Take a sunset walk down one of the cobbled streets, lined with historic building, warehouses and docks. Soak up the culture by touring the many tree lined squares by horse drawn carriage, shop in quaint rows of boutique shops and relax with a coffee in a vintage coffee house.
Yes this is a city within the united states we are talking about. It might sound more like a description of London, England and Savannah’s history would explain why. During the 1700’s Savannah was establish as a British colonial city and throughout the centuries since has played a huge strategic part in Americas development.
Move forward a few hundred years and what would have once been bustling warehouses lining the dock side are now home to seafood restaurants, Bars, Taffy shops and riverside hotels, all of course nautically themed.
Looking in from the waters edge the exteriors of the buildings still show the evidence of their past and have been restore in the main to their original glory. This is true throughout most of the historic area with pristine tree lined streets with equally beautiful old town houses. If your hoping to explore the beauty of the historic downtown and all it has to offer then one of the best ways to explore further in from the waterfront is by hopping on one of the many tour guided trolleys which run throughout the city. If you fancy an evening out with a difference or seeking out some of the darker and paranormal secrets of the past, then book one of the frequent ghost tour trolleys which run after dark. We should mention though, these are not for those with a weak heart as the guides will do their very best to add to the atmosphere.
Whilst exploring further into the historic district you will note the many old movie theaters and music houses which have not changed much from the day they were built. Savannah has gone a long way to ensure its rich history of music, arts and its cultural changes be retained and if you removed the modern cars you really would believe you had fallen back in time. Maybe for this reason Savannah has been used as the outdoor set for numerous films including the award wining Forest Gump.
Most of the hotels in the area are located in East bay st, all housed within buildings with equal amounts of history and charm as the rest of the old city. East Bay st is also located perfectly within walking distance to the riverside and old town. Of course this charm and convenience comes at a premium price but more than justified in all honesty to truly enjoy the Savannah experience. For the more budget conscious there is also plenty of choice with rooms available from all the usual chains only a short easy drive away, parking is then available in the historic district if driving in for around $10.
If your wanting to part with some hard earned cash and hit the shops whilst in Savannah then there is plenty on offer be it within the historic district or on the outer edges of the city. Popular shopping areas are River Street on the water front for souvenirs, gifts and delicious taffy. The area around Ellis Square is perfect if you looking for boutique shops selling clothing and unique home-wares. The usual mall experience is also on offer, heading south from the river front along Abercorn St from any point within old Savannah and you will reach the Oglethorpe Mall where you will find the usual fair, Macys, American Outfitters, Foot Locker etc.
Key Areas of Interest:
- River street
- Ellis Square
Attractions and must see highlights:
Shopping in Savannah Georgia:
Nearby destination ideas:
- Hilton Head Island – SC
- Tybee Island – GA
- Jacksonville – FL
- Charleston – SC
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