Savannah Travel Guide
Savannah Historic District © Photoartel
Credited as being the first planned city in the
United States, Georgia's city of Savannah is positioned on a bluff
above the Savannah River, a few miles upstream from the Atlantic
Ocean state coastline.
This Southern city is filled with old-fashioned
hospitality and a small-town atmosphere. Savannah invites visitors
to stroll back in time, right to 1733 when the city was first
founded by British General James Oglethorpe with the permission of
native Yamacraw Indian chief Tomo-chi-chi.
Savannah contains one of the country's largest
preserved historical urban areas, where visitors can explore
grandiose mansions and Spanish moss-covered oaks. The city's legacy
as a major player in the cotton industry is still evident in the
Savannah Cotton Exchange.
Apart from hundreds of architecturally significant
buildings, Savannah is also not lacking in restaurants, shops
(particularly fine antique stores), Civil War forts, museums,
galleries, quaint squares, and lovely beaches. This all rightfully
earns it the nickname 'The Hostess City of the South'.
Strategically positioned on the north of the Georgia
coastline, Savannah serves as an excellent starting point for
exploring the scenic barrier islands, resort towns, and inlets
found along the coast. And of course, it is imperative one try the
region's world-famous shrimp that is caught and cooked to