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