With its beautiful public squares, fine dining, historic attractions and vivid
cultural scene, sultry Savannah has something for everyone. The city’s colonial architecture, funky art and Southern charm
make it a popular destination.
The Historic District’s 22 squares, which
formed a vital part of General James Edward Oglethorpe’s original city plan when
he founded Savannah in 1733, serve as the
heart and soul of downtown Savannah and
have been widely praised for their beauty.
These garden-like public squares and hundreds of restored 18th- and 19th-century
buildings with ornate ironwork, gingerbread trim, and picturesque fountains are
the essence of old Savannah. “The most
beautiful city in North America,” is the way
Paris’s Le Monde newspaper described it.
People flock to the city to experience
the mild climate, Old World charm and
moderately priced accommodations. Sa-
vannah consistently appears on ‘Top 10’
lists for attractiveness as a tourist desti-
nation and the fact that you can walk
almost everywhere. Don’t miss the city’s
fabulous Riverwalk, with over 80 shops,
restaurants, pubs, galleries and hotels. As
you walk along the historic waterfront,
you’ll catch first-hand glimpses of the
city’s working harbor.
At night, the waterfront is transformed
into one of Savannah’s most active nightspots. Visitors are particularly delighted
by the down-home Southern cooking for
which the area is famous. If you’re in the
mood for an oyster roast, drive just 15
minutes to Tybee Island, located at the
mouth of the Savannah River. Fans of
John Berendt’s Midnight in the Garden of
Good and Evil come to see the Bonaventure Cemetery, Mercer House, piano bars
and clubs featured in the book. Savannah
is also famous for its ghost tours, carriage
rides and haunted houses. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike, bike or swim to their
heart’s content at nearby Skidaway Island State Park, which borders Skidaway
Narrows on the Intracoastal Waterway.
Threaded with beautiful marshes and
estuaries, this 588-acre preserve contains
both fresh water and saltwater.
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