How To See Savannah In A Weekend

Savannah, my home away from home. I have made a weekend trip to Savannah at least once a year (if not twice) since I started traveling, and I’m not tired of it yet. Honest truth, I could easily live there. History, food, ghost, architecture, the beach (if that’s your thing), shopping, cobblestone streets, Spanish Moss, parks with fountains. The list could go on and on.

Savannah is, in my opinion, one of, if not the best Southern weekend getaways. So how do you see it in a weekend? Here’s my itinerary…

A riverboat seen from River Street

Day 1, Friday—I drive down after work (it’s a 4-hour drive for me from Atlanta) and check in at my hotel. Usually, if I am going to do a ghost tour, Friday night is when I plan it. I usually go for the latest booking time (those times are usually not kid friendly, hence why it’s my choice). After the ghost tour, I head to the hotel to bed.

Savannah College of Art and Design

 

Bonaventure Cemetery

Day 2, Saturday—We are going to fit a lot in today. If you know anything about how I travel, then it’s expected. After breakfast, head to Bonaventure Cemetery. If Spanish Moss and dirt roads are your thing, the entrance to this place will amaze you. Take a while to check it out. It’s probably lunch time now (or 9 AM, but considering I am not a morning person…), and you have a lot of choices. Savannah is known as the home of Paula Deen’s The Lady and Sons and I’m going to be the first to admit, I’ve never ate there. If you want typical touristy, then do wait the several hours it takes to be seated (or put in your reservation months in advance). But if not, head to River Street where you will not find a shortage of great restaurants (The Shrimp Factory and Olympia Café are my favorites). After lunch, spend some time on River Street taking it all in (the river, the cobblestone street, the dangerous steps to get there, all iconic Savannah). After this, I am going to suggest the most touristy thing in the world, a trolley tour with Old Town Trolley. They have a stop right on River Street, so start there (or at the visitor’s center, the main hub with the easiest parking). They give you the quickest overview of the city and some fun facts you might otherwise not know. A non-stop ride is about 1-1/2 hours.

 

The Candler Oak

 

The Pirate’s House

After that, head to Leopold’s Ice Cream for a nice break. And then I’m going to suggest two more stops. Forsyth Park to see the fountain and park, and then the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist to see a beautiful church. After taking in the sites, head to the Pirates House for dinner (make reservations in advance, although not necessary). This is an actual pirates house where they would come and drink, with a ton of history (your trolley tour should overview this). There is an underground cellar that leads to the river where they would actually kidnap people and force them to work on the pirate ships. Blackbeard is rumored to have been here. How cool! After dinner, you have to do the Sorrel Weed House (buy tickets in advance). This is supposedly the most haunted house in America (if you’re into that stuff). Aside from ghost, it has a ton of cool history to hear and part of Forrest Gump was apparently filmed here (along with most of Savannah). After this, you’ll be exhausted and ready for bed. So do just that!

 

Tybee Island

Day 3, Sunday—Beach day. Because I know, most people love the beach. I am the exception to this rule (hello fair skin) but I do love Tybee. So wake up early and check out of your hotel and head towards Tybee. You’ve got to check out the lighthouse first, then head to the beach. I park at the far end of the island (opposite the light house), where there are fewer people, but if you want to be near food and the boardwalk, then park there. After an hour or two on the beach, head towards the boardwalk to clean up and get ready for the best seafood of your life. When driving out of Tybee, you will see signs for the Crab Shack. This is where you will eat lunch, and then thank me later. I know I’m biased because I’m a Georgia girl, but the food here is awesome. The atmosphere is incredible and they have alligators. Enough said. After you stuff your face with the best fried crab this side of the Mississippi, you will head home. Or stay forever (I totally wouldn’t judge you).

 

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

 

So there you have it, seeing Savannah in a weekend. Can you see everything? No. But you can get the most bang for your buck by doing some research. So tell me, have you visited Savannah before? If so, what is your favorite thing to do or see? If not, have I convinced you?

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17 Comments on “How To See Savannah In A Weekend

  1. That looks like a great itinerary! I am also not a beach girl although I can appreciate a nice one. I do love swimming though. I would like to see the Pirate’s House too.

  2. This a very well described post for a weekend getaway at Savannah. I’ve never been to Georgia myself (Not the one in the US, I’ve been to the country Georgia in East Europe lol) but it seems like there are lot of interesting things to do!

  3. Can you be my guide when I come? 🙂 Funny thing is that back in time when I was still in Poland, one of my close friends went to the US and she visited Savannah and I still remember her telling me about her trip. Maybe because we were watching a tv show called “savannah” 🙂

  4. sounds like a great getaway place. The church looks really charming and the ghost tours sounds fascinating. its an extra that there is a beach too!

  5. I have yet to visit the States. Just had a transit there till now – Still on my bucket list, I still haven’t decided which States to visit first – in comparison to Europe, distances are rather far in the US :/ Yet, Georgia seems like something different most folks from abroad tend to visit (East/West coast and leave out everything in between), seems like worth a visit 🙂

  6. Thanks for putting together a precise itinerary for Savannah. I loved going through the places you mentioned. Would love to visit the Pirate’s house for sure. Thanks for a new addition to my bucket list.

  7. Great post! love the iterinary, the Tybee island looks so attractive I would surely go there. Pirate’s place is non the less very interesting too. thanks for sharing.

  8. I have to be honest, I didn’t know too much about Savannah – However now reading through this post not only do I know about it but I’m going to have to put this on my places to visit during my USA trip just for the fact the Pirate house and that Blackbeard has been there haha.

  9. I would love to have dinner at the Pirates House and find out all the legends surrounding this place. Savannah sounds like a great place to visit! I never visited the States so I don’t know much about the states or the cities.

  10. That’s quite a lot to pack over a weekend, but seems doable. I would especially love to check out Tybee Island. Cheers!! 🙂

  11. Well described blog post. Thanks for sharing tips to spent time in Savannah. Never visited but will keep these tips with me when I visit.

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