Hi there! I’m Lindsey VanWinkle, student at Butler University and intern for EZTravelPad. One of the most unique and culturally intriguing places I have been in the U.S. has been Savannah, Georgia. I did not spend very long there, as I was staying on the outskirts of Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.
However, Savannah is one place that as soon as I left, I thought, “I want to go back there someday.” I honestly cannot say that for a lot of places that I have been. Typical thoughts when I leave vacation are, “I don’t even want to look at my next bank statement,” “I hope I didn’t leave anything in the hotel,” and “What’s my arrival time?” Yet, when leaving Savannah, none of those thoughts came to mind.
I visited Savannah the weekend of Saint Patrick’s Day, only to discover that the reason why the town was so packed was because they have the second largest Saint Patty’s festival in the United States. Savannah was obviously the place to party and a big fan of the holiday. Everywhere I looked people were wearing green, walking along the streets with drinks, and talking in fake Irish accents. It was as I entered Ireland instead of Georgia when I drove over the bridge from South Carolina.
As a person who had never really explored the South with the exceptions of the city of Atlanta and the state of Florida, Savannah was like a foreign land. I loved soaking up the culture of the city with the Spanish moss hanging from the trees, the old-school brick streets, and the Southern charm.
As it turns out on one of our tours, Savannah is one of the most haunted cities in the U.S., but not in any way that made me feel unsafe, scared, or uncomfortable. My friends and I decided easily that Savannah was one of the coolest places we had been with its Civil War history, supernatural quirks, and cozy neighborhood atmosphere.
The rich history of the city made my friends feel satisfied with our experiences and craving to explore more.