There's some great art about in Savannah. The Telfair Museum is a grand 19th-century mansion that provides the perfect setting for an impressive collection of 19th- and 20th-century art. And the Jepson Centre focuses on 20th-and 21st-century works, including those by Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein. It also boasts the popular Artzeum interactive family gallery.
Just 20 minutes from Downtown, this laid-back barrier island provides the chance for a perfect day at the beach on Savannah holidays. North Beach is quieter with views of the Tybee Lighthouse, but the stretch near the pier and pavilion is buzzing with shops and restaurants. There's a wide strip of white sand, fishing, shell collecting, and plenty of birdlife on the salt marshes.
Perched on a bluff above the river, this haunting 150 year-old cemetery is a place of beauty, teeming with lush vegetation, and some impressive tombs and monuments. Take a tour to hear the stories behind some of the eminent Savannahians buried here; or simply wander among the graves, reading the moving inscriptions. It's more like a wonderful sculpture garden than a graveyard.
There are festivals going on throughout the year in Savannah, with the city's huge St Patrick's Day celebrations having almost legendary status in the South. Others to look out for are the Music Festival in March/April; the Film Festival in October; the Black Heritage Festival in February; and the Jazz Festival in September.
Savannah is a good place to enjoy a night out, and the city's open-container policy is all in favour: it allows revellers to wander from joint to joint bearing drinks in plastic cups, known locally as 'go cups'. City Market, River Street and Broughton Street are the places to go for bars, clubs, live music and good times.