on July 24, 2000
Any Savannah tour would be remiss if it did not include at least a short walk down River Street. Home to over sixty restaurants, shops and other businesses, River Street is a very popular tourist destination. It can actually get a bit crowded and crazy in the evenings, but I would advise a stroll next to the river anyway. There are several nice restaurants to choose from. Souvenirs are easily acquired from any number of shops. The bridge spanning the river makes for a beautiful skyline, and the orignal cobblestones on the street add a lot of charm. The Hyatt on River Street is a good luxury hotel in which to spend a weekend if you are looking for accomodations in the area. St. Patrick's Day down by the River is a crazy time of year, but one that many choose to spend on River Street. The Savannah St. Patrick's Day Celebration is one of the largest in the country. Thousands of people flock to Savannah in droves to celebrate the Irish holiday with free-flowing beer and good humor in the Historic District. Even the Fountains flow green for the occassion. If you plan to be in the city to see the parade and join in on the merry-making, make accomodations reservations WELL in advance. I actually prefer tamer times of the year, but St. Patrick's Day in Savannah is an interesting experience.
Regardless of when you visit Savannah, make sure you go to River Street for a visit.
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