Lithia FL hotels. Reservations for hotels in Lithia Florida USA. Myths, legends, fearsome critters, ghosts, folklore, monsters, hauntings and eerie tales of Florida. Florida national parks, state parks, state forests, national forests, wildlife, sightseeing and/or attractions. Anecdotes, hints, tips and warnings by Camelopard.
We hope that you enjoy your stay in your Lithia Florida hotel. When you get the chance, stay in some of the famous, luxurious and/or historic hotels of your destinations. The Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana, the Hotel Icon in Hong Kong, the beautiful and historic San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, Raffles Hotel in Singapore where the Singapore Sling was invented in the hotel's Long Bar, the Grand Coloane Beach Resort in Macau, the New Stanley Hotel in Nairobi and the Menger Hotel in San Antonio. are among the historic, famous and/or luxurious of the international hotels.
Attractions and Sights/Places to See in Florida
Wonderful subtropical beaches bordering the Caribbean Sea; the romantic Florida Keys including Key West, once the haunt of pirates; 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); the cobbled streets of St Augustine, the oldest European settlement in the USA; Gatorland; Tampa Bay with the Busch Gardens amusement park; Sarasota, winter home of Ringling Brothers Circus and permanent home to their museum; Pensacola; Orlando's Sea World and Universal Studios theme parks; the Art Deco hotels of Miami Beach; Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral (once known as Cape Kennedy), from which America's astronauts have been launched; Sanibel Island; the Fort East Martello Museum and Gardens in Key West; and the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation with the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum, are among the attractions of Florida.
Folklore, Scary Stories, Myths, Ghosts, Monsters and Legends in Florida
The phantom maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine; mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; the pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops; the Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; the smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; 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); and Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children, 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 Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified; the ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud; the phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island; spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; the phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum; and the spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
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; hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; 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 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 toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider; and the White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom, are more weird folklore associated with Florida.
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 ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola; the Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs; the ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview; the pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River; the Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon; 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); ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; and 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), are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
Being familiar with the USA is as important in the modern Grand Tour as familiarity with Europe. Dallas, Washington DC, Las Vegas, Sitka, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Minneapolis, Houston, Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks, Indianapolis, Detroit, Santa Fe, Lake Tahoe, Kansas City, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Miami, San Diego, New York, San Francisco, Boston, Salt Lake City, Skagway, Fort Lauderdale, St Louis, Atlanta, Savannah, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Seattle, Honolulu, Corpus Christi and Chicago 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 beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Everglades, Glacier Bay National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, the California coastline, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Route 66, the Florida Keys, Bryce Canyon, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, rodeos, Niagara Falls, the Okefenokee Swamp, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, Yellowstone National Park, the Ozarks, the Appalachians, the wild west town of Tombstone, the Disney resorts, the Grand Canyon, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Mount Rushmore, Yosemite National Park, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa 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. Good luck on your travels.
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