Georgia

United States of America
Atlanta History Center featuring heritage architecture

Known for peaches and pecans, this state has elegant antebellum estates and a booming modern metropolis.

Georgia offers outdoor adventure and city attractions, all graced with Southern charm. The state is the home of several major corporations, an Olympic park and frequent TV and movie filming. Enjoy the outdoors from the Atlantic Coast to the Appalachian Mountains.

In sprawling Atlanta, the state capital, learn about important U.S. history at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum and the Margaret Mitchell House, where the author wrote Gone with the Wind. For sports, see Atlanta Braves baseball or Falcons football, run or walk in the July 4 Peachtree 10K Road Race along the city’s main street or walk through Centennial Olympic Park, with fountains and sculptures from the 1996 Olympics.

Elsewhere in Atlanta, tour the World of Coke, the soft drink known in nearly every part of the globe, or visit the Inside CNN Atlanta Studio Tour, the news medium known around the world. Visit Zoo Atlanta and the very large Georgia Aquarium. Find shopping and dining along Peachtree Road and dotted throughout the city.

Coastal Savannah is laid out in squares, offering more than 20 spots to enjoy gardens, see statues or have a picnic in the shade. Walk through the city, take a horse-drawn carriage or reserve a spot on a Savannah Riverboat Cruise. In the River Street District, find shopping, dining and art. SCAD Museum of Art features up-and-coming artists. Sample delectable pecan pralines and peach marmalade in boutique shops.

Reserve a ferry trip to Cumberland Island, a large barrier island once owned by the Carnegie family. Rent a bike to ride to the Dungeness Ruins to explore the remains of buildings erected in 1884. Enjoy the sandy beaches and look for the wild horses that roam the shore.

At the western end of the state, explore the Appalachian Mountains, perfect for hiking and camping. Visit Springer Mountain, the southern beginning of the 2,160-mile (3,476-kilometer) Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Investigate Providence Canyon State Park, Georgia’s version of the Grand Canyon.

Popular cities in Georgia

Georgia State Capitol showing a garden, flowers and heritage architecture
Atlanta
Big business, green space and a passion for history defines the Capital of the South.

Reasons to visit

  • Underground Atlanta
  • Little Five Points
  • Georgia Aquarium
River Street showing a bridge and a river or creek as well as a small group of people
Savannah
Grand architecture, galleries and museums combine with a rich southern colonial atmosphere to make this Georgian city a great holiday destination. 

Reasons to visit

  • Savannah Children's Museum
  • City Market
  • Georgia State Railroad Museum
Athens showing landscape views and a sunset
Athens
Discover a thriving music scene, diverse cultural offerings and plenty of school spirit in this bustling college town.

Reasons to visit

  • University of Georgia
  • The Georgia Theatre
  • State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Macon featuring a city
Macon
Visit ancient Indian burial grounds, admire a wealth of fine historical architecture and dance in lively music venues when you come to Macon. 

Reasons to visit

  • The Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House
  • Hay House
  • Museum of Arts and Sciences
Augusta which includes a statue or sculpture and a city
Augusta
Get a good dose of Southern charm in this beautiful city in northeastern Georgia. Explore the Savannah River or visit homes of the city’s famous historical figures.

Reasons to visit

  • Augusta Museum of History
Valdosta showing a sunset and heritage architecture
Valdosta
Art exhibitions, independent theater productions, championship golf courses and thill-seeking roller coasters await you in the extreme southern part of Georgia.