These are the places you need to see at least once.
Visitors will immediately feel at home in Savannah, Georgia — which probably explains how it became known as "the hostess city of the South." With a stuck-in-time look but a decidedly contemporary attitude, this small, southern city is a favorite destination for a long weekend getaway. Whether you're here for the traditional southern cuisine, the bountiful history, or the windswept seashore, these are the 11 points of interest in Savannah you don't want to miss.
At once haunting and romantic, this historical cemetery — located on the site of the 600-acre Bonaventure Plantation — is hailed as one of the most beautiful burial grounds in the world. The cemetery is open to the public daily from 8:00 to 5:00 p.m., though you might want to stick around for a spooky after-hours tour.
Skidaway Island State Park
Get your outdoor fix at Skidaway Island, which offers visitors plenty of opportunities for hiking, exploring the tidal waterways, cycling on paved bike trails, and even riding more technical single-track mountain biking trails.
Fort Pulaski National Monument
Located on Cockspur Island, just off the coast of Savannah, Fort Pulaski was integral in the transition from masonry fortifications to cannons in the country’s history of military defense. Today, tourists can explore the site where the Union Army fended off the Confederates during the Civil War.
Savannah Historic District
Defined by ancient live oaks, antebellum mansions, and streets still filled with horse-drawn carriages, Savannah's Historic District is what immediately comes to mind when you envision this southern city. Take an Old Savannah Trolley Tour to learn about the area's history through on-point actors who become everyone from British architects to Forrest Gump.
Savannah City Market
While in the Historic District, walk through this open-air market to pick up snacks and souvenirs. Encompassing a four-block area, this market is also home to a number of cafes and restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and regularly hosts concerts.
With three miles of public beach, Tybee Island is a great destination for those interested in watersports and unbelievably fresh seafood. Visitors can climb the island's historic lighthouse for panoramic views of the entire region.
This waterfront street may be one of Savannah's most spots for restaurants and bars. Grab a drink at Kevin Barry's — a two-story pub with a balcony overlooking the Savannah River — and look out for regular events and festivals like Fireworks on the River.
Cumberland Island National Seashore
With more than 9,800 acres of wilderness area, this barrier island is home to 18-miles of untouched beaches, coastal forests, and undeveloped marshes. Ferries run to Cumberland Island regularly, and there are five campgrounds for traveler looking to spend the night outside of the city.
This up-and-coming neighborhood is often overlooked — even long-time Savannah locals are still getting used to seeing this district as a destination. Starland's revitalization has been driven by a surge of art studios, galleries, and industrial-style restaurants such as Vault Kitchen and Market in a renovated bank building.
Wormsloe Historic Site
Spanish moss and oak trees line a mile-long walkway that leads to the ruins of the eponymous plantation house. It's the oldest standing structure in Savannah, and today is home to a museum, a nature trail, and plenty of history-themed events and demonstrations.
SCAD Museum of Art
Considered one of the nation's premier art institutions, the Savannah College of Art & Design has a number of buildings scattered across the city. One of the most prominent is the eponymous museum, which showcases works by the school's students, as well as internationally-renowned artists.