Georgia is a state of diverse and natural beauty, with 100 miles of beaches, barrier islands, pine forests, fields of cotton and soybeans, lake country and mountain ranges. It’s also a state of major cities and small towns of historical and cultural significance. It boasts 63 parks, 48 of which are state parks and 15 that are historic sites, running the gamut from presidential homes to battlefields to hiking and recreational areas.
The state’s capital and largest city, Atlanta boasts loads to see in terms of historic and cultural attractions. The world’s largest aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium, features eight million gallons of fresh and marine water and is home to more than 100,000 animals. Top museums in the city include the High Museum of Art, and the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History. The World of Coca Cola offers a glimpse into this American icon via 4-D theater, restored 1880s soda fountain, and the chance to sample more than 60 different beverages from around the world. Stone Mountain Park is home to the largest exposed piece of granite in the world. The 150-acre Georgia Grown Farmer’s Market is the world’s largest open-air roadside fruit and vegetable stand.
Two hours from Atlanta in the east central part of the state is the Classic South travel region. You can hike, fish, swim and enjoy the nature trails of the six state parks located here. In the city of Augusta, stop at Riverwalk, a two-tiered promenade, and explore the surrounding shops, restaurants and museums like the National Science Center’s Fort Discovery, the Morris Museum of Art, the Augusta Museum of History and the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame’s Botanical Gardens.
The Georgia Coast stretches approximately 100 miles between the Savannah and St. Marys Rivers. Stroll through historic Savannah to discover oak trees draped in Spanish moss and antebellum mansions, while peaking into art galleries and sampling “low country” cuisine. South of Savannah are Georgia’s barrier islands, which include St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island.
The state also offers its Historic Heartland region just south of Atlanta, where you’ll find the University of Georgia, which has a thriving music scene and active nightlife. Also, check out the antebellum architecture in Madison. Northwest of the state is Historic High Country, while the southeast is the Magnolia Midlands travel region. And in the northeast Georgia Mountains, you’ll be at the gateway of the Appalachian Mountains, and be able to discover the Chattahoochee National Forest.
Rural southwest Georgia, known as the Plantation Trace region, is great for touring plantations and historic farms, including Pebble Hill Plantation. The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site and Boyhood Farm is just one of the attractions in the Presidential Pathways region in west central Georgia.
Georgia is home to the world’s busiest passenger airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. For those flying into Georgia’s coast, Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is your best option.
Rental car is the easiest way to explore the state and enjoy its numerous scenic trails.
Georgia offers a moderate climate year-round, with mild winters in the 50°s and 60°s F., and warm summers that hit 85° to 90° F.