Savannah, GA – Get outta town! To Bonaventure and Tybee

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Last Updated on July 13, 2021

After a few days, we come to a point that we just have to get out of Savannah.

Not because we hate it…on the contrary, we consider pulling the emergency brake on this nomadic life to stop for 91 days in Savannah like our friends Juergen and Mike. After all, there is so much to see in dreamy Savannah. We just want to explore two places we kept hearing about, so we just hop in our rental car and headed to two popular places outside of the city center – a graveyard and an island. If you’re looking for day trips from Savannah, read on:

Savannah Day Trips

Bonaventure Cemetery

As one of the stars of the film Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, the Bonaventure Cemetery outside of Savannah is one of the most beautiful we have ever visited, easily on par with our favorite Gothic cemeteries in London, the colorful cemeteries of Latin America or the famous Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris.

Savannah Day TripsEntering through the main gates, we find ourselves on a tree-lined road, a slight breeze blowing through Spanish moss draping down from the centuries-old trees causing an eeriness among the calm. We lock up the car and wander aimlessly between the graves for hours, reading inscriptions on the tombstones that tell succinct life stories of German settlers, Jewish merchants and Southern generals buried here.

gravestones at bonaventure cemetery in savannah georgiaThe cemetery is quiet and peaceful, and somehow traipsing over grounds filled with dead bodies takes on a romantic feeling. Bonaventure is set along the Wilmington River, and is home to unusual flowers, plants and trees, which add to its unique atmosphere as do the incredible obelisks, statues and tombstones which are as much works of art as tributes to the dead.
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Tybee Island

Relaxed after exploring the serene cemetery, we are curious to see tiny Tybee Island, just outside of Savannah. A short 30-minute ride through the marshes, and suddenly we are in an entirely different environment. The ocean comes into view, and along the quaint main street colorful one-story buildings house surf shops, souvenir stores and seaside restaurants.

Savannah Day TripsA wide sandy beach stretches around most of the island, inviting us to lay like lizards and recharge in the late afternoon sun. We could have rented a kayak or cycled around the island, but we are feeling lazy. Later on, we do make our way to the Tybee Island Lighthouse, which is Georgia’s oldest and tallest, and one of the few lighthouses from the 18th century that are still in use.

tybee island lighthouseLike many places we hit on the road trip, we wish we would have planned in more time here on the beach, to laze around, maybe rent a cottage and take in the gorgeous sunsets at night…how could we know just how many places throughout the south would appeal to us so much. Instead, this is just a day trip, and we are back in town by nightfall.

Savannah Day Trips

How to take this day trip from Savannah

Take the Island Expressway to Tybee Island, or take the detour that passes Bonaventure Cemetery: follow the Truman Parkway and then turn east on the 80, get off at Bonaventure Cemetery, and then get back onto the 80, which will meet the Island Expressway again.

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  1. Cemeteries have always fascinated me – I’ve spent hours going from grave to grave trying to find the oldest one! I think the creepiest thing though was the Ossuary in Prague – a complete church decorated in human bones (on the insdie) including chandeliers made from several whole skeletons and some giant pyramids with all the left over skulls… marcarbe!

    1. Wow Tony, Ossuary in Prague sounds amazing – scary, dark, and totally creepy, but amazing! We have such a fascination with cemeteries that’s hard to explain, glad you ‘get’ it!

  2. Creepy indeed – especially considering these aren’t ‘ancient’ skeletons, but comparatively modern, having been unearthed locally due to building work! So what did they do with them? Well… take a look!
    I went there about 5 years ago… fascinating. Couldn’t look away! Graveyards have so much history, so much tragedy and love and pain… and are usually quiet even in the middle of a city. What’s not to love eh? :0)

    1. It’s a classic – and Savannah is such a strong character in both the book and the movie, which makes visiting there that much cooler!

    1. Hey Angie, that’s great – you really should visit Savannah. I think we really appreciated the city and surrounding areas so much more with all this traveling under our belts for perspective. You get to really appreciate those unique, quirky destinations, the places that have enough to keep you entertained for months, not just a few days, you know?

    1. It really is exactly that: tranquil and beautiful 🙂 We loved the quietness of the cemetery – but Savannah also never felt very busy, although there were quite a few tourists there during our stay.

    1. We had amazing weather the whole time we were there – it actually could’ve been a little bit cooler 🙂 You should definitely go back in the summer and take advantage of the beaches!

  3. I have actually never been to Savannah and it looks like a place I would enjoy… Love that you went to the cemetery and Tybee Island to explore the area!

    1. Thanks Dayna! There are so many more places around Savannah to explore – we wish we’d have had more time! I hope you get to visit Savannah one day – such a lovely place.

    1. Thanks, Christian! We loved our relaxing day in Tybee Island. Would love to return to Savannah for a longer time, maybe a month or two 🙂

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