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Savannah Introduction


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Savannah. The very name sounds like a southern drawl. With its history, cobblestoned streets, old homes and beautiful gardens, Savannah, Georgia, is everything you think a southern city should be. Add a collection of glorious beaches and coastal lowlands just a short drive away—including Tybee Island, Skidaway Island, the Golden Isles and Hilton Head Island—and this is the South at its finest.   Click here to see the full Savannah travel guide on Travel42 »

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Savannah Geography


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Savannah is part of the Lowcountry, the region of flat plains and tidal salt marsh that stretches across eastern South Carolina and Georgia. Though it has always been a port city, Savannah is not directly on the ocean. Instead, it sits on the Savannah River (which forms the boundary between Georgia and South Carolina), 14 mi/23 km inland from the Atlantic.  Click here to see the full Savannah travel guide on Travel42 »

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Savannah History


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Founded in 1733 by James Oglethorpe, Savannah first served as an outpost to help defend England's North American territory from the Spanish, who had established settlements farther south, in Florida. A distinctive city plan of squares, parks and green spaces was swiftly created to provide military training grounds, markets and public gathering places—and this same layout now forms the town's Historic District. As part of Georgia, the 13th British colony, Savannah quickly became an important port city, and it remained prominent after the U.S. achieved independence in 1782.  Click here to see the full Savannah travel guide on Travel42 »

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Savannah Sightseeing & Things to Do


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The stately houses and atmospheric squares of the Historic District present a giant must-see for all Savannah visitors. Even if you're not particularly a fan of early U.S. architecture when you arrive, you almost certainly will be by the time you leave. Just strolling the streets on your own can be an education, but you'll learn more by taking a tour—preferably by walking or by horse-drawn carriage—to learn the stories behind the facades.  Click here to see the full Savannah travel guide on Travel42 »

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Savannah Nightlife


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Savannah loves any excuse to party. With everyone from young partiers to upscale socializers taking part in the after-dark scene, there's a decent range of options for a city of Savannah's size. English- and Irish-style pubs, cutting-edge dance clubs, wine bars and nightclubs with female impersonators are all part of the mix. City Market and River Street are the two liveliest areas in town.   Click here to see the full Savannah travel guide on Travel42 »

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Savannah Restaurants & Dining


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The quality of Savannah's dining options is partly because of the strict zoning laws of the Historic District: Fast-food restaurants are prohibited, which has given high-quality, family-owned restaurants the opportunity to flourish.  Click here to see the full Savannah travel guide on Travel42 »

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