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With lush green gardens and cobblestone streets, Savannah’s appeal is easy to grasp. In the city there is historic architecture and personality by the bucket load, and on the coast there is fresh seafood, sparkling ocean views and dolphins.
If your holiday plans include driving a rental car in Savannah then head south towards the neighbouring state of Florida, which is about two hours away. Or go north through the elegant city of Charleston towards Myrtle Beach. Savannah has great road links, so be sure to take full advantage.
Savannah International Airport is 10 miles from the city centre, a drive of about 15 minutes. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport is 242 miles away and a drive of about three and a half hours.
Alamo and Budget are among the companies offering a hire car in Savannah, with collection points either in the city centre or from the airport. Avis and Hertz are also available.
Savannah has a series of historic squares, which form the centre of each neighbourhood, or ward. Designed by James Oglethorpe, the founder of the colony of Georgia in the 1700s, the squares have now become tourist destinations as they provide some of the most beautiful examples of Savannah’s historic architecture and old leafy gardens. The Savannah river flows through this city and offers picturesque eateries and pretty walking paths. Boat tours show off the city from a different vantage point as well as offering the chance to visit some of the small islands that are dotted around. There are a number of swamps and wetland areas that are rich with wildlife and just north of the city is the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge.
There are also a number of plantations around the area, some of which are open to visitors, including the Wormsloe Historic Site, which is in Montgomery, 13 miles or a 20-minute drive from downtown Savannah. The 18th century estate belonged to Noble Jones, one of the area’s first settlers and now costumed performers re-enact some aspects of plantation life as well as giving information about how the first settlers built their lives here. And while you are there drive 10 minutes up to Georgetown, a leafy residential suburb to get an authentic taste of local life.
The coastal city of Brunswick is 80 miles south of Savannah, a drive of one hour and 20 minutes. The self-titled world shrimp capital, Brunswick is tucked away on the shores of Fancy Bluff creek, just a few miles from the Atlantic. The busy wharf area is full of shrimp boats coming and going, and there are plenty of restaurants where you can sample their catch. Finally Savannah is a two-hour, 140-mile drive from the sunshine city of Jacksonville, Florida. Enjoy the area’s many beaches - go surfing at the Poles or visit the historic fishing village of Mayport to the north.
The I-95 passes 10 miles west of Savannah and has a number of exits leading into the city. Follow it south and this coastal road will take you all the way to Florida. The I-16 also runs straight into Savannah’s downtown.
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