Why Go To Savannah

Savannah, with its Spanish moss, Southern accents and creepy graveyards, is a lot like Charleston, South Carolina. But this city about 100 miles to the south has an eccentric streak. Savannah College of Art and Design students mix with ghost hunters and preservationists, while Southern-fried restaurants share street blocks with edgy cafes and restored theaters. The quirky characters in the true crime story, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," say it all. Yes, eccentricity is the name of the game, but if that's not your "box of chocolates," as Tom Hanks famously said in the Savannah-filmed "Forrest Gump," maybe history or nightlife is Savannah's antebellum past seeps from nearly every corner but "The Hostess City of the South" abandons its genteel behavior by nightfall to prove it also knows how to show visitors a good time.

Rankings

The U.S. News & World Report travel rankings are based on analysis of expert and user opinions.

Savannah is ranked as:

  • #1 in Best Places to Visit in Georgia

  • #1 in Best Relaxing Getaways in the USA

  • #3 in Best Cheap Romantic Getaways

  • #7 in Best Historical Cities to Visit in the USA

  • #9 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

  • #10 in Best Cheap Spring Break Destinations

  • #13 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA

  • #15 in Best Foodie Cities in the USA

  • #30 in Best Places to Visit in the USA

Best Things To Do In Savannah

Much of Savannah's charm lies in meandering through the Historic District's verdant squares – all 22 of them. Along the way, you'll happen upon numerous historic homes like the Mercer Williams House, popularized by "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," and the home of Juliette Gordon Low, who founded the Girl Scouts. There's the famous Bonaventure Cemetery for a Spanish moss-canopied stroll, and there's the City Market, which is an ideal place to pick up a few souvenirs. You can also take a quick car ride over to the beach at Tybee Island. For an overview of the city's top attractions, consider signing up for a guided tour.

Savannah Travel Tips

  • Study up - Read or watch "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" before you visit. This work of nonfiction – in both book and film versions – will give you an idea of Savannah's ambiance.

  • Take a to-go cup - There aren't any open container laws here, so feel free to take your beer or cocktail to go in a plastic cup.

  • Take your time - Did you know this Georgia city is sometimes nicknamed Slow-vannah? You're in the South now, so slow down and enjoy it at a snail's pace.

  • Book a tour - Whether you want to learn more about Savannah's historic squares, taste your way through the city's dining scene or go on a ghost hunt, there's a guided tour for you.

  • Book in the off-season - Hotel prices fall in January and February, allowing you to get the ambiance of a Historic District inn at the price of a chain.

  • Book a hotel near the airport - The rooms near the Savannah/Hilton Head airport are very affordable – about $100-plus less than an inn in the Historic District. And you're only a quick drive away from all the downtown action.

  • Book online - You can save a few dollars by booking your trolley tour (a must) online.

*SOURCE: Information From This Page Can Be Found at U.S. News & World Report
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