Savannah is one of our favorite destination in the South. It is a beautiful city with many green areas, historic vibes and delicious food. What we love the most about Savannah is its relaxing atmosphere. Our favorite thing to do in Savannah is just soak in the sun, walk around and enjoy the city. The quaint cobblestone streets of Savannah make it the perfect destination to explore by foot.
Savannah is known for having many squares in its historic downtown, 22 to be exact. Each ones of the squares is uniquely designed with its own character. According to Visit Savannah its squares are the community’s most beloved icons.
How long should I stay in Savannah?
Savannah is perfect for a long weekend getaway, as two to three days is all you need to see the main highlights of the Savannah.
A complete itinerary to spend 3 days in Savannah:
Day One: Spend the day at the Beach
Check in at your hotel, drop off your luggage and head towards the beach. On the way to the beach make a stop to one of the one of the oldest brick fortifications on the East Coast.
Old Fort Jackson
The Old Fort Jackson is a National Historic Landmark offering daily cannon firings. It is only 10 minutes away from historic downtown Savannah and 25 minutes from the beaches on Tybee Island. You will have unique views of Savannah’s riverfront.
Visit the North Beach and spend a relaxing afternoon relaxing on the sand or in the waves. Make sure to check out the Tybee Island Light Station as it is one of seven surviving colonial era lighthouses.
Day Two: Explore the best of Historic Downtown Savannah
The best way to explore Savannah is by foot or with the Hop On Hop Off Savannah with Old Town Trolley. We recommend walking in Savannah as between each attraction you will fall in love with its colonial vibes.
Breakfast at The Collins Quarter
The Collins Quarter is one of the most famous restaurants in town to grab breakfast, brunch or lunch. The food is amazing from the rich flavors to its thoughtful presentation.
Old Savannah Tours Hop on/ Hop off
The Old Savannah Tour offers a 90 minutes tour through the Historic Downtown Savannah. However, you do not need to complete the entire route at once as your ticket is good all day you can hop on/off at any of the 15 stops across the city.
Savannah College of Art and Design
Make sure to make a quick stop at the SCAD building located at 340 Bull St. It has great student exhibitions and beautiful paintings. It is free to the public and the entrance is one of the most Instagrammable spots in Savannah.
Explore Jones Street to Forsyth Park
Some of the most breathtaking architecture in Savannah is located along Jones Street. The fountain at the Forsyth Park dates back to 1858 and is one of the most photographed landmarks of Savannah.
Fun Fact: Every Saint Patricks day the fountain changes to green in celebration of Savannah’s deep Irish heritage.
Visit the Colonial Park Cemetery
At the Colonial Park Cemetery you will find many of the earliest citizens of the city. It is also a popular stop for local ghost tours.
The Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist
Without a doubt the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist makes the list of beautiful buildings in Savannah and you must stop by when exploring the city. It has previously been listed as one of the top 10 historic sites to visit in the country.
Walk around Broughton Street
Broughton street is the main commercial street in Savannah. Some of our favorite stores are The Paris Market, The Spice and Tea Exchange of Savannah, Chocolat, Leopold’s Ice Cream and A marche de Macarons. Here you will also find the iconic neon SCAD sign, which is perfect to photograph shining in the evening or with a cone of ice cream in your hand.
Take a postcard photo in front of the City Hall of Savannah
The City Hall building is an early 20th century Renaissance architecture with a 70-foot gold leaf dome & interior fountain. Go to Johnson Square and take a photo from there.
Walk along the Riverfront
A great way to spend the afternoon is by walking along the River street on the Savannah River. It is full of shops, bars and delicious waterfront restaurants.
Dinner at the Olde Pink House
When looking for the best restaurants in Savannah you will find The Olde Pink House at the top of the list, and for a good reason. In this historic home setting you can some fine dining with plenty of unique southern flavors.
It is recommend to make a reservation advance if possible as prime dinner hours often fill up weeks in advance.
Day Three: Visit the Wormsloe Historic Site, Tour a colonial house and take a river cruise
Have breakfast at Clary’s Cafe
Have breakfast at Clary’s Cafe. It is a typical American breakfast diner with delicious food at affordable prices. Try the Georgia Pecan Pancakes, they are delicious!
Tour an old house of Savannah
There are plenty of historic houses in Savannah that have been preserved as museums not only to highlight the amazing architecture, but the important stories of those who once lived there.
The Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters is the top recommendation for its exemplary architecture. The house was built in the early 1800s and features the way of life from that time period, including the inhumane conditions the slaves endured.
The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, the founder of the Girl Scouts led a very interesting life and built a beautiful home.
Wormsloe State Historic Site
The Wormsloe State Historic Site is home to one of the most iconic and photographed spots in Savannah. It is a beautiful avenue lined with live oaks and Spanish moss, native to the south.
Hop aboard an iconic paddle driven riverboat for a trip back in time down the Savannah River. The cruise options include sightseeing, sunset and catered options to fit with what you are looking for.
Where to Stay in Savannah
We recommend staying at the TRYP by Wyndham. It is a nice hotel on the west side of the historic district, but close to many of the attractions in the city. The downside is that it does not includes parking nor breakfast in the nightly rate, but it is cheaper compared to other hotels in downtown Savannah.
How to get from Savannah Airport to Downtown Savannah?
By bus: The 100X Airport Express bus provides nonstop service from the airport to Savannah’s downtown bus station. Tickets cost $5 USD one way and $8 USD roundtrip.
By taxi: An Uber or taxi can cost anywhere between 20 USD to 40 USD.
Some of the hotels the downtown district offer free shuttle from the airport, so make sure to check in advance if this is the case and make sure to let your hotel know the arrival time.
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