Exploring Savannah, GA
Savannah, Georgia has quintessential southern charm.
Mar 1, 2022 at 7:00 AM in Things to Do by
If you’re looking for quintessential Southern charm and culture, look no further than Savannah, Georgia. Savannah is a masterclass in hospitality and architecture. Established in 1733, the first city in the 13th and final colony is steeped in history from its cobblestone streets to its horse-drawn carriages. If you’re looking to travel to the prize of the Peach State, the Savannah Airport was voted the 2nd best domestic airport in the US!
Proximity to the coast isn’t all Savannah has going for it by far. Though nearby Hilton Head Island is quite famous, the city itself is a bustling mini-metropolis. At just under a third of the size of Atlanta, it offers an alternative for travelers who want to be in a city of manageable size without sacrificing amenities.
The Victorian era lives on in the Historic and Victorian Districts, and makes appearances throughout the entire city. It’s hard to find a Southern city with more colonial-era charm! The crown of the Historic District is The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist, a neo-Gothic piece of art from the 19th century. From there, it’s just a short walk to the Savannah River, where you can take in a riverboat cruise. After your cruise, a stroll down River Street will show you the variety of Southern cuisine on the waterfront. If you feel like a walk after your meal, nearby Emmet and Morrell parks are the perfect way to enjoy the late afternoon.
If you like to get out into nature, the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is just outside of the city itself, between Savannah and Hardeeville. Start at the visitors’ center to learn about the refuge and the animals that roam the 31,000 acres. From there, wildlife viewing, fishing, and hiking are the most popular activities. If you’re there during the summer, make sure to check the refuge’s website for activities and opportunities on the schedule! In the off-season, the refuge is a calm and relaxing place for a walk.
Want to just take in Savannah and see what there is to see? A trolley tour is the best way to get around the city while learning about its history and popular spots. If you’re looking for entertainment, hop off the trolley near the Savannah Theatre, Lucas Theatre, or any hole-in-the-wall spot with live music. You might be surprised at the big acts who play smaller venues in a city like Savannah.
If you’re looking for a different medium, the Davenport House Museum, Jepson Center for the Arts, or Pin Point Heritage Museum may be more of your interest.
Should you be visiting Savannah in October, horror fans will be delighted to hear Savannah claims the title of America’s most haunted city. If you’re looking for a place to stay in October, try a haunted inn (there’s more than one to choose from). If it’s not October, or you’re in the mood for a ghost-free stay, the Perry Lane Hotel and the Mansion on Forsyth Park are the most popular high-end options.
If you’re looking to plan a trip to Savannah, the most popular time to go is during the spring for azalea season. Summers in southern coastal cities can be sweltering, and Savannah is no exception. If you’re looking to beat the crowds, consider a fall trip!