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28 Top Things to Do in Georgia

From historical sites to hot dogs, the Peach State offers something for every type of traveler.

The Best Things to Do in Georgia

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Wherever your Georgia vacation takes you, you'll find incredible scenery.

Situated smack-dab in the middle of the South, Georgia boasts plenty in the way of Southern charm. But beyond its mouthwatering comfort food and warm hospitality, the Peach State offers visitors tons of attractions to explore. Spend a trip to this Southern gem visiting a recreated Bavarian village, traversing historic battlefields and sampling some of the tastiest hot dogs you can imagine. Read on to discover the top things to do in Georgia.

Centennial Olympic Park

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Once host to the 1996 Summer Olympics, Centennial Olympic Park is an iconic destination in downtown Atlanta. Travelers will find playgrounds, tons of green space, Fountain of Rings Plaza, and numerous statues and commemorative markers across the park's 22 acres. Recent visitors said the area is clean and great for kids, adding that there are plenty of places to sit down and even have a picnic. Centennial Olympic Park is also conveniently located among a slew of other attractions within a half-mile, so when you've finished exploring the grounds, head to the popular museums in the Attraction District plaza or check out the College Football Hall of Fame and the SkyView Atlanta Ferris wheel .

Address: 265 Park Ave. W NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

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Callaway Resort & Gardens

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No matter the time of year, there's something to see at Callaway Gardens. Located about 40 miles north of Columbus in Pine Mountain, this roughly 2,500-acre destination features gardens, trails for hiking and biking, a large lake, the visitor-favorite butterfly center and more.

During the winter, the gardens draw locals and travelers alike to view the annual Fantasy in Lights display, explore a holiday village, shop for snacks at the Christmas Market and enjoy photo-ops with Santa, among other festive activities. Spring brings vibrant azalea blooms amid the Spring Flower Fest, while summer offers days at Robin Lake Beach, fireworks displays, zip lining, fragrant magnolias and a hot air balloon festival for Labor Day. With fall comes colorful foliage, blooming chrysanthemums and the Steeplechase horse races. Guests can stay right on the property in the main lodge, a cottage or an upscale villa in the woods, though some past visitors cautioned the lodge and cottages need an update.

Address: 17617 U.S. Route 27, Pine Mountain, GA 31822

Andersonville National Historic Site

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History buffs won't want to miss the Andersonville National Historic Site. Situated about 60 miles east of Columbus in Andersonville, the site is home to the most well-known Civil War prison camp. Travelers can listen to an hourlong self-guided audio tour while driving through the property or explore parts of the nearly 27-acre site on foot. While there, take a walk through Andersonville National Cemetery, a final resting place for U.S. soldiers who died in combat dating back to 1864. Reviewers also recommend the National Prisoner of War Museum and say hiring a guide can be helpful if you want to learn more. Nearby lodging options include Best Western and Hampton Inn outposts in the small town of Americus; a wider variety of accommodations can be found in Columbus.

Address: 496 Cemetery Road, Andersonville, GA 31711

Explore the village of Helen

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If you're seeking a Georgia getaway with lots of charm, look no further than the replica Bavarian village of Helen. In addition to its cobblestone streets and quaint shops, Helen offers plenty of spots to explore. Sip wine at Habersham Vineyards & Winery (one of the oldest and largest wineries in the state), hike through Unicoi State Park & Lodge, float along the Chattahoochee River and savor German food at local restaurants.

The town also hosts Oktoberfest every year in September and October. Weekdays during the festival tend to be more family-friendly, while weekends play host to college students and tour groups; Sundays offer free admission for everyone. Be sure to book your accommodations – which range from cozy cabins to quaint inns to chain hotels – early, as they do fill up. The luxurious Valhalla Resort Hotel and riverside Loreley Resort are two traveler favorites.

Staying in this tiny alpine town will also give you time to explore the Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway, a 40-mile loop full of beautiful mountain views that starts just northwest of Helen and winds through the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest.

Read: The Top Things to Do in Helen, Georgia

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Exterior of sign and building of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Courtesy of The National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Atlanta's 42,000-square-foot National Center for Civil and Human Rights is conveniently located across from Centennial Olympic Park, in the same plaza as the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola. This museum promises a deep dive into the U.S. civil rights movement and an overview of other human rights struggles worldwide, making it one of the most informative and impactful things to do in Georgia.

The museum is grounded in the history of Atlanta – the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. and home base of two vital civil rights organizations – and its civil rights gallery explores African Americans' fight for racial equality across the nation. Interactive exhibits on the entrance level and upper level allow you to participate in a simulated lunch counter sit-in, watch King's "I Have a Dream" speech and hear oral histories from the Freedom Riders on a reconstructed bus that was firebombed in 1961. The upper level also houses a gallery designed to walk visitors through various human rights campaigns and activists, while the lower level is dedicated to displaying King's personal artifacts and papers.

Visitors marvel at the multimedia experience of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, where news reels and other primary sources bring history to life, and recommend spending around two hours there. Travelers caution, however, that some content – indicated by signage in certain exhibits – may not be appropriate for young children.

Address: 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30313

Stone Mountain Park

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At more than 3,200 acres, Stone Mountain Park , the most-visited attraction in Georgia, offers fun for visitors of all ages, including adventure courses, the world's longest-running laser show, a 5-mile railroad excursion, two golf courses and a Swiss cable car that takes travelers to the top of the mountain. The park is particularly known for its massive Confederate Memorial Carving, a 3-acre sculpture of three Civil War figures from the South that measures larger than Mount Rushmore. Amid calls for the monument to be removed, the park board has approved the creation of an on-site museum exhibit, set for completion around 2025, to provide context about the history of the world's largest Confederate monument and its ties to the Ku Klux Klan.

Visitors say they love the park's picturesque hikes and Historic Square, a collection of original 19th-century buildings, but warned there are separate fees for entering the park and enjoying its various attractions. You will have multiple choices for lodging in or near the park, including Stone Mountain Inn, the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort or a campground, but since Stone Mountain Park is less than 20 miles northeast of Atlanta, you can also opt to stay in the city and drive to the attraction.

Address: 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain, GA 30083

Georgia Aquarium

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The Georgia Aquarium is yet another gem nestled across from Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta. With more than 11 million gallons of water, this aquarium is the largest in the Western Hemisphere and home to more than 100,000 aquatic animals, including penguins, whale sharks, manta rays and more. Travelers can even get up close and personal with beluga whales during a training session or suit up to swim with sharks. The aquarium has seven permanent galleries and a 4D theater that plays films about the ocean's magnificent creatures.

Previous visitors raved about this attraction and advised reserving your place at its various shows when you arrive and allowing plenty of time for parking. The aquarium requires you to buy your tickets online in advance. To save some coin, purchase an Atlanta CityPASS and get admission to five city attractions for one set price. Additionally, several hotels offer packages that include tickets to the aquarium, including Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park, Hilton Atlanta , the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and the Hyatt Regency Atlanta .

Address: 225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

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Stroll through Savannah

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It's no surprise that Savannah, one of the oldest U.S. cities – and perhaps one of the most haunted – is a traveler favorite on any trip to Georgia. This quaint Southern destination is guaranteed to charm visitors with the ubiquitous landmarks and cobblestone streets of its renowned Historic District, complete with 22 park squares including the lively 30-acre Forsyth Park .

While you explore museums and restored 18th-century homes on a walking tour , you can learn about Savannah's antebellum past at North America's oldest continuous Black church or head 15 miles east of downtown to the Fort Pulaski National Monument on Cockspur Island, a former stop along the Underground Railroad. Amid absorbing all this history, take advantage of mouthwatering restaurants like Sisters of the New South, amble through the open-air City Market , stop by the Victorian-era Bonaventure Cemetery and complete your visit to Savannah with a ghost tour .

Consider staying at Andaz Savannah in bustling Ellis Square or The Cotton Sail Hotel Savannah, Tapestry Collection by Hilton , a former cotton warehouse from the 1800s. For a spookier experience, book a room at The Marshall House , a reportedly haunted inn that once housed a Civil War hospital. Past visitors appreciated the property's haunted atmosphere without finding it too creepy to enjoy, with some swearing the lights occasionally turn on and off on their own.

