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The Benefits of Taking a Self-Drive Tour in Scotland
Scotland is a country that is steeped in history, culture, and natural beauty. From the highlands to the lowlands, there’s so much to explore. One of the best ways to experience all that Scotland has to offer is by taking a self-drive tour. Here are some of the benefits of embarking on a self-drive tour in Scotland.
One of the biggest benefits of taking a self-drive tour in Scotland is the flexibility it provides. You can create your own itinerary and travel at your own pace. If you want to spend more time exploring a particular area, you can do so without worrying about being rushed along by a tour guide or group.
Scotland is known for its stunning scenery, and there’s no better way to experience it than by taking a self-drive tour. You can take scenic drives through the highlands or along the coast, stopping off at picturesque villages and towns along the way.
When you take a self-drive tour in Scotland, you have the freedom to explore off-the-beaten-path destinations that may not be included on traditional tours. This allows you to discover hidden gems that many tourists miss out on.
Authentic Cultural Experiences
By taking a self-drive tour in Scotland, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with locals and experience authentic Scottish culture firsthand. Whether it’s attending a traditional ceilidh (a Scottish dance party), visiting local distilleries, or sampling traditional Scottish cuisine, there are plenty of opportunities for cultural immersion.
Taking a self-drive tour in Scotland can also be cost-effective compared to other types of tours. By renting your own car and planning your own itinerary, you can save money on transportation costs and avoid expensive guided tours.
In conclusion, taking a self-drive tour in Scotland is a fantastic way to explore all that this beautiful country has to offer. With flexibility, scenic drives, off-the-beaten-path adventures, authentic cultural experiences, and cost-effectiveness, it’s no wonder why more and more travelers are opting for self-drive tours.
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My husband and I visited Savannah many years ago and we returned again today. I really wanted to see the historic architecture and the beautiful city squares. The temperature was 110 degrees during the afternoon so a walking tour would have been too much for my youngest children. We downloaded a free city tour app and drove the route. I popped out to take pictures and walk in the squares. Savannah is such a beautiful city and we enjoyed visiting the historic houses and learning their history. The big old oak trees dripping with Spanish Moss were breath taking and kept the streets cooler! A walking tour would have been fun but the driving tour worked just as well for us.
Everywhere we went we were amazed. The architecture, the squares, trees covered in Spanish moss, smiling faces, polite people, little stores and great restaurants! There are too any things to list. We stayed right in the downtown area for our whole savannah experience. We will be back, we picked the perfect location to spend our honeymoon!! This area is great for couples, and we saw plenty of families having a good time too. Hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did!
Loved the historic preservation in Savannah and the many squares in the historic downtown. Lots to do - best way to sight see is to walk around.
Savannah is stunning. Walking the historic district was a complete pleasure. Lots to see and many lovely shops and restaurants.
I decided to walk around the historic district as opposed to taking one of the motorized tour. If you like walking I highly encourage it. The planning of Oglethorpe and his company is something to take notice of. I purposely traversed some of the "lesser" streets in the district and I have to say that there is really where the architecture shines; and then you come upon a square with the trees and the Spanish moss. Every square is different and has its own character. I visited Savannah about 15 years ago and I do not know why I waited so long to return. It was much less crowded and "touristy" than Charleston's historic district has become (Not that I'll turn down going there again either). If you like history, you'll love Savannah.
This place is very historic and Interesting. Lot's of shopping, parks and restaurants. A must visit.
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214 W Boundary St, Savannah, GA 31401, USA
West Boundary Street and Oglethorpe Avenue
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51 Montgomery Street
Montgomery Street and West Bryan
Stop 3 is located adjacent to the Double Tree Hotel on the corner of Montgomery Street and Bryant Street. The First African Baptist Church is located on the northwest side of Franklin Square just a half block behind stop #3.
6 W Harris St, Savannah, GA 31401, USA
West Harris and Bull Streets
Stop 4 Is adjacent to The Sorrel-Weed House. The Desoto Hilton is across the street.
700 Drayton St, Savannah, GA 31401, USA
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207 E Gordon St, Savannah, GA 31401
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Cathedral of St. John The Baptist
313 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401, USA
Liberty and Abercorn streets
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28-32 Jefferson St, Savannah, GA 31401, USA
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32 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401
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301 River Street, Savannah, GA 31401, USA
East River Street and the Lincoln street ramp
Stop 11 is directly in front of the Simply Savannah Gift Shop just off of East River Street and the Lincoln street ramp. The Boar's Head Restaurant is less than fifty yards away.
The Waving Girl
531 E River St, Savannah, GA 31401
East end of River St. in Morrell Park
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115 Habersham St, Savannah, GA 31401, USA
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Colonial Park Cemetery
201 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31419
Abercorn Street and Oglethorpe Street
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Harper Fowlkes House
The Harper Fowlkes House is a beautifully furnished Greek Revival Mansion with a stunning garden and fascinating story. Owned by a prominent family in its first 100 years, it was purchased by a woman before her time, preservationist Alida Harper, who gave it to the Society of the Cincinnati for its GA headquarters, an organization founded by George Washington’s officers.
Filled with period antiques, this is a Must See in Savannah, having been selected as one of the top 25 Historic Homes in America by Traditional Home magazine.
