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We wish you an enjoyable stay at your chosen Mabank Texas hotel. Seasoned travellers will become acquainted with the famous hotels in their destinations. The Polana Hotel in Maputo, the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, the Mandarin Oriental Pudong in Shanghai, Hotel La Mamounia in Marrakesh (Marrakech), the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, the Arena Copacabana Hotel in Rio de Janeiro and the Shangri-La Hotel in Lhasa. are some of the world's most famous hotels.
Attractions and Sights/Places to See in Texas
The Sahara-like sand dunes of Monahans; the King Ranch, larger than the state of Rhode Island; the Trevino-Uribe Rancho in San Ygnacio; the scenery of the Hill Country, best seen while drifting down the Guadalupe River; the Lucas Gusher in the Spindletop Oil Field; Amarillo in the Panhandle, with the historic J A Ranch and the Big Texan Steak Ranch where you can eat for free, if you take less than an hour to eat their huge steak meal; San Antonio with the Alamo mission, where Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie made their famous stand, as well as San Antonio Missions National Historical Park; the old frontier outposts of Fort Belknap, Fort Davis and Fort Richardson; the Gulf city of Galveston with its amusement pier, the tall ship Elissa and Victorian architecture in the Strand and the East End; Fort Worth with its Water Gardens and Cowtown Coliseum; Houston with the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center and the battleship USS Texas; the Caribbean beaches of Corpus Christi and the Gulf Coast; the Palo Duro Canyon, where a summertime Musical, Texas, is played outdoors; and Dallas, setting of the great TV series, are among the attractions of Texas.
Ghosts, Folklore, Scary Stories, Myths, Monsters and Legends in Texas
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; paranormal phenomena at the Tarpon Inn, Port Aransas, including a bathroom that sometimes has a pink glow; the winged, humanoid monsters of Littlefield who allegedly lived in the basement of two elderly spinsters; 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; 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; the three ghosts of the Hotel Galvez and Spa, Galveston, including one that leaves the scent of gardenias in a room; and 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), are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Texas.
The lady in white who carries a cat in the Marriott Plaza Hotel in San Antonio; phantoms of the Faust Hotel, New Braunfels, which include a black cat; 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 spectral cowboys who, in the hours before dawn, walk in the courtyard of the Y.O. Ranch Hotel, Kerrville; the sounds of happy children heard in the Hamilton Hotel, Laredo, even when no children are near; 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; and the ghost of a murdered call girl in the Gunter Hotel, San Antonio, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Texas.
The Confederate soldier and the phantom boy nicknamed "Jimmy" who still roam Tremont House hotel in Galveston; the suicidal jumper who is said to still haunt his room at the Omni Austin Hotel; the Lake Worth monster, a creature appearing as part man, part goat and part fish; the spooky goings on at the St Anthony Hotel, San Antonio, including phantom second-honeymooners who don't know when to stop; the ghostly civil war soldiers of Patterson Road, Houston; the black eyed boy, presumably a BEK, who terrified a large airman on a military base; and 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), are more weird folklore associated with Texas.
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; the ghostly nun and the doppelgangers of staff who roam La Posada Hotel, on the site of a former convent, in Laredo; appearances of the spiny goat-sucker, the chupacabra; 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; the unexplained phenomena and spectres of the Hotel Lawrence, Dallas, including the ghost of a gambler; the phantom of a former cleaner in a brown uniform and the ghostly sounds of children playing in the Rio Grande Plaza Hotel, Laredo; supernatural entities at Victoria's Black Swan Inn in San Antonio; the groaning Enchanted Rock, said to be genuinely magical; and creepy and malevolent black eyed children (Black Eyed Kids or BEKs) in Abilene, are yet more strange folktales of Texas.
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. Atlantic City, Fairbanks, Las Vegas, Miami, Sitka, Seattle, Chicago, Juneau, St Louis, Washington DC, Savannah, Sacramento, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Anchorage, New York, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Detroit, Skagway, Santa Fe, Salt Lake City, Corpus Christi, Dallas, San Francisco, Albuquerque, Kansas City, Honolulu, Lake Tahoe, San Diego, Phoenix, Indianapolis 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 The California coastline, the Everglades, Bryce Canyon, Yosemite National Park, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Route 66, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the Okefenokee Swamp, Glacier Bay National Park, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, the Ozarks, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the Florida Keys, the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, the Appalachians, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, Mount Rainier National Park, rodeos, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the Adirondacks, the Disney resorts, the wild west town of Tombstone and the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta.
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. We hope that you enjoy your hotel.
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