Local Area

24th Annual Conference

Local Attractions & Activities

The DeSoto is located in the heart of the city’s residential Historic District and a few blocks from the riverfront’s touristy bustle. Nearby points of interest include:

  • Forsyth Park (pictured above) - Savannah's largest park spanning 30 acres and offering walking paths, fragrant gardens, and a grand cast iron fountain
  • Madison Square - named for the fourth U.S. President James Madison, this square features vintage cannons from the old Savannah Armory and a bronze monument of Sergeant William Jasper
  • Chippewa Square - named in honor of the American victory in the Battle of Chippewa during the War of 1812, this is where Forrest Gump’s bench was placed during the filming of the movie
  • Monterey Square - with a statue of Casimir Pulaski at the center, Monterey Square is widely considered Savannah’s most picturesque square and is home to the Mercer House
  • Mercer House - the central character in the book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," Mercer House welcomes visitors to see the rooms where murder, mystery, and mint juleps were served with a smile
  • Historic Savannah Theater - built in 1818, the Historic Savannah Theater is one of the most historic performance venues in the country and presents live theater performances, local musicals, variety shows, and live music and concerts
  • Telfair Museums - one admission ticket gives you access to three unique sites located in Savannah's Historic District offering insight into Savannah's art, history, and architecture
  • City Market - a four-block open-air market dating back to the 1700s and featuring dining and shopping tucked in restored warehouses
  • Broughton Street - home to an eclectic mix of mainstream stores and local designer boutiques, plus restaurants and bars loved by locals
  • Jones Street - the most beautiful street in North America according to Southern Living Magazine
  • River Street - cobble-stone streets along the Savannah River with waterfront attractions, shops, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and pubs housed in century-old historic buildings
  • Tours - a variety of ghost, cemetery, food, architecture, and history tours are available by foot, carriage, trolley, bike, riverboat, or even helicopter!


Begin planning your stay with inspiration from www.savannah.com!