Savannah is one of the oldest cities in the state of Georgia and is affectionately known as “the Hostess City of the South.” Its Southern charm begins with its dramatic antebellum homes, which survived Sherman’s destructive march south during the Civil War, making historical home tours and ghost tours a must when you visit Savannah. A daytime trolley tour will take you past the major sites while an evening ghost walk will also include stops in Savannah’s famous and beautiful Bonaventure Cemetery. The city’s characteristic charm extends to its Southern and low-country cooking. Barbecue, soul food, and Southern classics that are available throughout the South can be enjoyed when you travel to Savannah. Be sure to also sample the low-country cuisine like Brunswick stew, crab boils, and shrimp and grits, all specific to the coastal regions near Charleston and Savannah.
Things Not to Miss in Savannah
• The birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of America, serves the double purpose of an inspiring museum and a beautiful historical home tour.
• Take a walk through historic Bonaventure Cemetery, a tourist draw for over 150 years thanks to its tree-draped pathways and peaceful and charming setting on a bluff over the Wilmington River.
• The 30-acre large Forsyth Park is the perfect place to have a picnic meal on a sunny day.
• For Savannah restaurants and shopping, you absolutely have to see the stores on River Street.
• Tybee Island, a barrier island off the coast, is just 18 miles from Savannah and has beautiful white sandy beaches for relaxing or playing in the surf.
When to Go to Savannah
Savannah has a humid subtropical climate, meaning that the city has long summers and almost never gets below freezing, even in winter. However, because of its location on the Georgia coastline, weather in Savannah is never as extreme as the interior, and ocean breezes make the Southern heat much more tolerable. Rainfall is also fairly evenly distributed throughout the year, although Savannah travel in August could run into a higher chance of rain. July is also the hottest month of the year and tends to be the time when tourist season begins.
For those planning a visit to Tybee Island, the weather is usually warm throughout the year. Average low and high temperatures are at their closest (and warmest) beginning in April and ending around September. The rains come down heaviest in August, but keep in mind that this month is also the warmest out of the year.