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Savannah Off the Beaten Path

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By AAA Travel Editor Sherry Mims
July 23, 2018
With Savannah’s downtown so walkable—and historic—it can be easy to forget that there are natural hangouts and interesting sights to appreciate within the Savannah metropolitan area. If you want to explore off the beaten path, consider the beach, attractions off the beaten track and the local art scene as alternative things to do in Savannah.
This historic fort between Savannah and Tybee Island is named after Revolutionary War Gen. Kazimierz (Casimir) Pulaski, who died after the siege of Savannah. It was held by Union soldiers during the American Civil War.
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FORT PULASKI NATIONAL MONUMENT
Fort Pulaski National Monument, Georgia
(912) 786-8182
This historic fort is named after Kazimierz (Casimir) Pulaski, a general who died from injuries sustained from the siege of Savannah in the American Revolution. The Union Army seized it during the Civil War, adding another dimension to the fort's background. These days you will find it a good place to stroll and learn about history. The attraction lies just outside the historic downtown on the way to Tybee Island.
This historic hotel features luxurious amenities, a cooking school and an extensive art collection, including a gallery. The hotel is adjacent to 700 Drayton and overlooks Forsyth Park.
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Mansion on Forsyth Park, Autograph Collection
700 Drayton St.
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(912) 238-5158
Sure, this is one of the most well-known Savannah hotels. However, did you know that you can find more art than you can shake a brush at? In addition to the historic hotel’s current selections, the property features a fancy hat collection; one specimen dates to the mid-19th century. For a long-lasting souvenir, you can buy objets d’art from an on-site gallery.
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This art exhibit, "No Access," by Tom Burr is on the grounds of SCAD Museum, a contemporary art museum that once was an antebellum depot. The museum features new and professional artists. Savannah College of Art and Design also has classrooms and curatorial space in the museum.
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SCAD Museum
601 Turner Blvd.
(912) 525-7191
It’s hard to miss the Savannah College of Art and Design since many restored buildings in the Savannah historic district belong to the campus, but you’ll want to head to the contemporary art museum for a different take. SCAD Museum offers eye-catching, sometimes provocative art by professional artists. The pieces change often, so every visit could be different, a plus if you’re a repeat visitor to the city of Savannah.
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This 1878 synagogue on Monterey Square contains one of the oldest Jewish congregations in America. The design is Gothic Revival.
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Temple Mickve Israel
20 E. Gordon St.
(912) 233-1547
Savannah has one of the oldest Jewish congregations in the United States after New York and Newport, R.I. The colony welcomed the immigrants around 1733 during a yellow fever epidemic. Found along beautiful Monterey Square, the current synagogue was built circa 1878 and features Gothic Revival architecture, an uncommon architectural type for synagogues in America.
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North Beach on Tybee Island is a great place to relax.
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TYBEE ISLAND
Tybee Island, Georgia
(912) 786-5444
Once marketed as Savannah Beach, this barrier island offers a sandy shore, where you can put down a towel and relax. Easy to access from U.S. 80, North Beach is only about 30 minutes away from the Savannah historic district—an outing here is a perfect way to end your trip.