One of your first stops in Savannah should be its world-famous Historic District. More than 20 cobblestoned blocks contain striking antebellum mansions, historic churches, manicured gardens, and parks shaded by towering live oaks. There are 22 historic squares, each with a different personality. (Chippewa Square is where Tom Hanks’s character waited for the bus in Forrest Gump.) Take a guided walking tour to get a feel for the unique town plan laid out in 1733 by James Oglethorpe, or climb aboard a horse-drawn carriage for a different perspective.
The largest park in the historic district, Forsyth Park has 30 acres of shady paths and sweeping green spaces, always lively with families, joggers, and folks kicking a ball around. The main attraction (and one of Savannah’s most Instagrammed spots) is the Forsyth Park Fountain, built in 1858. Nearby benches provide the perfect spot to enjoy a coffee and indulge in some good people-watching. The park also has a unique walled Fragrant Garden, originally designed to be enjoyed by the blind, with braille markers and plantings meant to be touched. On Saturday mornings, check out the Forsyth Farmers Market at the park’s south end.