This is a continuation of a travel series to Savannah, Georgia. If you'd like to start at the beginning, go HERE. The rest of the posts in consecutive order are HERE, and HERE.
River Street is an overwhelming feast for the eyes and other senses because it features so much architectural history and beautiful scenic river views.
What surprised me most about River Street was how long it was. My husband and I walked till a construction zone stopped us, and I thought it would never come to an end! It seemed like it was going to go on and on forever!
But what also surprised me was all the history and how old all the buildings were. In America, we are so quick to tear things down and rebuild, I'm not use to seeing so much of our history still intact!
You can drive down to River Street, (I showed the picture of our trolley driving down in my first Savannah travel post), but most people park above and walk down. All the steps are quite treacherous and have "use at your own risk) signs.
The River Street road still has trolley tracks and brick pavers!
Savannah's riverfront has been at the center of it's history since 1733 where it was the shipping and export of rice and cotton. All the buildings were cotton factories or warehouses now turned into shops, restaurants, and hotels.
I spotted this tee shirt and had a good laugh with my husband! Yup! That would definitely describe me!
In all my travels, I have never seen such interesting architecture other than in Florence, Italy. It was truly remarkable! The Factor's Walk especially awed me because of the huge discrepancy between the river level and city level. (as shown in the first two pictures of me walking down the steps). There are also many footbridges connecting the city-height (Bay Street, where the brick wall is) to the upper levels of the warehouses on River Street.
There is so much Pirate history in Savannah! I will cover more of that next week when I review our trip to the Pirate House! Savannah is also rich in nautical history, they even have a special museum dedicated just to ships!
But there's so much more to River Street other than bars, restaurants, and hotels, because right on the other side is the Savannah River! And it is absolutely gorgeous. One of our most enjoyable days spent in Savannah was watching all the boats on the river. Be sure to check out the video at the end of the post where we see a container ship, river boat, and a vintage tug boat!
This is the "Waving Girl Statue" that commemorates Florence Martus. Legend has it that for more than 40 years she met and waved to every ship that sailed up the Savannah River!
The Savannah River Walk is so gorgeous. The views of the Talmadge Memorial Bridge is spectacular!
We were so lucky to see this container ship come in and go under the bridge. From our viewpoint, the boat looked so much taller than the bridge that I didn't think it would make it! But it did!
To give you an idea of the size of this ship, each rectangle you see on the ship is what fits on the back of a semi-truck and there are 1000 of them!
Here is the River Boat! They offer river boat cruises on the Savannah River. We did not take one, so I can't review it for you.
I just loved this vintage tug boat!
There is also an entertainment area for live music set up on the River Walk.
And finally, here is my video. It's a little long, 10 minutes, but it's fun to walk and hear the excitement in my voice.
Next week I'll continue with Day 2 and review where we had lunch...The Pirate House!
Have A Great Day! Amy
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