Few cities in the US can match Georgia's oldest city when it comes to romance, charm and Southern hospitality. Spanish moss-draped oak trees, stately ante-bellum mansions, horse-drawn carriages and mint-juleps sipped on graceful verandas pave the way for magical memories. The storied squares in this pedestrian-friendly city add a soft touch, enveloping the statues and memorials you'll find around almost every corner in the Historic District.
Founded in 1733 by British colonists led by Gen. James Oglethorpe, more than 800 of Savannah’s celebrated buildings have been refurbished by local organizations, resulting in a "living museum" in the largest urban National Landmark District in the US.
Visitors looking for a "haunting" experience won't be disappointed in what's often referred to as "America’s most haunted city." Many historic cemeteries and B&Bs attest to frequent ghost sightings and haunted ghost tours - such as Blue Orb and Ghosts and Gravestones - take visitors "beyond," the normal tourist experience. Bonaventure Cemetery, Colonial Park Cemetery and the Mercer House are worth a visit, whether you're looking for spirits - or not.
The celebrated Cathedral of St. John the Baptist Church and Congregation Mickve Israel - the third oldest Jewish congregation in the country - are remarkable. Also of note are the museums - from the contemporary Jepson Center to the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum and the Ships of the Sea Museum - there is something for every interest.
Several historic forts offer a peek into Civil War Savannah, while nearby Tybee Island offers refreshing beach time along with eclectic shops and funky eateries.
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