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    We wish you an enjoyable stay at your chosen Islandia New York hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. The Grand Coloane Beach Resort in Macau, the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macau, the New Stanley Hotel in Nairobi, the Royal Tulip Rio de Janeiro, the Queen Mary in Long Beach, the Cascades Hotel at Sun City in South Africa and the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. are among the historic, famous and/or luxurious of the international hotels.

    Reptiles, Mammals, Birds and other Wildlife / Fauna of New York State

    Big brown bats, diamondback terrapins, water snakes, scarlet tanagers, ruddy turnstone sandpipers, red-winged blackbirds, harbor seals, hooded mergansers, minks, American goldfinches, widgeons, great egrets, White-tailed deer, porpoises, red foxes, blue-winged warblers, ruby-throated hummingbirds, snapping turtles, great blue herons, common goldeneyes, piping plovers, opossums, smooth green snakes, cardinals, snowy owls, woodchucks, ruffed grouse, black-crowned night herons, Baltimore orioles, pintails, pilot whales, fiddler crabs, screech owls, belted kingfishers, bottle-nosed dolphins, rufous sided towhees, a moose population that has grown since they started to migrate back into the state in the late 1970s, white-winged scoters, spotted turtles, spring peepers, bobwhite quails, raccoons, muskrats, coyotes, gray foxes, snowy egrets, otters, sea turtles, horseshoe crabs, woodcocks, northern shovelers, common loons, common nighthawks, great horned owls, Eastern timber rattlesnakes, painted turtles, Eastern cottontail rabbits, common egrets, red-breasted mergansers, spotted salamanders, canvasbacks, beavers, black bears, porcupines, black vultures, brown thrashers, Eastern bluebirds, little brown bats, wild turkeys, Eastern chipmunks, black capped chickadees, weasels, oldsquaws, bald eagles, milk snakes, pileated woodpeckers, peregrine falcons, ospreys, fishers, box turtles, bobolinks, black racer snakes, leatherback turtles, whip-poor-wills, yelow-bellied sapsuckers, snowshoe hares, brown garter snakes, bobcats, Eastern gray squirrels and turkey vultures are among the wild animals of New York State.

    Scary Stories, Monsters, Folklore, Ghosts, Legends and Myths in New York State

    The witches of Native American legend who may still dwell in the glacial Green Lakes; 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 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 Adventure Galley, commanded by Captain Kidd, seen near Bear Mountain Bridge; the finger marks of the Great Spirit, according to the Iroquois, as seen in the Finger Lakes to the west of Syracuse; alligators in the sewers of New York City, said to be the descendants of baby alligators flushed down toilets; and 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, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of New York State.

    Champ, the famous monster of Lake Champlain on the northeastern border of the state; the literary ghosts, including Dorothy Parker, of New York City's Algonquin Hotel; 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 skeletal Rambout Van Dam who rows the Tappan Zee; 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); and the incredible twenty-two ghosts haunting the house at 14 West 10th Street in Manhattan, which include Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens), are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in New York State.

    Events in the Long Island house dramatised in the film The Amityville Horror (please do not linger as it is a private residence); 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 Devil's Stepping Stones in Long Island Sound, used by Satan to escape from Native American warriors; the Montauk monster, an unidentified carcass (but thought by some to be a bald raccoon); the Cardiff Giant, an allegedly petrified man now on display in the Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown; 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 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); and the pirate treasure, possibly Captain Kidd's, buried on New York harbour's Liberty Island but protected by a fire breathing devil, are more weird folklore associated with New York State.


    Some people say that they have no desire to visit America because they have seen so much of it on TV and in the movies. However, there is no substitute for the real thing. Being familiar with the USA is as important in the modern Grand Tour as familiarity with Europe. Honolulu, Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, Fairbanks, Phoenix, Washington DC, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Seattle, San Diego, St Louis, Kansas City, Savannah, Sitka, New Orleans, Chicago, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Fort Lauderdale, Corpus Christi, New York, Boston, Dallas, Santa Fe, Atlantic City, Indianapolis, Juneau, Detroit, Sacramento, Skagway, Miami, Los Angeles, Anchorage, Philadelphia and Houston 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 Niagara Falls, Bryce Canyon, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Glacier Bay National Park, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, rodeos, the Florida Keys, the Disney resorts, the California coastline, the wild west town of Tombstone, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Grand Canyon, the Appalachians, Yellowstone National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, Route 66, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Yosemite National Park, the Everglades, the Adirondacks, the Ozarks and Mount Rushmore.

    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. By the way, you will find other Camelopard tips, hints, anecdotes or warnings on other pages of the website.

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