Visit Historic Savannah is your personal travel guide to this charming and fascinating city.
What sets us apart? Our focus on Savannah’s rich and colorful history. We'll give you tips on the best way to get around, what to see, where to eat and stay, but that is just the beginning. We won’t just give you a list of historic homes, we’ll tell you a little about their history, and the people who lived in them.
You'll learn about the various tour companies and their specialty tours - yes, there is even a Midnight tour. You'll find interesting, informative and entertaining information that will help you make the most of your trip to Savannah.
Most people who come to Savannah come to visit historic Savannah and indeed, the city is loaded with fascinating history, historical homes and buildings and interesting characters – historic and present – as any who have read the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil might recall. For those who didn’t read it or those who didn’t read the epilogue, virtually all of the people and places mentioned in the book are, or were, real life people and the events depicted there did occur.
When you visit historic Savannah, you will find tourist-related businesses as you do in any anyplace that attracts a lot of visitors – T-Shirt shops, rowdy bars, carriage rides, walking tours “hop-on – hop off” tours, beaches, boats and so on. But you will also find what we loved best – the friendliest locals and a city, due to it original planning, that is a comfortable place to hang out, to absorb the past, revel in beautiful architecture, squares and parks, and yet is not tacky.
What makes Savannah historic? Lots! It was founded in 1733 by James Oglethorpe, who arrived from England with 114 settlers. Lore has it that those 114 were poor and persecuted men and women who were seeking a new life in the new world. This turns out to be just one of the many myths connected with Savannah’s history.. Savannah’s roots are pre-Revolutionary War. Ancient in America’s terms.
There are lots of firsts associated with Savannah:
The first capital of the 13th colony and later of Georgia
The first city in North America planned on an extensive system of squares
The first Negro Baptist congregation in the U.S.
The first practical cotton gin
The first steamship to cross the Atlantic
The first lighthouse on the south Atlantic coast
The first Girl Scout Troop
The first experimental garden in North America
And many more…
Savannah has also been home and hometown to a number of luminaries – composer Johnny Mercer, poet Conrad Aiken and inventor Eli Whitney, to name a few. We’ll tell you more about them in the upcoming pages of this site.
Savannah is also well known for its beautifully preserved historic neighborhoods and believe us, they are special. When Oglethorpe arrived he had a plan already drawn up for the city. It was laid out in a grid and planned for all development to be around 24 squares. In fact, the history and development of Savannah evolved around these squares, as did its revival, when it came about.
When you visit historic Savannah, you will want a plan – something to tell you how to get around, where to stay and dine. Having done all those things ourselves, we are in a position to share that knowledge with you so that when you arrive, you won’t lose most of a day (like we did the first time) trying to figure it out. We recommend that you start with a “hop on – hop off” tour of the historic district. You’ll find more information on the various tour companies on the tour pages.
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Looking for Savannah travel information? Choose planes, trains or automobiles, Savannah is easily accessible from wherever you are.Getting Around Savannah
Getting around Savannah is a breeze, but if you arrive by plane or train, you'll need some form of transportation to get to the Historic District. You'll find all the info you need right here.Savannah Tours
Savannah tours are the best way to start your trip and get a good overview of the city and her history.Savannah Hotels
There are a number of Savannah hotels in the Historic District, many are on Bay Street, just a few steps from the Savannah River.Savannah Bed and Breakfasts
Discover the charm and elegance of the beautiful Savannah bed and breakfasts located in the heart of the historic district.Cheap Hotels in Savannah
Although there are few discount hotels in the historic district, there are a number of cheap hotels in Savannah proper.Savannah Restaurants
With award-winning entrees and celebrity chefs, Savannah restaurants offer excellent dining choices from soul food to gourmet cuisine, with many located in beautifully restored historic buildings.Savannah History
Savannah history, shaped by fascinating people and dramatic, and often-times tragic events, is rich, colorful and compelling.Civil War Savannah
Although there were no battles fought in Savannah during the Civil War, General Sherman did take possession of the ciy on his famous March to the Sea.Savannah Squares
Savannah squares are the heart and soul of the city. In fact, the historic district is defined by the limit of the squares.Historic Homes
Today, Savannah's historic district has been restored to its former glory and many of her historic homes and museums are open to the public.Architectural Treasures
Savannah’s architectural treasures include examples of Federal, Victorian Regency, Greek and Gothic Revival, and Italianate styles and many feature magificent ironwork.Savannah Museums
Savannah museums and educational centers provide a wonderful window into her past.Historic Neighborhoods
Discover the many delightful and charming faces of Savannah as you explore her unique historic neighborhoods.Historic Churches
Savannah's historic churches include some of the most historically and architecturally significent in the country.Savannah Cemeteries
Savannah cemeteries are the some of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, particularly those seeking ghostly adventures.Monuments and Memorials
Savannah’s streets, squares and parks are filled with monuments and memorials to those who played key roles in her history. Savannah has always honored her past and her heroes.Savannah Parks
In addition to her charming squares, the city has lovely parks in and around the Historic District. Savannah parks include Emmet Park and Forsyth Park.Savannah Events and Attractions
Bringing you information on the best Savannah events and attractions. No matter what your fancy, there is always something fun to see and do in historic Savannah.Savannah Golf
Savannah golf courses include an 18-hole championship course at the Westin Savannah Harbor.Savannah Weddings
Savannah is the perfect place for your perfect day. We want to provide you with all the resources you need for Savannah weddings and honeymoons.Romance Packages
Whether your celebrating your wedding, anniversary or just looking for a romantic getaway, Savannah's romance packages are sure to please.Contact Us
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