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    We hope that you enjoy your stay in your New York City Area New York hotel. When you get the chance, stay in some of the famous, luxurious and/or historic hotels of your destinations. The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macau, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong, the Chelsea Hotel in New York, the Fasano Hotel e Restaurante Rio in Rio de Janeiro, the Mandarin Oriental Pudong in Shanghai, Raffles Hotel in Singapore where the Singapore Sling was invented in the hotel's Long Bar and the Polana Hotel in Maputo. are among the historic, famous and/or luxurious of the international hotels.

    Sights/Places to See and Attractions in New York State

    The Darwin D Martin House Complex in Buffalo, a prairie house design by Frank LLoyd Wright; the George Eastman House and International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester; Cooperstown, the birthplace of James Fenimore Cooper (author of the 1826 novel The Last of the Mohicans, a great adventure story and absolutely modern in its anti-racist sentiments), as well as being the home of the Farmer's Museum (where you can see the Cardiff Giant) and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum; beautiful Lake Placid, famous for its winter and summer sports; Lake George; Niagara Falls, the honeymoon destination on the border with Canada; the many attractions of New York city, including the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings, the Statue of Liberty and the ancient Cleopatra's Needle; the Finger Lakes; Thousand Islands on the Saint Lawrence River; and the state capital at Albany, are among the attractions of New York State.

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

    The witches of Native American legend who may still dwell in the glacial Green Lakes; 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); the ghost ship Adventure Galley, commanded by Captain Kidd, seen near Bear Mountain Bridge; events in the Long Island house dramatised in the film The Amityville Horror (please do not linger as it is a private residence); 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 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; and 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), are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of New York State.

    The Devil's Stepping Stones in Long Island Sound, used by Satan to escape from Native American warriors; 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 Montauk monster, an unidentified carcass (but thought by some to be a bald raccoon); the incredible twenty-two ghosts haunting the house at 14 West 10th Street in Manhattan, which include Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens); the finger marks of the Great Spirit, according to the Iroquois, as seen in the Finger Lakes to the west of Syracuse; and the literary ghosts, including Dorothy Parker, of New York City's Algonquin Hotel, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in New York State.

    The giant serpent of Silver Lake, near Gainesville; the skeletal Rambout Van Dam who rows the Tappan Zee; the pirate treasure, possibly Captain Kidd's, buried on New York harbour's Liberty Island but protected by a fire breathing devil; alligators in the sewers of New York City, said to be the descendants of baby alligators flushed down toilets; 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; 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 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 Champ, the famous monster of Lake Champlain on the northeastern border of the state, are more weird folklore associated with New York State.



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    The United States of America is famous for the comfort of its hotels. Nobody can visit all of America but if you have seen the cities of Atlanta, St Louis, Seattle, Detroit, Savannah, Dallas, San Diego, Corpus Christi, Washington DC, Lake Tahoe, Salt Lake City, Juneau, Atlantic City, San Francisco, Fairbanks, Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Houston, Honolulu, Kansas City, Sacramento, Santa Fe, Philadelphia, Sitka, New York, Anchorage, Indianapolis, Boston, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Albuquerque, Miami, Las Vegas, Skagway and Fort Lauderdale you can be regarded as well travelled within the United States. Other world famous USA destinations include Glacier Bay National Park, the Okefenokee Swamp, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, rodeos, the Grand Canyon, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Bryce Canyon, Route 66, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the Florida Keys, the Everglades, Yosemite National Park, Yellowstone National Park, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the Appalachians, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, Mount Rushmore, the Ozarks, Niagara Falls, the California coastline, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the Disney resorts, Mount Rainier National Park, the Adirondacks and the wild west town of Tombstone. See as much as you can of the only country in the world that includes territory both in the Arctic and in the tropics. Good luck on your travels.

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