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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Savannah, Georgia

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By Anna Wickham

Savannah, Georgia has long been a destination for the curious traveler seeking a unique place to explore and relax. With historic architecture, a friendly atmosphere, and a great art scene, Savannah, Georgia has a lot to offer. It wasn’t easy, but we’ve narrowed it down to these 10 reasons to visit.

1. A rich history

Founded in 1733, Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia. It played a part in several major events in US history, including the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. Take a trip back in time by visiting Old Fort Jackson, the historic Mercer House, or Colonial Wormsloe. For a little guidance, join one of the daily tours of the city’s historic sites.

2. Slow down for a while

If you’re accustomed to the hustle and bustle of a city like New York, Washington, DC, or Los Angeles, get ready to take life much slower than usual. Savannah just doesn’t get in a hurry about things, making it an ideal place to relax a little.

3. Friendly

Maybe Savannah’s slower pace is due to the fact that everyone stops to say hello as they go about their lives. A recent survey named Savannah one of the friendliest cities in the country, and we’d have to agree.

4. The bed and breakfasts

This city may be the quintessential place for bed and breakfast enthusiasts. But even if you’re not a regular bed and breakfast-er, Savannah is the ideal place to experience it for the first time. Spend some time getting to know the local owners, and don’t forget to have some biscuits and gravy for breakfast!

5. Affordable

An unforgettable getaway that is also affordable is the perfect combination, and you’ll find it in Savannah. The cost of living in Savannah is slightly below the national average, meaning that dining out, accommodation, and transportation are all reasonable.

6. 20 minutes from the beach

Some say the only reason you’ll need to leave the city during your stay in Savannah is to visit Tybee Island, just 18 miles outside of town. Enjoy a day in the sun, eat at a delicious beachside restaurant, or stay overnight in one of the many beach resorts.

7. The perfect weather

Mild weather for three quarters of the year is Savannah’s reward for the unbearably humid summer. If your area has a harsh winter, escape the ice cave to thaw out in Savannah, which rarely dips below 40 degrees.

8. The art scene

As the home of SCAD, Savannah College of Art and Design, the city is the perfect place for art lovers. Dozens of art galleries line the streets of Savannah, but Savannah is also home to special art events such as the Sidewalk Arts Festival.

9. Delicious Southern cuisine

When visiting Savannah, you can’t pass up ordering some home cooking at Paula Deen’s famous restaurant, The Lady & Sons. Order Southern classics like fried chicken, fried okra, and shrimp and grits.

10. Easy and convenient transportation

From buses to streetcars to the occasional horse-drawn carriage, getting around in Savannah couldn’t be easier. Less time spent figuring out transportation means more time for exploring! 

Visiting Savannah is a breath of fresh air compared to more run-of-the-mill destinations. If you want to take a trip that stands out from the regular escapes, Savannah may be just what you’re searching for.

What’s your favorite reason to visit Savannah? Share with us in the comments.

Image via Flickr user Scott Oves

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