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Camelopard wishes you a comfortable stay in your Hillsdale New York hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. The Savoy Hotel in London, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, the Grand Coloane Beach Resort in Macau, the Goldeneye Hotel (once the home of James Bond author Ian Fleming) in Jamaica's Oracabessa Bay, the Polana Hotel in Maputo, the PuLi Hotel and Spa in Shanghai and the Queen Mary in Long Beach. are among the classic or luxury hotels of the world.
Birds, Mammals, Reptiles and other Wildlife / Fauna of New York State
Common nighthawks, black vultures, woodcocks, Eastern bluebirds, White-tailed deer, American goldfinches, snowy egrets, spring peepers, blue-winged warblers, Eastern gray squirrels, bobwhite quails, beavers, opossums, otters, wild turkeys, Eastern cottontail rabbits, screech owls, smooth green snakes, red foxes, snowy owls, Eastern chipmunks, red-breasted mergansers, brown garter snakes, turkey vultures, diamondback terrapins, sea turtles, harbor seals, weasels, box turtles, horseshoe crabs, common goldeneyes, hooded mergansers, brown thrashers, pilot whales, great blue herons, gray foxes, Eastern timber rattlesnakes, oldsquaws, fishers, snowshoe hares, white-winged scoters, bottle-nosed dolphins, piping plovers, ospreys, yelow-bellied sapsuckers, minks, big brown bats, great horned owls, common loons, woodchucks, red-winged blackbirds, muskrats, northern shovelers, coyotes, belted kingfishers, spotted salamanders, Baltimore orioles, a moose population that has grown since they started to migrate back into the state in the late 1970s, spotted turtles, fiddler crabs, porpoises, ruddy turnstone sandpipers, raccoons, ruffed grouse, ruby-throated hummingbirds, bald eagles, milk snakes, scarlet tanagers, rufous sided towhees, painted turtles, black capped chickadees, peregrine falcons, bobolinks, snapping turtles, canvasbacks, water snakes, pileated woodpeckers, porcupines, great egrets, black-crowned night herons, cardinals, whip-poor-wills, widgeons, leatherback turtles, common egrets, pintails, little brown bats, black bears, black racer snakes and bobcats are among the wild animals of New York State.
Ghosts, Myths, Scary Stories, Legends, Monsters and Folklore in New York State
Champ, the famous monster of Lake Champlain on the northeastern border of the state; 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 pirate treasure, possibly Captain Kidd's, buried on New York harbour's Liberty Island but protected by a fire breathing devil; the Montauk monster, an unidentified carcass (but thought by some to be a bald raccoon); the witches of Native American legend who may still dwell in the glacial Green Lakes; 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; and the skeletal Rambout Van Dam who rows the Tappan Zee, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of New York State.
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); events in the Long Island house dramatised in the film The Amityville Horror (please do not linger as it is a private residence); 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 Stepping Stones in Long Island Sound, used by Satan to escape from Native American warriors; 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); the finger marks of the Great Spirit, according to the Iroquois, as seen in the Finger Lakes to the west of Syracuse; and the literary ghosts, including Dorothy Parker, of New York City's Algonquin Hotel, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in New York State.
The ghost ship Adventure Galley, commanded by Captain Kidd, seen near Bear Mountain Bridge; 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 Cardiff Giant, an allegedly petrified man now on display in the Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown; 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; alligators in the sewers of New York City, said to be the descendants of baby alligators flushed down toilets; 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; the giant serpent of Silver Lake, near Gainesville; and the incredible twenty-two ghosts haunting the house at 14 West 10th Street in Manhattan, which include Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens), are more weird folklore associated with New York State.
Welcome to the United States. Being familiar with the USA is as important in the modern Grand Tour as familiarity with Europe. Sitka, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Miami, San Francisco, New York, Anchorage, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Atlanta, Honolulu, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Juneau, San Diego, Fort Lauderdale, Dallas, Phoenix, Corpus Christi, Sacramento, Indianapolis, Seattle, Lake Tahoe, Boston, Fairbanks, Santa Fe, Houston, Detroit, Skagway, New Orleans, Albuquerque, Washington DC, Savannah 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 Everglades, Yellowstone National Park, the Ozarks, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, rodeos, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Route 66, the Florida Keys, the Grand Canyon, the wild west town of Tombstone, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the Adirondacks, Bryce Canyon, the Disney resorts, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Mount Rushmore, Mount Rainier National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Yosemite National Park, the Appalachians, the California coastline, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park and Niagara Falls.
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. We hope that you found today's Camelopard tip useful.
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