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Go on a Savannah history tour Go on a Savannah history tour

U.S. News Insider Tip:  If you want a totally unique experience, there are also bike tours, dog-walking tours, a comedy trolley tour called "Savannah for Morons" and food tours. –  Tanvi Chauhan, Contributor, Travel

Savannah's recorded history stretches back to 1733 when General James Oglethorpe docked his ship on the Savannah River and named this new territory (and America's 13th colony) "Georgia." You can hear all about Savannah's past and the events that shaped its present on a history tour. What's more, you won't have any trouble finding a tour that suits your interests, Savannah boasts a bevy of  city tours  – from architecture to ghosts to photography – for a variety of travelers.

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Take a walk in Forsyth Park Take a walk in Forsyth Park free

U.S. News Insider Tip:  If you are visiting in the fall, check out the free weeklong Savannah Jazz Festival in the park, which features local vendors and food trucks. – Tanvi Chauhan, Contributor, Travel

Go to this 30-acre park in the heart of Savannah's Historic District to relax after a long day of sightseeing. Keep your camera ready, though, as there is plenty to see here as well. Stroll past the stunning white-stone Forsyth Fountain, memorials dedicated to the Spanish-American War, the Fragrant Garden for the visually impaired and the 300-year-old Candler Oak tree. From the park, you can see several historic sites within walking distance, including the Mercer-Williams House Museum and the Sorrel Weed House .

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Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist free

Towering over Lafayette Square in the Historic District, the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist's Gothic towers should lure in any architecture buff. The original cathedral was established in 1799 by the first French colonists to arrive in the area. The brick structure you see today is not the original (since its founding, the church moved locations and was partially rebuilt following a fire in 1898), but the cathedral still impresses visitors with its imposing spires, Italian marble altar and stunning stained-glass windows. What's more, a Catholic cathedral of this size is a bit of a rarity in the South, where Catholicism is not the dominant religion.

Most travelers who took the time to see this cathedral were flabbergasted by its beauty, comparing it to Europe's medieval churches. Even if you're not interested in attending Mass, you should still set aside 10 to 15 minutes to take a brief peek inside the stunning interior. However, recent visitors said attending Mass here is worth considering (even if you're not Catholic), thanks to the beautiful atmosphere and talented choir. Feel free to take a self-guided tour inside the cathedral, but remember to be respectful as it's still an active house of worship.

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Savannah City Market Savannah City Market free

U.S. News Insider Tip:  Amid the attractions within City Market, the American Prohibition Museum is an unexpected find. It features cool exhibits and an authentic speakeasy serving up the Chatham Artillery punch – rumored to be made using a recipe that dates back to 1870! –  Tanvi Chauhan, Contributor, Travel

If you're planning to tour Savannah's Historic District, City Market is a great place to start. Spread out across four blocks, the open-air marketplace features restored warehouses sheltering everything from restaurants to boutiques to art galleries. When you're not shopping, listening to live music or enjoying a casual bite to eat, simply sit and people-watch: past visitors said this area is great for resting tired feet and taking in the Savannah scene. Plus, City Market is also a popular drop-off point for  trolley and carriage tours , so if you need to kill time before or after your tour, plan to check out the market.

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River Street River Street free

Running alongside the Savannah River in the Waterfront district is River Street, a lively area perfect for afternoon strolls. The cobblestone street is lined with more than 75 souvenir shops, galleries, restaurants and pubs housed in old cotton warehouses. It's also the place to go for pub crawls, making it attractive to party-seekers, and thus, slightly less family-friendly after dark. Plus, the area comes alive with street musicians after the sun sets.

Recent visitors recommended spending a few hours here for the gorgeous river views and excellent people-watching. Many also recommended the restaurants here.

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28 Memorable Things To Do in Savannah, Georgia

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Last Updated on December 9, 2021 by Chris and Lindsay

Building a one day Savannah itinerary can be incredibly difficult. With a rich history dating back to the colonization of Georgia, the city is ripe with history and culture. 

There are so many great things to do in Savannah that it can be challenging to try and fill just one day in Savannah. But as we have visited the city several times we have found that our favorite activities in Savannah fit nicely together in a full day (and on a budget!). 

No doubt you could spend a week in Savannah and not feel like you have experienced it all. In fact, we were only in the city for 24 hours the last time we visited Savannah and already we found ourselves thinking about how nice it would be to find a place to rent for a few months or a year!

So let’s boil your visit down to one day. 

NOTE: We travel by truck camper RV and have RV-specific recommendations if you plan to visit Savannah with your RV. Read on below the itinerary to find out more tips for visiting Savannah in your RV. 

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One Day in Savannah Itinerary

Trying to see everything that Savannah has to offer in one day is virtually impossible. But there is a lot that you can get done if you plan out your time and, of course, are willing to admit that you’ll have to come back at some other time in the future. 

When you follow our Savannah itinerary you’ll see how we take you through the heart of the city and all of the great things to do in Savannah while also giving you the flexibility to throw in nearby Savannah attractions. 

Getting around Savannah is best done by foot. There are so many things you will come across as you walk from one place to the next on this itinerary. And even taking in the scenery of each magical street is best done when you can stop and explore it as a detour.

But the next best way to explore Savannah is by booking either the full one or two-day hop-on hop-off trolley tour or the full 90-minute Historic Trolley Tour.

The hop-on hop-off tour will allow you to explore the city at your own pace and pick up on some of the history and stories along the way.

On the other hand, the Historic Trolley Tour will compact your trip into an hour and a half but will give you lots of great ideas of where you may want to get back and go explore on your own.

With that said, let’s get into this epic one day in Savannah itinerary!

1) Explore Forsyth Park (FREE)

Most of what to see in Savannah is located in the heart of the Historic District. So for the start to your one day itinerary we’re going to take you down to Forsyth Park. Forsyth Park is located on the fringe of the historic district and you absolutely can’t miss it.

Unlike most of the other parks in Savannah, Forsyth Park is a long rectangular-shaped park similar to the National Mall in Washington DC. There are several monuments and a spectacular water fountain in the heart of the park.

As this is the first stop of the day, you can spend as much time as you want wandering around the park.

Or plan to come back later for a cat nap or a cup of coffee and people watching. There are plenty of benches in the shaded area of the park and lots of open space to set up a picnic or to play with your dogs. 

From Forsyth Park most of the next activities are going to be along a relatively straight path walking toward a sunset over the Savannah River and River Street in the historic district. 

The fountain in Forsyth Park

2) Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist (FREE+)

Walking down Bull Street at the heart of Forsyth Park will take you through the grid that is Savannah’s park system. You’ll have a lot of options for jumping into different museums here.

But we recommend that you cut over to view the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist . 

Originally built in 1786, this is a Savannah attraction that stands out among all of the other historical landmarks throughout the city, literally.

You can’t really miss the gothic spires that climb to the top of the city. The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist can be appreciated whether you remain outside or choose to go into the cathedral itself.

When we visited there were services going on that prevented us from touring the cathedral. But it is possible to arrange for a tour for a small donation ($3.00). 

the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist

3) Colonial Park Cemetery (FREE)

From the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist, head to the Colonial Park Cemetery to view some of the oldest headstones in the region.

Growing to a size of nearly 6 acres to accommodate 9,000 graves, the Colonial Park Cemetery was the city cemetery between 1750 and 1853. There are numerous people of local historical significance buried here with placards to describe their feats in life.

You can easily spend an hour or so wandering around searching for the most unique headstones you can find. Some have been so well worn that you can barely read the inscriptions, if at all. 

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4) Sit on a Bench at Chippewa Square (FREE)

From the Colonial Park Cemetery you will cut back toward the city park made famous by the award-winning film Forrest Gump.

Chippewa Square in and of itself is not any more unique than the 21 other squares throughout the city. But it is perhaps the most central and it is also where Tom Hanks famously sat on a bench recounting his life as Forrest Gump.

While the bench he sat on has long since been removed, there are plenty of other shady benches on which to sit and take in the day.

You can also check out what shows are screening at the Historic Savannah Theater, whose marquee juts out on the corner of Hull Street toward the Chippewa Square. 

Sitting on a bench in Chippewa Park Savannah

5) Chow Down at the Olde Pink House Restaurant ($$)

From here when you meet Oglethorpe Avenue you have a variety of options when it comes to historic attractions and museums. But if you’re aching for a bite to eat we’d recommend that you head on down to the Olde Pink House Restaurant on the corner of Reynold’s Square.

Originally built in 1771, the Olde Pink House Restaurant occupies a home that once  held meetings that seeded the American Revolution. Now it serves delicious southern-style meals on the finer side of dining. 

A one day Savannah itinerary could include a tasty meal at the Olde Pink House

6) Eat Leopold’s Ice Cream ($)

If the Old Pink House Restaurant is not of your taste (or budget) be sure to head on down the street to Leopold’s Ice Cream.

Whether you eat ice cream for lunch or after lunch, this is a great sweet treat to keep you fueled up for the rest of your one day in Savannah itinerary! 

Leopold's Ice cream in Savannah

7) Enjoy Shopping at the City Market (FREE+)

As the afternoon begins to turn toward evening you’re going to want to make your way to City Market near the river. Here you’ll find four blocks of markets that have been selling all sorts of things since the 1700s.

If you skipped lunch, or need an afternoon snack, you’ll find all sorts of meal options. You could even plan to sit down for dinner at any of a number of restaurants in the City Market.

Plus you can shop for gifts or artwork to take home from your trip to Savannah. Street performers typically line up throughout the evening and you are welcome to purchase adult beverages at any restaurant or bar to take with you as you walk the streets of City Market!  

8) Walk Along River Street (FREE)

Now you are close enough to the Savannah River that you can probably smell it. You may even watch a building cruise by and wonder to yourself how it is that a building can move.

No doubt it is not a building moving. Rather it is one of any number of freight ships carrying cargo in and out of the port through the narrow, but deep, Savannah River. 

When you reach River Street you will feel overwhelmed with romance and as if you have stepped back in time, quite literally, as the modern city gives way step by step to cobblestone streets.

Choose to leave Bay Street and walk down the cobble pathways or take the ancient, steep steps down toward River Street. However you arrive, you are sure to feel things really slow down once you reach the bottom. 

Now it’s time to enjoy the evening. And one of the best things to do in Savannah is to simply walk around River Street. River Street itself is lined with shops and restaurants, all of which beckon you to visit.

Our favorite is River Street Sweets, where you can load up on delicious, fresh sweets such as praline pecans, a delectable southern treat. Or walk in either direction from there and find any number of other places to eat.

We have a personal attachment to the Olympia Cafe as we shot our engagement photos there! 

View of River Street cobblestone streets

9) Take a Ferry Ride at Sunset (FREE)

Unlike many US cities built around the water, Savannah provides a free ferry service in one of any number of converted tug boats. You can catch the ferry at three stops on the city-side of the Savannah River.

Or, alternatively, you can catch the ferry from the Convention Center or Westin Hotel side of the river on Hutchinson Island. 

While there is nothing to see per se on Hutchinson Island, the real treat for taking the ferry around the river is getting spectacular views of Savannah at sunset.

We don’t know how many times you can go around on the ferry before they ask you to leave! But if you have the time and the weather is nice, make your way to the bow of the boat for all the best views! 

Savannah ferry docked

10) Evening Opportunity – Savannah Queen Riverboat ($$)

Depending on where you are staying and what your budget and interests are, you can choose one of two great evening options for what to do in Savannah in one day.

The first option is to take a ride on the Savannah Queen riverboat. Once you walk around River Street you won’t be able to miss the Savannah Queen riverboat tied up along the river. 

The Savannah Queen riverboat offers a variety of cruise options. From dinner, brunch or lunch cruises to sunset or moonlight cruises, heading out on the Savannah Queen Riverboat will connect you with the historic past of Savannah. 

The Georgia Queen River Boat in Savannah

11) Evening Opportunity – Ghost Tours ($$)

With so much history in Savannah there are sure to be stories of ghosts and haunted houses/mansions in the area. Joining a ghost tour at night is one of the best ways to scare yourself (or your significant other!) while learning the history of the city.

Whether taking a private hearse tour (yes, in a hearse!) to a more common walking tour, you can join tours that combine pubs and bars or simply take you right into the heart of ghost town. 

One of the more popular ghost tours is this Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Tour .

12 – 21) Other Things To Do In Savannah

No doubt by now you are exhausted. If you’ve only done the things we’ve recommended in this one day in Savannah itinerary then it’s likely you’re quite content with what you’ve seen of the city. 

But there are quite a few notable mentions we didn’t specifically recommend that we would suggest you consider. Our Savannah itinerary was intended to be a nice pace for the average visitor to give you an overview of the historic city without breaking the bank. 

But if you are more interested in history, art or any number of other topics there is something in Savannah for everyone. Here are a few bonus alternatives for your one day Savannah itinerary: 

  • Telfair Museum of Art (Near JGL on Oglethorpe Ave)
  • Juliette Gordon Law Birthplace (Girl Scouts Founder, near Chippewa Park)
  • Owens-Thomas House (near Leopold’s)
  • Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room (classic southern-style dining near Mercer-Williams)
  • Tricentennial Park (near Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room)
  • Andrew Low House (near Forsyth Park)
  • Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum (near City Market)
  • American Prohibition Museum (near City Market)
  • Davenport House Museum (near Owens-Thomas House)
  • Breweries/Distilleries (any number of them located throughout the city)

Savannah Theater marquee

22 – 28) Day Trips from Savannah

While there are plenty of things to do in Savannah, there are also quite a few things to do nearby as well. And while this one day Savannah itinerary keeps you busy inside the historic district limits, these are a few ideas that we would suggest you consider if you are looking to add another day or two onto your trip to Savannah: 

  • Tybee Island – This barrier island is known for its beaches and lighthouse. Visit Tybee Island if you want to experience the beach while visiting Savannah. 
  • Wormsloe Historic Site – If you want the quintessential photo of the massive old oak trees lining the road, the drive into Wormsloe Historic Site is where you’ll find it! 
  • Savannah Botanical Gardens – Check out the native species of plants that give Savannah is color and beauty throughout the year. 
  • Bonaventure Cemetery – The oldest cemetery in Savannah, the Bonaventure Cemetery was made famous by the book/movie Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil. (Book a tour here )
  • Fort Jackson – Constructed in the early 1800s to protect Savannah from attacks by sea, Fort Jackson was one of 3 forts used by the Confederates to defend Savannah during the Civil War. 
  • Fort Pulaski National Monument – A second of three forts used to defend Savannah during the Civil War, Fort Pulaski is renown for its failure to stop Union batteries from destroying it and thus ushering in a new era of military warfare. 
  • Fort McAllister State Park – Located just outside of Savannah, Fort McAllister is the best-preserved Confederate earthwork fortress build into and around the ground. 

RV Tips in Savannah

While visiting cities can be intimidating with an RV, there are some opportunities particularly for smaller RVs to be able to enjoy the best of Savannah.

Our 26’ truck camper handled all roads and turns and we were even able to find ample parking throughout the city.

But not all RVs are created equal, so here are some things to consider if you plan to RV to Savannah. 

RV parked at Forsyth Park for one day in Savannah itinerary

RV Camping in Savannah

While there is no formal camping in Savannah, there are a few places you can find on iOverlander if you are looking to camp around Savannah on a budget.

We camped at one of these locations on Hutchinson Island near the Savannah Convention Center. If you choose this route then not only will you have budgetary savings (albeit no-frills and/or boondocking conditions) but also you’re in a great spot to take the free ferry across the river to Savannah.

This would give you an amazing chance to enjoy your one day Savannah itinerary without worrying about parking in the city or taking transportation from a campground further away.

NOTE: If you are a Harvest Hosts member there are 3 great farms within 30 minutes of downtown Savannah. If you plan one day in Savannah these would make for great places to stay. Click HERE to save 15% on your Harvest Hosts membership. 

Other campgrounds near Savannah: 

  • Red Gate Campground (15 min to downtown Savannah)
  • Biltmore RV Park (15 min to downtown Savannah)
  • Sunshine RV Park (15 min to downtown Savannah)
  • Hardeeville RV, South Carolina (15 min to downtown Savannah)
  • Creekfire RV Resort (30 min to downtown Savannah) PASSPORT AMERICA MEMBER. Click Here to Save 50% on your campsite through Passport America.
  • Rivers End Campground and RV Park, Tybee Island (30 min to downtown Savannah)
  • Whippoorwill Farms (30 miles north of Savannah)
  • Four Arches Farm (35 miles northwest of Savannah)
  • Skidaway Island State Park
  • Fort McAllister State Park

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Day Trip Savannah: One-Day Itinerary

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Savannah was founded in 1733 by General James Oglethorpe when he sailed up the Savannah River and landed his ship, The Anne . Today there is history around every corner, rumors of ghosts in every bar, and enough Southern hospitality to earn this town the nickname of Hostess City.

If you’re in town for just one day, make the most of it with this itinerary..

Water Taxi Savannah

Approximately one square mile, Savannah’s Historic District is a walkable must-see. If you prefer not to walk, there are a variety of tours that will take you around by horse-drawn carriage, trolley , segway, or pedicab. 

Forsyth Park Savannah

Begin with a visit to Forsyth Park where you can take iconic photos with its famous fountain. A popular site for various festivals, the park has benches, open spaces, beautiful pathways, playgrounds for the little ones, and a cafe.

Madison Square Savannah

Venture into some of Savannah’s historic squares on foot independently or with a tour. General Oglethorpe planned the city around 24 squares that served as public meeting places and business centers. Twenty-two squares remain, brimming with history, charm, and shops nearby. 

Historical Marker Savannah Square

Take time to read the historical markers, and visit a historic building or two. Some noteworthy places include the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist (East Harris Street), Juliette Gordon Low House (Oglethorpe Street), and the Owens-Thomas and Davenport Houses, both on State Street.

Sherman March to the Sea

For lunch, you can walk to Vinnie VanGoGo’s in City Market for delicious New York style pizza and calzones. Or hop in your car and grab an exceptional locally-sourced burger at Green Truck Pub (Habersham Street), or treat yourself to tasty Cuban cuisine at Rancho Alegre (M.L.King, Jr. Boulevard).

Broughton Street Savannah

In the afternoon, spend some time exploring Broughton Street’s distinctive shops, like the flagship Savannah Bee Company store with its honey bar, mead bar, and children’s area. Or The Paris Market and Brocante that features unique gifts from around the world. For a cold treat on a hot day, stop by award-winning Leopold’s Ice Cream, but be prepared to wait in a long line!

Next, head over to city market where you’ll find more shops, galleries, and restaurants. if time allows, visit the american prohibition museum (congress street) or nearby ships of the sea maritime museum (m.l.king, jr. boulevard), both of which are fascinating., dinner choices abound jazz’d tapas bar in city market (barnard street) is within easy walking distance. other notable choices in the area include vic’s on the river (bay street) or spanky’s on river street, “home of the original chicken finger.” a little farther away on east broad street, you can dine at the world-famous pirates’ house restaurant, first opened in 1753, and rumored to be haunted, of course., wrap up your whirlwind tour of savannah with a stroll along historic river street, enjoying the unique shops, galleries, and sights. visit the plant riverside district at the west end of river street where you can shop, catch a riverside fountain show, and admire fossils and rocks from around the world. , at the end of the day, there will still be plenty you didn’t do or see, but no worries. the hostess city is gracious, happy to welcome you back next time, related posts.

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What to Do on a Day Trip to Savannah, Georgia

Savannah is one America’s favorite vacation destinations. For the perfect day trip to Savannah, check out this iconic itinerary!

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Savannah, Georgia-the sparkling poster child of the quintessential romantic city. Dripping with Spanish Moss and dotted by Antebellum mansions, this Southern Belle is loaded with history and charm. While there’s certainly plenty to do in Savannah to justify a full vacation, it’s also a wonderful, one-day road trip from Charleston, South Carolina, or Jacksonville, Florida. A day trip to Savannah affords the traveler with a full emersion into the laidback Southern lifestyle. It’s a beautiful city with impressive historic homes, access to stunning beaches, and a fantastic culinary scene. If your Savannah itinerary is limited to one day, here’s our advice for getting the most out of your day trip!

Let’s Roam Savannah together!

We adore Savannah! The city has so many layers of interest for sightseeing. We’ve got a ghost hunt as Savannah is one of the most haunted cities in the United States. Our historic scavenger hunts explore the charms of downtown Savannah, and our bar crawl lights up the southern night. Check out all our Savannah hunts to all some spontaneous fun to your trip! You’ll explore behind-the-scenes trivia, compile some silly photos and videos, and compete against other Savannah teams for the ultimate spot on our city leaderboard. We can’t think of a more fun or efficient way to explore Savannah in a day!

A Bit of Savannah Flavor

In order to get the most out of your day trip to Savannah, it helps to know a few details about the city ahead of time. Founded in 1733, “Hostess City” is the oldest city in Georgia, and it is famously the first “planned city” in the United States. Savannah’s Historic District maintains 22 of its 24 original town squares and much of its original architecture as well, making it one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the USA.

War Torn Architectural Stunner

Savannah played a prominent role in both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War and many of these sites are still prominent tourist attractions today. Savannah’s history is fraught with difficulty and beauty, and rising out of the warfare, emerged one of the South’s most stunning cities. All this history has produced a varied architectural scene including Federalist community buildings, Victorian mansions, Gothic Revival churches, and Greek Revival government buildings.

Flourishing Art Community

Savannah has a strong tie to the arts community as well. It’s been the film location of major Hollywood films like Forrest Gump , Glory, and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil . Famous author Flannery O’Connor hailed from Savannah, and it’s the home to legendary Southern cooking guru, Paula Dean. With all these touts, on top of sandy beaches, a romantic ambiance, and a top-notch tourist infrastructure, Savannah, GA, is the perfect quick getaway!

The Best Savannah Day Trip Itinerary

This one-day itinerary will focus on efficiency. We want you to see all the best that Savannah has to offer with as little interruption as possible. We’ll assume you have a full 12 hours to explore. We’ve done our best to organize your activities in an order that makes sense spatially, so you won’t be backtracking constantly or jumping all over the city. Part of getting the most out of any day trip is utilizing your time well. While we’ve researched current opening times and taken that into consideration when designing this itinerary, you’ll need to double check time and dates with your travel schedule. Museums and historic sites are famous for being closed on random days, so always double-check! It’s going to be a jam-packed day, so put on your good walking shoes, and don’t forget your sunscreen!

Perfect Morning Itinerary

Grab some grub at alexander’s diner ..

One of the best breakfasts in the city is undoubtedly at Alexander’s Diner . From Southern grits to homemade blueberry muffins, Alexander’s has a large array of completely nut-free and allergy-friendly tastings. The menu is varied. The food is fresh, and the atmosphere is delightful. It has the perfect location to start your tour of Downtown Savannah as well. The diner opens at 8:00 a.m. We suggest you attempt to be there at the opening.

Explore Savannah’s South Historic District .

We might be biased, but we think the best way to get your bearings in a new city is by hitting the pavement, or the cobblestone streets in the case, and viewing the city on foot. Our Savannah South Historic District Scavenger Hunt is the perfect way to learn interesting facts about the area while having some good old-fashioned fun. We’ll check out all the top spots on an organized 1.5-hour walking tour. This tour explores historic hospitals, Johnny Mercer’s childhood home, and some beautiful churches. It includes top spots and some off-the-radar historical sites that will familiarize you with the heritage and history of Savannah. Like all our scavenger hunts, this Savannah tour can be done at any time, so it will flexibly fit into your schedule if you decide not to start your day with it!

Tour the Mercer-Williams House .

Move on next to the Mercer-Williams House . This historic home on Bull Street is not only an Italianate beauty, but it’s the spot of a historic murder that inspired the true crime novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. It’s a stunning home with a fantastic 20-minute guided tour. The home opens at 10:00 a.m. and is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

After touring the home, cross the street to Monterey Square. Designed by General James Oglethorpe, the 19th-century town square is one of the original and contains a historic monument to Casimir Pulaski, a Polish war hero who was a prominent leader in the American Revolutionary War. The square is lined with gorgeous mansions to ogle.

Wander Forsyth Park .

Probably one of America’s most famous urban parks, Forsyth is the epitome of Southern Charm. From Antebellum mansion to giant Live Oak trees, to gorgeous fountains, it’s one of the most photogenic spots in the city. The flower-filled park covers 30 acres, includes well-maintained walking paths amongst historic monuments, and is the perfect spot to catch some shade. Exploring Forsyth Park can be a bit overwhelming. Visit Savannah has a great travel guide for first-time visitors to this iconic green space. If you’re ready for your second coffee fix of the day, there’s a cute outdoor cafe in the park called Collins Quarter .

Stroll East Jones Street

East Jones Street is one of the most beautiful avenues in the city. The beauty of Jones Street is that it really hasn’t changed all that much in the last couple of centuries. The road is still made of bricks, and lined by giant oaks. If you didn’t get enough breakfast, the very popular Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room opens at 11:00 a.m., and you can pop in for an early traditional, Southern lunch. We have no qualms about eating like a hobbit when visiting Savannah, “second breakfast,” “elevensies,” and “luncheon” are all perfectly acceptable!

Pop in the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist .

This church is one of the most elaborately beautiful and historically important houses of worship in North America. It’s both a basilica ( a church deemed by the pope to be historically or culturally important, artistically superior, or otherwise significant to the Roman Catholic Church) and a cathedral (an official seat of a bishop). While Catholicism was originally banned in Savannah, by the 1790s there was a Parish in the city.

The cathedral was built from 1873-1876, remodeled in the early 1900s after a major fire, and updated a few more times over the years. The cathedral is stunning and definitely worth a few minutes of your time!

Visit Colonial Park Cemetery .

If you’re interested in war history or haunted spaces, the Colonial Park Cemetery should be on your Savannah day trip itinerary. It’s the final resting place of the city’s Revolutionary War soldiers, and it’s said to be one of the most haunted spots in a city that is known for its precocious poltergeists. During the Civil War, Union soldiers used the cemetery as a campsite and partook in a little vandalism, changing dates on tombstones to make people’s lifespans more than 1,000 years or to have them die before they were born. See if you can find some of their handiwork on the gravestones.

If this kind of thing is your bread and butter, you might consider venturing out to Bonaventure Cemetery as well. We don’t include it as a primary site on this day trip itinerary because it’s slightly outside of the Downtown area and will require transport.

Peruse Chippewa Square .

After a walk through the world of the dead, head back to the land of the living and set your sights on Chippewa Square. The square was named after a famous battle in the War of 1812. It’s also the famous spot where Forrest Gump sat with his box of chocolates and told his story to a secession of bus riders. Make sure to take a look at the historic Savannah Theater and the statue of city founder, James Oglethorpe.

