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Old 02-09-2010, 07:41 AM
 
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Savannah looks allot like New Orleans, at the historic downtown section of Savannah. You may like Charlestown South Carolina. Charlestown reminds me of a larger Savannah.

New Orleans is a whole other Animal, there is no place in America like New Orleans.
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Old 02-09-2010, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Been to both and you really can't compare them as they are nothing alike imo.
The area around the river in Savannah is very nice but also very small, go beyond that area and there really isn't much. The squares are neat with the park like settings.

I find there is more to do in NOLA and I don't mean just party....you have an awesome zoo, The D Day museum, side trips to the bayous etc etc

Oh and the food...no comparison and when in NOLA I'm not eating at over priced places like Emeril..local lil holes in the wall..good food and affordable
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:44 AM
 
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I'm a soon-to-be New Orleanian, so I'm biased ;-) All three cities are beautiful, Southern cities on the water. There's a lot of similar architecture. People-wise, I think Charleston is the most conservative (some might say "snobby"), while New Orleans is certainly the most laid-back. I've only been to Savannah twice, but it seems pretty small, with the "ugly sprawl" mixed in amongst the historic areas, more so than in the other two cities.
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I've never been to Savannah, but I'd like to go someday. I loved New Orleans though. I'm going there for college!
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I think New Orleans, Charleston, and Savannah get lumped together a lot b/c they are three of the best preserved southern urban areas from the antebellum period and they all give off an old south feel. And of course they are all port cities. All three are great. New Orleans is by far the largest and is definitely a "city". Savannah feels more like a town. Charleston is in between. The downtown feels pretty urban, but it is small.

New Orleans is the most carefree and the grittiest. Charleston is more refined and places more of an emphasis on appearances. To me Savannah seems between those two.

They all have lots of great architecture and of course Savannah has those beautiful squares. All three are great and worth a visit.
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Denver
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I feel Mobile is always left out of these discussions.
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:43 PM
 
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I have been both places for extended periods (several months at a time) for work on film shoots. Both locations are picturesque and often used in movies: New Orleans (LA) offers better tax incentives.

To me, New Orleans has a lot more energy and mystery. Savannah is quirky and more provincial. I don't really think they look too much alike-- Savannah is structured around squares and New Orleans is most famous for the French Quarter which has more Spanish and French style architecture. Savannah's historic downtown is more Georgian.

Savannah's downtown has a more park-like setting due to the large live oaks located in the squares. River Street is its answer to Bourbon St but its nowhere close unless its St Patrick's Day. Both cities have open container laws which are more liberal than in other parts of the country.

Savannah is slower. You get to know very quickly what there is to do and options run out fast. New Orleans always seems to have a festival or some kind of event happening. To me, New Orleans has a "pull"-- you leave and you want to come back. Savannah is sort of like visiting your grandma-- its nice and you enjoy it, but you can't always connect to her old fashioned habits.
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Old 05-24-2013, 02:52 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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I feel Mobile is always left out of these discussions.
It's probably because Mobile is not as nice in the core of the city compared to the other three cities, especially since it seems Mobile lost a lot of its older architecture. It also does not have as strong of a tourism base which makes it less well known. To me, some other Southern cities that are often left off of these discussions are Louisville and Richmond. They have some great architecture and history, and from about 1850-1930 Louisville was the #2 city in the South behind New Orleans.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:48 PM
 
Location: Denver
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It's probably because Mobile is not as nice in the core of the city compared to the other three cities, especially since it seems Mobile lost a lot of its older architecture. It also does not have as strong of a tourism base which makes it less well known. To me, some other Southern cities that are often left off of these discussions are Louisville and Richmond. They have some great architecture and history, and from about 1850-1930 Louisville was the #2 city in the South behind New Orleans.
I've never actually been to Mobile, just drive through on my way to Florida. I've seen many pictures of the architecture and you never hear about it much on CD. The city itself doesn't have much tourism but the surrounding beaches sure have a healthy amount. I feel as if Louisville and Richmond are so far removed from us on the coast, while they are undoubtedly southern, they are a stones through away from cities like Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and DC.
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Old 05-25-2013, 01:17 AM
 
Location: New Orleans
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I've never actually been to Mobile, just drive through on my way to Florida. I've seen many pictures of the architecture and you never hear about it much on CD. The city itself doesn't have much tourism but the surrounding beaches sure have a healthy amount. I feel as if Louisville and Richmond are so far removed from us on the coast, while they are undoubtedly southern, they are a stones through away from cities like Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and DC.
I have never been either, just passing through on I-10. I was just going off of what I have heard and off of Google maps/streetview. It just seems to me that Mobile is in a lower tier when it comes to architecture than New Orleans, Charleston, or Savannah. But Mobile still does have some great architecture. The beaches do get a lot of tourism but they are pretty disconnected from Mobile. I get what you mean with Louisville and Richmond, they are "way up there". But like you said they are undoubtedly Southern, even more so than New Orleans (when looking at typical Southern culture).
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