Despite finishing #11 among America’s small cities in 2019, Savannah landed at #3 in our Programming subcategory. Impressive for a city of 164,444. So, what’s it doing right—other than claiming the title of America’s Most Haunted City?
For starters, it’s not relying solely on its beloved Spanish moss and cobblestone streets to attract visitors. With more than 150 festivals annually, Savannah knows how to celebrate—from the famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade (one of the largest in America) to the two-week Savannah Music Festival in the spring and the Savannah Craft Brew Fest to end the summer on Labor Day weekend. Music, art, culture and food are just a few of the excuses for city-wide parties—and its rise to a Top 3 spot for Programming.
Increasingly, Savannah is garnering more attention for its food than for its historic sights. The ingredients for the rising culinary scene? Fresh local seafood, Southern home cooking and chef-driven restaurants cropping up throughout the Landmark Historic District, Starland and Tybee Island.
Savannah takes the top spot in the nation among cities with less than a million people for Nightlife, and scores an impressive #2 for Shopping, Top 5 for Culture and #21 for Restaurants.