A PRETTY SOUTHERN BELLE WITH CHARM AND GRIT

One of the oldest cities in America, Savannah sits pretty as a picture on the Savannah River. A strategic seaport located about 20 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, Savannah was the site of many famous Revolutionary and Civil War battles. Now it’s a beautiful, relaxed city full of history and grace, music and art. And fine Southern hospitality.

A highly walkable place, you’re sure to log lots of steps exploring the city’s historic downtown, home to more than 20 beautiful garden squares on a perfect grid. Under the shade of massive live oaks dripping with Spanish moss, grab a park bench and a gourmet picnic lunch and take in the lush trees, fragrant magnolias, and iconic fountains. Savannah feels like a storybook, a place both romantic and haunting, appropriate since Savannah is also known as America’s Most Haunted City.

Don’t be afraid to go off the beaten path. You’ll be rewarded with shuttered antebellum houses, pre-Civil War era mansions, and intricate iron staircases and balconies. Tour a historic home—there are plenty to choose from. Enjoy local cuisine, coastal dishes with a Southern bend. Explore the quaint cobblestoned streets of the waterfront, shop in restored cotton warehouses and trendy boutiques along Broughton Street. Grab a coffee, Savannah style, in Collins Quarter: an espresso mint julep or local favorite, a spiced lavender mocha. Kayak the salt water marshes, take a river boat cruise, or paddleboard or sail the rivers.

Learn the legacy of the Gullah Geechee people at Wormsloe Historic Site. One of the most beautiful estates in Savannah, Wormsloe is a former plantation, with historic ruins, breathtaking views, and trails through the woods. Savannah embraces you, draws you in, and is simply a wonderful place to be.

Jepson Center for the Arts

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Jepson Center for the Arts

Jepson Center for the Arts

This architectural gem tops every must-see list. The space is devoted to contemporary art, but you don’t have to be. The strikingly beautiful building is located on historic Telfair Square in the heart of the Savannah Historic District. Glistening white Portuguese stone, soaring spaces filled with light, glass bridges over a protected lane. The foyer alone is a work of art: facing the square, enclosed by a curved stone wall, with a grand staircase rising above. A trellised glass-and-steel roof structure above casts a mesmerizing pattern of shadows on the walls and floors below.

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

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Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

You can’t miss the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. Its twin spires are trademarks of the Savannah skyline. Built between 1873 and 1876, the cathedral is home to the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Georgia and is a stunning tribute to Victorian Gothic architecture. Step inside and be treated to equally impressive surroundings: extraordinary Renaissance-style murals, carvings, and exquisite stained-glass windows from Austria.

Tybee Island

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Tybee Island

Tybee Island

Kick off your shoes and head for the shore. From Savannah, you are only 18 short miles from Tybee Island and three miles of beautiful beach along the Atlantic Ocean, perfect for people watching, swimming, surfing, or just relaxing. Stroll the iconic south-end pier, enjoy live music, soak up the picturesque view, or reel in the day's catch. History buffs will enjoy Fort Screven and Fort Pulaski, a major Civil War site. And the Tybee Island Lighthouse, one of the nation’s oldest, offers spectacular views from the top. Of course, there is plenty of fresh local seafood and warm Southern charm.

Savannah, Georgia At a glance

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Local Details:
GPS: 32°1'40.49"N 81°6'32.78"W
Size: 281.50 KM2 (108.69 MI2)
Population: 145,674
Density: 517 Pop/KM2 (200 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +1 (area code 912)

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