Tourism in Savannah
Savannah swells with nearly seven million tourists each year.
The city is known for its famous antebellum homes, lush gardens and the largest national historic landmark district.
Tourism in Charleston
Charleston is home to a vibrant shopping district and picturesque harbor.
Summer visitors can take a boat tour and shop along the famed King Street district. In winter, they can visit the city's numerous museums including the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum.
History of Charleston
Charleston was originally named "Charles Town."
It soon became a major exporter of cotton, indigo and other goods. Although the city survived an earthquake in the 1980s, Charleston remains a major center of commerce.
History of Savannah
Founded in 1773, Savannah is the country's first planned city.
After Savannah gained independence from the British, the city flourished thanks to its fertile soil for cultivating rice and cotton.
Savannah is home to 22 of the original 24 historic city squares laid out by General James Oglethorpe.
Article Written By Katie Arcieri
Katie Arcieri has been writing news stories for a decade. She started out as an intern with "The Baltimore Sun" and later cut her teeth as a daily reporter at "The Capital," a 50,000 circulation newspaper in Annapolis, Md. Her stories are regularly picked up by the Associated Press.