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We wish you an enjoyable stay at your chosen Sparta Illinois hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. The Shangri-La Hotel in Lhasa, the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, the Mandarin Oriental Pudong in Shanghai, the Goldeneye Hotel (once the home of James Bond author Ian Fleming) in Jamaica's Oracabessa Bay, the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, Claridge's in London and Hotel La Mamounia in Marrakesh (Marrakech). are some of the world's most famous hotels.
Attractions and Sights/Places to See in Illinois
Millenium Park in Chicago; the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue, Chicago; Navy Pier, Chicago with its Ferris Wheel, entertainments, shops and restaurants; the shores of Lake Michigan; Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford; and the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, which preserves the house and neighbourhood in which Abraham Lincoln lived, are among the attractions of Illinois.
Scary Stories, Folklore, Ghosts, Monsters, Myths and Legends in Illinois
The spirits of Congress Plaza Hotel, Chicago, especially the spectral woman in Room 441; the chatty little ghost Abigail, who haunts the Ruebel Hotel in Grafton; 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; the phantom monks of St Rita of Cascia church, Chicago; 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 moans of a suicidal chambermaid, heard on the sixth floor of the Hotel Baker in Saint Charles; the red eyed and three legged Enfield Monster; and 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), are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Illinois.
Big Muddy, the Murphysboro mud monster (similar to the Cole Hollow Monster); gigantic, aggressive thunderbirds; the hairy, anthropoid Cole Hollow Monster, or Cohomo; the phantom guests of Desoto House Hotel in Galena (the hotel boasts Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S Grant as former living guests); 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 giant serpent of Lake Michigan; the spirit of a 1920s flapper with bobbed hair that haunts Waldheim Cemetery in Forest Park; the strange phenomena of Robinson Woods, Chicago; and the long snouted, hominid, Tuttle Bottoms Monster, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Illinois.
America is one country that nearly everyone wants to visit at some time in their lives. Being familiar with the USA is as important in the modern Grand Tour as familiarity with Europe. Albuquerque, Sitka, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Fort Lauderdale, Indianapolis, Atlantic City, San Diego, Los Angeles, Dallas, Santa Fe, Miami, Juneau, Corpus Christi, Fairbanks, Seattle, St Louis, Chicago, Kansas City, Phoenix, Atlanta, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Houston, Boston, Anchorage, New York, Philadelphia, Honolulu, Skagway, Detroit, Washington DC, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas and Savannah 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 Appalachians, the Ozarks, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, the California coastline, the Disney resorts, the Florida Keys, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, the Adirondacks, rodeos, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Niagara Falls, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, Route 66, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the wild west town of Tombstone, the Everglades, Mount Rainier National Park, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Mount Rushmore and Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi.
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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