If you have decided to visit Savannah for your next vacation, you are in for a treat. One of the oldest and most historical cities in the United States, Savannah is as picturesque as it is friendly. Whether you are a history buff, a lover of the south, or just interested in taking in one of the top destinations in the country, Savannah is an excellent choice.
There is plenty to see and do when visiting Savannah, from numerous monuments erected in honor of some of the country’s most important war-time figures to two dozen green squares perfect for spending a day out in the city and historical homes and buildings tracing back to the 18th century. Savannah is considered one of the most charming cities in the country, and it is not without good reason. The city’s Historic District is home to many different sites and homes, such as the Mercer Williams House, made famous by the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Since there is so much to see and do when staying in Savannah, it may be helpful to have an idea of what a few of the top tourist attractions are. It’s safe to say that you won’t be able to fit a visit to everything on your list in, which is all the more reason to come back and visit soon! Keep in mind the following list is far from exhaustive, but it will help you determine where to go and what to see first during your stay in our beautiful city.
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Located in Lafayette Square in Savannah’s Historic District, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is a perfect way to spend an afternoon. Originally constructed in 1799, the architecture of the stone cathedral is awe-inspiring. Known for its intricate gold-leaf designs, Italian marble and incredible stained-glass windows, a visit to the cathedral is free and is a great introduction to what the city has to offer.
Check out the Savannah River and Waterfront District by taking a morning jog or an afternoon stroll along lively River Street. Once considered one of the less-desirable areas in Savannah, today the cobblestone street is full of small shops, sidewalk restaurants and must-try seafood establishments.
Fort Pulaski National Monument
Named in honor of Casimir Pulaski, a Revolutionary War hero, you can check out the fort’s incredible stone towers, ramparts, drawbridges and moats and get a taste of some of Savannah’s history. Located on Tybee Island roughly 15 minutes from downtown Savannah, the national monument is open every day from 9 to 5.
City Market is a pedestrian-only area in Savannah’s Historic District and a great place to get a taste of the city. It is in close proximity to the waterfront, bustling with independently owned galleries and boutiques and outdoor restaurants. Walking through City Market is a perfect way to spend an afternoon exploring the city.
Old Town Trolley Tours
Savannah’s trolley tours are one of the best ways to truly experience the city and discover its charm. There are approximately 15 stops on the 90-minute guided tour, allowing for tourists to get off and on as they please. Going by some of the stunning homes in the Historic District, the picturesque squares and other city attractions, trolley tours are a must-do for any first-time visitor.
Telfair Museum of Art
The oldest public art museum in the South, the marble-clad Telfair Museum of Art has more than 4,500 works of art, including pieces from the Impressionist period. Be sure to check out Sylvia Shaw’s famous Bird Girl statue before you leave, as it’s a museum highlight.
Mercer Williams House Museum
An attraction you cannot miss when visiting Savannah, the Mercer Williams House Museum was home to musician Johnny Mercer but is more known for when Jim Williams, a local antiques dealer who lived there and was the basis for the character in the film Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
As you can see, Savannah is a charming historical city full of numerous “must-sees”. There really is just too much to see and do in the city in one visit, but the above attractions are a good place to start if you really want to get a feel for a Georgia city.
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