Savannah's Storied Past Paves the Way to Delightful Modern-day Activities

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.  

Savannah Riverfront
Photo courtesy of Don Teuton

Visitors to Savannah should explore the Savannah Riverfront, encompassing River Street, Factors Walk, Bay Street and Hutchinson Island. It's one of the city's most popular tourist destinations and offers a poignant peek into the city's past....  Read More

Savannah Foody Tour
Photo courtesy of The Lady and Sons

Often, the best way to get to know a city and its traditions is by visiting local restaurants, yet deciding where to go can be daunting. Fortunately, Savannah's Foody Tour paves the way to culinary entertainment with a two-hour Historic District...  Read More

Historic District
Telfair Museums
Photo courtesy of Photography by J. Campbell

A grand 19th-century mansion, a contemporary architectural masterpiece and an English Regency-style 195-year-old residence make up the Telfair Museums, three unique art venues in downtown Savannah. Founded through the bequest of prominent...  Read More

Dating back to 1799, this is oldest Catholic Church in Georgia and is the Mother Church of the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Savannah. Its current Victorian Gothic form with its imposing twin spires is the result of being rebuilt and reformed to...  Read More

One of the most authentic ways to touring Savannah is by indulging in a time honored tradition of the Old South and hopping on board an antique horse-drawn carriage. With the clip-clop of horses' hooves, the gentle sway of a carriage and a...  Read More

Bonaventure Cemetery
Photo courtesy of Don Teuton

For more than 150 years this beautifully haunting cemetery has captured the imagination of writers, poets, photographers and filmmakers. In 1771 John Mullryne and his son-in-law, Josiah Tattnall owned approximately 9,000 acres of land in...  Read More

History buffs will enjoy visiting this 19th century fort, which was occupied by the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Construction began in 1827, when future Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was placed in charge of designing the first series...  Read More

Tybee Island Beach
Photo courtesy of Don Teuton

Once known as the "playground of the southeast," this quirky beach town on the Atlantic coast some 20 minutes from downtown Savannah, offers the perfect beach escape. South Beach - the busiest area - extends south from 14th St and features soft...  Read More

This 30-acre park at the southern edge of the Historic District offers something for everyone. The magnificent two-tiered, white cast-iron fountain, made famous in "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" is a "must see." Built in 1858, it may...  Read More

Historic District
Savannah's Squares
Photo courtesy of Visit Savannah

Savannah is peppered with fascinating history, but the soul of the city can best be found in its network of 24 squares. or lush parks shaded by canopies of live oaks, dogwoods and scented magnolias. The oldest - Johnson Square - was the first to...  Read More


Meet Michelle da Silva Richmond

Michelle da Silva Richmond is an award-winning travel editor and member of the Society of American Travel Writers and other journalism organizations. 

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