Savannah Travel Guide

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1-day Itinerary in Savannah

Explore the best things to do in Paris in 1 day based on recommendations from local experts.

Day 1

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    #2
    History Tours
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    #2 in Savannah
    Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing, Tours
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing, Tours
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Savannah's history stretches back to 1733, when General James Oglethorpe docked his ship on the Savannah River and named this new territory (and America's 13th colony) "Georgia." You can hear all about Savannah's past and the events that shaped its present on a history tour. What's more, you won't have any trouble finding a tour that suits your interests, Savannah boasts a bevy of city tours – from architecture to ghosts to photography – for a variety of travelers.

    Walking tours of the Historic District and Bonaventure Cemetery are most popular among recent visitors (be prepared to hear some ghost stories if you sign up for a cemetery walking tour). There are several walking tours, including those provided by Savannah Dan and Old City Walks, which both received praise from travelers.

    If your feet are weary from traversing the city's many squares, consider hopping on a trolley. Old Savannah Tours and Old Town Trolley are both popular for their variety of tours and knowledgeable guides.

    And, of course, you'll have your pick of ghost tours. Any outing you take in Savannah, whether it's by foot or by trolley, will likely touch on the city's haunted sites and ethereal atmosphere. But to learn even more about the spirits that supposedly pervade the city's cobblestone streets, sign up for a ghost tour. To up the chill factor, most take place after dark. Recent visitors were fans of Ghost City Tours and Blue Orb Savannah Ghost Tours.

    Tour times and prices vary by company, so check each website to learn about the types of tours offered and to purchase tickets. But by and large, most travelers highly recommend taking one of these atmospheric tours of Savannah, saying they learned a tremendous amount about this historic place.

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    20 minute walk
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    #1
    Forsyth Park
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    #1 in Savannah
    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Go to this 30-acre park in the heart of Savannah's Historic District to relax after a long day of sightseeing. Keep your camera ready, though, as there is plenty to see here as well. Stroll past the stunning white-stone Forsyth Fountain, memorials dedicated to the Confederacy and the Spanish-American War, the Fragrant Garden for the visually impaired and the 300-year-old Candler Oak tree. From the park, you can see several historic sites within walking distance, including Hodgson Hall (home to the Georgia Historical Society) and the old Poor House and Hospital, which was used to treat wounded soldiers during the Civil War.

    Recent visitors noted the park's urban cosmopolitan vibe, with locals and tourists alike picnicking, dog walking and even painting. They also say that street parking nearby the park is free on Sundays.

    If you are looking to take a break, Forsyth Park features a beautiful shaded walking path and plenty of open space for picnics. A spray pool and a playground help keep the kids entertained, small cafes encircling the park will help to satisfy your appetite. Forsyth Park is open every day from sunrise to sunset and entry is free. You'll find the park between Drayton and Whitaker streets (east and west) and Gaston and Park streets (north and south).

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    10-15 minute walk
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    Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
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    #4 in Savannah
    Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Towering over Lafayette Square in the Historic District, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist's Gothic towers should lure in any architecture buff. The original cathedral was constructed in 1799 by the first French colonists to arrive in the area. At the end of the 19th century, the old building was torn down to make room for the larger, stone cathedral that you see today. If you've ever seen photos of it, you've likely seen the cathedral's intricate gold-leaf designs, Italian marble altar and stunning stained-glass windows.

    Most travelers who took the time to see this cathedral were flabbergasted by its beauty, comparing it to Europe's medieval churches. Even if you're not interested in attending Mass, you should still set aside 10 to 15 minutes to take a brief peek inside the stunning interior. However, recent visitors said attending Mass here is worth considering (even if you're not Catholic), thanks to the beautiful atmosphere and talented choir. Feel free to take a self-guided tour inside the cathedral, but remember to be respectful as it's still an active house of worship.

    The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is open Monday through Saturday from 9 to 11:45 a.m. and from 12:45 to 5 p.m., while Sundays are reserved for religious ceremonies. You don't have to pay to look around, but a $2 donation is appreciated. Photography is permitted inside the cathedral. For more information, including Mass times, visit the cathedral's website.

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    10 minutes by car; 20 minute walk
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    #3
    City Market
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    #3 in Savannah
    Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    If you're planning to tour Savannah's Historic District, City Market is a great place to start. Spread out across four blocks, the open-air marketplace features restored warehouses sheltering everything from restaurants to boutiques to art galleries. When you're not shopping, listening to live music or enjoying a casual bite to eat, simply sit and people-watch: past visitors said this area is great for resting weary feet and taking in the Savannah scene. Plus, City Market is also home base for trolley and carriage tours, so if you need to kill time before or after your tour, you'll find plenty to see and do here.

    Recent travelers said City Market was a great place for a leisurely stroll or a relaxing break from sightseeing with plenty of seating in the shade. This area is also home to several bars, so keep this in mind if you're here in the evening: some visitors said the market can get a bit rowdy. 

    You'll find City Market less than a mile southeast of River Street. Because of its heavy pedestrian traffic, City Market is best reached by foot. You can also take a CAT bus; all routes except Nos. 6, 12 and 20 stop here. Each of the businesses within City Market operate on their own hours; check the market's website for more information on individual businesses and to find out more about special events. 

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    10 minute walk
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    #6
    River Street
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    #6 in Savannah
    Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Running alongside the Savannah River in the Waterfront district is River Street, a lively area perfect for afternoon strolls. According to recent visitors, this area has renounced its seedy identity from 30 years ago; once a hot spot for cruising sailors and unruly teens, the cobblestone street is now lined with more than 75 souvenir shops, galleries, restaurants and pubs housed in old cotton warehouses. However, River Street is still the place to go for pub crawls, making it attractive to party-seekers and slightly less family-friendly after dark. Plus, the area comes alive with street musicians after the sun sets.

    Recent visitors recommended spending a few hours here for the gorgeous river views and excellent people-watching, though they do warn that you shouldn't expect much from the shops as most are filled with kitschy souvenirs. 

    Unlike City Market, River Street does welcome cars, but it's best to explore on foot due to large crowds and limited parking. You can also hop on the free dot Express Shuttle or CAT bus routes Nos. 11 and 14 to reach River Street. For more information on River Street sites, shops, eateries and events, check out the official website.

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