An Insider's Guide to Savannah - United Hub

An insider's guide to Savannah

By The Hub team

The past plays an important role in one of America's oldest cities, which can be seen through the antebellum mansions, historic monuments and charming cobblestone streets. Beyond the history, Savannah has grown into a creative and culturally rich destination, while still maintaining its Southern charm.

The basics

The best time to visit and getting around the city

The best time to visit Savannah is any time between March and July when the temperatures are warmer (with July being the hottest), and there is always an event to attend. like Savannah's St. Patrick's Day celebrations, which is the second largest in the country.

You won't need a car while visiting Savannah, but if you plan on taking a day trip to Tybee Island or Jekyll Island be sure to rent a car for the day. Otherwise the Downtown Historic District is easily walkable and the best way to experience this vibrant city. Bike rentals are another great option to explore the historic quarter and surrounding neighborhoods.

Experiences

Historic sites, museums & more

Savannah offers a wide variety of experiences and activities, all with Southern style. Get a sense of the city's diverse history by going on a historic walking tour or trolley tour through the downtown district. There are plenty of tours to choose from so you'll easily be able to find one that works with your schedule.

Be sure to visit the Wormsloe Historic Site with an Instagram-worthy path lined with live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss. From there, stop by Savannah's most famous cemetery — Bonaventure Cemetery — a hauntingly stunning and iconic site.

Once you've had a taste of the history and witnessed the antebellum beauty of the live oak trees and historical squares, explore the vibrant art and design scene that has flourished around the city in recent years. No art gallery can compete with the Savannah College of Art and Design, or SCAD, Museum of Art. The museum is home to thousands of pieces, including works from SCAD alumni and one of the largest collections of African American art in the United States. There's a number of special events to attend, so check out their events calendar to see what's happening while you're there.

Savannah has recently become a great spot for shopping, and with everything from vintage shops to fashion boutiques, you'll easily leave with a heavier suitcase. For leather goods, stop by Satchel, a boutique started by a SCAD graduate. Make your way over to Pickler Joes, Wright Square Vintage and Retro Mall for everything from vintage clothing to retro advertising signs and old records.

Food & drinks

Comfort food, fresh seafood and inventive cocktails

The Hostess City of the South boasts rich history and an evolving art scene, but no trip down south is complete without proper Southern food. Indulge in traditional Southern comfort food and incredibly fresh seafood, but also save room for some classic dishes reimagined by top chefs in the area.

Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room is a local institution and a must-visit when in town. Sitting in the Historic District, this Southern boarding house turned restaurant follows traditions dating back to its opening in 1943. The dining room has a simple set up of communal tables where diners sit with around 10 other guests and are served an array of homestyle Southern cooking family style. The Olde Pink house is another popular restaurant in the heart of the historic downtown offering an antebellum feel with an authentic experience.

If you're looking to try something different, be sure to head over to Zunzi's, a tiny hole-in-the-wall takeout spot with a South African influence. Famous for their sandwiches, be sure to order the Conquistador, a juicy chicken sandwich combined with two secret sauces on a crunchy French bread. They're only open during lunch hours, but it's worth stopping by for a quick bite.

For reimagined Southern dishes, book a table at Local 11ten, where you can enjoy a cocktail from their inventive menu while noshing on food that focuses on Southern-influenced cuisine. A.lure is another great option with a contemporary approach to classic Southern and seafood dishes.

Getting there

Fly direct to Savannah, Georgia, from multiple U.S. cities. Flights are two hours from Chicago and two-and-a-half hours from New York City. The airport is just a 25-minute drive from Savannah's historic district. Visit united.com or use the United app to book your flight.

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