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Top 5 Reasons To Visit Savannah

With its Victorian architecture, country squares and lovely natural scenery, you hardly need to think of any more reasons to visit Georgia’s first city. When you arrive in Savannah, you’ll discover that there’s even more to this warm and friendly southern city. Read on for the top reasons to visit Savannah.

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savannah mercer houseHistory

A city that dates back centuries, Savannah is steeped in history and offers a plethora of interesting places to see and learn about. For the best way to see them all, take a ride on the Old Town Trolley. This fully narrated tour, led by a local historian, will transport you past more than 100 of the most significant places in the city. You will have the chance to get off and linger at any or all of the stops including the Kehoe House, Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, River Street, Forsyth Park, Cathedral of St. John and more. Hop off at stop 13 and indulge in a decadent southern meal at the Lady and Sons Restaurant, Paula Deen’s famous eatery. While at stop 7, stick around and experience the new American Prohibition Museum or have a drink at the speakeasy inside. There are trolleys coming and going all day, so you can take your time enjoying all of the sights.

savannah telfair museum of artArt

For those who enjoy art and other cultural pursuits, Savannah delivers in many ways. The Telfair Museums, which are some of the most popular art venues in the city, are actually three different museums: the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Owens-Thomas House and the Jepson Center for the Arts. Each offers a large collection of artwork, which when added together total more than 4,500 pieces. The works include paintings, sculptures and more. The Jepson, a contemporary building that opened in 2006, features traveling exhibitions, outdoor sculpture terraces, a children’s gallery and more.

Food, Glorious Food

Come hungry and you’ll be happy. Savannah boasts an eclectic assortment of palate-pleasing dining choices. Whether you want to dig in to a traditional homemade meal or delight in contemporary international fare, Savannah’s got it all. Check out the Olde Pink House, known for its modern take on classic southern dishes and historic ambiance.

Relaxing in one of Savannah's many parksSquares

The brainchild of Georgia’s founder Colonel James Oglethorpe, the original four squares in the city were laid out beginning in 1769. They were meant to provide open spaces for the colonists to perform military exercises, but as time went on, the city expanded and today there are 24 squares in Savannah. Each was named after someone of historical importance to the United States or Georgia, including presidents and military leaders. A visit to any of Savannah’s charming squares is certainly a must do. Many of them have monuments, statues, plaques and fountains, offering a peaceful retreat among natural beauty in the heart of the historic district.

Riverfront

As one of the south’s most treasured coastal cities, it’s no wonder that Savannah’s Riverfront is a favorite spot for locals and visitors. The Riverfront district is not only home to many historic buildings and sights, it’s also full of chic shops, numerous fine and casual restaurants and entertainment venues. The district includes River Street, Bay Street and Hutchinson Island. When you go, be sure to check out Factors Walk and Factors Row, the ancient red brick buildings that were once the hub for Savannah’s cotton industry.

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Southern Living

• “10 Walkable Girlfriend Getaways” – Southern Living

• “The South’s Best Cities” (#2) – Southern Living

• “The South’s Prettiest Cities” (#2) – Southern Living

• “The South’s Friendliest Cities” (#2) – Southern Living

• “The South’s Best Food Cities” (#4) – Southern Living

• “The South’s Best Beaches” (Tybee Island, #6) – Southern Living

• “A Fabulous Girlfriend Getaway to Take in January” – Southern Living

• “South’s Best Inns” – The Mansion on Forsyth Park (#4), The Kehoe House (#9)

• “South’s Best Chefs” – Mashama Bailey, The Grey (#4)

CNBC

• “One of the hottest travel destinations for 2019” – CNBC

Yahoo Finance

• “One of the hottest travel destinations for 2019” – Yahoo Finance

Elite Daily

• “One of the 5 Most Romantic Places To Spend New Year’s Eve 2018 With Bae” – Elite Daily

SkyScanner

• “One of the 8 Most Romantic Getaways in the U.S.” – SkyScanner

Travel + Leisure

• “Top U.S. Cities” (#3) – Travel + Leisure

• “Top 10 Domestic Airports” (#7) – Travel + Leisure

• “Best Places to Travel in May”

• “It List: The Best New Hotels in the World” (Perry Lane Hotel)

• “10 Best Places for Celebrating the Fourth of July”

• “50 Best Restaurants for a Date in the U.S.” (The Olde Pink House, Vic’s on the River)

Conde Nast Traveler

• “8 Places to Go for Father’s Day” – Conde Nast Traveler

• “The Most Beautiful Place in Every U.S. State” – Conde Nast Traveler

• “50 Best Places to Visit in the U.S. This Year”

• “Top U.S. Small Cities” (#4)

• “8 Most Haunted Cities in the U.S.”