When it comes to entertainment, the Savannah Civic Center hosts it all. The center was built in 1974 and is able to accommodate up to 9,600 attendees. From Monster Truck Shows to figure skating, concerts, exhibits, conventions, athletic and social events, the Civic Center draws locals and visitors alike.
Savannah History Museum
Located inside the Savannah Visitor Information Center, The Savannah History Museum gives visitors a look into the city’s fascinating past from 1733 to the present day. Take your time as you stroll through a variety of exhibits that chronicle the many events and people that have shaped this grand city.
Roundhouse Railroad Museum
Originally the site of the Central Georgia Railway Headquarters, the Roundhouse Railroad Museum was considered to be the most up-to-date, revolutionary facility of its time. Handling freight, passengers, maintenance and manufacturing at this single location, the Railway Headquarters was an indispensable site for a number of years. After being abandoned in the 1960’s, several local enthusiasts worked to save the buildings from destruction and today the railway is a National Historic Landmark, a “Save America’s Treasures” Site, and Georgia’s State Railroad Museum.
On October 9, 1779, the French, Haitians and American troops battled against the British soldiers who were defending Savannah. The battle ended with Britain still holding on to the city and more than 800 troops from each side either wounded or killed. Many of the dead were buried on the spot with no monuments to mark their graves. Today, Coastal Heritage Society is working to create a moving memorial in tribute to the many soldiers who lost their lives in the battle of Savannah.
Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum
Ralph Mark Gilbert was the pastor of the historic First African Baptist Church from 1939 to 1956. He was a visionary, seeking to improve the lives and opportunities of African Americans. Recognized for his pioneering spirit, he served as a catalyst for many great changes during that era. He developed the West Broad Street YMCA in the late 1940’s and reorganized the Savannah branch of the NAACP. Under his leadership, more than forty NAACP chapters were organized by 1950 in Georgia.
Housed inside a historic Central of Georgia Railway Passenger Station, The Savannah Visitor’s Center is the place to go to learn all about Georgia’s first city. You’ll receive a friendly greeting and have access to info, tour maps, brochures and refreshments. The staff is always delighted to assist guests with finding the most interesting and entertaining sites in the city.
Eugene Tallmadge Bridge
Eugene Talmadge held the office of Governor of Georgia four times in the 1940’s. He was elected again in 1946, but passed away before taking office. The Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge, named to honor the former politician, crosses over the Savannah River between Georgia and South Carolina. Originally built in 1953, the bridge was reconstructed in November of 1990 to accommodate the large ships entering the port in Savannah, the largest single terminal container port on the United States eastern seaboard.
At the Old Town Trolley Tours Savannah Welcome Center, guests of our tours may enjoy free parking and information about lodging, dining and Savannah attractions in the area given by our expert concierge.
First African Baptist Church
A registered historic landmark in the National Registry of Historic Landmarks and Places, the First African Baptist Church was organized in 1773. This magnificent Savannah landmark still contains many of its original elements including several stained glass windows, light fixtures, the baptismal pool and the 1832 Pipe Organ. The pews in the balcony were made by slaves and are nailed on to the floor; you can still see the markings they made in the African dialect known as “Cursive Hebrew”. Come for a visit or to enjoy a Sunday service. Be sure to look up at the “Nine Patch Quilt” design on the ceiling – a symbol that the church was a safe house for slaves.
Ships of the Sea Museum
Experience the history of the Mayflower and discover the glory of the Savannah, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic inside the Ships of the Sea Museum. You’ll learn intriguing facts about seagoing vessels that date back two centuries. Through a vast collection of intricate ship models, the history of ships is brought to life. More than 75 ships are in the ship-in-a-bottle exhibit. There’s also paintings, maritime antiques and other artifacts that convey the shipping industry in a compelling display.
Save time and money and book our Maritime and Military Museum Package that includes admission to Ships of Sea Museum and more exciting sites!
Constructed between 1835 and 1840 by Charles Cluskey, this Savannah historic landmark and museum is considered to be one of the finest examples of Greek Revival and Regency architecture in the area. The Sorrel-Weed House was constructed for Francis Sorrel, who was a prominent commission merchant to the West Indies. Many well known people have visited the home, including General Robert E. Lee, who was a long standing friend of Francis Sorrel.
Situated on Madison Square, the Green-Meldrim House was built in 1850 for cotton merchant Charles Green. In 1892 the home was purchased by Judge Peter Meldrim whose heirs later sold it to St. John’s Episcopal Church. The home’s amazing past includes a brief residency by General Sherman after he took the city in 1864.
Temple Mickve Israel
Upon first glance, many might mistake Temple Mickve Israel for a church. Its striking Gothic architecture includes slightly pointed windows, pinnacles and stained glass windows. Built in 1876, Temple Mickve Israel is home to the third oldest Jewish congregation in America. It is located on Monterey square, and considered to be an icon for Savannah’s Jewish community. The temples vast history spans more than two centuries with the arrival of Savannah’s first Jewish settlers in 1733. They came from Portugal, in an attempt to escape the Spanish Inquisition.