Tour Owen-Thomas House and Slave Quarters .

Next up, the Owen-Thomas House and Slave Quarters is an important, if difficult on some levels, historic site. Constructed in 1819, the mansion was home to the Richardson family and was partially built by enslaved persons. The home was later owned by the mayor of Savannah and was reportedly the first home to get indoor plumbing in the United States. The tour includes gardens, the house museum, and the slave quarters.

The home is beautifully maintained, with period rooms and furniture. It’s managed by Telfair Museums and does a phenomenal job of telling the story of early 19th-century Savannah from the perspective of an enslaved person. The tour will take approximately 45 minutes and comes with an audio guide (bring your own smartphone with a QR code reader and headphones). Guided tours are also available throughout the day.

Grab lunch in City Market .

Time to eat! You’re probably starving by now, and there’s no better place in town to grab lunch than City Market. It’s a bustling open-air market that’s been serving the community since the 1700s. It contains tons of food options, as well as unique shops and stalls selling clothing, souvenirs, and jewelry. For a tasty meal on the go, grab a slice of New York-style pizza from Vinnie Van Go-Go’s. If you need to rest your feet, there are plenty of great sit-down restaurants in the market as well. Top off your meal with some fresh praline from Savannah Candy Kitchen or leave the market and hit up Leopold’s Ice Cream on Broughton Street. You’ll likely have to stand in line to get the luscious, creamy treat, but it’s well worth it!

Tour the American Prohibition Museum .

The American Prohibition Museum is located within City Market. It’s the only museum purely dedicated to the American Prohibition Era and a great spot to burn off that pizza. You’ll learn all about this restrictive period of history, see an extensive collection of stills, visit an authentic speakeasy, meet the rumrunners and gangsters, and learn to make your own moonshine.

Accessible Morning Alternative:

If you have no desire to traverse the cobblestone in the Georgia heat, or you have some accessibility issues that prevent tons of walking, you could opt for the hop-on-hop-off trolley tour of historic Savannah offered by Old Savannah Tours. It hits 15 stops, many of the ones we have discussed above. Plus, you get to ride around town on an adorable vintage trolley!

Afternoon Alternatives

For the afternoon hours, we take a branching approach based on interests. Read through these four options and decide which one works best for your crew.

Alternative One: For the Sightseers

Take a riverboat cruise..

Savannah is even more beautiful from the water. Head for the waterfront and hop on a sightseeing bob from Savannah Riverboat Cruises . The captain narrates the tour with historic facts and intriguing tales. You coast past the Savannah skyline, offering a chance to snap some stellar pics. You’ll see Old Fort Jackson, home of the oldest artillery in the country, and much more. The boat has a full bar and grill, so you can do a little more eating while you float! With this alternative, you will not need to utilize any transportation. It’s all walkable.

Alternative Two: For the Foodies

Take a food tour..

If the thought of river floating makes you wanna vomit, then toss option one, and opt for a food tour! As we’ve expressed, there are few places in the country with as many excellent foodie options as Savannah. One of the few food tours that is offered in the afternoon is the Dessert Tour from Southern Flavors. It’s a three-hour tour taking you to all the best sweet spots in downtown Savannah. Beginning at 4:45 p.m., this tour is a great way to experience happy hour as well, as Savannah allows to-go drinks, and the guides will be happy to suggest the best cocktails at each spot! This is your second pedestrian-friendly option, no rental car necessary.

Alternative Three: For the History Buffs

Head to fort mcallister or wormsloe historic site ..

If you can’t stomach another bite, and you’re itching for more Savannah history, there are two sites that bear discussing. Both are fantastic sites, but both are slightly outside of the downtown area. Fort McAllister is the best-preserved earthwork fortification from the Civil War. It was the site of numerous battles and now has a small Civil War Museum, expansive grounds with cannons and artillery, and barracks to explore. It’s located South of Savannah on the Ogeechee River.

Warning: Fort McAlister is a 45-minute drive from the American Prohibition Museum. Unless Civil War history is your primary reason for visiting Savannah, this one is a stretch for a day trip!

Wormsloe Historic Site

The Wormsloe Historic Site is one of the most famous Instagram spots in Savannah. You’ve likely seen its long drive, lined with giant Live Oaks. It’s a stunning space with a long history. The site is home to the Tabby ruins, the Colonial estate of Noble Jones, a carpenter that was among the first settlers of Savannah. The ruin is the oldest structure in Savannah still standing. The carpenter ended up serving in the war, working as an agent to the Native Americans, performing doctor duties, and being a surveyor. He lived a pretty remarkable life. However, like most manors in the area, Wormsloe didn’t escape the horrors of slavery. Most of the slave quarters no longer stand, as they were demolished by the family in the early 1900s. Wormsloe is more doable at just a 20-minute drive from the American Prohibition Museum.

Alternative Four: For the Beach Bums

Tybee Island’s glorious beaches are a 40-minute drive from the museum. While you certainly won’t get a full beach day, you can spend a couple of hours on the sands before heading back downtown for dinner. Make sure to pop in the Tybee Island Lighthouse and stroll along the pier. For a quick and fun review of the island, sign up for our “ Tybee Tides and Treasure Hunt !”

Savannah Evening Itinerary

Wherever you roamed this afternoon, head back to downtown Savannah to finish out the evening!

Have dinner at the Olde Pink House .

Along the Savannah River, there are several amazing restaurants. The Olde Pink House is a Savannah institution. While it is a bit pricey, they serve up an elevated Southern menu that is to die for inside a pale pink Colonial mansion. Another great option is Vic’s On the River . It also serves up traditional Southern cuisine but from a 19th-century warehouse on the river. They’re both fantastic. You can’t go wrong! Check out the linked website to peruse the menus.

Stroll along the riverfront at sunset.

After your fried Southern specialty, you may want to walk off a few calories. Head east along River Street. Before the road curves to the south and become and becomes President Street, veer off and stay along the water for the Savannah River Walk. It’s a beautiful stroll, and there are some great spots to rest and watch the cargo ships float by. For those not staying the night, this will probably be the end of your day in Savannah, and it’s a rejuvenating way to cap off a busy day!

Join a bar crawl or ghost tour .

For those staying the night in Savannah, or willing to leave very late, Let’s Roam has your nightlife agenda covered! We have two amazing options for Savannah after dark.

Getting Paranormal in the Peach State

There’s no better place in the United States for a ghost hunt than the hauntingly beautiful nighttime lanes of Savannah. On our paranormal scavenger hunt , you’ll explore Hamilton-Turner Inn, Colonial Park Cemetery, Madison Square, and more. You’ll search for plaques, art, and statues, solving riddles along the way to learn paranormal trivia about the sites and gain points. Just keep an eye out for extra members trying to join your team during the night!

Soul of Savannah Bar Crawl

If you’d rather have sweet sleep tonight, then trade in the creepy shenanigans for a fun-filled evening of fancy cocktails and craft beer. On our Savannah bar crawl, we’ll take you to some of the best watering holes in town, including Moon River Brewing Company and PS Tavern. Like all our hunts, the bar crawl is full of fun photo/video challenges to add some spontaneity to your normal night at the bar. If you want to end your Savannah day trip with a bang, then grab your crew and spend the evening bar-hopping with us! Just download the Let’s Roam scavenger hunt app . Sign up for the bar crawl, and complete it at any time that works for you.

Closing Thoughts

Savannah is a gorgeous Southern city that has earned its place on the list of favorite American vacation destinations. It offers the traveler an escape to a slower way of life. With incredible natural beauty, stunning architecture, and a layered history, Savannah has something to offer every kind of traveler. If you find yourself anywhere near this fabulous city, you simply must include a day trip to Savannah in your road trip itinerary.

For more Savannah options, check out our travel guide, “ The Top 26 Excursions and Tours in Savannah, GA .”

If you have a little more time to devote to the Hostess City, check the full list of must-see sites on our list of “ The Best Things to Do in Savannah, Georgia .”

Frequently Asked Questions

Savannah, GA is a fantastic day trip from Jacksonville, FL, or Charleston, South Carolina. It’s a city filled with history, gorgeous architecture, tasty Southern food, and beautiful green spaces.

For the perfect day trip in Savannah , take a scavenger hunt in the historic district . Hop on a riverboat cruise on the Savannah River, eat your heart out in City Market , and stroll along the River Walk .

Ideally, 2-3 days are the perfect amount to explore all that Savannah has to offer, but with proper planning, you can hit the major sites on an organized day trip .

Savannah is one of the South’s premier cities. It’s a fantastic vacation destination for history buffs, couples in need of a romantic retreat, or a group of friends looking for a fun night out !

One of the primary reasons that Savannah is so adored is its walkability. It’s a stunning city with great green spaces and dreamy architecture and most of it can be tackled on a one-day walking tour .

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One Day in Savannah: Mini-Itinerary for a Perfect Day Trip

One of the most interesting and visually stunning places you’ll find is the coastal city of Savannah, GA!

This historical and haunted city is home to Georgian-style architecture, towering green trees adorned with willowy Spanish moss, and one of the premiere art colleges in the USA!

Keep reading to learn about all the places to go and things to do in this gorgeous city — all laid out easily so you can tackle the best of Savannah in a one-day trip!

What to Know Before Visiting Savannah

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Flying into Savannah

The Savannah/Hilton Head Airport is the nearest airport, located a short distance from downtown Savannah, only about 8 miles away.

Over a dozen airlines serve the airport, including Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines.

Depending on your departure city, many flights will have a stopover in Atlanta first.

Renting a Car in Savannah

If you’re using one day in Savannah as a launching pad to travel to other nearby destinations — such as Hilton Head, Tybee Island, and Charleston — you’ll definitely want to rent a car for your road trip.

I always use Discover Cars to find the best price available for my car rental. They search over 500 different agencies in order to find the lowest price possible. Check car rentals in Savannah here!

That said, if you’re just visiting Savannah as a day trip from elsewhere, you won’t need to rent a car, especially for this one day Savannah itinerary — everything on here is walkable!

Where to Stay

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If you’re only visiting for a day in Savannah, you may not need to spend the night. However, if you do, I suggest picking somewhere centrally located.

Here are a few suggestions:

BUDGET | The Thunderbird Inn is a funky revitalized motel from the 1960s is now a delightful place to stay close to Savannah’s downtown area, just a 5-minute walk away. It has fun vintage features and design that you’ll love the retro feel of!

Check rates, reviews, and availability here.

MID-RANGE | The Justine Inn is a charming, historic B&B in a cute French-Renaissance style mansion that dates back to 1877. The rooms are really elegantly designed and it’s an absolute visual delight!

LUXURY | Perry Lane Hotel is the best option in town for a bit of that luxe life! Get greeted with complimentary champagne and enjoy the beautiful design of this stunning boutique hotel located right on Chippewa Square. Enjoy the rooftop bar, pool area, and other 5* amenities.

Best Time to Visit Savannah

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Savannah has a similar climate to other Deep South destinations, although its position near the coast offers up a bit more breeziness to cut through the heat and humidity.

Summers in Savannah are long, hot, and humid — it may be best to visit during another time of year if you can!

The most pleasant months for a Savannah getaway are the shoulder season months of spring and fall (April-May and October-November).

Winter is also a great time to visit Savannah!

Winter temperatures are mild — typically around 60° F in the daytime and 40° F overnight — making it a great time to do activities that would be unpleasant in the summer, like walking tours.

What This Savannah Itinerary Skips

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With only one day in Savannah, we’ve had to make a few cuts in order to make it doable as a day trip… meaning a few important places are not on this itinerary.

One thing we’ve cut is the Wormsloe Historic Site , a plantation that is (unfortunately) better-known for its “Instagrammable” live oak avenue leading up to it than for the horrors that happened here .

You can certainly visit, but I encourage you to do so with a critical eye, and ask what stories are being told and what stories are being erased.

There are also some places that are commonly featured on Savannah travel guides, like Bonaventure Cemetery , one of the oldest cemeteries in Savannah.

It’s a beautiful place, but it’s a bit out of the way if you only have one day in Savannah.

Optional Reading

If you’re the type of traveler who likes to read a bit about your destination before your trip, skip the Savannah travel guide book and instead, grab a copy of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt.

This book enjoyed one of the longest streaks on the NYT bestseller list for a reason! While technically a work of nonfiction, it reads like fiction and is gripping, compelling, and tells Savannah’s story beautifully.

One Day in Savannah Itinerary

Morning: savannah historic district & savannah’s squares, wander around the savannah historic district..

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The perfect way to start off your day in Savannah is exploring the Savannah Historic District !

Various museums, architecturally stunning buildings from the 18th century and 19th century, and historic attractions are situated amongst the tree-lined streets of this section of the city.

For getting around, you can walk, bike, or take a trolley tour. If you’re up for it, walking around the city is perhaps the best way to explore historic Savannah.

Additionally, Savannah has a bike sharing program, which allows you to rent bikes located throughout the city.

Old Town Trolley Tours transports you to 15 set locations throughout the city, and you can get off and back on as you like.

Grab a tasty coffee and breakfast snack.

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To start off your day on the right foot, grab a coffee and some breakfast food.

Luckily, Savannah has a fantastic array of local coffee shops to choose from — here are three of our favorite choices.

  • The Foxy Loxy Cafe is a coffee shop and Tex-Mex cafe frequented by the art college students. Try the Horchata, which is Mexican sweetened milk served over ice.
  • Another staple in the city is Savannah Coffee Roasters . In addition to their coffee menu, they also offer brunch dishes like Belgian waffles, quiches, and egg scrambles.
  • The Sentient Bean is an eclectic coffee shop, where you can grab a latte and dishes breakfast burritos. After you’ve ordered, settle in at one of their comfortable tables to savor your food and drink!

Take a stroll through Forsyth Park.

the fountain with a statue in forsyth park with trees, greenery, and spanish moss

A real gem in the Historic District is Forsyth Park . This 30-acre park is full of azalea bushes, tall oak trees, and a spectacular fountain!

You can walk around the park to enjoy the fresh air and surrounding scenery. This is a great photo spot to take some great shots to remember your trip.

Check out some of Savannah’s architectural gems.

cathedral of saint john in savannah with white and royal blue ceiling with stars and wooden pews and a reddish altar with nave

Savannah is home to lots of visually interesting buildings, with one of those being The Gingerbread House .

Head over to this property, which is a prime display of Steamboat Gothic architecture — a unique style of architecture you’ll only find in the American South.

The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist is also one of the most incredible historical site not just in Savannah, but in the USA! Come here for stunning architecture and make sure you have your camera.

Check out the Mercer-Williams House.

reddish brick building with four white pillars and several windows with juliet balconies and decorative black detail on the windows and greenery in front of house

Another interesting place along here is the Mercer-Williams House on Bull Street, done in the Italianate style.

This historic house is where the murder that inspired the true crime nonfiction work, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, took place.

As a result, many fans of the book (and the movie based on the book) opt to take a tour of the house while they’re visiting. You’ll want to make a reservation online ahead of time if so!

Explore the historic Chippewa Square.

sign for chippewa square in front of some plants, with a statue visible in the distance surrounded by trees in the square

One of the most historic squares in Savannah is Chippewa Square . The name comes from The Battle of Chippewa, fought during the War of 1812.

However, Chippewa Square is most famous for its time on the silver screen. Remember in Forrest Gump, when Forrest waited for the bus?

The location for that iconic scene was none other than Chippewa Square!

Come here to stroll under the towering trees and Spanish moss, or sit on one of the benches and take in your incredible surroundings.

This beautifully green and scenic space is the type of atmosphere that Savannah is known for! It feels like you’ve been transported to a magical place, and it’s a really special experience.

Admire the Savannah Theatre.

vertical sign reading savannah in front of the historic theatre

After visiting Chippewa Square, check out the nearby Savannah Theatre . Look for its trademark vintage marquee and vertical lit-up Savannah sign — another great photo spot!

This historic property opened in 1818 with a performance of the comedy “The Soldier’s Daughter”.

And today, you can still catch a live performance!

Check out the spooky Colonial Park Cemetery.

sign for colonial park cemetery with trees and gravestones in the background

Not far from Chippewa Square, you’ll find the Colonial Park Cemetery which dates back to the late 18th century.

This cemetery is the final resting place of many Revolutionary War soldiers, and it’s said to be one of the more haunted places in Savannah!

Haunted or not, it is a beautiful place to go for a stroll and learn a bit about Savannah’s centuries-old history.

Explore the Savannah College of Art & Design area.

facade at the savannah college of art & design

The city is home to one of the premiere art colleges in the U.S., the Savannah College of Art & Design, otherwise known as SCAD.

A truly unique feature of Savannah is the juxtaposition of having a very contemporary art college nestled amongst the cobblestone streets and Georgian style architecture.

If you enjoy art, check out the SCAD Museum of Art . This modern art museum features a variety of exhibitions from international artists, and they also have film screenings and lectures.

For something a little different, SCADstory is an immersive 4D exhibit about the college, where you can take a trip through SCAD’s history that covers four decades.

For book nerds, the Ex Libris Bookstore is a fun place to scope out.

You can see where the SCAD students shop for their books and art supplies, and the interior of the store has some interesting design elements!

Grab a bite to eat in Savannah’s City Market.

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One of the most bustling areas in Savannah is City Market . This open-air market dates back centuries, and has become one of the most popular destinations in the city!

This is a great place to walk around for a bit, with different kinds of shops to explore and several dining options.

It’s typically buzzing with people strolling the area, and there is a palpable sense of excitement.

This is a great place to grab a bite for lunch, as there are casual and formal options. Here are a few of our suggestions:

  • Belford’s Savannah is a nice restaurant for delicious seafood, steaks, and a relaxing drink — great if you want a slightly upscale meal.
  • Vinnie Van Go-Go’s is a great spot to pop in for some New York style pizza.

There is a fun and diverse selection of shops and boutiques to browse at City Market. It’s a great place for window shopping, and easy to venture in and out of places that catch your interest.

The City Market stalls sell a wide variety of things, include jewelry, food, clothing, souvenirs, and even toys!

In addition to the shops, there are several art galleries to view pieces on display.

Another cool place to visit here is the American Prohibition Museum , which chronicles the story of Prohibition.

Take a step back in time and explore more than 20 exhibits, and then visit the nearby speakeasy for a perfectly crafted drink!

If no food is piquing your interest here, you may want to grab lunch at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room , a famous Savannah diner, open from 11 AM to 2 PM, weekdays only.

Take a narrated riverboat harbor sightseeing cruise.

a white and red riverboat in savannah with a bridge in the distance, docked and ready for people to get on board

One of the best things about Savannah is its location on Georgia’s coast, and therefore its close proximity to water.

Getting out on a riverboat to cruise along the waterfront is a must-do activity in the city!

This riverboat harbor sightseeing cruise is the perfect activity to include on your one day itinerary when visiting Savannah.

Over one and a half hours, you’ll listen to commentary from the captain as they discuss Savannah’s history.

Take in the sights of the waterfront as you slowly make your way along the river!

It’s a cool way to see the Savannah in a different light, and it is also a prime photo opportunity.

The cruise goes all the way to Old Fort Jackson , where you’ll get the unique experience of seeing and hearing the active cannons.

This Savannah riverboat cruise is a perfect activity to take a break from walking all over the city. Relax your feet and enjoy some time on the water, enjoying the cool breezes!

Book your riverboat cruise online here!

Take a stroll down River Street.

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One of the things Savannah is best known for is its riverfront — and since we just experienced it from the water, let’s go over it by foot next.

River Street overlooks the Savannah River, and was the site of the original port of Savannah.

Today, this electric area is home to shops, restaurants, and events throughout the year.

This is the perfect place to traverse the cobblestone streets and browse all that this area has to offer!

One of the most popular and famous attractions is River Street Sweets .

Pick up some of their world famous pralines, and try not to be tempted by all the incredible treats in the shop.

Pop into True Grits , which has been selling gifts and apparel on River Street since the 1970s. This is a great place to grab some souvenirs for yourself and others!

If you just snacked earlier and now you’re getting hungry, there is a good selection of dining establishments in the area. Here are two suggestions.

  • For an incredible view, head over to the Electric Moon Skytop Lounge + The Moon Deck . Enjoy food and a drink as you gaze out over the waterfront!
  • At Churchill’s Pub , you can dine in their open air terrace, wine cellar, or street level main bar. This is a great place to unwind and rest for a while.

River Street is one of Savannah’s most treasured destinations, so be sure to make your way to this part of town when you’re here!

Learn some of Savannah’s history at the Owens-Thomas House.

exterior of the owens thomas house, now a museum that covers the living conditions of enslaved people as well as the history of this house

A historically significant and educationally important site to visit in Savannah is the Owens-Thomas House , run by Telfair Museums.

This mansion was constructed in 1819, and included a carriage house, gardens, and slave quarters.

The family that built the home, the Richardsons, used the labor of free and enslaved men to erect the property.

A little over a decade later, the mayor of Savannah purchased the residence. He moved in his wife and children, as well as a dozen enslaved people, who lived in the slave quarters.

Here, you can take a guided tour and learn about the people who lived here and were forced to build this property in the nineteenth century.

There are several exhibits to experience, many of which center the experience of the enslaved people who were forced into labor at the Owens-Thomas House.

There are also period rooms with antique items which you can visit to get a sense of what life looked like back in the 1800s.

This is an interesting and informative place to visit, and it will provide insight to a time period that should not be forgotten.

Go on an evening ghost tour.

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Despite Savannah’s charming and almost fairytale-like atmosphere, it is actually known as America’s most haunted city.

Perhaps it’s not that surprising, given Savannah’s history, marked by its role in the Atlantic slave trade and its battles during the Civil War.

To learn more of Savannah’s haunted history, the Ghosts & Gravestones Trolleybus Sightseeing Tour is an interesting way to interact with this history!

As you board the fittingly-themed black trolley, you will be greeted by your guide for the evening. Then, you’re off for a tour of haunted destinations onboard the so-called ‘Trolley of the Doomed’!

One of the areas this tour will take you to are River Street’s Perkins and Sons Ship Chandlery.

This nautical establishment is a shipwares shop that has historical items on display — and is supposedly haunted by spirits, with several apparitions sighted.

You will also pass by the Columbia Square and Ellis Square in the Historic District, as well as Madison Square by the Savannah Waterfront Association District.

Sit back and listen to your guide tell creepy tales and Savannah history, all while exploring the dark, shadowy streets of Savannah.

Book your ghost trolley sightseeing tour here!

End your day with delicious Southern fare at the Olde Pink House restaurant.

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One of Savannah’s most well known restaurants is The Olde Pink House restaurant. Here, you can feast on elevated Southern dishes, in one of the city’s historic mansions.

As far as the name of the restaurant goes, what does the color pink have to do with it? The origin of the name dates back to when the property was built in the eighteenth century.

Red bricks were used for construction, and then they were enclosed in white plaster.

For some reason, the red bricks would appear through the white plaster, making the visual appearance of the building pink.

After the property changed hands a few times, a new owner purchased the residence in 1920.

They made the decision to just paint the whole mansion pink, hence the name!

Some of the dishes you can order here include jumbo sea scallops, crispy scored flounder, and pecan crusted chicken breast.

The sides include southern staples like collard greens, mac & cheese, and fried green tomatoes.

This is Southern food at its finest!

Grab dessert at Leopold’s Ice Cream afterwards.

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Having dessert at Leopold’s Ice Cream is a Savannah tradition, and it’d be rude to skip it even if you only have one day in Savannah!

This is where you’ll find the best ice cream in the city — and the lines to match!

Luckily, the line moves pretty quickly, so you can spend it making up your mind of which of the dozens of flavors you want to try!

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Rachel considers herself a lifelong Atlanta resident, despite being born in New England. She graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in Fashion Merchandising. When she’s not at home with her cat, Velma, Rachel loves exploring the art scene when visiting big cities like Chicago and Los Angeles.

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6 dazzling day trips from Savannah

Caroline Eubanks

Aug 22, 2023 • 6 min read

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After you've explored Savannah, you can start planning day trips to nearby Tybee Island and charming towns © The Good Brigade / Getty Images

Savannah, Georgia , has plenty of appealing qualities, like its incredible food scene and historic landmarks. But this coastal city is also well located if you’re looking to take day trips nearby, exploring other destinations.

Whether you want to learn about the people of the Sea Islands, spend a day relaxing on the beach, or cross another state off your list, you’ll find it on one of these day trips from Savannah .

1. Soak up the sun on Tybee Island, Georgia

Travel Time: 20 minutes

If you’re spending more than a few days in the city, you’ll likely want to spend at least one day at the beach. Tybee Island is the best beach near Savannah, located on one of the surrounding barrier islands.

Of course, the main draw is fun in the sun, but visitors can also tour the Tybee Island Light Station Museum , which dates back to 1773. The island also has a culinary scene that is on par with what you’ll have downtown, including the oysters at Sea Wolf, the overflowing crab leg baskets at The Crab Shack , and the artisan coffee drinks at Tybean Art & Coffee Bar .

How to get to Tybee Island from Savannah: If you have a car, that’s your best bet to get to the beach. It’s also possible to get a taxi or rideshare. The CAT bus Route 10 will get you most of the way there, stopping on Wilmington Island, but from there, you’ll still need another ride.

2. Experience a day of leisure on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Travel Time: 45 minutes

Travelers come to Hilton Head Island in search of relaxation, which can be found even if you’re only visiting for the day. The island has dozens of golf courses, including those designed by the likes of Robert Trent Jones and Pete Dye. But if that’s not your speed, there are also plenty of mini-golf courses, plus miles of bike paths, making it a great family-friendly day trip.

If you plan enough in advance, you can hop aboard the ferry to go to Daufuskie Island , a neighboring island where members of the Gullah community still live. You can join one of the tours to see highlights of the island, including historic churches and the school where author Pat Conroy taught, later inspiring his book The Water is Wide .

How to get to Hilton Head Island from Savannah: The transportation options are mostly limited to driving, but you might be able to convince a taxi to take you across the state line for the right price. Otherwise, make the easy drive over the Talmadge Memorial Bridge and into South Carolina via SC-46 East.

Houses on a tree-lined street in the historic district in Beaufort, South Carolina

3. Learn about Black history in Beaufort, South Carolina

Travel Time: 1 hour

The city of Beaufort is small in size but has a lot to offer, especially for history buffs. It’s home to the Reconstruction Era National Historical Park , which educates visitors on the period after the Civil War when the formerly enslaved rebuilt their lives.

Another important landmark in the park is on neighboring St Helena Island: the Penn Center . It’s the site of a school founded by northern missionaries for formerly enslaved people. It was also where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and his contemporaries planned many of the pivotal events of the Civil Rights Movement.

How to get to Beaufort from Savannah: If you continue past Hilton Head Island, you’ll reach Beaufort, so the transportation options are about the same. Driving is your best bet, especially as you’ll need a car to reach the barrier islands.

