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Camelopard wishes you a comfortable stay in your Reading Area Pennsylvania hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong, the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, the Chelsea Hotel in New York, the Grand Hyatt Macau, the Palace of the Lost City at Sun City in South Africa, the Peace Hotel (formerly the renowned Cathay Hotel) in Shanghai and the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. are some of the world's most famous hotels.
Nature Reserves, State Forests, National Forests, National Parks, State Parks and Refuges in Pennsylvania
Cook Forest State Park and National Natural Landmark, only 8500 acres but still claiming to be the largest area of virgin timber in the USA east of the Rocky Mountains; Allegheny National Forest, home of beavers, wild turkeys and black bears; Pymatuning State Park, the largest state park in Pennsylvania, much of it covered by the man-made Pymatuning Lake; and Bucktail State Park Natural Area with black bears and other wildlife, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Pennsylvania.
Scary Stories, Ghosts, Myths, Folklore, Monsters and Legends in Pennsylvania
The phantom soldiers of Devil's Den, Gettysburg; the ghosts of Moonshine Church and cemetery in Fort Indiantown Gap; tales of John Chapman, the real nurseryman and Swedenborgian missionary known as Johnny Appleseed, who planted his first apple nursery near Warren; the Baleroy Mansion's spirits, including Thomas Jefferson (don't sit in the cursed chair if you want to live); the yells and screams of Native American warriors and their victims, a woman and two children, which may still be heard in a small valley close to the mouth of Chartiers Creek near Pittsburgh (ghostly orbs or death lights are also sometimes seen); the hauntings of the historic Tillie Pearce House Inn in Gettysburg, especially the Blue Room; the eponymous spectre of Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia; and the lachrymose squonk of the northern woods, so mortified by its unattractiveness that if you see it, it will liquify into its own tears, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Pennsylvania.
The haunted Century Inn in Scenery Hill; the monster of Wolf Pond, a thirty foot black serpent with yellow stripes and a green head; the many spirits of Farnsworth House Inn, Gettysburg, including the caring Nurse Mary but also children, other women, cats and confederate soldiers (beware of the misogynistic Walter); the evil eye of Molly "Mom" Rinker, a witch and revolutionary spy whose lookout was Mom Rinker's Rock in Fairmount Park, near Wissahickon Creek in Philadelphia; the crock of gold in southern Chester County, hidden by a British spy who died just before he could reveal its whereabouts; the treasure chest of the Lebanon Valley, near Fort Indiantown Gap (sometimes called Indian Gap), protected by witches, blue fire, loud roars and, presumably, GIs (the treasure is gold hidden by the Doan brothers, British spies and outlaws of the revolutionary period, who were driven to crime when their father, a staunch Quaker, was physically branded and stripped of his property for refusing to support the war); the spirit of chocolate supremo Mr Hershey himself, still haunting the Hershey Hotel in Hershey; and the terrors of St Peter's Church Cemetery, Philadelphia, including ghosts of Native Americans, a black man in eighteenth century dress and a carriage and horses that career through the graveyard into the church, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Pennsylvania.
The fragrant spirit of the Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast, Philadelphia; Mitche, the manitou of Mauch Chunk (Bear Mountain) who created the chasm of the Lehigh River, just so a lake would burst its bounds and drown the warrior chief Onoko and his bride, whose love and happiness the manitou resented; the several ghosts in Bucksville House Bed & Breakfast in Kintnersville, including the man in a black hat who stands at the foot of a bed; the ghosts of the huge Swedish Governor Printz and his friends, who burned down his former home, Printzhof (Printz Hall), shortly after a spectral party where the living caretaker was forced to play the violin (the foundations of Printzhof were rediscovered in 1937 in what is now Governor Printz Park in Essington, Tinicum Island and your best chance of seeing a repeat of the phantom revelry is on the evening of the autumnal equinox); the manifestation of the Virgin Mary to save her painting, which hung in St Mary's Immaculate Conception church in Johnstown, from the flood which devastated the city in 1889 (in 2013 it was donated by the Benedictine Sisters to the Johnstown Heritage Association and now hangs in the Grand Halle, on the site of the original church) (incidentally, a 1926 silent movie called The Johnstown Flood starred Janet Gaynor and featured Gary Cooper, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard as extras); the playful blonde girl and the spirits of railway workers that haunt the Railroad House Inn in Marietta; the headless horseman of the Lebanon Valley near Fort Indiantown Gap; and Nurse Rachel, who still cares for wounded soldiers in the Gettysburg Hotel, Gettysburg, are more weird folklore associated with Pennsylvania.
The spirits of the seventeenth century King George II Inn (which claims to be the oldest inn in the USA) in Bristol, including a man in a top hat; the ghosts of the historic Riverside Inn in Cambridge Springs, who waltz to spectral music or cheekily join guests in bed; the phantoms of numerous prisoners in Eastern State Penitentiary, closed to living prisoners but not to tourists, in Philadelphia (a "Lady in White", the Soap Lady, haunts a cell on the second floor); the ghostly waiter in the City Tavern, Philadelphia, who was accidentally killed in a fight between two other people; the mischievious spirits of Inn Philadelphia, including one that pulls the hair of diners; the door-slamming spirits of 18th century Cashtown Inn, Orrtanna; the ghosts of hanged men who wander the eighteenth century Jean Bonnet Tavern in Bedford; black eyed children (Black Eyed Kids or BEKs) including the same one that frightened a Texan airman; the camera loving spirits of Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Bedford, who appear unexpectedly on developed photographs; and the weird tales of Hexenkopf (Witches Head or, in this context, Witches Hill), in Williams township, where witches or "weird women" once danced and which is still the haunt of a headless hound walked by a headless man, phantom cavalrymen, the spirit of a white fox and the tapping of a wooden leg (a disabled farmer fell to his death while limping after a demon), are yet more strange folktales of Pennsylvania.
The USA is one of the most developed and technologically advanced countries in the world, yet has preserved much of its wilderness and beautiful scenery. Being familiar with the USA is as important in the modern Grand Tour as familiarity with Europe. Miami, Atlantic City, St Louis, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Sacramento, Fort Lauderdale, Albuquerque, Los Angeles, Savannah, Detroit, Boston, Chicago, New York, Fairbanks, Sitka, Atlanta, Skagway, San Diego, Seattle, Indianapolis, Washington DC, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Kansas City, Anchorage, Phoenix, Lake Tahoe, Houston, Santa Fe, Dallas, Honolulu, Corpus Christi, Salt Lake City, Philadelphia and Juneau 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 Florida Keys, the Okefenokee Swamp, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the Adirondacks, the Appalachians, Route 66, the wild west town of Tombstone, Yellowstone National Park, Niagara Falls, the Everglades, Bryce Canyon, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Glacier Bay National Park, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Mount Rushmore, the Disney resorts, the Ozarks, rodeos, the California coastline, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, Mount Rainier National Park and the Arctic wilderness of Alaska.
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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