Haunted Halloween: Savannah, Georgia

In honor of Halloween, TripAdvisor.com established a list of the 10 best haunted tours in the United States. For the next 3 days I’ll be showing you the tours and giving you some advice on what to do in the area. Yesterday’s tour took us to the Pacific Northwest for the Market Ghost Tour in Seattle, Washington.

Today we head to “the most haunted city in America”,

Savannah, Georgia for their Hearse Ghost Tours

Guests of this tour are driven around this historic city in an open-topped hearse that was operational for over 15 years in the city. The seats in the vehicle are designed to swivel so guests can look every and any direction during their 90 minute tours. Past TripAdvisor guests have stated that Sarah, Shannon and Louis are some of their favorite drivers. The tour starts and ends the same way, with the tour company going to your location to pick you up or drop you off. This means you can have service from your hotel, straight from dinner or even your favorite bar. Just don’t forget to grab a plastic to-go cup for any liquor you’re drinking, as Savannah’s generous open container laws allow you to drink freely in vehicles so long as you aren’t the driver. Remember to be courteous to any fellow passengers you have and to respect your driver if you do opt to drink.

This Too Shall Pass

Savannah’s sordid history is covered during the length of your tour, with an emphasis on the occupations during both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars and the plagues of Yellow Fever that killed nearly 2000 residents. The tour also goes on to uncover some of the town’s murders and suicides as well as past guest’s experiences. Depending on your driver, you might stop by the Bonaventure Cemetery, possibly the most haunted cemetery in Savannah. This is the same cemetery that is depicted both in the book and film Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Ghosts of buried soldiers are said to remain on the grounds as well as a pack of ghost dogs. The saddest tale is of Little Gracie Watson, a six year old who died of pneumonia and later had a statue made in her honor. People say they hear a child’s cries coming from the statue and that tears of blood have even been wept here.

Enjoy the Town Around the Tour

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Another popular aspect of Savannah is its architectural history. Even in the cemetery you’ll notice the buildings and classic designs of the city. During the day, join up with the Architectural Tours of Savannah. Tours meet in Chippewa Square where you’ll meet up with your guide Jonathon Stalcup, a man very dedicated to the city’s history and architecture. You’ll see homes that were built in the American Classical Revival style as well as Victorian Gothic Revivals. You’ll also view many city buildings and learn their history and architectural design as well. This tour is one of the best ways to learn about Savannah while taking a casual paced walking tour. During your trip to Savannah, keep an eye out for the architectural details you’ll learn about on this tour and take time to really notice the beauty of the city around you.

mrs. wilkes

For “dinner”, try a nice Southern style meal at Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room. A true Southern dinner means lunch to many up north, but here you’ll find your meal being served between 11 and 2 weekdays and you’ll want to bring cash to pay. Meals are served family style where each guest helps pass dishes to other guests and people fill their plates with fried chicken, meatloaf, pulled pork, sweet potatoes, okra, black-eyed peas and cornbread. The dishes change daily so you never know what delicious dish you’ll see in front of you. The drink of choice should always be sweet tea. Be prepared to line up early to get into here because this is the place in Savannah. Even President Obama stopped in here. Many guests arrive well before 10 AM to get in line for this delicious food. For dessert you might find banana pudding or a cobbler being piled on your plate.

When you look for somewhere to stay, try The Olde Savannah Inn. It features four elegantly themed rooms and romantic grounds. After a night’s stay, you’ll be treated to an amazing breakfast featuring Crème brûlée French Toast, omelets, or one of many other divine dishes. Your innkeeper is Kathleen, a hostess truly dedicated to her guests, and she is assisted by her black lab Dakota. At least one of them is responsible for keeping your room stocked with snacks and even ironing your bedsheets. The Inn is located within walking distance of most city attractions but it is far enough away that you feel as though you are in your own peaceful oasis.

Savannah has a lot of beauty and history to offer its guests and I hope you’ll want to go. Check back tomorrow to see the #2 ranked haunted ghost tour in the United States.

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I'm Julie, I love to travel, I'm very hyper and I like to "hype" things and from that, TravelHyper was born. I'm a Missouri native and I cover St. Louis travel ideas as well as my own travels. I also like to focus on places I want to visit and budget travel ideas by creating trip plans. There's so much world out there and I hope you'll find that it's worth seeing and that vacation doesn't have to be out of reach to you.

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