Don't miss out on Savannah, Georgia, if you're heading south for the winter or returning home through the Atlantic coast. Located just two hours north of Florida, this destination offers a unique and unforgettable experience. Tourists who stop here will surely find this charming, historic city to be filled with many exciting things to do. It's hard not to be captivated by Savannah's magnificent Victorian mansions or its peaceful and majestic public gardens.
This ultimate guide will give you everything you need to know about Savannah!
1. River Street
You could easily spend a whole day exploring all that River Street has to offer. River Street in Savannah boasts more than 75 restaurants, pubs, shops, galleries and artists' studios located inside former cotton warehouses.
It's the perfect place to soak up the city's unique and historic atmosphere. Enjoy a cold drink along the pier while you admire the scenery of the river and its numerous boats.
2. Forsyth Park
A visit to Forsyth Park in Savannah is a must. The park's large Victorian fountain and oak-shaded walkways make it ideal for walking, admiring the blossoming gardens, and enjoying peace and quiet. Additionally, there are many historical monuments and sculptures that can be seen throughout the park.
3. Telfair Museum
The Telfair Museum is one of Savannah's most popular art museums, featuring a wide range of collections ranging from fine art to American and European history. You can also take advantage of the lush gardens surrounding the house and bask in the beautiful nature.
4. Mercer Williams House Museum
There is no doubt that the Mercer-Williams House is a must-see if you love history and architecture. A 19th-century Victorian house with original furnishings and decorations from 1868, Mercer-Williams House is a testament to 19th-century Victorian architecture. Visitors are welcome to visit the museum on guided tours.
5. Colonial Park Cemetery
Colonial Park Cemetery is a place you should visit at least once in your lifetime. Ancient graves dating back to 1750 can be found in this cemetery, providing an interesting glimpse at the city's unique architecture. The cemetery also includes the graves of influential people, including John Berrien, one of the original signers of the Declaration of Independence, who was killed after losing a duel.
6. Jones Street: Savannah's most beautiful street
For architecture enthusiasts, Jones Street is a must-see. Known as the "street of Victorians," it is renowned for its Victorian homes. The Georgian-style houses in Savannah are beautifully preserved, providing a fascinating look at Savannah's past.
7. Chippewa Square
You may recognize Chippewa Square Park, a place made famous by the film Forrest Gump. Here, Tom Hanks sat on a bench and shared his stories with strangers, explaining that "Life is like a box of chocolates!" This park also houses statues of famous individuals, including General Oglethorpe, the visionary who founded Georgia and designed Savannah.
The best restaurants to try in Savannah:
A wide variety of restaurants can be found in Savannah, from traditional southern dishes to international cuisine. If you're looking for some good places to try local cuisine, here are a few suggestions:
1. Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room
This restaurant is family owned and operated by Mrs. Wilkes and offers a wide selection of delicious Georgian dishes. You can enjoy typical dishes such as fried chicken, sweet potato soufflé, okra gumbo and cornbread.
2. The Pirates’ House
This restaurant has been in Savannah's historic district since 1753. It has a unique atmosphere and a wide range of Cajun and Creole dishes to choose from. Guests can enjoy specialties such as fried fish, fried shrimp, and pecan fried chicken.
3. Gryphon Tea Room
The Gryphon Tea Room is a great place to go if you're looking for a lighter meal. This restaurant offers delicious pastries, sandwiches, and salads made in-house every day. A fine selection of teas is also available for your selection.
4. Vic's On the River
You can enjoy an incredible view of the Savannah River at Vic's On the River. The restaurant offers a wide range of dishes that use fresh, local ingredients and a stunning view of the twinkling city lights as you eat. There is also fresh seafood and traditional Georgian food to enjoy.
5. Elizabeth on 37th
Head to the beautiful Elizabeth on 37th Mansion to enjoy a spectacular view of downtown Savannah. The restaurant serves various dishes ranging from seafood to French and Italian cuisine and a wide array of delicious desserts to complement any meal. The patio is also perfect for guests to watch the sunset and relax.
The perfect stop for those driving along the Atlantic coast
Whether you're strolling along River Street, exploring museums and cemeteries, or admiring the beautiful scenery of Forsyth Park, Savannah has something to offer everyone. With its beautiful Victorian homes that showcase a variety of architectural styles, how can you not fall under the spell of this beautiful city?
Visit these must-see sites, and you'll quickly realize why Savannah is so popular.
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