Savannah is considered the “Hostess City of the South” as it has been voted many times as one of the most beautiful cities in America. Here you can visit lots of mansions and historical places, as the Historic District is the center of attention. The Historic District has been kept intact because of one wise decision of a former mayor of Savannah – when General Sherman got into town, in 1864, the mayor at the time offered him the city so as the general wouldn’t burn it down.
Therefore, Savannah can offer you sights of antebellum architecture that has been untouched over the years.
But as with every beautiful city, it also has its bad sides. So, in the following paragraphs, we’ll tell you which places you’d want to avoid while visiting Savannah.
This zone, especially the river area should be avoided during the night, as it can get crowded pretty fast. Moreover, if you happen to be in Savannah on St. Patrick’s day, you should definitely keep an eye out for any suspicious activity. While people here are generally calm and welcoming, at holidays, situations can become uncontrollable.
However, if the night is silent, you can freely have a walk on River Street and watch the boats and freighter ships in the distance.
North-West of the Historic District
In general, things in the Historic District are pretty calm, because this is where most of the tourists will be – and it is the most crowded place as well. Here, you can travel by foot without any worries, but traveling to the outskirts of the Historic District, specifically to the North-West, could prove to be dangerous because this area has been deemed as less safe due to recent crime reports.
This is why it’s recommended that you take a cab or rent a car if you want to travel and see more areas of the town. Moreover, if you happen to have a dog that is sometimes a runner, you might want to get him or her a GPS dog tracker on and proceed to track the pup down while in a vehicle if the pet has wandered too far away – like in shady neighborhoods and low-populated areas.
West Savannah – Louisville Road
As with our previous entry, this part of the city has also been deemed as being less safe due to recent reports of crimes that have been committed in this area. According to statistics, Savannah has been marked by 1,944 counts of theft and 370 counts of burglary in the past year.
Any area that doesn’t look like it’s for tourists
Since crime rates are not to be overlooked, it is recommended that you – as a tourist – stay away from the slums and outskirts of Savannah. Basically, you’d want to avoid any place that doesn’t look tourist-safe. This includes the South, on Elisabeth or 37th – here is recommended that you have a ride straight from your hotel or have a cab to take you through this area. Industrial districts are also not recommended – after all, there’s nothing for you to see there.
The places you are looking for are Forsyth Park, the river to Anderson, and MLK. Also, to ensure your safety, make sure that you are able to see police officers – either on foot, bicycle, or horseback – especially in the Historic District. Not being able to see any of them means that you’ve gone too far into the city and you should return to a safer place.
These were the places that you should avoid going into or where you have to be very careful – that if you want to see some of them. But, as stated before, most parts of the town that are meant for tourists are entirely safe and shouldn’t pose any danger to your holiday.