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World of Coca-Cola

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Learn the history behind one of the world's most beloved drinks at World of Coca-Cola in downtown Atlanta. Inside, you'll see the Coca-Cola bottling process and the vault where the secret drink recipe is stored. You can also taste Coca-Cola beverages from around the world – a perpetual visitor favorite – and buy soda-themed souvenirs in the gift shop. The museum recommends visitors purchase tickets in advance; the cost of admission increases slightly at the gate. Noteworthy hotels less than half a mile of this attraction, which is located right next to the Georgia Aquarium and Centennial Olympic Park, include the Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown and the Hotel Indigo Atlanta Downtown .

Address: 121 Baker St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Sip vino in north Georgia's wine country

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Did you know that Georgia has its own wine region? The northern part of the Peach State is home to acclaimed wineries like Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery, which sates visitors' appetites for more than just wine with its on-site cafe and Sunday brunch buffet, and Tiger Mountain Vineyards, known for varietals like malbec, cabernet franc and viognier. Many venues – such as Cane Creek Vineyards every Friday – even host live music performances showcasing local artists.

After a wine tour that includes sipping and savoring the wines of northern Georgia, which tend to be on the sweeter side, settle into your cozy abode at Glen-Ella Springs Inn & Restaurant, located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, or at Château Élan Winery & Resort , which features a spa, golf and tennis clubs, and other amenities. Visitors describe the latter as a "hidden treasure" with top-notch food and lodging.

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park

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Visit MLK's birthplace and childhood home at Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park in downtown Atlanta. During your visit this free park, you can see the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church – the location of King's baptism, ordainment and funeral – as well as the Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have a Dream" World Peace Rose Garden. To secure a free ranger-led tour of King's Birth Home, you'll need to arrive early in the day to sign up at the Visitor Center, which features informative exhibits, and be prepared to wait several hours. According to previous visitors, the park offers a tranquil and moving atmosphere, especially in its rose garden and by the Eternal Flame and Reflecting Pool, where the crypts of King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, are located.

The best options for accommodations close to this historical park, by far one of the most poignant things to do in Georgia, are in central Atlanta. Consider bedding down at Sugar Magnolia Bed & Breakfast or the Home2 Suites by Hilton Atlanta Downtown.

Address: 450 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Jekyll Island

Sunset at Jekyll Island. Jekyll is located off the coast of the U.S. state of Georgia, in Glynn County.

Within the Golden Isles on the coast of Georgia lies Jekyll Island, a serene state park that's home to sea turtles, historic ruins and some of Georgia's best beaches . Driftwood Beach is a particular draw for visitors to the island, as the beach's namesake driftwood accentuates its romantic atmosphere and makes it one of the top things to do in Georgia. These gnarled tree trunks and branches create a one-of-a-kind backdrop for a picnic, a stroll along the sand or stargazing – not to mention a perfect playground for kids. The best time to go is at low tide.

Beyond Driftwood Beach you may want to stop by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center to see rehabilitation in action or choose from activities such as golfing, biking, kayaking, horseback riding, fishing and much more. History enthusiasts will find plenty to explore in the 240-acre grounds of the former Jekyll Island Club, now a National Historic Landmark District. You can start with Mosaic, a museum in the historic stables that takes patrons through the island's cultural and natural history, including its Native American and African American roots.

A parking pass is required to access Jekyll Island by vehicle. To wind down after a busy day touring, shopping and dining, choose from an array of accommodation options such as the family-friendly Jekyll Island Club Resort in the Historic District.

Read: The Top Weekend Getaways From Atlanta

Margaret Mitchell House

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Take a look inside the life of the acclaimed author of the 1936 classic "Gone With the Wind" at the Margaret Mitchell House . Located in Midtown Atlanta, this Tudor Revival mansion – which is one of several Atlanta History Center attractions – is home to the small apartment where Margaret Mitchell wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. The author nicknamed her first-floor abode "The Dump," but the building is now a museum featuring various exhibits about Mitchell and her famous novel. The property is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Guided tours take guests through the complex history surrounding "Gone With the Wind," including its inaccurate depictions of slavery and the Civil War. Visitors praise the Margaret Mitchell House's tour guides, saying they're both well informed and entertaining. Nearby hotels include the Hyatt Centric Midtown Atlanta and the Homewood Suites by Hilton Atlanta Midtown, GA.

Note: The Margaret Mitchell House was closed for renovations at the time of publication. It is expected to reopen in 2024.

Address: 979 Crescent Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Eat hot dogs at The Varsity

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While vacationing in Atlanta, don't miss the opportunity to enjoy a delicious hot dog and an order of onion rings at The Varsity. This family-owned local institution opened in 1928 and is considered the world's largest drive-in restaurant. Be sure to come prepared, as before you order you'll need to know the right lingo – like "Heavy Weight" (a hot dog with extra chili), "Walk a Dog" (a hot dog to go) and "Naked Dog" (a plain hot dog). Throw in a signature Varsity Orange drink, and you're all set. While there are now six Varsity locations, including two at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, head to the original restaurant on North Avenue for the authentic experience. Past visitors said this is an absolute must when in Atlanta, for both the onion rings and the nostalgia.

Address: 61 N. Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308.

Read: What to Eat in Atlanta

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Six Flags Over Georgia

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Georgia has its share of amusement parks, but Six Flags Over Georgia may top the list. Situated about 10 miles west of Atlanta, this Six Flags location features a variety of rides with themes based on DC Comics characters like Batman and Catwoman. Patrons who want to get their blood pumping should hop on The Great American Scream Machine, a classic wooden roller coaster built in 1973, or The Riddler Mindbender, a steel roller coaster with three exhilarating loops. Six Flags Over Georgia also has a water park with a wave pool and waterslides for the warmer months, plus attractions that are suitable for young kids.

While you can purchase tickets at the gate, you'll save money and time by buying them online ahead of time. Reviewers rave about the rides but warn that lines can be long. Hotels like the Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta West/Lithia Springs, the Hampton Inn & Suites ATL-Six Flags and the Comfort Inn Douglasville may offer packages with discounted park tickets.

Address: 275 Riverside Parkway SW, Austell, GA 30168

Read: The Best Family Vacations in the USA

St. Simons Island

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Another Golden Isles offering, St. Simons Island is the largest of Georgia's barrier islands. This classic Southern landscape, lined with moss-draped live oak trees, also boasts quaint shops, untouched beaches, top-notch fishing, multiple golf courses and an array of other outdoor adventures, so it's easy to see why it's one of the top things to do in Georgia. At Fort Frederica National Monument, archaeological remnants of a British colony tell the story of its defense against Spain, while the St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum details more island history. Visitors also recommend wandering the grounds and cemetery at Christ Church, Frederica – one of the oldest churches in Georgia – which is even more beautiful in spring when the azaleas bloom.

Choose The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort for a luxurious stay or the Grey Owl Inn for a charming bed-and-breakfast experience, among many other hotel options on St. Simons Island.

Read: The Best Beaches in the U.S.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

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Journey about 20 miles northwest of Atlanta to visit Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, a nearly 3,000-acre preserved Civil War battleground from 1864. The park has around 20 miles of trails with monuments, historical markers and cannon emplacements, as well as a fantastic view of the Atlanta skyline from atop Kennesaw Mountain. Check out the on-site museum to peruse artifacts and exhibits related to the Battle of Kennesaw. Visitors say this park, which is open from dawn to dusk daily for a per-vehicle fee, makes for a great place to hike. For an easier trek, take the shuttle bus to the top of the mountain and then hike back down. Hotel options in the nearby city of Marietta include the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Atlanta–Marietta or the Hampton Inn and Suites Atlanta/Marietta, both less than 10 miles from the park.

Address: 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30152

Midtown Atlanta's Arts District

Fountain at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Courtesy of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau

The best place to immerse yourself in Atlanta's art and culture offerings is in Midtown's Arts District, home to an array of attractions. The Atlanta Botanical Garden , for one, is a sprawling 30-acre site next to Piedmont Park that houses permanent artwork, various exhibitions, and weekly shows and classes alongside its indoor and outdoor plant collections. Kids will love the musical and storytelling performances of the Shows for Seedlings program on Fridays.

After traversing the Atlanta Botanical Garden, art lovers can check out the High Museum of Art less than a mile away. With more than 17,000 works of art ranging from classic to contemporary and events such as Friday jazz nights, the High Museum of Art promises to engage your inner creativity. Other great ways to experience the Arts District include performances at the landmark Fox Theatre and Atlanta Symphony Hall or visits to the Center for Puppetry Arts and the Bremen Jewish Heritage Museum.

