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Camelopard wishes you a comfortable stay in your Newburgh New York hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. The Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong (featuring in the Clark Gable movie Soldier of Fortune), the Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana, the Hotel Metropole in Hanoi, the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego and the Peace Hotel (formerly the renowned Cathay Hotel) in Shanghai. are some of the world's most famous hotels.
Myths, Folklore, Ghosts, Scary Stories, Legends and Monsters in New York State
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); the literary ghosts, including Dorothy Parker, of New York City's Algonquin Hotel; 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; Champ, the famous monster of Lake Champlain on the northeastern border of the state; 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 incredible twenty-two ghosts haunting the house at 14 West 10th Street in Manhattan, which include Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens); and alligators in the sewers of New York City, said to be the descendants of baby alligators flushed down toilets, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of New York State.
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 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 Cardiff Giant, an allegedly petrified man now on display in the Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown; 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 Stepping Stones in Long Island Sound, used by Satan to escape from Native American warriors; the Montauk monster, an unidentified carcass (but thought by some to be a bald raccoon); and the pirate treasure, possibly Captain Kidd's, buried on New York harbour's Liberty Island but protected by a fire breathing devil, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in New York State.
Events in the Long Island house dramatised in the film The Amityville Horror (please do not linger as it is a private residence); the ghost ship Adventure Galley, commanded by Captain Kidd, seen near Bear Mountain Bridge; 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); the skeletal Rambout Van Dam who rows the Tappan Zee; the giant serpent of Silver Lake, near Gainesville; 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); and the finger marks of the Great Spirit, according to the Iroquois, as seen in the Finger Lakes to the west of Syracuse, are more weird folklore associated with New York State.
Reptiles, Birds, Mammals and other Wildlife / Fauna of New York State
Eastern chipmunks, black bears, common egrets, porpoises, great horned owls, canvasbacks, big brown bats, red-winged blackbirds, porcupines, spotted turtles, peregrine falcons, black vultures, snowy egrets, smooth green snakes, oldsquaws, bald eagles, hooded mergansers, White-tailed deer, snowshoe hares, pileated woodpeckers, Baltimore orioles, turkey vultures, blue-winged warblers, wild turkeys, Eastern cottontail rabbits, whip-poor-wills, spotted salamanders, painted turtles, snapping turtles, Eastern bluebirds, ruddy turnstone sandpipers, ruby-throated hummingbirds, rufous sided towhees, fishers, diamondback terrapins, white-winged scoters, great blue herons, little brown bats, sea turtles, brown thrashers, muskrats, gray foxes, bobcats, raccoons, cardinals, bobolinks, common goldeneyes, water snakes, ospreys, coyotes, leatherback turtles, northern shovelers, American goldfinches, woodchucks, common nighthawks, beavers, ruffed grouse, black capped chickadees, opossums, horseshoe crabs, box turtles, spring peepers, otters, great egrets, belted kingfishers, milk snakes, piping plovers, snowy owls, brown garter snakes, pintails, black-crowned night herons, bottle-nosed dolphins, screech owls, fiddler crabs, black racer snakes, yelow-bellied sapsuckers, a moose population that has grown since they started to migrate back into the state in the late 1970s, pilot whales, harbor seals, woodcocks, scarlet tanagers, red foxes, common loons, red-breasted mergansers, Eastern gray squirrels, bobwhite quails, minks, Eastern timber rattlesnakes, weasels and widgeons are among the wild animals of New York State.
So you want to see America. Being familiar with the USA is as important in the modern Grand Tour as familiarity with Europe. Seattle, Los Angeles, St Louis, Honolulu, Sacramento, Fort Lauderdale, Kansas City, Washington DC, Indianapolis, Anchorage, New York, San Francisco, Albuquerque, San Diego, Juneau, Lake Tahoe, Phoenix, Chicago, Sitka, Santa Fe, Corpus Christi, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Philadelphia, Boston, Dallas, Savannah, Fairbanks, Miami, Salt Lake City, Detroit, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Houston, Atlanta and Skagway 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 Mount Rainier National Park, Yosemite National Park, the Everglades, the Adirondacks, Glacier Bay National Park, Mount Rushmore, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, the Florida Keys, Niagara Falls, rodeos, the Ozarks, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the California coastline, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, the Appalachians, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Disney resorts, Route 66, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the wild west town of Tombstone, the Grand Canyon, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Yellowstone National Park and Bryce Canyon.
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. Come back soon for another helpful Camelopard tip.
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