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!

Kate Storm sitting on a balcony overlooking Chippewa Square at Foley House Inn during a long weekend in Savannah GA
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Day 1 in Savannah: Forsyth, Getting to Know Savannah + A Food Tour

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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

Day 2 in Savannah: More Food, Boutiques + Ghosts

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.

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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!

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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).

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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.

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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
Forgive my head being in the shot–having a person in the photo is a rule for photographing this sanctuary!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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
The bedroom where Marquis de Lafayette stayed in the late 18th century during his trip to Savannah.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

Where to Stay for a Long Weekend in Savannah

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.

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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

Getting Around During This 3 Day Savannah Itinerary

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.

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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!

When to Visit Savannah GA

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).

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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

Useful Savannah Travel Tips

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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”

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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? 🙂

  5. 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.

  6. 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!!!!!

    • 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.

  7. 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!

    • 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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 .

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

    • Hi Jessy,

      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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