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Camelopard wishes you a comfortable stay in your Wood River Illinois hotel. Seasoned travellers will become acquainted with the famous hotels in their destinations. The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City in South Africa, the New Stanley Hotel in Nairobi, the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, the Polana Hotel in Maputo, Raffles Hotel in Singapore where the Singapore Sling was invented in the hotel's Long Bar and Claridge's in London. are among the historic, famous and/or luxurious of the international hotels.
Scary Stories, Monsters, Myths, Legends, Ghosts and Folklore in Illinois
The spirits of Congress Plaza Hotel, Chicago, especially the spectral woman in Room 441; 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); gigantic, aggressive thunderbirds; the giant serpent of Lake Michigan; 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; 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 phantom monks of St Rita of Cascia church, Chicago; the red eyed and three legged Enfield Monster; the moans of a suicidal chambermaid, heard on the sixth floor of the Hotel Baker in Saint Charles; 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 nine or more spectres that haunt Original Springs Mineral Spa and Hotel in Okawville, including a former owner and a Lady in White; Big Muddy, the Murphysboro mud monster (similar to the Cole Hollow Monster); the long snouted, hominid, Tuttle Bottoms Monster; and the strange phenomena of Robinson Woods, Chicago, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Illinois.
State Forests, National Parks, Nature Reserves, National Forests, State Parks and Refuges in Illinois
Beall Woods State Park on the Wabash River; Apple River Canyon State Park; the 280000 acre Shawnee National Forest (there had to be at least one significant wild place in Illinois); the strange geology of Starved Rock State Park; Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge; Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge; Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers; and 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, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Illinois.
Some people say that they have no desire to visit America because they have seen so much of it on TV and in the movies. However, there is no substitute for the real thing. Being familiar with the USA is as important in the modern Grand Tour as familiarity with Europe. Indianapolis, San Diego, Lake Tahoe, Corpus Christi, Juneau, Minneapolis, Sacramento, Houston, Washington DC, New Orleans, Savannah, Kansas City, Albuquerque, Anchorage, Atlantic City, Chicago, Sitka, Miami, Atlanta, Seattle, Honolulu, Detroit, Fairbanks, Salt Lake City, St Louis, Dallas, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Boston, Skagway, Santa Fe, Fort Lauderdale, New York, Los Angeles and Phoenix 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 Bryce Canyon, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, the Florida Keys, the Appalachians, the wild west town of Tombstone, the Everglades, Glacier Bay National Park, Mount Rushmore, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, rodeos, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the Disney resorts, the Adirondacks, Yellowstone National Park, Niagara Falls, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the Ozarks, Yosemite National Park, the California coastline, Mount Rainier National Park, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Grand Canyon, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Route 66 and the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta.
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.
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