Savannah, GA

Travel Guide
River Street showing a bridge and a river or creek as well as a small group of people

With its elegant antebellum mansions, Spanish moss-draped trees and leafy public squares, Savannah is one of the South’s best-looking cities. 

Savannah is known for its attractive historic homes, moss-carpeted public squares and large, shade-giving oak trees. Pretty as it is, the city has more to offer than just attractive surrounds. Explore it thoroughly to discover a fascinating history, as well as thriving art and spirited nightlife scenes.

For the first century and a half after its founding in 1733, Savannah flourished economically, serving as Georgia’s main port. Learn about local history and life during a trip to the Wormsloe Plantation, where old trades including blacksmithing are demonstrated on the estate of an antebellum mansion. To find out more about naval history, visit Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, where displays include an impressively detailed collection of model ships.

Carry a camera during a wander around the photo-friendly Savannah Historic District. Admire impressive Georgian, Gothic and Greek Revival residences and encounter scenic fountain and statue-dotted squares, such as Chippewa Square, famous for appearing in Oscar-winning blockbuster Forrest Gump. In the center of the historic district is the 30-acre (12-hectare) Forsyth Park. The park is crisscrossed by walking paths, has open green spaces for picnics and features memorials, gardens, a pool and a playground.

Another photogenic spot for a stroll is the Bonaventure Cemetery, which overlooks the Wilmington River. Take a guided tour and examine the hauntingly beautiful funerary sculptures and necropolises.

The city’s renowned Savannah College of Art & Design attracts many artistic-leaning students, who have helped Savannah’s contemporary art scene flourish. Marvel at the modern art pieces displayed at the SCAD Museum of Art and visit the futuristic Moshe Safdie-designed Jepson Center for the Arts to see even more contemporary exhibitions.

Don’t leave without sampling Savannah’s justifiably hyped dining and nightlife scenes. For lunch or dinner, try the restaurant-dotted City Market. Live music can often be heard wafting through the air in this area.

To reach the city, fly into the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport, located about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from downtown Savannah. Trains and bus services also serve the city. Savannah is a pedestrian-friendly city, but if you tire, ride local buses or use the city’s bike rental scheme instead.

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Where to stay in Savannah

TRYP by Wyndham Savannah Downtown/Historic District
TRYP by Wyndham Savannah Downtown/Historic District
4 out of 5
320 Montgomery St, Savannah, GA
The price is $127 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 6
Located in Historic Downtown Savannah, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Savannah History Museum and Savannah College of Art and Design. Savannah Visitor ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,815 reviews)
"It is nicely appointed. The staff is friendly. Everything worked, except for the coffee maker. It is walkable to several points of interest and transportation as well as public parking just across the street."

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

TRYP by Wyndham Savannah Downtown/Historic District
Hyatt Regency Savannah
Hyatt Regency Savannah
4 out of 5
2 W Bay St, Savannah, GA
The price is $135 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Located in Historic Downtown Savannah, this hotel is steps from Johnson Square and Rousakis Riverfront Plaza. Reynolds Square is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) away.
4.3/5Excellent! (2,629 reviews)
"Overall a very nice hotel in a great location. Fitness facility was excellent. Staff was very friendly and courteous."

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

Hyatt Regency Savannah
The Desoto Savannah
The Desoto Savannah
4 out of 5
15 East Liberty Street, Savannah, GA
The price is $138 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Located in Historic Downtown Savannah, this hotel is steps from Girl Scout First Headquarters and Savannah College of Art and Design. Savannah Civic Center and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,327 reviews)
"Pool was wonderful and views are fabulous"

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

The Desoto Savannah
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Savannah
Homewood Suites by Hilton Savannah
3 out of 5
5820 White Bluff Rd, Savannah, GA
The price is $124 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in the heart of Savannah, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Twelve Oaks Shopping Center and Abercorn Walk. Candler Hospital and Abercorn ...
3.8/5Good! (875 reviews)
"Kitchen and living room area are a plus."

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Savannah
Homewood Suites Savannah Historic District/Riverfront
Homewood Suites Savannah Historic District/Riverfront
3 out of 5
611 East River Street, Savannah, GA
The price is $138 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Located in Historic Downtown Savannah, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Owens-Thomas House, Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, and Telfair Museum of Art. ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,016 reviews)
"Pool waS great! View awesome. Breakfast good! Front desk staff helpful. Only problem we were there 4 days, no cleaning, no new towels etc. I know about covid, but other hotels have handled better. Would stay agaon. Great location."

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Homewood Suites Savannah Historic District/Riverfront
Home2 Suites by Hilton Savannah Midtown, GA
Home2 Suites by Hilton Savannah Midtown, GA
3 out of 5
46 Lee Blvd, Savannah, GA
The price is $128 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 11
Situated in a shopping district, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Twelve Oaks Shopping Center and Abercorn Walk. Candler Hospital and Oglethorpe ...
4.3/5Excellent! (119 reviews)
"Loved the 3/4 fridge and the dishwasher. Great for longer stays."

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Savannah Midtown, GA
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Getting around Savannah

The Historic District of Savannah is ideal for walking. To get around the rest of the city, driving a car is your best option. There are some public transportation alternatives, too, but they are not comprehensive. The CAT bus service covers 15 routes, while the free DOT shuttle service will take you around the city center. Use the CAT bike share program to explore the more bike-friendly areas. Visit the Georgia Department of Transport website.Browse Savannah rental cars.

Best time to visit

Savannah’s high season falls between March and July. Despite the increased number of tourists and the smaller selection of accommodations that comes with high season, this is actually a great time of year to visit. Aim for spring rather than summer if you want to dodge the searing temperatures of June through July. Spring also sees the city brightened up by the many culinary and cultural events.

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