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Spending a weekend in Savannah, Georgia is an excellent way to experience the captivating city. Dripping with Southern charm, the city 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 in the city by using our detailed day-by-day Savannah Itinerary.
Weekend in Savannah
On a weekend trip to Savannah, GA, visitors can savor the absolute best of the city – from seeing the sights, to learning 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 the city was so much fun it deserves a visit all on its own! 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 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 city festivals include Saint Patrick’s Day (featuring one of the best parades in the country), the Savannah Music Festival, a Food and Wine Festival and even a Bacon Festival.
3 Days in Savannah
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 in the city 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 best suggestions for shorter and longer trips at the end of the post.
Our 3-Day Savannah Itinerary is packed with top sights and must-see attractions formatted in a day-by-day outline. In addition to our tips for what to see and do in Savannah, we include tips for how to get there, where to stay and what to pack, too!
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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 night learning about the city’s most famous ghouls on a Ghost Tour.
Savannah River Street
River Street in Savannah is the perfect place to start your exploration of the city. 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.
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! In addition to the popular sightseeing cruises, visitors can enjoy a lunch, brunch 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 local craft brewery.
Moon River Brewing Company is located in the heart of the city – just steps from River Street. With a full line up of tried-and-true and truly unique beers on tap, we opted for a tasting board so we could try them all. They also offer a daily happy hour (4-7) and a full menu of pub grub (but if you can hold out, we have another suggestion for dinner!).
We didn’t make it to the nearby Service Brewing Company, but the veteran owned brewery has a good range of brews on tap and a cool space to drink them in. Visitors who are more into spirits than beer 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. 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.
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, but the Haunted Pub Crawl was more our style. The two-hour tour visits three creepily 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 refined setting. Embark on a sightseeing adventure in the afternoon and end the day with yet another delectable meal.
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 Memorial, are controversial), the fountain at the north end is the park’s most recognizable feature.
The park plays host to city events – such as the 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, 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 picture-perfect!
Lunch at The Old Pink House
Make an early reservation for lunch at the Old 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 Tomato are featured on the menu – but the She Crab Soup is a specialty. Patrons can either be seated in the opulent ballroom or cozy wine cellar.
Savannah Food Tour
If you would rather forego the fancy meal in a Southern mansion, 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 (with strangers). However, it is only open on weekdays from 11 until 2 (and get there early, because there will be a line!), so visitors only in town for a weekend in Savannah will likely miss the experience.
Savannah Walking Tour
Savannah is a breathtakingly beautiful city! Historic mansions line the streets, thick moss hangs from the ancient trees and a fascinating history lurks in every corner.
Plan your own walk through the Savannah Historic District, which features quaint squares, national landmarks and gorgeous parks – or join a local guide, who will lead the way to the top places to see in Savannah. Top sights include the Colonial Park Cemetery, the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist and famous residences. Book it 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.
The Owens-Thomas House, built in 1819, features the extravagant main house, as well as the slave quarters, where it is explained the sad history the city has with slavery. 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 to visitors.
More Museums in Savannah
Other museums in Savannah, GA that visitors might want to check out are the Telfair Museum, Savannah History Museum, Battlefield Memorial Park, Georgia State Railroad Museum, Savannah Children’s Museum, Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, and Davenport House Museum.
Dinner at The Grey
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…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. The Crab Soup and Shrimp and Grits stand out as Southern favorites, but the burgers are good as well. Whatever you choose to eat, wash it down with one of the more than 20 beers on tap!
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 drinks) are two fun 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.
Pro Tip: 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 fun to grab a to-go drink and find a spot in the square where you can listen (or dance!) to the tunes.
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: Without a car, it is nearly impossible to get to all of the sights recommended for Day 3. However, visitors flying to Savannah will likely want to reserve a vehicle for a 1-day car rental. There are a few day trips from Savannah – which you can check out here – that might work for your interests, too!
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.
The cemetery is free to visit, but for a more in-depth understanding of the cemetery, join a guided morning tour. Reserve your spot!
Located just 20 miles from Savannah, Tybee Island has long been a summer city retreat. 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 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
A former Colonial estate and plantation, the grounds of the Wormsloe Historic Site are utterly breathtaking. Giant oak trees 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: There is a fee to enter the site, which is included with this tour.
Sweet Afternoon Treat
Back in Savannah by mid-afternoon, treat yourself to one of the city’s signature sweets: Leopold’s Ice Cream or Byrd’s Famous Cookies.
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 a hit 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
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 in the city enjoying the sunset view over the Savannah River and Talmadge Memorial Bridge while sipping specialty cocktails and sharing tapas.
How Many Days in Savannah: Alternate Savannah Itineraries
We have outlined the best way to spend three days in Savannah, Georgia, however, we understand that not everyone is planning a long weekend. 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. For us, an ideal Savannah One-Day Itinerary would start in Forsyth Park and include a self-guided tour of the Savannah Historic District. For a late lunch, we would join a Food Tour, then sample craft beer at Moon River and eat dinner at one of the finer city establishments (making reservations far in advance!).
Savannah Itinerary Two Days
With 2 days in Savannah, Ga, visitors will have time to see a lot more of the city. We think the best way to create a Savannah 2-Day Itinerary is to use our outline for Day 2 in our above 3-Day Savannah Itinerary on Day 1. Then, on the second day, go to Bonaventure Cemetery in the morning, then pick up our tips for sightseeing listed in Day 1 for the rest of the afternoon.
Savannah Itinerary Four Days
With 4 days in Savannah, there is ample time to see the sights and experience the best of the city. To create a perfect Savannah, Georgia 4-Days Itinerary, we recommend using our outline for 3 Days in Savannah, then on the last day, explore neighborhoods (like Victoria and Starland) and museums that you could skipped on Day 2.
Charleston and Savannah Itinerary
Because of the two cities proximity, many travelers devise a Charleston-Savannah Itinerary. Both cities 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 city – and stopping to visit Hilton Head Island or Beaufort when traveling between the two cities.
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 Tips for Your Weekend Trip to Savannah, Ga
Now that you know what to do in Savannah, Georgia, we have a few more tips for your trip!
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. When we search for the best airfare prices, we start online 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 city 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, DC and New York. That said, the travel time between the cities can be painfully slow.
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.
Airbnb: Savannah, GA
On our trip, we opted to stay in an Airbnb that was located outside the historic district. We had the entire house to ourselves – and it 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. If you do not yet have an Airbnb profile, use this link to create one – and save money on your first stay!
B & B Savannah Historic District
Bed and Breakfasts are a Savannah specialty – and the perfect way to experience the city’s famous Southern charm. 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!
Guests who are most comfortable in hotels will find there are ample choices right in the heart of the city. 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!
What To Pack for a Weekend in Savannah
We have just a few final tips on what you will need for your trip to Savannah. You can find all of our packing advice on our Packing List page.
In our Savannah Itinerary for 3 days, we explore a lot of the city on foot! Between the long distances and cobblestone streets, you will want to wear 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 city exploration in Merrell trail shoes.
Weather Appropriate Gear
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!
Savannah is gorgeous! If you are anything like us, you will be snapping a ton of pictures 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 for beginner photographers!
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.
Another good book to purchase prior to your trip is Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The non-fiction novel tells the story of a famous Savannah murder trial that took place in the 1980s. Buy it on Amazon!
We Want To Know: Have you spent a weekend in Savannah, Georgia? What would you add to our Savannah Itinerary? Give us your best tips and advice in the comments!
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