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    We hope that you enjoy your stay in your Rochester Illinois hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. Hotel La Mamounia in Marrakesh (Marrakech), the Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana, the Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong, the Hotel Baur au Lac in Zurich, the Hotel Icon in Hong Kong and the Villa D'Este on Lake Como. are some of the world's most famous hotels.

    National Forests, Nature Reserves, State Forests, National Parks, State Parks and Refuges in Illinois

    Apple River Canyon State Park; Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers; Beall Woods State Park on the Wabash River; Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge; Pere Marquette State Park, a pathetic 8000 acres but still the largest state park in Illinois and which permits the licensed shooting of deer, turkeys, raccoons and squirrels within its small boundaries; the strange geology of Starved Rock State Park; the 280000 acre Shawnee National Forest (there had to be at least one significant wild place in Illinois); and Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Illinois.

    Myths, Legends, Ghosts, Scary Stories, Monsters and Folklore in Illinois

    The giant serpent of Lake Michigan; the seven bridges on Lebanon Road, Troy, known as The Seven Gates to Hell, protected by ghostly hounds with glowing eyes (it is said that if you drive through all seven "gates" and finish at midnight, you will go straight to hell); the red eyed and three legged Enfield Monster; the long snouted, hominid, Tuttle Bottoms Monster; the phantom guests of Desoto House Hotel in Galena (the hotel boasts Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S Grant as former living guests); the nine or more spectres that haunt Original Springs Mineral Spa and Hotel in Okawville, including a former owner and a Lady in White; the phantom monks of St Rita of Cascia church, Chicago; and the spirit of a 1920s flapper with bobbed hair that haunts Waldheim Cemetery in Forest Park, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Illinois.

    The chatty little ghost Abigail, who haunts the Ruebel Hotel in Grafton; the spirits of Congress Plaza Hotel, Chicago, especially the spectral woman in Room 441; the hairy, anthropoid Cole Hollow Monster, or Cohomo; gigantic, aggressive thunderbirds; Big Muddy, the Murphysboro mud monster (similar to the Cole Hollow Monster); the strange phenomena of Robinson Woods, Chicago; the ghostly screams heard near the post office on the site of the hotel built by sadistic serial killer H H Holmes on West 63rd Street, Chicago; the moans of a suicidal chambermaid, heard on the sixth floor of the Hotel Baker in Saint Charles; and the ghosts of the Mineral Springs Hotel in Alton, including the marble playing child Cassandra who drowned in the swimming pool, the fragrant Jasmine Lady, a drunken artist (who didn't have time to complete the Crystal Room's mural) and the unfortunate George, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Illinois.



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    The USA has always welcomed friendly travellers from all over the world. How well can you know the USA? Try visiting Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston, Sacramento, Miami, Santa Fe, Atlanta, Dallas, New Orleans, Skagway, Honolulu, Fairbanks, Savannah, New York, Seattle, San Diego, Atlantic City, Houston, Lake Tahoe, St Louis, Kansas City, Detroit, Anchorage, Chicago, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Sitka, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Corpus Christi, Albuquerque, Fort Lauderdale, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Juneau and Salt Lake City. Nobody can see every part of the United States of America but those cities are probably the ones that nearly everybody on earth has heard of. The beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, rodeos, the Everglades, Mount Rainier National Park, the Appalachians, the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, the Disney resorts, the Ozarks, the wild west town of Tombstone, Bryce Canyon, the Okefenokee Swamp, Mount Rushmore, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the Florida Keys, Yosemite National Park, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Route 66, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Glacier Bay National Park, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the California coastline, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the Adirondacks and Yellowstone National Park are also iconic sights and destinations. Happy travelling!

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