Welcome to Savannah

Savannah, Georgia, has much to offer anyone looking for a good time. Its ideal positioning on the Georgia coast, rich history, great food and numerous attractions bring around 6 million tourists to the city per year. Savannah has long embraced visitors, being dubbed the "Hostess City of the South" and priding themselves on southern hospitality.

Those interested in Savannah for its coastal assets can note that it was home to the sailing portion of the 1996 Olympic games based in Atlanta. Savannah also has a museum dedicated to the Ships of the Sea Maritime, based in the famous Scarbrough House. The house was built in 1819 for the owner of the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean, the Savannah. The museum has an extensive exhibition of ship models, paintings, maritime antiques, and the biggest garden in the city's historic district.

Savannah's historical importance and well-kept historical districts are a major part of its tourist appeal. There are many nationally designated historic homes, cemeteries, forts, parks, and places of worship to explore. Among the famous homes are the mansion and birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, and the Sorrel-Weed House, which was built in 1841 for Frances Sorrel, a commission merchant from the West Indies whose son was the youngest general officer in the Confederate army.

Historic cemeteries include Bonaventure Cemetery, which was featured in the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and which is the final resting place for several notable people. A famous fort in Savannah is Fort Jackson, which was built in the early 1800s, and Forsyth Park is one of many in the city, located on 30 acres in the historic district.

Those interested in Savannah's religious sites will find the city home to the First Bryan Baptist Church, the oldest continuous African-American church in the United States, The Temple Mickve Israel, which has America's third-oldest Jewish congregation, and the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Georgia.

Savannah has many relaxing opportunities as well. There are a variety of shopping options, from antiques to malls, cultural and performing arts events year-round, small island beaches to visit as well as golf courses.

With all it has to offer, its no wonder that Savannah was rated highest in Travel and Leisure Magazine for "Quality of Life and Visitor Experience" in 2012.