Despite its renown and reputation for beautiful Antebellum architecture, awe-inspiring live oaks, and lush green spaces, a trip to this charming Southern city will prove that there’s much more to Savannah than meets the eye. Enjoy a warm welcome in the Hostess City of the South, be dazzled by the city’s innovative arts scene, and savor the delicious down-home fare on offer in this foodie’s haven.
Set up on the Savannah River, just a stone’s throw upstream from the Atlantic, this charming city—Georgia’s oldest—draws visitors from all over the world, who walk its cobbled streets and delight in the riverside scenery. The aptly named River Street is a can’t-miss on any stopover in Savannah. Lined with former cotton warehouses that date back to the city’s founding in the 18th century, the street itself is a sight for sore eyes. But it’s also packed with alluring shops featuring everything from unique antiques to the latest couture and houses an open-air market that’s the perfect place to grab ingredients for a riverfront picnic.
Once you’ve had your fill, you can hop on a river cruise and take in the view from out on the water; take in the art on view at Telfair Museum, the South’s very first public art museum; or explore all that the city has to offer away from those riverbanks. Be sure to stop off at eye-catching Forsyth Park, the city’s 30-acre centerpiece and a time-tested refuge from the surrounding bustle. Stop to smell aromas of the park’s Fragrant Garden or just mosey along the walking paths encircled by trees draped in Spanish moss.
Of course, if it’s some more concerted time away from the bustle of the city you’re after, you can set up shop on one of the pristine beaches found on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, which is just 20 miles northeast from Savannah. This resort town understandably attracts travelers seeking lengthy beach retreats—as well as those looking to hit the links—but its lovely Lowcountry atmosphere and landscape are well worth even a quick visit while you’re in the area.