboro mud monster (similar to the Cole Hollow Monster); the nine or more spectres that haunt Original Springs Mineral Spa and Hotel in Okawville, including a former owner and a Lady in White; and the phantom monks of St Rita of Cascia church, Chicago, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Illinois.
The moans of a suicidal chambermaid, heard on the sixth floor of the Hotel Baker in Saint Charles; the hairy, anthropoid Cole Hollow Monster, or Cohomo; 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 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; the giant serpent of Lake Michigan; 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 long snouted, hominid, Tuttle Bottoms Monster; and the strange phenomena of Robinson Woods, Chicago, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Illinois.
The USA is one of the most developed and technologically advanced countries in the world, yet has preserved much of its wilderness and beautiful scenery. Nobody can visit all of America but if you have seen the cities of Los Angeles, Atlanta, San Francisco, Fairbanks, Dallas, Anchorage, Phoenix, Miami, New York, Kansas City, Detroit, Houston, Minneapolis, Savannah, Las Vegas, Honolulu, Indianapolis, Fort Lauderdale, Sitka, Boston, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Corpus Christi, Atlantic City, Chicago, New Orleans, Santa Fe, Seattle, Lake Tahoe, Washington DC, St Louis, San Diego, Skagway and Juneau you can be regarded as well travelled within the United States. Other world famous USA destinations include Route 66, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, rodeos, the wild west town of Tombstone, the Adirondacks, Mount Rainier National Park, the Okefenokee Swamp, Yosemite National Park, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the Everglades, the Ozarks, the Disney resorts, the California coastline, the Grand Canyon, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the Florida Keys, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Yellowstone National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Mount Rushmore, the Appalachians, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, Niagara Falls, Bryce Canyon and the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta. See as much as you can of the only country in the world that includes territory both in the Arctic and in the tropics. Camelopard.com hopes that you find its travel advice and anecdotes helpful or amusing.
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