If you only have one day in Savannah, get started early. For the best overview, start with a tour from the Visitors Information Center. Old Savannah Tours offers a 90-minute Historic District trolley tour. Then pick up an area map, walk across the street and tour the Georgia State Railroad Museum.
Stroll four blocks to the iconic Crystal Beer Parlor for lunch. The menu is hearty with extensive selections of food and drinks.
Head east on W. Jones Street to Whitaker Street to get a closer look at the much-loved 30-acre Forsyth Park. Snap some photos of the fountain; check out students playing frisbees with their dogs or children playing in the spray pool. You should also experience the Fragrant Garden, which closes at 2 p.m. Architecture around the park is outstanding; its entire perimeter is only one mile. For libations, pop into the Forsythe Park Cafe. The Sentient Bean vegetarian and vegan coffee shop is at the south end of the park; The Mansion on Forsyth Park on Drayton St. is lovely for a beverage and a bite.
Then consult the map for your best route back downtown towards River Street. Walk down Bull Street and around the squares, but first stop into Alex Raskin Antiques housed in a beautiful old mansion. Even if you’re not shopping for a $40,000 sideboard, the variety of wares and sheer volume of antiquities stuffed into that space is entertaining.
Continue to the Mercer-Williams House and Congregation Mickve Israel on Monterey Square; St. John’s Episcopal, and the Sorrell Weed House on Madison Square. After crossing Perry Lane, indulgenge yourself with a stop at Chocolat by Adam Turoni, for a chocolate or an unforgettable ice cream treat.
Chippewa Square boasts a General James Oglethorpe statue, the Savannah Theatre, the First Baptist Church, and the Eastman-Stoddard House. It’s also where Forrest Gump sat on the bench waiting for the bus. Continue walking toward the river and stop into Independent Presbyterian Church for an interesting peek at history.
If this is your only night in town, make a reservation and get dressed up for Olde Pink House. After dinner, mosey down to River Street and along the river for a nightcap, some music, and a killer view of the river.