Destination: Savannah – A Travel Guide
Savannah, full of southern charm and hospitality, is the perfect place to get away for the weekend. Despite being a small city, Savannah, located on the coast of Georgia, offers a variety of activities to fill your weekend. From spending the day on the beach to exploring historic streets to visiting museums there are plenty of things to do here.
Getting to and Around Savannah
Ok, this part might get a little dry, but the key thing to remember is that you can get there. Trust me.
Getting to Savannah is fairly straightforward as the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport offers non-stop flights from several cities. Three major airlines, American, Delta, and United serve Savannah along with several budget airlines such as Frontier and Jet Blue. Upon arrival, there are several transportation options to get to the city. Uber and Lyft offer rideshare in the area and according to Uber’s website, the cost for a ride to downtown Savannah is approximately $20. Alternatively, you could use area taxis or public transportation. Chatham Area Transit CAT has a bus route from the airport to downtown which is $5 one way. There are also weekly passes available on CAT for $14 good for all their routes servicing the entire city - but you shouldn’t need this unless you’re doing some major exploration!
Once downtown, the city is very walkable and limited transportation is needed for a weekend getaway. If you do need to use transportation there are free buses, the DOT , that run in the downtown area on limited routes. If you are visiting Tybee Island beach, there is a shuttle that leaves three times a day from the Visitors Center on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. It leaves at 8 am, 1 pm and 6 pm every day except Sunday and costs $10 one way.
Ok, I’m Here, Now What?
Oh, thought you’d never ask!
First, if you are an architecture or urban planning buff - like me - Savannah is a dream come true. The architecture in Savannah is amazing. I could walk the streets for hours just admiring it all - but my family insisted we do other things too when we visited the city, go figure. There are walking tours and hop on hop off trolley tours that will highlight Savannah’s architecture. The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is probably one of the most iconic buildings in Savannah and is a must-see if you’re interested in architecture. Self-guided tours are available Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 11:45 am and 12:45 pm to 5:00 pm for $3.
As mentioned above, the city is very walkable and there are several squares and parks throughout downtown. The most prominent one is Forsyth Park, a 30-acre park with large oak trees complete with Spanish Moss hanging overhead. If you have seen pictures of Savannah, there is a good chance you’ve seen this park as it is one of the most photographed areas of Savannah.
On the Southeast side of town, Wormsloe State Historic Site boasts of the oldest standing structure in Savannah. The avenue leading to Wormsloe is absolutely gorgeous and there are often costumed reenactors on site. Open every day from 9 am to 5 pm and admission is $10 for adults.
Savannah is on the Georgia coast, so naturally, there should be a good beach nearby, right? Right! You’re in luck! Tybee Island has great beaches and it is only a short bus ride away. As mentioned above, there are buses that leave from the visitor’s center three times a day to Tybee Island for $10. If you have a car for the weekend, another beach about 45 minutes away is Hilton Head in South Carolina. There are several good beaches on Hilton Head and you can rent umbrellas and chairs on the beach so there is no need to pack your own beach equipment – just bring your swimsuit, sunscreen, and towel!
If shopping is your thing, downtown Savannah has plenty of it. River Street which runs along the edge of the Savannah River has several gift shops, restaurants, and hotels. Broughton Street, a few blocks from the river, has several local shops along with national chains such as Vineyard Vines, Michael Kors, Banana Republic and more.
As for restaurants, there are several good options along River Street although this area is slightly more expensive due to the proximity to the river and tourist attractions. If you want to experience southern food The Wilkes House is a must. Tables are shared with 9 other guests/strangers. It is $25 per person; Reservations and credit cards not accepted.
My favorite restaurant I visited was Corleone’s, an Italian and Mediterranean restaurant. Reservations are not required, however, I would highly recommend making one. We were initially turned away because we didn’t have a reservation, but they ended up finding a spot for us outside.
A perfect place for a weekend getaway, Savannah was one of my favorite places to visit. Whether you want to relax on the beach or go shopping there is more to do there than can fit in a weekend. There is something here for everyone.
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