While Savannah, Georgia might not top many vacation destination lists quite like Orlando and New York City do, with its close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, it’s a prime location to stop, take a breather, and have a look around. And while the sights of Savannah are good enough alone to make the visit worth it, the real reason most travel to this city is for its vast and well-preserved history. Here’s a sample of the things you can get up to in Savannah.
Get a History Lesson
Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia, and while you can expect to find all the amenities of a modern city, there’s a lot to remind visitors of the history of the city, the state, and the country. Of course, Savannah played a part during the Civil War, as it was captured by General Sherman after his March to the Sea. As such, you can book historical sightseeing tours to get a first-hand glimpse of landmarks from the era. Or, if you’d rather take things at your own pace, you can get a feel for the history yourself as you take a walk through the city’s many historic squares.
Explore Modern Savannah
While a lot of Savannah’s appeal lies in its history, don’t be fooled into thinking this is a city trapped in the past. One of the city’s major attractions is the City Market, the four-block area downtown that’s home to many of the city’s best dining and entertainment attractions. It’s here that you’ll find art galleries and shops to spend your day in and bars to spend your night in.
Get Out to Nature
With Savannah’s southern location, time spent outside during the summer will be in hot and muggy conditions. If you’re brave enough to leave the shelter of air conditioning and head out into the humidity, you’ll find that Savannah has a lot of natural beauty to offer. For a day at the beach, head over to Tybee Island, which is a half hour’s drive from downtown. If you’d like to spend some time on the water and see Savannah from a unique point of view, you could reserve a seat on a steamboat river cruise. And if you’d like to see the untapped nature of Savannah, take a trip to the nearby nature reserve, home to all parts of the ecosystem – including alligators.
Bring Your Motor Home
Due to Savannah’s rural surroundings, it’s quite easy to find a place to park your motor home while visiting the city. Closest to downtown, and perhaps the most highly rated, is the Red Gate Campground. Besides the added benefit of being closest to the action, the campground offers many additional features, including fishing ponds and horseback riding. Of course, there are plenty of other campgrounds to choose from near Savannah. Not far from Red Gate is Biltmore, which has been operating since the 1950s, and a bit farther out you can find Sunshine Park. All told, it shouldn’t take much effort to find the right place for you and your motor home.
With its delicate mix of history and modern amenities, Savannah provides an experience you won’t get in many other places. Whatever you choose to do, be it booking a tour through a haunted house or taking a horse-and-buggy ride the city, one thing’s for sure: you’ll probably learn a thing or two.