10 Best Places in Savannah to Sightsee for History Buffs and Nature Lovers

Whip out your camera phone and get ready to snap away. Historic Savannah is one of the nation’s most picturesque cities and teeming with Instagramable photo ops. 

One of the best ways to sightsee in Savannah is to walk through the city’s 22 public squares. All of the squares are worth visiting, but if time is limited, stick with the five squares on Bull Street–Monterey, Madison, Chippewa, Wright and Johnson.

Another fantastic green space that should be on every sightseers to-do list is Forsyth Park, a 30-acre landmark on the edge of the city’s Historic District. The park is home to one of Savannah’s most photographed attractions–a two-tiered cast-iron fountain.

Savannah has several historic houses of worship that are worthy of a visit, including the magnificent Cathedral of St. John the Baptist church on E. Harris St. Colonial Park Cemetery, just a few blocks away, features fascinating gravesites dating back to the mid-1700s.

While many of the best places for sightseeing are in the Historic District, some of the most spectacular vistas are found off the beaten path. Bluff Drive, a residential street in Isle of Hope overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, is a must for those who appreciate antebellum-style architecture.

Nearby Wormsloe Plantation, an 18th century landmark with tabby ruins, a museum and several walking trails, boasts a breathtaking oak tree-lined entryway. 

And you simply can’t leave Savannah without visiting Bonaventure Cemetery. This 19th-century burial ground features striking monuments, elaborate burial vaults and magnificent views of the Wilmington River.

The lighthouse on Tybee Island has been guiding mariners since 1732, when Georgia founder Gen. James Oglethorpe ordered the tower's construction. Though the structure was rebuilt several times over the years, it contains many historic features,...  Read More

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Historic District

Colonial Park Cemetery, located in Savannah's Historic District, is the oldest intact municipal cemetery in the city. Established in 1750, the cemetery has more than 9,000 graves and is the final resting place for many famous Georgians,...  Read More

Without a doubt one of the most visually stunning pieces of architecture in the city, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist was dedicated in 1876 and today serves as Mother Church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah. Though it was almost...  Read More

This 19th-century fort, which was occupied by the Confederate Army during the Civil War, is a must-see for history buffs. Only a 15-minute drive from Downtown Savannah, Fort Pulaski was designed by Napoleon's engineer, and though it fell during...  Read More

This 30-acre park at the southern edge of the Historic District has a little bit of something for everyone. The park's magnificent two-tiered, white cast-iron fountain, which was made famous in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, is a...  Read More

Wormsloe Plantation, a haven of natural beauty and rich history, was established in 1737 by Noble Jones, an Englishman and one of Georgia's earliest settlers. The plantation is known for its striking mile-long entryway, which is lined on both...  Read More

Bonaventure Cemetery
Photo courtesy of Don Teuton

This storied 150-year-old cemetery, perched on the bluff overlooking the Wilmington River, is at once beautiful and haunting. The final resting place for may famous Savannahians, among them lyricist Johnny Mercer and poet Conrad Aiken, the...  Read More

Isle of Hope, a historic island located in the Southeastern portion of the city, is a residential community with a storied past. First inhabited in the 1700s by surveyor Noble Jones, the island today features gorgeous homes, many of which were...  Read More

Historic District
Savannah's Squares
Photo courtesy of Visit Savannah

When James Edward Oglethorpe founded Savannah in 1733, he planned the city around four open squares. His master plan, based on a series of grids, allowed for the addition of more squares, and today the city's 22 public squares are one of...  Read More


Meet Amy Pine

Amy's thrilled to have the opportunity to share her love of Savannah with the world. A Savannah native, Amy has more than 15 years of experience as a writer and editor, and her work has appeared...  More About Amy

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