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SavannahUnited States of America

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.

Where to stay in Savannah

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist featuring religious elements, a church or cathedral and heritage architecture

Historic Downtown Savannah

4.5/5Wonderful!(5,048 area reviews)

Historic Downtown Savannah is known for its stunning river views, and with sights like Forsyth Park and River Street, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Savannah.

Historic Downtown Savannah
WWII inspired dinner, serving great American classics.

Midtown

4/5Very Good!(368 area reviews)

Midtown is known for its popular shops, and with sights like Grayson Stadium and Habersham Shopping Center, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Savannah.

Midtown
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Savannah Victorian District

Coffeehouses and parks are just a few things travelers like about Savannah Victorian District. A stop by Cultural Arts Gallery is also recommended if you've got time to explore the area.

Savannah Victorian District
Savannah

Historic District - North

If you're spending some time in Historic District - North, River Street and Savannah Civic Center are top sights worth seeing.

Historic District - North
The King-Tisdell Cottage is a handsomely restored 1896 Victorian cottage named for local black citizens Eugene and Sarah King, and later Mrs. King's second husband Robert Tisdell. A proposed public housing project threatened demolition of the cottage at its previous address, and it was subsequently moved to its current location. Today the King-Tisdell Cottage serves as a black culture museum. Among other things, the museum interprets Savannah and the neighboring sea islands with an emphasis on the contributions and roles of African-Americans to the region's rich history. The museum contains many interesting artifacts, including a bill of sale for slaves which was written in Arabic by plantation slaves.

Beach Institute

When in Beach Institute, you can plan a visit to Forsyth Park and River Street, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Beach Institute
Super cute cafe with crafting for kids!  There were a few choices of crafts, prices were $5-$10.  Yummy food too!

Thomas Square

You'll enjoy the restaurants and gardens in Thomas Square. You might want to make time for a stop at Savannah African Art Museum or Bull Street Library.

Thomas Square

Top Hotels in Savannah

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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 $104 per night

Located in Historic Downtown Savannah, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Owens-Thomas House, Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, and Telfair Museum of Art. Mercer ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (915 reviews)

"Great location, excellent staff. I was a bit disappointed in our “river view” room but all around great experience"…"

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

Homewood Suites Savannah Historic District/Riverfront
Hotel Indigo Savannah Historic District
Hotel Indigo Savannah Historic District
4 out of 5
201 W Bay St, Savannah, GA
The price is $94 per night

Located in Historic Downtown Savannah, this hotel is steps from Ellis Square, River Street, and City Market. Savannah College of Art and Design and Savannah ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,353 reviews)

"I Love the convient location. Also, the staff was really warm."…"

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

Hotel Indigo Savannah Historic District
Hyatt Regency Savannah
Hyatt Regency Savannah
4 out of 5
2 W Bay St, Savannah, GA
Free Cancellation
The price is $135 per night

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! (2,964 reviews)

"On the river and super convenient to everything. In the middle of the river wall stretch."…"

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

Hyatt Regency Savannah

Popular places to visit in Savannah

River Street
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River Street

4.5/5(3,391 reviews)

Appreciate local artwork in a gallery, shop for boutique fashionable clothing and dine in excellent restaurants on this street in downtown Savannah.

Forsyth Park
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Forsyth Park

4.5/5(2,217 reviews)

With peaceful walking paths, sporting areas and grassy lawns, this large city park in downtown Savannah is perfect for a day outside.

City Market
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City Market

4.5/5(2,520 reviews)

You can search for that perfect souvenir with a trip to City Market, a popular shopping spot in Savannah. Discover the area's art scene and monuments.

Savannah State University
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Savannah State University

4/5(224 reviews)

Enjoy the collegiate vibe with a visit to Savannah State University, a well-known college in Savannah. Wander the area's riverfront or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

Savannah Convention Center
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Savannah Convention Center

4/5(509 reviews)

Find out what's happening at Savannah Convention Center during your trip—a top convention center in Savannah. Visit the area's shops or amble around its riverfront.

Bonaventure Cemetery
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Bonaventure Cemetery

4.5/5(876 reviews)

This public cemetery is filled with the burial sites of prominent Savannah citizens and is famous for its haunting Southern Gothic beauty.

Top things to do in Savannah

Savannah Old Town Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
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Savannah Old Town Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

94% of travellers recommend
$35
Per adult
Savannah Haunted Tour : Ghosts & Gravestones
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Savannah Haunted Tour : Ghosts & Gravestones

82% of travellers recommend
$35
Per adult
Tybee Island Dolphin Tour
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Tybee Island Dolphin Tour

88% of travellers recommend
$49
Per adult
Famous & Secret East Side Food Tour
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Famous & Secret East Side Food Tour

96% of travellers recommend
$57
Per adult
Savannah Haunted Pub Tour
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Savannah Haunted Pub Tour

92% of travellers recommend
$28
Per adult
Civil War Savannah Walking Tour
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Civil War Savannah Walking Tour

82% of travellers recommend
$18
Per adult

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