For those who enjoy history and exquisite architecture, the Mercer-Williams House is a must see. After a century of prominent residents, the house was purchased by famed Savannah preservationist Jim Williams. Williams spent two years restoring the Mercer House and today guests can take tours to experience its sophisticated charm. Furniture and art from William’s private collection are on display including 18th and 19th century portraits, drawings and a collection of Chinese porcelain.
Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House
For a true taste of Savannah, stop in at Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House. Set in an old brick building that dates back to 1870, this is one of Savannah’s legendary spots. Mrs. Wilkes passed away in 2003 and although she had not taken in any boarders in around 40 years, her hometown cooking and hospitality continue on. The famous dining room is so popular that although the sign is not visible from the road, hungry tourists and locals alike begin lining up before the restaurant even opens every morning. Serving up family-style meals at large tables, Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House delights guests with traditional down home fried chicken, gumbo, creamed corn, Savannah red rice, biscuits and more. Come hungry and ready to dine alongside of folks you may not know; because at Mrs. Wilkes, everyone is family and is seated together at large 10-top tables.
St. John's Episcopal Church
St. John’s Episcopal Church stands in the historic Madison Square , welcoming worshipers to various services throughout the week. It was founded in 1840 to help increase the Episcopal presence in Georgia and to provide a first bishop of the diocese. Stephen Elliot Junior was consecrated as Bishop of Georgia in February 1841 and St. John’s first building soon followed.
King Tisdell Cottage
The King-Tisdell Cottage is an African-American heritage museum named for its African-American owners, Eugene and Sarah King, and Sarah King and Robert Tisdell. This museum of African-American Savannah and the Sea Islands is owned and operated by the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation, which also owns and operates the Negro Heritage Trail Tours and the Beach Institute on the corner of Price and Harris Streets.
The Beach Institute houses the offices of the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation Inc., the Ulysses Davis Collection, and frequent exhibits.
From its very beginning, locals and visitors to Savannah have flocked to Forsyth Park for its unique blend of natural beauty, history and attractions. It’s the largest and oldest park in Savannah, spanning 30-acres and is where adults, youth, families and people of all ages come to see the sights, run, play and relax. Often the setting for football and Frisbee games, skateboarders, walkers and joggers also love the gorgeous ambiance of Forsyth Park. For those with an interest in History, Forsyth has more than its share.
Massie Heritage Museum
Massie School opened in 1856 as Savannah’s first free public school, operating continuously except for its use as a Union hospital during the Civil War Federal occupation of the city and as a Freedmen’s school during Reconstruction. Closed as a regular school in 1974, Massie reopened in 1977 as a teaching museum for history and architecture with programs attracting visitors of all ages, serving over 20,000 visitors last year. A local school system property, the site hosts exhibitions and programs throughout the year.
If you have ever visited Clary’s Café, then you know that they’re about far more than the food. It is a place full of nostalgia and intriguing characters. It is a colorful mosaic of times and people and the bonds that have formed throughout the years. The feelings of home and family are evident when you walk through the door. As you look around at all of the knickknacks, paintings, family pictures and memorabilia that form its décor, you may wonder how a drugstore could have evolved into what you see now… World Famous Clary’s Café. Remember, We serve breakfast all day!
Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church
Established in 1868 as a living monument to John and Charles Wesley, we are privileged to receive visitors from around the world who desire to worship in this beautiful setting. The beautiful memorial windows of European stained glass were in place, each one dedicated to one of Methodism’s historic personalities. The “Wesley Window”, which faces the pulpit from the rear balcony, shows life-sized busts of John and Charles Wesley, and at the top of the window a globe bears John Wesley’s famous utterance, “The world is my parish”.
The needlepoint altar kneeling pads, lovingly stitched by the ladies of our congregation with that same logo, were dedicated on June 25, 2000.
Flannery O'Connor House
Born as Mary Flannery O’Connor in 1925, the beloved southern author dropped her first name when she entered college and became known as just Flannery. Her childhood home is now a house museum where visitors can get a feel for the life she led before she became famous. The three-story home offers a quaint atmosphere where lectures, readings and other programs that relate to O’Connor’s best-known works are held.
First Girl Scouts USA Headquarters
Just next door to the Andrew Low House is the First Girl Scout Headquarters. Originally the carriage house, Juliette willed it to the Girl Scouts USA and upon her death in 1927, the house began its longstanding history of continuous Girl Scout activity. Troop activities, adult training and administrative offices were housed inside the house until 1985 when the Girl Scouts USA Council was moved to its new office on Bull Street. In January of 1996, the Headquarters reopened as a Girl Scout Museum.
From exhibits to interactive educational experiences for Girl Scouts and the community, the museum offers many rewarding opportunities for all who visit.
Andrew Low House
Built in 1848 for Andrew Low, a wealthy cotton merchant from Scotland, the Andrew Low House is a classic and elegant Savannah mansion. Facing Lafayette Square, its stucco and brick design meshes beautifully with the rich history of the area. The house itself has a colorful and interesting past, as several prominent people often visited the Low family during their residency; Robert E. Lee and William Makepeace Thackeray to name a few.
The Colonial Park Cemetery has been a part of Savannah history for more than two centuries. From 1750 until 1853, most residents who died in the area were buried in this shaded, moss-draped cemetery. Among them are various prominent people including Revolutionary War Soldiers. When visitors walk through they can see some of the oldest gravestones in the Southern United States. And they can experience the history that lives within these grounds.
