2011's tourism hotspots - what to do in Savannah, Georgia
Wednesday 20 April 2011
The city of Savannah in the southern US state of Georgia is fairly old by US standards, founded in 1733, and today the town still retains much of its historical charm.
It was the first planned city in the United States and 22 of the 24 squares that city planners drew up in 1733 are still in existence, a constant reminder of the long history of one of the US's most underrated tourist destinations.
Selected by Lonely Planet as one of the top ten US cities to visit in 2011 and rapidly building a name for itself as a southern cultural hub, Savannah offers much to first-time visitors, including plentiful seafood, 150 festivals a year and a surprising number of ghosts (it's said to be one of America's most haunted cities).
The city's sense of style has been boosted by the opening of several new hotels offering a very different vibe to the city's traditional institutions, with the new-ish AVIA Savannah (opened in 2009) already scooping several awards and new properties from Hampton Inn and Hilton joining the club last year.
So what can visitors do in a city so beautiful that General Sherman offered it to Abraham Lincoln as a Christmas present?
Walk. Savannah is the largest registered Urban Historic Landmark District in the US, offering over a thousand historically and architecturally significant structures in an area 2.5 miles squared.
Sit. Savannah's squares are celebrated areas of the city's downtown, each with a unique character and history, along with shady spots from which to admire the city's Southern charm.
Party. With over 150 festivals every year, Savannag is rightly regarded as a celebratory capital, with just about every cause serving as an excuse for a city-wide party.
Ghost hunt. Savannah's longevity and colonial past have helped cement its reputation as a center of paranormal activity. Take a ghost walk with a local guide for the authentic ghost whisperer experience.
See tomorrow's art today. Savannah is home to one of the largest and most prestigious art schools in the US, the Savannah College of Art and Design, and students' work, exhibited all over the city, is not to be missed.
Go to the beach. Only 20 minutes outside of Savannah is Tybee Island, a resort popular with day-trippers and overnighters which offers wildlife, accommodation, sea and sand.
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 1 Which country would be hardest to invade?
- 3 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 4 How the language you speak changes your view of the world
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
Indonesia executions live: 'Hysterical' families heard prisoners being shot dead by firing squad
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
EU exit would hit UK economy much harder than neighbouring countries, study finds
£24800 - £29000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: As one of London's leading Muse...
£14000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£28 - 45k (DOE): Guru Careers: An Accountant is needed to take control of the ...
£18000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This hotel in Chadderton is a p...