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The ultimate road trip to Savannah

Hit the road and head to Savannah — we’re sharing all the details about what to do and eat, plus where to stay.


Here’s your guide to exploring Savannah.

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Itching to get out of town, Charlestonians? Skip those pesky airport security lines and jump in your car for a road trip to Savannah instead. From an afternoon stroll at Forsyth Park to the Southern sushi dish at The Olde Pink House — we’re spilling all the details on how to have an unforgettable time in the 912.

📍 Essential info

Drive time: ~2 hours

Year city was established: 1733

Est. population: ~147,000


The iconic Forsyth Park fountain is pretty special.

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🎟️ Experience

Forsyth Park | 2 W. Gaston St.
Take a stroll through this 30+ acre park recognized as the city’s oldest and largest public park. Pro tip: Snag a photo in front of the Forsyth Park fountain, known as one of Savannah’s most photographed landmarks.

The Historic Savannah Theatre | 222 Bull St.
Grab a bite to eat and then round off the evening with a show at this historic venue dating back to 1818. Take a look at current and upcoming shows.

Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour | Locations vary
Want to explore the city without making the trek by foot? Grab a ticket for this guided trolley tour picking up and dropping off every 20 minutes and expect to pass 100+ sites.

🍔 Eat

The Olde Pink House | 23 Abercorn St.
Dig into quintessential Southern dishes like the jumbo lump crab cake and fried shrimp while admiring the building’s unique architecture. We think this bright restaurant would fit right in on Rainbow Row.

The Grey | 109 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Have you ever dined in a former Greyhound Bus Terminal? Now’s your chance. This restored 1938 art deco restaurant’s brunch menu features classic bites like biscuits and gravy and fried chicken, plus a dinner menu with oysters, scallops, and pork.

Common Thread Savannah | 122 E. 37th St.
If you plan your trip accordingly, you might have a chance to experience a Chef’s Table Takeover featuring a multi-course menu at this seasonally-inspired neighborhood restaurant. Bonus: There are plenty of vegetarian options.

🏨 Stay

The Marshall House | 123 E. Broughton St.
Book a room at this four-story historic hotel built in 1851 in the center of the Historic District. Psst: This hotel is rumored to be haunted, with reported ghost sightings in foyers and hallways.

River Street Inn | 124 E. Bay St.
Choose between a historic city-view room or a river-view room at the oldest hotel along the river featuring 99 guest rooms. Fun fact: This hotel occupies a restored 200-year-old cotton warehouse.

Cozy downtown townhouse | Vrbo
Enjoy the privacy and central location of this entire garden-level downtown townhouse that sleeps two guests.

Wait a minute, Charlestonians. Before you head out the door, find the cheapest places to fill up your gas tank and stock up on road trip snacks from Pitt Street Pharmacy. Also, bookmark this map so you have no trouble finding all of our recommendations while visiting the “Hostess City of the South.”

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