The Happy Camper Bucket List is about the two things we love the most… traveling and RVing! Each episode, we explore a new destination and showcase the best activities and fun experiences. We also try out a brand-new RV while visiting one of the area’s best campgrounds. Come along with us, Camping World, and Isaac Arron Media and let us help you add these wonderful destinations to your happy camper bucket list!
Episode 3 – Savannah, GA
In this episode, we head to one of America’s most charming and picturesque cities, Savannah, GA. This coastal city is most known for its incredible beauty, delightful cuisine and for good ol’ fashion Southern hospitality. The Historic District is the heart of the city and features beautiful public squares, gardens, cobblestone streets and plenty of majestic live oak trees and Spanish Moss. It’s actually the largest National Historic Landmark District in the country! There’s plenty to do and see and in this episode, we find out what makes Savannah, GA a bucket list destination.
What to do in Savannah, GA
Explore the Savannah’s Historic District
As mentioned above, the heart of Savannah is the historic city center. Built around more than twenty center squares, these squares are wonderful places to hang out and people watch. The massive oak trees provide plenty of shade and there are plenty of nearby restaurants, museums, and art galleries for you to enjoy at your own pace. We particularly enjoyed grabbing some ice cream and sitting on a bench in one of the squares and listening to a street performer play jazz music.
A must do experience in Savannah is to simply let the day pass by walking the cobblestone streets, getting lost in the beauty, and enjoying the architecture.
Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters
The Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters& showcases the differences between the most powerful and the least powerful citizens during 19th century Savannah. The mansion is a stunning example of Regency architecture, while the slaves’ quarters give a vivid representation of what life was like for slaves.
Visiting this historic site was one of the most powerful experiences we had while in Savannah. You can feel the somber energy in the slave quarters and it really moved us.
Wine and Dine on River Street
If you’re looking for a good time, head down to River Street where there is sure to be plenty of activity. River Street is an open container street which makes it very popular for bachelor and bachelorette parties. There’s lots of bars, restaurants, candy and souvenir shops… all within walking district of all the rest of the city’s historic center. The street is rich with history and entertainment and is a necessary stop for anyone visiting Savannah.
Cruise the Savannah River
Taking a scenic riverboat cruise is a fun and convenient way to see Savannah from a different perspective. Savannah Riverboat Cruises offers multiple types of cruises so there’s likely a cruise to meet your taste. We enjoyed the scenery on our cruise and were interested in the history that the cruise narrator shared with us during our trip.
Visit the Wormsloe State Historic Site
If you search for Savannah on Pinterest or Instagram, you’re going to be flooded with scenes from Wormsloe State Historic Site. The park is most known for the mile-long entrance road that is lined with live oak trees draped in Spanish Moss, which create a majestic tree tunnel. Do yourself a favor and make it past the gates and entrance road and enjoy the trails and the colonial site area where actors recreate what life of the past was like.
Have a beach day (or week) at Tybee Island
While Tybee Island is only 25 minutes from Savannah, it might as well be worlds apart. Savannah is chocked full of history and urban beauty. But, sometimes you just need to get away and feel the sea breeze in your hair. Tybee Island is your typical beach town – sun-drenched and laid-back. We enjoyed bringing our bikes and riding all over the island.
For a good spot to grab a drink and watch the sunset, head over to AJ’s Dockside Resturant. This place is always packed so make sure to get there early so you can get a seat on the dock!
Where to Camp
One of the best parts of Savannah is the proximity to the beach and Tybee Island! Therefore, when visiting Savannah, we thought it made great sense to stay closer to the beach and day trip into the city rather than day tripping to the beach. Rivers End Campground and RV Park was the perfect option for us because it’s only minutes from the beach and less than 30 minutes drive to Savannah and had all the amenities that you’d expect at a modern RV park.
In this episode, we hang out in a 24 foot Coleman Lantern travel trailer. This compact trailer is cozy, but still features a queen bed and sleeping room for 3-4. The layout is simple and efficient and we loved that the A/C was powerful enough to keep us cool, even during the Georgia summer. This camper is perfect for anyone looking to enjoy the benefits of RVing, without spending a fortune. We also loved how it can be towed with a large SUV, making it a great option for those that don’t already have a pickup truck.