Often overshadowed by neighbouring Charleston, Savannah enchants visitors with its little-known treasures. Nicknamed "The Forest City", streets are filled with oak trees that were planted in the 19th century to provide shade on humid summer days, bringing a tranquil rural feel to town.
Home to the Savannah College of Art and Design, one of the US's foremost design universities, the city buzzes with creativity while maintaining its old-fashioned manners and quaint feel. Drop into one of the many cafés (often set in quirky houses) to see students churning out their latest architectural mock-ups while also being greeted with a syrupy "ma'am" and "y'all" when you order homemade banana bread.
Savannah has some of the best restaurants in Dixieland. Stop by The Olde Pink House or Vic's on the River for local fare featuring towers of fried tomatoes, collard greens and crumbly cornbread topped with freshly whipped butter. After dinner, head to one of the riverfront candy shops where you'll be greeted by the sweet, buttery smell of roasting praline. Order a sack and let the sugar-coated nuts melt in your mouth as you take an evening stroll along the boardwalk.
If you want a day on the beach, head to Tybee Island on the outskirts of the city. The best way to explore is by bike, so rent a couple and take yourself on a tour of grand houses with picture-perfect porches, romantic piers and softly swaying marram grass.
Who to take with you
Someone with a hearty appetite who will appreciate the sunny Southern disposition.
When to go
Most likely to bump into
A SCAD student painting a mural on the boardwalk.
Essentials to bring with you
A Southern belle-esque wrap dress and some vintage shades.
How to get there
Fly into the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport and rent a car to give you the freedom to explore the countryside.