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15 Best Places to visit in Georgia

15 Best Places to visit in Georgia

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Want to find the best places to visit in Georgia? Here’s an updated guide for 2020 with interesting and beautiful destinations to include on your Georgia Itinerary. 

Founded as a British colony in the early 18th century, today Georgia is the largest state of America’s southwest. It represents a contrast of geographic and cultural boundaries, being an interesting mixture of small charming towns and progressive large cities.

As the largest state located east of the Mississippi River, Georgia is a great escape destination because of its profuse nature and majestic natural wonders. Georgian southern islands and beaches with wild horses roaming are an incredible treat for travelers from all around the world.

With its numerous national parks, wildlife preserves and historic places, it offers a bunch of experiences and promises to provoke many beautiful impressions. And a spectacular fact to note: Coca Cola was invented in Georgia!

Callaway Gardens

Located in the beautiful Appalachian foothills near Pine Mountain, Callaway Gardens is a 14,000 acres large public garden that is home to multiple kaleidoscopic flower gardens, golf fields, and many more.

About 750,000 people visit the gardens every year to relax and commune with mother nature. Here visitors can admire the fields of beautiful magnolias, meet great horned owls, breathe the aroma of brilliant azaleas.

These and many other activities encounter everyday aura of Callaway Gardens. In the Callaway Gardens area, you can find Robin Lake Beach, which is the biggest man-made white sand beach in the world.

Callaway Gardens

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Providence Canyon State Park

Famous as the “Little Grand Canyon”, Providence Canyon State Park is an interesting validation of the power of man’s influence on nature. Massive and nearly 150 feet deep gullies are a result of poor farming practices during the early 19th century and today they make one of the picture-perfect landscapes in Georgia. 

1,003 acres big park is home to towering pinnacles and vibrantly-colored ravines, colorful wildflowers and soft canyon soil of orange, red, pink and purple hues. The park offers over ten miles of beautiful hiking trails and is a beloved place by hikers.

Providence Canyon State Park

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Wormsloe Historic Site

This historic site was a colonial estate in the 18th century belonging to carpenter Noble Jones, and today it’s the oldest standing structure in Savannah, Georgia. A very beautiful scene opens up in front of the visitors’ eyes right at the entrance of the site.

The avenue leading to the plantation is lined by towering live oak trees branching out through the woods. Beyond this aesthetic entryway lies tabby ruins of the estate telling a lot about life in colonial times.

Wormsloe Historic Site

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Etowah Indian Mounds

Etowah Indian Mounds is the most unblemished Mississippian cultural heritage in the southeastern United States. The 54-acre archeological site reflects the history of several thousand Native Americans of the Mississippian culture from 1000 to 1500 AD.

The site preserves six earthen mounds, village site, a plaza, borrow pits and defensive ditch. The largest mound is 63 feet high and covers 3 acres.

As can be seen from artifacts, Etowah Indians were a society of rituals. Many artifacts also show how the natives of this site decorated themselves with shell beads, paint, tattoos and more. It’s one of the best historical places to visit in Georgia.

Etowah Indian Mounds

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Atlanta

The largest city of the Georgia state and its capital Atlanta is an exciting place to visit, as it offers an endless range of activities and entertainment. It isn’t just another large city, but an impressive urban landscape containing 45 in-town neighborhoods.

Must-see attractions of Atlanta include Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, CNN Studio, High Museum of Art and many others. 

Atlanta

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Tallulah Gorge State Park

One of Georgia’s most popular destinations for outside activities is Tallulah Gorge State Park. It is home to six beautiful waterfalls, landscapes and the gorge that descends nearly 1000 feet and is two miles long.

A 200-foot long bridge leans 80 feet above the rocky gorge bottom providing impressive views of the river and the waterfalls. If you like spending time outdoors, Tallulah Gorge is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Georgia. 

Tallulah Gorge State Park

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Panther Creek Falls

It takes passing series of waterfalls through the dense forest of the Panther Creek Recreation Area until you reach the spectacular view of Panther Creek Falls waterfall.

