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Savannah Vacation Ideas
Ideas of places to visit in Savannah
Put together a personalized travel itinerary with our top Savannah attractions. Check out the best spots in the city to explore and enjoy here. This blog is written in conjunction with our Savannah Vacation Travel Guide video on YouTube so you can follow along below with some fantastic footage to keep you inspired.
(1:57 in the video) Pay a visit to the hub of downtown Savannah. With 22 park squares and what feels like a landmark on every corner, these cobblestone streets are fantastic for exploring. Enjoy the architecture and monuments, museums and many restaurants.
(2:32 in the video) The Savannah History Museum features many exhibits and artifacts and preserves two National Historic Landmarks. The museum documents Savannah’s story from the beginning of its recorded history in 1733 and follows it through its innovations, military campaigns and culturally significant events. You may recognize the bench here from the highly celebrated film Forrest Gump.
(2:48 in the video) Looking for a great day-to-night location for your vacation? City Market is one of the best places to visit. Plan a trip to this entertainment, dining, art and retail destination in downtown Savannah and take advantage of the four-block mixed-use project.
(3:16 in the video) Savannah’s historic preservation movement began here with the saving of this historic 1800s home from demolition. Part of the mission of the Davenport House Museum today is still to recognize the role of the house in founding the Historic Savannah Foundation.
(3:33 in the video) This National Historic Landmark in downtown Savannah showcases one of the best examples of English Regency architecture. The house belonged to the Owens family from 1830 until the mid-20th century when it was bequeathed to the Telfair Museum of Art. It now houses a collection of decorative arts.
(4:04 in the video) Visit the stately two-story mansion, Telfair Academy, built in 1819. The building itself was designed in the Neoclassical Regency style and houses art from the museum’s permanent 19th-century and 20th-century American and European collection. Include this historically and culturally significant site in your travel plans.
(4:30 in the video) Some of Savannah’s finest shopping, dining and local art awaits you on River Street. When planning a trip to Savannah be sure to have this downtown street on your itinerary. Check out the local galleries and open-air marketplaces as well as grassy shaded areas perfect for relaxing and recharging.
(4:54 in the video) The Pirate’s House is a brilliantly preserved, historic seaman’s tavern made famous by the classic adventure novel Treasure Island. In its day, the tavern was a popular meeting place for both pirates and sailors and their spirit lives on in the peg-beamed rooms and nautical displays here. Pirate’s House is located just one block from the Savannah River.
(5:24 in the video) This 1850s cemetery took its name from the native laurel oak trees that once grew here. The cemetery is split by Highway 204 into the separately managed north and south cemeteries. The divide goes deeper than geography; the two cemeteries were developed to segregate white and black burials. Pay a visit to this significant visual record of Savannah’s history.
(5:40 in the video) Let your Savannah itinerary take a turn for the haunting with a visit to Bonaventure Cemetery. Visit the gravesites of famous and influential Georgian citizens from politicians to artists to civil war generals. Find this Southern Gothic public cemetery just outside of the historic downtown.
Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room
(6:14 in the video) Prepare to be charmed by the hearty Southern fare at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room. This boardinghouse in historic downtown Savannah set out to revive the traditional practice of providing simple lodgings and a communal dining room offering homestyle meals to patrons. If you’re looking for the best food in Savannah, you just might find it in Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room.
(6:22 in the video) This century-old ice cream parlor serves Leopold’s same award-winning recipe for homemade ice cream as they have done since 1919. Enjoy a memorable meal or tasty treat from Leopold’s and check out the old-school soda fountain and Hollywood memorabilia. It’s a must-visit for all those planning a trip to the Historic Landmark District in Savannah.
(6:35 in the video) A great place to visit in Savannah is Old Fort Jackson, one of the oldest brick fortifications on the east coast and one of Savannah’s most important historic sites. On your visit here, see gun emplacements and weaponry used in the early 19th century. As you walk the parapet, take in the spectacular views of the Savannah River.
(6:55 in the video) History buffs and nature lovers looking for things to do in Savannah will love a visit to Fort Pulaski National Monument. Construction began in 1829 and took $1 million, 25 million bricks and nearly 20 years to complete. The surrounding park covers over 5,000 acres of hiking trails, tidal marshes and mudflats. The fort is on Cockspur Island, which is located between Savannah and Tybee Island.
(7:16 in the video) Find a spot to lay out a towel along Tybee Island’s 3 miles of beaches. This is the closest beach resort to Atlanta and is connected to the mainland by the Islands Expressway making it an easy daytrip. Climb 178 steps to the top of the Tybee Island Lighthouse for incredible views of the coastline.
(7:36 in the video) Take the drive just outside of Savannah to this large state historic site. A visit to Wormsloe Historic Site will bring you up close to some more of Savannah’s history. Drive down an oak avenue to see replicas of colonial wattle-and-daub huts or walk the interpretative nature trail that leads to the centerpiece of the site, the tabby ruins of Noble Jones’ colonial estate.
(7:56 in the video) Local businesses and emerging artists thrive in the roughly 35 blocks that make up Starland District. This artsy neighborhood began as the dream of two Savannah College of Art and Design students in the 1990s. The galleries, shops and studios are ready to be explored, so be sure to add Starland District to your Savannah itinerary.
(8:03 in the video) This large city park is perfect for a day outside in downtown Savannah. Walk the peaceful paths and spacious lawns and relax by a historic fountain that was built in the mid-19th century. Forsyth Park is located in the historic district which places it within easy walking distance of some of Savannah’s public squares and significant architectural buildings.
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