A great way to get familiar with a city is to take a tour the first day. Hop-on, Hop-off trolley tours are always a good option.
Day one’s itinerary is based on the Old Town Trolley Tours, which is a 'Hop-on, Hop-off Tour.'
You can choose a different city tour, then walk through the remainder of the day’s itinerary.
Hop-off at Forsyth Park. Hopefully, you grabbed an extra pastry to enjoy at the park.
The 30-acre park is in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District and is named for Georgia’s 33rd governor. While there, take a stroll past the white-stone Forsyth Fountain. It was installed in 1858 and modeled after the fountains at the Place de la Concorde in Paris.
Forsyth Park is also the home to three monument memorials. The Marine Monument is dedicated to Chatham County Marines killed in actions. The Hiker honors the soldiers of the Spanish-American War. The largest and the oldest is the Confederate Monument.
Hop back on the trolley or take a short walk to the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist.
If you choose to walk, leave the park on Bull Street and head towards Monterey Square. It was laid out in 1847 and commemorates the Battle of Monterrey. American forces under General Zachary Taylor captured the city of Monterrey during the Mexican-American War.
In the center of the square is an 1853 monument honoring General Casimir Pulaski.
On the southwest corner of the square is the Mercer-Williams House.
It was designed by New York architect John S. Norris for General Hugh W. Mercer, great-grandfather of celebrated songwriter Johnny Mercer. The house was the scene of the 1981 shooting death of Danny Hansford by the home’s owner, Jim Williams, a story that is retold in the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Walk east on Gordon Street and head towards Abercom Street.
The next square on Gordon Street is Calhoun Square.
It was laid out in 1851 and is named for South Carolina statesman John C. Calhoun. It is the only square with all the original buildings intact.
After looking at all the beautiful homes around the square, head north on Abercom Street.
On your walk, you will pass right by Clary’s Café. If you are feeling a little hungry, stop in for a late breakfast or lunch.
The next square is Lafayette Square, named for Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette.
He was the French hero of the American Revolution, who visited Savannah in 1825. The square contains a fountain commemorating the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Georgia colony.
Given this proximity, Lafayette Square features prominently in Savannah’s massive St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Water in the fountain is dyed green for the occasion. In this area is the museum known as the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, which is open to the public.
Walk into the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and be uplifted. Make sure you take a camera as you will want to take some pictures.
One of the ‘Must-See’ locations, the Cathedral is easily one of the most impressive buildings in Savannah. It’s just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside.
Hop back on the trolley and finish your tour of the city.
[Get back on at Stop 6]
The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore. You can go back and visit any places that caught your interest during the tour. The advantage of a Hop-on, Hop-off tour is that you can spend all day visiting the city at your own pace.