This Southern belle looks best when she's all dressed up in white—flowers, that is. Spring is the best time to visit Savannah, bursting with blooming gardenias, magnolias, dogwoods, honeysuckle and more. The already romantic city kicks it up a notch—you half expect strangers to propose to you on the street. The Historic District and River Street are packed with visitors, and the city's famously gorgeous parks have more cameras than the red carpet on Oscar Night. While it's fun to see Savannah at the height of its glory, all the crowds do bring a penalty—higher prices on hotels, long waits at restaurants, tour groups clogging the museums. You might want to skip the city on March 17, when it seems like the entire population is hammered on green beer during what's said to be the country's second-biggest St. Patrick's Day's parade. Or maybe you want to buy a shamrock T-shirt and book your ticket now. Your call.
Winter is Savannah's slow season. While the Savannah weather rarely drops to what the rest of the country might call "cold," it can be nippy. Worse, it can be gray and drizzly (though sunny days still outnumber gray ones). But if you're willing to risk a few less-than-perfect days, this is one of the nicest times to see the city minus the crowds. Just bring a jacket and an umbrella—you'll be fine. Christmas and New Year's get a major bump in traffic, as visitors come to check out the Historic District's stunning holiday light displays. There are often historic home tours this time of year, which are a great opportunity to enjoy the guilty pleasure of peering through the personal spaces of Savannah's most fabulously wealthy citizens.