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Whether you are strolling through the scenic parks and squares or riding in a horse-drawn carriage under live oaks, you can feel Savannah’s charm. Along with its nostalgic appeal, the city’s many attractions can keep you busy for days. Art aficionados can see works of Picasso at the SCAD Museum of Art, while history buffs can retrace General James Oglethorpe’s steps along the river. Savannah’s incredible array of restored homes, including that of Girl Scouts’ founder Juliette Gordon Low, give a peek into the lives of the Savannah elite while a tour of the eerie Bonaventure Cemetery brings alive folklore recounted in the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Although many of the must-see spots in the historic district are walkable, a guided tour by trolley or other mode of transportation is worthwhile. You’ll be able to cover the 22 public squares, numerous old mansions as well as Civil War sites and pioneering houses of worship without breaking a sweat. While you are going from one historical site to the next, make sure to stop at a sidewalk eatery for a taste of home-cooked southern goodness made famous by names like Paula Deen.

Although this city prides itself on its history, modern day Savannah’s emerging attitude is more trendy and cutting edge. As graduates of the Savannah College of Art and Design begin to make a name for themselves in fashion and design, the downtown streetscapes are blossoming with chic clothing boutiques, galleries and restaurants serving sustainable fare.

When the sun sets, the city comes alive. Grab a cocktail at a small watering hole and walk down the street (that is allowed here) or pull up a stool at one of the city’s many Irish pubs for a glass of Guinness served with live Irish tunes. For a real taste of Savannah’s Irish fever, visit on St. Patrick’s Day when the annual parade is just the beginning of the festivities. Regardless of when you visit, the best plan of action is to sample a little of everything to learn how this colonial city grew into the beloved southern destination it is today.

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