Savannah, GA, USA
A carriage ride around the jewel of the southLiving in Savannah, one becomes accustomed to certain things: throngs of tourists, ever present humidity and city tour vehicles. From trolley trucks, to hearses-Savannah boasts a plethora of opportunities to learn about the extensive and exciting history the city has to offer. Having never taken a tour before moving to the city, I had no desire to partake in the tourist driven industry after two years, spare the occasional haunted pub crawl. Then I had the opportunity to take on a brief job working as a groom for one of the city's carriage tour companies. While avoiding a cheesy endorsement simply due to previous employment, I must admit that this is one amazing way to see the city.
While the horses plod along, listen to a guide tell you about historical and modern day highlights of the city. Take advantage of having a locals ear and at the end of the tour ask for suggestions on places to eat and their ideal nightlife. My personal recommendation is to take a private tour as these can be better catered to your personal interests and allow for more conversation between you and the guide, or you and your partner. And don't worry about the horses' condition, they are exceedingly well maintained and given water between every tour (and lots of love from their grooms and drivers!).