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Historic District, Savannah Travel Guide

Historic District Summary


  • Beautiful architecture and tons of green spaces
  • Center of Savannah's nightlife
  • Most of the hotels in Savannah are here
  • Numerous museums and historic homes
  • Home to Chippewa Square, where the bench scene in Forrest Gump was shot
  • Where the Savannah College of Art and Design is located


  • One of the most expensive areas in Savannah
  • Hot, sticky summers

What It's Like

Savannah's Historic District is the reason to visit Savannah -- it has that old Southern charm, with numerous parks and many well-kept, architecturally stunning historic buildings. The nightlife isn't as lively as in other big cities in the South, but most of Savannah's bars (such as the infamous Pinkie Master's) are in the historic district -- mostly thanks to the young crowd from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

The Historic District is bordered by the Savannah River and Forsyth Park, and includes the Riverfront and City Market areas. Riverfront is a (somewhat) recently revitalized area, with restaurants, galleries, shops, and bars. City Market is a more diverse and casual version of Riverfront, with lots of live music and vendors selling Savannah-made wares.

Where to Stay

The majority of Savannah's hotels are in the historic district, ranging from from B&Bs to popular chains. The historic district can be pricey, but the sheer variety means most can find an option within their budget.

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