Cloudland Canyon State Park

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Get out and discover Georgia's great outdoors at one of its many state parks. The scenic Cloudland Canyon State Park, which sits on the western side of Lookout Mountain in the northwest part of the state, is a prime spot to hike to the bottom of the gorge and take in magnificent waterfall and canyon views. Families may want to try out a game of disc golf in the park. For overnight stays, Cloudland Canyon offers cottages, campsites and even yurts for a glamping experience. Recent visitors praise the 64 miles of well-maintained hiking trails and recommend arriving early or coming on a weekday; parking, which costs a small fee, can fill up quickly. You'll find the park about 25 miles southwest of Chattanooga, Tennessee , and 120 miles northwest of Atlanta.

Address: 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road, Rising Fawn, GA 30738

Get artsy at Howard Finster's Paradise Garden

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Courtesy of Paradise Garden Foundation

For an off-the-beaten-path adventure, visit Howard Finster's Paradise Garden in Summerville, a town in northwest Georgia that sits less than 20 miles east of the Alabama-Georgia border. This quirky attraction – which features a kitschy display of sculptures, paintings and curious objects developed by its namesake, folk artist Howard Finster – is considered one of the state's top art attractions. Finster, one of the most well-known and prolific self-taught artists of the 20th century, created nearly 47,000 pieces of art in addition to the 2.5-acre Paradise Garden. Travelers describe it as fascinating, inspiring and best enjoyed with comfortable shoes. If you'd like to take the experience to the next level, book a stay at the on-site Airbnb cottage or plan your visit around the annual Finster Fest.

Address: 200 N. Lewis St., Summerville, GA 30747

Roosevelt's Little White House State Historic Site

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Located in Warm Springs, the Little White House was built by former President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932, as he sought a cure for his polio in the town's spring waters. This house has been preserved alongside a museum filled with the late president's memorabilia, including his 1938 Ford convertible, his stagecoach and the unfinished portrait he was posing for when he suffered a deadly stroke. Much of this attraction is self-guided, but visitors say the staff stationed around the site to answer questions are exceptionally knowledgeable. After exploring the historic property, check out the shops and eateries lining Main Street in Warm Springs before bedding down at the Aiden by Best Western at Warm Springs Hotel and Event Center.

Address: 401 Little White House Road, Warm Springs, GA 31830

View the highly regarded Cyclorama

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Cycloramas – large paintings used for a kind of three-dimensional visual storytelling – were a popular form of immersive entertainment in the 1800s. Atlanta's Cyclorama constitutes a more than 130-year-old hand-painted rendering of the 1864 Battle of Atlanta that is longer than a football field and stands almost 50 feet tall. Created in 1886, it is one of only two cycloramas in the U.S. – the other can be found in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania – and has been on display in Atlanta for 130 years.

In addition to the painting, the Atlanta History Center's "Cyclorama: The Big Picture" exhibit showcases a short film alongside related artifacts and technology to examine the untold stories of the painting and the ways Civil War imagery has shaped our perspectives. Past visitors loved seeing the massive painting, describing the piece as astounding. Entry to this exhibit is included in Atlanta History Center admission.

Address: 130 W. Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

Providence Canyon State Park

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Known as Georgia's "Little Grand Canyon," Providence Canyon State Park is colored by pink, orange, red and purple soil. Giant gullies caused by 19th-century farming practices also further the canyon's photogenic appeal today. Popular for both hiking and camping, the park has nine campsites and more than 10 miles of trails, including the 2.5-mile Canyon Loop Trail.

The most popular of the nine canyons are Nos. 4 and 5. Providence Canyon comes alive in July and August when its plumleaf azaleas (a species that only grows in this region) are in full bloom. Keep in mind, though, that the park's daytime temperatures often climb into the 90s in the summer months and make the canyon floor very hot. Daily parking costs a small fee. Providence Canyon State Park is located about 40 miles south of Columbus on the western side of Georgia.

Address: 8930 Canyon Road, Lumpkin, GA 31815

See: The Best Places for National Park Camping

Historic Oakland Cemetery

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As Atlanta's oldest public park, the historic Oakland Cemetery is where many of the city's most prominent residents – including author Margaret Mitchell, golfer Bobby Jones and Bishop Wesley John Gaines, who founded Morris Brown College – are laid to rest. The cemetery consists of several distinct areas, including the Jewish Flat, the African American Grounds and the burial grounds for roughly 7,000 Confederate soldiers. Around a mile from downtown, Oakland Cemetery spans 48 acres and also houses gardens with sculptures and majestic oak trees and magnolias. Past visitors highly recommend a visit, noting the interesting tombstones and vast history.

Address: 248 Oakland Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Rock City Gardens

Rock City Gardens illuminated at night.

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Atop Lookout Mountain in northwest Georgia you'll find the natural wonders of Rock City Gardens , a one-of-a-kind attraction just 6 miles from downtown Chattanooga. The 4,100-foot Enchanted Trail spotlights ancient rock formations, breathtaking panoramic views, a cascading waterfall and the famous Swing-A-Long Bridge. Visitors will enjoy the valley views from Lover's Leap, where you can dine on the mountain and try to spot seven states with binoculars, or the nursery rhyme dioramas at Mother Goose Village inside Fairyland Caverns.

In addition to more than 400 native plant species, the gardens also feature several art installations inspired by the trail's natural beauty. Rock City charms travelers year-round with music weekends in the summer, the autumn Rocktoberfest, the Enchanted Garden of Lights for the winter holidays and a spring flower festival, among other events. Recent visitors recommend going to Rock City early so you can take your time and your pictures without too much of a crowd.

Address: 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, GA 30750

Cumberland Island

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Perhaps best known as the island where John F. Kennedy Jr. wed Carolyn Bessette in a secret ceremony, Cumberland Island boasts more than 17 miles of white sand beaches off the southeastern coast of mainland Georgia. This destination is accessible only by ferry, which departs from the small mainland town of St. Marys, and reservations are recommended. Cumberland Island offers a range of things to do, from tours of the former Carnegie family home and other mansion ruins to outdoor activities like kayaking, hiking, swimming, fishing and stargazing.

Visitors suggest biking as one of the best ways to explore the island, as much of the northern half is too far to reach by foot. You can bring your own bike or rent one from the Camden Bicycle Center in St. Marys after calling 24 hours in advance to check availability. Note that bringing a bike on the ferry costs extra, and space is limited so it's best to reserve your spot. If you'd like to stay overnight on the island, you can choose between a campsite and a room at the historic Greyfield Inn, with its antique furnishings and candlelit dinners.

See: The Top Beach Camping Spots in the U.S.

Lake Lanier

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As one of Georgia's most popular lakes – and the largest one available in the state – Lake Lanier has 76 recreational areas and spans almost 700 miles of shoreline. The lake, located about 50 miles northeast of Atlanta, boasts shores that are home to Don Carter State Park, a more than 1,300-acre state park with beautiful hiking trails, well-maintained campsites and an array of water-related activities, according to previous visitors. Plus, the lake is where you'll find Lanier Islands, a lakefront resort complex that features a water park, a spa and even snow tubing during the winter months.

For lodging amid all this lakefront leisure, stay in one of the resort's upscale guest rooms at Legacy Lodge or Legacy Villas. If you'd rather get the full outdoor experience while visiting one of the top things to do in Georgia, take advantage of the area's abundant campsites or hang out at Lanier Islands' Margaritaville RV Resort, which offers both cabins and sites for recreational vehicles.

See: Top Lake Vacations in the U.S.

Strike it rich at Dahlonega

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Courtesy of Georgia Department of Natural Resources

The town of Dahlonega sits on what once were the largest gold deposits east of the Mississippi River. In fact, the site was so rich in the valuable metal it caused a gold rush in the early 1800s, bringing 15,000 miners to the area. In present-day Dahlonega, you can tour a gold mine, pan for gold in the area's creeks and rivers, and visit the Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site, which displays artifacts such as rare coins and a hydraulic cannon used for mining. While the museum may be small, most previous visitors appreciated the informative displays and suggest watching the short film. For accommodations, consider the Dahlonega Resort and Vineyard, a relaxation-focused property with a wine garden and a spa, or the Hall House Hotel, which dates back to 1881.

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21 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Georgia

Gorgeous Georgia is mostly known for being home to charming historic cities filled with leafy squares and oak-lined streets, sprawling farmlands, towering mountains, and lashings of Southern charm. It was a tough task, but I’ve managed to narrow down my favorite places…

1. Savannah

Savannah - best places to visit in Georgia

Constantly ranked amongst one of the “friendliest cities in the world”, Savannah’s colorful history attracts millions of visitors annually. Situated along the bubbling Savannah River, this strategic port city is Georgia’s fifth-largest city.

