Savannah is the largest
city in, and the county seat of, Chatham County, in the U.S. state
of Georgia. The city of Savannah was established in 1733 and was the colonial
capital of the Province of Georgia and later the first state capital of
Each year Savannah attracts
millions of visitors, who enjoy the city's architecture and historic buildings:
the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low (founder of the Girl Scouts of the
United States of America), the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences (one
of the South's first public museums), the First African Baptist Church
(one of the oldest African American Baptist congregations in the United
States), Temple Mickve Israel (the third-oldest synagogue in America),
and the Central of Georgia Railway roundhouse complex (the oldest standing
antebellum rail facility in America).
Today Savannah's downtown
area, which includes the Savannah Historic District, the Savannah Victorian
Historic District and 22 parklike squares, is one of the largest National
Historic Landmark Districts in the United States (designated by the U.S.
government in 1966). Savannah was the host city for the sailing competitions
during the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta, Georgia.
to Savannah, GA for an affordable beach/history vacation by
If dragging your kids to
one historical monument after the other is more of headache than a vacation,
you may want to head to Savannah, GA this summer.
Georgia's oldest city has
more than 200 years of history, but it also offers an easily accessible
and free beach that is a perfect break for kids of all ages.
It's an ideal beach/history
vacation. And, it can accommodate many family budgets, especially by staying
in a downtown vacation rental with off-season rates.
The beach, known as Tybee
Island, is located about 20 minutes from Savannah's famed Historic District.
And, unlike its neighbors to the North and South, it hasn't succumbed to
beach is open to the public and is enjoyed by both locals and tourists
alike. It has a few low-priced tourist attractions, like the Tybee Island
Light Station. This lighthouse was built in 1732, and is a treat for the
By following the river, you
can head directly into Savannah's well-known Historic District. This district,
a National Historic Landmark District, features architecture from the 18th
and 19th centuries and more than 20 exquisite squares.
These squares, or well manicured
parks, were created by General James E. Oglethorpe in 1733 and thereafter.
Their beauty has remained intact, and can provide a free walking tour of
For example, some squares
were named after Revolutionary war figures, like Pulaski Square. This square
honors Revolutionary War Hero Count Pulaski, who was the highest ranking
foreign soldier to die during the American Revolution. The square was created
During summer months, it's
advisable to walk the squares early in the day or later in the afternoon.
The summer sun can get quite hot, so you should use the afternoon for beach
You can make your trip more
affordable by staying in a vacation rental - or fully furnished home -
in the downtown Historic District. Many downtown vacation rentals offer
off-season rates for June, July and August (whereas beach vacation rentals
are at the height of their season).