4. Visit the former playground of millionaires on Jekyll Island, Georgia

Travel Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Set in what’s known as Georgia’s Golden Isles, Jekyll Island ’s history dates back centuries. Indigenous tribes had long called the island home, but in 1733, the Georgia colony was founded here by General James Edward Oglethorpe. The island passed through a series of owners over the years before becoming a private club in 1886, welcoming the likes of the Vanderbilts, Pulitzers and Rockefellers.

The best way to learn about the island is to take the historic district bus tour, which brings you to some of the “vacation homes” of the rich and famous, now part of the Jekyll Island Club Resort . You’ll see where the Federal Reserve system was created and the location of the first transcontinental phone call.

How to get to Jekyll Island from Savannah: The best and really only way to get to Jekyll Island is by car. Leaving Savannah, you’ll drive south on I-95 to US-17 before crossing the causeway. Once reaching the island, you’ll have to pay a fee as the island is managed by the state park .

Two teenager girls, tourists with binoculars, exlore the street in the historic old city of Charleston, South Carolina

5. See the other side of the Lowcountry in Charleston, South Carolina

Travel Time: 2 hours

Charleston and Savannah are often seen as rivals, but the cities are more like sisters, with similar histories and culinary influences from Europe and West Africa. There’s never been a better time to see the Holy City, especially with the opening of the International African American Museum , which tells the story of the city’s role in the trade of enslaved people and the Gullah Geechee people of the Lowcountry.

Visiting plantations is a popular activity, but it’s important to consider how the history of these sites is framed. McLeod Plantation Historic Site is an excellent choice – it’s operated by the county parks system and has been recognized for its importance to the Gullah Geechee culture.

How to get to Charleston from Savannah: The most popular way to get between the cities is to drive either the faster route on I-95 or the slow route, Highway 17, which winds along the coast. Amtrak’s Palmetto and Silver Meteor lines also connect the cities twice daily, and the journey takes about 1.5 hours. Upon arrival at the station in North Charleston, you’ll need to take a taxi or other transportation downtown. Tour companies also provide shuttles between the locales.

6. Follow in the footsteps of pirates in Amelia Island, Florida

The island along the Florida coast has a long and fascinating history, once the stomping grounds of pirates like Blackbeard and home to the state’s oldest bar, the Palace Saloon , open since 1903.

Amelia Island has a similar appeal to Hilton Head Island, with both top-notch golf courses and quirky alternatives, namely Gregor MacGregor’s Mini Links & Drinks . Downtown Fernandina Beach has funky shops like The Book Loft. If you have time, explore the waterways on a kayaking tour.

How to get to Amelia Island from Savannah: While it’s possible to take the train from Savannah to Jacksonville and then rent a car for the rest of the journey, driving directly is your best bet. It’s a straight shot down I-95.

This article was first published April 2021 and updated August 2023

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Savannah First-Timer's Guide

Savannah First-Timer's Guide

Plan the Perfect Trip to Savannah

25 Epic Things To Do in Savannah in 2024: Tips From a Local

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If you’re looking for things to in Savannah, you’ve landed in the right place! I’m always out exploring the Historic District and discovering fun new things to do and see.

I’ve come up with a list of my favorite attractions and activities to keep you entertained during your trip.

Trust me…Savannah is a city where you shouldn’t ever feel bored!

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Note: This guide contains affiliate links to my trusted travel partners.

If you’re new around here, first of all… welcome! I’m happy to have you here.

My name is Erin, and I authored the Savannah First-Timer’s Guide .

I guess you could say I make my living telling people what to do in Savannah, so I know a thing or two about fun ways to keep busy in the city!

Cemeteries | Black History | Walking Tours | Squares | Trolleys | Unusual

Cemeteries in Savannah

To learn what makes Savannah so special, it’s important to first explore the city’s incredible past. What better way to do so than at one of our beautiful cemeteries?

Colonial Park Cemetery

Colonial Park Cemetery is located in Savannah’s Historic District. You can easily walk to it or take the free DOT shuttles to be dropped off within one block of its gates.

A brick wall with old headstones secured to it in Colonial Park Cemetery

There’s no need to do a guided tour; just read my post about it, and then explore it on your own!

Bonaventure Cemetery

Now, Bonaventure Cemetery is known for being one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world .

It’s located on the outskirts of the city, so you’ll need a ride to get to it.

So much history is contained within its gates and the cemetery is so massive that I think it’s absolutely worth it to pay for a guided tour. You’ll get your money’s worth.

Side view of a statue of a young girl cradling a large bowl in her arms and looking down at it, the contents not visible to the viewer. The B&W photo shows beautiful old oak trees and Spanish moss in the background

I consider it one of the top “must-see” places in Savannah ! However, please keep in mind that it is an active cemetery, and always respect anyone who is there to visit loved ones.

Recommended Cemetery Tours:

  • Bonaventure Dash Tours
  • Bonaventure Don Tours
  • Savannah Cruzers [mobility-impaired option]

Related Reading: These 3 Cemeteries in Savannah are Worth a Visit

Savannah Black History Tours

There’s no doubt Savannah is a city with a complicated and troubled past.

A Black history tour is one of the best ways to understand the vast contributions made by African Americans — both enslaved and freed — to this city.

A few of the most significant tours include the Owens Thomas House and Slave Quarters, First African Baptist Church, and Pin Point Heritage Museum.

An elegant entry at the Owens-Thomas House with busts of men on tables at each side of the door

My post about the best Black history tours in Savannah will help you learn more about the many options that are available, but I can’t stress enough how important it is to just choose an option — any option (they’re all good) — and go !

In addition to the places listed above, you can also take a guided walking tour led by one of Savannah’s local historians. Sistah Patt of Underground Tours of Savannah gives an incredible tour.

Recommended Guided Black History Tours:

  • Owens Thomas House and Slave Quarters
  • First African Baptist Church
  • Sistah Patt’s Tour

Related Reading: 11 Black History Tours to Help You Better Understand Savannah

Savannah Walking Tours

As long as you’re physically able, the best way to get around Savannah is by foot!

It’s so much easier to notice all the incredible details of the city when you’re walking, and it’s better for our environment, too.

It’s very common for tourists to tell me they took 10,000 to 20,000 steps a day during their vacations!

The majority of the time they’re having so much fun exploring that they don’t even realize how far they’ve walked until they check their step counter at the end of the day.

Jones Street

If you only have time to stroll down one street, I suggest beautiful Jones Street. It’s considered the prettiest street in Savannah , and it definitely lives up to the hype!

Here are some photos as proof:

Picturesque sidewalk scene of Jones Street, the prettiest street in Savannah, with brick sidewalks, magnolia trees, and stately homes

Many of the homes along Jones Street were built in the mid 1800s and have historic plaques near the front door indicating the home’s age.

Factors Walk

One of my personal favorite places to take a walk in Savannah is along historic Factors Walk.

It’s where you’ll find unique Savannah landmarks like the Old Cotton Exchange building and the mysterious Cluskey Vaults.

A window frame painted bright teal sits inside an old wall pieced together with various stones and worn red bricks

Factors Walk looks (and sometimes feels ) rather spooky, and it’s one of the best places to explore in Savannah if you want to feel as if you’ve stepped back in time.

River Street

Finally, one of the most classic Savannah activities you can do is take a sunset stroll along River Street to watch the cargo ships come into port.

Visitors are always surprised to see how the ships tower over the buildings along River Street.

A massive cargo ships travels towards the Talmadge bridge at sunset along River Street -- a Savannah Georgia Must-See spot

Check the Marine Traffic website before you go to see when the biggest cargo ships will be coming through the area!

Recommended Historic District Walking Tours:

  • Architectural Tours of Savannah
  • Noble Jones Walking Tour
  • Genteel & Bard Historic Walking Tour

Related Reading: Savannah Georgia Must-See Spots for First-Time Visitors

Squares in Savannah

Savannah is built on a unique grid system that includes 22+ “squares” (aka: miniature parks or green spaces) where you can stop to relax and enjoy the shade.

Point of View: Peering through an Armillary Sphere in Troup Square at a gothic-style church lit by sunlight in the background

If you’re doing a walking tour of Savannah, I suggest exploring each square as you pass by.

The squares typically contain historic markers that provide interesting facts about the square or the homes and buildings surrounding it.

Monterey Square in Savannah with bright green grass and numerous live oaks filtering sunlight through the branches

The squares look different with each season, so it’s hard to pick a favorite.

I tend to favor the quieter options located in the more residential areas of the city versus the ones closer to the river.

Dusk falls in Chippewa Square after a fresh rainfall and the street lamps cast a warm glow over blossoming pink and green hydrangeas

Thanks to the popular movie, “Forrest Gump,” Chippewa Square is probably the most well-known square in Savannah.

Recommended Squares to Visit:

  • Troup Square
  • Monterey Square
  • Chippewa Square

⭐ Insider Tip: The squares also make a great place to do some people watching! Savannah is a known for its eccentric residents and many tend to hang out in the squares.

Savannah Trolly Tours

If you have mobility issues or aren’t accustomed to the oppressive heat and humidity during the summer months in Savannah, then you might want to try a trolley tour on your first day instead of walking.

Trolley tours provide a good overview of the city and will help you get the lay of the land.

The non-stop trolley tours are the fastest option, since they only take an hour to 90 minutes of your time.

Orange and green trolley with an Old Town Trolley logo near the door

The hop-on/hop-off tours take all day, but you’ll spend most of your time off the trolley and out exploring the landmarks at each stop.

Peering through greenery at a white Old Savannah Tours trolley filled with passengers

To give you an idea of what you’ll see on a hop-on/hop-off trolley tour, I created a helpful itinerary that’s loaded with photos of the many beautiful attractions you can visit along the route.

Recommended Trolley Tours:

  • Panoramic (Open-Air) Trolley
  • OST Hop-On/Hop-Off Trolley
  • OTT Hop-On/Hop-Off Trolley

Haunted Tours in Savannah

If you were to ask me about the most popular activity in the city, I’d have to say the ghost tours win by a long shot.

It’s practically a rite of passage to do a ghost tour while you’re visiting Savannah!

Take a Guided Ghost Tour

In fact, there are so many to choose from that I’ve written a separate detailed post about all of the different options: The Best Ghost Tours in Savannah .

It lists the top options based on tour type, including walking tours, pub crawls, haunted house tours, paranormal tours, haunted trolley tours , family-friendly tours, and more!

Nighttime scene of a growling lion statue, lit eerily from below

Hunt for Ghosts on Your Own

As fun as the guided tours are, you can also explore many of the most haunted locations on your own using my most haunted places in Savannah post to plan your route. (You might actually get a little more spooked if you aren’t strolling around amongst a crowd of tourists!)

A spooky backlit headstone in Colonial Park Cemetery, surrounded by wooden stakes

Visit a Haunted Mansion

Now…if you actually want to venture inside a haunted mansion, the Sorrel-Weed House might be your best bet. It’s one of the only (reportedly) haunted homes in the city that visitors can actually tour.

They even offer after-hours paranormal lock-ins, for those of you who are really brave!

An oversized ornate gilded mirror rests atop a black marble fireplace in the ladies parlor of the Sorrel Weed House

No matter which ghost tours you opt to do, they’re all in good fun and are a nice way to meet new people while you’re visiting Savannah.

Suggested Ghost Tours:

  • Genteel & Bard Dark History & Ghost Encounter Tour
  • Historic Savannah Theatre 3-Hour Paranormal Investigation
  • Sorrel Weed House Tour
  • Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour [mobility-impaired option]

Unusual Things To Do

I mentioned the city is known for its eccentric characters, right?

Well, eccentric residents create quirky businesses!

I’ve written extensively about some of the more unusual things to do in Savannah , and that list is a long one.

It includes options like visiting a serial killer museum, taking a cocktail class at an authentic speakeasy, exploring the city with self-proclaimed “morons,” and going on a pub crawl with a drag queen!

Explore the Plant Riverside District

If you’re traveling with kids, try heading to the west end of River Street to explore the lobby of the JW Marriott Plant Riverside.

It’s set up like a natural history museum and has exhibits featuring a unique collection of geodes and historic artifacts. The lobby’s most memorable feature is a giant 135-foot chrome dinosaur!

Front-facing shot of the Plant Riverside District's chrome dinosaur lit by rainbow-colored lighting

Plant Riverside District is considered an “Entertainment Zone,” so there are plenty of activities (like free concerts) in the area.

See the City from the Water

Another popular activity for first-time visitors along the riverfront is a dinner cruise on the iconic Georgia Queen.

The steamboat offers a unique way to see the warehouse district from the water, and some of the cruises include dinner and/or drinks.

The Georgia Queen Steamboat docked along River Street in Savannah, Georgia with a purple-toned sunset in the background

The free Savannah Belles ferry is another (much faster) way to see Savannah from the water. It offers a quick round trip from one side of the river to the other.

Hang Out in a Bookstore

On of my personal favorite Savannah activities is to spend time relaxing in E. Shaver, bookseller.

The totally charming indie bookstore is filled with unique reads — many by local authors — and souvenirs that have a local twist.

A fluffy grey cat surrounded by books snoozes atop a red stool

While you’re there, pick up a copy of my favorite locally-authored book, “ Sketching Savannah ” by the talented Ivan Chow.

Suggested Unique Tours:

  • Sunset Steamboat Cruise
  • Monday Gospel Dinner Cruise
  • “Savannah for Morons” Comedy Trolley Tour

Related Reading

In case you were too busy reading and missed some of the posts mentioned above, here are a few favorites again so you can circle back:

  • Must-See Spots for First-Time Visitors to Savannah, Georgia
  • These 3 Incredible Cemeteries in Savannah are Worth a Visit
  • 11 Black History Tours in Savannah to Educate and Inspire You
  • Savannah Trolley Tour Reviews: Which Option is Best?
  • A Local’s Take on the Spookiest Ghost Tours in Savannah

Savannah Travel Guide

If you’re in the midst of planning your trip to Savannah, I have a few resources to help you out.

  • Free Resource Library :  When you join my email list you get access to helpful printables, like my checklist of “50 Things To Do on Foot in the Historic District (No Car Necessary!)”
  • Savannah First-Timer’s Guide :  If you’re the type of traveler who wants all of your information in one place, my ebook is the best way to go. It combines my top travel tips from this website into a handy downloadable guide.

When you purchase my ebook, you’ll gain access to a private Facebook group where you can ask questions about your upcoming trip and see photos from others who have recently visited.

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3 Day Savannah Itinerary For A Perfect Long Weekend

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Last Updated: 12/31/2023

How To Spend 3 Days in Savannah GA

Prepare to be charmed by Savannah GA with my 3 Day Savannah Itinerary. If you’re headed to this southern American city soon, read on for the best things to do, see, eat, and drink in Savannah GA.

In this post I’ll share exactly how I spent three days in Savannah GA in December 2021. We arrived on Thursday evening and stayed for three (very full) days before departing on early Monday morning. During that time we enjoyed so many amazing Savannah attractions , sites, historic houses, tours , shopping , and restaurants . We even snuck in a Savannah day trip .

As you’ll see, Savannah is a great destination for multi-generation travel like our mother/daughter trip. But however you’re visiting Savannah, whether it’s a girls’ trip, romantic getaway, or with your family, this 3 Day itinerary ensures you experience Savannah’s very best.

Let’s dive right in and create a long weekend in Savannah  you’ll never forget!

This post may contain affiliate links. When you purchase something through these links, I receive a small commission that helps me create this blog’s content. There’s no extra cost to you.

(Only have a day in Savannah? My one-day Savannah GA itinerary shows you how to see the very best of the Southern city in less than 24 hours. However, I recommend reading this post you’re currently on in its entirety for a detailed guide to visiting Savannah GA as well as links to my favorite Savannah trip planning resources .)

If you’re headed to Savannah soon, be sure to pin this 3 Day Itinerary!

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Our Complete 3 Day Savannah Itinerary

  • Day One: Historic District
  • Day Two: River Street and Shopping
  • Day Three: Savannah Day Trip to Fort McAllister
  • Best Savannah Day Trips Beyond Tybee Island

Other Savannah Activity Ideas

  • How Many Days For the Perfect Savannah Visit

How To Get To Savannah GA

  • Savannah GA FAQs
  • Where To Stay in Savannah

My Favorite Savannah Trip Planning Resources

  • Conclusion: 3 Day Savannah GA Long Weekend

Our Entire 3 Day Savannah Long Weekend

Woman in a dress and jean jacket standing in front of a historic home in Savannah Georgia with multi-colored pastel shutters.

Did you know that Savannah has not one but two Rainbow Rows! While neither are as spectacular as the more famous Rainbow Row in Charleston , they still make pretty photo-ops. This one is located at 510 E. Bryan St. You’ll find the other in the 100s block of E. Taylor St.

Day one: savannah historic district.

  • Free Savannah Walking Tour
  • Brunch at The Collins Quarter at Forsyth Park
  • Green-Meldrim House
  • Cathedral Basilica of St John the Baptist
  • Colonial Park Cemetery
  • Leopold’s Ice Cream

After a full day of travel to reach the southern city the day before, we enjoyed a quiet morning watching the sun rise from our room at The Olde Harbour Inn.  then wandered up a sleepy River Street . We kicked off the day with the 10:30 a.m. Free Savannah Walking Tour  and spent the rest of the day exploring Savannah’s beautiful and much-lauded historic district .

Three women listening to a man pointing on the corner of Broughton and Bull Street in downtown Savannah GA

Free Savannah Walking Tours proved the perfect way to kick off our three days in town. Not only did the tour provided us with valuable context to appreciate the city, our guide also lead us to restaurants and sites we would have otherwise overlooked. The tours really are free . . . except the sales tax they collect when you sign up.

The forsyth park fountain is a true savannah landmark and a must-see in the large park. savannah is known for its beautiful green spaces, including 25 lush city squares..

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Even though it was a little chilly and overcast, eating outside under turquoise umbrellas at The Collins Quarter at Forsyth Park is a quintessential Savannah activity.

 Eat: Since the walking tour ends right at Forsyth Park , we took some obligatory photos at the fountain (and I was unwittingly roped into documenting an engagement!) then headed off to brunch at The Collins Quarter at Forsyth Park . Is it the best brunch in town? It’s hard to say considering the absolute plethora of brunch spots in Savannah. However, we enjoyed our meal and the peaceful park setting.

Leopold’s Ice Cream has been a Savannah institution for more than 100 year, but visitors often decry the ice cream parlor’s long lines. Here’s a pro tip: try visiting in the late afternoon . We found no lines when we swung by at 4:30 p.m. If you visit during more normal ice cream eating hours, expect a line out the door and down the block.

After logging more than a couple miles in Savannah’s historic downtown, we settled into the Olde Harbor Inn lounge for their nightly wine reception. We loved sipping wine and nibbling cheese while watching boat traffic on the river below.

We opted for a plant-forward dinner. Kayak Kafe on Broughton Street delivered with salads the size of our heads.

Waypoints:  Our walking tour took us down Bull Street from Johnson Square to Forsyth Park . Along the way, we passed many important Savannah landmarks including Savannah City Hall , Tomochichi’s Grave , the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low (founder of the Girls Scouts of America), Mercer-Williams House , Congregation Mickve Israel , Forrest Gump’s park bench , and much more.

After lunch, we felt lucky to find Green-Meldrim House – which General Sherman used as his headquarters during the Civil War – open. After a lackluster tour, we felt less lucky. Don’t be heartbroken if Green-Meldrim House is shuttered during your visit. There are better house tours and ways to learn about the Civil War in Savannah .

While Green-Meldrim House isn’t worth going inside, the nearby Savannah Cathedral definitely is! I think the Cathedral, with its twin spires, is the prettiest building in Savannah. Be sure to chat with the friendly docents.

Although not as well known as Savannah’s larger Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah’s Colonial Park Cemetery is centrally located in downtown Savannah. Although Savannah’s said to be the most haunted city in America, I felt pretty safe wandering through this old burial ground . . .   in the comfort of full daylight . . . .  

savannah day trip

Green-Meldrim House has a beautiful exterior, but isn’t my first choice for a Savannah historic house tour. Keep reading to learn my recommendation for Savannah’s best historic house tour.

savannah day trip

Many Revolutionary War soldiers are buried in Savannah’s Colonial Park Cemetery. The cemetery closed in 1853, but was used by Union soldiers for an encampment during General Sherman’s time in Savannah. 

Day two: river street, shopping, and more.

  • Rainbow Row
  • Owens-Thomas House
  • The Public Kitchen and Bar
  • Jones Street
  • Broughton Street
  • River Street
  • Vinnie Van Gogo’s
  • Trolley Tour through Old Savannah Tours

We still had plenty left on our Savannah to-do list, so we devoted another day to Savannah’s historic district and riverfront. After a full day of sightseeing the day before, we branched out into a little shopping as well. Don’t worry, we also found plenty of delicious things to eat.

Eat: You’ll find a ton of French influence around Savannah. We loved soaking up the Parisian vibes at Café M . Located on the top floor of a converted River Street warehouse, Café   M overlooks the cobblestones of Factors Walk and is a picturesque breakfast or brunch spot.

For lunch, we popped over to The Public at the corner of Bull and Liberty Streets to enjoy the best shrimp and grits in Savannah.

Vinnie Van Gogo is generally considered the best pizza place in downtown Savannah. Our pepperoni pizza lived up to the hype.

Eating breakfast at Cafe M on Factors Walk near the Savannah riverfront.

At Café   M, a Parisian style cafe off of River Street, you can enjoy your meal on one of the cast-iron sky walks of Factors Walk. Often lauded as one of the most picturesque spots in Savannah, these walkways connected downtown Savannah with the River Street warehouses.

Waypoints: In a city offering historic house tours on seemingly every block, I’d heard that Owens-Thomas House was the house tour to take in Savannah. We arrived right at opening and spent about 90 minutes exploring the Regency-era mansion, outbuildings, and gardens, guided by an audio tour on our phones.

We spent the afternoon checking out some of Savannah’s many boutique shops, starting with Asher + Rye . On Broughton, we hit up the Savannah Bee Company and  Paris Market . We continued down to the cobblestones of River Street where we visited the Savannah Christmas Market , River Street Sweets , and Simply Savannah gift shop.

Other stops included Rainbow Row on Bryan Street and a stroll down what’s said to be the prettiest street in Savannah – Jones Street. We ate our pizza dinner outside on benches in the beautifully lit City Market .

After dinner, we joined a Holiday Lights and Sights Trolley Tour through Old Savannah Tours . Savannah isn’t much of a Christmas city and with very few significant light displays or holiday decorations, the tour struggled to fill two hours. We did go inside a rather sparsely decorated Davenport House , where we got a brief tour and crash course in pre-Victorian Christmas traditions.

Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters

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The property is praised for showing living conditions of both the house’s wealthy owners and its enslaved people. Since it’s actively being restored, the house and grounds aren’t as meticulously manicured as other historic Savannah homes such as Mercer-Williams House .

Oak lined cobblestone street with cars parked on either side in Savannah's historic district.

Jones Street is said to be the prettiest street in Savannah. Do you agree? I think many other cobblestone streets in Savannah’s historic district gives Jones some stiff competition.

Day three: day trip to fort mcallister, fort mcallister state park.

  • City Market
  • The Olde Pink House

After two full days in Savannah’s historic district, you’ll probably start feeling a little stir-crazy.

Happily, Savannah has no shortage of day trip options. Whether you choose to go to nearby Wormsloe State Historic Site and Bonaventure Cemetery or venture a little further afield to Tybee Island or Fort McAllister, I definitely recommend getting out of the city limits on your third day in Savannah.

Eat: We started the day at the almost too charming Mirabelle . This coffee shop is known for its Belgian-style liege waffles . . . and their chocolate bar selection. I’ve yet to meet a waffle I didn’t like so I was extremely pleased with this stop. My Café Miel? Also amazing.

If you hate cute, curated coffee shops, then I guess you could skip Mirabelle, but for me, it’s a 10/10 Savannah must. Seriously, check it out!

We enjoyed a lovely charcuterie board at the Café at City Market . Paired with their peach sangria, it was the perfect way to tide us over until dinner.

The Olde Pink House is one of Savannah’s best-known restaurants. Reservations notoriously book up weeks in advance. We loved the setting inside an 18th century house, but it wasn’t the best meal we ate in Savannah. With so many excellent Savannah dining options, don’t get bent out of shape if you can’t snag a table at the Olde Pink House. 

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On a boardwalk at Fort McAllister. This earthworks Confederate fort fell to the Union in 1864.

Best savannah day trips.

Almost every Savannah itinerary I read before our trip highly recommended heading to nearby Tybee Island for a day trip. But if you’re not big on “beach,” there are plenty of other excellent day trips in the greater Savannah area.

Here’s a quick round-up of your best Savannah day trip options:

We obviously chose this one. Located a 45 minute drive south of Savannah, I’d budget at least 1.5 hours for this stop, although between the inside exhibits, outside walking tour, and gift shop, we spent two hours here. This Savannah day trip will appeal most to those interested in American Civil War historic sites .

Wormsloe State Historic Site

If you’re visiting Savannah without a car, Wormsloe State Historic Site is definitely your easiest day trip option. Located just 9 miles outside of downtown, you can grab a taxi or ride-share to this former plantation known for its picturesque Spanish-moss draped grounds. On the way back into the city, you could check out the popular Bonaventure Cemetery and grab lunch at The Wyld Dock Bar . There are also a lot of Savannah-based tours that hit these two spots.

Hilton Head, SC

Head north out of Savannah across the striking Talmadge Memorial Bridge and you’ll be in South Carolina. In just 45 minutes, you can reach Hilton Head.  With beaches, golf courses, museums, a wildlife refuge, and more, you could easily fill more than a day on this large island.

Tybee Island

Of course, there’s no reason not to spend a day on Tybee Island while you’re in Savannah. Located 18 miles east of Savannah, this is a great option if you’re looking to soak up some Atlantic beach town vibes.  While you’re in the area, you can also visit Fort Pulaski, a 19th century fortification that saw action in the American Civil War. 

Jekyll Island

As someone who drives an hour (one-way) to get groceries, I realize my capacity for driving is higher than most, but at just a 90-minute drive south of Savannah, I think Jekyll Island still qualifies as viable day trip. A long-time tourist destination, you won’t struggle to fill your day on Jekyll. Popular activities include a water park, biking, wildlife viewing, and beaches.

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South Carolina and a day trip to Hilton Head await you on the other side of the Talmadge Memorial Bridge pictured here from Savannah’s River Street. 

While I think 3 days in Savannah is the perfect length visit, there were plenty of sites and activities that didn’t fit in our itinerary.

