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Introduction

Savannah is a city along Georgia's southeast coast and is the third largest in the state. It is a popular historic port city with lots of interesting historic buildings and museums.

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Sights and Activities

Savannah is the largest National Historic Landmark district in the South and is famous for its beautiful squares, historic homes, and museums throughout the downtown historic district. Many of the city's downtown landmarks can be seen from trolley, carriage, and walking tours that will give you a sense of the city's rich history, and haunted tours will give you a taste of the city's spooky side. The home of Savannah College of Art and Design, the city also offers a variety of art exhibits and museums. Located along the Savannah River and close to Georgia and South Carolina beaches, you can enjoy the sand and the sun as you take in the exciting cultural history of one of America's most beautiful historic cities.

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Weather

Savannah has a subtropical climate with hot and humid summers and mild winters. Temperatures in summer are mostly around 30 °C or more with balmy nights. Winter days are mostly in the 15-20 °C range though sometimes can drop below 10 °C. Frost and snow are possible but not a regular thing.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max15.4 °C16.9 °C21.2 °C25.3 °C28.9 °C31.6 °C32.8 °C32.1 °C29.6 °C25.3 °C21.1 °C16.8 °C
Avg Min3.4 °C5.1 °C9.1 °C12.5 °C17.2 °C20.7 °C22.4 °C22.3 °C19.9 °C13.8 °C8.9 °C5 °C
Rainfall91.2 mm81.8 mm96 mm77 mm103.9 mm143.8 mm162.1 mm189.5 mm113.5 mm60.7 mm55.6 mm75.2 mm
Rain Days7.97.37.45.379.311.211.17.74.64.96.8

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Getting There

By Plane

Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) has flights to/from Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, New York, Newark, Chicago, Houston, Charlotte, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.

By Train

The Silver Service/Palmetto, operated by Amtrak, travels between New York and Tampa/Miami, stopping in Savannah.

By Bus

Check Greyhound for options, including regular connections to Charleston, South Carolina and Jacksonville, Florida.

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Getting Around

By Car

Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.

For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.

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Eat

Savannah is home to cuisine from all over the world. Known by many as the home of Southern cooking favorites Paula Deen's The Lady & Sons Restaurant and Mrs. Wilkes' Boarding House, Savannah boasts a variety of restaurants including seafood, barbecue, pubs, American fare, Asian fare, cafes, tapas, and fine dining.

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Drink

Savannah is famous for its exciting St. Patrick's Day weekend festivities and parade, when festival-goers with purchased wristbands can carry their drinks anywhere within a specified downtown festival zone.

For the remainder of the year, downtown Savannah boasts an exciting nightlife scene with live music, pubs, sports bars, and night clubs. Savannah's River Street is famous for its 'to go' cup policy which allows folks to carry their alcoholic beverages from bar to bar along historic River Street.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Savannah Pensione304 East Hall StreetHOSTEL64

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 32.0835407
  • Longitude: -81.0998342

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