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When I planned my extended weekend in Savannah, I really just went to eat and rest, but the more I explored the city, the more open I was to learning about what it had to offer. Savannah is an affordable city with beautiful Spanish moss trees, a rich history, easy to get around, and some of the best places to eat. If you need ideas for your next trip, here’s how to spend a long weekend in Savannah, GA.
Traveling to Savannah from NYC
Traveling to Savannah from NYC is less than 3 hours flying direct so it is perfect for a quick extended weekend getaway. This trip was late in the summer, but I think the best time to travel to Savannah is in the fall since the weather is comfortable.
Depending on the season, you can purchase round-trip flights for under $100. I booked my flight to Savannah from NYC a little over a month in advance using 13500 Delta Skymiles and paid $11.20 in fees. Savannah is also a popular beach destination for travelers going to Tybee Island or Hilton Head Island which is in South Carolina. Expect costs for flights in the summer to be higher than in the spring or fall.
Where to stay in Savannah
The best thing about Savannah is the hotels are within walking distance of most attractions and tourists’ favorite places to eat. When planning my Savannah weekend getaway, I received recommendations for the De Soto, and Mansion on Forsyth Park, Autograph Collection. Still, I chose to stay at the Andaz Savannah which is a pet-friendly, eclectic luxury boutique hotel brand by Hyatt. The Andaz Savannah is in the Historic District and within walking distance from City Market, River Street, shops, bars, and restaurants.
The Andaz Savannah offers welcome drinks on arrival, free wifi, and a complimentary mini-bar for all snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. The free water helped me stay hydrated in the heat on tours and the granola bars helped curb my appetite between meals. The Andaz Savannah also has a bar and restaurant on-site for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and social spaces for guests. After eating my way around the Historic District, I took advantage of the pool on the terrace to relax.
Getting around Savannah
Savannah is a city that is easy to get around. On arrival, I took the Airport Express for $5 to the city center and walked to the Andaz. If you’re spending your time in the Historic District of Savannah, the DOT Express Shuttle is a perfect way to get around and offers a daily loop until midnight Monday-Saturday and 9 PM on Sunday and Holidays. There is also the Savannah Belles Ferry that provides access to Trade Center, City Fall, and Waving Girl. Click the links below for routes and schedules.
One of my tour guides told me about an app called the Downtowner which is a ride service that partners with the city center offering free door-to-door rides from 5 PM – 5 AM in downtown Savannah. I only used it once on my first day, but the service was fast and the driver was very pleasant. I spent most of the 4 days in Savannah walking which is a great way to explore the city, see historic buildings, and visit the squares. When traveling outside of historic Savannah and heading back to the airport, I took an Uber or Lyft.
How to Spend 4 Days in Savannah
Once my logistics were out the way, I sent aside time to plan things to do in Savannah. For solo trips, I usually look at the best things to do at a destination, but I also play by ear once I get there. If you’re a traveler that likes to plan, here are some things to do in Savannah that can be added to any Savannah Itinerary.
Learn about the History
Savannah is the oldest city in the state of Georgia and holds a lot of history. Some even say that it is the most haunted city in America so there are many walking ghost tours available. Love learning about United States History? There are also tours highlighting the American Revolution and Civil War. Take a walking tour or trolley tour to view some of the many monuments and historic homes and historic sites around the city.
If you’re interested in learning more about African American History, I highly recommend the Freedom Trail tour. The Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters is a national historic landmark that pays homage to those enslaved people with a wall of names and is the oldest and best-preserved urban slave quarters in the American South. I am not a fan of visiting plantations during my travels, but the Wormsloe State Historic Site is a popular attraction and Savannah’s oldest standing structure.
Eat the Food
If you’re a foodie, Savannah is a destination for you. In traditional Gullah Geechee cuisine, you’ll find southern favorites like fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, BBQ or okra, and oysters. I booked a food tour with Savannah Taste Experience Food Tours and we stopped at popular sites like Leopold’s Ice Cream and farm-to-table hidden gems like Cha Bella. If you’re looking for a variety of brunch and dinner options, you can read my guide on eating at the restaurants in Savannah’s Historic District.
If you like purchasing gifts for friends and family when you travel, Broughton Street & City Market are streets to find a gift shop within Savannah’s Historic District. You can find great deals from local business owners for clothing and accessories for pretty much everyone on your gift list. I love buying souvenirs I can actually use so I bought some hoop earrings from an accessories store in City Market.
Enjoy the Nightlife
Even if you go on a solo trip, Savannah’s nightlife is great. There are many bars, great restaurants, and jazz clubs all over the Historic District so pick one or all! Visit Good Times Jazz Bar which is a black-owned restaurant in Savannah offering good food, good wine, and good live music.
If you’re in a group or want to be around a fun crowd, I recommend Pedal Pub Savannah which is a party bike and tavern crawl. The tour offers specials for bars in the Historic District for the remainder of your stay. You also are peddling to a fun playlist during the tour. I’ve never done a bike bar crawl before so I went and had so much fun meeting other people. I can definitely see myself doing this again with a group of friends.
Visit Forsyth Park
Forsyth Park is a 30-acre city park named after Georgia governor John Forsyth. On occasion, the park offers free movies and concerts for the public. Most known for its fountain, it was installed in 1858 and is one of the most photographed places in Savannah, Georgia. Forsyth Park is also home to a fragrant garden for the blind and the Confederate monument.
I hope this itinerary sharing how I spent 4 days in Savannah was helpful for your trip planning. These activities can also be compacted into a two or three-day weekend in Savannah itinerary if you’re pressed for time. Interested in planning a trip to Savannah, Georgia? Pin this post for future reference or share it with your social community.