1-Day "Best Of" Savannah Walking Tour
Updated: Aug 12, 2019
What? You only have one day to spend in Savannah?! No panic, we’ve got you covered. Below is a one-day itinerary that covers many of our favorite things to do in Historic Savannah and avoids the tourist traps. We’ve packed them all into this downloadable google map. Just download to your phone and get going!
We’ve packed a lot into one day, so take these as ideas rather than something to be followed religiously. *Note that advance reservations or tickets are recommended for some stops.*
Savannah is best experienced on foot, so pack your walking shoes!
1. We’re starting out at our recommended downtown condo on W Broughton St., but if you’re not staying there just make your way downtown.
2. Goose Feathers Café (1.5 blocks from downtown condo): It’s gonna be a long day, so fuel up at our favorite quick breakfast spot. Get here early to avoid a line, but if you don’t, the line usually moves quickly.
3. Telfair Academy (2 blocks from Goose Feathers): Visit the first public art museum in the South housing nineteenth- and twentieth-century American and European art including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and decorative arts. ($20 admission, but this also gets you into the Jepsen Center and Owens-Thomas House, so save your ticket!)
4. Square Hopping: In this case, the journey is the destination. Take a stroll from Telfair Square (in front of Telfair Academy) east to Wright Square, then south on Bull St, passing through Chippewa and Madison Squares. Pause at historic Jones St. to soak up the cobblestone street, gorgeous architecture, and the shade of the oak trees.
5. Mercer Williams House Museum (2 blocks from Jones St.): Tour the house made famous by the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Note that the entrance is at the back of the house. Advance tickets are recommended ($12.50).
6. Forsyth Park Fountain (2 blocks from Mercer Williams House): No visit to Savannah would be completed without your photo taken in front of this iconic fountain. Then take a stroll around the park… rest on a bench, visit the garden, pet a doggie.
7. Lunch at Gryphon (4 blocks from Forsyth Park): Take a break and have lunch in this unique setting, run by the Savannah College of Art and Design.
8. Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (2.5 blocks from Gryphon): Once you see this beautiful building, you’ll understand why it’s one of the most photographed in Savannah.
9. Colonial Park Cemetery (2 blocks from the Cathedral): Savannah is a very haunted city, so no visit would be complete without a visit to this historic cemetery.
10. Davenport House Museum (2 blocks from the cemetery): This was the first historic house saved by the Savannah Historic Foundation in 1955. We have this group to thank for the way historic Savannah looks the way it does today. ($9 admission)
11. Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters (1.5 blocks from Davenport House): Built in 1819, this is one of the nation’s finest English Regency style houses. Visitors may take guided tours exploring the house, gardens, carriage house, slave quarters, and the tragic history that surrounds them all. View stunning decorative arts, interactive exhibits for all ages, and storied-filled period rooms and spaces. (Free with your Telfair Academy ticket; $20 otherwise)
12. Drinks at Rocks on the Roof (8 blocks from Owens-Thomas House, in the Bohemian Hotel): You’ve earned a break! Head toward the river and enjoy some refreshment. But instead of joining the throngs on River St., we like to have drinks in this bar overlooking them. The views of the river and bridge are magnificent from this rooftop bar. Try to time your pre-dinner drinks here so you can get photos of the sun setting behind the bridge. #instagramworthy
13. Head back to your W Broughton St. condo to freshen up before dinner (2 blocks from River St.).
14. Dinner at Olde Pink House (4 blocks from W Broughton St condo): Enjoy a sumptuous dinner at this iconic restaurant. Advance reservations are strongly recommended!
15. Dessert at Leopold’s Ice Cream (2 blocks from Olde Pink House): Dig into their award-winning, homemade, super-premium ice cream, unchanged since 1919.
16. Drinks at Alley Cat Lounge (4 blocks from Leopold’s Ice Cream): Our favorite cocktail bar in Savannah. Try the artillery punch… but fair warning that it’s more potent than it tastes!
17. Sleep at your W Broughton St. condo (2 blocks from Alley Cat). This is where staying downtown really pays off!
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