Visit Savannah, Deep South
Shaded by huge Spanish-moss draped oaks, perfumed by magnolias and surrounded by historic buildings, squares and gardens, few American cities are more beautiful than Savannah. James Edward Oglethorpe, founder of the Colony of Georgia, took much care when laying out Savannah in 1733. He wished the colony's first settlement to be a gentile place of quiet retreats and gathering places and it is this pattern of social spaces that gives the city its tangible charm.
Savannah became an affluent cotton trading port and was spared from destruction by General Sherman in 1864, at President Lincoln's behest. After the Civil War the city fell into decline and it was only in the 1960s that loving restoration began. As a result, the city exudes a captivating historic authenticity.
The city's finest buildings include the Owens Thomas House, considered one of the finest examples of Regency architecture in the USA; the Green-Meldrim House; Davenport House; the Telfair Mansion; and old Fort Jackson, which has been a part of Savannah's history for nearly two centuries.
The city's waterfront is reached by assorted stone staircases and atmospheric alleyways, its tall brick warehouses today home to popular seafood restaurants and lively bars. While here look out for River Street which is cobbled with the ballast from long-vanished tall ships.
Suggested itineraries featuring Savannah
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Savannah, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Savannah
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Places near Savannah
- Jekyll Island 73 miles away
- Charleston 84 miles away
- Fernandina Beach 100 miles away
- St Augustine 152 miles away
- Charlotte 219 miles away
- Tallahassee 220 miles away
- Atlanta 223 miles away
- Wilmington 236 miles away
- Crystal River 237 miles away
- Orlando 246 miles away
- Cape Canaveral 257 miles away
- Asheville 258 miles away
- Cherokee 268 miles away
- Winston Salem 283 miles away
- Raleigh 292 miles away
- Florida 297 miles away
- Tampa 297 miles away
Photos of Savannah
Accommodation choices for Savannah
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Savannah. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
The Mansion on Forsyth Park is a magnificent Victorian mansion, set in Savannah’s legendary historic district. Each of the 125 guest rooms and suites exudes luxury and comfort, many offering beautiful views overlooking Savannah's famed Forsyth Park.
Situated close to Forsyth Park in historic Savannah, this charming and atmospheric bed and breakfast provides a relaxed and easy-going ambiance, thanks to its attentive owners, Teresa and Micheal.
Ideas for experiencing Savannah
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Savannah, and which use the best local guides.
On the Old Town Trolley, visitors get an ideal mix of historical icons, local sights of interest and superb architectural landmarks.