Founded in 1733 as Georgia's first capital, Savannah boasts the nation's largest Historic District, featuring more than 1,000 restored buildings. Its lush botanical gardens and extraordinary architecture make Savannah one of the nation's most romantic cities -- and one of the best for walking tours.
The 2½-square-mile Historic District encompasses the original town plan laid out in 1733, and boasts a glorious array of architectural styles. Notable sights include the Spencer Woodbridge House, built in 1795, and the Beach Institute, built in 1865 as the city's first African American school. Don't miss the impressive Owens-Thomas House and Museum, a premier example of Regency-style architecture.
The Victorian District is located to the south of the Historic District. The one-time parade ground developed into a charming residential neighborhood -- and Savannah's first suburb -- with the extension of street railways in the late 19th century. The 50-block neighborhood, made up of dozens of Victorian-style houses dating back to the 1870s, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Located just 18 miles east of Savannah, Tybee Island is a small island (about five miles long and two miles wide) featuring seafood restaurants, motels, condos and shops. The island was developed primarily in the 1950s and has retained the ambience of an old-fashioned resort town. Spend a lazy afternoon at one of the public beaches, where you can shell and crab, charter a fishing boat, or swim.
Savannah's weather is subtropical, with hot summers and mild winters. January and February are chilly months, whereas July and August temperatures soar into the nineties. Savannah has historically experienced its biggest threat from hurricanes in August and September.