Founded by James Oglethorpe in 1733, Savannah is an original American city existing before the United States as the capital of the Province of Georgia, one of the original thirteen British colonies. The rich history of the city is exemplified not only by the Savannah Victorian Historic District, and the bustle of River Street, but also the people who make up this small Georgian city. Plan your trip today for a true Southern retreat!
5 Must-See Attractions:
Old Fort Jackson-
Located on the Savannah River, this restored 1800’s era fort evokes nostalgia of a time long past when U.S. war with Great Britain and other European powers was a chief concern.
River Street Savannah-
Perhaps the most popular location in Savannah, River Street’s many shops, restaurants, and views make for the perfect spot for an afternoon saunter.
Another prime spot for a stroll, Forsyth Park is a natural reserve surrounded by a quaint small period.
Savannah Riverboat Cruise-
Savannah is one of the oldest cities in the United States, and a river cruise provides a smooth avenue to sightsee, dine, or enjoy a romantic evening.
An iconic cemetery filled with sweeping oak trees and historic grave sites of important players in Savannah’s rich history.
5 Great Sites for Kids:
Oatland Island Wildlife Center-
Rather than a regular zoo, the wildlife center is a crossover between zoo and reserve, as American wildlife species are spaced out in over two miles of enclosures.
Skidaway Island State Park-
Skidaway Island is one of the most scenic places in Georgia, existing as a dry jungle perfect for hikes and sight-seeing.
Savannah Children’s Museum-
A combination of a museum and an outdoor playground made for kids to interact with their environment and have fun.
Tybee Island Marine Science Center-
Plenty of marine wildlife including turtles, fish, and much more waits at the Tybee Island Marine Science Center.
Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthplace-
Home of the founder of the Girl Scouts of America, this historic home is the perfect spot to take the kids on a tour.
5 Free Attractions:
While free; there is nothing cheap about the views of Savannah and the nature surrounding the city on a ferry ride across the river.
Fireworks on the River-
Every first Friday of the month, the city puts on an awe-inspiring fireworks show on the banks of the river.
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist-
A Gothic style cathedral constructed in Lafayette Square serves as an architectural and religious beacon for some.
Tybee Island- Just a short distance from Savannah, Tybee Island is a popular beach spot with the famous Tybee Island Light Station.
City Market- A bustling marketplace not far from the water with plenty of shopping, eateries, and people- watching for those looking for a free sightseeing trip.
5 Great Restaurants:
Wiley’s Championship BBQ
- One of the many things the American South is known for is great barbecue, and if a brisket is on the menu for your trip to Savannah, this is the place to go!
- Looking for a burrito, chips, and salsa? Maybe a fantastic margarita, caipirinha, an enchilada, and fajita? Tequila’s Town has a reputation as the best Mexican food in Savannah.
- A.lure is a mix of Lowland Southern food and modern cuisine with a rustic vibe. With dishes like “Peas and Carrots” and “Low Country Boil,” the seafood here is in-demand and keeps happy customers coming back for a true fine dining experience.
- Much more than just a play on words, Pie Society offers a variety of English pies and some favorites like chicken pot pie. Rumor has it they also offer a fantastic quiche!
Leopold’s Ice Cream
- It can get pretty warm in Savannah, and best way to cool off after a hot summer day is eating some old fashioned ice cream. No one does it better than Leopold’s in Savannah!
5 Great Nightlife Spots:
Creepy Crawl Haunted Pub Tour
- A merge between a night of drinking and a guided tour with a haunting atmosphere.
The Rail Pub
- For a casual night out with a little live music, good food, and reasonably priced drinks, this is the place to check out after hours.
Jen’s & Friends- A contemporary cross between a lounge and a bar famously known for gourmet cocktails, mood lighting, and a unique drink menu. If a Lucky Charms martini sounds up your alley, this is the place for you!
- The red brick interior and cool atmosphere draws people in from around Savannah and helps patrons take a load off after a long trip.
Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos Saloon
- For a unique Savannah experience, visit this saloon specializing in line dancing, and frivolity against a backdrop of dueling pianos. It’s all in the name.
5 Romantic Getaways:
Planters Tavern- Take your sweetheart to this tavern carved into the basement of the Olde Pink House for a candlelit dinner and chat over the sonorous cadence of smooth jazz.
Lulu’s Chocolate Bar- A place for both romance and heartbreak alike, Lulu’s chocolate food and drinks can both mend a broken heart, and cement a romantic night between lovers.
Azalea Inn & Villas- A Southern retreat with home style flair and contemporary lodgings. These villas feature tremendous cuisine and drink socials.
Circa 1875 Gastropub- Circa 1875 sports is a French Bistro with all the perks of fine cuisine in a brick-layered low key atmosphere.
Carriage Tour of Savannah- Savannah has a rich history matched by the gorgeous parks and atmosphere. What better way to soak it all in with your significant other than a meandering carriage ride through the city’s history and beauty?
5 Must Try Foods:
Fried Chicken Sandwich (Bobbie’s Diner)- An authentic fried chicken sandwich that puts all imitators in their place. It certainly won’t break the bank, but it might break your taste buds; it’s just that good.
Crab Cakes (Skylers)- Crab cakes may sound run of the mill, but Skyler’s takes the crab cake to a new level.
Chatham Artillery Punch- A cocktail of rum, brandy, whiskey, and champagne coupled with tea leaves, lemons and other options depending on the maker.
Panini (Joe’s Homemade Café)- The paninis at Joe’s Homemade Café have a particularly sterling reputation, but all their meals are fresh and scrumptious.
Zunzi’s Specialty Sandwiches- Plenty of packed sandwiches filled with meats, lettuce, and an array of sauces depending on your preference; the perfect fix for a quick meal.
Like most Southern states, the Savannah Summers are hot and often humid. The Summer warmth bleeds into both Spring and Fall, as temperatures remain higher than average for the rest of the country. Winters are mild and an excellent time to visit the region, particularly for visitors hailing from cold weather regions.
Savannah offers a variety of transportation options despite its relatively smaller size, as compared to other major U.S. cities. While walking may be the best option to take in the city views, the Savannah “dot” system afford visitors the ability to freely shuttle around the downtown area, and ferry to other historic location.
Rental car and spot transportation service, such as Uber, are also available in the region.
With a population just under 150,000, Savannah does not have the same crowds as many other North American cities, but safety remains a consideration for travelers. Take steps to secure your belongings, possibly retaining back-up copies of identification, itinerary, and any other documents pertinent for travel. Carrying valuables in slash-proof bags, like PacSafe, help ensure that personal items are kept secure and on your person at all times.
Many visitors to Savannah remember their trip via a local artist’s sketch or watercolor of one of the many scenic homes or parks on a notecard or small piece.
A tour of the historical district, either by ferry, walking, or shuttle will leave a lasting impression on any visitor. The restaurants and ambience of downtown Savannah stay with travelers long after they leave. For a city escape, Tybee Island offers an ocean retreat not far from the downtown area.
U.S. residents traveling from inside the country only need their airline tickets and travel itinerary, as well as personal identification to reach the city. Those driving to the Savannah would be also wise to bring personal identification.
Air Travel Information:
Savannah is serviced by the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) located a short distance from the downtown area. Allegiant, American Airlines, United, JetBlue, Delta, and Sun Country Airlines all fly into Savannah. Rental cars, taxis, public transportation, and shuttles all service the airport and the surrounding city area.