Photos: Charleston and Savannah Which Southern garden city—Savannah or Charleston—is best for you? Budget Travel Friday, Mar 23, 2012, 8:00 AM A Victorian mansion in Charleston, South Carolina. (Christian Heeb/Redux) Budget Travel LLC, 2016
 

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Photos: Charleston and Savannah

  • victorian mansion Charleston South Carolina
  • Fort Sumter Charleston South Carolina
  • Husk Restaurant Downtown Charleston South Carolina
  • Historic Market Hall Charleston South Carolina
  • Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Reform Jewish Synagogue Charleston South Carolina
  • forsyth Park Fountain Savannah Georgia
  • telfair Museum Art Barnard Street Savannah Georgia
  • back Day Bakery Savannah Georgia
  • shopSCAD College Art Design Savannah Georgia
  • fountain Ellis Square Savannah Georgia

A Victorian mansion in Charleston, South Carolina.

(Christian Heeb/Redux)

No self-respecting history buff would miss Fort Sumter, where the Civil War's first shots were fired.

(Courtesy TranceMist/Flickr )

It's no secret that Charleston is a hotspot for African-inspired, seafood-rich Lowcountry cuisine. Now the city is also a hub of New Southern dining, thanks in part to chef Sean Brock's restaurant Husk. The James Beard Award winner promises that every ingredient hails from the South.

(Courtesy Husk Restaurant)

A three-year, $5.5-million renovation has left Charleston City Market feeling more like a boutique than the tourist trap it once was. It's still a go-to spot for classics like benne (sesame) wafers and sweetgrass baskets.

(Michael Smith/Dreamstime)

Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Reform—a Jewish Synagogue in Charleston, South Carolina. The city has over 400 places of worship.

(Courtesy ChurchesOfAmerica/Flickr )

Four of Savannah's 22 public squares date to the city's founding in 1753. This cast iron fountain in Forsyth Park isn't quite that old—it dates from 1858.

(Heeb/Redux)

Savannah has been a regional art hub since 1886, when the Telfair Museums opened as the South's first art museum.

(Courtesy J. Campbell/Flickr )

Even queues around the block won't keep fans from dinner at Paula Deen's The Lady & Sons. For dessert, follow another Deen cue and head to Back in the Day Bakery, where Paula says the old-fashioned cupcakes taste just like her grandmother's.

(Courtesy bymylaces/Flickr )

For unique souvenirs, head to shopSCAD, which sells Savannah College of Art and Design student-fashioned pieces like ceramic skull tumblers and pyrite earrings.

(Courtesy Amy Zurcher/shopSCAD)

Buried under a parking garage for 50 years, Ellis Square was restored in 2010 as a sleek plaza with an interactive, kid-friendly fountain.

(Courtesy philmarq/Flickr)
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