Southern Pacific

Whether or not you got obsessed with Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, the book that put Savannah back on the map in the 1990s, you’ll enjoy visiting Bonaventure Cemetery (330 Bonaventure Rd., daily, free), which features prominently in the story. Located east of Savannah proper, north of US-80 via Whatley Avenue, it is simply one of the most evocative corners of this characterful part of the country, where majestic old trees draped in mossy strands stand over abundant azaleas and all manner of monuments and memorials. No less a figure than naturalist John Muir, who camped here for a while immediately after the Civil War, called it “one of the most impressive assemblages of animal and plant creatures I have ever met.” Songwriter Johnny Mercer of “Moon River” fame is buried here, along with centuries’ worth of other Savannahians.