The next time I’m in Savannah, I definitely want to check out:

  • Treylor Park
  • A rooftop bar , any rooftop bar. I’ve heard great things about Peregrin . We actually swung by the highly recommend rooftop bar, Rocks on the Roof , off River Street one evening and it was simply too noisy for us.
  • Riverboat cruise
  • Afternoon tea at Mansion on Forsyth Park
  • Fort Pulaski
  • Savannah Seafood Shack
  • The Pirate’s House (We had a reservation here for the night we arrived, but minor flight delays caused us to miss it.)
  • Moon River Brewing Company
  • Vic’s On the River
  • Zunzi’s
  • Possibly another historic house tour.  Maybe Mercer-Williams?
  • Wormsloe State Historic Site 
  • Bonaventure Cemetery

Other fun Savannah GA activities to consider:

Essential Savannah Travel Information To Plan Your Visit

How much time should you spend in savannah.

If you’re looking to visit Savannah as part of a Southern East Coast road trip , you can definitely see the very best of Savannah in a single day . But as the “hostess city of South,” Savannah would really prefer if you stayed a while.

In my personal opinion, 3 days in Savannah is the perfect amount of time. Since Savannah is notoriously hard to get to (more on that below . . .) I highly recommend going the long weekend route for a first-time Savannah visit. Our 3 Day Savannah itinerary (three days/four nights) worked perfectly for us.

That said, if you’re just sticking to parts of Savannah you can easily explore without a car (aka the historic district and River Street) you can easily “do” Savannah in two full days. I’m a “go go go” kind of traveler and to be brutally honest, I was pretty bored with downtown Savannah by day three. I really think a day trip on your third day in Savannah is an absolute must.

However, if you’re coming to Savannah to *gasp* actually relax, I think five days would be the perfect amount of time. There are more than enough great restaurants and attractions to fill several days in Savannah if you go about things at a leisurely pace.

I also think you could create a great weeklong getaway by dovetailing travels to both Savannah and Hilton Head or Jekyll Island.

Here’s a little secret: Savannah’s not easy to get to.

And if the most famous book set in Savannah -John Berendt’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – is to be believed, folks from Savannah like it that way.

No matter where you’re traveling from to Savannah, you can almost always count on a full travel day to reach the city and at least two flights. Cities with daily nonstop flights to Savannah include New York, Boston, Chicago, Denver, and Miami.

Flying into Savannah

We opt to fly into Savannah. Since our journey started at Duluth MN’s tiny airport, we had two connections: first in Minneapolis and then in Atlanta. Throw in some travel delays in Atlanta and this trip took us more than 12 hours! (Happily things went much smoother on our return.) Apparently there is a weekly direct flight to Savannah from Minneapolis.

Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is served by all major airlines including American, Delta, Suncountry, and United. The airport is actually one of the top rated domestic airports in the United States!

Drivetimes to Savannah

Charleston to Savannah: 2 hours Jacksonville, FL to Savannah: 2 hours Columbia, SC to Savannah: 3 hours Atlanta to Savannah: 4 hours

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Savannah’s 25 (depending on how you count) city squares are so ubiquitous that they’re not worth mentioning on this itinerary because there’s no way you can miss them. However, they’re sure to be highlight of your time in Savannah. 

Savannah visitor faqs, when should i visit savannah.

The weather is almost always pleasant in Savannah, so you can have a nice visit any time of year.

According to the employee we spoke with at Fort McAllister State Park, tourists prefer to visit Savannah in spring or autumn. Just know that if you visit in the autumn, you do run the risk of hitting hurricane weather if you’re particularly unlucky.

Summer can be pretty sweltering in Savannah: think humid with highs in the 90s. On the flipside, you’ll find the coldest temps (and consequently the lowest hotel prices) in December, January, and February. Although the average winter high is in the low 60s, we definitely had a very summery day of 80 degrees and sun during our December visit.

Do I need a car in Savannah?

If you just want to explore the historic downtown and River Street, no. Savannah is a notoriously walkable city. There is a free shuttle bus, the DOT, that runs about every 10 minutes on a loop through the historic district. We never hopped on because every place we wanted to see was always an easy walk away.

However, to hit up favorite “further afield” Savannah attractions like Bonaventure Cemetery , Tybee Island , Wormsloe Historic Site , or Fort McAllister , you’ll need a car. If you’re just planning one day of adventure outside of Savannah’s city limits, it might be the most cost effective to get a taxi or ride-share rather than renting (and parking) a car for your entire stay.

Is Savannah safe?

Yes, Savannah’s a charming southern belle of a city. But that doesn’t mean you should throw common sense out the window during your visit. Statistically, Savannah’s more dangerous than its much larger neighbor, Atlanta. In recent years, there’s been a marked uptick in shootings, assaults, and other violent crimes. The area where tourists are most likely to run into safety issues are late at night on the west end of River Street and City Market.

Since our idea of a good night’s fun was watching the latest episode of Great British Bake-Off in our suite, we felt extremely safe. But if you’re someone who might be out and about when bars close, you need to practice good situational awareness. Erin over at Savannah’s First-Timer Guide does a great job of keeping an up-to-date crime map .  It’s worth taking a look at this map before your visit to familiarize yourself with possible problem areas.

Is Savannah or Charleston better?

Having been to both southern cities, I can honestly tell you that the two cities are so similar that it’s almost impossible to rank them against each other. They’re both beautiful old Lowcountry cities with complex histories, historic homes, and cobblestone streets.

Pros for Charleston:

  • Not a planned city (feels less manufactured than Savannah)
  • Much better waterfront

Pros for Savannah:

  • More green spaces
  • Very walkable (thanks to being a planned city)
  • Lots of tours and attractions

While this might just be because I’ve spent more time in Savannah than Charleston , my hunch is that you’ll find more to do in Savannah than Charleston. For a long weekend trip, I’d probably lean towards Savannah. You’ve got great day trip options and you can’t beat the city’s walkability.

That said, Charleston felt a little livelier and less pretentious to me. The “bless your heart” vibe was strong in Savannah and this northerner is NOT a fan of that.

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Where to Stay in Savannah, GA

We can’t say enough good things about our stay at the Olde Harbour Inn on the east end of River Street. Located in an old warehouse, this boutique hotel offers standard hotel rooms as well as suites. We stayed in a two-bedroom suite and absolutely loved it.

I also think we would have enjoyed one of the many B&Bs located in the historic downtown. The hotel company that manages Olde Harbour Inn, Historic Inns of Savannah, has five other properties in this area, including the Marshall House and Eliza Thompson House .

One area I recommend staying away from if you’re not big into nightlife is the west end of downtown and River Street. This area, sometimes referred to as the Plant Riverside District, is where you’ll find a lot of chain hotels . . . and bars. We discovered that these hotels’ price points weren’t that different from the Olde Harbour Inn and they offered way fewer amenities. Make sure you do a little research about location and nightly rates before you book a familiar name.

Not sure Olde Harbour Inn is the right fit for you? You can check out other Savannah hotels here .

If you’re overwhelmed with accommodation choices, this Savannah hotel blog post was a huge help as I planned.

  • First, be sure to check out the rest of my Savannah content.
  • I would have been lost without Erin over at Savannah First-Timer’s Guide. She does an amazing job of providing up-to-date info about Savannah.  Definitely a great resource if you’re researching Savannah events or holiday happenings.
  • Amanda over at A Dangerous Business went to Savannah a couple months before us and she clued us into some great hidden gems in the city.
  • Prefer an old-fashioned guidebook over blog posts? Check out this one .
  • Although this reads like a novel (or, in my personal opinion, a very poorly written, interminable magazine article), Savannah tourism definitely takes many cues from John Berendt’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. It’s worth at least a cursory read before your visit.

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Conclusion: Our Perfect Savannah Long Weekend

As a friend once said to me, “I’ve never heard of anyone coming back from Savannah and saying they had a bad time.” If you’re looking for an easy, crowd-pleaser long weekend, you won’t do much better than 3 days in Savannah.

Despite all the similarities with Charleston, there’s really no place on earth quite like Savannah GA. With its charming Spanish moss draped oaks, picture-perfect cobblestone streets, great tours, and excellent dining scene, you’ll be remember your three days in Savannah for a long time.

I hope this 3 Day Savannah itinerary inspires you to book a trip to the Hostess City of the South. If I left you with any unanswered questions about what to do or see in Savannah during your trip planning process, drop me a line . I’d be happy to help ensure you have the best visit to Savannah possible. 

If you liked my 3 Day Savannah itinerary, check out my other posts about Savannah GA!

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Hi! I’m Ada, a travel writer based in northern Minnesota, on a mission to see the world. I use this travel blog to provide practical, no-nonsense travel tips and itineraries for both domestic and international travels.

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I love Savannah! Your post was great if you have a short time to visit. I loved doing a ghost tour there and also having tea at the Gryphon. Such a beautiful city that has so much to offer!

I love Savannah! You hit up some great places to eat… Collins Quarter, Mirabelle, Leopolds, and The Olde Pink House were some of my favorites!

Savannah looks like such a cool and lovely city to visit! I always love joining free walking tours, good to see you also recommend it here. It’s such an easy and cheap way to really get to know places. Would love to visit Savannah one day 🙂

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Spending a weekend in Savannah, Georgia is an excellent way to experience the captivating city. Dripping with Southern charm, Savannah is highlighted by an intriguing history, alluring landscapes and an undeniably delicious comfort cuisine. Fellow travelers planning a trip to Savannah, GA can make the most of their time by using our detailed day-by-day Savannah Itinerary.

Weekend in Savannah, Georgia

On a weekend trip to Savannah, GA, visitors can savor the absolute best of the city – from seeing the sights, to learning about the history to eating the food. During my girls weekend in Savannah with my mom and sister, we did all that…and a little bit more.

The reason for our Savannah weekend trip was to participate in a half marathon, but it certainly deserves a visit for any occasion! As detailed trip planners, we packed our weekend in Savannah, Georgia with sightseeing, shopping, strolling and stuffing ourselves with some of the best food (and craft beer) the city has to offer.

Rather than limiting our trip to just 2 days in Savannah, we planned our trip as a long weekend in Savannah with three days to see the city.

Pro Tip : There are many weekend events in Savannah, GA that visitors can build a Savannah weekend itinerary around. Top festivals include Saint Patrick’s Day (featuring one of the best parades in the United States), the Savannah Music Festival, the Savannah Food and Wine Festival and even a Bacon Festival!

Looking for more US Weekend Adventures? Use our guide to the Best USA Weekend Getaways and plan your next trip!

The Best 3 Days in Savannah, GA Itinerary 

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We think a weekend in Savannah, GA deserves at least 3 days! Therefore, we created a trip plan for 3 perfect days in Savannah. In our Savannah, Georgia itinerary, we assume you will arrive by mid-day on Friday (or Saturday) and stay until Sunday (or Monday) evening. Of course, if you are planning 3 days in Savannah, Georgia during weekdays, you can still use our outlined trip with just a few tweaks.

Additionally, we know not all travelers are planning a Savannah 3-day trip. For travelers limited to just 48 hours in Savannah – and to help those planning a Savannah 4-day itinerary – we offer our suggestions for shorter and longer trips at the end of the article.

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Our Savannah Itinerary

Our 3-Day Savannah Itinerary is packed with top sights and must-see attractions in a day-by-day outline. In addition to our tips for what to see and do in Savannah, we include everything you need to know to plan a weekend in Savannah.

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DAY 1 of your Weekend Getaway Savannah, GA

Kick off your weekend in Savannah, GA getaway by the Savannah River, which has played a vital role in the city’s history. Then, work your way through the contemporary craft beer scene and get a taste of southern food with a modern twist. End the first night of your itinerary for Savannah, GA with stories of frightening ghouls on a Ghost Tour.

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Savannah River Street

River Street in Savannah is the perfect place to start your exploration and your weekend trip to Savannah, Georgia. The historic cobblestone street extends two miles along the banks of the Savannah River – and a half mile of the stretch is a pedestrian-only promenade.

A must-see in any Savannah, Georgia itinerary, the street is lined with brick buildings that were once used as cotton warehouses, but have been repurposed into restaurants, bars and boutique shops selling antiques, souvenirs, and local artwork. Several monuments stand on River Street – like the African American Monument, WWII Memorial, the Waving Girl Statue, and the Olympic Cauldron.

Pro Tip : Taking a Savannah Riverboat Cruise is a great way to get acquainted with the city on your weekend trip to Savannah, GA! In addition to the popular sightseeing cruises, visitors can enjoy a brunch, lunch or dinner cruise. Get the details!

Savannah Craft Beer

By now, you have probably worked up a thirst – and there is no better way to quench it than with a cold beer from a Savannah craft brewery.

Moon River Brewing Company is located in the heart of the city – just steps from River Street – and is a fun place to kick off your fun Savannah, GA weekend getaway. With a full line up of tried-and-true along side their own unique beers on tap, we opted for a tasting board so we could try them all. They also offer a daily happy hour and a full menu of pub grub, but go easy because we have another suggestion for dinner!

The nearby Service Brewing Company is a veteran owned brewery and has a good range of craft brews on tap and a cool space to drink them in.  Visitors who prefer to wet their whistle with spirits should check out Ghost Coast Distillery, where they offer distillery tours and cocktail flights.

Dinner at Treylor Park 

Chic-yet-unpretentious, Treylor Park is a hip and fun spot for dinner on your trip to Savannah. The eclectic ‘Trailer Park’ menu features items like PB&J Chicken Wings, their signature loaded Waffle Fry Nachos and Chicken and Pancake Tacos that are served with chili aioli and strawberry salsa. For drinks, they feature an inventive cocktail list, classic bottled beer and local craft beer in cans and on draft.

Savannah Haunted Ghost Tour

One of the absolute best things to do in Savannah, GA at night is to go on a ghost tour. The convertible hearse ghost tour is a top pick among travelers who want an entertaining introduction to the haunted city.

However, the Haunted Pub Crawl was more our style for our Savannah, GA weekend trip. The two-hour tour visits three creepy and haunted bars, where you can sip your drink while hearing the spooky stories. Reserve your spot!

DAY 2 of Your Savannah Weekend Itinerary

On the second day of your three days in Savannah, start your morning in the expansive Forsyth Park, then indulge in sumptuous fare in a posh setting. Embark on a Savannah sightseeing adventure in the afternoon and end the day with yet another delectable meal.

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Forsyth Park

Of all the Savannah sights to see, Forsyth Park is an absolute must!

The expansive 30-acre Forsyth Park is a beautiful green space in the city center. Lined with walking paths and dotted with memorials (some of which, like the Confederate Civil War Memorial, are controversial), the opulent fountain at the north end is the park’s most recognizable feature and an icon of the city.

If you are looking for things to do in Savannah, GA this weekend, there is likely something happening at the park. Forsyth park plays host to top events – such as the Savannah Jazz Festival, Free Movie Night and the Saturday Farmer’s Market. The Saturday morning market is a producer-only market – meaning the vendors personally produce the majority of items they sell. In addition to in-season fruits and vegetables, there are vendors that sell prepared foods, such as bakery items and coffee.

Pro Tip : If you get an early start to your Savannah, GA sightseeing, spend some time wandering through the Victorian District to the south of the park. The neighborhood dates to the 1800s and features fine examples of the ornate houses of that time. The Gingerbread House (now a wedding venue) is truly picture-perfect!

Lunch at The Olde Pink House

Make an early reservation for lunch at the Olde Pink House, one of the top-rated restaurants in Savannah. Housed in a Colonial mansion, the posh restaurant serves Southern classics with an elegant touch. Fried Chicken, Shrimp and Grits and Fried Green Tomatoes are featured on the menu – but the She Crab Soup is a specialty. Patrons can either be seated in the original opulent ballroom or cozy wine cellar.

Savannah Food Tour

One of the best things about a long weekend in Savannah, Georgia is the southern food! If you would rather forego the fancy meal in a Southern mansion, instead consider indulging in a variety of Savannah cuisine on a Culinary Food Tour for an extended three-hour lunch. Participants eat samples from six eateries – including fare such as Shrimp and Grits and Pork Belly Donut Sliders. Find out more!

Pro Tip : As it is for many people, eating lunch at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room was a must on our Savannah itinerary. A Savannah institution, the Southern home-cooked meal is served family-style and the food does not disappoint. However, the restaurant is only open on weekdays from 11am until 2pm. Therefore, visitors planning a long weekend in Savannah will need to plan accordingly. Aim for a Friday or Monday visit – and be prepared to spend some time in waiting in line.

Savannah Walking Tour

Savannah is a breathtakingly beautiful city! Historic mansions line the streets, thick moss hangs from the ancient trees and fascinating history lurks in every corner. Strolling the streets (like picturesque Jones Street) is a must do in Savannah, GA. 

For your Savannah 3 Day Itinerary, we recommend that you walk through the Savannah Historic District. You can wander aimlessly or seek out the quaint squares, national landmarks and gorgeous parks.

Some of the top places to see in Savannah are Colonial Park Cemetery (featuring historic grave markers and some say ghosts), the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist (a stunning neo-gothic church), Chippewa Square (where the Forrest Gump bench was) and famous residences and mansions. Visitors can wander through the picturesque historic district or create a self guided walking tour. 

On the other hand, you can let a local tour guide show you where to go on a guided Savannah sightseeing tour. Your guide will share more historic information and local tips. Book a tour now!

Pro Tip : If you decide to plan your own Savannah sightseeing walk, consider using the Hop On Hop Off Trolley as an easy and efficient way to get around the city. Get the details here!

Savannah Museums and Historic Home Tours

Savannah is peppered with a profusion of well-preserved historic homes – many of which have been converted into museums. Seeing these historic Savannah homes – either from the outside on a self-guided walk or actually going inside – is a must on your itinerary for Savannah, Ga. Two of the most popular houses to tour are the Owens Thomas House and the Mercer Williams House. 

The Owens-Thomas House, built in 1819, features the extravagant main house, as well as the slave quarters, detailing the tragic history the city has with enslavement.

The Mercer-Williams House is a well-preserved mansion that was built in 1860 and features antique furnishings. It also happens to be the setting of the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil , which is based on a true story of the previous home owner.

Girl Scout founder, Juliette Gordon Low, was a Savannah resident – and both her childhood home (Birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low) as well as the home she spent her final days in (Andrew Low House) are now museums that are open for visitors to Savannah.

More Museums in Savannah

We have a few tips on other museums in Savannah, GA that visitors might want to include on their 3 Day Savannah Itinerary.

Telfair Museum : American and European artwork housed in stately mansion

Savannah History Museum : The history of Savannah from the American Revolution to current times.

American Prohibition Museum : Detailing the prohibition era in the USA, plus a cool speakeasy serving cocktails.

Battlefield Memorial Park: A memorial dedicated to Revolutionary War troops and the Battle of Savannah.

Georgia State Railroad Museum : A National Historic Landmark featuring historic railcars.

Savannah Children’s Museum : A play-and-learn place for kids to expand their imaginations.

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum: A museum detailing the maritime history in Savannah – complete with ship models and antiques.

Davenport House Museum: Preserved 19th century brick house with period furnishings that offers tours.

First African Baptist Church : A National Historic Landmark 18th century church that played a vital role in history and was a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Alex Raskin Antiques: Not a museum per se, but definitely worth a visit, Alex Raskin Antiques is housed in an old mansion and filled with interesting antiques for sale. 

Dinner at The Grey

Eating dinner at The Grey is a fabulous idea for your Savannah, Georgia weekend trip. 

Housed in a converted 1934 Greyhound Bus Station, The Grey offers an exquisite dining experience. Patrons can sit in the main restaurant or the Diner Bar (which has a different menu). The food is sophisticated Southern, the service is impeccable and the atmosphere is sensational. Reservations are recommended far in advance!

If you cannot get a seat at The Grey, the Savannah Seafood Shack is another popular option for Southern-style seafood that you can include in your Savannah trip planner…but expect a long wait! 

For something a little more low-key but steeped in history – go to Crystal Beer Parlor. Established in 1933, it is the oldest restaurant in Savannah and a classic place to visit on your Savannah, GA trip. The Crab Soup and Shrimp and Grits stand out as Southern favorites, but the burgers are tasty as well. Whatever you choose to eat, wash it down with one of the more than 20 local beers on tap!

Savannah Nightlife

The nightlife in Savannah is superb; seriously, you won’t have any problem finding fun things to do in Savannah at night. 

For an entertaining evening full of fun, head to City Market where there is a cluster of bars, live music and flowing libations. Wet Willie’s (known for alcoholic slushies) and Tree House (popular for their creative concoctions) are two fantastic spots.

If rowdy imbibing isn’t your scene, try Alley Cat Lounge instead. The hip bar features an extensive and innovative cocktail list, but has local craft beer as well.

For sophisticated and hip Savannah nightlife, head to the Plant Riverside District. Sip a cocktail on the rooftop garden or watch a live performance under the stars. 

One of the fun things about nightlife in Savannah is that they allow “drinks to-go” – meaning, you can take your drink with you! As many of the city squares feature live music at night, it is great to grab a to-go drink and find a spot to listen (and dance) to the melodies.

Pro Tip : Wondering what to do in Savannah at night that doesn’t include drinking? One of my top recommendations is to simply walk the historic streets after dark, when they feel simultaneously mysterious and romantic. 

DAY 3 of Your Weekend Trip to Savannah

On the last day of your Weekend in Savannah Itinerary, explore beyond the city limits. Venture out to Bonaventure Cemetery, eat seafood on Tybee Island and walk among moss covered trees at the Wormsloe Historic Site.

Note : If you plan a trip to Savannah, GA without a car, it will be nearly impossible to get to all of the sights recommended for Day 3. However, visitors flying to Savannah can book a 1-day car rental in downtown. Visitors who prefer not to drive should consider some of the day trips from Savannah – which you can check out here !

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Bonaventure Cemetery

A Savannah must see, the 100-acre Bonaventure Cemetery dates to the mid-1800s. The cemetery ranks as one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world (along with the Pere Lachaise in Paris and Recoleta in Buenos Aires ). Located on a bluff of the Wilmington River, the historic cemetery features curving, tree-lined lanes and ornate (and sometimes eerie) sculptures.

Seeing the cemetery is a must for your Savannah, Georgia itinerary! The cemetery is free to visit, but for a more in-depth understanding of the cemetery, join a guided morning tour. Reserve your spot!

Tybee Island, Georgia

Located just 20 miles from Savannah, Tybee Island has long been a summer retreat and one of the best Savannah day trips. Some of the top Tybee Island attractions are the 1736 Tybee Island Lighthouse, Tybee Beach Pier and Fort Pulaski National Monument (a Civil War landmark).

Other top things to do in Tybee Island Savannah include hanging out on the beach, kayaking on the waterways, and eating amazing seafood. Bubba Gumbo’s, Coco’s Sunset Grille and The Crab Shack are all local favorites – and a good choice for lunch!

Wormsloe Historic Site and the Moon River District

A former Colonial estate and plantation, the grounds of the Wormsloe Historic Site are a popular Savannah day trip…mostly because it is utterly breathtaking. Giant oak trees draped in moss line the entrance, creating a arched canopy. Inside the estate, visitors can see the exhibits at the museum and explore the many trails that lead to stunning viewpoints of the Isle of Hope. Note that there is a fee to enter this site.

More Sights in Moon River District Savannah

It time allows, visitors can explore more of the Moon River District. In addition to Wormslow, visitors can learn about the heritage of the community at the Pin Point Heritage Museum, see sea creatures at the University of Georgia Aquarium, hike a trail at Skidaway Island State Park or discover the Isle of Hope district. 

Visiting Savannah without a car? Join this combination tour that visits both Wormsloe Historic Site and Bonaventure Cemetery.

Sweet Afternoon Treat

Back in the city by mid-afternoon, treat yourself to one of Savannah’s signature sweets: Leopold’s Ice Cream or Byrd’s Famous Cookies. Or, go crazy, and try them both over the course of your 3 days in Savannah!

Founded in 1919, Leopold’s is legendary…and there will likely be a line down the street to prove it. Their Tutti Frutti flavor is what inspired Savannah native Johnny Mercer to write the song of the same name.

The Byrd Cookie Company was established in 1924, when you could get two Scotch Oatmeal cookies for just a penny. Still family owned, the Key Lime Cooler Cookie is one of the top sellers today (but they cost a bit more than a penny now!).

Rocks on the Roof Savannah

End your 3 days in Savannah, GA at Rocks on the Roof – the open-air rooftop bar at the Bohemian Hotel. We spent our final moments of our Savannah, Georgia girls weekend enjoying the sunset view over the river and Talmadge Memorial Bridge while sipping specialty cocktails and sharing tapas!

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How Many Days in Savannah?

We think spending 3 days in Savannah, GA is the perfect introduction. It is just enough time to get acquainted with the city, experience the charm and feast on classic southern fare. In fact, a 3-day weekend in Savannah, Ga is absolutely ideal for first-time visitors.

That said, there is so much to see and do that we could easily plan a 1-Week Savannah, GA Itinerary! Honestly, we could fill several days of our itinerary by just wandering the picture-perfect lanes in the historic districts.

Conversely, if we were limited to planning a trip to Savannah for just one day, we would do it! While a quick day trip to Savannah would be a hurried affair, it would still be worth it!

Alternate Savannah Itineraries

We have outlined the best way to spend three days in Savannah, however, we understand that not everyone is planning a long weekend in the gorgeous city. To help fellow travelers plan their best Savannah vacation itinerary, we are offering our top tips for how to create a shorter (or longer) trip plan.

Savannah Itinerary One Day

Visitors planning to spend just one day in Savannah will need a good trip plan in order to make the most of their time. In fact, with proper planning, one day in Savannah, GA won’t even feel rushed. 

1 Day in Savannah Sample Itinerary

For us, an ideal Savannah One-Day Itinerary would start in Forsyth Park. From the park, we would embark on a self-guided tour of the Savannah Historic District. For a late lunch, we would join a Food Tour (so that we could try as many southern flavors as possible!) then sample craft beer at Moon River. We would end our day trip to Savannah with dinner at one of the finer establishments (making reservations far in advance!).

Savannah Itinerary Two Days

With 2 days in Savannah, visitors will have time to see a lot more of the city. Actually, on a 2-Day Savannah, Georgia weekend getaway, you could almost fit all of the sightseeing our our Savannah Itinerary for 3 days into just 2 fun-filled days!

Savannah in 2 Days

In order to create a succinct Savannah 2-Day Itinerary, you will use our above outlined 3-Day Savannah Itinerary, but move the sightseeing around to better accommodate a shorter trip. 

On the first day of your two days in Savannah, start by seeing the sights we recommend for Day 2. Then, on your second day, spend the morning at Bonaventure Cemetery followed by more exploration as outlined on Day 1 of our 3 Day Itinerary Savannah, GA.

