Lake Wales FL hotels. Find rooms / hotels in Lake Wales Florida United States of America. Florida attractions, sights, wildlife refuges, national and state forests, national and/or state parks. Monsters, myths, legends, folklore, ghosts and hauntings of Florida. Camelopard travel tips and hints.
Camelopard wishes you a comfortable stay in your Lake Wales Florida hotel. Seasoned travellers will become acquainted with the famous hotels in their destinations. The Chelsea Hotel in New York, the Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi, the Cascades Hotel at Sun City in South Africa, the Savoy Hotel in London, the beautiful and historic San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego and the Shangri-La Hotel in Lhasa. are among the classic or luxury hotels of the world.
Ghosts, Monsters, Folklore, Legends, Myths and Scary Stories in Florida
The pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops; spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; the Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon; unexplained phenomena at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Miami (ghostly events are associated with the fact that the hotel was used as a soldiers' hospital during WW2); the numerous ghosts of the Cassadaga Hotel, Cassadaga, which embraces its phantom guests and usually has a professional psychic on hand (spectres include girls Katlin and Sarah, Gentleman Jack with his trademark cigar and a rather naughty ghost called Arthur); the pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River; and the toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.
Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; the phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum; ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; the Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; the gash-throated phantom of Luc Simone Aury that haunts the area outsde of the Amelia Island Museum of History, formerly the Old Jail where he was hanged, in Fernandina Beach (his attempt at suicide failed and his throat was stitched by a surgeon but the long drop of the gallows caused his wound to open and shower the horrified spectators with blood - Aury couldn't have planned it better if he had tried!); the spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; and the Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
The phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island; spirits of the Agustin Inn in the St Augustine Historic District, including a man in white, who walks through walls and who may also be the ghostly Chiles who "goes bump in the night"; the Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; the phantom maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine; strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville; the White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; and the thoroughfare popularly called Bloody Bucket Road and the similarly prefixed bridge and woods in Wauchula where, at night, blood appears in the water below the bridge and the sound of crying babies is heard from the woods (a murderous midwife is said to have been haunted by a bucket that supernaturally filled with the blood of her victims, which she tried to pour out at the bridge), are more weird folklore associated with Florida.
The ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola; the ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview; the smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; the ghosts of Miss Sunshine Gibson and Captain Wood in the historic, Cracker styled, Gibson Inn in Apalachicola; hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs; unusual hauntings of a Victorian guesthouse, Artist House, in Key West (the turret is said to be haunted, both by Anne, the wife of artist and author Robert Eugene "Gene" Otto and by the malevolent spirit of a sailor doll, also called Robert - the "possessed" doll itself is sometimes displayed in the Fort East Martello Museum or at the Old Post Office and Customhouse and is claimed to be the inpiration for the Chucky movies); the ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud; the Wiccademous Grave of the atmospheric shrimping village Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island, where the spirit of a witch causes the earth to tremble; and mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort, are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
Attractions and Sights/Places to See in Florida
The Art Deco hotels of Miami Beach; Gatorland; Orlando's Sea World and Universal Studios theme parks; wonderful subtropical beaches bordering the Caribbean Sea; Sarasota, winter home of Ringling Brothers Circus and permanent home to their museum; the Fort East Martello Museum and Gardens in Key West; the cobbled streets of St Augustine, the oldest European settlement in the USA; Pensacola; Sanibel Island; the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation with the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum; the romantic Florida Keys including Key West, once the haunt of pirates; Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral (once known as Cape Kennedy), from which America's astronauts have been launched; St Petersburg; Orlando's Walt Disney World including the Magic Kingdom, the Epcot Center and the Animal Kingdom (where you can go on an African safari); and Tampa Bay with the Busch Gardens amusement park, are among the attractions of Florida.
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. Indianapolis, Skagway, Sitka, Fairbanks, Fort Lauderdale, Washington DC, Kansas City, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Sacramento, Houston, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Honolulu, Juneau, Miami, Las Vegas, Seattle, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Savannah, Dallas, Los Angeles, Corpus Christi, Salt Lake City, New York, San Diego, Detroit, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Anchorage, Santa Fe, Chicago, Atlantic City, St Louis and Boston 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, the Ozarks, Yosemite National Park, the Adirondacks, Glacier Bay National Park, Bryce Canyon, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the Grand Canyon, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Route 66, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Mount Rushmore, rodeos, the California coastline, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, the wild west town of Tombstone, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Disney resorts, the Florida Keys, Yellowstone National Park, the Everglades and the Appalachians.
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. Whether you travel America for business or pleasure, enjoy your journey.
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