News 12 at 6, July 2, 2008
In this week's One Tank Trip, we'll take you down to the Georgia coast. Once a landing site for pirates and a battlefield during the revolutionary and civil wars, Tybee Island has since evolved into a tourist area. A tourist area that's ready for a visit from you.
Tybee has quietly become one of Georgia's premier vacation destinations.
Once a place reserved for the rich and famous of Savannah, now Tybee welcomes everyone to its shores.
At the turn of the 20th century, the island was filled with lots of small beach cottages for the families who came for the summer. Many of these large homes housed the wealthy who could afford a summer residence.
Today, the cottages have given way to many hotels and condos that dot the landscape. It's those resorts that have helped transform Tybee into a destination instead of an afterthought.
They've brought with them a number of pubs and restaurants, most within easy walking distance.
After you've gotten your fill of local food, there's plenty of shopping to be done. All of this is just a few miles away from Downtown Savannah, with its rich history and culture and the tourist destination of Riverstreet.
Just a three-hour drive from the Augusta area, Tybee Island is a great spot to get to for a week or a weekend. Just look for the lighthouse and the smell of the sea.