• “Best Airports in the U.S.” (#2)

• “43 Most Haunted Places in the World ‘That Are Beautifully Scary'” (Forsyth Park)

MSN

• “America’s Most Scenic Waterfronts” – MSN

• “The Most Photogenic Vacation Spots in Every State” – MSN

• “The Best Places to Visit in the USA – Best Historic District” – MSN

• “Most Romantic Locale in Every State” – MSN

• “Most Romantic Place in Georgia” (Forsyth Park) – MSN

• “America’s Most Stunning Spring Destinations on a Budget”

TripsToDiscover.com

“9 Friendliest Towns in America” – TripsToDiscover.com

• “10 Best Summer Vacation Destinations in Georgia” – TripsToDiscover.com

• “9 Best St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Georgia” (#1) – TripsToDiscover.com

TripAdvisor.com

• “Top 25 Destinations – United States” (#17) – TripAdvisor.com

• “Top 30 Cities to Visit in 2018” – TripAdvisor.com

• “Forsyth Park: One of the 35 Most Beautiful Places to Travel to in America” – TripAdvisor’s Vacation Rental blog FlipKey

• “Top 25 U.S. Hotels for Romance” (The Kehoe House, #3) (The Gastonian, #14) (The Hamilton-Turner Inn, #22

• “14 Idyllic Fall Family Vacations to Take Across the U.S.”

USA Today

• “10 Best Georgia Attractions” (#9) – USA Today

• “Most Romantic North American Destinations” (#2) – USA Today

• “Hottest Destinations for 2019” – USA Today

• “10 Most Underrated Food Cities in 2019”

Cheapism

• “Most Romantic Summer Date Spot in Georgia” – Cheapism

• “20 Romantic Destinations for Seniors” – Cheapism.com

• “One Thing You Must Do in Georgia”

• “16 Affordable Destinations for Winter Sun”

BestProducts.com

• “50 Best Places to Visit in the USA – Best Historic District” – BestProducts.com

Birmingham Magazine

• “8 Best U.S. Cities for Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties” – Birmingham Magazine

Brides

• “The Most Spectacular (and Popular) Places to Visit This Spring” – Brides

DatingAdvice.com

• “Most Romantic Destinations in the U.S.” – DatingAdvice.com

• “North America’s 10 Most Romantic Cities”

Departures

• “Best Memorial Day Getaways” – Departures

Dwell

• “Top 10 Cities to Witness Stunning Architecture Across America” – Dwell

Expedia Viewfinder

• “America’s Most Artistic Towns” – Expedia Viewfinder

Forbes

• “10 Coolest U.S. Cities to Visit in 2018” – Forbes

GoBankingRates.com

• “50 Affordable Trips to Take After You Turn 50” – GoBankingRates.com

• “Best Travel Destinations for Your Money in 2019”

House Beautiful

• “Best Winter Getaway in Every State” – House Beautiful

Jetsetter.com

• “America’s Best Long Weekend Getaways” (#9) – Jetsetter.com

• “10 Most Affordable Cities to Visit in Spring”

Money Magazine

• “15 Best Airports in the U.S.” (#10) – Money Magazine

Readers Digest

• “13 of the Best Girls’ Weekend Getaways Across America” – Readers Digest

• “15 of America’s Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Spring” – Readers Digest

• “Best Fourth of July Fireworks in Each State”

RewardExpert.com

• “Best Mid-sized Cities for Business Meetings” (#1, South Atlantic) – RewardExpert.com

The Daily Meal

• “The Prettiest Town in Every State” – The Daily Meal

The Huffington Post

• “Top 10 Destinations to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day” – The Huffington Post

