• National Museum of the Mighty Eighth
• Depart for Golden Isles
• Lunch at Iguana’s
• St. Simons Lighthouse
• Trolley Tour
• Dinner at Southern Soul BBQ
The tour’s third day began in Savannah at a wonderful patriotic attraction, the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force. After that, the group departed south toward the Golden Isles and stopped for lunch on St. Simons Island at Iguana’s, a funky, tropical-themed seafood restaurant. After that they spent some time exploring and climbing the St. Simons Lighthouse, then took a trolley tour for an overview of the island, its beaches and its beautiful resorts. The day ended at Southern Soul BBQ, an award-winning barbecue restaurant in a former gas station.
National Museum of the Mighty Eighth
Many Savannah visitors don’t know about the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, which is located outside of the city’s historic area. But a visit to this museum is well worth the time, as guests learn about the Eighth Air Force, which was based in Savannah and ran heroic bombing missions over Europe during World War II. The museum features a number of multimedia presentations that help visitors get a feel for the experience of serving in the Mighty Eighth.
St. Simons Lighthouse
It’s a beautiful 80-mile drive from Savannah to the Golden Isles of Georgia’s coast. After lunch, the group got a great introduction to the area at the St. Simons Lighthouse, an island landmark. The lighthouse is 143 years old and is still controlled by the U.S. Coast Guard. Group members explored the on-site museum, and some climbed the steep spiral staircase to the top of the tower for sweeping views of the island below.
St. Simons Island is a popular beach vacation destination and features a number of resorts. FAM participants got to see several of the most scenic resorts and other sites on the island during a trolley tour, which also included historic tales and other bits of trivia. The tour ended by dropping off passengers for their overnight stays at the various resorts around the island.