Glorious, gorgeous and genteel – that’s Georgia. This beautiful state has it all: cities, coast, mountains and more, all served up with a large dose of Southern charm. Georgia’s west and central regions are deeply rooted in America’s history with the proud heritage of two presidents and the birth of the modern south. Charming towns, authentic antiques and local festivals along scenic byways offer the warmth of yesterday in quintessential Southern style.
Atlanta does modern America, with a buzzing downtown and a hatful of attractions.
The highly distinctive coastal region, Georgia’s Golden Isles, offers a delightful contrast to bustling Atlanta, with its barrier islands and natural resources and eco systems. Unspoilt, pristine beaches, tranquil marshes and cobblestone streets await you while low country delicacies such as soft-shelled crabs and Brunswick stew feature on menus with the soulful beat of Gullah-Geechee songs in the background.
Savannah is one of the most beautiful and enchanting cities in America and a ‘must see’ part of any trip to Georgia’s coastal area. Hip and historic, there are numerous interest sites to see, including more than twenty city ‘Squares’, (made famous in the film Forest Gump) monuments, parks, historic homes, churches and forts. Buzzing with creativity, art, fine dining and live theatre the historic district of Savannah, including the waterfront area, provides the perfect destination for several days of relaxed and exciting exploration.
Known as the enchanted land of the Cherokee Indians, Georgia’s northwest region is where driving, walking, cycling and riding trails lead you through to the area’s Native American roots, whereas South Eastern Georgia offers a backdrop of beautiful scenery and agricultural history.
Retreat to the mountains of North-east Georgia, to the Chattahoochee National Forest, a vast protected scenic and recreational area scattered with cabins and cottages. This region, with its foothills and wine region also serves as the gateway to the Appalachian Mountains and provides the starting point for the famous ‘Appalachian Trail’ which runs 2,000 miles Georgia to Maine.
Must See Places in Georgia
Stone Mountain Park
Climb the mountain, see the world’s largest bas-relief sculpture – of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee – and stay for the nightly laser show.
Rock City and Lookout Mountain
Go to the top of Lookout Mountain, stand on Lover’s Leap and peer across seven states. Take a steep ride on the Incline Railway, then go underground in a cave and see Ruby Falls.
World of Coca-Cola
See the world’s largest collection of Coca Cola memorabilia at this Atlanta museum, which showcases the history of the soft drink company founded in 1886. Tour the bottling plant and sample beverages.
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
Experience the beauty of a swamp in this 163,000-hectare refuge, established in 1936 to protect migrating birds and wildlife. Fish, canoe, camp and get fantastic views along boardwalks and from observation towers.
Savannah Historic District
Walk along cobblestone streets, admire gardens and parks, enjoy cultural events and see why the circa-1733 grid plan and 18thand 19thcentury architecture elevated to National Historic Landmark status.
Consolidated Gold Mine
Go 61 meters underground, tour a cave, pan for gold and gems and learn about gold mining history in the real mine just east of Dahlonega, where gold was discovered in 1828.
Margaret Mitchell House
Visit the place where the author wrote “Gone With the Wind,” the epic Civil War novel that won the Pulitzer Prize, and learn what 1920s Atlanta was like. Take a guided tour that includes a movie exhibit.