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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.

exterior of old town trolley vehicle with visitors to savannah gaRiverfront

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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• “World’s Greatest Places” – TIME

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)

• “One of The South’s Best Walking Tours” – Bonaventure Cemetery Tours

• “The South’s Best Bakeries” – Day Bakery, First Place

• “The South’s Best Cities 2023” (#2) – Southern Living


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

Yahoo Finance

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

• “One of the 20 Fastest Growing Destinations in the US”

• “5 Affordable US Cities to Roadtrip to this Summer” (#2)

Elite Daily

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


• “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)

• “14 Birthday Trip Ideas for Every Type of Traveler

• “25 Best Distilleries in the U.S.”

• “11 Perfect Weekend Getaways in the U.S. and Around the World”

• “25 Best Weekend Getaways in the South”

• “10 Best Places to Live on the East Coast” (#8)

Conde Nast Traveler

• “8 Places to Go for Father’s Day”

• “The Most Beautiful Place in Every U.S. State”

• “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.” (#1)

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

• “Friendliest Cities in the U.S.”

• “11 Unexpected Destinations for a Bachelor or Bachelorette Party.”

• “Best Small Cities in the U.S. (#5)”

“Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport – Top Airports in the U.S. (#1)” – Four years in a row – 2020-2023

• “Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront – Top 25 Hotels in The South (#14)”

• “Mansion on Forsyth Park – Top 25 Hotels in The South (#20)”

• “JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District – Top 25 Hotels in The South (#25)”

• “Top 20 Resorts in the South” (#3 – Westin)

• “The Best Camping in Georgia” (Skidaway Island Park)


• “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”

• “Warm Winter Vacations In The US: Top 14 Places To Visit”

• “16 Insanely Awesome Girl’s Trips”

• “7 Most Beautiful Places to Retire in America”

• “10 of the Friendliest Towns in the United States”

• “15 Excellent Places to Travel in the US” (#10)

• “14 Perfect East Coast Destinations For a Road Trip”

• “7 Amazing Places to Visit in Georgia This Year”

• “17 Best Destinations for a Girls Weekend Getaway” (#3)

• “America’s 15 Most Spine-Chilling Haunted Destinations”

• “17 Bucket List Places to Visit in March 2023” (#14)

• “Top 10 Retirement Destinations in the USA”

• “America’s 15 Best Cities for Brunch Lovers”

• “8 Awesome Places to Spend Memorial Day Weekend”

• “14 Friendliest Towns in the United States”


• “The Best American Beaches”

MSN Money

• “Top 10 Places to Retire in the USA for 2023”


• “31 Destinations That Really Pleasantly Surprised Travelers”

• “18 of the Most Romantic Vacation Destinations for Couples”

• “25 Underrated Cities You Need on Your Travel Bucket List” (#4)

News Break

• “20 Summer Vacation Ideas to Try this Year” (#15)


• “The 10 Hottest Spots to Elope (That Aren’t Vegas)” (#8)

Time Out USA Online

• “The 14 Most Haunted Airbnbs in the U.S.”

• “The Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA” (#8)

The Out Traveler

• “The 10 Best LGBTQ+ Places in the U.S. to Visit in 2023” (#7)

The Travel

• “Underrated Destinations for Warm Winter Vacays in the U.S.” (#2)

• “10 Vacation Spots in the US that Won’t Break the Bank”

• “10 Most Charming Towns in America That Should be on your Bucket List”

• “10 Unforgettable Memorial Day Travel Destinations Across the US”


• “Best 2022 Labor Day Weekend Getaways”

Fare Compare

• “The Most Romantic Pet Friendly Airbnb in Every State” (#2)

The Washington Post

• “8 Spring Break Destinations for 2023” (#7)


• “9 Cemeteries to Die For” (#3)


• “10 Luxury Hotels in Savannah That Are Sure to Impress”

Study Finds

• “Best Honeymoon Destinations in America” (#4)

International Business Times

• “15 Cheapest Spring Destinations for College Students in 2023” (#7)

Tasting Table

• “12 US Culinary Cities for Tastier Family Vacations”

Smarter Travel

• “The 8 Best Destinations for Memorial Day Weekend”


• “31 Best Family Vacation Ideas”

Veranda Online

• “Romantic Travel Destinations That Need to be on your Bucket-List” (#5)

Paper Blog English

• “10 Most Romantic Places in the US” (#2)

The Weather Channel Online

• “8 Best Memorial Day Weekend Travel Destinations”

PhillyBite Magazine

• “Top Atlantic Coast Destinations for Your Body and Soul”


• “10 Walkable Cities in the USA for Women over 50”

“9 Friendliest Towns in America” –

• “10 Best Summer Vacation Destinations in Georgia” –

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

• “Trips to Discover: 15 Best Haunted Hotels in America for Halloween” (#1) –

• “14 Favorite Budget-Friendly Weekend Getaways for Couples” (#3) –

• “Best Summer Vacation Destination in Every State” –

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

• “Top 30 Cities to Visit in 2018” –

• “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.”