ThePointsGuy.com

• “9 of the Most Romantic Destinations in the World” (#8) – ThePointsGuy.com

TheRichest.com

“20 Southern Cities That Are Way Better Than New York” (#14) – TheRichest.com

Town & Country

• “Best Places to Visit in April” (#4) – Town & Country

Trazee Travel

•  “Top 5 Cities in the Southeast” – Trazee Travel

•  “Most Romantic American Cities” – Trazee Travel

VacationIdea.com

• “25 Best Easter Weekend Getaways” – VacationIdea.com

American Express Travel

“Among the Top Trending Travel Destinations of 2019”

BestLife.com

“One of the 17 Most Romantic Christmas Towns in America”

“50 Most Haunted Places in America” (Moon River Brewing Company)

ApartmentGuide.com

“Top 10 Cities for Vegeterians” (#6)

Bloomberg

“Where to Go in 2019”

KidsAreATrip.com

“Best Winter Getaways in the U.S.”

TravelPulse

“25 Bucket List Destinations for the Solo Traveler”

“Best Last-Minute Summer Escape in Each State”

24/7 Wall Street

“Cities with the Best Weather”

Enjoy Traveling 

“21 Best Places to Go in 2019”

PureWow.com 

“14 Up-and-Coming U.S. Cities You Should Try to Visit in 2019”

eTurbo News 

“Best St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in the U.S., Named”

Country Living 

“10 Best St. Patrick’s Day Events in the Country”

Society 19 

“Best Cheap Summer Travels You Don’t Want to Miss Out On”

“Best Travel Destinations to Hit in the Fall” (#7)

“10 Places You Need to Go for Your Next Girls’ Trip”

LoveExploring.com 

“Most Beautiful Weekend Road Trip in Georgia” (Savannah to Jekyll Island)

“Most Glamorous Hotel in Georgia” (The Hamilton-Turner Inn)

Active.com 

“Top Rock ‘n’ Roll Full and Half Marathons”

Global Traveler  

“Global Traveler Leisure Lifestyle Awards 2019: Best Weekend Destinations in North America” (#2)

“Global Traveler Leisure Lifestyle Awards 2019: Best Domestic Historical Attractions” (#6)

Thrillist  

“Best Cities for Creative Professionals Right Now” (#1)

“Best Weekend Getaways Near Charleston”

Worth Magazine  

“Worth Cities 2019”

AARP Travel Center   

“10 Historic Downtowns That Will Take You Back in Time” (#5)

National Geographic   

“28 Friendliest Neighborhoods in U.S. Cities” (North Historic District)

MoneyRates.com  

“Most Fashionable Cities in the U.S.” (#10)

O by Oprah  

“Best Places for a Girls Trip”

“Best Trips to take in Winter”

The Active Times  

“Absolute Best Romantic Adventure in Georgia”

Travel Noire  

“Best Cities to Spend Your Fourth of July Holiday”

Blogarama  

“50 Most Beautiful U.S. Places to Visit in Your Lifetime” (#9)

Only in Your State  

“Perfect Destination to Celebrate the Fourth of July”

Oyster.com  

“Best Beaches on the East Coast” (Tybee Island #2)

Reviews.com  

“Best Places to Visit with Your Dog” (#12)

Cincinnati   

“9 Best Babymoon Spots All Over the World”

ConventionSouth   

“2019 Readers’ Choice Award” (7-Time Winner)

Yelp   

“Most Haunted Cities in America” (#1)

Fodor’s    

“10 Most Mouthwatering Food & Drink You Need to Try in Georgia” (Shrimp & Grits from Narobia’s)

Insider.com    

“Most Charming Streets in America” (Jones Street)

BobVila.com    

“25 Most Hauntingly Beautiful Cemeteries in America” (Bonaventure Cemetery)

ExploreGeorgia.com     

“16 Most Instagrammed Places in Georgia” (Wormsloe State Historic Site)

U.S. News & World Report      

“Best Romantic Getaways in the USA” (#9)

EatThisNotThat.com      

“Best Food Cities of 2019”

Livability.com      

“7 Best Cities for an Affordable Babymoon” (#5)

Business Insider      

“10 Places in the U.S. You Need to Visit in 2020”

Georgia Golf & Travel Awards       

“Best Resort” (The Club at Savannah Harbor)

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