Savannah, Georgia is a historic city in the United States. The city was established in 1733 and the Historic District is one of the largest in the country. Most of the district follows the original town plan devised by the city founder, James Oglethorpe. There are many interesting things to do and see, so let’s have a look at five of them.
Squares of Savannah
There are 21 squares remaining of the original 24 created. These squares are essentially various sized parks featuring grass, trees, places to sit and monuments to admire. Savannah has a warm climate so shade is very important.
It is fun to try to visit all the squares as each has something unique to see. I must go back to Savannah as I have a few more squares still to visit.
Made famous by the book Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil, Bonaventure Cemetery is a must see on the tourist trail. I chose Savannah Bonaventure Dash Tours who collect you from your hotel and take you on a guided tour of the cemetery. The guide regales you with many interesting stories about the people interred there.
Taking a tour is the best way to see the cemetery. From the fascinating to the amusing to the morbid, there is a lot of history here. Unmissable!
Friendly Locals and Good Food
In Summer it appears there are no inhabitants of Savannah as everyone is hiding indoors in air conditioned comfort. All the locals you meet are friendly and charming, whether it is in a store or on the street. There is no evidence of any crime in the Historic District so it is a place to walk around.
Southern cooking is available anywhere in the city. From biscuits and gravy to collard greens and more the food is delicious. There is no shortage of places to eat and all meals are reasonably priced.
Around the squares are homes and other buildings which are quite beautiful. A selection of these are below.
In addition to the homes there are Churches and monuments as well as all the usual Civic Buildings to feast your eyes. Some of the larger historic homes allow tourists to see inside also.
River Street and Savannah River
By the river is the appropriately named River Street. This is a touristy area featuring souvenir shops, bars, restaurants and there’s even a hotel down here. The Savannah River is situated much lower than the city so you need to walk down stairs or down hill to get there.
You can take a riverboat cruise along the river which is pleasant though there isn’t really that much to see. The area is still quite picturesque and there are some great stories such as that about the Waving Girl.
Savannah is a beautiful city to visit for a few days with much to see and do. The people are lovely and the food delicious. Make sure you get a well air conditioned hotel as it can be extremely hot and humid – expect to sweat a great deal! Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.