Travel to Savannah, Georgia

Even though Savannah is a Southern tourist hot spot, it unfortunately doesn’t seem to get as much attention as New Orleans. When you picture the antebellum South, Savannah is exactly what should pop into your head. Click through to read the full post!

My husband recently had a business trip that took him to Savannah, so even though I didn’t go because of my health (read more about it here), I forced him to gather information for this post.  Even though Savannah is a Southern tourist hot spot, it unfortunately doesn’t seem to get as much attention as New Orleans (also worth a visit, check out my post).  The cities have similarities, but where New Orleans can sometimes be known for its debauchery, Savannah residents still overflow with class. Savannah Georgia

When you picture the antebellum South, Savannah is exactly what should pop into your head.  This city is one of the oldest in America, and it’s unique because it’s one of the few Southern cities that escaped General Sherman’s infamous scorched earth campaign during the Civil War. (Evidently, when Union troops got there, locals immediately gave them full access to the city in exchange for not torching it. Locals say the city was so pretty that General Sherman couldn’t resist the offer. Afterwards, Sherman promptly presented the city as a gift to President Lincoln.)

Even though Savannah is a Southern tourist hot spot, it unfortunately doesn’t seem to get as much attention as New Orleans. When you picture the antebellum South, Savannah is exactly what should pop into your head. Click through to read the full post!

So what is the charm of the Savannah all about? And why is it worth visiting?  The allure is not just that it gives you the ability to step back in time a couple hundred years, that you can see massive oak trees clustered with Spanish moss swaying peacefully in the breeze, or even that you can walk down the riverfront on cobblestone lined streets.  While these things are all amazing, there is so much more that is appealing about Savannah.  Some highlights are included below.

Where to stay:  We recommend staying at the Andaz Savannah Hotel.  This is where my husband stayed and he really liked it.  His favorite parts about the hotel were the fitness center, terrace pool, and the perfect location right by the Savannah River. You guys can check prices or book here.  

Even though Savannah is a Southern tourist hot spot, it unfortunately doesn’t seem to get as much attention as New Orleans. When you picture the antebellum South, Savannah is exactly what should pop into your head. Click through to read the full post!

  • Excessive Southern Hospitality and Class – The best way to try typify the Southern mentality is to explain one experience my husband had while there. He pulled into a parking garage and asked for and received directions to his hotel from a friendly attendant.  When he mistakenly started walking the wrong direction, the attendant sprinted out of the booth to chase him down to make sure he didn’t get lost.  How is that for charming?
  • Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) – Even though Savannah sits in the deep South, it isn’t as conservative as you would imagine;  the students of the SCAD, or SCADs add a strong liberal element in the city, and make sure that the city is inundated with quality art.  My husband says the art students are NOT hard to miss.

Even though Savannah is a Southern tourist hot spot, it unfortunately doesn’t seem to get as much attention as New Orleans. When you picture the antebellum South, Savannah is exactly what should pop into your head. Click through to read the full post!

  • Ghost Tours – Savannah has been called the most haunted city in America.  Savannah offers tours covering some unfortunate historical events mixed with haunted mansion and cemetery tours; the result is said to make people’s hair stand on end! (Husband is a wimp and opted not to go) Savannah Georgia
  • Forsyth Park – This large park in the historic district of the city features the oak trees dripping with Spanish moss, and is the ideal location for a romantic afternoon stroll (my words not his).  A confederate war memorial sits in the middle.  The historic district is a great location to explore local eats, take a nearby riverboat cruise, or even take a horse and carriage ride around the cobblestone streets.
  • See Forrest Gump’s bench – Actually Forrest’s bench has been removed, but Chippewa Square where those scenes were filmed can still be seen and recognized.

Even though Savannah is a Southern tourist hot spot, it unfortunately doesn’t seem to get as much attention as New Orleans. When you picture the antebellum South, Savannah is exactly what should pop into your head. Click through to read the full post!

  • Hilton Head – Many people pair a trip to Savannah with one to Hilton Head, South Carolina.  Hilton Head is only 45 minutes away and offers great beaches, golf, and the most aggressive bunch of great white sharks in the world (the last part is actually kind of terrifying)
  • Accents and Speaking Speed – I’m sure most of you have heard the purring drawl of a Southern belle or gentlemen, but for those of you who haven’t, it’s intoxicating!  Some people think Southerners are stupid because they speak slow; I believe it is a mistake to confuse being very deliberate and particular with stupid.

Have you guys been to Savannah?  If so, what were some of your favorite things about the city?

Oh, and some of you have asked why I periodically purchase stock photos instead of always uploading my own.  The best answer is right here.  I asked my husband to take quality pictures of Savannah, and look what he gave me!

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17 Comments

  • Christian says:

    Savannah is my favorite city in America! Way more than New Orleans.

  • Holly H says:

    Savannah is one of the top places on my travel list. I work in historic preservation so it’s RIGHT up my alley. A couple years ago I finally got to Charleston and loved it so I’m sure I will love Savannah too!

    • Claire Kennedy says:

      Sounds perfect for you then Holly. My husband has been to Charleston multiple times but it is still on my bucket list. Hopefully this year I will get to go.

  • I’ve been to Savannah 4 times, my husband and I eloped to Savannah & spent our honeymoon there. I’m trying to get him to relocate to Savannah. Maybe some day. We got married at The Gastonian near Forsyth Park. I can’t wait to go back

    • Claire Kennedy says:

      That is such a cool story! Savannah would be the perfect place to get married. Good luck convincing him to move back Elise. 😉

  • Jordan Bruce says:

    We spent a day in Savannah during our trip to Hilton Head and had a fantastic time! We’re from TN so the southern thing is normal for us, but the beautiful homes and buildings had us all falling in love. Even got a tip from a local and got to eat some of the BEST food without waiting in a 2 hour line by going around back and getting it to-go from some of the cooks! Such a cool experience and I would love to go back some time.

    • Claire Kennedy says:

      Whoa, that is awesome you got to skip the line! I know a place must be awesome if my husband liked it, haha. He is not easily impressed. It is also so nice that Hilton Head is right there as well, very easy to hit both places on one trip! Thanks Jordan.

  • Sheri says:

    Great little post. I’d like to see more of the south one day. I just finished a trip around the world and I’d like to explore more of my own country next. Love the main photo. I can’t wait to see those long avenues of trees. The comment about your husband’s photos cracked me up! 😀

    • Claire Kennedy says:

      Hey Sheri! Thank you so much! That is so awesome you just got done a trip around the world. We have one coming up this summer and we are so excited. I’ll have to read about your trip on your blog. Oh, and yeah…my husband takes AWFUL photos! Haha!

  • Gaby says:

    Savannah is beautiful! I went a long time ago when I was a teenager and I still remember how much I liked River Street.

    • Claire says:

      Yeah, I knew when my husband talked about how much he liked it that it had to be pretty amazing! He is not easily impressed when it comes to traveling. Also, I am so sorry Gabby it took me so long to respond. I didn’t even see your comment until today!

  • Yulia says:

    I was in Savannah only a month ago and my favorite was Wormsloe Historic Site. The alley sheltered under the oaks and Spanish moss looks like it’s straight out of a fairy-tale!

    • Claire says:

      Oh yes, there is just so much to Savannah it is crazy. It’s weird to think with all the traveling we do I had never even really heard of Savannah until my husband told me how amazing it was and that we should go! Haha.

  • I’d love to go on a ghost tour in Savannah, I bet the city has some spooky stories to tell!

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