Savannah Walkabout

Savannah Square

Savannah Square

As a general rule, when I’m on the road, I avoid cities. I’ve made a few exceptions – St. Louis, New Orleans, Whistler, San Francisco, NYC – but usually I head away from the dots on the map, towards the small towns and blank spaces.

When I do find myself in more urban areas, my favorite mode of travel doesn’t change — I always prefer to get to know places on foot. Historic towns are crawling with guided trolly, bus and carriage tours. So when I find myself in a place like Savannah, Georgia, the first thing I do is head to a visitor center and pick up a couple of the maps put out by the sightseeing tour companies. Then, I start walking the routes.

Walking through Savannah

Savannah Walk

Not only is this approach free – the Old Town Trolly Tour in Savannah is $26 a person, private carriage tours run $95 – it’s a great way to fulfill rule of the road trip #2: Take a long walk everyday. Besides, the people riding along on the tours never look like they’re having very much fun.

Old Town Savannah

Old Town Savannah

Old House, Iron Railing

Old House, Iron Railing

One of Savannah's many scenic squares

One of Savannah’s many scenic squares

Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park

Forsyth Fountain

Forsyth Fountain

Savannah Self Portrait. Good walking shoes are essential!

Savannah Self Portrait. Good walking shoes are essential!

Iron & Moss

Iron & Moss

Sunset on the Waterfront. Rule of the Road #7: See as many sunrises and sunsets as possible.

Sunset on the Waterfront. Rule of the Road #7: See as many sunrises and sunsets as possible.

Stay tuned for a post from the Everglades!

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in Big Sky, Montana. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at
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13 Responses to Savannah Walkabout

  1. Karen says:

    Savannah looks like a beautiful city to make an exception to the Rules of the Road.

  2. Max Reynolds says:

    It’s a beautiful city. Thanks for sharing it. -Max-

  3. Barneysday says:

    Savannah is a great walking city. We did it a few years back, saw many of the same sights, and it was a great day spent in a wonderful city. Thanks for the reminder

  4. Ryan says:

    Savannah is a great city! We stopped there on our way to and from the Keys a few years ago. It was very dog friendly. We spent a day walking around the squares, and when we stopped for lunch we sat outside and the waiter brought out a bowl of water for the dogs.

  5. Savannah looks like such a gem with all those twisted tree trunks, Spanish moss, and graceful iron balconies.

  6. estherhwillow says:

    Reblogged this on Birdies Blog and commented:
    love the tree

  7. Good Helper Woman says:

    Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to have a walk in a place I always wanted to visit. Even though it is just me enjoying the pictures…am still feeling like it was a good walk in my mind.

  8. Savannah has always been one of my cities. Been there many times. Bonaventure Cemetery is one of my favorite places to take pictures.

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  10. shazzarob says:

    Beautiful Pics.Especially love the Forsyth Fountain.

  11. Amanda says:

    I haven’t been to Savannah since I was 10. Your photos make me want to go and walk it. Thanks for sharing. What walking shoes do you recommend? I’d like to find some good all-purpose shoes for me and my kids since we do a lot of walking.

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