With its dramatic colors and unique rock shapes, Panther Creek Falls is indeed one of the most impressive waterfalls in Georgia. In total, the falls drop 136 feet, from which the falls from the clearly visible upper stream are about 69 feet.

Panther Creek Falls

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Stone Mountain Park

You can find Stone Mountain Park in 20 minutes from Atlanta, which is home to the world’s largest piece of exposed granite. The park covers  3,200 acres of natural beauty and is Georgia’s most visited attraction.

Stone Mountain is the most famous scene of the park and is well known not only for its enormous size and geology but also for the massive rock relief on its north side.

The Park is open year-round and hosts dozens of exciting annual events. 

Stone Mountain

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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

This nearly half a million acres picturesque wilderness site is an ecological wonder and one of the world’s largest naturally driven freshwater ecosystems. Okefenokee was settled as a refuge for migratory birds and breeding sites for other wildlife animals in 1936.

It provides an environment for plenty of alligators, endangered species like storks, some types of woodpeckers, American eagles,  indigo snakes, and many others. There are 70 islands within the waters of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

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Golden Isles of Georgia

Located across Georgia’s border with Florida, a group of small Atlantic-coast islands makes up Georgia’s Golden Isles. St. Simons, Little St. Simons, Sea and Jekyll islands are interesting destinations from both sightseeing and historic perspective.

They create a beautiful appearance of a continuous stretch of land with natural gradience. Ideal weather, brimming options of activities like historic tours, fishing, oceanside concerts or playing golf at the country’s most widely acclaimed golf courses, make Golden Isles visit-worthy destination.

Jekyll Island

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Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area

Being one of 49 national heritage areas in the US, this preserve is 2,550 acres of nationally indicative granite outcrops, generous wildflowers, rare rock formations, and peaceful streams.

It took 400 million years for this landscape to form. Most distinctive features of Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area are Arabia Mountain, granite monadnocks, Trappist monastery and all this is linked to each other with more than 25 miles of paved bike/hike trails.

Located 20 minutes from Georgia’s capital Atlanta, this area is a wonderful destination for both invigorating activities or peaceful explorations.

Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area

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Savannah Historic District

The Savannah city’s heart and soul Savannah Historic District is one of America’s national historic landmarks. It girdles the original town plan by the founder of Georgia’s British colony Gen. James E. Oglethorpe.

The district is full of 18th and 19th-century homes, and you can find historic landmarks on every corner of it. Visiting Savannah is like a journey back in time to the pre-revolutionary and civil war times.

Savannah is full of mansions, historic monuments, churches, museums and former slave quarters, which are also open for touring. Unfortunately, many of Savannah’s historic buildings were ruined in the 1950s.

Savannah Historic District

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Cumberland Island

This 3 miles wide and 16 miles long island is the US southeastern largest sea Island. It consists of the Great and Little Cumberland islands. The island offers visitors well-preserved secluded white beaches, maritime forest, incredible scenery of wild horses roaming freely along the beaches, and a lot more.

Cumberland Island is a great destination to enjoy wilderness, solitude, and peace amongst the moss-covered branches of the live oak trees. It’s also a home for a wide variety of wildlife, such as loggerhead turtles, alligators inhabiting the swamps and ponds, shorebirds and others.

The island is accessible by ferry only.

Cumberland Island

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Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island

Located close to Cumberland Island, Jekyll Island’s Driftwood Beach is a unique place that has been created by sand erosion which caused the trees to uproot and die.

This beautiful scene of driftwood and trees resemble a surreal landscape from another world. Being famous as one of America’s most romantic beaches, Driftwood beach is also a famous site for weddings. 

The shore water is mostly brown and muddy here, rather than sandy. It’s because of the sedimentary deposition from rivers that flow into the sea nearby.

Driftwood Beach

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Helen 

Taken inspiration from the German villages, Helen alpine town is all about Bavarian charm. This tiny, alpine village is only 2.1 square miles big yet is the third most visited town in Georgia after Atlanta and Savannah.

This little German town might only have about 500 residents, but it’s one of the most charming places to visit in Georgia. Helen is also rich in history. It was home to the Cherokee nation before the arrival of Europeans in the early 19th century. 

Helen in Georgia

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