Gorgeous Georgia is a state with history, beauty and grace. A holiday to Georgia will leave you fascinated and thrilled at every turn. First up is the capital city of Georgia, Atlanta. As any modern city should, it’s got plenty of attractions, history and impressive architecture to marvel. From the luxury malls and boutiques of Buckhead to the quirky, creative vibe of old Little Five Points – Atlanta is one part of Georgia you don’t want to miss. There’s plenty of places to learn about the part Atlanta played in the American Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s. If you’re interested, head to the Atlanta History Center followed by the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.
But a holiday to Georgia needn’t be all history! Downtown Atlanta is the birthplace of Coca-Cola, which has its very own museum. There’s also an incredible aquarium at the Centennial Olympic Park if you’re thirsty for some water over soft drinks! Artists will adore the High Museum of Art in Midtown Atlanta which features all the finest artists of our times from Picasso to Rembrandt. But for something a little different, head out of the capital city and into the coastal gem of Savannah. Here you’ll find cobblestoned streets lined with magnificent pre-civil war mansions, horse drawn carriages and stunning parks.
Get away from it all and head up to Helen, where you can take the rewarding hike up to Anna Ruby Falls. Or if you’re up for some extreme sports, try Cumberland Island for fishing and camping, Columbus for river rafting, or Stone Mountain for rock climbing and hiking. If that’s not enough excitement, there’s the gorgeous great outdoors of Blue Ridge, home to a historic railway which winds through the lush forests. Jekyll Island is another great spot to get away from it all, but boasts the luxury of a waterpark too for those hot Georgia days.
After all that, check out the Consolidated Gold Mine in Dahlonega, site of the first American Gold Rush. Here you can learn about the history of the pioneers, and maybe even pan for some gold yourself! Georgia is a large and varied state with everything from skyscrapers and cities to wild stretches of nature - a holiday here is sure to indulge your every desire.
Top 5 things to do in Georgia
Discover the history of Atlanta
Find out Atlanta’s rich history at the Atlanta History Center which gives a timeline of this great city in amongst gorgeous gardens. Next is the Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site to learn about the inspirational civil rights movement of the 60s.
Tour the historic district of Savannah
Whether you walk, cycle or take the old town trolley tour, this gorgeous historic district is one for the top of your list. Previously home to the city’s merchants, bankers and developers, the architecture here is breath-taking and the parks are second to none.
Spend the day on Jekyll Island
Get away from it all on Jekyll Island. Visit the famous and beautiful Driftwood Beach or join a dolphin watching tour off the coast. There’s the fascinating Sea Turtle Center as well as historic landmarks like the Horton House Ruins and the Jekyll Island Museum, and even a waterpark if that’s not enough!
Get to the top of Brasstown Bald Mountain
Just a short drive from Atlanta in Blairsville is the spectacular Brasstown Bald Mountain. Take the shuttle bus up to the top of this impressive peak for panoramic views, high-altitude hiking trails and even a fun family museum too.
Go wild at Blue Ridge
If you’re up for an adrenaline buzz, Blue Ridge is where it’s at. From the gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway to the excitement of the Toccoa River Swinging Bridge. You can try kayaking to Long Creek Falls or even zip-lining through the lush canopies.
10 facts about Georgia
Okefenokee Swamp covers over 400,000 acres of canals which hundreds of species of wildlife, including several endangered ones, make their home in.
The Varsity in Atlanta is the world’s hugest drive-in restaurant. It spans over two acres and has room for 800 people and 600 cars at any one time.
Saint Marys is the second oldest city in America. It’s home to Cumberland Island National Seashore, the biggest barrier island in Georgia.
Atlanta is where you’ll find the birthplace of soft drink giant, Coca-Cola, as well as media hub, CNN.
The legendary pirate Blackbeard has an island named after him just off the coast of Georgia. Now home only to wildlife, it is a designated Wilderness Area.
The mammoth Stone Mountain near the city of Atlanta is one of the biggest pieces of granite in the world.
Georgia is also great for golf and the Augusta National hosts the annual Masters Golf Tournament every April.
Fancy a peanut? You’re in luck, Georgia is the largest producer of peanuts and pecans in the country, despite the fact it is known as the “Peach State”.
Georgia is the biggest state east of the Mississippi River and has 159 counties – the second most in the U.S. after Texas.
Stone Mountain boasts the world's biggest sculpture carved into its rock face. The sculpture is of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his generals.