Adventure seekers can take on the world’s longest urban whitewater course on the Chattahoochee River in Columbus or tackle the Appalachian Trail which begins at Springer Mountain in the North Georgia Mountains. In fact, there are no less than 47 state parks to explore. Beach lovers can head for the coast where wild horses roam the breathtaking terrain of the Cumberland Island National Seashore. There are also 15 major coastal barrier islands and a number of smaller ones to explore.
Away from the wilderness, you can find small town charm or urban buzz – whichever takes your fancy. Savannah is the state’s first city with cobblestone streets packed with history. Then there is the state capital of Atlanta, home to the world’s largest aquarium and fizz galore at the World of Coca-Cola.
History buffs can delve into the history of the Civil War at more than 400 sites sprinkled across the state, ranging from battlefields to arsenals and cemeteries. Those with an interest in the Civil Rights Movement can trace the lives of some of its foremost leaders.
Places to Visit in Georgia
Unique Things to See and Do in Georgia
- Follow the history of the Civil War at the more than 400 related sites across the state
- Trace the footsteps of Martin Luther King who was born in Atlanta
- Go island hopping at the state’s pretty coastal barrier islands
- Hop on a kayak and go whitewater rafting along the Chattahoochee River
Follow the Gone With the Wind Trail
Think of the South and your thoughts may flittingly fly to Scarlett O’Hara – the spoiled southern belle who is the heroine of the beloved book and film Gone With the Wind.
Written in 1936 and adapted for the silver screen in 1939, the epic tale follows O’Hara through the troubled years of the American Civil War. The movie starred screen icons Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, with their portrayals of Scarlett and Rhett considered by many to be their most notable roles.
Visitors to Georgia can now trace the steps of these famous characters by following the Gone With the Wind Trail which starts in Marietta and works its way through Atlanta before finishing up in Jonesboro. Stops along the route include the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum, Margaret Mitchell House, Oakland Cemetery, Fulton County Public Library and the Road to Tara Museum.
And although none of the film scenes were actually filmed in Georgia, the story draws on real families and events which took place in the state. Charleston’s Boone Hall plantation is thought to have served as inspiration for Scarlett’s Tara.
The self-drive itinerary is a collaboration between the visitors bureau of Marietta, Atlanta, and Clayton County, where the book is set. There are many additional stops that can be added to the route in order to enhance the telling of the fascinating history of the Civil War.
Getting Around Georgia
Georgia is well served by a number of modes of transport. For those wanting to get around by bus, a scenic and convenient option, then there are ample services available including Greyhound, which stops at most of the main tourist attractions.
Did you know…?
The notorious pirate “Blackbeard” set up home on Georgia’s Blackbeard Island all those years ago. The island was designated as a wilderness area in 1975.
Did you ALSO know…?
Gainesville, Georgia is dubbed the “Chicken Capital of the World”. Here it is illegal to eat chicken with a fork.
There are also internal air services available for those who prefer to go between destinations in a jiffy.
One of the most popular ways of getting around Georgia is to self-drive. It’s the perfect way to follow the Gone With the Wind Trail, or to incorporate several destinations into your trip while enjoying the spectacular scenery that the state has to offer.
Best Time of Year to Travel to Georgia
While Georgia has a moderate year-round climate, it also has distinct seasons.
Visit in summer for warm temperatures, or arrive in autumn when the sun is still shining and the temperatures are a little cooler. Winters in this southern state are mild, and spring is a great time to visit and catch the state in full bloom. It’s even possible to find snow in Georgia if you head into the mountains.
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