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Food, Forts, & Hickory Bombs - 3 Budget Days Near Savannah

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A June 2003 trip to Savannah by Kim M.

Spanish Moss Photo, Savannah, Georgia More Photos
Quote: I'm just back from a quick trip to my home state of Georgia. My mom and I took three of those days to visit one of my favorite places: Savannah. The trip was budget and included camping, sightseeing, and relaxing. We had a great time despite the rain that has been hammering the East Coast.

Food, Forts, & Hickory Bombs - 3 Budget Days Near Savannah

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Spanish Moss Photo, Savannah, Georgia
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Fort fetish? Walk the walls that protected Georgia's coastline before and during the American Civil War. You can fill a day touring the forts and batteries that defended this important Southern port. Sample the local cuisine. The Savannah area offers more than just great seafood. Traditional Southern favorites like fried chicken and pecan pralines abound, so just say "NO!" to Dr. Atkins for a little while. Your tastebuds will thank you.Quick Tips: You don't have to limit yourself to River Street. Get in the car and take an excursion out to Tybee Island or one of the outlying parks. Though Savannah is a beautiful city, there are other wonderful things to see just outside. There are plent...Read More
Fort McAllister State Historic Park Campground Photo, Savannah, Georgia
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The improved campground at Fort McAllister is great! For $15 a night we had a large, clean campsite with tent pad, concrete picnic table, fire ring/grate, water, and electricity. Fort McAllister offers three options for campers. There are primitive sites with walk-in access (about 1.5 mi.) available for $3/night, pioneer sites with drive up access but no utilities for $15/night, and improved tent and RV sites with full hookup for $15-17/night. We chose the improved campground as the trip was rather spur of the moment and we did not have time to gear up for a more primitive experience. I was very impressed with the campground. Access is controlled by an electric gate, and the com...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 21, 2003

Fort McAllister State Historic Park Campground
3894 Fort McAllister Road
Savannah, Georgia
(800) 864-7275

Tybee Island/Fort Pulaski National Monument

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Attraction | "Fort Pulaski National Monument"

Tybee Island/Fort Pulaski National Monument Photo, Tybee Island, Georgia
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Fort Pulaski was built after the War of 1812 to protect the important port of Savannah from foreign invasion. Enemies from the sea were kept at bay by massive cannons housed within and atop the stalwart fortifications. This hexagonal brick fortress design was believed to be impenetrable, and indeed it was for the weapons of the time. It was not until the introduction of rifled cannons during the American Civil War that Fort Pulaski fell to attackers -- the Union army. Today Fort Pulaski casts a benevolent eye across the water to the shores of Tybee Island, the Tybee Light Station winking coyly back. The massive portcullis stands open to visitors, and the inside parade ground is green and invitin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 21, 2003

Tybee Island/Fort Pulaski National Monument
Cockspur Island
Tybee Island, Georgia 31328
(912) 786-5787

Kevin Barry's Irish Pub

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Attraction | "Kevin Barry's (Irish Pub)"

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The plans for our day in Savannah were drastically altered by the sudden appearance of a thunderstorm. We hadn't been out of the car for an hour when a giant cloud suddenly sucked all of the sunshine out of the air and poured on us for a good four hours. What better way to pass a rainy afternoon than in your favorite pub? For me, in Savannah, that's Kevin Barry's. My mom and I ducked in out of the rain and settled ourselves at a nice dim section of the bar. The atmosphere at Kevin Barry's is delightfully dark and cozy. In fact, I think the woodwork is just about the right brown to match the lovely pints of Guinness that flow from behind the bar. Equally lovely Irish music flows from the speakers...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 21, 2003

Kevin Barry's Irish Pub
117 West River St.
Savannah, Georgia 31401
(912) 233 9626