Georgia — Overview
There’s a whole lot more to Georgia than just peaches and peanuts, though the peaches are certainly a major highlight of any visit to this enchanting state. Its beaches on the Golden Isles are simply magical, while the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains are home to quirky, folksy hamlets. In between is Atlanta, a powerhouse of urban fun and sophistication.
The rich history of the Deep South is on full display in Savannah’s Historic District, the largest of its kind in the country. Antebellum mansions and Spanish moss draped live oaks to create a surreal scene of yesteryear. Macon is also a historic charmer that sits on the awesome Antebellum Trail scenic road. But Atlanta also has its share of classic old neighborhoods like Virginia-Highland and Buckhead mixed in modern and chic urban dwellings.
The people of Georgia are known for their good manners and hospitality, two qualities that make for an amazing visit. The cuisine is all southern delicacies, but it ranges from creative New American to the classics served up in massive portions with little care for your diet. In Savannah, be sure to indulge in the seafood. Overall, Georgia is excellent value for what you get. You can easily go all out at a stately mansion in Savannah or grab a cheap motel on the edge of town.
The wonderfully balmy weather makes Georgia a great travel destination all year round. Atlanta is home to the world’s busiest airport, so it’s easy to get here. From downtown it’s a quick drive to all the major hotspots like Savannah, Stone Mountain, and the Golden Isles. The mix of historic charm and outdoor recreation make Georgia a perfect family spot. There are lakes and rivers everywhere, and the golfing is sublime. Hikers can even lay claim on the mighty Appalachian Trail, which starts in the north.
Like most states in the US, you really need to have your own set of wheels to properly experience Georgia. With a car you can move within and between towns, hit the beaches, or find an empty walking trail. Public transportation is excellent in downtown Atlanta, but outside of the city there are few other options to get you to your next destination. Luckily, car rental companies are found in every noteworthy town and often have great deals weekly deals.
- Check out Brasstown Bald, Georgia’s highest peak, with panoramic views from its observation tower
- Wander Savannah’s Historic District, the largest of its kind in America
- Visit Stone Mountain Park, a cool mix of geology, entertainment, and family fun
- Stroll the quiet beaches of Georgia’s cluster of Golden Isles
- Play a round of golf at one of Lake Oconee’s seven iconic courses
- Cruise North Georgia’s Wine Highway and discover the underrated viniculture of this state
- Indulge in some serious cuisine in Atlanta’s trendy Buckhead district