The historic Savannah Riverfront has been important to the city’s commerce and culture since 1733. To this day, cargo and tug boats still ply the Savannah River. If you’re looking for an authentic Savannah experience, you can’t go wrong with a walking tour. Bring sturdy shoes, bug repellent, and a day pack. This is the perfect way to see the city and soak up its history. After the tour, you can go shopping or take in the sights at one of the many malls and stores.
Those with a love for nature can explore the many walking and biking trails in the area. The scenic ‘Happy Trail’, built on a portion of the Savannah & Atlantic Railroad line, crosses saltwater marshes and is a great place to observe wildlife. The trail also leads to Fort Pulaski National Monument, which is home to several endangered species. The trails are popular with walkers and runners, and you’re guaranteed to see a few alligators if you’re lucky.
Coastal landscapes, Spanish moss-draped oak trees, and a rich history make Savannah a unique place to visit. The city’s historic district is filled with monuments and park-like squares. Visitors can take a nature hike in the surrounding woods. During your visit, make sure to plan a picnic lunch or take in the city’s many festivals. You’ll certainly be glad you did. Soak up the history, and enjoy the city.
The city’s waterfront marshes and rivers are rich with marine life, and serve as a haven for migratory birds and other wildlife. Visitors can experience these fascinating creatures close to town at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens and the Oatland Island Wildlife Center. If you’re a foodie, be sure to try Leopold’s Ice Cream. On Ossabaw Island, you can also visit a beautiful, undeveloped island that is environmentally protected and commercially undeveloped.
The city is also known for its 22 squares. These squares are located along five historic streets. Each street has three or five squares, depending on their size and character. Johnson Square has a formal fountain and monuments, while Crawford Square has a playground. Two PBS member stations are in Savannah: WVAN-TV and SCETV. There are several other ways to get around Savannah, but these are the most popular and well-traveled.
If you love the outdoors, Savannah is a beautiful place to hike and bike. There are several scenic trails in the city that will give you an excellent opportunity to exercise and get fresh air. A popular 6-mile salt-air excursion is the McQueen’s Island Trail, which follows the Savannah and Atlantic Railroad line. Another popular hiking trail is the Savannah and Ogeechee Canal, which was built in 1831 to connect the Ogeechee and Savannah rivers.
The paved Lakeview Loop at Don Carter State Park offers scenic views of Lake Lanier and the surrounding area. The shaded Woodland Loop takes around eight to nine hours and highlights 61 points of interest. A nearby hike is the Appalachian Trail, which runs from Georgia to Maine. If you’re into hiking, March and April are ideal months to hike the trail to Maine. You’ll be glad you did! When hiking in Georgia, make sure you pack a water bottle or two, since water temperatures can get hot during summer.