• “One of the 25 Most Popular U.S. Destinations for 2021”

• “Traveler’s Choice Best Food Destinations 2023” (#4)

• “East Coast Gems: Nine Perfect Weekend Escapes This Side of the Atlantic”

• “9 Perfect Weekend Escapes this Side of the Atlantic”

• “Top Hotels in 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”


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

• “20 Romantic Destinations for Seniors” –

• “One Thing You Must Do in Georgia”

• “16 Affordable Destinations for Winter Sun”

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

Birmingham Magazine

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


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

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

• “North America’s 10 Most Romantic Cities”


• “Best Memorial Day Getaways” – Departures


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

Expedia Viewfinder

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


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

• “Ten Ultra-Romantic Road Trips By Car or Recreation Vehicle” – Forbes

• “Why You Should Go To Savannah Now” – Forbes

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

• “Best Travel Destinations for Your Money in 2019”

House Beautiful

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

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

• “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”

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

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

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

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

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

• “25 Best Easter Weekend Getaways” –

American Express Travel

“Among the Top Trending Travel Destinations of 2019”

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

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

“Top 10 Cities for Vegeterians” (#6)


“Where to Go in 2019”

“Best Winter Getaways in the U.S.”


“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” 

“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”

“27 Most Romantic Places in the USA for a Couples Getaway”

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” 

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

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

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

Global Traveler  

“Global Traveler Leisure Lifestyle Awards 2021: Best Weekend Destinations in North America” (#1)

“Global Traveler Leisure Lifestyle Awards 2020: Best Weekend Destinations in North America” (#1)

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

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


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

“Best Weekend Getaways Near Charleston”

“The Most Romantic Weekend Getaway in Every State”

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)  

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

O by Oprah  

“Best Places for a Girls Trip”

“Best Trips to take in Winter” (#1)

The Active Times  

“Absolute Best Romantic Adventure in Georgia”

Travel Noire  

“Best Cities to Spend Your Fourth of July Holiday”


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

Only in Your State  

“Perfect Destination to Celebrate the Fourth of July”

“15 Absolute Best Places to Stay in Georgia”  

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

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


“9 Best Babymoon Spots All Over the World”


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


“Most Haunted Cities in America” (#1)


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

“Most Charming Streets in America” (Jones Street)    

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

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

“10 Great Spots to Dine Outside This Winter”

“9 Romantic Escapes in Georgia”

“9 Spring Break Trips For Grown-Ups”

U.S. News & World Report      

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

“17 Best Things to do in Savannah”      

“Best Food Cities of 2019”      

“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)

Trivago Magazine      

“Ten Inexpensive Places to Travel in the U.S. in 2021”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution     

“Five Great Places to Travel During Retirement”


“One of the Top 10 East Coast Winter Destinations”

Travel Magazine

• “The 30 Most Charming Small Cities in the USA”

Eat This, Not That!

• “The Best Outdoor Restaurant in Every State” – Moon River

• “20 Best Southern Restaurants You Have to Visit” – Mrs. Wilkes and The Pink House

Travel Pulse

• “Top 20 Destinations for Pet-Friendly Travel”

The Expedition

• “5 Cities Where Families Can Learn About Black History”


Best Life

• “6 Best U.S. Cities for Spooky Fun”

• “10 U.S. Cities with Stunning Architecture That Will Make You Swoon”


New York Post

• “Underrated US Vacation Spots People Want to Visit” (#1)

• “5 Honeymoon Destinations in the US Worth Considering” (#1)



• “The 8 Best Mother Daughter Trips- According to Travel Experts”


World Atlas

• “8 Best Fall Travel Destinations in the US”

• “17 Most Beautiful Downtowns in the US”


Tybee Island


• “10 Safe Places To Travel With Your RV This Spring”

The Epoch Times

• “One of the 5 Best Beach Towns in America”

Trips to Discover

• “13 Best Beaches in the USA”

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