I recently visited Savannah, Georgia for the first time in over a decade. As a photographer, my goal was to see and photograph as much of the city as possible. I was overwhelmed by all the amazing sites I was able to visit during my short three-day stay. If you're planning a trip to Savannah, here is my guide to the places you'll want to make sure to visit.
1. Bonaventure Cemetery
Bonaventure Cemetery is an enormous cemetery full of beautiful sculptures and tucked within a forest of live oak trees and Spanish moss. Once you make it to the far side of the grounds, you can peer through the trees to the marsh. One of the well-known spots to look for is the gravesite of "Little Gracie".
2. Historic District
Savannah's Historic District is comprised of green squares, cobblestone streets, and interesting architecture. Along the squares you'll see old churches, museums, monuments, and more. You can find bus tours, horse-and-buggy tours, and segway tours to take you through the area.
3. Forsyth Park
Forsyth Park is a great place to spend an afternoon when the weather is nice. There are playgrounds, large open fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, and the famous fountain in the photograph below. You'll come across people of all ages enjoying some time outdoors.
4. The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
When walking through Savannah's Historic District, this cathedral is hard to miss. Its two spires rise high above any other buildings in the area. It is gorgeous from the outside, but be sure to spend some time inside as well. You will be in awe of the murals and stained glass artwork in the sanctuary.
5. River Street
River Street is the go-to spot for Savannah's nightlife. It consists of a long strip of restaurants, bars, and shops stretched across the bay. Enjoy some great food and drinks, ride the riverboat or the ferry, and take in the scenery as the sun sets.
6. Bonus—Tybee Island
Tybee Island isn't technically in Savannah, but it's only about a 25-minute drive from the heart of the city. If you're a beach lover it's definitely worth the trip, and if you're okay with an early wake-up call it's an amazing place to watch the sunrise. Also be sure to check out Tybee Island's lighthouse when you visit.