A glorious Savannah attraction to behold, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is an architectural masterpiece and the seat of the diocese of Savannah. In the French-Gothic style, pointed arches and magnificent details make a breathtaking backdrop to the gorgeous Savannah skyline. It was founded in 1700 by the first French Colonists and although the original early structures were destroyed by fire, the current cathedral dates back to 1874.
Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the cathedral, enjoying the amazing Twin Spires and picturesque exterior as well as the Italian marble, Austrian stained glass and opulent Persian rugs of the interior. On any day of the year, a stop at the Cathedral of St. John is a fantastic experience.
American Prohibition Museum
Located in Savannah’s popular City Market, the American Prohibition Museum is the first and only museum in the United States dedicated to the history of Prohibition. Highlighting an era of gangsters, rum runners, and flappers, the museum brings the Roaring Twenties to life with over 20 intoxicating exhibits and an authentic speakeasy. Featuring 21st century technology and immersive displays, the museum takes guests on a journey through the past to the early 1900s when anti-alcohol rallies swept the nation and America’s struggle with alcohol was brought to light.
Telfair Museum of Art
What began in 1886 as a small museum housed in the home of the Telfair family, today spans several different sites providing a wonderful view of the arts for all to share. And the Telfair’s newest addition, The Jepson Center for the Arts is one of today’s most modern, state-of-the-art facilities. The Telfair Museum of Art includes the original building, the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Owens-Thomas House and the Jepson Center for the Arts. The Academy building and the Owens-Thomas House are National Historic Landmarks.
Trolley Gift Shop
There’s no better time to pick up some memorable gifts for family and friends or even a special something for you. Stop in at Trolley Stop Gifts for a variety of gifts, souvenirs, stationery and more.
Broughton Street is known for its charming collection of fine shops, boutiques and restaurants. Whether you enjoy window shopping or are on the lookout for the perfect souvenir, you’re sure to find it here. Beyond shopping and dining, there are many attractions nearby to put on your Savannah vacation itinerary.
Jepson Center for the Arts
Located at 207 York Street, this modern building stands out among the many historic buildings in the area. A part of the Telfair Museums, the Jepson Center for The Arts lures visitors in with an extensive collection of artwork, an interactive children’s museum and a charming café. Enjoy a relaxing lunch as the sunlight fills the room in the center of the museum that overlooks the square. Temporary and permanent exhibits showcase everything from photography to sculpture, making it a great outing for art enthusiasts and adults and children of all ages.
The Lady and Sons Restaurant
If you love southern cooking or have been dying to try it, make it a point to stop into the famed The Lady and Sons Restaurant. Located at 102 West Congress Street, it is just a short distance away from the trolley stop on Broughton Street . Founded by world-renown celebrity chef and television cooking show host, Paula Deen, The Lady and Sons first opened in 1996 and is owned by Paula and her two sons. Dig into mouth-watering dishes like fried green tomatoes and chicken pot pie or Paula’s original Black Pepper Shrimp.
Hyatt Regency Hotel
For the perfect union of Southern Hospitality and breathtaking vistas in the ideal waterfront location, head to the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Located on Bay Street in the center of the River Street Historic District, the Hyatt offers guests rooms and suites with glorious views of the River and all the amenities a discerning traveler would expect. Just outside—in between the hotel and City Hall, an outdoor elevator offers a pleasant and convenient ride from Bay Street to River Street. It’s a great way to get to the shops, restaurants and sights of River Street without too much walking.
West River Street
River Street in Savannah is one of the most visited areas in the city. Whether you sit on a bench and watch the ships and boats coming and going, take a river cruise, check out West Factors Walk and enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants. This historic waterfront area is charming and picturesque – a great spot for vacation photos.
Bay Street/Factors Walk
In 1817, Factor’s Walk was the original site for the Cotton Exchange. The area got its name because this is where the men, called factors, walked back and forth through several stories of buildings in this center of commercial activity. It was their job to factor how much cotton came in to be sold and to make things more productive; a network of iron and concrete walkways connected the buildings. In those days, and for over a century, Savannah played a big role in the cotton industry and Factors Walk was at the heart of it. The historic area runs east to west above the river with iron steps and bridges linking the old cotton warehouses on the river with the streets on a higher level.
The Cotton Exchange was long a symbol of the importance of the cotton industry to the city of Savannah. The building on Bay Street was originally called King Cotton’s Palace and because of its Romanesque architectural style it stood out among the other buildings nearby. Today the historic building is a Solomon’s Masonic Lodge and is open to the public on special occasions. Visitors to the Central River Street area can enjoy the splendid view of the exterior of the building and the griffin, a winged lion of mythology that stands in front surrounded by a fence with medallions of poets and presidents.
Savannah Bee Company
For a sweet departure from your sightseeing, stop into the Savannah Bee Company Flagship store located at 104 West Broughton Street , just a short walk from Chippewa Square. This charming shop is not only a great place to buy a variety of honey and beeswax products, but also to learn about beekeeping and how the honey is made.
