7. Savannah: Highlights Off the Beaten Path Guided Walking Tour
On this guided walking tour, soak up the sights and sounds of Savannah's stunning historic district. With the expertise of your guide, see the not only the highlights, but also the hidden gems through the eyes of a local. Discover the city's history, landmarks, and rich cultural offerings. Begin your tour in the beautiful Forsyth Park to meet your guide and start exploring. Take in the sights of this 30-acre park in the historic district as you walk to Savannah's classic landmarks and crown jewels: the city squares. Monterey Square, with its mansions and monuments, is up first. At Monterey Square, hear about the history of these mansion-lined streets. See the infamous Mercer House and learn about a local true crime mystery. Across the way, admire the stunning Gothic synagogue, one of the oldest in the United States. Next, ironwork abounds nearby with amazing examples of cast iron, woven wire, and wrought iron. Several contemporary hand-wrought gates are waiting to be discovered. Stroll with your guide to discover this unique feature of Savannah's historic district. Continue to one of the prettiest streets in Savannah: Jones Street. Under a lush canopy of live oaks draped in Spanish-moss, meander down Jones Street and learn about the historic homes here. Enjoy the fragrant flowers and colorful foliage of this picturesque street. Then, head to Madison Square with its important civic buildings, monuments, stately homes, and rich history. Here, grab a refreshment at one of Savannah's quaint cafés, or simply sit and relax on one of the many benches under the shady oaks. Soak up the historic ambience. Once you've taken a moment to appreciate your scenic surroundings, make your way to Lafayette Square. A stunningly beautiful space of lush greenery, the square is lined with landmark buildings. Admire the cathedral and learn about the origins of the Girl Scouts here. Finally, pass by the Jingle Bells church and Savannah College of Art and Design before you arrive at Chippewa Square to meet the city's founder, James Oglethorpe. Learn about his unique design of the city as you snap photos of the square. Before your tour concludes in the heart of the historic district, get some tips from your guide on Savannah's many excellent eateries, museums, and shops to visit following your tour.