Founded in 1733 as Georgia's first town, Savannah is one of the most historic as well as one of the most graceful cities in the South. It regularly pops up on “best of” lists, thanks to its well-preserved architecture, pedestrian-friendly downtown, and deep reverence for the past. It’s easy to get swept away by the romance of the place in one of Savannah’s famous public squares—there are 22 of them altogether—where lush greenery surrounds historic landmarks near antebellum mansions and moss-covered oaks.
- Bonaventure Cemetery: Don’t miss a chance to walk through this Southern Gothic cemetery, which was featured in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (both the book and the movie). Beautiful yet creepy Victorian monuments dot 100 verdant acres.
- Savannah Historic District: Wander through streets lined with restored 18th- and 19th-century buildings and homes set out in a distinctive grid pattern, according to the original layout of the city. A National Historic Landmark and definite must-see.
- Forsyth Park: 30 acres of green in the middle of Savannah’s Historic District, with an elaborate fountain, walking paths, and a Fragrant Garden that’s a feast for your nostrils
- River Street: Cobblestone walkways are lined with 100-year-old cotton warehouses that have been converted into antique shops, brewpubs, and galleries.
- Blue Orb Savannah Ghost Tour: an award-winning and spine-tingling nighttime tour of the city’s most haunted sites
- City Market: A four-block public meeting space on the edge of downtown, this section of the historic district is one of the city's top destinations for entertainment and dining. You’ll find artists' studios, open-air restaurants, and tons of taverns.
Where to Stay
- The Mansion on Forsyth Park: Housed in a historic mansion, this luxury hotel features an onyx marble lobby, an onsite cooking school, and a gallery displaying more than 400 original works of art.
- The 1895 Inn: a completely renovated, Queen Anne–style B&B in the heart of the historic district. You’ll find antiques in the guest rooms and a lavish breakfast each morning.
- Catherine Ward House Inn: After a day of shopping and restaurants, relax in this B&B’s quiet courtyard, located half a block from Forsyth Park.