With an almost 300-year history, the host city retains its essence, with cobbled and oak-lined streets, beautiful parks, and archaic buildings.

I recommend walking down the historic 22 parklike squares in downtown Savannah or getting intrigued with the Telfair’s Academy of Arts and Sciences, South’s first public museum, this charming city is full of antique hallmarks.

A pretty and sophisticated city with funky nightlife and delicious food, this place exudes natural beauty and beautiful locales.

I suggest heading to Savannah’s Historic District and visiting the beautiful public green space complete with shaded green spaces Forsyth Park, the Mercer Williams House Museum, the famous Bonaventure Cemetery (which was featured in the 1994 novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt), the Wormsloe Historic Site and the Olde Pink House is popular for fine dining in the city.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 301 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Savannah, GA 31401
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  • Best times to visit: From March to July

My favorite highlights…

  • Experiencing Savannah’s Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour and exploring the city.
  • Taking a riverboat sightseeing cruise and listening to intriguing tales and historical facts about the city.
  • Visiting the charming Savannah Historic District where I found museums, churches, monuments and famous forts of the Revolutionary and Civil War eras.

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2. Jekyll Island 

Jekyll Island Mansion Georgia

In my opinion, this beautiful 5,500-acre island is just a dream and is just a short drive from Savannah. It’s also been the filming location for X-Men First Class, the Legend of Baggar Vance, and The Walking Dead.

Jekyll Island, one of the Golden Isles of Georgia barrier islands, is home to over 10 miles of unspoilt beaches, including the iconic and very photogenic Driftwood Beach.

It also has a sea turtle rescue centre, acres of pristine protected land, a historic landmark, a district, leisure facilities, and over 20 miles of bike paths.

Other highlights include collecting fine historical homes, year-round events, and family-friendly activities. Some excellent hotels, resorts, self-catering cottages, and campsites are perfect for short breaks or longer vacations.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 901 Downing Musgrove Cswy, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
  • Best times to visit: From September to November
  • Capturing a dreamy sunset on the picturesque Driftwood Beach.
  • Educating myself about the super-cute sea turtles at Georgia Sea Turtle Center.
  • Cycling the scenic Jekyll Island Trail System.

3. Tallulah Falls State Park

Tallulah Gorge - the most beautiful places to visit in Georgia

Get drenched in the awe-inspiring beauty of one of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern US.

The gorgeous Tallulah Gorge, two miles long and neatly 1,000 feet deep, is where the Tallulah River flows through the rugged terrain with five distinct waterfalls.

I recommend hiking along the Hurricane Falls and Sliding Rock Trail, braving the suspension bridge 80ft above the rocky bottom, or kayaking in the sparkling waters with spectacular views!

  • Visitor’s Center Address: Tallulah Falls, GA 30573
  • Best times to visit: between March to June and September to November

My highlights…

  • Hiking the stunning Tallulah Gorge Overlooks Trail. 
  • Exploring the beautiful Panther Creek Falls and Bridal Veil Falls.
  • Checking out the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center, the park’s well-equipped visitor center.

4. Providence Canyon State Park

Providence canyon Georgia

Often called “Little Grand Canyon,” Providence Canyon is a must-see destination in Georgia. Its unusual geological formations, including colorful ravines and towering sandstones, make the ever-evolving landscape a perfect spot for exploration and photography.

The massive gullies caused by poor agricultural practices during the 1800s today make up for the prettiest vista. The canyon’s hued soils make for natural painting in this quaint park. You’ll find a thin layer of water along the soft-bedded, sandy hiking trails.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 8930 Canyon Rd, Lumpkin, GA 31815
  • Best times to visit: From May to September
  • Hiking the Canyon Loop Trail (rated easy).
  • Having a picnic surrounded by canyons.
  • Overnight camping at Williford Branch Camp.

5. St Simons Island

St Simons Island Lighthouse

This is the largest island of the Golden Isles located off the Georgia Coast, made famous in the poem Marches of the Glynn by Sidney Lanier.

It’s a laid-back and tranquil place with quaint streets lined with moss-draped oaks, miles of beautiful unspoilt beaches, an iconic lighthouse (St. Simon’s Island Lighthouse has been a working lighthouse since 1872), a charming pier, gorgeous scenery, golf courses, museums and a great collection of shops, restaurants, biking trails, and annual events.

There are many things to do here, including tours, kayaking, walking, and biking, and a variety of accommodations are available for a beautiful spring, summer, fall, or winter Georgia vacation or a short break.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 529 Beachview Dr, St Simons Island, GA 31522
  • Best times to visit: Summer
  • Hiking the scenic John Gilbert Nature Trail.
  • Having a day out exploring Neptune Park.
  • Relaxing on the beautiful East Beach.

Macon - beauty spots in Georgia

Located about 85 miles southeast of Atlanta, Macon is the perfect destination for Southern adventure. A pretty city with a rich history, incredible architecture, and music heritage, Macon is “Where Soul Lives”.

Hike to the area’s 17,000-year heritage at Ocmulgee National Monument, which includes a reconstructed earthen lodge, or stroll down the streets and discover the state’s largest collection of African-American art in Tubman Museum .

You’ll discover the untold stories of the Civil War at every landmark. Pay tribute to Macon’s native son, Otis Redding, at his life-size statue along the spacious avenues with art galleries and antique boutiques. Macon is a proud home to diverse cultures and architecture, and that’s why I’m such a huge fan! 

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 450 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Macon, GA 31201
  • Best times to visit: May, October and November

My personal highlights…

  • Visiting Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park which offers 17,000 years’ worth of history.
  • Discovering St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, a neo-Gothic church from the 19th century.
  • Watching a show at the majestic Grand Opera House.

7. Lookout Mountain

Lookout Mountain, Georgia

Lookout Mountain is a wonderful, striking mountain ridge in the state’s northwest corner. It offers truly stunning views and beautiful surroundings, and it is also the place where you can view most of the states at once.

Located 25 miles from three different states, when the skies are clear (and with a good set of binoculars handy), you can see up to seven different states if you try hard enough – visit and see for yourself! 

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 110 Point Park Road, Lookout Mountain, TN 37350
  • Best times to visit: From August to November
  • Falling in love with the seven surrounding states to the Civil War site.
  • Paying a visit to the Battles for Chattanooga Museum.
  • Taking a hike to Sunset Rock.

Athens Georgia USA

This attractive city in northeast Georgia is known for its antebellum architecture and for being the start of the Antebellum Trail of historic Civil War towns. It’s also a great destination for unique annual festivals, events, shopping, restaurants, and live music.

Highlights of this fine city include the Greek Revival mansion the Taylor Grady House , the 19th-century Church-Waddel-Brumby House, and the well-preserved T.R.R. Cobb House, the mansion of a mid-19th-century lawyer where you can see historic period furniture and exhibits.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 300 N Thomas St, Athens, GA 30601
  • Best times to visit: between March and May and from September to November
  • Spending the afternoon at the lovely State Botanical Garden of Georgia.
  • Checking out Downtown Athens, which was filled with great restaurants and interesting independent shops. 

9. Lake Allatoona

Lake Allatoona

Situated on the Etowah River, beautiful Lake Allatoona is a popular spot for campers, anglers, boaters, kayakers, and hikers seeking fun and adventure away from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta. The Army Corps manages Allatoona Lake.

With majestic vistas and starry nights, this place is full of things you’ll love to explore. Soak in some sun at Bartow Beach, nestled in a cove, or hike the Iron Hill trail on Red Top Mountain State Park along the shores of Allatoona Lake. There’s so much variety of options to fulfil your adventurous desire.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 1138 GA-20 Spur, Cartersville, GA 30121
  • Best times to visit: April and October
  • Hiking the Pine Mountain Trail loop.
  • Enjoying a swim at the secluded Bartow Beach.
  • Going for a walk at the popular Red Top Mountain State Park.

Helen Alpine Town Georgia

Helen is a gorgeous and unique mountain town and a popular vacation spot in Northeast Georgia. It is next door to the popular Unicoi State Park.

It’s home to charming Bavarian-style buildings, over 200 speciality shops, vineyards, many mountains and forest trails, and a nearby attractive lake, waterfalls, and campsites. Popular things include river tubing, wine tasting, and the fun Georgia Mountain Coaster .

