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

Marriott Savannah Riverfront
Marriott Savannah Riverfront
4 out of 5
100 General Mcintosh Blvd, Savannah, GA, 31401
The price is $199 per night from Oct 12 to Oct 13
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Savannah. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,564 reviews)
Amazing Stay
"Amazing Hotel! Located in a great spot to be able to walk to most everything. We never drove our car anywhere."

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

The Desoto Savannah
The Desoto Savannah
4 out of 5
15 East Liberty Street, Savannah, GA, 31401
The price is $217 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Savannah. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,824 reviews)
"A great hotel with charm but great amenities. Enjoyed the pool area and great service."

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Hyatt Regency Savannah
Hyatt Regency Savannah
4 out of 5
2 W Bay St, Savannah, GA, 31401
Fully refundable
The price is $199 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 6
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Savannah. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (3,213 reviews)
NICE hotel!!
"Room was clean,quiet and we had a great view of the river and plant district. We'd stay here again!!"

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2022

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320 West Park Inn
320 West Park Inn
3 out of 5
320 W Park Ave, Savannah, GA, 31401
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Savannah. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Popular attractions River Street and Forsyth Park are located nearby. ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (12 reviews)
The perfect stay!
"We really enjoyed our stay. It was perfect so much better than staying at a hotel. We had the opportunity to rent out this beautiful home. We had plenty of space even had private bedroom and a master suite with a bathroom, you won’t get that kind of luxury at no hotel that’s for sure, especially ..."

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2022

Sonder Ellis Square
Sonder Ellis Square
3.5 out of 5
216 West Broughton Street, Savannah, GA, 31401
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Savannah. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and concierge services. Popular attractions River Street and Ellis Square are ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (25 reviews)
"Love the property. Spacious rooms and bathroom"

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2022

Sonder The Drayton
Sonder The Drayton
3.5 out of 5
25 East Broughton Street, Savannah, GA, 31401
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Savannah. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and concierge services. Popular attractions River Street and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (57 reviews)
"It was in a perfect place in the city.aboit 3 blocks from the river. Only bad thing was the construction!!! 7am to 7pm it was very loud!!! If I had known this I would have stayed somewhere else. Looks like it will be done in the next month or so."

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2022

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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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