Savannah Itinerary Four Days

With 4 days in Savannah, there is ample time to see the sights and experience the best of the city. Again, you will use our 3-Day Savannah Weekend Itinerary as a base for creating your trip plan for 4 days.

4 Days in Savannah

To create a perfect Savannah, Georgia 4-Days Itinerary, we recommend following the first three days of our outline for 3 Days in Savannah. On the fourth day, explore neighborhoods (like Victoria and Starland) and visit museums that interest you (find our suggestions on Day 2).

Charleston and Savannah Itinerary

Because of the two cities close proximity, many travelers devise a Charleston-Savannah Itinerary. Both are fascinating places to visit (although, I am slightly partial to Savannah). In order to create the best Savannah-Charleston Itinerary, we recommend spending 3 days in each – and stopping to visit Hilton Head Island or Beaufort when traveling between the two.

Complete Georgia Itinerary

Our Savannah 3-Day Itinerary can easily fit into a longer Georgia trip. For example, you could plan a 5 Days in Georgia Itinerary that includes 3 days in Savannah and 2 days in Atlanta. Or, to create a 7 Days Itinerary in Georgia, visit Atlanta in 2 days, Macon in 2 days and then Savannah in 3 days.

More Travel Tips for your Weekend Trip to Savannah, GA

Now that you know what to do in Savannah, Georgia, we have a few more tips so that you can plan your perfect weekend trip to Savannah. 

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Planning a Trip to the City of Savannah, Georgia

We outlined the best way to spend 3 days in Savannah, GA – but there is so much more to planning a Savannah trip! Below, you will find tips for the best time to visit Savannah, how to get there and what to pack. 

As you make your plans and reservations to visit the Hostess City of the South, you will need to keep track of all the details. We recommend using a travel planner – like our Printable Travel Planner – to stay on top of your trip plans!

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When is the Best Time to Visit Savannah?

To be honest, we think it is always a good time for a Savannah weekend trip! However, fellow travelers may want to consider weather and events when planning a weekend in Savannah. 

Summertime seems like an ideal time for a trip to Savannah – but be aware that festivals can crowd the city and drive up the cost of accommodations. Furthermore, the sweltering heat can make exploring Savannah sights on foot and other outdoor activities less appealing. 

Spending a weekend in Savannah in the autumn is ideal for people who like slightly cooler temps. Plus, October is the best time to go to Savannah for ghost stories and Halloween events. 

Planning a wintertime Savannah itinerary will work well for budget travelers – as hotel rates usually drop in January and February enabling budget travelers to plan a cheap trip to the city. Savannah is also one of the Best Places to Ring in the New Year !

The flowers blooming make a Savannah weekend in spring absolutely exceptional – but it is a popular time to visit, so expect some crowds and higher prices at accommodations. 

How To Get to Savannah

Savannah can be reached by plane, train or car. On my Savannah weekend trip, I arrived by plane at the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). When we check for the best airfare prices , we always start our online research at SkyScanner .

Airport: Savannah, GA

The airport in Savannah, GA is located about 10 miles northwest of the city. To get from the Savannah Airport to Downtown Savannah, visitors can take a taxi, Uber , or a bus. Or, book a private transfer online . 

Amtrak: Savannah, GA

It is possible to travel by train on Amtrak to Savannah, GA from a limited number of cities – such as Charleston, Jacksonville, Raleigh, Philadelphia , Washington DC and New York . That said, the travel time between the cities can be painfully slow and likely not worth the hassle for just three days in Savannah.

Where To Stay in Savannah, GA

As a popular tourist destination, there are plenty of places to stay in Savannah. Accommodations include a choice of internationally recognized brand hotels, boutique B&Bs and Airbnb weekend rentals in Savannah, GA.

Vacation Rentals and Airbnb: Savannah, GA

On our girls trip to Savannah, we opted to stay in an Airbnb that was located outside the historic district. We had the entire house to ourselves for our weekend getaway in Savannah, Ga. The house had a lovely patio where we could enjoy our morning coffee before we started our daily sightseeing adventures.

Without a car, however, we would highly recommend getting an Airbnb in the Savannah historic district. There are many vacation rentals in Savannah city center (and you can find them on Booking.com , as well as Airbnb). 

B & B Savannah Historic District

Bed and Breakfasts are a Savannah specialty – and the perfect way to experience the city’s famous Southern charm. Ideal for a romantic Savannah getaway, The Foley House Inn ( check availability here! ) and Savannah Bed and Breakfast Inn ( check availability here! ) are two Savannah B&Bs that get rave reviews. Furthermore, they are both located close to the top sights in Savannah.

Savannah Hotels

Guests who are most comfortable in hotels will find there are ample choices right in the heart of the city that are perfect for a weekend in Savannah itinerary.

Perry Lane Hotel is a luxury hotel in Savannah offering elegant charm and modern amenities – and is simply perfect for a Savannah, Georgia weekend getaway. Check availability and prices for your stay!

The Homewood Suites on the Riverfront gets great reviews for its location and rooftop outdoor pool, while the classic 1964 Thunderbird Inn offers a cool atmosphere.

Start your search for the Best B&Bs and Hotels in Savannah on Booking.com  and use our tips for finding the best hotels !

What To Pack for a Weekend in Savannah

We have just a few final travel tips and packing hacks for Savannah trips. Need a Packing Checklist? Get your FREE Packing Checklist here !

Travel Shoes for Your Trip to Savannah

In our Savannah Itinerary for 3 days, we explore a lot on foot! Between the long distances and cobblestone streets, you will want to pack a pair of comfortable walking shoes . I like to wear Columbia shoes for women while taking in city sights – and Kris generally likes to do his exploration in Merrell trail shoes.

Weather Appropriate Gear when Packing for Savannah

Savannah experiences a humid subtropical climate – meaning winters are mild and summers are hot and humid. July is the hottest month and, on average, high temperatures exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The rainiest month is August, but there is rainfall in Spring, Summer and Autumn.

For your Savannah trip, we recommend bringing a packable raincoat and travel umbrella – as well as sunscreen , good sunglasses and a wide-brimmed travel hat for sunny days. Also, don’t forget the insect repellent to keep the mosquitoes away!

Travel Camera for Your Savannah Trip

Savannah is gorgeous! If you are anything like us, you will be snapping a ton of pictures of the most beautiful places to see in Savannah during your visit. Rather than relying on a camera phone to capture the sights, we recommend upgrading to an actual camera . We use a Canon Rebel with an everyday 18-135mm lens , which takes phenomenal pictures. Best of all, the camera comes bundled with all kinds of fun accessories, which makes it great budget camera for beginner photographers!

Savannah Travel Guide Book 

If you are taking a longer trip to Savannah or plan on exploring more of the surrounding region, you may want to invest in a Georgia Guidebook . 

Day Pack for Savannah Sightseeing

A good day pack is one of the essential Savannah travel accessories! With long days of sightseeing on your Savannah weekend getaway, you will want to ensure you have everything you need (including your everyday travel items ) neatly tucked into your day bag. 

Before you start packing for Savannah, you will want to decide what you are packing in! We break down the pros and cons of a backpack or a suitcase .

Start planning your trip to Savannah, Georgia ! Search for the lowest airfares , the best accommodations and fun things to do …then start packing !   Want more travel planning tips? Head over to our Travel Planning page for more information and tips on traveling – and for country-specific information, take a look at our Travel Guides page !

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15 Best Day Trips from Savannah

The beautiful, leafy city of Savannah is one of Georgia’s most charming destinations, bursting at the seams with southern hospitality. This comes in the form of incredible restaurants serving both local and international eats, as well as numerous quality bars filled with travelers and students on weekends.

There’s no shortage of the fascinating historical architecture typical of the South, as well as museums and world-class galleries lining the Savannah Riverfront. However, part of the city’s appeal is the treasure trove of cultural and natural gems found near the coast and in the surrounding region.

From headlands and beaches to gorgeous islands and bustling metropolises found inland, there’s no shortage of great day trips from Savannah.

I’ve lived in Savannah for several years and have spent a lot of time exploring the surrounding area. Here’s my pick for the best day trips from Savannah.

1. Golden Isles

Jekyll Island

The barrier islands to the south of Georgia stretch out into the Atlantic and form 150 miles of subtropical coastline that comprise of secluded sandy beaches and beautiful, ancient forests.

The most popular and easiest to access of these islands are Jekyll Island, St Simons Island and Sea Island.

All are accessible by car and make for a stunningly scenic drive down the coast, peppered with idyllic stop off points at creeks and rivers – not to mention endless beaches.

One of the more attractive spots is known as Driftwood Beach, named such because of the intriguing arrangements of driftwood found there.

2. Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

A mere 40 minutes from the city of Savannah, crossing the border over into South Carolina , you’ll find the amenity and activity-rich Hilton Head Island.

If it’s rest and recreation you’re after, this is your ideal day trip.

The island contains not only some of the best beaches in the region, but some of the best golf courses in the world.

Locals and visitors usually head to Coligny Beach, where you can rent bikes, play volleyball or simply relax at one of the many beachfront bars.

3. Tybee Island

Tybee island lighthouse

Seemingly similar to the laidback sprawl of low-rise 1980’s California seafront neighborhoods, Tybee is a typical beach town, populated by single story buildings and a wonderful atmosphere.

The island is only 20 minutes from Savannah and attracts friendly visitors and locals alike to its beaches and dunes, particularly in the summer months.

If you’re looking for some lively surroundings, hang around the pier, where most people congregate to eat or attend shows.

If you’d prefer some peace and quiet and stunning views, I recommend heading to the north side of the island.

4. Bluffton

Bluffton, South Carolina

The quintessential example of a thriving low country river town, Bluffton is found in South Carolina, less than an hour away from Savannah .

Thanks to its location on the May River and its proximity to the ocean, you can find some truly magnificent seafood here that can be tried in places such as the famed FARM restaurant.

This leafy town prides itself on all manner of incredible eateries; this, coupled with the wonderfully hospitable nature of the residents, has people flocking here from all over the country.

5. Palmetto Bluff

Palmetto Bluff

Also sharing the banks of the May River, you’ll find the high-end community of Palmetto Bluff that is open for the public to come and visit.

Here, rustic charm meets luxury service under the shade of immaculately manicured trees lining the streets, where extravagant and opulent homes are a common sight.

A visitor favorite is the Montage Hotel, where you can spend the day wandering the beautiful grounds and filling up on freshly roasted happy-hour oysters, prepared poolside most days.

6. Skidaway Island

Skidaway Island

Home to the widely beloved Skidaway Island State Park, Skidaway Island is only an astonishing 25 minutes from downtown Savannah and has a huge amount to offer in the way of a natural escape day trip.

Its unique location on salt flats and marshlands slightly inland from the coast makes it a quietly alluring place, positively teeming with wildlife.

From deer and waterfowl to crabs – the state park is an oasis for animals and you can observe them from the various raised trails and platforms built throughout the area.

7. Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Consisting of over 30,000 acres of woodland, freshwater marshes and creek and river deltas, the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is an area of incredible biodiversity that is only 10 minutes from town.

Grab yourself a map at the visitor center and embark on an adventure up and down the waterways in your own canoe, or take a scenic drive on the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive that you can also cycle along.

8. Cockspur Island

Cockspur Island

Cockspur Island can be found in the southern channel of the Savannah River, a few miles from downtown. It is a destination that’s positively steeped in fascinating Civil War history. It’ s home to the Fort Pulaski National Monument – the setting of some pivotal turning points during the war.

You can explore the famous fort that still stands today, surrounded by marsh grass and gorgeous vistas of the mainland. Wandering through the many galleries and over drawbridges, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. You can even spot shells that have been stuck deep in the walls since the 1800’s.

9. Isle of Hope

 Wormsloe Historic Site, Isle of Hope

Another extraordinarily close destination – a mere 10 miles from downtown Savannah – is the wonderfully quaint community of Isle of Hope. The rural community is characterized by gorgeous restored cottages and extravagant homes lining the streets.

Stroll along to Bluff Drive, where you’ll find unbeatable views over the Wilmington River as you walk under the shade of enormous moss-hung live oaks. You’ll also find a mouthwatering array of seafood restaurants tucked away in the marina. Locals enjoy grabbing a bite to eat here and watching the sun go down.

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10. Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia

If you’re looking for a little excitement thrown in with unmistakeable southern spirit and hospitality, then making the drive down to Atlanta should be at the top of your list.

The metropolis offers everything, from an electrifying food scene to probably one of the broadest arts cultures in the southeast.

With music for literally every taste, it’s impossible not to stay entertained in the glittering city of Atlanta.

Be sure to make an early start though, as the drive can sometimes take upwards of three hours.

11. Charleston

Downtown Charleston

Hugging the coast due northeast of Savannah, you’ll arrive at the charming coastal town of Charleston .

Positively overflowing with history, the town is home to beautiful colonial architecture, particularly in some of its churches, such as the gorgeous Huguenot Church.

Spend an hour or so strolling through Waterfront Park and admiring the picturesque fountains, even take a quick dip if it’s a hot day.

For a laidback, bohemian atmosphere, you’ll want to explore Folly Beach – affectionately nicknamed “the Edge of America” – where you’ll find surf spots and quaint bars to relax at.

12. Jacksonville

Jacksonville, Florida

For some of the most beautiful beaches along the east coast, take the relatively short drive down to Jacksonville, Florida ; in two hours you can be strolling past palm trees through fine white sand.

Though it’s home to the longest coastline in the country, there’s plenty more to do other than hitting the beach.

The coastal river city boasts a heaving foodie scene, characterized by mouthwatering barbecue joints, high-brow fusion restaurants, and enough bars to make you want to stay the night.

13. Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge

Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge

Unlike some of the nearby Golden Isles, the Wassaw National Refuge can only be reached by boat.

This, however, alongside the relative lack of development around this barrier island, means that the allure of untouched nature is virtually irresistible.

Miles of sandy beaches backdropped by dunes await hikers, and wildlife trails snake their way around the interior, filled with migratory birds and all manner of beautiful flora and fauna.

14. Beaufort

Beaufort, South Carolina

Boasting the accolade of being the second oldest town in South Carolina, Beaufort is as rich in history as it is beautiful.

It’s worth spending a couple of hours with a professional guide, who can take you around the stately homes telling you the intriguing stories behind each one.

The characteristic moss hanging live oak trees line dramatically stunning avenues, making it a gorgeous area to wander around.

The waterfront town is also home to plenty of activities, from sports fishing to horseback riding and everything in between.

Simply pay a visit to one of the many local adventure tour operators.

15. Francis Marion National Forest

Francis Marion National Forest

Named after a revolutionary war hero, the Francis Marion National Forest shares the same coastline as Savannah.

But thanks to its size, it extends far inland, and here is where you can find its hidden gems.

In less than three hours, you can reach some of the most awe-inspiring mountains, waterways, and waterfalls on the east coast.

The contrast to the lower marshlands is astounding, with mountain biking opportunities up in the Forks Area Trail System or whitewater rafting down the Chattooga River.

15 Best Day Trips from Savannah:

  • Golden Isles
  • Hilton Head Island
  • Tybee Island
  • Palmetto Bluff
  • Skidaway Island
  • Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
  • Cockspur Island
  • Isle of Hope
  • Jacksonville
  • Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge
  • Francis Marion National Forest

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The 9 Best Day Trips from Savannah

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The city of  Savannah has plenty of bars, restaurants, museums, parks, and other activities to keep visitors busy for several days—but if you want to explore the Low Country and other areas of the Southeast a bit more, there are also a number of nearby spots perfect for a day trip. Whether you're interested in a relaxing beach day at nearby Tybee Island or Hilton Head Island, want to experience the rich history and culture of Charleston, S.C., or eat and shop in nearby Bluffton, S.C., there are plenty of adventures waiting for you. Here's a list of the nine best day trips from Savannah.

Tybee Island: Beaches, Bikes, and Seafood

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Just a 30-minute drive from downtown Savannah, Tybee Island offers sandy beaches, bike paths, fresh caught seafood, and a low-key vibe perfect for a day-long getaway. Book a private tour of the island's iconic lighthouse tower and on-site museum, rent a bike to pedal through the palm trees, or enjoy a fried oyster Po' Boy sandwich while watching the sunset on the back deck of A-J's dockside grill.

Getting There: By car, take I-40 East from downtown Savannah directly to the island. During the summer, shuttle service is available from the Savannah Visitor Information Center (301 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.) at 8 a.m., 1 p.m., and 6 p.m. every day except Sunday. The cost is $10, and shuttles stop at Tybrisa Street in downtown Tybee, the Tybee Island Lighthouse, and the North Beach area.

Travel Tip: Plan extra time for your visit during the summer months, as roads in and out of the island can get congested. And keep your clothing casual: It's a beach town, after all!

Charleston, S.C.: History, Art, and Food

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Located about 100 miles northeast in neighboring South Carolina, Charleston is another 17 th -century port city that offers stunning architecture, world-class dining, charm, and natural beauty. Stroll the streets of Waterfront Park or the Battery, browse shops and galleries on King Street, tour one of the historic churches or cemeteries, and eat at award-winning restaurants like Rodney Scott's Barbecue and Husk.

Getting There: By car, take I-95 north to I-17 North. The trip takes about two hours.

Travel Tip : From Civil War history to architecture and ghosts, Charleston Walking Tours offer free, self-guided audio tours perfect for an overview of the city.

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge: A Natural Escape

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With over 30,000 acres of preserved and protected land, the National Wildlife Refuge spans Chatham and Effingham counties in Georgia and Jasper County in South Carolina. Highlights include over 40 miles of hiking and walking trails, a visitor's center with an exhibition hall and orientation video, and a four-mile photography and wildlife observation road.

Getting There: Only 15 miles from downtown, the refuge is located off US-17N, approximately seven miles north of the South Carolina state line.

Travel Tip: The visitor's center is open Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except federal holidays. Taking a ride share service is discouraged, as cell phone service is spotty in the area.

Bluffton, S.C.: Small Town Charm

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Less than an hour from downtown Savannah, the quaint town of Bluffton is perched on the May River directly across from Hilton Head Island. Start your visit at the Heyward House Museum & Welcome Center , one of eight Antebellum homes remaining in the town. Then enjoy local craft beer at Salt Marsh Brewing or Southern Barrel Brewing Company Tavern , tour the Neo-Classical Church of the Cross, and stroll through local galleries. Finish up at the chef's counter at FARM, a 45-seat restaurant that focuses on local, seasonal Low Country cuisine.

Getting There: Bluffton is about 30 minutes northeast of Savannah via US-17 N, SC-315 N, and SC-46 E.

Travel Tip: Park your car for the day and rent a bike or take a cycling tour with Bluffton Bike Store .

Skidaway Island State Park: Hiking and Wildlife

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With six miles of hiking trails, an observation tower, bike rentals, and a boardwalk overlooking the Georgia Intercoastal Waterway, Skidaway Island State Park offers several opportunities to view deer, egrets, crabs, and other animals in their natural habitat among the salt marsh and nearby forest.

Getting There: Skidaway is 15 miles and about a 25-minute drive via Harry S. Truman Parkway south and GA-204 Spur East.

Travel Tip: The park is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and charges a $5 parking fee.

Beaufort, S.C.: Historic Waterfront Town

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Take a boat tour to scout for local wildlife, tour historic Antebellum homes like the Robert Means House, and walk or bike along the Woods Memorial Bridge—made famous in the film "Forrest Gump." Cap your day with seafood at the Saltus River Grill in this second oldest town in South Carolina.

Getting There: Beaufort is an hour drive from Savannah via SC-170 E.

Travel Tip: Book a historic walking tour or van tour of local spots featured in films like "Forrest Gump" with Beaufort Tours.

Jacksonville, F.L.: Museums, Trails, and Breweries

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Located about 25 miles south of the Georgia state line, Jacksonville is an easy two-hour trip from Savannah and offers beautiful gardens, several museums, and nature trails for visitors. Browse the contemporary art collection at MOCA Jacksonville , visit the family-friendly Museum of Science and History or Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, or hike the trails at the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens . For grown-ups only fun, hit the Jax Ax Trail, which includes a self-guided tour of 19 local breweries, including Ale Works and Veterans United.

Getting There: Take I-95 S, which goes directly to downtown Jacksonville.

Travel Tip: Check the city's calendar for a list of annual free festivals, like the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, the Jacksonville Science Festival, and the Seawalk Music Fest.

Hilton Head Island: Beach Getaway

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This island resort town is about 30 miles over the South Carolina border and offers beach views, shopping, dining, and plenty of recreational activities like biking, golf, and more. Park your car for free at Coligny Beach, which has bike, umbrella, and chair rentals; plenty of walking paths; and a shopping plaza with over 60 restaurants and retailers.

Getting There: Located just 45 minutes from Savannah, Hilton Head Island is best reached by car, using I-17N to SC-46 E/May River Rd.

Travel Tip: Traffic jams can occur during the height of tourist season (spring and summer), so plan your trip accordingly.

Atlanta, G.A.: Big City Museums, Parks, and Culture

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While it's a bit of a drive, Georgia's capital city of Atlanta is worth a trip. From world-class museums like the Georgia Aquarium and the Atlanta History Center, to outdoor activities at Piedmont Park and nearby trails, to cultural centers like the High Museum of Art and Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta is a family-friendly city that offers something for everyone.

Getting There: Take I-16 W to I-75 N, which goes directly to downtown Atlanta.

Travel Tip: Plan for Atlanta's notoriously bad rush hour, which lasts from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the morning and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the evening.

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3 Days in Savannah: The Perfect Weekend in Savannah Itinerary

Savannah is, without a doubt, one of our favorite cities on the planet. Its’ beauty, charm, and impeccable cuisine are hard to match anywhere in the world–and even 3 days in Savannah is plenty of time to fall in love with it!

We’ve designed this 3 day Savannah itinerary after several trips to the city (with several more to come in the future) to help guide you through the city over a short vacation or long weekend getaway.

We hope that it will help you enjoy the best of what this lovely corner of the south has to offer!

From stunning architecture to complex history to some of the absolute best food in the world, here’s how to see the best of Savannah in 3 days!

Table of Contents

Day 1 in Savannah: Forsyth, Getting to Know Savannah + A Food Tour

Day 2 in savannah: more food, boutiques + ghosts, day 3 in savannah: history + a half-day trip, where to stay for a long weekend in savannah, getting around during this 3 day savannah itinerary, when to visit savannah ga, useful savannah travel tips.

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Kick off your morning with a stroll through Forsyth Park.

Savannah’s Forsyth Park, with its famous 19th-century fountain, is one of the most photographed corners of the city, and the perfect place to start your sightseeing.

We recommend approaching from the north side of the park–this is where you’ll find the famous fountain, along with plenty of green space, benches, shaded views, and for much of the year, colorful flowers.

Continue further south, and you’ll come to a beautiful, wide-open lawn, a small blooming garden, and the second location of The Collins Quarter .

If you’re looking to enjoy a morning latte, you can’t ask for a better place to do so!

Forsyth Park in Savannah with fountain visible in the distance. Forsyth Park is definitely one of the best places to visit in Savannah GA!

Check out Monterey Square & Congregation Mickve Israel.

Our next stop, like many of these Savannah sightseeing stops, is located on one of the city’s 22 town squares–in this case, lovely and peaceful Monterey Square.

Also on this square is Congregation Mickve Israel, one of the oldest Jewish congregations in the USA, founded in 1733 (the synagogue itself dates to 1820).

In addition to interesting history and a beautiful synagogue, Congregation Mickve Israel is also in possession of some incredible historical artifacts, including a 15th-century deerskin Torah that is the oldest in North America, and a Torah belonging to a congregation in the Czech Republic that made its way to the USA during the Holocaust.

Depending on how much sightseeing you plan to squeeze into your few days in Savannah, you may or may not want to dedicate 45 minutes to taking a tour here, which includes seeing the historical Torahs.

But either way, it’s worth admiring the synagogue as you pass through the square!

2022 Update : Earlier blog readers may remember that I used to mention the magnificent Alex Raskin Antiques which discussing Monterey Square. Unfortunately, I have confirmed with Alex that the shop is now permanently closed.

Altar at Congregation Mickve Israel as seen during 3 days in Savannah GA

Admire the Mercer Williams House.

Much like Congregation Mickve Israel, whether or not you tour the Mercer Williams house while in Monterey Square is a matter of personal preference (for this 3 day Savannah itinerary, we recommend choosing at max, one of the two), but it’s worth noting either way.

This is the home of Jim Williams, a notable antique dealer in Savannah who was tried (and acquitted) four times for the 1981 murder of Danny Hansford.

This murder mystery is one of Savannah’s most famous and was the subject of the incredibly famous book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil , which you should definitely start reading immediately as you plan your Savannah weekend getaway.

Because Jim Williams’ sister owns the house, its most famous story is decidedly not told on the tour, which instead focuses on Jim Williams’ impressive collection of antiques and eclectic objects from around the world.

If you’re a big fan of the Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil book and/or movie, though, you might want to check out this Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil tour of Savannah !

Front of the Mercer WIlliams House in Savannah GA, one of the best things to do in Savannah GA

Head up to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

When Savannah was established as a colony in 1733 and the city as we know it today was founded, a few surprising things were immediately outlawed, among them slavery, lawyers… and Catholics.

That quickly changed, however, once founder James Oglethorpe (who worked closely with the local Yamacraw tribe and its chief Tomochichi in the early years of the city) returned to Britain, and by the 1790s, there was an early Catholic parish in Savannah.

The current, beautiful cathedral we see today was built at the turn of the 20th century, and is among the most stunning houses of worship we’ve ever seen in North America.

It is absolutely worth slowing down long enough to take a peek inside during your Savannah vacation!

Interior of the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, an essential stop on a 3 days in Savannah itinerary

Eat your way through Savannah on a food tour.

After getting a feel for the city’s layout during your first morning in Savannah, it’s time to switch gears to focus on something else the city is known for: its food!

Taking the incredibly popular First Squares Food Tour will not only allow you to enjoy more of Savannah’s beautiful squares and streets while learning more about the history of the city, but it will also leave you stuffed to the gills with delicious southern food!

Whenever possible, we always recommend taking a food tour on the early side of a trip.

That way, you’ll know what new favorite dishes are worth ordering for the rest of your meals!

Southern food is one of our absolute favorite cuisines in the entire world, and Savannah arguably serves the best of them all (and, uh–it is an argument. There are several cities that compete for the top foodie spot in the south!).

Book your Savannah food tour today!

Chicken biscuit and collards being held up to the camera in Savannah GA

Explore City Market.

Once you wrap up eating your way through Savannah, you’ll be near City Market, a warehouse-district-turned-tourist-attraction, home to souvenir shops, a few boutiques, and even more food, not that you’ll be in the mood for that at the moment!

