Steeped in history, Savannah is genteel southern city punctuated by graceful live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, majestic 18th- and 19th-century architecture and miles of pristine marshland. The Historic District’s 22 squares showcase Savannah’s past, while highlighting the historic beauty for which the city is known. Visitors in search of a good fright won't be disappointed, in what has been dubbed "America’s most haunted city." Numerous historic cemeteries and buildings claim frequent ghost sightings, and a host of haunted ghost tours promise a full-on ghoulish experience. Whether you’re in search of spirits or not, the haunted destinations, among them Bonaventure Cemetery, Colonial Park Cemetery and the Mercer House, are well worth a visit. If you're interested in the spiritual realm, you'll enjoy the city's many sanctuaries, including the magnificent Cathedral of St. John the Baptist Church and Congregation Mickve Israel, the third oldest Jewish congregation in the US. For a cultural experience, a variety of museums - from the contemporary Jepson Center to the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Right’s Museum to the Ships of the Sea Museum - beckon. Several historic forts offer an overview of what the city was like during the Civil War and boast sweeping views of Savannah’s many rivers. Tybee Island, which is just a 20-minute drive from Downtown Savannah, is the perfect destination for an afternoon of basking in the sun or frolicking in the Atlantic Ocean surf.
Senior editor Kelly Sigmon is Southern born and Ivy educated. During his tenure with the company, Kelly has prized being a mystery traveler and overseeing the printed 10Best Travel Guides for San Francisco, Miami, and Atlanta.