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We wish you an enjoyable stay at your chosen Safety Harbor Florida hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. Raffles Hotel in Singapore where the Singapore Sling was invented in the hotel's Long Bar, the Hotel Baur au Lac in Zurich, the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, the Villa D'Este on Lake Como, the Mandarin Oriental Macau, the Fasano Hotel e Restaurante Rio in Rio de Janeiro and the Imperial Hotel in Delhi. are among the classic or luxury hotels of the world.
National Parks, National Forests, State Parks, Nature Reserves, State Forests and Refuges in Florida
Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge with nesting loggerhead and green turtles; Caladesi Island State Park, said to have the best beaches in America; Osceola National Forest where the Skunk Ape is said to have been seen; the 2500 square mile Everglades National Park, home of alligators, American crocodiles, Florida cougars, black bears, American flamingos and much more; Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, which extends into Georgia; the large Big Cypress National Preserve, home to bears and Florida panthers; the 607 square mile Ocala National Forest; the 220 square mile Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge at Cape Canaveral, where you may see grazing manatees and sea turtles as well as space launches; J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island with alligators, loggerhead turtles, manatees and the unique Sanibel Island rice rat; the 938 square mile Apalachicola National Forest; and Manatee Springs State Park, the main attraction of which you can guess, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Florida.
Legends, Scary Stories, Ghosts, Folklore, Monsters and Myths in Florida
The ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud; the toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider; the White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; the Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon; the Wiccademous Grave of the atmospheric shrimping village Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island, where the spirit of a witch causes the earth to tremble; mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; and the Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.
The gash-throated phantom of Luc Simone Aury that haunts the area outsde of the Amelia Island Museum of History, formerly the Old Jail where he was hanged, in Fernandina Beach (his attempt at suicide failed and his throat was stitched by a surgeon but the long drop of the gallows caused his wound to open and shower the horrified spectators with blood - Aury couldn't have planned it better if he had tried!); sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs; the smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; unusual hauntings of a Victorian guesthouse, Artist House, in Key West (the turret is said to be haunted, both by Anne, the wife of artist and author Robert Eugene "Gene" Otto and by the malevolent spirit of a sailor doll, also called Robert - the "possessed" doll itself is sometimes displayed in the Fort East Martello Museum or at the Old Post Office and Customhouse and is claimed to be the inpiration for the Chucky movies); the phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island; spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; and Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
The ghosts of Miss Sunshine Gibson and Captain Wood in the historic, Cracker styled, Gibson Inn in Apalachicola; the numerous ghosts of the Cassadaga Hotel, Cassadaga, which embraces its phantom guests and usually has a professional psychic on hand (spectres include girls Katlin and Sarah, Gentleman Jack with his trademark cigar and a rather naughty ghost called Arthur); strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville; the thoroughfare popularly called Bloody Bucket Road and the similarly prefixed bridge and woods in Wauchula where, at night, blood appears in the water below the bridge and the sound of crying babies is heard from the woods (a murderous midwife is said to have been haunted by a bucket that supernaturally filled with the blood of her victims, which she tried to pour out at the bridge); the Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified; the pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River; and unexplained phenomena at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Miami (ghostly events are associated with the fact that the hotel was used as a soldiers' hospital during WW2), are more weird folklore associated with Florida.
The ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview; ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; the phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum; the Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; spirits of the Agustin Inn in the St Augustine Historic District, including a man in white, who walks through walls and who may also be the ghostly Chiles who "goes bump in the night"; hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; the spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; the ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola; the pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops; and the phantom maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine, are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
So you want to see America. Being familiar with the USA is as important in the modern Grand Tour as familiarity with Europe. Philadelphia, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, New Orleans, Corpus Christi, New York, Sitka, Indianapolis, Savannah, Sacramento, Dallas, Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Houston, Washington DC, San Diego, Fairbanks, Boston, Skagway, Seattle, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Juneau, Honolulu, Santa Fe, St Louis, Miami, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Anchorage, Albuquerque, Chicago, Atlantic City and Kansas City 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 Glacier Bay National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the Appalachians, the wild west town of Tombstone, Niagara Falls, the Ozarks, rodeos, the Disney resorts, Yosemite National Park, Route 66, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Adirondacks, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Mount Rushmore, Mount Rainier National Park, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, the Florida Keys, Bryce Canyon, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the Grand Canyon, the California coastline, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the Okefenokee Swamp and the Everglades.
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. By the way, you will find other Camelopard tips, hints, anecdotes or warnings on other pages of the website.
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