Favorite thing: There is a wealth of Greek Revival architecture here... but other styles are scattered throughout the district as well. If you are a lover of historic architecture you'll go bonkers trying to see everything. Better not be driving while you are looking. Best to walk and see it all.
Favorite thing: This is definitely a city you where you can walk around. It's laid out in a grid system, with "squares" everywhere. These little open areas have live oaks and beautiful architecture surrounding them where you can just relax. There is a ton of history in this town and notorious for its southern society. ("Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil contributed to this...a lot like "The Great Gatsby" of the south...) Just walking around, you can submerge yourself in history and southern culture and customs.
Favorite thing: I like that this beach is not overly developed. Mostly, it's residential with some hotels. Not at all like the NE coast or even down to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. You can kayak, watch dolphins, walk along the beach and I've never experienced crowds of people there. The lighthouse is nice, the restaurants are okay...they have good views:) But it's a nice getaway from the city, I suppose.
With its cobblestone streets, historic squares, opulent mansions, and spreading dripping with Spanish moss, Savannah is one of the most distinctive cities in the United States, ranking with New Orleans, San Francisco, and Charleston, South Carolina. The town has a lazy, genteel feel, accentuated by the humid southern climate and laid-back nature of its citizens. There is much to see and do in Savannah, and it serves as a good home base for excursions to other, wilder areas of the Georgia coast.
Officially, the district is defined by the Savannah River and Gaston Street (Forsyth Park) and bordered by East Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Victorian Historic District, which stretches south from Forsyth Park for approximately 1 square mile, is undergoing renovation and development that has already swept through the neighborhoods to the north. Some beautiful lodging and delicious dining are found in this area as well.
It is recommended that visitors start their sojourn in Savannah at the Savannah Visitors Center. From here, tourists can get oriented to the town's charms by taking a tour or picking up maps and helpful information. Annual events to be aware of start with St. Patrick's Day. For more than 160 years, this riotous event has celebrated the Irish heritage of the city. The St. Patrick's Day parade is the second largest in the U.S., behind New York, and the celebration is the third oldest, behind New York and Boston. Other events to look out for are annual tours of homes and gardens, which allow a peek into some of Savannah's finer homes that usually are closed to the public.
Fondest memory: Touring Savannah
Savannah is ranked in the top 10 best walking cities in the U.S. by Walking Magazine. Most tourists sites are concentrated around River Street, City Market, and the Historic District. River Street and City Market are thriving tourist areas within walking distance of each other that feature a collection of restaurants, clubs, art galleries, and souvenir shops housed in the historic buildings of Savannah's waterfront and City Market.
Savannah Visitors Center/Savannah History Museum
Located in the 1860 Central of Georgia Railroad Building, visitors starting here can get information on lodging, restaurants, and attractions that make Savannah distinctive. Walking, driving, or carriage tours are booked here. The Savannah History Museum offers an excellent introduction to the area's history. Exhibits feature Forrest Gump's bench and the Bird Girl statue on the cover of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, discuss the Siege of Savannah, Savannah-born songwriter Johnny Mercer, and Savannah's railroad history.
Directions: I-16 to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Exit 37A/167. At light, go left. Visitors Center is on left.
Activities: Historical touring.
Facilities: Restrooms, gift shop, snack bar.
Dates: Open 7 days a week, 9–5.
Fees: A small fee is charged for the museum.
For more information: Savannah Visitors Center/Savannah History Museum, 301 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31499. Visitors Center: Phone (912) 944-0455. History Museum: Phone (912) 238-1777
Favorite thing: Never have I seen a city with so many small beautiful parks. In the downtown area between the river and Hall Street there are about 25 manicured parks. I picked a perfect time to visit as all the flowering trees were in bloom. The historic buildings give Savannah a certain oldworld charm, but for me what truly makes Savannah a stand out city is its parks.
Savannah is rich in architectural splendor, natural beauty and old-fashioned Southern charm. The nation's most unique cities.
General Oglethorpe created a modern city in the heart of the Georgia wilderness.