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 726 Brucken Strasse, Helen, GA 30545
  • Best time to visit: April
  • Going for a peaceful walk in the surrounding areas of Anna Ruby Falls.
  • Wandering around the pretty Unicoi State Park. 
  • Having fun river tubing on the Chattahoochee River.

11. Atlanta Botanical Garden

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Apart from stunning landscapes and attractions, Gainesville is a new destination for connecting beauty with the natural world. Founded in 1976, the garden has developed a robust horticulture program and one of the largest conservation nurseries.

With an informative visitor centre, outdoor gardens, a model train garden, and an amphitheatre, it hosts exciting events, art exhibitions, and educational programs. It is also home to the Canopy Walk, a 600-foot-long skywalk that provides a scenic view of the gardens below.

Also, make time to explore the rest of the city and other awesome things to do in Atalanta, including the Museum of High Museum of Art, beautiful Piedmont Park, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park, and Oakland Cemetery, the final resting place of famous city residents.

Family-friendly attractions in the city include the popular Six Flags over Georgia and the Fernbank Museum, 3D Theater, and Forest.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: Atlanta, GA 30309
  • Best times to visit: From March until May (weekdays are better)
  • Admiring the rare collection of orchids.
  • Photographing the excellent exhibitions.
  • Attending the gardening tips classes. 

12. Northeast Georgia Mountains

Northeast Georgia Mountains

Often referred to as the Georgia Mountains, the Northeast Georgia Mountains’ picturesque beauty, countryside, tumbling waterfalls, and gentle mountains provide a much-needed escape from the bustling city. One of the oldest mountain chains that ends in Georgia is the Blue Ridge.

Tucked in Chattahoochee National Forest, Blue Ridge offers excellent hiking, scenic drives, and farm-fresh produce. Brasstown Bald, the highest point in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is known to display the season’s first fall colors.

Hike to the top for a panoramic 360-degree view and witness the four states from the visitor center. The Brasstown Bald offers a secluded retreat with sublime views and lush forests.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 152 Orvin Lance Dr, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
  • Best times to visit: From April to May and from mid-September to November
  • Discovering Château Élan, a premier place that offers a golf course and a winery. 
  • Visiting the folk art gallery Rocky’s Place, where I found paintings from self-taught artists.
  • Paying a visit to The Farmhouse Co, which sold antiques to pet products.

13. Lake Lanier and Lanier Islands

Lake Lanier Georgia

Located in the foothills of the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains, this is a popular beauty and vacation and weekend destination in Georgia. People go swimming, boating, and relaxing here on its gorgeous shores.

Lanier Islands is a huge vacation resort complex in the middle of Lake Lanier, which is reachable by road from the mainland.

It offers accommodation, leisure and adventure activities, event venues, and plenty of spectacular lake scenery.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 1050 Buford Dam Rd. Buford GA 30518
  • Best times to visit:  September to December
  • Having a ball at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands Water Park which is also ideal for families.
  • Trying the Paranoia Quest Escape the room.
  • Having a go at Legacy Golf Course which offers 12 holes and beautiful greenery. 

14. Amicalola Falls State Park

Amicalola Falls

Nestled in the North Georgia Mountains, northeast of Dawsonville is Georgia’s most visited State Park. The beautiful Amicalola Falls State Park spills down a towering bluff, falling 720 feet into a mossy forest.

Also known as “tumbling waters” in the Cherokee language, this Georgia state park was established in 1940.

Relax in the confinement of nature or hike along the most popular trails through the park. Amicalola Falls’ mesmerizing vistas and spectacular sunsets offer a friendly mountain getaway.

Play, explore, and discover various fun-filled activities at the Amicalola Falls Visitors Center.  

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 280 Amicalola Falls State Park Rd, Dawsonville, GA 30534
  • Peak times to visit: From June to August
  • Trying the thrilling ziplines and suspension bridges
  • Taking the perfect scneic shot from the top of the  Blue Ridge Mountains, one of the tallest mountains in Georgia.
  • Photographing the majestic Amicalola Falls.

15. Tybee Island

Tybee Island - beautiful places to visit in Georgia

Probably the closest beach to Savannah, pretty Tybee Island is one of the top-rated beaches in the US. Bursting with history and fun in the sun, Tybee Island has beautiful sandy beaches perfect for water sports and swimming.

An answer to the perfect beach vacation, a nature lover’s paradise, and the biggest catch for fishing enthusiasts, this barrier island has got you covered.

Travel back in time with the historically preserved Tybee Lighthouse and Museum . Paddle over the pristine, uninhabited Little Tybee Island for quaint camping and kayaking.

Some great hotels are on the island, so I recommend kicking back and relaxing. Tybee Island is a gorgeous, tranquil getaway for Savannah residents.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 802 1st St, Tybee Island, GA 31328
  • Peak times to visit: From April to May, and from September to November
  • Visiting Georgia’s tallest and oldest lighthouse the Light Station.
  • Hiring a kayak and going sea kayaking.
  • Enjoying a pistachio vegan ice cream at the island’s favorite ice cream spot, The Sugar Shack.

16. Callaway Gardens

Callaway Gardens Georgia

A true National Natural landmark, Callaway Gardens was established in 1952. Located along the Pine Mountains, it connects visitors to nature with a beautiful collection of fauna and flora.

Featuring a variety of recreational activities, Callaway Gardens is Georgia’s authentic destination for beautiful gardens, golf, lodging, dining, and much more.

Soak up some sun at Robin Lake Beach or hike along the Pine Mountain trail. This place is full of seasonal events.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 17800 US Hwy 27, Pine Mountain, GA 31822
  • Peak times to visit: March to May
  • Photographing the beautiful Rhododendron Trail.
  • Visiting during Christmas and seeing the Fantasy in Lights and the Christmas Village.

17. Appalachian National Scenic Trail

 Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Also known as the Appalachian Trail or A.T., this marked hiking trail extends from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. It is about 2,200 miles long, but its exact length is rerouted or modified over time.

The hike along this trail traverses scenic woods, pastoral lands, and wildlands of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. Established in 1937, the trail is managed by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and numerous state agencies today.

Hiding through 14 states and eight national forests, hiking the trail takes five to seven months.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 405 Vogel State Park Rd, Blairsville, GA 30512
  • Best times to visit: March to May and September to December
  • Discovering the stunning scenery!
  • Spotting red squirrels and white-tailed deer.

18. Madison


The pretty historic district of Madison is located just an hour from Atlanta. Spared from the destruction of the Civil War, Madison is a true gem along the Antebellum Trail.

Today, as many as 100 antebellum homes have been restored. Designated as one of the state’s “Historic Heartland Cities,” this town is one of the most picturesque villages you’ll encounter.

The historical society monitors the pristine antebellum homes. Heritage Hall, Rogers House, and Rose Cottage will introduce you to Madison’s historical amenities.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 115 E Jefferson St, Madison, GA 30650
  • Best times to visit: March to May
  • Checking out the Heritage Hall, a beautiful landmark with an interesting history.
  • Exploring Rogers House and Rose Cottage, a historical site built in the 19th century. 
  • Going to The Madison Flea Market, an indoor market offering an array of products.

19. Okefenokee Swamp

Okefenokee Swamp - tourist destinations in Georgia

This magnificent area covers over 440,000 acres and is the largest blackwater swamp in North America. It borders Florida and Georgia, and the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and the Okefenokee Wilderness protect most of the shallow peat-filled wetland.

It was also famously home to the alligator ‘Okefenokee Joe, ‘who sadly recently passed away at 80 years of age. The scenery here includes cypress and black gum trees, upland pine forests, and scenic freshwater lakes.

There are plenty of guided boat tours, kayaking, and an AutoRoute here to fully explore the area. If you want to stay overnight, there are cottages and camping accommodations, too.

  • Peak times to visit: May to June
  • Going on a fascinating boat tour.
  • Learning about snakes and alligators in a live setting.

20. Cumberland Island

Cumberland Island horses

A ferry ride of about 45 minutes from St. Mary’s will take you to Cumberland Island, Georgia’s largest and southernmost barrier island. This island covers approximately 36,000 acres and is part of a national park and seashore. It features unspoiled beaches, wide marshes, white sands, and a variety of wildlife.

Little Cumberland Island is connected to the main island by a marsh. With a deep history of the inhabitants and settlements, you can glimpse the Ruins of Dungeness and Greyfield Inn.

