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Georgia is a state filled with historic cities, sandy beaches, ancient forests, and rugged mountains. There’s so much to see and do, it can be hard to know what to pick. We’ve rounded up the best places to visit in Georgia, that you absolutely can’t miss.
1. Discover Savannah
First up is the beautiful and vibrant city of Savannah. The city is filled with winding cobblestone streets, elegant antebellum mansions, parks, museums, and art galleries. While in Savannah, visit the city’s historic district, ride a horse-drawn carriage and imagine you are living in the 18th or 19th century. Other top things to do include visiting colonial sights such as the Wormsloe Historic Site, or spending time at the Telfair Museum, which is the South’s oldest art museum.
2. Relax on Cumberland Island
To take things down a notch and get some much needed fresh air and R&R, head to Cumberland Island to relax on some of the best beaches in Georgia. The island is one of the largest of the barrier islands in Georgia. It’s packed with lush forests, sandy beaches, roaming wild horses, and history. For history buffs, the island was originally inhabited by Native American peoples around 4,000 years ago before becoming a working plantation, home to hundreds of African slaves, in the 19th century.
3. Explore the Blue Ridge Mountains
The Blue Ridge Mountains are thought to be the US’ answer to Switzerland — and they are truly stunning. The rugged mountain range is home to hiking and biking trails, ancient woodlands, and waterfalls. Within the Blue Ridge Mountains is the Chattahoochee National Forest, where visitors can go horseback riding, take a dip in waterfalls or go on a treetop canopy adventure. There’s also a famous railway running through the mountains with a train to hop on for amazing views.
4. Spend a Few Days in Atlanta
If you’re looking to spend time in a buzzing city with some of the country’s best nightlife, head to Atlanta. The city is filled with bustling urban life, fun clubs, bars, and live music venues. Atlanta is also home to Georgia’s famous aquarium, home to over one hundred thousand animals.
5. Relax on Jekyll Island
Jekyll Island is one of the Golden Isles of Georgia barrier island. It’s home to beautiful sandy beaches, alongside the famous Driftwood Beach, which is known for its abundance of driftwood.
6. See the Murky Okefenokee Swamp
A visit to the Okefenokee Swamp is like taking a step into a prehistoric era. The swamp is populated with tons of alligators, and its murky waters are mysterious and intriguing. The swamp is also home to carnivorous plants and rare birds. You can take boat tours of the swamp’s original Indian waterways, walk beside the park’s lily-lined decking, and explore its jungle-like forests.
7. Stroll Around Callaway Botanical Garden
Callaway Botanical Garden is a great place to visit in Georgia. With acres of grass and nature, you can see beautiful plants and wildlife at the Callaway Botanical Garden, plus every season there are different flowers in bloom. The gardens are also home to a tranquil lake and a butterfly house, hosting dozens of butterfly species.
8. Visit the Ocmulgee National Monument
The Ocmulgee National Monument is dedicated to all the human inhabitants of the Macon area who have lived there. The area is thought to have been inhabited for over 12,000 years. American Indians first came to the site during the Paleo-Indian period when they were hunting Ice Age mammals; the land then changed hands between many different American Indian cultures over the years. In more recent centuries, important Civil War battles took place here, which you can find out more about while visiting.
9. Wander the World of Coca Cola
When in Georgia, you have to pay a visit to the world of Coca Cola! The fun museum in Atlanta is where you can find out more about the history of the world’s most loved drink. While the Coca Cola secret recipe is still kept tightly under wraps, you can find out more about the brand and its advertising campaigns over the years.
10. Hike Tallulah Gorge State Park
Tallulah Gorge State Park sits next to the stunning Tallulah Falls. The park lies around Tallulah Gorge, which is 1,000 feet deep and an epic sight. It’s filled with picturesque hiking trails and flora and fauna.