Historic architecture, art, southern hospitality, and a dash of ghostly vibes are just a few of the wonders of scenic Savannah. Museums, parks, and restaurants are accessible by foot, bike, or trolley within a 3-mile radius. Plus, the state’s mild winters mean it’s time to score deals on amazing hotels and rentals in Savannah.
The best place to visit with family, kids or spend quality time with your partner. Savannah has in store the perfect vacation destination for everyone! Here is a small guide for first timers in Savannah or for the people who are in a hurry and are looking to quickly pull their Savannah trip –
Important Places in Savannah that are a Must-See
The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist
Home to 34 murals and a breathtaking interiors, St. John’s Cathedral is a must visit in Savannah. French Catholic émigrés established Savannah’s first parish, called the Congrégation de Saint Jean-Baptiste, shortly before the end of the 18th century. Tragically on February 6, 1898, the Cathedral caught fire and was nearly destroyed.
Thousands stood and watched as the building burned. The reconstruction project was completed in November 2000. This cathedral that has stood the test of time should be at the top of your bucket list things to do in Savannah.
The Forsyth Park is one of the oldest locations in Savannah. Sprawling over 30acres, the park is iconic for its fountain! Fun Fact: the Forsyth Park fountain was ordered out from a catalogue. Sitting majestically at the middle of the park, the fountain is the centre of attention. A round of Tennis or maybe a nice evening stroll in the Forsyth Park at the back drop of all those moss hanging trees will make your frustrations disappear.
Mercer Williams House Museum
The Mercer Williams House is named after two surnames belonging to two important people. The first guy, General Hugh W. Mercer, great-grandfather of celebrated songwriter Johnny Mercer wanted to build a house in renaissance style. The House was designed by New York architect John S. Norris and the construction began in 1860 and was interrupted by the Civil War. It was eventually completed in 1868, after General Mercer sold the unfinished structure to John R. Wilder. So, no Mercer ever actually lived in the house that bears their name.
In 1969, James A. Williams, one of Savannah’s earliest and most dedicated private preservationists, bought the vacant property and began a two-year restoration of the house that would became his permanent residence. He restore the house with his own private collection of amazing artwork. The entire house is worth a visit.
Georgia State Railroad Museum
Located in Tricentennial Park, Georgia State Railroad Museum is a National Historic Landmark located at the old Central of Georgia Railway Savannah Shops and Terminal. Explore historic railcars, the handcar and go on guided tours around the museum. A best place to experience the nostalgic feeling, only a trains can give.
Where to eat in Savannah?
Kayak Café – the best place to enjoy locally sourced seafood, tacos, fresh salad, burgers and an extensive options of food. The place is located in a very nice Savannah locality. Vegan and vegetarian options are also available.
Where to stay in Savannah?
The historic city Savannah has a very beautiful Downtown. The place is the best neighborhood in Savannah. Many hotels and rentals with budget accommodations are available here. Downtown Savannah is one of the best places to stay in Savannah.
How to reach Savannah?
By plane– fly to the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport. It is apx 20 minutes from downtown Savannah.
By car- I-16 and I-95 are the major highways that will get you there.