City Market is one of the most popular places to visit in Savannah and a fun, quick stop during your quest to visit Savannah in a weekend.

If you’re interested in the prohibition era of the USA, it’s also where you’ll find the interesting and quirky American Prohibition Museum !

ranger storm standing in front of city market during a day in savannah georgia

Make your way down to River Street.

After a quick stroll through City Market, head down to River Street for a walk along the river and a chance to check out some of Savannah’s best nightlife.

We also highly recommend ducking into River Street Sweets , home to what are possibly the best pralines on the entire planet.

No matter how full you are from your food tour earlier, yes, it is definitely worth taking a sample of warm, fresh praline if they offer you one!

Depending on how quickly you make your way through this itinerary and what your interests are, you may also want to take a riverboat cruise along the Savannah River at this point!

From sunset cruises to dinner cruises, there are plenty of options.

Book your sunset riverboat cruise in Savannah today!

View of Savannah GA River Street from across the water, one of the best places to visit in Savannah GA

Skip breakfast.

Kind of a strange item to call out on a Savannah travel itinerary, I know, but trust me–we’ll get to why soon.

Amble up Jones Street and snap plenty of photos.

Frequently hailed as the most beautiful street in America, Jones Street is an absolutely stunning place to snap gorgeous photos of Savannah !

Lined with mature oak trees dripping with Spanish moss, magnificent mansions, cobblestone staircases, and plenty of American flags for a pop of color, Jones Street happens to be one of my favorite places to visit in Savannah.

It doesn’t really matter where you start, but personally, I like starting on the east end and working westward–which also works with the next stop on your weekend in Savannah itinerary!

Curved staircase in front of a beautiful home on Jones Street Savannah GA. This street is an essential stop on a long weekend in Savannah travel guide!

Get in line for Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room.

Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room is an absolutely legendary Savannah restaurant with–because this is Savannah–some peculiar tidbits that you need to be aware of in order to eat there.

Located on Jones Street, the food at Mrs. Wilkes is all-you-can-eat southern, served family-style at tables of 10-12 people. No reservations allowed.

The dining room is small–hence why you need to get in line!

It’s worth the hassle, though: the food at Mrs. Wilkes is so phenomenal, and the experience itself so much fun, that it absolutely belongs on your 3 days in Savannah itinerary.

Mrs. Wilkes is open from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on weekdays only (so you may need to move this itinerary around a bit to make sure you get there on a weekday).

Meals are $30/person, cash or check only.

It’s best to be in line before 11:00 AM to ensure you get seated quickly, but I promise–the food and experience are worth the hassle!

Plate of food at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, one of the best Savannah restaurants and an essential stop on a 3 day Savannah itinerary

Check out Chippewa Square. 

After all that food, you’re no doubt going to want to get a walk in!

Start by making your way up to Chippewa Square, one of my personal favorite squares in Savannah.

The beautiful Art Deco Savannah Theatre is on one side of the square, and Gallery Espresso on another (which is amazing, but you probably won’t be interested right now).

On another corner, you’ll find the beautiful Foley House Inn , famous for being both a lovely place to stay and for finding a skeleton in its wall in the 1980s (it also happens to be one of my favorite places that I’ve personally stayed in Savannah).

Chippewa Square is best known, though, for a different kind of fame entirely: this is the filming location of the bench scenes in Forrest Gump.

While Forrest’s actual bench has been moved to the Savannah History Museum, it’s still definitely worth checking out the spot where filming took place!

Shaded red path in Chippewa Square, an essential stop on a Savannah weekend getaway

Head over to the First African Baptist Church. 

This part of your 3 day Savannah itinerary is a bit flexible, because, in order to tour the First African Baptist Church, you’ll need to join a tour, which is currently given at 1:00 PM, Wednesday through Saturday.

I’ve updated those dates and times as of May 2022, but they have changed over the years, so be sure to double-check the current tour dates and times here .

The schedule is absolutely worth working around, though, because the tour is truly phenomenal and an excellent way to learn about a historically black congregation that predates even the USA!

The congregation was founded in 1773 and was primarily built, literally and figuratively, by enslaved people.

The building itself was completed in 1859 (read: two years before the outbreak of the Civil War) and has survived ever since, including through the Civil War, Reconstruction, its time as a stop on the Underground Railroad, and the Civil Rights Movement–just to name a few.

Light blue altar of First African Baptist Church in Savannah GA with a woman's head on the right side of the photo

Go boutique hopping on Broughton Street.

Savannah’s premier shopping street is home to some of the best boutiques and restaurants in the city and is a fabulous place for photos, shopping, and snacks.

You’ll see several national and international chains on the street, but the real standouts are the independent boutiques.

You won’t want to miss The Paris Market and Brocante (truly a wild place–don’t miss the basement!) or the Savannah Bee Company (consider stopping for a honey and/or mead tasting).

Broughton Street is also home to Leopold’s Ice Cream , the most famous ice cream parlor in Savannah and arguably one of the best in the world.

Famous for their Tutti Frutti ice cream, the flavors are truly out of this world.

Interior of the basement of the Paris Market on Broughton Street in Savannah GA

Close out your evening with an epic Savannah ghost tour.

If there’s one thing Savannah does well, it’s ghost tours.

Want a light-hearted ride in a hearse? They’ve got that.

A grisly late-night tour where drinking is recommended and kids are best left at home? Yep, got that too.

Horse and carriage ghost tour? Check. Paranormal activity tour? Check .

Whatever flavor of ghost tour is for you, and whether you’re a true believer or a die-hard skeptic like me, ghost tours in Savannah are a great way to get to know the legends of the city, and I highly recommend adding one to your Savannah weekend itinerary!

If you’re looking for a solid, not-too-corny, not-too-gory Savannah ghost tour, check out this trolley ghost tour ! Prefer a more supernatural bent? Try this popular paranormal activity tour (skeptics welcome)! For a classic walking ghost tour, this option gets great reviews.

The Best Things to Do in Savannah: statue of angel

Grab breakfast at The Collins Quarter.

You may have already had coffee at The Collins Quarter in Forsyth Park on your first day in Savannah–but if you did, I’m sure you’re eager to repeat the experience!

The Collins Quarter is easily one of the most popular brunch places in Savannah, and for good reason.

Their food, coffee, and atmosphere make for the perfect combination.

If the weather is beautiful, sit outside if you can: the views of trolleys, bikes, cars, and horse-drawn carriages passing by on shady Oglethorpe Avenue make the experience of eating at The Collins Quarter even better.

Also, let me be approximately the 772nd person to recommend the spiced lavender mocha from The Collins Quarter in a Savannah blog post: I generally don’t even like lavender in my food, and this drink is still in the running for the best coffee I’ve ever had in my life.

Seriously. It is that good.

Not a chocolate fan? The Madagascar vanilla latte is a very  close second.

Spiced lavender mocha in a teal mug as served at the Collins Quarter, one of the best places to eat in Savannah in 3 days!

Stop by the Colonial Park Cemetery.

Though I wouldn’t consider Colonial Park Cemetery to be the most essential stop on this 3 days in Savannah travel guide, it’s free to visit and doesn’t require going far out of the way in between The Collins Quarter and your next stop, so it’s worth a quick look.

Dating back to 1750, Colonial Park Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Savannah and is most notable for being the final resting place of 700 people who fell victim to the yellow fever epidemic of 1820, who were buried in the cemetery together in a mass grave.

Colonial Park Cemetery in Savannah GA, one of the best things to do in Savannah GA

Tour the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters.

The Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters is our top pick for a house museum tour for those looking to peek into the often very dark history of Savannah.

As you can tell from the name (updated in 2018 to specifically include the slave quarters), Owens-Thomas makes a concentrated effort to highlight the enormous amount of labor enslaved people were forced to put into making these antebellum mansions as beautiful and regal as they were, complete with references to primary sources (letters, etc.) whenever possible.

Our tour was very well done, covering both the history of the white families who lived in the home, and the enslaved people who were forced to work there.

The tour also covers other interesting pieces of history, such as the fact that Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette stayed here during the home’s run as a boarding house in the late 18th century.

Ground floor bedroom in Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters, as seen on long weekend in Savannah GA

Depending on time, head over to the Telfair Academy or Jepson Center.

There are a couple of great options on how to spend your final afternoon in Savannah (more on that below), so depending on time, you may want to continue right onto your afternoon adventure.

However, your ticket to the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters also includes entrance to the Telfair Museum, including both the Telfair Academy and the Jepson Center, which make up the oldest art museum in the south.

They’re great additions to this Savannah itinerary depending on time!

front facade of the telfair academy in savannah georgia, painted yellow with statues out front

Spend the afternoon either on the beach… or in a cemetery.

A beach and a cemetery: talk about two totally different options!

Such is life when visiting Savannah (and yes, if you’re driving yourself and only opt for a quick look at Bonaventure, you can probably squeeze in both).

Here are a few options for how to spend your last afternoon when visiting Savannah!

view of north beach tybee island ga from lighthouse

Option 1: Tybee Island

Though it’s hard to imagine when strolling through the squares, Savannah is located extremely close to delightful sandy beaches!

Tybee Island is just 25 (ish) minutes away from the historic district, and the perfect place to dig your toes into the sand for the afternoon.

While you’re there, you can try to spot some wild dolphins on a tour, climb the lighthouse for a beautiful view, and if you’re so inclined, stop at Fort Pulaski on your way to or from the island.

Sand dunes of Tybee Island with lighthouse visible in the back left, an easy addition to a Savannah weekend getaway

Option 2: Bonaventure Cemetery

A cemetery may seem like an odd destination for a tourist–but this is Savannah, the land of ghost stories, and Bonaventure is no average cemetery.

Located on a beautiful bluff above the Wilmington River and just a 15-minute drive from the historic district, Bonaventure Cemetery is considered one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the USA.

As you stroll through it, you’ll notice that in places it looks more like a sprawling sculpture garden with a rooftop of Spanish moss dangling from the many oak trees than a modern cemetery.

As you wander through, you’ll likely also notice plenty of names that are familiar to you after spending 3 days in Savannah, including that of six-year-old Gracie Watson, one of Savannah’s most beloved ghosts.

You can explore independently, but the cemetery is very large and overwhelming–if you want to find the most relevant and interesting places quickly, this is a great place for a guided tour .

Book your tour of Bonaventure Cemetery today!

Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah GA with a cross visible on the left and a larger statue behind it

Option 3: Stay in Savannah 

Don’t have a car or just aren’t done with the city? 

No worries: there is plenty more to do in Savannah!

Consider touring the Andrew Low House (birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts), visiting the birthplace of Flannery O’Connor, taking a riverboat cruise if you haven’t already, perusing art at shopSCAD, or simply continuing to enjoy Savannah’s many town squares, shops, and small museums as you stumble across them!

We have a full (read: gigantic) Savannah bucket list here if you want to peruse for some hidden gems!

The Best Things to Do in Savannah: Fountain in Square

Say goodbye to Savannah with a phenomenal meal at The Olde Pink House.

There are plenty of restaurants that would qualify as an epic final meal in Savannah (and that are also, let’s be real, a bit of a splurge on the wallet): The Grey, Elizabeth’s on 37th, Vic’s on the River, Husk, Alligator Soul, and plenty more would qualify.

But, I have to admit, I have a soft spot for The Olde Pink House and think it makes the perfect final addition to this long weekend in Savannah travel guide.

The Olde Pink House serves up impeccable classic southern food in a gorgeous mansion, the atmosphere is magnificent no matter where you sit (I’ve eaten both downstairs and up in the ballroom), and the service is wonderful.

You’ll want to make reservations a few days in advance, especially if you want to sit in a specific area, and take it from me (and Food Network): you should definitely start with the BLT salad served with fried green tomatoes.

Front facade of The Olde Pink House restaurant in Savannah GA, one of the best restaurants in Savannah for your weekend Savannah itinerary!

There’s only one place to consider staying when in Savannah: in the historic district (or at least as close to it as you can get).

Forget downtown–it’s a lovely place, but miles away from the tourist attractions that will fill up your 3 days in Savannah.

Stick with the historic district, and you’ll be able to walk to most of the stops on this Savannah itinerary.

From a haunted bed and breakfast to a modern hotel, here are some highly recommended places to stay in Savannah!

Unlike some of our city guides, these Savannah hotels are a bit closer in price than you might think.

Savannah has a shortage of extreme budget properties like hostels, but historical bed and breakfasts can be an excellent value for the experience you receive.

We’ve also included a stunning apartment rental that we’ve personally stayed in and can highly recommend!

Kate Storm in a black dress in front of a brick home on Jones Street during a long weekend in Savannah GA

Best Western Savannah Historic District — If you’re looking to stick to a budget during your weekend in Savannah while still being in a walkable area, the Best Western Savannah Historic District is the perfect spot for you!

Featuring parking onsite, an included breakfast, and easy access by foot to all the historic district highlights, we were completely satisfied with our stay in this hotel and would be happy to stay again if we were looking for something with a similar budget!

Check rates & book your way at Best Western Historic District!

path lined with oak trees and spanish moss in forsyth park savannah ga in 3 days

The Marshall House — Located on trendy Broughton Street (and dangerously close to Leopold’s Ice Cream), the gorgeous Marshall House is a fantastic option for those looking to stay in a historical inn in Savannah while sticking to a reasonable budget.

Featuring a popular included breakfast, a fantastic location in the heart of Savannah’s historic district, and phenomenal reviews, you can’t go wrong with a stay at The Marshall House!

Check rates & book your stay at The Marshall House!

Front facade of The Marshall House on Broughton Street in Savannah GA

Foley House Inn — Easily my favorite hotel that I’ve stayed in while in Savannah, the Foley House Inn is absolutely beautiful inside and out, and has a perfect location right on Chippewa Square.

The included breakfast is delicious (as are the included afternoon treats–don’t miss the lemon pound cake!), the service excellent, and the decor absolutely gorgeous.

Though there isn’t parking onsite, street parking is plentiful and easy to find.

I’d be thrilled to stay here again–even if it is potentially haunted (the Foley House Inn is featured in many of Savannah’s ghost tours!).

Check rates & book your stay at the Foley House Inn!

Parlor of Foley House Inn in Savannah GA

Apartment Rental

Bird Baldwin Parlor — Housed in the historic Bird Baldwin House (built in 1838), this apartment is both absolutely beautiful and incredibly well-located.

Located on Liberty Street just steps away from Pulaski Square and Savannah Coffee Roasters, you can’t ask for a better location in a Savannah apartment.

The apartment has a full kitchen–perfect for cooking or, let’s be honest, leftovers–and onsite, off-street parking, a huge convenience in the historic center.

There is some street noise from Liberty Street, but we didn’t find it too bothersome and would love to stay here again!

If the parlor is booked, the Bird Baldwin House does also have several other beautiful spaces available, including the Magnolia Suite , Forsyth Suite , and Twelve Oaks , among others, but be sure to check the inclusions–not all of them have kitchens.

Check rates & book your stay at Bird Baldwin Parlor!

bird baldwin parlor, as seen during a savannah vacation, with ranger storm sitting in the center

We’ve intentionally designed this Savannah weekend guide to be extremely walkable.

If you are comfortable walking throughout the day and choose a well-located hotel in the historic district, you can easily avoid driving during your entire Savannah vacation, with the exception of the afternoon that you leave town to visit Bonaventure or Tybee Island .

If you are flying into Savannah and would like to avoid renting a car, you absolutely can! 

If you fly into the Savannah/Hilton Head airport and grab an Uber into town, you can spend an amazing long weekend in Savannah without a car–for the afternoon trip out of town, you can either join a tour, hire an Uber, or simply skip it and hang out in Savannah’s historic district longer–there’s certainly plenty to do!

Kate Storm and Ranger Storm on Jones Street, one of the best places to take pictures in savannah ga

Savannah is one of the most walkable cities in the USA, and that is one of its many charms.

However, if you’d like to rest your feet, the free  Dot Express Shuttle  runs throughout the historic center of Savannah.

Hoping for more of a tour experience as you zip around town?

For those who would like to limit their walking a bit more, Savannah’s Hop On/Hop Off Old Town Trolley tour is the perfect solution and an easy way to get around during your 3 days in Savannah.

Grab tickets for Savannah’s hop on/hop off trolley tour today!

Savannah's Hop On/Hop Off Trolley Tour rounding a corner--you'll see plenty of these guys around during your 3 days in Savannah itinerary!

Personally, I would never turn down a trip to Savannah, so if you only have one time available, go whenever it is!

If you have more flexibility on your dates, though, here’s what we suggest: avoid the worst heat of the summer in July and August, and unless you’re coming for the raucous party, avoid the week of St. Patrick’s Day as well (Savannah throws the second-largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the USA, right behind NYC).

Savannah summers are intense and very humid, and they tend to start early and stick around for a long time.

Late March, April, and May are excellent months to visit Savannah, as the flowers will bloom and the heat will (hopefully) not have set in yet. 

September through November are also popular, though depending on the year it can be getting chilly by the end of November.

Shaded square in Savannah GA with a bench sitting under an oak tree as seen during a Savannah weekend vacation

Sleep in a bit.

Waking up early to avoid the crowds and make the most of your day is common travel advice for a good reason–but it doesn’t work for Savannah! 

Good luck finding anything but breakfast restaurants and coffee shops open before 10:00 AM here!

All the more reason to relax and enjoy the opportunity to sample life at a leisurely pace.

Lucas Theater in Savannah GA with trees from oak trees in the forgeround

Pick up a paper map before you get started exploring.

We love using Google maps on our phones, but honestly, in Savannah, it’s often easier to orient yourself with a paper tourist map!

We’ve found ourselves turning to ours frequently on our last couple of trips.

You can pick them up just about anywhere–tourist offices, hotels, restaurants, etc, frequently have a stack.

Consider reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil before you go.

Told in the form of a nonfiction novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a book that is practically synonymous with Savannah travel, and you’ll see it for sale absolutely everywhere in the city.

The book features Savannah itself as a main character, which is a large reason for its fame and popularity, but the actual plot revolves around the 1981 murder of Danny Hansford that took place in the Mercer Williams house.

It’s a compelling read (and though this is a Savannah blog post, it’s also worth mentioning that if you enjoy Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, you’ll likely enjoy The City of Falling Angels from the same author as well, which uses a similar writing style to tell the story of an arson in Venice).

Big fan of the book and/or movie? Book this popular tour focused entirely around Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil!

Houses in the background of the shot with trees and flowers in the foregroun as seen in a Savannah GA town square

Go slow–wandering is half the fun.

We covered a lot of ground in this 3 day Savannah itinerary, but even with checking off all the places to visit in Savannah mentioned here, you’ll still have plenty of time to wander around!

With some of the loveliest architecture in the USA and 22 town squares to explore, even checking out every square in the historic district generally won’t be accomplished on a long weekend in Savannah.

But, this is a city that no doubt will always leave you curious about what’s around the next corner.

jeremy storm and ranger storm in forsyth park savannah ga

Leave plenty of time for food.

Eating delicious, delectable southern cuisine is absolutely a highlight of sightseeing in Savannah.

Some of Savannah’s most popular tourist attractions are restaurants and candy shops!

The food is a huge draw for those visiting Savannah, and because of that, we recommend planning long periods for meals and planning where to eat in advance.

In a city packed with delicious food, you don’t want to accidentally waste a meal on a dud.

Pecan waffles with syrup being drizzled on them in Savannah GA, as seen on a weekend getaway by the author of this Savannah blog post

… and consider splitting some meals.

If you’re not traveling alone, Savannah is the perfect city to split meals with your travel companions.

Portions tend toward being ridiculously big, and you’ll definitely want to leave room to sample appetizers and desserts as well.

Basically, the more dishes you get to sample, the better.

kate storm holding a guinness while eating at the six pence pub savannah georgia

Decide in advance which house museums are right for you.

Savannah is absolutely full of house museums–basically, mansions-turned-museums that tell the stories of different aspects of the city.

Each one has a vibe and a focus all its own, so it’s especially important to match what kind of tourism you’re looking for to the house you visit to avoid disappointment.

We included this Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters in this long weekend in Savannah itinerary, specifically because it does an excellent job at highlighting just how much labor enslaved people put into maintaining these illustrious homes.

Different homes focus on different topics, though, and depending on your interests, you might also like to visit the Mercer-Williams House (of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil fame, though since the sister of the man accused of the murder owns the house, you won’t hear a thing about it on the tour!), the Andrew Low House (birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts of America), the Davenport House (the first Savannah mansion to be restored), or the Sorrel-Weed House (often considered to be haunted and the focus of several ghost stories).

You can definitely squeeze a couple of house museum tours into 3 days in Savannah, so feel free to pick and choose your favorites!

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About Kate Storm

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In May 2016, I left my suburban life in the USA and became a full-time traveler. Since then, I have visited 50+ countries on 5 continents and lived in Portugal, developing a special love of traveling in Europe (especially Italy) along the way. Today, along with my husband Jeremy and dog Ranger, I’m working toward my eventual goal of splitting my life between Europe and the USA.

24 thoughts on “3 Days in Savannah: The Perfect Weekend in Savannah Itinerary”

Kate, my daughter and I just got back from a short trip to Savannah using your guide and I wanted to thank you for helping plan such a great trip. It was the first time in Savannah for both of us and we may just make it a tradition. Such a beautiful city and your guides were by far the best I came across online. Thank you!!

Thank you so much, Julia, that is wonderful to hear! Savannah is one of my favorite cities, and my mom & I (and my grandmother for that matter!) agree that it’s perfect for girls getaways.

I am moving to Savannah next summer and have really enjoyed reading all you have shared about your experiences in the city. Although I am hoping to visit before making the move (COVID willing), it has been wonderful to travel vicariously through you and your blog in the meantime.Thank you for sharing!

Thank you so much, Katie! What a fun city to move to–we have seriously debated moving to Savannah more than once and still may at some point in the future–it’s a stunning city. Have a spiced lavender mocha at The Collins Quarter for us when you get there!

Likewise I appreciate your great coverage & suggestions regarding Savannah – when I saw your Jan 1 2021 date I was so interested in hearing about visiting with Covid issues. Can’t imagine eating in close quarters today, or standing in line for restaurants. Disappointed there were no hints about navigating Savannah given Covid restrictions. Maybe your post was dated Jan 1 but actually occurred pre-Covid?

Hi Marsha! The dates on my posts reflect the last time they were changed or updated in any way, which I do all the time as a course of my work.. I’ve visited Savannah many times in my life, but my last trip was at the very beginning March 2020, right before everything heated up in the US. These restaurant photos reflect some of the last times I ate in indoor restaurants, as crazy as that is to say almost a year later!

Getting ready to head to Savannah with my 2 daughters and a few friends. I went 3 years ago with some friends but this time heading with my daughter Savannah (lol) for her 21st birthday! Can’t wait and thank you for this itinerary. I won’t follow it to a T but you have some great places here that I want to try that I didn’t before. Thank you! How fun is this? 🙂

Enjoy! Sounds like a wonderful trip. Tell your daughter happy birthday for us!

I’ve been to Savannah a few times since my son lived there for a few years. One way to get to Beneventure and have a very fun tour is to take a Segway tour of the cemetery. I think they have Segway tours of Tybee also; both originate in the tourist district. There are also electric bike tours.

Hi Kate, I will be visiting Savannah in May and was wondering if you have any advice on where I should stay. I want a riverfront hotel with a balcony (with chairs!). I am currently torn between Homewood and Marriot Riverfront. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks btw LOVED your guide!!!!! Mary

Hi Mary! I haven’t stayed in either place, but just looking at the map, I’d recommend Homewood over Marriot because it’s a bit closer to the action! Honestly, either one is going to have a tiny bit of a hike to get to the main Historic District sites–not bad, but you’ll want to account for the extra walk when making your plans.

I’ve never stayed on the river myself, but the River Street Inn always catches my eye in that part of town and is a bit more centrally located! I don’t know if they meet your balcony requirement, though. 🙂

Hope you have an amazing trip to Savannah! So glad our guide could help.

This is by far the best Savannah travel guide I’ve found on the internet. THANK YOU.

Kate, Your article is exactly what I was looking for! My husband and I will be in Savannah from June 8-11, and I’m using this to plan our stay. I was wondering which of the ghost tours you would recommend as really creepy. I didn’t see a link that matched your description so I wasn’t sure.

Also, do you recommend tour or freestyle for Bonaventure cemetery? We aren’t really tour people but definitely want to get the most out of it!

Thanks for the great info! Erin

Thank you so much, Erin! Glad we can help. 🙂

I’ve tried out several ghost tours in Savannah over the years and sadly the creepiest one I’ve found was back in 2012, long before I was blogging, and I didn’t save the name of the company. We did the paranormal tour most recently and I would say it was interesting, but not the creepiest. I’ve heard good things about the Dead of Night tour, though!

I’ve always gone freestyle in Bonaventure just for timing reasons (it’s often our last stop on the way out of town) and I’ve honestly never felt like I’ve gotten as much out of it as I could have! I have a tour on my personal wish list for that reason. I’d say if you’re interested in history, it’s definitely worth a tour. If you’re more looking for the beauty and general eerie vibe, freestyle works!

Hope you guys have a great trip!

What do you think about visiting Savannah the first week of December? My husband and I are from the Pacific Northwest and reading about the possibility of hurricanes through November is a little daunting. We were hoping to come in October or November but are concerned about the storms. Your thoughts?

I’ve always wanted to see Savannah dressed up for Christmas, so sounds lovely to me! It may be a bit colder, but in Savannah, that doesn’t mean much (average highs in the low 60s). Definitely still a beautiful time to visit!

I really love Tybee Island and the Savannah Beach fronts in Georgia! I can’t wait to visit the place again!

Hello Katie, I trust you are well considering this covid situation we have been through, I am clare and your guide has really got me to love savannah because we ( me and my husband)have been planning a honeymoon getaway in the States since we are coming from Africa but this has helped me alott, for the hotel do you recommend American best value Inn savannah? It’s the one I had narrowed down to.cant wait to visit this July ( will also be my birthday month) if covid allows. Thanks Katie.

Thanks, Clare, hope you are well too!

I’m not familiar with that hotel but it looks like it’s pretty far from the historic center. Being able to walk into the center would make your getaway much easier.

Hope you have a wonderful birthday and trip to Savannah!

Hello Katie, Thanks for the guide, this got me loving savanahh even more since we are planning a honey moon getaway to savannah this summer, coming from Africa with love .

Kate – my daughter and I are planning a girls weekend in Savannah, Dec 2022 – any holiday items we should know about? Also, do you know of anywhere with an afternoon tea service? Thanks, LOVED reading your itinerary!!!

Thanks so much, Jan!

I believe the Gryphon does an afternoon tea service–I haven’t done it personally, but the Gryphon is popular for good reason!

