Feast with your eyes and discover Savannah behind the lens.
Sometimes words just aren’t enough. When it comes to the Hostess City of Savannah, that saying rings true when one attempts to describe an extended stay in the charming Southern city. A colorful city rich in history, diversity, unique tastes and more, this is one instance when it’s best to let the photos do the talking.
Forsyth Park, among Savannah’s Most Popular Landmarks
Atop any list to Savannah is a visit to iconic Forsyth Park. Built in the 1840s and spanning 30 acres in historic Savannah, Forsyth Park offers grassy knolls for lounging, paths for running or walking, a children’s play area, a fragrant rose garden for the blind, a stage for concerts and several historic statues and monuments. It’s also been featured in several films, including The Longest Yard and Cape Fear. The famous fountain is a central part of the park and once was once considered the largest fountain in the United States during it’s unveiling.
Today, Forsyth Park serves as the Finish Line venue for Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah, the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy the Finish Line Festival and Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series headliner act!
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
An illustrious architectural icon ever present in the city’s skyline is the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. It’s the oldest Catholic cathedral in all of Georgia, dedicated in 1876, nearly lost in an 1898 fire and rebuilt in 1912. It’s a visible link to the city’s Irish heritage and a welcome landmark on course for Sunday participants.
An integral part of Savannah’s history that dates back to 1733, River Street (and Bay Street to be exact) are historic focal points of the city. Aside from boutique shops and restaurants, visitors will find historic landmark posts throughout the area ranging from the dark period of slavery, antique canons the Battle of Yorktown, Celtic homages, on to the Olympic yachting cauldron erected in 1996.
Mouth Watering Southern Fare
Savannah cuisine is as colorful and diverse as the city’s historical roots. Tastes draw from native Creek Indians, Spanish, French and West Africa. Did you know many of the ingredients considered “southern” today are actually transplants from Africa? Cucumbers, peanuts, rice, watermelon and black-eyed peas are just a few examples.
A few of Savannah’s most renowned restaurants include Paula Dean’s Lady & Sons, Collin’s Quarter, the Olde Pink House and The Grey.
Serious Southern Charm
One of Savannah’s most obvious charms are it’s architectural designs found throughout the city. Homes, churches and government buildings feature varied forms of Gothic revival, Greek revival, Italian and French influences.
Another feature unique to Savannah is the ode to fun transportation adventures like the Old Town Trolley Tours and riverboat ferries. One of Savannah’s most popular activities, the hop-on-hop off trolley tour allows visitors to tour Savannah at their own pace. Take in the colorful history of the coastal empire on a guided trolley tour, then hop-on, hop-off when you hear or see something that peaks your interest.
Riverboat tours are another popular entertainment option. Glean intriguing tales of ancient times on the water. Some riverboat cruises are more elaborate, offering a full day on the water to dine, drink and dance, while others take you or a shorter scoot around the Savannah River.
It’s Hip to be Square
Those square parks you see around Savannah are more than shady places to pass the time and take in Savannah’s charm. It was James Oglethorpe who, after landing in Savannah and colonizing the last of the 13 colonies, would eventually create America’s first planned city. Oglethorpe’s original plan named the squares after presidents, politicians, war heroes and one preacher. Although his city plan called for 24 squares, Ogelthorpe built only six of them himself.
The squares served as markets and public gathering places for citizens that resided close to the squares. Military drills were also held in the squares, along with housing churches, banks, courthouses and schools throughout the years.
Although all 24 squares no longer exist today due to construction, highways and growth of the city, their history remains and lives on in the many squares that stand today.
Fun fact: Chippewa square is where the infamous “park bench” scene took place in Forest Gump. The bench used in the movie was a prop which today lives in the Savannah History Museum.
With a history spanning more than 250 years it comes as no surprise how colorful and varied the experiences in Savannah are.
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