In the spirit of old Savannah, the historic City Market is alive and bustling, welcoming guests of all ages to enjoy its charming ambiance. In 1755, City Market was where fishermen and farmers brought their wares and where horse-drawn carriages brought people to meet, shop and socialize. Back then, it was Savannah’s social and commercial gathering spot. Though the original structures did not survive various fires, demolition and the eventuality of progress, a group of history enthusiasts worked to revive the City Market and due to their efforts, it is once again a center of activity.
Whether you love to shop or just love to stroll, Broughton Street in downtown Savannah brings it all together for visitors of all ages. Much like the “main street” of any city, this quaint section of town provides a multitude of shops, restaurants and scenery. Antiques are plentiful, while small boutiques offer specialty clothing, gifts, art and eclectic items. Historic buildings house these charming shops and are a treat to visit even if you’re not looking to shop.
The Olde Pink House Restaurant & Tavern
The Olde Pink House is a classic Savannah restaurant where guests can enjoy some of the best Lowcountry cuisines while dining in a sophisticated 18th century mansion that is, in fact, pink. Adjacent to the historic Planters Inn, the iconic restaurant features delicious dishes such as shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, and barbeque-glazed duck, as well as other favorites that keep people coming back for more.
Savannah College of Art and Design Library
The Savannah College of Art and Design’s (SCAD’s) crown jewel for visual discovery and research is the Jen Library, located on historic Broughton Street . Nestled in the heart of downtown Savannah, Georgia, the Jen Library is a 85,000 square foot Art Deco-style building, acquired by the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1996. Renowned across the community as an architectural marvel, the former department store turned SCAD Library features large windows providing natural light to the entire space and a gorgeous glass staircase.
Known as the Father of Methodism, John Wesley is forever remembered in Reynolds Square in historic downtown Savannah. The monument constructed to honor him and his leadership of the Methodist Church stands in the center of the square. Many believe that this is the site of his residence and gardens and thus this is why it was chosen. Although Wesley only lived in Savannah for two short years, he was known for his religious ideals and for forming a Protestant sect that later became the Methodist Church.
A marvelous Greek-revival building, the Christ Church was founded in 1733. Upon first glance visitors notice its dignified presence, stately columns and slim side windows. The building was reconstructed in 1838 and today is home to many original artifacts. Among the several rectors who presided over the church is John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. Wesley is known for his musical gift and interests and for publishing his collection of Psalms and Hymns, the first publication of its kind in America.
When the original design of the City Hall building inSavannah called for ornate statues of chariots and horses, the cost to build such a structure was around $200,000—a monumental sum in those days. To keep the cost down, the statues were excluded from the final plans and the Renaissance Revival building began to be constructed. Built in 1901, the structure replaced the original 1799 building and was an impressive sight located on Yamacraw Bluff. The first City council meeting took place in the then City Exchange Building on January 3, 1906. A spectacular architectural masterpiece, City Hall features a domed roof that rises 70 feet into the air.
Sitting peacefully under a canopy just east of City Hall, the Washington Guns are a quiet reminder to the explosive conflicts facing our country during the Revolutionary War. The cannons, mounted on oak carriages on a platform, were captured from the British in the Battle of Yorktown. George Washington gifted them to the Chatham Artillery militia company of Savannah in 1791 after he visited the city. Some believe that Washington gave the guns to the Artillery because of the fact that they were responsible for providing a proper funeral for Nathaniel Greene, who was Washington’s commanding general and very close friend. In 1936, the Washington Guns were fired in a salute for the anniversary of the Chatham Artillery; and in 1961, the breech was blown off the gun during a practice firing.
A meaningful reminder of the leader that is responsible for creating the city of Savannah, the Oglethorpe Bench is located on Bay Street . The Bench was built in 1906 and is said to be situated on the very spot where General James Edward Oglethorpe pitched a tent and rested on the first night he spent in Georgia. The curved granite bench is a lovely site, with curved steps leading up to it. A stone mosaic decorates the top step making it an interesting and beautiful complement.
River Street Elevators
To some, the steps that lead to River Street may seem a little steep. Some of the hotels and restaurants offer an elevator that takes you directly down to street level, putting you right in the center of everything you’d want to see and do. There’s also an outdoor elevator to transport visitors to Bay Street from River Street – a quick and convenient way to travel back and forth between the two areas. Located between the Hyatt and City Hall.
Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Savannah Convention Center and Visitor’s Bureau, offers a stunning setting for conventions, meetings or special events. Located on the northern shore of the Savannah River, the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center provides breathtaking views of Savannah’s bustling waterfront in a world class facility. The center is more than 330,000 sq. ft and provides state-of-the-art amenities to visitors and attendees. The dazzling waterfront complex features exhibit and meeting space, including 13 meeting rooms, four executive board rooms, a 25,000 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom, and a high-tech auditorium.
A stroll down Savannah’s Riverwalk is not only pleasing, it’s truly serene. Walk along the Savannah River; stop in for a bite at any of 21 restaurants, stroll through various Savannah museums nearby or simply enjoy the scenery as you head towards the adjoining River Street, just a short distance away. On River Street, in the heart of historic Savannah, you’ll find everything from sweets to teddy bears, Harley Davidson apparel, and art galleries housed inside restored Cotton Warehouses.
