Voted as one of the top 10 travel hot spots, Savannah is a coastal city in Georgia known for its ornate antebellum architecture, horse-drawn carriages, manicured parks and cobblestoned historic district. This is where numerous scenes from the 1994 movie "Forest Gump" were filmed. In fact the wooden bench where Forest sat and uttered those words, "life is like a box of chocolates" is now in the Savannah History Museum.
Founded in 1733 the city is dubbed as "America's First Planned City" due to the fact that it was planned. There were 24 public squares and wide streets, probably for the wagons to get through in colonial times. General Sherman fell in love with the town during the Civil War and offered the town to President Lincoln as a Christmas present. The novel, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" is based on the events that happened in Savannah during the 1980's, especially the John Williams trial for murder.
Make sure you grab a bite to eat at the restaurant in the "Pirate's House" mentioned in Robert Louis Stevenson's book "Treasure Island" and explore the historic district that is the largest in the country and designated a National Historic Landmark. Forsyth Park is dressed in oak trees, Spanish moss and stunning magnolia blossoms. You can gaze at the Gothic-Revival Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. If you don't feel like pumping the legs, then jump on the historic trolley tour for an easier way of sightseeing. Be adventurous and see green fairies after indulging in some absinthe at a speakeasy venue or lick your lips after a honey tasting at the Savannah Bee Company. Reputedly a ghost hot spot, you can sleep at one of the bed & breakfasts around town that apparently have their own resident specters. Head to the original legendary ice cream shop "Leopolds" for a tutti-frutti ice cream that will definitely give you brain freeze in a heavenly taste of decadence. For those that require a bit of decorum, go to The Tea Room for a traditional afternoon tea southern style.
When you need to walk off the calories, head down the tree-lined Jones Street, supposedly the most beautiful street in North America.
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