Savannah is the official seat of the county of Chatham, in the state of Georgia, in the United States. Currently, it is the oldest city in Georgia and serves as the capital city of Georgia Province. Savannah has always held the position of a significant port city as far back as during the American Revolution and the American Civil War. To date, it still holds the spot for the most significant seaport city in the Atlantic Sea. Savannah is among the top five largest cities in Georgia, and its metropolitan area is the third-largest in the state. Its strategic spot has made it a key industrial center in its region. The city of Savannah enjoys a strategic location on the Savannah River, about thirty-two kilometers from the Atlantic Ocean. Even better, its proximity to the US Intracoastal Waterway has remained key in boosting its economy and industrialization. As the oldest city in the state, Savannah has notable historical landmarks that have been a significant boost in the tourism industry of the city. Its cityscape has a stunning blend of ancient structures and ultra-modern skyscrapers, culminating in a surrounding scenic environment that is also a critical factor in the tourism industry. From atop the Talmadge Memorial Bridge, sweeping views of the city can be enjoyed, as well as those in the surrounding outskirts. The ever-scenic Forsyth Park provides visitors with a beautiful picnicking, basking, or strolling place, under the greenery and well-manicured lawns. Shopping items and other souvenir things can be bought from the many stalls along the old River Street, Savannah’s busiest street. Some of the ancient buildings encompass the iconic, tall, and beautifully designed Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, and the intricate Congregation Mickve Israel that dates as far back as 1735. Museums, art galleries, and memorial sites can be found around Savannah’s Historic District, with an in-depth feature of the history and cultural development of the city.
The city of Savannah enjoys a humid subtropical climate of Köppen Cfa, mainly characterized by long, hot, and humid summers and short, mild winters. The climate is mostly moderated by the city’s proximity to the Atlantic coast, resulting in rare occurrences of extremes in temperature ranges. Summer tends to have moderately rainier afternoons amid high humidity and moderate sunshine. Summer has highs of 93.7°F (34.3°C) and lows of 75.4°F (24.1°C) on average. Winter enjoys highs of 74.3°F (23.5°C) and lows of 38.3°F (3.5°C), with periodic drops in temperature to below the freezing point. Most days have up to five and a half sunshine hours and are moderately dry enough not to interrupt regular happenings. The peak of the travel period to Savannah is from March through August, during spring through the height of summer. Spring has beautiful weather to be out touring the city, and a fantastic scenic atmosphere under the beauty of the blossoms and fresh scents. Summer has hot weather for most outdoor activities, as well as most of the festivals and events in Savannah. In March, Savannah holds a three-day affair in celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day, amid beautiful sermons and religious parades. And on select dates between March and April, the city is alive with the Savannah Music Festival, featuring the industry’s bigwigs from far and wide. Another event is the Tour of Homes and Gardens happening between March and April when visitors have a chance to see the inside of the historic private homes in their mighty grandeur.