Getting out of your city for a few hours, or maybe even the whole freakin' weekend, is sometimes needed to clear your mind after a long week. The hardest part is usually picking where you want to go. To make your life a little easier, here's a list of 15 spontaneous day trips near Savannah that are less than three hours away.
The last thing you probably want to do when the weekend comes around is travel in the car for hours on end. These spots are all under three hours away from the Hostess of the South, some even around that long for a round trip.
You can check out gems from Charleston to Jacksonville, St. Simons Island, Tybee Island, and even Augusta and get that change of scenery you might have been craving.
These make for great solo trips, as well as BFF getaways if you're looking to get out with your crew. So stock up your playlist with some new hits, gas up the car, and take to the road and explore these 15 spontaneous day trips from Savannah.
Go Somewhere Over The Rainbow At Rainbow Row
Time from Savannah: ~2 hours and 5 minutes
Address: 83 E Bay St., Charleston, SC
Why You Need To Go: This row of houses is one of the prettiest sites in the South. They're all different pastel colors and are a perfect place to take photos in front of during your relaxing stroll. You can even explore filming locations from The Notebook to recreate romantic scenes with your sweetie like Allie and Noah.
Rent A Floating Dock In Charleston
Time from Savannah: ~2hrs, 9 minutes
Price: $300 for two-hours
Address: Huckfin Charters 9th St W, Folly Beach, SC
Why You Need To Go: Huckfin Charters has floating boat docks that are perfect for a group of friends or a family. There's a grill, lounge chairs, and tons of water floats that you're encouraged to use and enjoy.
Go On A Scenic Bike Ride Through Hilton Head Island
Time from Savannah: ~49 minutes
Price: $1.25 to get onto the island
Address: Hilton Head Island, SC
Why You Need To Go: The entire island has multiple bike trails that'll take you under huge oak trees, next to the beach, and into the popular parts of town. It's a very popular means of transportation on Hilton Head.
Go Mini-Golf Hopping
Time from Savannah: ~57 minutes
Address: 8 Marina Side Dr., Hilton Head Island, SC (just one location)
Why You Need To Go: Hilton Head Island has numerous mini-golf spots, with a different theme at each one so you can go to multiple and switch up your game.
Take A Trip On The Jax Ale Trail
Time from Savannah: ~2hr, 2 minutes
Address: 100 N Laura St., Suite 120 Jacksonville, FL (visitor center to start)
Why You Need To Go: This interactive craft brewery trail will take you to some of the best breweries around the city. You'll get your Brewery Passport stamped at each location for a chance to win free swag.
Visit Black Rock Beach
Time from Savannah: ~2hr, 54 minutes
Price: $3 for parking
Address: Black Rock Beach Jacksonville, FL
Why You Need To Go: This beach is covered in thick black rock-like formations that make it look eerie and tons of sunbleached driftwood that just adds to the scenery. Take a dip in the water and snap some pretty cool photos during your visit.
Unearth Your Inner Caveman At Sun-Ray Cinema's Pizza Cave
Time from Savannah: ~2hr, 4 minutes
Address: 1018 Park St., Jacksonville, FL
Why You Need To Go: This Jacksonville eatery will make you feel like you're chowing down inside of a cave with the various "rock formations" and colorful dim lighting. Grab a huge pizza, a sandwich, or a hotdog and go to town.
Take Your Hunger Levels Over 9000 At Soupa Noodle Bar
Time from Savannah: ~2hr, 11 minutes
Address: 4549 Southside Blvd. Suite 205, Jacksonville, FL
Why You Need To Go: This Dragon-Ball Z themed restaurant has anime and manga art plastering all the walls and a menu filled with delicious Asain cuisine. Order one of their massive ramen bowls and see if you can conquer it.
See Wild Monkeys On Morgan Island
Time from Savannah: ~1hr, 13 minutes
Address: Morgan Island, SC
Why You Need To Go: This island has over 3,000 monkeys freely roaming around it for research purposes. You can take a ride by boat or kayak to the island to see them for yourself from a safe distance.
Travel To Little Tybee Island By Jet Ski
Time from Savannah: ~26 minutes
Price: Jet Ski rental prices will vary
Address: 1 Old Hwy. 80, Tybee Island, GA
Why You Need To Go: Rent a tandem jet ski and scoot on over to this secluded and untouched island. It's actually larger than Tybee Island and has a huge strip of beach to really have some relaxing privacy.
Grab A Pizza At Huc-A-Poo's
Time from Savannah: ~32 minutes
Address: 1213 E. Hwy. 80, Tybee Island, GA
Why You Need To Go: This unique and popular pizza joint on the Island is a top local hangout after a long day at work. It has cheap and good eats as well as a full bar. The atmosphere is just so positive and inviting.
Be A Kid Again At This Rooftop Bar
Time from Savannah: ~2hr, 20 minutes
Address: 699 Broad St., Suite 300, Augusta, GA
Why You Need To Go: Edgar's Above Broad is a brand new rooftop in Augusta and is the ultimate adult-playground. This spot has colorful mural walls, plenty of places to sit and hang out, and an awesome food and drink menu. Don't forget the giant checker board!
See Dolphins On A Dolphin Cruise
Time from Savannah: ~1hr, 28 minutes
Address: 366 Riverview Dr., Jekyll Island, GA
Why You Need To Go: The Jekyll Island Dolphin Tour will take you around the island to find the cutest sea mammals. You'll learn about the history of the waterways and see the dolphins playing in the waves.
See One Of The Oldest Standing Churches In Georgia
Time from Savannah: ~1hr, 33 minutes
Price: Free ($8 to get onto the island)
Address: 6329 Frederica Rd., St. Simons Island, GA
Why You Need To Go: Christ Church Fredrica is a historical site to see. It sits in the middle of huge oak trees and there's even an old cemetery you can explore to add a little creep factor.
Rent A Colorful Cottage On Tybee Island
Time from Savannah: ~30 minutes
Price: $150+ per night
Address: Tybee Island, GA
Why You Need To Go: These cute and colorful cottages are the perfect places to stay for a gals weekend. They're right by the beach, so you can wake up to the sound of waves crashing.
So, where to first?
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.