Day Trip Savannah: One-Day Itinerary
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).