From the coast to the mountains and everything in between, Georgia offers well-known and off-the-beaten-track gems in cities both big and small; scenic drives through farmland and forests; history aplenty at Civil War battlesites and plantation homes; sporting challenges at world-class golf courses and fun for all the family at Atlantic beaches.
Regarded as the centre for entertainment in the South, Atlanta has a host of must see attractions and experiences. Discover the world's largest aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium, step into the World of Coca-Cola or go behind the scenes at the Inside CNN Studio Tour; explore the city's role in the Civil War and Civil Rights Movement at museums like the Atlanta History Centre and the Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site; and experience a diverse and thriving cultural scene at the city's many theatres or concert halls, visit critically-acclaimed restaurants and indulge with boutique shopping.
Of course no visit to Georgia would be complete without discovering the history and legacy behind one of the world's most beloved novels through the Gone With the Wind Trail, which is in and around Atlanta. The official trail starts in Marietta, goes through Atlanta and ends in Jonesboro. Stops along the way include Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum, Margaret Mitchell House, Oakland Cemetery, Fulton County Public Library and Road to Tara Museum.
Nestled centrally in Georgia, not too far from the mountains or ocean is Macon, a city rich in history, incredible architecture, stunning Southern charm and a soulful musical heritage. Ocmulgee National Monument is a must-see if you're interested in Native America history and culture, while history buffs can walk across numerous Civil War battlefields. Alternatively, learn more about Macon's music history at the Allman Brothers Band Museum at The Big House or at the Otis Redding Foundation.
Established in 1733, beautiful Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia and the location of one of the largest National Historic Landmark districts in the USA. It's a beguiling city brimming with Old World glamour and romance, antebellum mansions and magnolia trees, horse-drawn carriages and ships sailing up the river, culture and entertainment. Take a tour through a pre-Civil War era mansion at the Mercer-Williams House, you're your bravery on a haunted ghost tour and don't forget the 24 historic squares including the oldest and largest, Johnson Square, although Reynolds Square makes an equaly attractive starting point for any explorations. Historic River Street runs the length of the Savannah River and is also a great place to stroll with its former cotton warehouses transformed into a colourful array of shops, restaurants and galleries.
The smallest of Georgia's barrier island, Jekyll has a rich history that reaches back centuries. Its ten miles of beaches, award-winning golf courses, wildlife experiences, biking and horseback riding adventures and fun-filled water park, make the island a beachfront paradise.
- Atlanta’s many attractions
- Historic Savannah
- Gone With the Wind Trail
- Civil War battlefields
- Jekyll Island beaches and golf