Savannah unique city plan, features an ingenious system of squares, which are really miniature parks that serve as an organizing system for the historic district.
Houses, churches and business surround each square. Savannah has 23 district squares across the historic district, each of which has its own charm, style and personality.
Favorite thing: The area from E.Broad Street to Martin Luher King Jr. Blvd. and from the Savannah River to Gastoon Street was officially designated a Historic Landmark District. Savannah's historic district is one of the largest such areas in the United States, with thousands of architecturally significant buildings in the 2.2 square mile area, including examples of Federal, Victorian, Regency and Italianate architecture.
Savannah's port has always been a significant part of the city's economy, transporting timber and other resources to England in its earliest days.
Savannah once served as a prime shipping avenue for New World goods bound for Europe.
Today, Savannah has the largest foreign commerce port on the South Atlantic Coast.
Favorite thing: Never before have I seen so many monuments in a U.S. city outside of Washington, D.C. They seem to dole out monuments to every Tom, Dick and Harry. I'd hate to have lived in 1700s Savannah and not have a monument. It seems like you'd have to have been a real loser not to warrant a monument.
My favorite thing to do is walk around and look at the beautiful homes and parks.
Fondest memory: The day we spent walking around and taking pictures, then it rained, and rained, and rained, but we still had a good time. And when we had to leave the next day, we didn't want to!
I've traveled to Savannah several times, and I have to say the historic district is a very safe place to walk and explore. Before my first trip, someone suggested when I go, to plan a walking tour by starting at Bay Street and walking south on Bull all the way to Forsythe Park. You get to experience lots of shops, and the beautiful city squares this way, and get a real feel for the historic district.
The Savannah History Museum on Martin Luther King Blvd. would be a great place to see some Civil War relics, and I HIGHLY suggest taking one of the many tours offered in town. The walking tours are lots of fun, but if you'd prefer not to walk, there are lots of trolley and carriage tours that will get you up to speed on some of the history about town.
The Lady and Sons is a good place to eat, as are many of the restaurants on River Street. Our FAVORITE is Mrs. Wilkes dining room on Jones Street. It is only open at lunch time (11-2 I believe) and only takes cash, but you'll get the TRUE Southern dining experience there. No menu, just pass around lots of good home cookin' at the table with others. Great way to meet people. We also like the Pirate House on E. Broad Street. They have a delicious buffet at lunch, and a very nice menu for dinner. We've also had a wonderful meal at Belford's in the City Market.
My husband's favorite haunt in town is the riverside. He loves sitting there watching the big ships come in and go out........and I get to shop at all the shops on River Street while he does that!
Be SURE to either take a tour to Bonaventure Cemetery, or drive out yourself. It's NOT to be missed!
Fondest memory: I just LOVE walking through the squares in town. It gives one the feeling of being a part of this old city.
I never make a trip to Savannah without finding some of the wonderful pralines which are a Southern treat that I think actually has French origins. It is brown sugar, butter and pecans - how could you beat that combination?? You can find them several places, but I like Savannah Candy Kitchen which has locations at River Street and City Market. They also have delicious chocolate fudge and other sweets and nut treats to tempt you. Indulge!
Fondest memory: Pralines -I have even asked friends who went to Savannah to bring me some back - some did!
The Science Museum is a wonderfull place for children, with an aquarium, short trail system and picnic tables. Can be added to visit to the Skidaway Island State park ( camping, trails, pool. or a walk in Wormsloe
Favorite thing: Savannah's historic district is adjacent to the Nantucket Clipper's dock on River Street. Savannah brims with southern cultural allure, drawing throngs in search of history, art, architecture and tradition, with emphasis on great houses, black heritage, ghosts and the Civil War era.
Favorite thing: Parts of "Forrest Gump" were filmed in Savannah, much of the story takes place as Forrest Gump, played by Tom Hanks, sits on a bench in front of Chippewa Square telling his story. I'm sure there are many tourists wandering through the square looking for "the bench" but don't bother, the movie bench is housed at the Savannah History Museum and there is no bench at all where the movie was filmed, just some pretty flowers.