Savannah is loaded with charm and history, much of which can be enjoyed inexpensively. (©JR P/Flickr, Creative Commons)
Savannah, Georgia, is a capital of Southern charm and historic preservation that's increasingly ingratiated itself as an easy and fulfilling East coast weekend getaway.
Fall in love with the stately oaks that shade meticulously preserved squares, statues and buildings alongside the city's trendy arts scene—thanks to Savannah College of Art and Design, or SCAD, influences. Explore galleries, markets and green spaces in between restaurant visits that offer a smorgasbord of quick bites and more refined Southern cuisine. Save on gas and Uber fees by parking the car and spending time exploring on foot.
Pick and choose from our favorite affordable activities, attractions and meals to craft your own day in Savannah for $150 or less.
The Best Restaurants Around Savannah
Lizzie's Tequila Bar & Grill: Three balconies on the second floor of this riverfront restaurant offer the best views on River Street. ("Two-Handed burrito" feeds two for $15)
Vinnie Van Go Go's: Vinnie's is known for its generous yet inexpensive slices. Bring cash—they don't take credit cards. ($3.50 per slice of cheese, extra toppings 50-75 cents each)
Goose Feathers Cafe: Perfect for brunch. Nothing on the menu is more than $10, with the exception of a whole cake. (Eggel Bagel, $5.25)
Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room: Visit this historic home on West Jones Street for a home-style Southern meal served in a cozy boarding-house fashion. ($22 per person)
Where to Shop
Factors Walk and River Street: The Factors Walk on the Bay Street side of the bluff offers two to three stories of shops in historic buildings. River Street is the quintessential tourist stop lined with shops and restaurants.
City Market: This four-block plein air market is the place to go for handmade items, fine art and unique local gifts, shaded by stately oaks and dotted with restaurants.
Things to Do in Savannah
Historic Squares: There are 22 public city squares—laid out by the city’s founders in 1733—and each has its own personality. Some have stunning churches, charming inns and historic homes in addition to green spaces.
Free Savannah Walking Tours: Exploring Savannah on your own is fun, but having a guide is much better. For 90 minutes, guides share history and points of interest—even Forest Gump's bench. Make reservations for less than $2 on the website. Tipping the guide cash at the end of the tour is customary.
SCAD Museum of Art: This museum is a quick walk from River Street and serves as a teaching museum showcasing high-quality art created by SCAD students. ($10)
Bonaventure Cemetery: Only three miles from downtown, the beautiful headstones and lush trees and flowers make Bonaventure a beautiful place to explore. (Guided tours every Second Saturday for free)
Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home: The childhood home of the award-winning Southern author has been restored to its original, Depression-era condition. ($6 for adults)
Service Brewing Company: This veteran-owned craft brewery hosts brewery hours and tours on weekends. (Tours from $12 including a flight of brews)
Where to Stay on a Budget
Savannah Pensione: This hostel is a charming, Victorian home—with 12-foot ceilings— in the Historic District. Private rooms for two start at $84 a night.