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Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing, Tours Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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Savannah's history stretches back to 1733, when General James Oglethorpe docked his ship on the Savannah River and named this new territory (and America's 13th colony) "Georgia." You can hear all about Savannah's past and the events that shaped its present on a history tour. What's more, you won't have any trouble finding a tour that suits your interests, Savannah boasts a bevy of city tours – from architecture to ghosts to photography – for a variety of travelers.

Walking tours of the Historic District and Bonaventure Cemetery are most popular among recent visitors (be prepared to hear some ghost stories if you sign up for a cemetery walking tour). There are several walking tours, including those provided by Savannah Dan and Old City Walks, which both received praise from travelers.

If your feet are weary from traversing the city's many squares, consider hopping on a trolley. Old Savannah Tours and Old Town Trolley are both popular for their variety of tours and knowledgeable guides.

And, of course, you'll have your pick of ghost tours. Any outing you take in Savannah, whether it's by foot or by trolley, will likely touch on the city's haunted sites and ethereal atmosphere. But to learn even more about the spirits that supposedly pervade the city's cobblestone streets, sign up for a ghost tour. To up the chill factor, most take place after dark. Recent visitors were fans of Ghost City Tours and Blue Orb Savannah Ghost Tours.

Tour times and prices vary by company, so check each website to learn about the types of tours offered and to purchase tickets. But by and large, most travelers highly recommend taking one of these atmospheric tours of Savannah, saying they learned a tremendous amount about this historic place.

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Forsyth Park
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#1 Forsyth Park

Go to this 30-acre park in the heart of Savannah's Historic District to relax after a long day of sightseeing. Keep your camera ready, though, as there is plenty to see here as well. Stroll past the stunning white-stone Forsyth Fountain, memorials dedicated to the Confederacy and the Spanish-American War, the Fragrant Garden for the visually impaired and the 300-year-old Candler Oak tree. From the park, you can see several historic sites within walking distance, including Hodgson Hall (home to the Georgia Historical Society) and the old Poor House and Hospital, which was used to treat wounded soldiers during the Civil War.

Recent visitors noted the park's urban cosmopolitan vibe, with locals and tourists alike picnicking, dog walking and even painting. They also say that street parking nearby the park is free on Sundays.

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