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Savannah City Guide

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What to see

One of the things I loved most about Savannah was how many parks there are. There's Forsyth Park, which covers 30 acres of land and features a grand fountain at the north end. And then there are 24 park squares evenly distributed throughout the Historic District. 

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In fact, you may recognize Chippewa Square as the backdrop behind Forrest Gump when he's waiting for the bus. If you have the time, it's worth taking a stroll through at least a few of the parks, since they're all beautifully maintained and spaced relatively close to one another. 

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You'll also want to walk down Jones Street, which is considered to be the prettiest street in Savannah, lined with live oak trees and high-stooped Greek Revival houses. 

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Just a 15 minute drive outside of Savannah is the Wormsloe Plantation. This 822-acre site is home to a breathtaking 1.5-mile-long avenue sheltered by live oaks and Spanish moss that leads to the ruins of the colonial estate of Noble Jones.

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Another drive worth taking is to Fort Pulaski, about 20 minutes outside of the city. Following the War of 1812, President James Madison ordered a new system of coastal fortifications to protect the United States against foreign invasion. Preparations for what would become Fort Pulaski began in 1827. It was used briefly (two days) during the Civil War before surrendering to the Union and was also a final destination on the Underground Railroad as slaves throughout the area were freed upon arrival on Cockspur Island.

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If you drive about 10 minutes beyond Fort Pulaski, you'll reach Tybee Island. The island, which has long been a quiet getaway for locals, is perfect if you're in need of a beach day. 


Where to eat

Sandfly BBQ
When in the South, you need to try some barbecue. And what better place than in a converted vintage Streamliner train car?

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River Street Sweets
Also known as the oldest candy store in Savannah! If you're looking to beat the heat, head to the gelato counter in the back. 

Congress Street Social Club
Great place to grab a drink with an outdoor bar, a stage for musical performances, and a large, shady tree growing out of the center of the patio.

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The Pirates’ House
Established in 1753 and a block off of the Savannah River, The Pirates’ House first opened as an inn for seafarers and claims that it became a rendezvous for pirates and sailors from the Seven Seas. Be sure to order the She Crab soup, a traditional (and delicious) Southern dish. 

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Where to shop

Head to the City Market for art galleries, clothing boutiques, restaurants, and more. The market stretches for four-blocks and has been a city center since the early 1700s. 

If you're looking for souvenirs, head to the Riverfront Plaza, along the Savannah River. Many of the shops lining the cobblestone street carry T-shirts, candy, key chains, jewelry, and much more. Head up the historic River Street steps to Upper Factors Walk, where you'll find several quaint shops and boutiques.

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