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Old 01-16-2017, 11:17 AM
 
Location: CT
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Last year we drove from New England to Florida, on the way down, we had always wanted to visit Savanah Georgia. We had the romantic notion of Savanah as an old southern city with beautiful old stately architecture, well kept parks, southern hospitality, and rich history. What we found was a giant tourist trap, no worse than any other popular destination, but phoney stereotypical south made for tourists. If you were to suggest a sothern town or city that represents an authentic, welcome, traditional, must see kind of place, where would you suggest?
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Old 01-16-2017, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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In all seriousness, Charleston feels less touristy to me than Savannah, though I think it gets more tourists. Savannah has more of a party town feel to it, especially along the river.


If you want to get away from the tourist scene altogether then you might consider somewhere like Beaufort, SC.
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Old 01-16-2017, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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Last year we drove from New England to Florida, on the way down, we had always wanted to visit Savanah Georgia. We had the romantic notion of Savanah as an old southern city with beautiful old stately architecture, well kept parks, southern hospitality, and rich history. What we found was a giant tourist trap, no worse than any other popular destination, but phoney stereotypical south made for tourists. If you were to suggest a sothern town or city that represents an authentic, welcome, traditional, must see kind of place, where would you suggest?
I really liked Savannah, but, away from the Tourist area on the river.. The old time part of town was great.
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Old 01-16-2017, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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I found Savannah kind of tacky but New Orleans and Charleston are amazing.
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Old 01-16-2017, 01:30 PM
 
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Old 01-16-2017, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Mooresville, NC
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Charleston has more of a feel towards preservation than Savannah does to me and I've been to both cities multiple times. There is plenty of great history in Savannah and it's a fun place for a few days but Charleston just has more of that old south feel to it.
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Old 01-16-2017, 06:17 PM
 
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I really liked Savannah, but, away from the Tourist area on the river.. The old time part of town was great.
Savannah still have beautiful old squares and some restored old houses to visit. If you spend your time down by the river you get what you deserve.

Haven't been to Charleston myself so it may well be better.

Do NOT go to either place during the summer.
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Old 01-16-2017, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Deep in the Heart of Texas
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Charleston is worth a visit, but go in the shoulder season when the number of tourists isn't so overwhelming. The city has some gorgeous homes, lovely shops and interesting historical places to visit. It's not like Savannah.

I agree that Beaufort is nice. We also love Natchez, MS. So beautiful.
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Old 01-16-2017, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Self explanatory
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Last year we drove from New England to Florida, on the way down, we had always wanted to visit Savanah Georgia. We had the romantic notion of Savanah as an old southern city with beautiful old stately architecture, well kept parks, southern hospitality, and rich history. What we found was a giant tourist trap, no worse than any other popular destination, but phoney stereotypical south made for tourists. If you were to suggest a sothern town or city that represents an authentic, welcome, traditional, must see kind of place, where would you suggest?
Sounds like you saw the tourist side, just like many coastal cities have.

Check out Charleston. It has touristy spots, but, it also has a lot of heritage, some great character, good food scene and knows how to make a drink.
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Old 01-17-2017, 09:55 AM
 
Location: CT
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Thanks to everyone! Great suggestions. We didn't have a lot of time to explore Savannah, most of what we did experience was, I'm sure, in the heart of the tourist district. Sounds like we should be looking at a stop in Charleston or Beaufort on our next trip down this spring.
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