Come with me on a photographic journey to historic Savannah, Georgia. Travel photos are the best way to capture the “AH” of this beautiful southern destination. Of course, even photos do not truly show all of the quintessential qualities of Savannah. Perhaps that is why you need to add it to your travel bucket list now.
Can you guess a top industry in Savannah?
The answer is tourism. Everybody finds something to love in Savannah. Take a tour by boat, bus, trolley, or horse-drawn carriage. See landmarks made famous in movies by such stars as Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, Kevin Spacey, and John Cusack. Listen and learn lots from the tour guides. Notice, well… everything.
Can you guess another top Savannah industry?
That would be shipping. Huge cargo ships piled high with freight containers glide by so quietly. You suddenly glance up to find they only feet away. Folks who stay in a riverfront hotel can also see this unique sight from their room. Now that is certainly something most of us don’t see every day.
What are a few of the best things about Savannah?
The parks and squares are filled with magnificent magnolias and old oak trees draped with Spanish moss. There are monuments, benches, and impressive fountains. Locals and tourists find relaxation in the shade and comfort of these pleasure gardens.
Architecture at its absolute best shines brightly at every turn. Pick a style or a plethora of styles and you’re sure to find them. Colonial, Georgian, Greek, Victorian…find fine examples in Savannah.
Two favorites are the Gingerbread House (great example of Steamboat Gothic built in 1899 and now a wedding venue) and the Amethyst Garden (beautiful example of Victorian built in 1885 and now an inn with eleven rooms and suites).
A third favorite, the Mercer Williams house was featured in two movies, Glory, and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. This unique structure is a mix of Renaissance Revival, Greek, and Italianate. It was begun in 1860 and completed in 1868 and is now a museum.
What else should you do in Savannah?
Explore the Starland District
After you have seen the Riverfront, the Historic district, and the Victorian district, there is one more area that is vibrant and an unexpected delight. Head away from the river on Bull Street and stop when you get to about East 40th Street. This is a much newer area called the Starland district. It has undergone a remarkable revitalization in the past 22 years. Starland is now a thriving creative area full of funky shops, cafes, and murals.
Make new acquaintances
You’ve been so busy seeing all the wonderful sights of Savannah. Have you stopped long enough to relax and talk to strangers? Lots of folks just like you are here celebrating special occasions and seeking new friends to add to their fun. Say hi to other tourists and find out where they are from. I had a great time getting to know folks from Pennsylvania, Nevada, and North Carolina.
Or say hello to the locals and enjoy some of their stories. I listened to one local man’s fascinating story, then he made me a souvenir flower out of palm fronds. He gave it to me for free, but the gesture was priceless.
Little details in photos help you remember big things
While there may, indeed, be thousands of photographers in Savannah trying to capture the “big” picture, sometimes it is the small and simple images that matter. This wall of greenery helps show off a gorgeous wrought iron door and helps me remember what I was experiencing at that particular moment.
This final photo is one of my favorites. The reflection of a streetlamp in a tiny puddle on Riverfront Street stopped me in my tracks and really touched my heart. Travel is joy to me, and photos help me share that joy with others. I hope this photographic journey through Savannah has brought you some joy and encouraged you to visit soon.