As the original city in Georgia, Savannah’s rich history begins before the American Revolutionary War (Georgia was the 13th colony). In other words, behind the stunning antebellum architecture, oak-lined avenues and ornate tombs shaded by Spanish moss at its cemeteries, are stories as juicy as a Georgia peach. During a trip to the “Hostess City of the South,” it would be a crime not to unearth these treasures for yourself. We’ve provided a few ways to make the most of your time as you explore one of the most storied cities in the country.
Take a Trolley Tour
Orange and green or white trolley cars cruising down Savannah’s historic streets are a common sight and for good reason: It’s comfortable, convenient and quite entertaining. Two of the most popular are the Old Town Trolley Tours and Old Savannah Tours. Both practice the “get-on, get-off” method, allowing you to explore Savannah’s sites at your own pace with unlimited re-boarding. The Old Savannah Tours are staffed by entertaining historical re-enactors to heighten the experience.
Segway through History
Zip along Savannah’s streets on a Segway through either Adventure Tours in Motion or Segway of Savannah. Both offer 60- and 90-minute guided tours of the city’s more popular spots with an informative guide. And because you’ll usually travel with a smaller group, the tour guide is likely to tailor the experience to your preferences.
Ride a Carriage
When exploring history, why not do it in a historical way? See the city via a horse-drawn carriage for a trip back in time. Sit back in comfort while your driver narrates the tour as the horse clip-clops along at a leisurely pace. Carriage Tours of Savannah, Historic Savannah Carriage Tours and Plantation Carriage Company all offer small group or private tours.
Explore Savannah’s Spooky Side
Savannah is proud of its “America’s Most Haunted City” title. With a history dating back to 1733, there are plenty of tales of witch trials, ghosts wandering around haunted hotels and strange happenings at midnight in the city’s gothic cemeteries. America’s Most Haunted City Tour, Shannon Scott Tours and Ghosts and Gravestones of Savannah are three popular options.
Walk Savannah’s Famous Historic District
During the Civil War, General William Tecumseh Sherman is quite famous for burning everything along his path – including Atlanta – to the ground during his “March to the Sea.” But, according to the tale, Sherman was so taken by the city’s beauty upon entering Savannah, he ordered his troops not the destroy it. The story might just be a myth, but no one will deny the beauty of Savannah’s Historic District. Walk among over 2 square miles of cobblestone streets, manicured gardens and parks with Spanish moss-laden trees. It’s the largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States, filled with museums, churches, mansions, monuments and forts of the Revolutionary and Civil War eras.