As far as Christmas goes, the decor is beautiful–another excuse for wandering (as if there weren’t enough already). The Paris Market on Broughton does an amazing window display each year, and the Cathedral of St. John has beautiful indoor decor as well.

Thank you for the guide, looking forward to using a lot of it on our upcoming trip. I didn’t realize, but we’re booked to visit the week of St. Patricks Day (we’ll be there March 10 – 14. Will it be easy enough to avoid the “parties” or do they take over the whole city? – we’ll be there with our 4 young kids.

Honestly, I’ve never been there over St. Patrick’s Day weekend since we specifically avoid that time, so I can’t confirm. Based on what I hear from friends who have lived there though, it would be doable but expensive and potentially noisy. You’d definitely want to avoid the River Street area and stick more to the southern half of the historic district in terms of where to stay.

If you have some flexibility with your dates, I’d price-check that weekend vs one weekend before or after–you might find very different prices!

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14 Best Day Trips from Savannah Worth the Effort

April 8, 2021 //  by  Southern Trippers

If you’re looking for the best day trips from Savannah we’ve got you covered! After you’ve been captivated by Savannah’s charm and have indulged in all of the delicious food the city has to offer, you may be curious to explore some of the surrounding areas.

Luckily, Savannah’s location near both the South Carolina and Florida borders as well as its proximity to the ocean provides many unique opportunities for day trips. Whether you are in the mood to hit the beach, get lost in nature, or explore a historic Southern town, there are plenty of day trips from Savannah to choose from!

From charming coastal towns to fascinating nature preserves, there are exciting day trip options for any interest! Keep reading to discover the best day trips from Savannah to help kickstart your planning!

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Photo of beach chairs and umbrellas on a beach near Charleston, South Carolina, one of the best day trips from Savannah.

14 Best Savannah Day Trips Worth the Effort

Day trips less than 1 hour away from savannah, hilton head island.

In just under an hour, you can reach Hilton Head Island off the coast of South Carolina, one of the best day trips from Savannah. This fabulous resort island has been ranked among the best islands in the United States, famous for its miles of pristine beaches and mild temperatures year-round.

Hilton Head Island offers plenty of exciting activities for a day trip such as visiting one of the many beautiful beaches, golfing, and ziplining. Explore the shops in Harbor Town and visit the famous lighthouse. You can even learn about native wildlife at the Pickney Island National Wildlife Refuge or go on a a nature walk at the Coastal Discovery Museum.

There are so many amazing places to see, make sure to check out our Favorite Beaches In Hilton Head!

Hilton Head has a little something for every type of traveler. Whether you’re looking for an upscale day out or or an exciting outdoor adventure, you are sure to have an incredible time!

Photo of the lighthouse and harbor at Hilton Head Island, one of the best day trips from Savannah.

Tybee Island

Tybee Island has been one of the most popular day trips from Savannah since the 1800s. Located just 20 minutes from downtown, it is often referred to as “Savannah’s beach”. However, this 3-mile wide island is packed with beautiful beaches and coastal southern charm that make it a vacation destination in itself.

Spend the day relaxing on one of Tybee Island’s five gorgeous beaches, rent a jet ski to hit the waves, or go dolphin watching on a boat tour. Back on land, enjoy the many unique local shops and restaurants the island has to offer, rent a golf cart to explore the town, or learn about sea life at the Marine Science Center.

There are many tours in Savannah that you can take out here too if you don’t have a car!

Photo of the lighthouse at Tybee Island, one of the best day trips from Savannah.

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Despite the name, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is actually located just over the border in South Carolina. The refuge, which is home to a diverse variety of wildlife, is a quick 15-minute drive from downtown and is one of the best day trips from Savannah!

Start your day at the visitor center, located just off Highway 17, where you can find informational exhibits about the history of the refuge and the different types of wildlife it protects including deer, eagles, and alligators.

There are over 50 miles of hiking trails to explore or you can enjoy the 4-mile wildlife drive from the comfort of your car. With over 31,000 acres of protected wilderness, there is plenty to explore!

Photo of an alligator resting next to the marsh at the Savannah Wildlife Refuge, one of the best day trips from Savannah.

Cockspur Island

Steeped in fascinating civil war history, Cockspur Island is one of the most interesting day trips from Savannah! It is only 20 minutes away from Savannah by car but will make you wonder if you have stepped back in time.

Cockspur Island is home to Fort Pulaski National Monument, which played an important role during the civil war Join a guided tour to listen to the history of the fort as you wander past draw bridges and brick walls that date back to the 1800s.

Cockspur Island is a perfect day trip from Savannah if you are short on time, or it can be visited on the way to Tybee Island. Don’t forget to stop and snap a picture of the stunning Cockspur Lighthouse before you leave!

Photo of Fort Pulaski on Cockspur Island, one of the best day trips from Savannah.

Skidaway Island

Skidaway Island is home to Skidaway Island State Park, a nature lover’s oasis that is one of Georgia’s best-kept secrets! Located just 25 minutes from the city, Skidaway Island is one of the best Savannah day trips for those who want to escape the crowds and be immersed in nature.

The state park features boardwalk trails that wind through the maritime forests and salt marshes. There is even an observation tower to get a bird’s eye view of the park and watch for wildlife such as crabs, deer, and egrets. Stop by the park’s interpretive center to learn about the wildlife and bird watch out the windows.

Skidaway Island is also home to the University of Georgia’s Marine Education Center and Aquarium where you can learn about Georgia’s diverse marine life.

Photo of deer walking through the marsh at Skidaway Island, one of the best day trips from Savannah!

Just a short 30-minute drive over the South Carolina border will bring you to Bluffton, a quirky gem that is brimming with history, culture, and beautiful natural surroundings. Bluffton is one of the best day trips from Savannah if you’re looking to discover a quintessential yet unique low country town.

Bluffton will welcome you with moss-covered live oaks and stunning views over the May River. Spend the day strolling through the artisan shops in the old town and admiring art galleries on Calhoun Street. Visit one of Bluffton’s historic sites such as Rose Hill Mansion or take a walking tour to learn about the town’s history before indulging in fresh coastal cuisine.

Visit Palmetto Bluff, an award-winning upscale community where southern charm meets luxury. Palmetto Bluff is a residential community but it is open to the public for visitors to take in the sights of the extravagant homes and views over the river. Visit the Montage Hotel where you can wander the pristine grounds and enjoy gourmet food and luxury service.

Photo of waterfront homes at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, one of the best day trips from Savannah

Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge

Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most unique day trip ideas if you’re looking to spend a day as far from other people and as close to nature as possible!

The refuge is made up of 3 islands that are only accessible by boat. The easiest way to visit is by joining a guided tour or chartering a boat unless you happen to have your own. The difficulty of getting there is very much worth it for the privilege of exploring virtually untouched nature.

Once you arrive, 10,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness including 7 miles of undeveloped beaches, rolling sand dunes, saltwater marshes, and forests await to be discovered. With 20 miles of hiking trails, there is more than enough to keep you busy for a day of exploring nature and watching for wildlife.

Photo of a secluded beach at Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge, one of the best day trips from Savannah.

Day Trips Less Than 2 Hours Away From Savannah

Many people struggle to choose between Savannah and Charleston when deciding where to spend their low country vacation. Well, why not visit both?

Charleston is one of the most popular day trips from Savannah because it is just under 2 hours away either by car or by train. While one day isn’t really long enough to see the entire city, you can still easily take in the major sights such as The Battery, Rainbow Row, and King’s Street.

Hop on a horse-drawn carriage tour to make the most of your time and learn about the history of this charming city while admiring the spectacular historic homes, then stroll through the city market to shop for souvenirs. If time allows, take a tour of the historic Magnolia Plantation or a sunset boat cruise around the harbor.

Photo of a street in Charleston, South Carolina, one of the best day trips from Savannah

Jekyll island

Jekyll Island is one of Georgia’s Golden Isles and is one of the most fascinating day trips from Savannah! The island was an exclusive hunting club in the 1800s and is now a state park where you can find a historic landmark district, golf courses, and resorts that peacefully co-exist with the abundance of wildlife.

Take a trolley tour of landmark historic district to admire the well-preserved architecture and learn about the Jekyll Island club whose members had names like Rockefeller, Pulitzer, and Vanderbilt. Stroll along Driftwood Beach, which has been consistently voted one of the most romantic beaches in the country, and admire the ancient driftwood lining the shore.

Visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center to learn about sea turtles and see the rehabilitation of them in action, take a boat cruise to spot dolphins, or immerse yourself in nature at the 4-H Tidelands Nature Center on a nature walk or kayak tour. There are so many exciting activities to choose from for a day that you may want to come back for a longer stay!

Photo of driftwood beach on Jekyll Island, one of the best day trips from Savannah

St. Simons Island

The largest of Georgia’s Golden Isles, St. Simon’s Island, is one of the most popular day trips from Savannah! Located less than an hour and a half south of Savannah, the island’s sandy beaches and small town charm are within easy reach.

Relax in the sand and watch out for wildlife at one of the island’s popular beaches such as Gold’s Inlet or The East Beach. Get a history lesson at the St. Simon’s Lighthouse Museum before climbing 100 steps up to the top for a spectacular view of the ocean and the island.

Rent a bike and explore St. Simon’s via the many mossy oak-lined bike trails or hop on a trolley for a historical tour of the island. Other fascinating attractions include the Fort Frederica National Monument or the World Ward II Home Front Museum.

Photo of the lighthouse on St. Simon's Island, one of the best day trips from Savannah.

The historic harbor town of Beaufort, South Carolina is just over an hour’s drive away and is one of the most charming day trips from Savannah!

Beaufort is the second oldest city in South Carolina and much of the original antebellum architecture has been beautifully preserved. If this charming city looks familiar, that’s because it has served as the backdrop for many famous movies such as Forest Gump!

Visit the Beaufort History Museum to learn about the town’s rich history then stroll through the art galleries and antique stores on Bay Street. Hop on a horse-drawn carriage tour to see Beaufort’s best historic homes and most famous film locations or take a river cruise to spot dolphins and take in the beautiful scenery.

Photo of a historic home in Beaufort South Carolina, one of the best day trips from Savannah.

Day Trips Over 2 Hours Away from Savannah

If you don’t mind a two and a half hour drive, Augusta Georgia is one of the best cities near Savannah to visit for a day trip! Augusta is a charming historic city with a fresh vibe that offers plenty of fun things to do on a day trip!

Visit the Augusta History Museum to learn about the town’s rich history and famous former residents such as the “Godfather of Soul” James Brown. Explore downtown Augusta to experience the thriving arts scene and eclectic variety of shops and restaurants. Admire the artwork at the Morris Museum of Art or take in the scenery and history at the Magnolia Cemetery.

Nature lovers will enjoy strolling along the riverwalk and soaking up gorgeous views of the city or hopping on a canal cruise while keeping an eye out for alligators. If you time your day trip right, you could catch a show at the historic Imperial Theater or enjoy a performance from the Symphony Orchestra Augusta at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center.

Photo of the skyline in Augusta, Georgia, one of the best day trips from Savannah.

Jacksonville

In just a little over two hours, you could be lounging under a palm tree in the city that boasts the longest coastline in the country. Jacksonville, Florida is one of the best day trips from Savannah if you’re looking for beaches and culture.

Jacksonville, or “Jax” as the locals call it, boasts 22 miles of pristine beaches where you can spend the day soaking up the sun. Head to one of the city’s popular public beaches such as Neptune Beach or discover a slice of unspoiled paradise at an undeveloped beach such as Blackrock Beach.

Jacksonville is also home to a thriving art scene. Head to the Downtown Arts Market where an art walk takes place every week or join a tour of the most popular street art in the city. After dark, head downtown where you will find a wide variety of restaurants and bars to experience the city’s legendary food scene and nightlife.

Photo of the skyline in Jacksonville, Florida, one of the best day trips from Savannah.

One of the cutest small towns in Georgia , Macon, is less than two and half hours away from Savannah and is one of the best day trips from Savannah! This charming little town is known for its historic homes and diverse culture.

Visit one of Macon’s historic homes that have been turned into museums such as the Johnston-Felton-Hay House or the Cannonball House to get a taste of the town’s rich history. Learn about the region’s African American history and culture at the Tubman Museum and discover an ancient Native American monument at Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park.

Macon is especially spectacular in the spring when the cherry blossoms bloom all over the town and even hosts an international cherry blossom festival every spring. If you can’t visit during spring, Macon is still a great place to visit and has exciting things to offer any time of year!

Photo of downtown Macon, one of the best day trips from Savannah.

We hope this list of the best day trips from Savannah inspired you to get out and explore everything the southern low country has to offer! With so many fascinating places to go, the hardest part is deciding where to visit first. For more Georgia travel inspiration, read our guide on the coolest national parks in the state!

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13 Awesome Day Trips from Savannah (2.5-hour Drive or Less)

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Savannah, Georgia, is one of the top tourist destinations in the Southeastern United States. But as you plan your  Savannah itinerary , don’t overlook all of the great things that there are to do  outside  of Savannah as well. All of these day trips from Savannah are within about a 2.5-hour drive of central Savannah, Georgia (give or take, depending on traffic).  

Savannah is jam-packed with history, great places to eat and wonderful things to do. But the area of the Southeast around Savannah is full of amazing historic sites, islands, beaches, and some great cities too. 

Seriously. There are so many great options. Keep reading to find out more! 

Have more time to explore? Check out these ideas for weekend trips from Savannah .

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Skidaway Island State Park

Distance from Savannah: 15 miles

Drive time: Approximately 25 minutes

Skidaway Island State Park is a great option for a day trip from Savannah. Just a short drive from downtown Savannah, the park offers a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The park is home to a variety of ecosystems, including salt marshes and maritime forests. You may spot a variety of wildlife in their natural habitat including deer, fiddler crabs, and egrets.

There are also several miles of trails perfect for hiking, biking, or birdwatching. The park is also a great place for picnicking. So whether you’re looking to explore nature or just relax in a beautiful setting, Skidaway Island State Park is worth a visit.

If you want to make an overnight or weekend getaway out of your trip, you can enjoy camping among the beautiful live oaks and Spanish moss.

Historic Tybee Island Light Station near Savannah, Georgia

Tybee Island 

Distance from Savannah:  18 miles 

Drive time:  Approximately 20-30 minutes 

Easily the most popular day trip from Savannah, Tybee Island’s most famous site is probably its light station, the oldest and tallest in Georgia. The 2.5-mile-long barrier island’s location at the mouth of the Savannah River also made it especially important as a military position. 

Although it’s essentially “next door” to Savannah, you could easily spend an entire day exploring Tybee Island. 

Taking in the natural beauty of Tybee Island is a great way to spend the day. It’s a popular spot for bird watching, sea kayaking, dolphin spotting, biking, fishing and more. The  Light Station Museum admission is reasonably priced. (They are closed on Tuesdays.)

To explore the island, you can of course drive yourself there, or you could book a sightseeing tour  like this one  that includes a dolphin-watching cruise. 

Or perhaps just enjoy a day relaxing on a  Tybee Island beach  complete with beach chairs, umbrellas, and coolers stocked with ice.  

Fort Pulaski National Monument 

Distance from Savannah:  14 miles 

Drive time:  Approximately 25 minutes 

Also quite close to the historic center of Savannah,  Fort Pulaski National Monument is located on Cockspur Island. Fort Pulaski is operated by the National Park Service and is open seven days a week year-round, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Days. 

The fort was built to protect the Port of Savannah not long before the American Civil War broke out in 1861.

The fort was made mostly of brick (millions and millions of bricks) and was soon rendered obsolete when the Union Army used Fort Pulaski as the site for the testing of their new rifled cannons.

Fort Pulaski fell to the Union Army in less than two days. The fort was then used by the Union Army as a prisoner-of-war camp. 

The Fort Pulaski National Monument includes the fort, most of Cockspur Island as well as McQueens Island. The site includes walking trails, and fishing is allowed on the Savannah River. The Visitor Center includes exhibits about the fort’s construction and the Civil War battle.  

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Fort McAllister State Park 

Distance from Savannah:  30 miles 

Drive time:  40 minutes 

Continuing on the Civil War historical site theme, south of Savannah you’ll find  Fort McAllister State Park on the banks of the Ogeechee River. Now don’t dismiss this park out of hand even if you’ve been to both Fort Sumter in South Carolina and Fort Pulaski (see above), because  these Confederate fortifications are actually earthworks and some of the best-preserved. 

The fort withstood multiple naval attacks but eventually fell to General Sherman on his March to the Sea. Fort McAllister was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.  

The 1700-acre park includes picnic shelters, a museum, a gift shop, boat ramps, a dock, a fishing pier, and a playground. Those who want to do more than a day trip here can choose from cottage or campsite accommodations. 

There are about 4 miles of trails for hiking, there are seasonally available kayak, paddleboard, and canoe rentals, bike rentals, and educational programs. 

There is a small fee for parking in addition to the historical site entrance fee. 

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More fun things to do in and around Savannah, Georgia 

Not far outside the historic center of Savannah, you’ll find two key historical sites. With  this half-day tour ,  you’ll get to see Bonaventure Cemetery and Wormsloe Plantation.  

Consider putting yourself in the hands of an expert tour guide.  Enjoy a private tour   of the Savannah historic district, Tybee Island,  and  Fort Pulaski National Monument all in one epic tour. Comes with free 24-hour cancellation and includes transportation. 

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 

Distance from Savannah:  34 miles 

Drive time:  45 minutes 

Hilton Head Island is one of my  favorite  places, and honestly, it deserves more time than just a day trip from Savannah; however, if all you have is a day then we can make it work. 

Just so you understand how awesome Hilton Head is, you don’t have to take my word for it.  Travel + Leisure  named Hilton Head Island the BEST island in the continental United States for three consecutive years. I quite agree. 

Beach on Hilton Head Island South Carolina at Dawn

Try Coligny Beach Park for public beach access. Coligny Beach is also a  designated swim area . There’s free parking nearby and some fun shopping as well. The iconic  Harbour Town Lighthouse is also a popular stop. 

You’ll also find plenty of other things to do like biking on the beach or along the miles of recreational paths and of course eating some great Southern food. If you get to Hilton Head for breakfast, make a stop at  Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café . It’s popular with locals, and they have good gluten-free options.  

We recommend that you enjoy lunch or dinner at  A Lowcountry Backyard to try their wonderful food. They’re famous for their shrimp and grits and of course, the Lowcountry boil. When we were there, they gladly helped hubby find something delicious and gluten-free to eat, and they have good vegetarian options too. They don’t take reservations, so make sure you get there early.

many driftwood branches on a sandy beach

Jekyll Island

Distance from Savannah: 95 miles

Drive time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Jekyll Island is one of the “Golden Isles” barrier islands off the coast of Georgia that include St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island, Sapelo Island, Blackbeard Island, plus Historic Darien and Historic Brunswick.

Jekyll Island is a popular spot for beach lovers and nature enthusiasts, with plenty of opportunities for biking, golf, long walks on the beach, touring historic homes, and more. Don’t miss Driftwood Beach on the north end of the island.

The island is also home to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center , which offers educational programs about these creatures and works to rescue and rehabilitate sick and injured turtles.

The center is open to the public. Visitors can take a “behind the scenes” tour of the center, watch the turtles being cared for, and learn about the efforts to protect these animals.

Charleston, South Carolina 

Fountain with a large pineapple on top in waterfront park in Charleston, South Carolina.

Distance from Savannah:  108 miles 

Drive time:  2 hours 

Folks, if you like Savannah, you’ll  love Charleston . In my opinion, it has all the same kinds of things to do that Savannah offers plus more. Although I would recommend you spend at least a  weekend in Charleston , it is also very doable to make a Charleston day trip from Savannah. 

Charleston is full of wonderful historical sites, like the historic Aiken-Rhett House, beautiful architecture, lovely Waterfront Park (and its famous Pineapple Fountain), the Battery, the Historic Market, and of course amazing food. 

We love getting lunch at  Fleet Landing  right on the water. And make a point to stop in at  Carmella’s Dessert Bar  for coffee or a treat. You’ll love it. 

For more details, check out our post about how to spend   one day in Charleston .  For more about why we love Charleston, read our  Charleston vs Savannah post.

Build the ideal lowcountry road trip with this Charleston and Savannah itinerary.

Cumberland Island National Seashore

Distance from Savannah: 115 miles to Visitor Center

Drive time: Approximately 2 hours, plus the ferry ride

Cumberland Island National Seashore is the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for some amazing sandy beaches. The island has a rich history and is perfect for a day trip or even an overnight camping excursion.

Access to the Seashore is by ferry or private boat. Plan to make your ferry reservations in advance.

If you’re looking for a place to hike, bike, camp, birdwatch, or beach comb, look no further. With over 50 miles of nature trails and roads as well as 18 miles of beaches available to explore, there’s something here for everyone.

There are no food vendors at the Seashore, so plan to bring with you (and pack back out) whatever you will need for the day.

Folly Beach 

Distance from Savannah:  115 miles 

Folly Beach is quite close to Charleston, so if you’re feeling up to it, you could visit Folly and pop over to Charleston on one super-epic day trip.  

Folly Beach is a 12-square-mile barrier island known as a popular destination for kayak rentals, fishing, and such. You can learn how to surf or try a  stand-up paddleboard eco tour like this one .  

In Folly Beach you’ll also find “The Porgy House” home to the writers of the novel and play  Porgy . The Gershwin Brothers also wrote their opera  Porgy and Bess  in Folly Beach. The story is set in Charleston. 

Amelia Island, Florida 

Distance from Savannah:  128 miles 

Drive time : 2 hours 

A popular beach vacation destination in Florida, Amelia Island boasts 13 miles of beaches . It’s located in Northeast Florida and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal Waterway, Nassau Sound, and Cumberland Sound. 

In 2020, Travel + Leisure put Amelia Island at number 6 on its list of the top 15 islands in the United States. Conde Nast also named Amelia Island one of the best islands in the U.S. in its Reader’s Choice awards.  Southern Living  also named it one of the 10 most romantic destinations in Florida. 

Jacksonville, Florida 

The Historic Friendship Fountain on the St. Johns River against the Jacksonville, Florida skyline

Distance from Savannah:  141 miles 

Drive time:  2 hours, 10 minutes

It’s the largest city by landmass in the United States. Jacksonville also claims to have the largest urban park system and the most shoreline of any city in Florida. It’s also the most populous city in the Southeast and is only about a 2-hour drive from Savannah, which makes it a great option for a city day trip. 

Popular sites and attractions in “Jax” include the  Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens , Friendship Fountain, the Museum of Science and History, and the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

Enjoy a picturesque River Walk stroll along the St. Johns River, try the St. Johns River Taxi, or check out some of their 22 miles of beaches.  

My fellow National Park Service site enthusiasts will likely want to spend some time at  Fort Caroline National Memorial , which memorializes the failed French colonial presence in Florida in the 16th century. Like  Kingsley Plantation , it’s part of the  Timucuan Ecological & Historical Preserve . 

Augusta, Georgia 

Augusta, Georgia, USA downtown scene at River Walk.

Distance from Savannah:  130 miles 

Drive time:  2.5 hours 

Although it’s best known for hosting  The Masters golf tournament , Augusta, Georgia, is also a lovely town that is just begging to be explored. Fortunately, its walkable historic downtown and Riverwalk area make that easy to do. 

The  Augusta Riverwalk  features a children’s playground, gardens, the Jessye Norman Amphitheater, and the Augusta Saturday Market at the River (closed in winter).

Top things to do in Augusta include the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area, the Augusta Museum of History, the Morris Museum of Art, Woodrow Wilson’s boyhood home, popular restaurants, shopping, and more. 

Fun facts: Augusta was founded by James Oglethorpe (who was also the founder of Savannah) and it was named for Princess Augusta of Wales.  

And in case you were wondering,  no you cannot tour Augusta National . It is totally closed and super duper private. Strictly members only. Seriously. The only time it’s open to the public is during The Masters and even then only those with tickets are allowed in. 

Congaree National Park 

Entrance Sign in Congaree National Park in South Carolina

Distance from Savannah:  150 miles 

You’ll find Congaree National Park in Hopkins, South Carolina (near Columbia). It’s the only National Park in South Carolina, and sadly also one of the least visited. Congaree is also a UNESCO biosphere reserve and offers hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and bird watching. 

The Park preserves the largest intact expanse of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States, according to the  National Park Service . 

Be warned. Congaree is swampy and famous (infamous?) for its mosquitoes. Protect yourself accordingly. You can check with the Park before your trip to find out what the mosquito levels are before you make the drive from Savannah. 

You may have seen photos of the Congaree “Mosquito Meter.” This is not a thing. Well, I mean it exists, but the Park doesn’t use it as a daily indicator of mosquito levels. It’s completely unscientific, and they’ve even described it as a prop for photos. The important takeaway here is that you should be aware of the mosquitoes before you visit. 

Hiking Congaree National Park is easy and enjoyable.

The most popular walk or hike in Congaree is probably the Boardwalk Trail. The boardwalk path makes the 2.6-mile loop trail accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. Other easy hikes include Bluff Trail, Sims Trail, Bates Ferry Trail, Longleaf Trail, and Spur Trail. 

wooden boardwalk path through a forest

Where to stay in Savannah 

There are an overwhelming number of great places to stay in Savannah, Georgia. Here are a few popular and top-rated options to help you narrow down your search: 

Eliza Thompson House :  Historic inn just a few blocks from Forsyth Park and its famous fountain.   Book today .   

Marriott Savannah Riverfront :  We love this location at the end of historic River Street. It’s just steps from the famous Waving Girl statue, and you can get a room with a view of the Savannah River.   Book your stay today .   

Holiday Inn Express Savannah – Historic District :  Affordable and comfortable rooms in the heart of the historic district and just steps from Vic’s on the River, one of our top Savannah restaurant recommendations.   Book your room today .   

Need more help planning your Savannah trip? Check out our list of essential travel planning resources.  

Final thoughts on the best day trips from Savannah 

Although there is so much to see and do in Savannah, there are also a ton of great things to do around Savannah. From historical sites to great beaches and even some great cities, you certainly will find a great day trip on this list that will make a perfect addition to your Savannah itinerary. 

