Escape to Savannah — chic and sophisticated, with plenty of stories to tell. Savannah is known for its rich history, natural beauty, eclectic architecture and romantic ambiance. Each square tells the tale of past generations with an added modern punch of high-style boutiques, galleries and restaurants. The food, art and music — mixed with a hospitable yet playful personality — makes visiting this city an experience you can’t get anywhere else.
Savannah has sites to see, places to go and a social scene that can be both quirky and classy. With more than 45 cultural attractions, Savannah draws visitors craving culture, history and tradition. Take a tour through a pre-Civil War era mansion at the Mercer-Williams House, or visit the birthplace of the Girl Scouts of America at the Juliette Gordon Low House. Test your bravery on a haunted ghost tour through Savannah, which has been called “America’s most haunted city,” or take a movie tour to learn about feature films produced here. Museums in Savannah contain pieces that are sure to take your breath away, while statues stand prominently throughout the city to commemorate its rich history.
Whether you choose to travel by trolley, horse-drawn carriage, bike or even Segway, getting around Savannah is half the fun. It’s one of the most pedestrian-friendly cities in the country, so many visitors prefer to explore Savannah on foot, taking time to enjoy the 22 scenic squares decorated with monuments, fountains, azaleas and massive oaks draped in Spanish moss.
With more than 100 restaurants located in the heart of the Historic District, Savannah has become just as famous for its dining as for its historic sites. This city dishes up the flavors and stylings of numerous celebrated chefs that will keep you craving seconds — and thirds! Visitors can’t go far without smelling the savory aroma of this city’s popular “Coastal Cuisine,” or being tempted to stop for a to-go cup of their favorite beverage. In Savannah, there’s a plate for every palate that will linger long after you bid the city farewell.
Savannah’s calendar is filled year-round with festivals, shows and exhibits. Visitors from all over the country head to Savannah every spring for beloved events including the Savannah Stopover Music Festival, one of the nation’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and the world-class Savannah Music Festival. During the summer, events and activities are easy to find on Tybee Island, Savannah’s backyard beach. Festival season picks back up in the fall with events including the Savannah Film Festival, the Savannah Food and Wine Festival and many others.
With a hint of her coy smile, Savannah blends the best of old and new. Let the city charm you with her elegance and eccentricities. Plan your getaway today!
Savannah, Georgia Highlights
Don’t leave without tasting…
A praline from River Street Sweets!
Where locals go to relax
Tybee Island is a favourite among residents to catch some rays on the beach, fish off of the pier and enjoy fresh seafood.
Put these events on your calendar
- Black Heritage Festival (February)
- Savannah Music Festival (March/April)
- St. Patrick’s Day Festival (March)
- Annual Tour of Homes & Gardens (March/April)
- Preservation Festival (May)
- Savannah Craft Brew Fest (September)
- Oktoberfest on the River & Annual Weiner Dog Races (October)
- Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & Half-Marathon (November)
- Savannah River Bridge Run (December)
- Downtown Neighborhood Association Holiday Tour of Homes (December).
You might be surprised by…
Savannah has a vibrant and progressive fashion scene. The Savannah College of Art & Design is among the top fashion schools in the USA, and there are scores of fashionable boutiques, both locally owned and big label designers.
- Telfair Museum of Art’s Telfair Academy contains two 19th-century period rooms and houses 19th- and 20th-century American and European art from the museum’s permanent collection, including paintings, works on paper, sculpture and decorative arts. Highlights include fine examples of American Impressionism and Ashcan School Realism.
- The SCAD Museum of Art is a contemporary art and design museum housed in an 1856 Greek Revival structure that was once home to the headquarters of the Central of Georgia Railway.
Want to stay up late?
Visitors love discovering that they can carry their cocktail with them wherever they go (as long as it’s in a plastic cup!). Sing along at the Savannah Smiles piano bar or to the jukebox at Pinkie Master’s Lounge, catch some soulful tunes at Jazz’d and enjoy karaoke at McDonough’s. And Rocks on the Roof at the Bohemian Hotel has amazing views of the Savannah River.
Check out Broughton Street for unique shops and local boutiques, and the Downtown Design District for antiques, gifts and clothing. Don’t miss shopSCAD, the Savannah College of Art & Design’s store. It’s filled with unique items made by students, faculty and staff.
Only have one day here?
Hop on a trolley to take in the sights—you can (and should) hop off whenever you want. While the line at Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room looks long, it moves fast and that first bite of mouth-watering fried chicken is worth it. Stop at the Savannah Candy Kitchen in City Market for a praline or bear claw pastry, made right before your eyes.
For your first visit…
Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966, Savannah’s Historic District is one of the largest historic landmarks in the country. Significant buildings that were saved and restored include the Pirates’ House (1754), an inn mentioned in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island; the Herb House (1734), the oldest building in Georgia; the Olde Pink House (1789), site of Georgia's first bank; the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low (1821), now owned and operated by the Girl Scouts of the USA as a memorial to their founder; the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences (built in 1812 as a mansion), among the South’s first public museums.