Savannah Named Fourth of July Hot Spot

If you're looking for one of the top destinations for the Fourth of July, you don't have to go far. Fodor's Travel named Savannah one of the hottest holiday spots in the country.

The Savannah Convention and Visitors' Bureau says even though tourism in Georgia is down, Savannah is seeing a four percent surge in visitors.

"We're optimistic about all of the travelers who are going to visit us on July fourth," explains Tony Schopp, president of the Convention and Visitors' Bureau. "We've been doing very well as a tourist destination all throughout 2002."

Local businesses, like River Street Sweets, are starting to feel the effects. "It's been great," admits Chris Myers, the general manager of River Street Sweets. "We really anticipate a big weekend coming up with the Fourth of July. We've got the fireworks extravaganza and a lot of people taking off the Friday after, so we expect a big crowd this weekend."

People are already beginning to crowd the stores, the sidewalks, the waterfront and the trolleys. Whether it's Savannah's historic charm, the success of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil or Savannah's great location along the coast, the city is drawing in visitors, like Sue Holmes from Hartford, Arkansas. "Savannah is just the most beautiful city I've ever been to," she says, "and I just wanted to come back."

"It's beautiful," agrees Arturo Sanchez from Hendersonville, North Carolina. "It's a nice place. I like it."

"After reading the book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, I wanted to see the area that they talked about in the book," explains Allene Aubertin from Westminster, California.

This is Angela Mitchell's first visit to the city. "It's my very first time," she says. "It's nice, very nice, so far, what I've seen of it."

Reported by: Liz Flynn