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Posted: September 20, 2023 | Last updated: September 20, 2023

Best Things to do in Maine If you’re looking for the best things to do in Maine, look no further! From Acadia National Park to the Portland Head Light, the Pine Tree State has many spectacular vistas and year-round fun. Whether you’re a nature lover or a history buff, there’s something for everyone in Maine. Here are the best things to do in Maine: Visit Acadia National Park Acadia National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Maine. With its stunning scenery and diverse wildlife, it’s no wonder why. Plenty of activities keep you busy, such as hiking and camping. You can also take a scenic drive along Park Loop Road or a boat tour of the coastline. Watch the sunrise from Cadillac Mountain or drive around and look for wildlife. Acadia National Park is a great road trip from Boston or NYC. This is the best thing to do in Maine and attracts 1 million visitors annually.   Bar Harbor Bar Harbor is a charming seaside town located on Mount Desert Island. Bar Harbor is the closest town to Acadia National Park and is the perfect place to stay for your Acadia adventure. It’s known for its quaint shops, restaurants, and beautiful beaches. Various boat tours are also available, including whale watching and lobster fishing. You can visit one of the many ice cream shops in town in the summer. Get a double scoop in a waffle cone and walk down by the water. Explore Portland Portland is the largest city in Maine and is full of things to do. There’s something for everyone, from shopping and dining to museums and art galleries. Don’t forget to check out the iconic Portland Head Light, one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world. You will love the beaches, the cobblestoned streets, and all the great lobster all over Portland. Portland also has a great food scene, so it is a great place to stop for a bite to eat!     Stroll around Ogunquit Oganquit, Maine, is a beautiful coastal town that is worth a visit. It’s home to the Ogunquit Museum of American Art and several beaches. Perkins Cove is a popular spot for shopping and dining, and you can also take a scenic boat ride from here. In the summer, Ogunquit becomes a buzzing town, and it can be hard to find parking and lodging. Book your hotel or Airbnb at least 2-3 months before your trip. Ogunquit is beautiful at all times of the year, but it gets super touristy in the summer. I prefer the fall to have beautiful weather and fewer crowds.   Visit the Maine State Capitol The Maine State Capitol is located in Augusta, the state capital. It’s a beautiful building that houses the state legislature and governor’s office. You can tour the facility or admire it from the outside.   Take a Boat Tour Maine is known for its stunning coastline, and there’s no better way to see it than from the water. Plenty of boat tours are available, ranging from short cruises to multi-day excursions. You’ll see everything from dolphins and whales to seals and seabirds. My favorite place to take a boat tour is on Penobscot Bay in  Camden, Maine, on a historic schooner.   Visit a Lighthouse Maine is home to over 60 lighthouses, more than any other state in the US. These iconic structures are scattered along the coast, providing a beautiful sightseeing opportunity. Many of the lighthouses are open to the public and offer tours.   Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens are located in Boothbay, Maine. With over 200 acres of gardens and nature trails, it’s a great place to spend a day exploring. You’ll find everything from roses and daisies to ponds and streams. There’s also a Children’s Garden with interactive exhibits. This is one of my personal favorite things to do in Maine. If you are in the area, it is so worth the stop! Old Orchard Beach Old Orchard Beach is a popular summer destination for tourists and locals alike. Its seven-mile-long sandy beach is the perfect place to relax and soak up the sun. There’s also a boardwalk with shops, restaurants, and amusements. If you’re looking for a bit of adventure, you can go parasailing or take a ride on the Ferris wheel. Kennebunkport Kennebunkport is a lovely seaside town located in southern Maine. It’s known for its quaint shops and restaurants and its beautiful beaches. Various boat tours are also available, including whale watching and lobster fishing. There is a delightful Christmas festival here each year that is considered to be one of the best in the United States. Go rafting on the Kennebeck River There are some super white water rapids on the Kennebeck River. You can go rafting with a guide or on your own. It is an excellent river for beginners as the rapids are not too scary. Either way, it’s sure to be an adrenaline-pumping experience! Visit the Maine Maritime Museum The Maine Maritime Museum is located in Bath, Maine. It’s dedicated to the state’s maritime history and culture. You’ll find exhibits on shipbuilding, lobstering, and the coastguard. There’s also a working shipyard where you can see ships heading out to lobster. The museum is open year-round, but the best time to visit is in the summer when the weather is warm and sunny. Baxter State Park Baxter State Park is a large state park located in northern Maine. It’s home to Mount Katahdin, the tallest mountain in the state. Hikers flock to the park to scale Katahdin and enjoy the beautiful forest. There are plenty of hiking and camping opportunities and canoeing and fishing. In the winter, you can go snowshoeing in the park. Sunday River Resort Sunday River Resort is a popular ski resort located in Newry, Maine. With over 130 trails and 18 lifts, it’s one of the largest ski resorts in New England. In addition to skiing and […]

Savannah, Georgia, is a charming Southern city known for its rich history, beautiful architecture, and vibrant culture. Savannah evokes the feeling of Southern hospitality and slow living. It is a lovely city.

One of the top things to do in Savannah is the historic district, home to many of the city’s most iconic landmarks, such as Forsyth Park, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and the Mercer Williams House. Visitors can take a guided walking tour to learn about the history and architecture of the district or simply stroll through the streets and admire the beautiful homes and gardens.

River Street is the other touristy area in Savannah, a bustling waterfront area lined with shops, restaurants, and galleries. Visitors can take a riverboat tour, sample some of the city’s famous seafood, or enjoy the views of the Savannah River. Historic Landmarks

Savannah is a city with a rich history, and there are many historical landmarks that visitors can explore. Here are my four must-see landmarks:

<p>Forsyth Park is a large public park located in the historic district of Savannah. It is known for its centerpiece fountain, which was built in 1858. The park is a popular spot for picnics, jogging, and people-watching.  It’s a great place to start your exploration of downtown Savannah and an excellent place to park your car for the day!</p>

Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park is a large public park located in the historic district of Savannah. It is known for its centerpiece fountain, which was built in 1858. The park is a popular spot for picnics, jogging, and people-watching.  It’s a great place to start your exploration of downtown Savannah and an excellent place to park your car for the day!

<p>Bonaventure Cemetery is a beautiful and historic cemetery located in Savannah. It was established in 1846 and covers over 100 acres. Visitors can take a guided tour or explore on their own. The cemetery is known for its ornate headstones, beautiful landscaping, and peaceful atmosphere. Notable people buried here include songwriter Johnny Mercer and poet Conrad Aiken.</p>

Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery is a beautiful and historic cemetery located in Savannah. It was established in 1846 and covers over 100 acres. Visitors can take a guided tour or explore on their own. The cemetery is known for its ornate headstones, beautiful landscaping, and peaceful atmosphere. Notable people buried here include songwriter Johnny Mercer and poet Conrad Aiken.

<p>The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist is a stunning church in the heart of Savannah. It was built in the late 1800s and is known for its beautiful stained glass windows and intricate architecture. Visitors can attend mass or take a guided tour. The cathedral also hosts concerts and other events throughout the year.</p>

Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist

The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist is a stunning church in the heart of Savannah. It was built in the late 1800s and is known for its beautiful stained glass windows and intricate architecture. Visitors can attend mass or take a guided tour. The cathedral also hosts concerts and other events throughout the year.

<p>The centerpiece of old Savannah living was the 24 squares in the heart of the city. Each square is a little park packed with gardens, giant live oaks, and rambling brick paths.  Homes are built around each square and these beautiful little parks are what makes Savannah so beautiful.</p> <p>If you want to walk all 24 there is a great and<a href="https://savannahgavisitors.com/tours/historic-district/see-all-the-squares-in-one-day-tours#:~:text=There%20are%2061%20Points%2Dof,about%207%20to%209%20miles." rel="noopener"> FREE walking map</a> to help you hit all of them.</p> <p>Savannah’s historic landmarks are a must-see for anyone visiting the city. Whether you’re interested in history and architecture or want to take in the sights, these landmarks are sure to impress.</p>

Savannah Town Squares

The centerpiece of old Savannah living was the 24 squares in the heart of the city. Each square is a little park packed with gardens, giant live oaks, and rambling brick paths.  Homes are built around each square and these beautiful little parks are what makes Savannah so beautiful.

If you want to walk all 24 there is a great and FREE walking map to help you hit all of them.

Savannah’s historic landmarks are a must-see for anyone visiting the city. Whether you’re interested in history and architecture or want to take in the sights, these landmarks are sure to impress.

<p>Savannah is not only known for its beautiful architecture and historical landmarks but also for its impressive collection of museums and art galleries. Here are some of the top places to visit for art and history enthusiasts:</p>

Museums and Art Galleries

Savannah is not only known for its beautiful architecture and historical landmarks but also for its impressive collection of museums and art galleries. Here are some of the top places to visit for art and history enthusiasts:

<p>Telfair Museums is a collection of three museums in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District. The Telfair Academy features American and European art from the 19th and 20th centuries. The Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters offers a glimpse into the lives of wealthy families and the enslaved who lived in Savannah during the 19th century. The Jepson Center for the Arts showcases contemporary art and hosts traveling exhibitions annually.</p> <p>If you are interested in doing all three museums, you can buy a combined ticket for all, or you can just purchase a ticket for a single museum.</p> <p><strong>If you only see one museum while you are there, I highly recommend The Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters. It is a sobering look at Savannah in the 19th Century.</strong></p>

Telfair Museums

Telfair Museums is a collection of three museums in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District. The Telfair Academy features American and European art from the 19th and 20th centuries. The Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters offers a glimpse into the lives of wealthy families and the enslaved who lived in Savannah during the 19th century. The Jepson Center for the Arts showcases contemporary art and hosts traveling exhibitions annually.

If you are interested in doing all three museums, you can buy a combined ticket for all, or you can just purchase a ticket for a single museum.

If you only see one museum while you are there, I highly recommend The Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters. It is a sobering look at Savannah in the 19th Century.

<p>Possibly the most famous home tour in Savannah, this house was featured in the movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” where it was the sight of a famous real-life murder.</p> <div class="group w-full text-gray-800 dark:text-gray-100 border-b border-black/10 dark:border-gray-900/50 bg-gray-50 dark:bg-[#444654]">   <div class="flex p-4 gap-4 text-base md:gap-6 md:max-w-2xl lg:max-w-[38rem] xl:max-w-3xl md:py-6 lg:px-0 m-auto">   <div class="relative flex w-[calc(100%-50px)] flex-col gap-1 md:gap-3 lg:w-[calc(100%-115px)]">    <div class="flex flex-grow flex-col gap-3">    <div class="min-h-[20px] flex items-start overflow-x-auto whitespace-pre-wrap break-words flex-col gap-4">     <div class="markdown prose w-full break-words dark:prose-invert light">     <p>If you love a good murder mystery, you will love this house, or if you love a beautiful old home, you will love it too!</p>     <p>You will be immersed in the elegant ambiance as you wander through the meticulously preserved rooms adorned with exquisite antiques and captivating artwork. Whether you’re captivated by its famous connection to “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” or simply drawn to its timeless beauty, the Mercer Williams House is sure to leave you awe-inspired.</p>     </div>    </div>    </div>   </div>   </div>  </div>

Mercer Williams House

Possibly the most famous home tour in Savannah, this house was featured in the movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” where it was the sight of a famous real-life murder.

If you love a good murder mystery, you will love this house, or if you love a beautiful old home, you will love it too!

You will be immersed in the elegant ambiance as you wander through the meticulously preserved rooms adorned with exquisite antiques and captivating artwork. Whether you’re captivated by its famous connection to “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” or simply drawn to its timeless beauty, the Mercer Williams House is sure to leave you awe-inspired.

<p>The Savannah History Museum is a must-visit for anyone interested in learning about the city’s rich history. The museum features exhibits on Savannah’s founding and early history, its role in the Civil War, and beyond.</p> <p>Located in the city’s downtown area, the museum is housed in the former Central of Georgia Railway passenger shed, which in itself is a historical landmark. The museum showcases a wide array of exhibits that chronicle Savannah’s past, from its founding in 1733 to the present day.</p> <p>This is a great museum to do in conjunction with a trolley tour as they are in the exact location!</p>

Savannah History Museum

The Savannah History Museum is a must-visit for anyone interested in learning about the city’s rich history. The museum features exhibits on Savannah’s founding and early history, its role in the Civil War, and beyond.

Located in the city’s downtown area, the museum is housed in the former Central of Georgia Railway passenger shed, which in itself is a historical landmark. The museum showcases a wide array of exhibits that chronicle Savannah’s past, from its founding in 1733 to the present day.

This is a great museum to do in conjunction with a trolley tour as they are in the exact location!

<p>The Savannah College of Art and Design SCAD offers degrees in fine arts, design, architecture, fashion, animation, film and television, photography, graphic design, illustration, and more. The school has an impressive museum that is worth seeing if you have the time!</p> <p>The SCAD Museum of Art is a contemporary art museum in the heart of Savannah’s historic district. The museum features a rotating collection of exhibitions and installations from SCAD students, faculty, alumni, and works from established artists. The building is also a work of art, with a stunning glass-and-steel atrium as the museum’s centerpiece.</p> <p>Whether you’re a history buff, an art lover, or just looking for something to do on a rainy day, Savannah’s museums and art galleries are great places to explore.</p>

SCAD Museum of Art

The Savannah College of Art and Design SCAD offers degrees in fine arts, design, architecture, fashion, animation, film and television, photography, graphic design, illustration, and more. The school has an impressive museum that is worth seeing if you have the time!

The SCAD Museum of Art is a contemporary art museum in the heart of Savannah’s historic district. The museum features a rotating collection of exhibitions and installations from SCAD students, faculty, alumni, and works from established artists. The building is also a work of art, with a stunning glass-and-steel atrium as the museum’s centerpiece.

Whether you’re a history buff, an art lover, or just looking for something to do on a rainy day, Savannah’s museums and art galleries are great places to explore.

<p>Savannah is a city known for its fantastic food and drink scene. From classic Southern cuisine to modern fusion dishes, there’s something for everyone. Here are my four must-visit spots for foodies in Savannah.</p>

Food and Drink

Savannah is a city known for its fantastic food and drink scene. From classic Southern cuisine to modern fusion dishes, there’s something for everyone. Here are my four must-visit spots for foodies in Savannah.

<p>Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room is a Savannah institution that has been serving classic Southern dishes since 1943. This family-style restaurant is only open for lunch, and guests are seated at communal tables to enjoy dishes like fried chicken, mac and cheese, and collard greens.</p> <p>You will sit down with the people you are standing near in line at big tables and be served all together. The food is not fancy, but it is great quality and delicious.</p> <p>The restaurant is cash-only and often has long lines, but the delicious food and friendly atmosphere are well worth the wait.</p>

Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room

Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room is a Savannah institution that has been serving classic Southern dishes since 1943. This family-style restaurant is only open for lunch, and guests are seated at communal tables to enjoy dishes like fried chicken, mac and cheese, and collard greens.

You will sit down with the people you are standing near in line at big tables and be served all together. The food is not fancy, but it is great quality and delicious.

The restaurant is cash-only and often has long lines, but the delicious food and friendly atmosphere are well worth the wait.

<p>Leopold’s Ice Cream is a must-visit <a title="Best Cookie Spots in NYC: Our Top Picks for the Ultimate Sweet Tooth" href="https://travelswiththecrew.com/best-cookie-spots-in-nyc-our-top-picks-for-the-ultimate-sweet-tooth/">spot for anyone with a sweet tooth</a>. This family-owned ice cream parlor has been serving up delicious homemade ice cream since 1919. While they have classic flavors like vanilla and chocolate, Leopold’s really shines with their unique flavors like peanut butter chippy, and, my favorite, lemon custard.</p> <p>The parlor’s retro decor and friendly staff make it a great spot to cool off on a hot Savannah day.</p>

Leopold’s Ice Cream

Leopold’s Ice Cream is a must-visit spot for anyone with a sweet tooth . This family-owned ice cream parlor has been serving up delicious homemade ice cream since 1919. While they have classic flavors like vanilla and chocolate, Leopold’s really shines with their unique flavors like peanut butter chippy, and, my favorite, lemon custard.

The parlor’s retro decor and friendly staff make it a great spot to cool off on a hot Savannah day.

<p>The Olde Pink House: Located in a historic 18th-century mansion right off one of Savannah’s most beautiful squares, The Olde Pink House serves up refined Southern dishes in an elegant setting, complete with a cozy tavern and charming courtyard. Get reservations well before you show up for your trip!</p>

The Olde Pink House

The Olde Pink House: Located in a historic 18th-century mansion right off one of Savannah’s most beautiful squares, The Olde Pink House serves up refined Southern dishes in an elegant setting, complete with a cozy tavern and charming courtyard. Get reservations well before you show up for your trip!

<p>Owned by celebrity chef Paula Deen, The Lady and Sons has gained national popularity for its Southern comfort food. The restaurant offers a family-style dining experience, featuring a variety of delicious dishes such as fried chicken, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, and mouthwatering desserts like peach cobbler.</p> <p>This is not diet food! But if you love Paula Deen and want to try a lot of different Southern foods, this will be your favorite meal in Savannah.</p>

The Lady and Sons

Owned by celebrity chef Paula Deen, The Lady and Sons has gained national popularity for its Southern comfort food. The restaurant offers a family-style dining experience, featuring a variety of delicious dishes such as fried chicken, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, and mouthwatering desserts like peach cobbler.

This is not diet food! But if you love Paula Deen and want to try a lot of different Southern foods, this will be your favorite meal in Savannah.

<p>Savannah is known for its beautiful outdoor spaces and activities. From exploring the beaches to taking a riverboat cruise, there’s no shortage of things to do outside. Here are some of the best outdoor activities in Savannah.</p>

Outdoor Activities

Savannah is known for its beautiful outdoor spaces and activities. From exploring the beaches to taking a riverboat cruise, there’s no shortage of things to do outside. Here are some of the best outdoor activities in Savannah.

<p>Located just 20-30 minutes from downtown Savannah, Tybee Island is a must-visit destination for beach lovers. With three miles of pristine beaches, visitors can relax in the sun or take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean. Plenty of water activities are available, such as kayaking, paddleboarding, and parasailing. For those who prefer to stay on land, there are several bike trails and nature walks to enjoy.</p>

Tybee Island

Located just 20-30 minutes from downtown Savannah, Tybee Island is a must-visit destination for beach lovers. With three miles of pristine beaches, visitors can relax in the sun or take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean. Plenty of water activities are available, such as kayaking, paddleboarding, and parasailing. For those who prefer to stay on land, there are several bike trails and nature walks to enjoy.

<p>Take a scenic tour of the Savannah River on board a riverboat cruise. Visitors can choose from various cruises, including sightseeing tours, dinner cruises, and even ghost tours. The cruises offer stunning views of Savannah’s historic waterfront and skyline. Guests can also enjoy live entertainment and delicious food while on board.</p> <p>Some of the most popular cruises are the dinnerboat cruises, but they also fill up quickly<a href="https://viator.tp.st/hfsZSf9D" rel="noopener"> so buy tickets before you go to Savannah.</a></p> <p>This is a must-do if you are in Savannah for over a day. The view from the river is beautiful, and the cruises are high energy and fun!</p>

Savannah Riverboat Cruises

Take a scenic tour of the Savannah River on board a riverboat cruise. Visitors can choose from various cruises, including sightseeing tours, dinner cruises, and even ghost tours. The cruises offer stunning views of Savannah’s historic waterfront and skyline. Guests can also enjoy live entertainment and delicious food while on board.

Some of the most popular cruises are the dinnerboat cruises, but they also fill up quickly so buy tickets before you go to Savannah.

This is a must-do if you are in Savannah for over a day. The view from the river is beautiful, and the cruises are high energy and fun!

<p>Get a great view of Savannah while riding in the oldest trolley service in the city. The white trolley is the Old Savannah Trolley, and it is great fun because in addition to getting a narrated tour of the city and being able to hop on and off, there are costumed actors who climb aboard to tell the story of their life in old-time Savannah.</p> <p><a href="https://viator.tp.st/wWRjFSC3" rel="noopener">This 90-minute tour</a> is a great way to get the layout of Savannah along with some history to understand the city better.</p>

Old Savannah Trolley

Get a great view of Savannah while riding in the oldest trolley service in the city. The white trolley is the Old Savannah Trolley, and it is great fun because in addition to getting a narrated tour of the city and being able to hop on and off, there are costumed actors who climb aboard to tell the story of their life in old-time Savannah.

This 90-minute tour is a great way to get the layout of Savannah along with some history to understand the city better.

<p>Savannah is a shopper’s paradise with various stores and boutiques. Shopping may not be the thing you think to do when visiting a new city, but shopping is one of the most fun things to do in Savannah. Here are some of the best places to shop in the city.</p>

Shopping in Savannah

Savannah is a shopper’s paradise with various stores and boutiques. Shopping may not be the thing you think to do when visiting a new city, but shopping is one of the most fun things to do in Savannah. Here are some of the best places to shop in the city.

<p>City Market is a four-block open-air market that dates back to the 1700s. It’s a great place to shop for souvenirs, art, and antiques. The market is home to over 50 shops, restaurants, and galleries. Visitors can find everything from handmade jewelry to locally made hot sauce.</p> <p>The market is partially inside and partially outside, so head to the inside part to shop when it is really hot outside!</p> <p>City Market is also great for live music and street performers during certain times of day.</p>

City Market

City Market is a four-block open-air market that dates back to the 1700s. It’s a great place to shop for souvenirs, art, and antiques. The market is home to over 50 shops, restaurants, and galleries. Visitors can find everything from handmade jewelry to locally made hot sauce.

The market is partially inside and partially outside, so head to the inside part to shop when it is really hot outside!

City Market is also great for live music and street performers during certain times of day.

<p>Broughton Street is a popular shopping destination in Savannah. The street is lined with shops, boutiques, and restaurants. Visitors can find everything from high-end fashion to vintage clothing. Some popular stores on Broughton Street include J. Crew, Urban Outfitters, and The Paris Market. The street is also home to several art galleries and antique shops.</p>

Broughton Street

Broughton Street is a popular shopping destination in Savannah. The street is lined with shops, boutiques, and restaurants. Visitors can find everything from high-end fashion to vintage clothing. Some popular stores on Broughton Street include J. Crew, Urban Outfitters, and The Paris Market. The street is also home to several art galleries and antique shops.

<p>Savannah Bee Company is a local honey store that offers various honey products. Visitors can sample different types of honey and learn about the process of making honey. The store also sells beeswax candles, honey-based skincare products, and mead. Savannah Bee Company is a great place to find unique gifts for friends and family.</p> <p>Overall, Savannah has something for everyone when it comes to shopping. Visitors can find everything from souvenirs to high-end fashion.</p>

Savannah Bee Company

Savannah Bee Company is a local honey store that offers various honey products. Visitors can sample different types of honey and learn about the process of making honey. The store also sells beeswax candles, honey-based skincare products, and mead. Savannah Bee Company is a great place to find unique gifts for friends and family.

Overall, Savannah has something for everyone when it comes to shopping. Visitors can find everything from souvenirs to high-end fashion.

<p>Savannah is known for its vibrant nightlife, offering various options for those looking to have a good time after dark. There is something to do after dark, from historic riverfront bars to ghost tours to theater.</p>

Savannah is known for its vibrant nightlife, offering various options for those looking to have a good time after dark. There is something to do after dark, from historic riverfront bars to ghost tours to theater.

<p>River Street is a popular destination for those seeking a night out in Savannah. The historic cobblestone street is lined with bars and restaurants, many offering live music and outdoor seating with views of the Savannah River. This place gets loud at night!</p> <p>The road is also home to several festivals throughout the year, including the River Street Seafood Fest and the Oktoberfest celebration.</p>

Historic River Street

River Street is a popular destination for those seeking a night out in Savannah. The historic cobblestone street is lined with bars and restaurants, many offering live music and outdoor seating with views of the Savannah River. This place gets loud at night!

The road is also home to several festivals throughout the year, including the River Street Seafood Fest and the Oktoberfest celebration.

<p>For those looking for a more sedate night out, the Savannah Theater is a great option. The historic theater offers a variety of shows, including musicals, comedies, and dramas. C<a href="https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=savannah%2Btheater&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8" rel="noopener">heck out what is playing before you go on your trip</a> to ensure you can get tickets.</p> <p>The theater is located in the heart of downtown Savannah, making it a convenient stop for those exploring the city at night.</p>

The Historic Savannah Theater

For those looking for a more sedate night out, the Savannah Theater is a great option. The historic theater offers a variety of shows, including musicals, comedies, and dramas. C heck out what is playing before you go on your trip to ensure you can get tickets.

The theater is located in the heart of downtown Savannah, making it a convenient stop for those exploring the city at night.

<p>This is the most popular thing to do in Savannah after dark, and I highly recommend it!</p> <p>Savannah is known for its haunted history; ghost tours are a popular way to experience the city’s spooky side. Several tour companies offer guided tours of haunted locations throughout the city, including cemeteries, historic homes, and even some of the city’s bars and restaurants. These tours are a great way to learn about Savannah’s history while getting a gentle scare at the same time.</p> <p><a href="https://www.viator.com/tours/Savannah/Ghosts-and-Gravestones-of-Savannah/d5166-5046SAV_GG" rel="noopener">The Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Ghost Tour</a> is generally considered to be the most popular Ghost Tour.</p>

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This is the most popular thing to do in Savannah after dark, and I highly recommend it!

Savannah is known for its haunted history; ghost tours are a popular way to experience the city’s spooky side. Several tour companies offer guided tours of haunted locations throughout the city, including cemeteries, historic homes, and even some of the city’s bars and restaurants. These tours are a great way to learn about Savannah’s history while getting a gentle scare at the same time.

The Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Ghost Tour is generally considered to be the most popular Ghost Tour.

<p>You can see Savannah in a weekend. The downtown and historic part of the city is relatively small and walkable, so you can make your trip take <strong>one day or drag it out to take 3-4 days</strong>. Add a<a href="https://travelswiththecrew.com/charleston-vs-savannah-comparing-southern-towns/"> visit to Charleston</a>, and you will have an entire week of fun!</p> <p><strong>If you only have one day to spend in Savannah</strong>, I suggest doing the trolley tour, walking through Savannah’s town squares, and visiting the Owens Thomas House. Grab a bite at The Lady and Sons or The Olde Pink House, and you will have seen most of what makes Savannah so beautiful.</p>

How Long Do You Need to See Savannah?

You can see Savannah in a weekend. The downtown and historic part of the city is relatively small and walkable, so you can make your trip take one day or drag it out to take 3-4 days . Add a visit to Charleston , and you will have an entire week of fun!

If you only have one day to spend in Savannah , I suggest doing the trolley tour, walking through Savannah’s town squares, and visiting the Owens Thomas House. Grab a bite at The Lady and Sons or The Olde Pink House, and you will have seen most of what makes Savannah so beautiful.

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Savannah to-go cup to launch ahead of St. Patrick’s Day

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And a new edition of a Savannah souvenir could help you do just that.

The Savannah Downtown Business Association has released the festive design for the official Savannah to-go cup. That will be celebrated with an official launch party Tuesday night.

Marianne Ganem-Poppell, the president of the Savannah Master Calendar who is helping to host the event, as well as Margaret Mulligan, the artist behind the cup design joined Morning Break.

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