When people talk about southern charm, I’m convinced they’re speaking solely of Savannah.
This historic colonial city is filled with beautiful buildings, Spanish moss, brick streets and some of the nicest people you will ever meet. I’ve visited a few times now, and here is my perfect itinerary for just one day in Savannah.
Travel Tip: You will need a car for this trip!
Wormsloe Historic Site
Start off your day with this beautiful old plantation, before the heat and the tourists hit. It’s $10 a person and worth it simply for the driveway. This is the longest live-oak-lined driveway in the U.S. at 1.5 miles long! Walk and drive down this beautiful driveway to the small museums and little trails.
You can’t actually see the old plantation home because it’s still privately owned, which is a huge bummer, but the driveway is what attracts everyone to the site.
This Civil War Fort has some awesome history. If you have a National Park Pass it will get you into this site! It’s located on Cockspur Island, right between Savannah and Tybee Island, so it’s a great stop on our journey to the coast.
Tour around the fort and see the old cannons, rooms that have been restored and climb up top to get amazing views of the surrounding marsh. There are also walking trails here.
It’s the perfect time for a lunch break, so head onto Tybee Island and find a beach-front restaurant! Wet Willies has walls lined with Daiquiris, and there are many good restaurants here selling seafood.
After eating, head straight to the beach. Tybee is really good with public parking, and I’ve never had trouble finding a spot! Spend a few hours soaking up the sun and splashing in the salt water.
You can even rent bikes and ride them along the coast! This is something I have to try next time I’m here.
On your way out, grab a coffee at Tybean and shop around the cute boutiques located on Old US Highway 80.
Nothing says historic Savannah like River Street, the famed brick street right on the river. In the heart of downtown Savannah you can take the historic steps down to the river front and walk along the water. There is good shopping here too.
For dinner find an open table right on the water so you can watch the sunset. I really enjoyed Tubby’s because it’s on the second floor balcony and our waiter was just fantastic.
This is the best way to end your day, just enjoying a cocktail as the weather becomes more comfortable and you can watch the boats and cargo ships float by. It’s crazy to see how massive these ships are when they coast right past you!
If you’ve been to Savannah, comment below your favorite thing about this area! I think next time I need to hit up Hilton Head & Charleston, South Carolina.