Simply Savannah is the gift shop for your entire one-stop shopping needs for all traditional southern souvenirs. A shoppers’ delight specializing in anything and everything Savannah and Georgia related from magnolias, Bird Girl statues, and dozens of books ranging in topic from guidebooks, cooking, “Midnight”, and ghosts.
Ghosts & Gravestones
Unseen spirits stroll among the living in the streets and squares of Savannah – “America’s Most Haunted City!” Hear the tales no other tours dare tell as shadows play tricks on your mind. Journey through time with EXCLUSIVE nighttime entry into TWO of Savannah’s most haunted venues.
Picturesque views of the river are just a sample of the ambiance and amenities one enjoys when they stay at the Marriott Riverfront. From gorgeously appointed guest rooms to suites, restaurants, bars, a fitness center and spa, guests of the hotel may not ever want to wander. Yet if they do, they’re in for a treat, because with access to River Street via Riverwalk, they’ll be immersed in Savannah’s charming taverns, shops and restaurants.
This is a small replica of the City Exchange Bell Tower. The fire bell hanging in this replica tower was imported from Amsterdam and dates from 1802. It originally hung in the City Exchange tower which was manned every night due to the ever present threat of fires.
Celtics Cross Monument
To celebrate the rich Irish heritage of many of Savannah’s residents, The Celtic Cross Monument was erected in Emmet Park in 1983. The beautiful Irish Limestone Celtic Cross was hand-carved in Ireland and is truly a lovely sight for all to see.
Chatham Artillery Monument
The Chatham Artillery Monument was erected in Emmet Park in 1986 and was inspired by the 101st Airborne Memorial in Arlington Cemetery. A large, gray granite base supports a stunning bronze eagle with its wings spread. Rising to approximately 11 feet, the memorial is a striking sight and among other memorials in Emmet Park.
Vietnam Veterans Monument
Another moving tribute found in Emmet Park, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was placed in 1991 by the Vietnam Memorial Committee. A large reflecting pool is surrounded by steps and a marble base lists the names of the Chatham County soldiers who were killed in the Vietnam War. A replica of Vietnam sits in the center of the pool, while a bronze battlefield grave marker is mounted on top. Guests to the park who view the monument gain an understanding of the sacrifices the local Savannah soldiers made to serve their country.
A beloved spot to many Irish residents and local Savannahians, Emmet Park was originally known as the Strand and the Irish Green. It’s located near a neighborhood that was home to many Irish Savannahians. In 1902, it was renamed Emmet Park as a tribute to Robert Emmet, an Irish patriot, who was considered to be a hero to Savannah’s Irish community. Several blocks long, Emmet Park is known for its thriving landscape which provides a beautiful shady setting. The park is historically significant to Savannah because of the variety of monuments and memorials. The Old City Exchange Bell is kept here and is all that is left from the City Exchange building which was destroyed by a hurricane.
The U.S. Custom House in Savannah was built in 1852 and is Georgia’s oldest federal building. The site of the building was important from the beginning of Savannah history. A one-story frame house, built in 1733, was located on the site and was rented by James Oglethorpe, founder of the colony, on his return visits to Savannah. At the rear of the lot facing Bull Street, stood the Tabernacle and Court House. This building was described as “being one handsome room with a panache on three sides” and served as the colony’s first house of worship. It was on this site that John Wesley, founder of the Methodist church, preached his first sermon on American soil. The U.S. Custom House in Savannah is a Greek Revival structure which is rectangular in form with a raised basement and two floors above. The building is a granite bearing wall structure whose exterior surface is smooth, dressed grey granite from Quincy, Massachusetts.
A gryphon is a mythological beast that served to guard ancient treasure. Gryphon fountain is surrounded by elaborate ironwork featuring profiles of famous statesmen and poets. This ironwork was originally located at the Barclay-Wetter House. The original terra cotta gryphon fountain (c 1889) in front of the Cotton Exchange was destroyed in 2008. It took over 10 months to form the mold to have it reconstructed. The new concrete replica was rededicated in December 2009.
The Salzburger Monument of Reconciliation was created in 1994 by Austrian artist Anton Thus Waldner and donated by the state of Salzburg. The nearby Salzburger Monument of Reconciliation was dedicated to The Georgia Salzburger Society and given to the City of Savannah in 1994 by the State of Salzburg, Austria in memory of the Lutheran Protestants of Salzburg who were denied religious freedom and expelled from their homeland.
Popular with locals and visitors, East River Street is an integral part of the historic Savannah Waterfront. From eateries to fine dining, art galleries and boutiques, there’s something appealing for every taste.
Morrell Park/Waving Girl Statue
The Olympic Torch Sculpture on the riverfront is a touching monument that radiates the American spirit of victory and of athletic competition. The sculpture features an Olympic Torch surrounded by five columns that symbolize the five Olympic rings. Framing the flame are billowing sails that represent the sailboats in the Official Olympic Yachting events held in Savannah.
Reasons To Visit Savannah
With its Victorian architecture, country squares and lovely natural scenery, you hardly need to think of any more reasons to visit Georgia’s first city. When you arrive in Savannah, you’ll discover that there’s even more to this warm and friendly southern city. Read on for the top reasons to visit Savannah.
