The Atlantic Ocean and Savannah River are more than beautiful scenery. They’re also the perfect backdrop for any photographer. You won’t find a better place to capture a serene sunset or charming magnolia tree. But venture deeper into the city, and you’ll find even more picture-perfect places. Here are our picks for the five most photo-worthy spots in Savannah.
1. Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Known as the “Sistine of the South,” the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is the most popular place to snap a picture in the city. The inside is breathtaking with its attention to detail and French Gothic architecture. It’s the oldest Roman Catholic cathedral in Georgia, making it a must-see photo stop for history buffs and anyone visiting Savannah.
2. Historic District
Savanah is definitely one of the most scenic cities in Georgia, but it’s also filled with an incredible amount of American history. A national landmark, the historic district encompasses the part of the city that dates back before the Civil War. It’s laid out on a grid pattern with 22 park squares to showcase the history and scenery. Walk down cobblestone streets and marvel at the homes built centuries ago. Strike a pose in front of any of the older homes, history museums, monuments, and beautiful landscaping.
3. Forsyth Park
While you’re in the historic district, check out Forsyth Park, which dates back to the 1840s. Make sure to stop by the popular water fountain in the center of the park. The round fountain is accessible from every angle and makes a great photo backdrop for you and your fellow travelers. Forsyth Park has 30 acres of beautiful scenery as well as clean paths and walkways for easy use. Consider checking out the Fragrant Garden in the park or stop by the park cafe to take in the beauty of this epic and historic park.
4. The Gingerbread House
A short walk from Forsyth Park, The Gingerbread House showcases the magnificent architecture in Savannah. Built in 1899, the house is surrounded by the original landscape (including a 200-year-old oak tree in front). It’s one of the most photographed homes in Savannah and has been featured in movies such as “Forest Gump.” The house serves as a venue for weddings and corporate events and is also open for tours. After snapping some shots of the front, get some pics of the private gazebo and courtyard in back.
5. River Street
Old cobblestone streets will lead you to River Street, complete with a trolley railway and quaint shops. Historic buildings face the river on one side of the street while mature trees line the side nearest to the river’s edge. The street is also rumored to be haunted.
6. Tybee Island
Known as Savannah’s beach, Tybee Island is only 20 minutes from downtown and a great place to soak up the sun and feel the sand under your feet. Cozy cottages dot the coastline and restaurants offer a fresh catch of the day. If you have the legs for it, climb the Tybee Island Light Station and snap a panorama. You’ll be the envy of your Instagram followers. Pirates made Tybee Island a regular stop centuries ago as a safe resting place as well as a good place to bury treasure. (Bring a shovel. Who knows? You may get lucky!) If not, you’ll have plenty of pictures to treasure for years to come.
By Cynthia Schumacher, a freelance writer and photographer. Born in South Florida, she enjoys traveling across the U.S. while still being a proud Gator fan. Her past jobs include tech writer, museum docent, and strawberry picker.