Travelers would be remiss not to explore Savannah's elegant downtown, which is one of the largest historic districts in the nation. The neighborhood's leafy boulevards are intersected by 22 public squares, each built around a small park, many featuring fountains and historical statues. The area features some of the best examples of Georgian, Federal and early Victorian architecture in the country. Several homes can be toured for a small fee.
Savannah's City Market, a historic complex converted into a pedestrian mall in 1987, is the best place in town to see work by local artists. Paintings, sculpture, antiques and textiles are all on display. Restaurants offer local and international cuisine, while a group of lively bars makes this a great late night destination.
Savannah was home to the sailing events in the 1996 Olympic games and is a great starting point for boat-minded travelers wishing to explore the Georgia coast. Sailboat and kayak rentals are available on Tybee Island. Deep sea fishing and dolphin tours depart daily during the summer season.
Bird Watching on Tybee Island
Located minutes from downtown Savannah, Tybee Island features lighthouses, a historic fort and winding bird and bike paths. The island is known for its winter populations of herons, egrets and storks. Little Tybee Island, a state-owned recreational facility and nature preserve, is located just south of the main island and accessible only by boat. Little Tybee's open spaces make it an ideal place for viewing ospreys and bald eagles.