It’s also a great place if you’re an animal lover—this place is home to a band of beautiful feral horses that live and wander free on the island, which I loved! 

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 113 St Marys St W, St Marys, GA 31558
  • Visitng the Ice House Museum, which is housed in an original ice house.
  • Watching the wildlife, including ponies and feral horses.
  • Visiting the ancient Greene-Miller Cemetery.

21. Brunswick

Sidney Lanier Bridge, Georgia

This is a great city to explore due to its scenic location on the Southeast coast, its charming architecture, its Victorian-era Old Town Historic District, the large centuries-old Lover’s Oaktree, and its links to the four barrier islands known as the Golden Isles.

Popular things include visiting the attractive marina, the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, and the Historic Glynn County Courthouse.

There are also plenty of attractions here for nature lovers, and the area is filled with abundant wildlife and scenic natural areas. The Intracoastal Waterway is famous for its pods of dolphins, and the Colonial Coast Birding Trail is perfect for twitchers! 

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 40 W Potomac St, Brunswick, MD 21716
  • Peak times to visit: July to September
  • Having a day out at the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation and learning more about Georgia’s rice coast.
  • Going for a rum tasting at Georgia’s only rum distillery – Richland Rum
  • Visiting the Silver Bluff Brewing Co. and trying delicious beers and tasty food.

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Great list. Cumberland Island is such a relatively unknown island that I almost hate for you to let the secret out. 🙂 I love how pristine it is with only a small number of tourists visiting.

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large chunks of driftwood on a beach that is one of the best things to do in Georgia. The driftwood is the size of trees and it is sunset.

25 Best Things To Do In Georgia: Top Attractions And Places

November 24, 2023 //  by  Southern Trippers

Thinking of taking a trip to the Peach State? Then you’ll love this list full of things to do in Georgia!

This state is home to some of the best things to do in the South !

GA is a gorgeous Southern state that has so much to offer. Whether you like big cities, small towns, or outdoor adventures, you can find it all at one of the many attractions in Georgia.

Georgia is one of our favorite states in the South to visit, and it’s easy to see why. It isn’t just all about peaches here. There are plenty of other things to see there.

There are stunning examples of historic architecture, beautiful beaches , and mountain landscapes.

However, GA does have a dark history. The entire state took part in the enslavement of people, so it is a hard piece of Southern history to avoid completely. But The state of Georgia has become more than its dark history, and it shouldn’t discourage you from getting to experience the state.

Beauty can be found all throughout the Peach State and progress is frequently being made to recognize the actual builders of so many of the state’s iconic places.

There are many places on this list that do just that.

With all that in mind, let’s take a look at the top things to do in Georgia to make the ultimate bucket list!

A woman in a floral maxi sundress standing in front of a black and floral mural in Georgia. The mural is on the side of an old industrial building.

Explore Providence Canyon State Park

Providence Canyon State Par k is often called “Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon”.

It is a beautiful state park in Georgia that is full of different things to do and see while you explore. The park is mostly known for its canyons and gullies that give it its unique landscape.

It is located in West-Central Georgia and it is a popular destination for those who are looking for some outdoor adventures. You won’t find a lot to do around the park necessarily, the closest city is 30 to 40 minutes away.

So when you’re planning your day trip, keep that in mind. You’ll want to pack plenty of water and snacks to last you the whole day.

There is a parking fee, but it is well worth it. You can expect decent crowds on particularly sunny days, but if you want to avoid the crowds, I suggest going on a cloudy day, It’s just as beautiful.

With plenty of options for hiking, biking, and camping, Providence Canyon State Park is one best Georgia vacation activities for the whole family.

A view of a canyon made of white red and orange rocks. The rock formations are covered in green trees and in the distance you can see trees for miles. It is sunset and one of the best things to do in Georgia.

Visit the Bavarian Town Of Helen, Georgia

If you want to experience a charming small town with a Bavarian feel, head to Helen. Helen is in the North Georgia Mountains and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into an Alpine village.

There are so many unique things to do in Helen , and it is known as one of the top fun places in Georgia.

You can spend hours strolling the charming streets in Helen, which is one of the reasons it’s one of the cutest small towns in the South . There are unique shops like the Hansel and Gretel Candy Kitchen and some great restaurants.

There is even a coaster that is located in the middle of town and is open seven days a week. It is also perfectly situated near the river and mountains so there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure.

The whole family can go tubing on the Chattahoochee River, white water rafting, or hiking on the Appalachian Trail. There are a few parks with trailheads nearby, a water park, and a Historic Farm Site.

There are always fun things to do in Georgia’s little Bavarian Village. Christmas in Helen is also a magical time to visit.

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A town in Georgia that is full of Bavarian architecture. It has cobblestone streets and antique style lamp lights.

Stroll Driftwood Beach At Jekyll Island

About an hour and a half from Savannah is the beautiful beach of Jekyll Island, one of the best things to do in South Georgia.

On Jekyll Island, you’ll find one of the most pristine beaches in the South . The beach is part of the Golden Isles Barrier Islands which is popular for its stunning ocean views and sandy beaches.

While you are exploring the best things to do on Jekyll Island , you must stroll along the famous Driftwood Beach.

When you’re there, it’ll be easy to see why it is named Driftwood Beach. All along the sandy shore, you’ll find large pieces of washed-up driftwood that create a really beautiful sandy landscape.

It is a must-see attraction in Georgia. This is truly one of the best beach towns in Georgia!

Large chunks of driftwood on a beach in Georgia. Some of the driftwood is the size of full trees. There are patches of water in the sand and it is sunset. A very cool thing to do in Georgia.

Admire The Covered Bridges Of Georgia

You don’t necessarily think of covered bridges when you think of Georgia. Typically everyone associates covered bridges with the Midwest. But Georgia has some of the prettiest covered bridges in the South.

The covered bridges in Georgia range in age. Some were built within the last few decades while some were built over a century ago.

You’ll head to different areas of the state, some you might not even think to visit. It’s a really cool way to get to see some of the hidden corners of Georgia

Finding the covered bridges is one of the top things to see in Georgia!

A long wooden covered bridge. It connects two pieces of grassy land across a river. The river has a small manmade waterfall not far from the covered bridge.

Explore Columbus

Columbus is Georgia’s second-largest city. Yet when most people think of this state, they almost always only think of Atlanta and Savannah.

There are so many great things to do in Columbus , and it shouldn’t be skipped.

It is located along the Chattahoochee River, Columbus has a vibrant mixture of outdoor activities and a thriving city life.

Make sure to stop at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center to see Georgia’s largest collection of NASA shuttle artifacts. You’ll learn all about Georgia’s relationship with the space program and get to enjoy a really cool experience.

Columbus also has a wonderful restaurant and brewery scene for foodie visitors. Make sure you check out one of the many d elicious restaurants in Columbus . Or take a brewery tour while you explore the city streets.

There is just so much to do and see in Columbus that makes it one of the best places to visit in Georgia .

A view of the Columbus skyline from the water. There are old and new brick buildings, a walkway along the water, and a silver metal water tower. There are lots of fluffy clouds in the sky and it's very sunny.

Go Apple Picking

If you plan on visiting Georgia in the fall, you’ll want to consider going appl e-picking .

Georgia isn’t just the land of the peaches. It also has a ton of apple orchards that open up in the early fall for visitors.

Many of the orchards in Georgia are over 100 years old and have been providing delicious apples for decades to both locals and travelers. The different orchards will all have different varieties of apples.

So if there is a type of apple you prefer, make sure to research which orchard has it and when during apple season they will be ripe. Not all apple varieties are ripe at the same time, so keep that in mind.

Apple picking in the fall is easily one of the best activities in Georgia.

Baskets of big red apples laying on a crate and a pile of grass. The baskets are made of whicker and red apples are overflowing from them.

Explore Savannah’s Plant Riverside District

Savannah is one of the top cities in Georgia to visit, mainly because of its historic districts, gardens, and buildings. But Savannah is not afraid of new things, and one of those is the new Plant Riverside District .

The area is made up of a once fully functional power plant that has been restored to a new purpose.

Now there is something for everyone to enjoy in the revitalized district. There are unique shops, up-and-coming restaurants with cool atmospheres, and so much more.

On a beautiful night, head to one of the rooftop bars in Savannah for cocktails with friends and gorgeous views of the river and Downtown Savannah.

