America’s South is known for its warmth – both in temperature and in character. That welcoming charm is a large part of what makes Savannah, Ga., one of the most romantic cities in the United States. If you and your sweetheart are looking for a beautiful, relaxing and downright genteel place to escape, the “Hostess City of the South” should be at the top of your list.
It can be as hard to define “romance” as it is love itself, but a visit to Savannah will help you understand just what it means in a travel destination. The city’s beautiful antebellum buildings, elegant parks and squares, fine dining options and unique shopping boutiques all add up to create a place where the pace of life feels slower and you’re free to lavish all your attention on the one you love.
With our minds on matters of the heart, we picked out the most romantic things to do in Savannah – make sure they’re on your list when you visit.
Shutterstock Strolling Forsyth Park | With its sprawling, Spanish-moss-draped trees, formal central fountain, perfect strolling paths and location on the southern edge of Savannah’s historic district, Forsyth Park is an icon of Savannah. Whether you take a walk around, visit the farmer’s market or simply sit on a park bench together, you and your valentine will fall in love with Forsyth.
A twilight carriage ride | As the sunset fades and the stars come out, what could be more romantic than a horse-drawn carriage ride through a beautiful city? Visitors will find plenty of carriages waiting to take them on a slow-paced journey through Savannah’s most attractive neighborhoods.
ShutterstockAdmire architecture and gardens | The grand houses of Savannah each have a fascinating story of their own, and taking an architectural tour will give you the inside scoop. The luxurious interiors are matched in beauty by the carefully tended gardens that belong to Savannah’s green-thumbed residents – a Gates & Gardens tour will show you the choicest examples.
Indulge in Southern dining | Savannah is home to a serious foodie population, but more than that, it’s also home to many indigenous and unique food traditions that evoke local history. Whether you simply sample from the wide array of restaurants, from fine dining to laid-back barbecue, or take a food tour (there are lots of options), your palates will be pleased.
Spooky sights | It might not seem like the most romantic thing in the world to experience a scare, but there’s a good reason why scary movies make good date nights. Savannah has a reputation as an exceptionally haunted city, and tours will take you to the most notorious sites. Along the same lines, a visit to Bonaventure Cemetery isn’t as morbid as it sounds – its park-like setting and countless beautifully sculpted monuments really do give it a romantic atmosphere.
Whether you’re traveling for Valentine’s Day or simply want to sweep someone off their feet at any time of year, Savannah might just be the most romantic place to take your sweetie.
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