Step into The Pirate’s House for a taste of what Savannah was like in the mid 1700’s. It was a time when visiting sailors came off the seas to eat hearty meals, share a story about their adventures and raise a ruckus. An Inn, just steps away from the Savannah River, served as a watering-hole for pirates and seamen from the Seven Seas. Today, that very Inn is The Pirate’s House, a specialty restaurant featuring authentic Georgia cuisine served in a theme reminiscent of its early roots. 15 separate dining rooms showcase Pirate artifacts and seafaring décor.
Located in Savannah’s Landmark Historic District one block from River Street, Rainbow Row is a collection of charming Carpenter Italianate-style row homes. Just off Washington Square, each unit features Victorian-era details, a courtyard and a unique color scheme that embodies the ambiance of old Savannah. These distinctive properties are within easy walking distance of the Old Pink House.
The scenery that inspires poets, writers and dreamers, the Savannah Colonial District is a memorable journey back to an era gone by. Cobblestone streets lead to traditional colonial homes, mansions and beautiful gardens. The aroma of gardenias and magnolias will sweetly awaken your senses as will the marvelous beauty of the largest Historic Landmark District in the United States. See many graciously restored homes, churches, parks and squares framed by hundred-year old oaks whose sweeping branches create an amazing setting. Imagine the life and times of the earliest Savannah settlers as you tour the original neighborhoods where their intriguing past comes to life.
International Seaman's House
In colonial days, the International Seaman’s House was where sailors arriving in the port of Georgia came to receive a friendly welcome, engage in entertainment, listen to music and receive religious comfort if desired by various visiting Chaplains. Located on Houston Street, the International Seaman’s House is a Historic House that now hosts many special events such as weddings.
Another gem among the many exquisite historic places in Savannah, the Kehoe House has been meticulously restored to capture its original 1892 glamour. The Renaissance Revival mansion is located in Savannah’s historic district and is now an opulent boutique hotel. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel was once the home to William Kehoe and his family.
Telfair Owens-Thomas House
The Owens-Thomas House was the first Regency Mansion built by the then young architect William Jay and is considered to be one of the finest examples of that style of architecture in the United States. Completed in 1819, the English house was constructed mostly with local materials and was remarkable because of its curving walls, Greek-inspired ornamental molding, half-moon arches, stained-glass panels, and furniture. Today, people from around the world come to be inspired by the beauty that abounds throughout this historic house.
The Davenport House is a Federal-style house that was constructed in 1820 by master-builder Isaiah Davenport. Davenport was known for his skill and talents in the building industry and the house served as a showcase of his work as well as a family home. He lived in the house with his wife and family until he passed away from yellow fever in 1827. When threatened with demolition in the mid 1950’s, seven Savannah women got together to save the Davenport House and found Historic Savannah Foundation.
Big Duke City Fire Bell
Originally constructed in 1872 as a fire alarm bell for the city of Savannah, Big Duke Bell is a unique historical landmark in the Chatham community. The iconic bell was given its fun nickname in honor of Alderman Marmaduke Hamilton, chairman of the City Council Fire Committee (1871–73), when the bell was purchased. Although Big Duke Bell was built as a fire alarm, it evolved into a general alarm for police and military. Big Duke was also used to announce special occasions, such as the end of the Spanish–American War and honoring our troops upon their returns from various wars. In 1985, Big Duke was officially retired from its original purpose and moved into a memorial for all local firefighters.
Conrad Aiken Pulitzer Marker
Born in Savannah on August 5, 1889, Conrad P. Aiken has been referred to commonly as one of the most neglected giants of 20th century American poetry. Over the course of his lifetime, Aiken earned a Pulitzer Prize in 1930 — becoming the first Georgia-born author to do so. Needless to say, the local community could not have been prouder of their local star. During his years of marriage to Mary Hoover, they would spend their summers in Massachusetts and their winters in Savannah . Conrad Aiken remained an active writer throughout the 1960s. In 1963, Conrad Aiken returned to his local roots and enjoyed the last years of his life amongst friends and family. Today, Savannah remembers his legacy and his cultural contributions with a historical marker along Oglethorpe Avenue.
Old Chatham County Jail
Located in the heart of downtown Savannah, the Old Chatham County Jail was an iconic landmark for many years before its demolition. The Old Chatham County Jail was originally built in 1887 and began operations in 1888. A fire destroyed its original Byzantine dome in 1898 and was quickly replaced with the existing Moorish turret that includes four small cast-iron balconies. It was a model jail in its day, and continuously housed prisoners in its 117 cells, each measuring five-by-ten feet.
Independent Presbyterian Church
Founded in 1755, the Independent Presbyterian Church was originally called The Presbyterian Church and is considered to be the mother of Georgia Presbyterianism. With more than 250 years of history and authentic beauty, the church offers a special experience to people of all faiths. When a hurricane damaged the church in the 1800’s, plans were made to reconstruct it to its original condition. It is said that the rebuilding was so costly that pews were sold to the public to help cover the expenses. The average price of a family pew was $1,140.