Make sure one of your stops is the Plant Riverside District it is one of the fun things to do for couples in Georgia!

A man and a woman standing in the lobby of a new hotel in Savannah. The hotel lobby is very colorful with a metal dinosaur skeleton hanging from the ceiling, glass cases full of items, and a massive window in the ceiling. It is one of the coolest things to do in Georgia.

Admire Fall Foliage

One of the best activities to do in Georgia is to admire the fall foliage. What makes it so nice is that the weather is still fairly warm compared to other parts of the country that get vibrant fall colors.

The fall foliage here is some of the best in the South, thanks a lot to the mountains in Northern Georgia. One of the best places to experience fall foliage in Georgia is at one of the many state parks.

There are a ton to choose from and each offers a unique experience.

Whether you’re looking for challenging trails, beautiful waterfalls, or just a leisurely stroll through the woods, Georgia has it.

Another fun option is to spend a weekend at a whimsical cabin in the Georgia woods to fully immerse yourself in the fall colors.

Fall foliage surrounding the Tallulah Falls in Georgia. The leaves on the trees are green, yellow, orange, and red. The water from the falls is very blue.

Explore Film Locations In Georgia

Georgia might as well be the Hollywood of the South. In the last decade or so, it has become an increasingly popular filming location for large corporations.

Movies like the Marvel Universe series, The Hunger Games , and Baby Driver were all filmed in some parts of the state.

But even before the recent surge of film producers coming to film in Georgia, there were plenty of big-name films that were made there.

Classics like Forrest Gump , Fried Green Tomatoes , and Footloose were also filmed here. And many Walking Dead fans recognized Georgia landmarks in the show.

You can find tours of famous filming locations or you can visit ones that just pertain to the movies or shows you love.

Many of the smaller towns where filming occurred have local museums dedicated to the film and the town’s involvement. It’s a super fun thing to do in Georgia that is also very unique.

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A Greek Revival mansion in Georgia that is a popular spot for filming. It is a cream color with lots of square windows and a stretch of green grass surrounded by shrubs in front of it. Behind it is dense trees.

Visit Cumberland Island National Seashore

There are many cool national parks in Georgia , like the Cumberland Island National Seashore.

Cumberland Island offers you the opportunity to experience a truly untouched seashore. You won’t find any large seaside condos, whimsical piers, or restaurants with ocean views.

Instead, you’ll find a pristine beach that looks almost exactly how it looked thousands of years ago. There are over 10,000 acres of natural untouched wilderness just waiting for you to explore.

You can go biking, hiking, and of course, enjoy water sports.

One of the things that makes Cumberland Island so unique is its wild horses. The horses were originally brought to the island in the 1500s as livestock and then later by the Carnegie family in the 1880s for recreational usage.

Now there are herds of wild horses roaming the park, along with alligators, armadillos, and even the occasional sea turtle.

If you are looking for what to see in Georgia that is a bit more unique, Cumberland Island is a great option.

Two horses, one that is brown and one that is cream, nibbling on grass under live oak trees covered in Spanish moss. They are wild horses on Cumberland Island.

Go On A Ghost Tour In Savannah

One of the most fun things to do at night In Georgia is a g host tour through Savannah . A ghost tour in Savannah is one of the options on this list that will absolutely deal with the history of enslaved peoples.

So if that is something you’d like to avoid, keep that in mind. Savannah was a major city in the United States slave trade, and that dark history is now the source of many ghost stories in the city.

There are a few options when taking a Savannah ghost tour. There are some that are walking tours and some that are in trolleys or one specific building.

Make sure you do your research and pick the ghost tour that works best for you and your comfort level.

You can also stay in one of the many haunted hotels in Savannah for a more spooky experience.

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The front of a historic building in Savannah at night. The front of the building is lit up and there are two light trails, one red and one white, streaking in front of the building across the whole picture. Visiting here is one of the best things to do in Georgia

Hike To Gorgeous Waterfalls

Next for your Georgia bucket list is to hike to one of the many waterfalls. With the state’s varied landscape, there are plenty of beautiful features, from the mountains to the shore.

You can see waterfalls in the mountains, near the shore, and even around some of the major cities, like Atlanta. The waterfalls in Georgia almost always require a hike. But rest assured as many of them are fairly easy.

It’s always important to make sure you research the trail that leads to the waterfall before you get there. That way you’ll be able to know if it is a hike you can safely make.

A few of the popular waterfalls to visit in GA are Panther Falls, Raven Cliff, and Amicalola Falls.

Spend your time chasing waterfalls, one of the best free things to do in Georgia!

The multi cascading Ana Ruby Falls in Georgia. The falls are surrounded by trees with  yellow, green, and orange leaves. They cascade over several large rock formations and pool into a river with large rocks on either side of it. There are people standing at a viewing platform in front of the falls.

Spend An Amazing Three Days In Savannah

There are so many amazing things to do in Savannah , making it one of the most popular cities in Georgia to visit.

Personally, Savannah is one of my favorite cities to visit in the US!

When you step into the city you’ll quickly understand why everyone who goes there absolutely loves it. You could spend an entire week just exploring the Savannah Historic District.

But if you don’t have that much time, you can still experience an amazing Savannah vacation in three days . You’ll spend three days on your feet, so pack your comfy shoes.

Start your morning at one of the charming coffee shops or breakfast spots with lovely views of the city. Then head out on the town to sample the local fare at one of the amazing restaurants .

As you move around the city you will see places to take the perfect Instagram photo in Savannah .

Or spend hours shopping in Savannah on the cobblestone streets. Forsyth Park is especially beautiful!

If you are planning to stay for a few days in town, there are a bunch of different options for where to stay in Savannah.

You can enjoy a luxurious stay in a historic bed and breakfast or one of the many beautiful boutique hotels in Savannah .

If you want to feel like a local, there are also plenty of VRBO s you can choose from, and many of them are right in the heart of some of the best neighborhoods in Savannah.

Book Here: Savannah: Riverboat Sunset Cruise

Woman in a long white, floral dress and sun hat walking towards the fountain in Forsyth Park in Savannah under oak trees draped with Spanish moss.

Go Glamping

If you are looking for a cool thing to do in Georgia, consider taking a glamping vacation.

Glamping in Georgia is a really unique way to experience the state and its beautiful landscape. For those who may not know, glamping is a step above your standard camping.

Many glamping sites have electricity, an actual bed, and other amenities you might not be used to with standard camping. Because the sites are permanent, they are often very cozy and sometimes even luxurious.

Classic glamping structures include a yurt, vintage campers, canvas tents, and even treehouses. This is definitely one of the best things to do in Georgia for couples who love being out in nature.

A luxury tent lit up with fairy lights and lanterns on a wooden platform in the woods. There are nice wooden chairs, a wooden coffee table, and several lanterns on the platform as well. The sky is a dark blue. camping in GA is so much fun

Visit The Small Town Of Macon

With so many cute small towns in Georgia , it’s hard to pick just one to visit. However, if you have to choose one, Macon is a great option. The town has a diverse history that it celebrates proudly.

There are so many great things to do in Macon for nature and history lovers.

It is also the home of the famous Harriet Tubman Museum . This is the largest museum in the South dedicated to Black history, art, and culture. The town also has a monument to honor its Native American heritage.

The Ocmulgee National Monument is an ancient Native American monument that is believed to be from at least 1000 A.D. Which makes it one of the oldest structures in all of Georgia.

In the Spring the town also has a Cherry Blossom Festival and the streets are full of beautiful blooming trees!

There are also boutiques, wonderful restaurants, and historic homes and architecture for you to admire.

Macon is one of the best small towns to visit year-round because there is always something to do and is full of many of the Georgia must-see attractions.

Looking down a street in Macon that leads to a large fountain. On either side of the street are large Cherry Blossom trees in full bloom. Under the trees are shrubs with pink flowers.

Take The Epic Nature Of Georgia Road Trip

Georgia is an awesome Southern state to take road trips through!

One of the best Georgia road trips is experiencing the epic nature of Georgia. On this road trip, you get to see some of the best natural wonders in Georgia.

Start at the Okefenokee Swamp which is almost half a million acres of swamp land. It is also the largest swamp in the United States.

Along your drive, you’ll also see Stone Mountain State Park, Providence Canyon, and Radium Springs.

Each of the stops offers a unique view of Georgia and that’s what makes it one of the coolest Georgia activities.

