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We hope that you enjoy your stay in your Lakeland Winter Haven Florida hotel. Seasoned travellers will become acquainted with the famous hotels in their destinations. The Hotel Metropole in Hanoi, the Chelsea Hotel in New York, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, the Palace of the Lost City at Sun City in South Africa and the Hotel Icon in Hong Kong. are among the classic or luxury hotels of the world.
Attractions and Sights/Places to See in Florida
Orlando's Walt Disney World including the Magic Kingdom, the Epcot Center and the Animal Kingdom (where you can go on an African safari); Gatorland; the Fort East Martello Museum and Gardens in Key West; Sanibel Island; the romantic Florida Keys including Key West, once the haunt of pirates; Orlando's Sea World and Universal Studios theme parks; the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation with the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum; Pensacola; Sarasota, winter home of Ringling Brothers Circus and permanent home to their museum; St Petersburg; the cobbled streets of St Augustine, the oldest European settlement in the USA; Tampa Bay with the Busch Gardens amusement park; wonderful subtropical beaches bordering the Caribbean Sea; Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral (once known as Cape Kennedy), from which America's astronauts have been launched; and the Art Deco hotels of Miami Beach, are among the attractions of Florida.
Myths, Legends, Ghosts, Monsters, Scary Stories and Folklore in Florida
The Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified; the phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island; the toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider; 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!); hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; the ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud; and 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), are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.
The ghosts of Miss Sunshine Gibson and Captain Wood in the historic, Cracker styled, Gibson Inn in Apalachicola; the Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; 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"; Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; the smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; the White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; and the pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
The spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; the Wiccademous Grave of the atmospheric shrimping village Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island, where the spirit of a witch causes the earth to tremble; the Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; the ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview; 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); and the ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola, are more weird folklore associated with Florida.
The phantom maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine; spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; the Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon; 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); strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville; 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); sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs; the pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops; and the phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, are yet more strange folktales 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. New Orleans, Phoenix, Dallas, Juneau, Chicago, Savannah, Albuquerque, San Francisco, Honolulu, San Diego, Sacramento, Kansas City, Sitka, Detroit, Atlantic City, Seattle, Miami, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, St Louis, Minneapolis, Lake Tahoe, Washington DC, Anchorage, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Fairbanks, New York, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Boston, Corpus Christi, Skagway, Santa Fe 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, rodeos, Route 66, the Everglades, the Grand Canyon, the California coastline, Bryce Canyon, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, the wild west town of Tombstone, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the Disney resorts, Glacier Bay National Park, Mount Rushmore, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the Appalachians, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Ozarks, the Adirondacks, Yosemite National Park, Yellowstone National Park, the Florida Keys, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Mount Rainier National Park and Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park.
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. From camelopard.com, a heartfelt Bon Voyage!
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