One of the many lovely squares that are so much a part of Savannah’s history and charm, Chippewa Square, was established in 1815 as a tribute to the Battle of Chippewa in the War of 1812. Its location in the heart of Savannah’s historic district made it a popular social spot then and now.
A detailed statue of General James Oglethorpe stands in the center of the square, honoring the man who founded Georgia in 1733.
This unique shop located at 340 Bull Street features original works of art and crafts from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Pick up a masterpiece created by some of the best and brightest artists who are alumni and students from SCAD. You’ll surely be the owner of a work of art that is a one-of-a-kind. The shop sells everything from photography, paintings, jewelry, sculpture and pottery to handbags, clothing and much more.
Wright Square Antique Mall
Just a short walk away from the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace on State Street, this cool shop features antiques and collectibles from more than 30 local dealers. From vintage clothing, jewelry, purses and furniture to art pieces, LP albums and many other knick-knacks, it’s a great stop on your sightseeing excursions, especially for those who enjoy picking up unique souvenirs and gifts.
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
Juliette Gordon Low was born in a Georgian mansion in the historic district of the city. Her birthplace, the city’s first National Historic Landmark, is now a museum dedicated to her life and the Girl Scouts of America and is visited by thousands of people each year. Step Inside For a Historic Journey. Juliette Gordon Low was born on October 31, 1860 in an English Regency style mansion located in Savannah. It’s here that visitors can now learn about her remarkable life and her founding of the Girl Scouts.
How It Works
Old Town Trolley Tours ® of Savannah
Route Map & Stops
- 1 STOP Visitors Center
- 2 STOP Old Town Trolley Welcome Center
- 3 STOP Franklin Square
- 4 STOP Madison Square
- 5 STOP Forsyth Park
- 6 STOP Taylor Square
- 7 STOP Cathedral of St. John The Baptist
- 8 STOP Old Town Trolley Barn
- 9 STOP City Market
- 10 STOP Lucas Theatre
- 11 STOP River Street
- 12 STOP The Waving Girl
- 13 STOP Davenport House
- 14 STOP Colonial Park Cemetery
- 15 STOP Bull Street Corridor
WELCOME TO BOSTON
- FREE 2-Day Shuttle
360° Panoramic Tour of Historic Savannah
- Hour Glass Duration: 1.5 Hours
- Users Ages: All Ages
Explore Savannah’s Historic and Victorian Districts!
Whether the roof is opened or closed, enjoy a full panoramic view of the city’s beauty from side to side and above. The 360° view is amazing to drive by the many Church Steeples and under live oaks to experience the unobstructed sights of Historic Savannah. The 90-minute adventure starts from your Historic District hotel or the city’s visitors center and tells the colorful uninterrupted story of the city’s past. Gray Line’s synonymous tag line is “Sightseeing Everywhere” and what better way to see all of Savannah than from this panoramic tour vehicle!
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- Fully Narrated Tour!
- You get unlimited shuttle service to Historic Savannah District for the day of the tour and also the 2nd day.
- Unlimited Shuttle service doesn’t include destinations beyond the Historic District.
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- Hop On – Hop Off Services.
- Parking fees at Savannah Visitors Center *(FREE 1st hour & $2.00 each hour following)
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- During the summer the temperature can soar above 100 degrees. Please come prepared with water, sunscreen, hat, etc..
- Most Popular Tour!!
- Users 3+ y/o
- Hour Glass 1.5 Hours
Explore Savannah Trolley Tour
This uninterrupted, fully narrated tour tells you all about Georgia’s first city in an open-air trolley. After the 90 minute tour, use our FREE shuttle service for unlimited drop-offs and pick-ups at our convenient trolley stops for 2 days!
- Hour Glass 3 Hours
Savannah Land & Sea Tour
Experience Savannah’s rich history by land and by sea. Enjoy views of the city on a 90 minute tour on an open-air trolley and glide down the river to catch stunning views of Savannah’s skyline and historic waterfront on a 90 minute Riverboat tour. FREE 2-Day Shuttle is included.
- Fall Favorite!
- Users 13+ y/o
The Savannah Underground: An Immersive Ghost Hunt
Prepare to experience a ghost tour like no other! Dive into the city’s dark past and end the tour in the exclusive Savannah Underground for a 40 minute immersive adventure that surrounds you with some of Savannah’s scariest history.
- Hour Glass 6 Hours
Wormsloe Plantation & Bonaventure Cemetery
Enjoy a day trip to the coastal areas of Savannah beginning with a walking tour of Bonaventure Cemetery. We will stop for lunch at one of our favorite local restaurants before heading to Wormsloe Historic Site. We will end the trip with a stop a Byrd’s Cookie Company.
- Hour Glass 5-6 Hours
Savannah to Tybee Island with Dolphin Cruise
Join us for a drive out to Tybee Island where we will eat a delicious lunch, board a dolphin cruise, see our famous lighthouse, and enjoy some free time on the beach.
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- Hour Glass 2 Days
Historic Savannah 2-Day Shuttle
Enjoy unlimited shuttle service running 9am-5pm daily .
Needing to get to your lunch destination from your hotel? Call the shuttle and tell them where in the historic district to pick you up! Sightseeing, shopping, exploring and dining in the city just got easier.
$20 gets you 2 days of this incredible shuttle.
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