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Camelopard wishes you a comfortable stay in your Irving Texas hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. Claridge's in London, the Mandarin Oriental Pudong in Shanghai, the Langham Shanghai Xintiandi in Shanghai, the Hotel Icon in Hong Kong, the Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong and Raffles Hotel in Singapore where the Singapore Sling was invented in the hotel's Long Bar. are among the historic, famous and/or luxurious of the international hotels.
State Forests, National Forests, State Parks, Nature Reserves, National Parks and Refuges in Texas
Palo Duro Canyon State Park; Longhorn Caverns State Park; Texas City Prairie Reserve; Tandy Hills Natural Area in Fort Worth; Enchanted Rock State Natural Area with its pink granite and the Enchanted Rock itself, believed by Native Americans to have supernatural powers; the bayous and forests of Big Thicket National Preserve; the seventy miles of Padre Islands National Seashore with its sea turtles; Lost Maples State Natural Area; Guadalupe Mountains National Park; and Big Bend National Park on the Rio Grande, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Texas.
Monsters, Scary Stories, Ghosts, Folklore, Myths and Legends in Texas
Appearances of the spiny goat-sucker, the chupacabra; 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; supernatural entities at Victoria's Black Swan Inn in San Antonio; paranormal phenomena at the Tarpon Inn, Port Aransas, including a bathroom that sometimes has a pink glow; the black eyed boy, presumably a BEK, who terrified a large airman on a military base; 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; and 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, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Texas.
The ghost of a murdered call girl in the Gunter Hotel, San Antonio; the winged, humanoid monsters of Littlefield who allegedly lived in the basement of two elderly spinsters; 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 groaning Enchanted Rock, said to be genuinely magical; the spooky goings on at the St Anthony Hotel, San Antonio, including phantom second-honeymooners who don't know when to stop; the suicidal jumper who is said to still haunt his room at the Omni Austin Hotel; and the sounds of happy children heard in the Hamilton Hotel, Laredo, even when no children are near, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Texas.
The ghostly nun and the doppelgangers of staff who roam La Posada Hotel, on the site of a former convent, in Laredo; the three ghosts of the Hotel Galvez and Spa, Galveston, including one that leaves the scent of gardenias in a room; the lady in white who carries a cat in the Marriott Plaza Hotel in San Antonio; the Lake Worth monster, a creature appearing as part man, part goat and part fish; the spectral cowboys who, in the hours before dawn, walk in the courtyard of the Y.O. Ranch Hotel, Kerrville; the ghostly civil war soldiers of Patterson Road, Houston; and the phantom of a former cleaner in a brown uniform and the ghostly sounds of children playing in the Rio Grande Plaza Hotel, Laredo, are more weird folklore associated with Texas.
Phantoms of the Faust Hotel, New Braunfels, which include a black cat; the unexplained phenomena and spectres of the Hotel Lawrence, Dallas, including the ghost of a gambler; 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 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; the Confederate soldier and the phantom boy nicknamed "Jimmy" who still roam Tremont House hotel in Galveston; 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; creepy and malevolent black eyed children (Black Eyed Kids or BEKs) in Abilene; 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; and 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, are yet more strange folktales of Texas.
The USA has always welcomed friendly travellers from all over the world. Being familiar with the USA is as important in the modern Grand Tour as familiarity with Europe. Sacramento, Atlantic City, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Sitka, Lake Tahoe, Boston, Phoenix, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Kansas City, San Diego, St Louis, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Seattle, Fairbanks, Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Savannah, Philadelphia, Anchorage, New Orleans, Fort Lauderdale, Juneau, Washington DC, Albuquerque, Miami, Detroit, Skagway, San Francisco, Honolulu, New York, Minneapolis and Corpus Christi 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 Florida Keys, Mount Rainier National Park, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Niagara Falls, the California coastline, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Yosemite National Park, Bryce Canyon, Glacier Bay National Park, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Appalachians, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the Everglades, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Grand Canyon, the Ozarks, rodeos, Route 66, Yellowstone National Park, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the Disney resorts, the wild west town of Tombstone, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Mount Rushmore and the Adirondacks.
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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