Walking is the Best Way to See Historic Savannah
Walking is the best way to experience this city. Don't forget to bring bottled water. You can get maps of the historic district for free in your hotel or at a visitor's center. Just take your time and walk River Street and the historic park squares.
Horse Carriage rides are also available for ~ $20 per person (adult). It is cool to ride around and have the guide give you a short history lesson. Walking is still the best way to see the city in my opinion.
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Trams, Trolleys, Carriages
There are all kinds of tours by various modes around Savannah. You can get a trolly tour in front of the visitors' center and a carriage tour at City Market. I saw lots of tour buses as well, so just about any kind of transported tour you want is available. However my advice is to use your feet. The visitor's center sells a self-guided walking tour that is marvelous and leads you through most of the squares and historic sights in the old town. You can go at your own pace and it is not a hard city to walk. Plus you just see more when you walk - and you can make a coffee, lunch, beer break whenever you feel like it.
Savannah is a walking city!
Because Savannah's a walking city, a rental car isn't really needed, unless you want to visit some of the outlying forts and beaches, or perhaps Hilton Head or Charleston in South Carolina. The taxi fare from the airport to the city is about $15 per person, although some hotels offer shuttle services.
Rent a Car
If you are interested in visiting things off the beaten path, I would highly suggest renting a car to get around for your trip. Places such as Tybee Island and Bonaventure Cemetery are all easily accesible by car, but not necesarily if you are relying on walking through Savannah. We were fine just walking through the historic town, but certain worthwhile restaurants and attractions are a little on the outskirts of the historic center, so if you are interested in visiting beyond the historic center, look into renting a car. Go to Orbitz or any other travel site to find cheap and reliable car rentals.
Old Town Trolley
Old Town Trolley
Though somewhat expensive, we took the Old Town Trolley for a tour around Savannah as a way to get oriented and to see most of the sights at once with a little bit of an overview.
The Old Town Trolley allows people to get on and off if there’s something you want to spend more time at. The tour guide pointed out many historical houses and other sites, and seemed quite informed about the city’s history.
The photo I have said the price is $22 per person for adults, but the Web site said they are $18.50 discounted and I think that’s what we paid; e-tickets are available ahead of time.
I still have a free paper fan they gave us on the trolley, which I kept as a souvenir.
The trolley operates 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily (closed St. Patrick’s Day). There are group and charter rates available. Old Town Trolley also operates in other cities.
There are 14 stops throughout the city (including one very near our B&B)
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Parking for Savannah
Parking in Savannah is a little tricky..No matter where you go you usually HAVE to pay to park..It's best to buy the parking ticket stubs that are sold at certain meters placed through out the city..The time for these stubs vary so you have to be careful..You don't want to buy one for two hours and then spend 6 hours walking around shoping and site seeing. :-) The other practical thing to do is to just go park in one of the parking garages near the Market district, it's pretty centrally located so that you can either go one way from there to all the squares or head in the opposite direction to River st..which is just a few blocks away..Also a good thing to remember is that you do NOT have to pay for parking on the weekends..We found that out AFTER we had been paying. DOH! :-)
Trollies & Buses
You can purchase a tourist pass from one of the many trolley companies in town, about $27.00. It entitles you to on and off privalages at several points of interest.
To get around to locations not on the trolley route, we used the local bus (public transportation) it only cost $1.00 each way.
Take a romantic carraige ride
Go take a romantic carriage ride around old historic Savaanah, you won't ever forget it! This state is full of romance and history. It's a nice slow ride in a pretty white carriage. For more information check the local visitors center.
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Graet Highways to Savannah
Headed north or south on Iterstate 95 can reach Savannah via Interstate 16 E.
From Atlanta I 75 South which connects with
I-16 E. near Macon, from Hilton Head, S.C.
via U.S.278, then I-95 South. and I- 16 E.
From Charleston, S.C. via U.S. 175. then
I- 95 South and I 95 East.
It's easy to get to Savannah
Interstate 16 goes right into downtown Savannah.
If you have a map, it's very easy to get around here. Even better, park your car and walk! Everything is close together and walking is the best way to see the historic district.
If driving to Savannah, you...
If driving to Savannah, you would probably use I-95 or I-16. 95 runs north and south. 16 comes from Atlanta by way of 75S, gettin on 16 at Macon. We have an international airport, with daily flights fom anywhere. We are also served by Amtrak and Greyhound bus, if you desire.
You will need a car if you want to go to the beach, the civil war forts, or to Savannah Wildlife, just across the river in SC. You can see alligators in their natural state. BE CAREFUL!
There are umpteen bazillion...
There are umpteen bazillion ways to get into the city. The usual channels -- air, train, bus, car -- are all available to get into Savannah. We're very proud of our (quasi) new Airport (Savannah International), but fares in and out of town can be a little pricey, and you'll still have to rent a car or take a cab to get into the city proper. Same story for the train station. It might seem like the train would be a romantic and appropriate way to get into Savannah, and it would be if the train station wasn't number one way out from town, maintaining the necessity of paying for a cab or a car rental, and number two relatively shady-looking, enough so to make you relatively uncomfortable while you're standing there with your bags waiting for your ride to wherever you're going. Driving is relatively easy, but I would recommend seriously watching any lead-foot tendencies you might have when you're getting all excited about making it to Savannah. Chatham County and Georgia State Police aggressively enforce the speed limit around here, and fines are comparatively high, so be careful.
Walking, of course, is the best way to get around once you're in the Historic District proper. Not everything is particularly close though of course, but luckily Chatham Area Transit (CAT is what you'll see it called) offers very good bus service in the downtown area, including a free shuttle in funny looking green buses that goes all over Creation and/or center city Savannah. Regular fare for other routes is 75 cents.
As for driving yourself around, you might want to limit that to a minimum where you can. Parking a car can be QUITE an adventure in the historic district, especially during the tourist season, and I'm willing to bet that parking is not exactly the kind of adventure you're looking for in Savannah. Be careful of where you park, if you manage to find a space -- the city has enough meter maids to conquer Western Europe easily, and since this is Savannah, they're very pleasant and some of them have been known to leave nice little hard candies on people's windshields on top of the tickets, but a parking ticket with a piece of candy is still a parking ticket, and you don't want them.
Savannah is a 4 hour ride from...
Savannah is a 4 hour ride from Atlanta Georgia. As soon as you are out of Metro Atlanta the 6 lane highway will change into a very unbussy 2 lane highway heading towards Savannah. Another way in getting to Savannah is by air. There are daily direct flights from Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport to Savannah. The flight duration will take 15 to 20 minutes depending on the type of aircraft you are flying.
We arrived via the trusty...
We arrived via the trusty Honda Civic and after shelling out $850 to have it fixed, left by the same mode. ;)
It's best to just walk around as the city is fairly compact and it is the streets that are the real attraction of this romantic city. Of course, there are boat trips to view the city from the Savannah River, even ones that will take you to Tybee Island with dolphin viewing as well.
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