Savannah, settled in 1773, is one of the best-preserved spots in the south, thanks in part to a mayoral decree in 1864 that demanded the city should be forever untouched. Today, Savannah still has its Antebellum mansions, cobblestone streets, and scenic public squares, making visiting the city feel like walking back in time (minus the Starbucks on East Broughton, and the underground parking garage at Ellis Square).
History buffs will likely enjoy Savannah's Historic District (go figure), full of distinctive 18th- and 19th-century architecture. Most of the city's original public squares still stand, surrounded by old, romantic architecture in Gothic, Gregorian, and Greek Revival styles. The neighborhood's famous tree-lined road leading to the Fountain can also be found here, in Forsyth Park.
Although Savannah isn't known to be much of a party town, it's legal to consume alcohol in public in downtown Savannah. In fact, most places offer "to-go" cups (also known as a "travelers" if you're a local) to hop between bars and pubs.
Business and overnight travelers will be able to find a number of hotels within just a few miles of the Savannah/Hilton Head Airport, including budget and high-end options. Visitors seeking a little romance will undoubtedly want to stay within the Historic District, where plenty of lodging can be found, especially along the northern border of Johnson Square. Beach-goers and nature lovers may be better off staying around the Magnolia Park/Blueberry Hill area, which lies closer to Skidaway Island State Park and Isle of Hope.
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