Established in 1733, the lovely river city of Savannah owns a brand of Southern charm that exists nowhere else. There is no place like it in Georgia, and few locations as historic in the U.S.—thus its appeal to filmmakers. With its 22 park-like squares (designed by city founder James Oglethorpe), the city is one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the country. Ideal for touring on foot, Savannah is where you'll find amazing architecture, spooky cemeteries and rich history—along with global sophistication, funky nightlife and fabulous food. Home to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Savannah is a city where old and new equally infuse the spirit of the place.
Kevin Spacey starred in and Clint Eastwood directed Savannah-filmed "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," which tells the story of a murder at Mercer House. Credit: GDECD
Savannah's Mercer House as seen in "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"
The Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah offers live music most nights.
Singer, songwriter and Savannah native Johnny Mercer is buried in Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia.
A bench pays tribute to Savannah native Johnny Mercer, who is buried in Bonaventure Cemetery.
Famed novelist Flannery O'Connor spent her early life in Savannah, Georgia.
Entertainment options abound for music lovers at City Market in Savannah, Georgia.
Enjoy live music and other entertainment options at Savannah's City Market.
Savannah's City Market offers a variety of dining, shopping and entertainment options.
Make a song request and enjoy audience singalongs at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos Saloon.
For a top-quality guitar worthy of music's biggest stars, head to Randy Wood Guitars.
Acclaimed trumpeter Marcus Printup, a Conyers, Georgia, native, is a Savannah Music Festival favorite.
Swing Central Jazz, the prestigious workshop and competition program, showcases high school musicians from across the nation.
Attend a performance or take a tour of the historic Lucas Theatre. Credit: William Beem
This hip bar is a great place to sip a cocktail and enjoy live music by locals.
Owner Suzanne Guest Warnekros books a variety of bands in The Jinx. Credit: Bill Dawers
The great songwriter Johnny Mercer is memorialized in Savannah, his hometown, with a life-size statue. Credit: Jim Byous
Savannah native Johnny Mercer penned more than 1,500 songs during his career. Credit: Courtesy of the Special Collections & Archives, Georgia State University
See the famous bench from "Forrest Gump" at the Savannah History Museum