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    18 Seriously Awesome Things To Do On Your First Trip To Savannah, Georgia

    Chocolate, cocktails, ghosts.

    The coronavirus pandemic is still impacting travel, and destinations around the world have different COVID-19 restrictions in place. Always check and adhere to local government policies as you're planning any future trips.

    1. Feel slightly spooked without disrupting your inner scaredy cat by taking a comedy ghost tour.

    the comedy ghost tour

    2. AND/OR! Opt for a hearse ride ghost tour. You're seated in an ~open air~ convertible hearse and visit some of the most haunted spots in the city.

    3. Marvel at the genius that is Chocolat by Adam Turoni because they did what I once thought was impossible: They improved chocolate.

    4. View the iconic bird girl from Midnight of the Garden of Good and Evil (moved here from Bonaventure Cemetery) at Telfair Academy, three levels of thought-provoking art housed in a converted historic mansion.

    the bird girl

    5. Drool over stunning historic homes with Architectural Savannah, the ideal way to stroll through cobblestone streets and cram your noggin with fun facts.

    a home in Savannah

    6. Say ~oui oui~ with every bite at Circa 1875 thanks to a cozy atmosphere reminiscent of, well, 1875. Buckle up for French cuisine that tastes delicious in a setting that doesn't feel pretentious.

    the table

    7. Enter the American Prohibition Museum a boring vodka soda drinker (I'm guilty) and leave a spirits expert. How? By taking a cocktail class at the authentic speakeasy housed inside — you'll be pouring iconic Savannah bitters and concoctions in no time, all while learning city history along the way.

    8. For a rich slice of Savannah history, take an Old Town Trolley Tour.

    the trolley

    9. Dine in The Olde Pink House, a blessing for folks who love delicious cocktails and creative food, a curse for people already lusting over pastel homes they can’t afford.

    10. Stroll through Bonaventure Cemetery! Operating since the mid-1800s, this sprawling patch of 160 acres is dense with mossy trees and ornate tombs that evoke a rich slice of history.

    the cemetery

    11. Take a coffee-in-hand stroll through Forsyth Park.

    12. Shop. Shop. Shop. Savannah is a celebration of local businesses and antique treasure troves, ignoring bigger chains in favor of small shops that span everything from trendy clothing and stationary boutiques to rows upon rows of vintage.

    the antique shop

    13. Grab a cocktails garnished with a rubber duck at — *shakes head in surprise at the name — Little Duck Diner.

    the duck drink

    14. Dedicate at least a half day to Tybee Island, located only 20 minutes from the heart of historic Savannah.

    the Tybee Island sign

    15. Sleep at The Alida Hotel, where you'll be hit with luxury in the form of fresh-smelling (definitely expensive) candles.

    16. Grab a scoop (or several) at Leopold's Ice Cream, an iconic institution founded in 1919.

    the ice cream

    17. Grab a drink(s) at one of many watering holes throughout Savannah. Alley Cat Lounge is awesome — their bar menu is categorized by moods and spirits, plus the expert bartenders are chock-full of recs.

    the bar

    18. Sit down for a cup of java at The Paris Market and eat a colorful macaron before roaming both levels to shop. It’s a morsel of Paris in Savannah, which obviously works.

    Have you been to Savannah, Georgia? Drop your recs in the comments below!