The city of Savannah was founded in 1733 is one of the largest National Historic Landmarks – it is a wonderful day trip from our beach house on St Simons Island.
There are 51 different points of interest just in walking distance downtown so if history is your thing you’ll be busy; a trolley tour is a great option. As Savannah is known as the first
planned city and was not burned in the Civil War ( a Christmas present from Sherman to President Lincoln) wonderful architecture abounds. Maybe you’ll see him…if you choose the haunted history tour.
Planned on a grid the city centers on a park and square system.? Some of the notable favorites are the fun City Market which has been around since the early 1700’s. Today’s market is four blocks of restored warehouses and shop fronts adjacent to Ellis Square. Running along the river is …? River Street a popular stop for to-shirt and souvenirs and the infamous Georgia Pralines.? Fort Jackson, the states oldest fort, 1808,? includes several Civil War and military exhibits.
The city looks out over the Savannah River which is an important historical piece of Savannah and is today a working port.? Before emptying into the Atlantic the River forms a network of tidal creeks, salt and fresh water marshes which constitutes the Savannah Wildlife Refuge, on of Georgia’s prime bird watching spots.
Anyone who is a Girl Scout has heard that Savannah is birth place of Juliette Gordon Lowe, founder of the scouts, and a trip to her museum is insightful and a real treat as well as pilgrimage for many scouts.
With SCAD in residence for 30 plus years the art scene is alive and the historic preservation work done by the school is a real boon to the city.? The city also offers the Telfair Arts and Sciences Museum which is one of the oldest museums in the south.
Wonderful restaurants and only an hour and a half drive make it possible to stay through dinner, making it an incredible Savannah Day Trip before returning to the Beach House on Saint Simon’s Island.
Because we work so hard to be really useful 🙂 here’s the driving directions, and the map is above: