The historic quarter of Savannah sits on a bluff overlooking the Savannah River. Tourist shops line the streets on the hill descending to the riverwalk, and above this, the quaint, narrow streets of the city extend southward in a pattern marked by parks at regular intervals. In the humid climate, vegetation thrives where possible.
Savannah was founded on February 12, 1733 by James Edward Oglethorpe, making it the oldest city in Georgia. The population in 2000 stood at 131,510.