A view of the Okefenokee Swamp. It is full of dense trees with green leaves and a calm river in the swamp. Part of the photo is dark because the trees are so dense, but you can see light coming through in some spots. This is one of the best things to see in Georgia

Enjoy A Romantic Weekend Getaway

If you only have a weekend to spend in Georgia, don’t worry.

That is plenty of time to enjoy one of the great weekend getaway options in Georgia . From outdoor adventures to major cities, Georgia is a city that has it all. It is also especially great for a romantic weekend getaway.

Head to the Château Élan Winery & Resort with your partner for a weekend spent relaxing. You can sample local wines, enjoy chef-curated meals, and even play a round of golf in Georgia .

The resort is one of the most romantic things to do in Georgia and is surrounded by beautiful mountain views.

This is truly one of the best things to do in North Georgia!

Enjoy a morning at the spa, take a cooking class with your partner, or just relax in your luxurious room. No matter how you choose to spend your romantic weekend getaway in Georgia you’ll have a wonderful time.

There are many other amazing resorts in Georgia to check out too!

Book Here: Château Élan Winery & Resort

Sunset over the white Chateau Elan Winery and Resort with a grand lawn.

Take A Three Day Adventure In Atlanta

Atlanta is the state capital, so it naturally is full of Georgia activities. You can easily see all the best Atlanta has to offer in three days .

Enjoy breakfast at the Atlanta Breakfast Club, tour the World of Coca-Cola, and walk around Centennial Olympic Park.

While in Atlanta you’ll absolutely want to go to the Georgia Aquarium, which is actually the largest aquarium in the world. They even have whale sharks and beluga whales. It is one of the best things to do with kids in Atlanta .

In Atlanta, you will also find a lot of historic sites, especially if you are interested in the Civil Rights Movement. These are some of the best things to do in Atlanta for adults .

Make sure to spend some time at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park is made up of several sites in the city including his boyhood home and Ebenezer Baptist Church where he was a pastor.

There are also beautiful parks, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and fun markets and restaurants to sample. You will love the many fun things to do in Atlanta !

Don’t forget to check out my complete guide on where to stay in Atlanta, GA !

Book Here: Atlanta: Martin Luther King Historic District Walking Tour

An aerial view of Atlanta's skyline. You can see large towers, a Ferris wheel, and some smaller buildings. The buildings are all lit up and it is twilight. It is one of the best things to do in Georgia.

Head To Tybee Island

Tybee Island is known as “ Savannah’s Beach ” because it is just 20 minutes from Downtown Savannah.

It’s one of the best day trips from Savannah , and definitely one of the best places to visit in Georgia. Tybee Island has five beaches and they are all beautiful, free, and ready to be explored.

You can obviously have some fun swimming and boating, or you can even rent a jet ski.

But there are so many other things to do on Tybee Island including a lighthouse to explore, dolphin-watching cruises, and other boat tours.

Tybee Island also has a wonderful town where you can find great restaurants, shops, and even a Marine Science Center. You won’t regret spending the day at Tybee Island on your next trip to Georgia.

Book Here: Tybee Island: Historical 2-Hour Bike Tour

The lighthouse on Tybee Island. It is a small white house with black shutters and a front porch. Behind it is the striped black and white light tower. It is sunset and the sky is pink, blue, purple, and orange.

Stay In A Treehouse In The North Georgia Mountains

If you are looking for a super cool thing to do in Georgia, you might want to consider staying in a treehouse in the North Georgia mountains .

Staying in a treehouse is a really fun way to get to enjoy these amazing mountains.

Depending on where you stay, you’ll be close to towns like Helen but still get to be surrounded by nature. From hiking, water sports, and mountain biking, you’ll find plenty to do.

There is no wrong time to stay in the mountains of North Georgia because there is something to do every season.

In the fall, enjoy the changing leaves. In the Summer take advantage of the long days and fill your days with outdoor activities. Winter stays will be magical and Spring getaways will be cozy as well.

A wooden treehouse on a platform in the woods. It has a ramp leading to a large porch that wraps around the treehouse. You can see trees coming through the deck and the house.

Go Peach Picking

If you are looking for what to do in Georgia, the answer is peach picking .

The best time of year to experience the epicness of peaches in GA is from mid-May to mid-August this is the sweet spot where you will find the juiciest ones.

You can find orchards all over the state. One of the most popular is the Lane Southern Orchard in Fort Valley. This orchard has been growing juicy peaches for over 100 years.

Another hot spot is Dickey Farms in Musella, GA. They have also been open since 1897 and offer pick-your-own peaches.

If you are up in Northern GA exploring you will want to head over to Jaemor Farms in Alto. And in the Blue Ridge, Mercier is a wonderful place to fill up your back.

No matter where you decide to get your peach picking in, check their website for updated dates and how their crops have done that year.

The farms do get muddy so be prepared for ones that are both comfy for walking, and that you don’t mind getting a little dirty.

a bunch of baskets of perfectly picked peaches. This is one of the very best things to do in Georgia during the summer time.

Wine Tour of North Georgia

When you think of GA, wine is probably not the first thing that comes to mind, but North GA has quite a few different vineyards to check out.

A popular route is one that starts in Dahlonega and ends in Cleveland, GA.

Start your tour by visiting Wolf Mountain Vineyards . Here they are best known for their European wines like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Their award-winning red is the Wolf Mountain Red.

Then head to Montaluce Winery , an Italian restaurant, and vineyard with plenty of varieties to choose from. Be sure to grab lunch here too.

Then head out to Cavender Creek Vineyard . This is a smaller family-run shop with white and fruit wines.

Then last but not least is your tour of Frogtown Winery . They have won several wine awards with lesser-known varieties like Tannan and Touriga Nacional.

All of these lovely Georgia wineries boast amazing mountain views and are some of the best things to do for adults in Georgia!

Book Here: From Atlanta: North Georgia Wine Country Tour

a beautiful green sign saying fox winery in Helen, GA

Ride on the Scenic Blue Ridge Parkway

A must-see in Georgia is the Blue Ridge Parkway . This iconic highway connects Virginia all the way down to Georgia and has some of the most scenic overpasses in the entire country.

Start your journey along State Route 515, in Jasper GA.

Then you can travel as far as 50 miles north passing through small towns with stunning views of valleys and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

One of the popular stops is the Brasstown Bald, which is also the highest point in all of GA. Or check out the Mercier Orchard for apple and peach picking, or grab a freshly baked pasty for your trip.

This is an amazing way to see the best of the Blue Ridge while exploring GA.

one of the prettiest scenic overpasses along the blue ridge parkway in GA. this is one of the best things to do in GA for adults who love road trips

Explore Lookout Mountain

Set on the Georgia and Tennesee border, Lookout Mountain is an adventure-filled town perfect for your Southern bucket list!

So many of the best things to do in Lookout Mountain are tied to the beautiful surrounding nature.

Check out the North Georgia waterfalls such as High Falls, Ruby Falls, and Glen Falls.

For some of the best hiking in Georgia, check out Sunset Rock, Rock City Gardens , and the Guild-Hardy Trail.

Anyone wanting an adrenaline rush will enjoy white water rafting or hang gliding nearby.

Other activities on either side of the border include riding the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway , exploring the Reflection Riding Arboretum, and visiting the Lookout Mountain Civil War Battlefield.

View of High Falls cascading down a rocky cliff into a pool surrounded by fall foliage.

Visit Stone Mountain Park

Found about 30 minutes from Atlanta, Stone Mountain Park is one of the best places for hiking and camping in Georgia .

This 3,200-acre park has so much to offer, making it one of the best Georgia attractions for the whole family! The park features hiking trails, a cable car, train rides, mini golf, historic buildings, and more.

Children will love discovering 20 life-sized dinosaurs and playing in the Dinotorium which has slides, trampolines, and interactive games.

On Stone Mountain, you can see an incredible carving of Civil War soldiers. It is one of the most unique things to see in Georgia.

Camping options include tent and RV sites. You can also book a yurt stay or rent an RV or safari tent. The campground is set near Stone Mountain Lake.

You can also stay at the Atlanta Evergreen Lakeside Resort or the Inn at Stone Mountain Park.

This park is definitely one of the best things to do with kids in Georgia! You will make so many great family memories on one of the best day trips from Atlanta .

Blue aerial cable car going over trees with a mountain in the background with a carving of men on horses.

Georgia is one of my favorite states in the South to explore because there is just so much to do or see. No matter what kind of vacation you want to have, there is guaranteed to be a Georgia activity for you.

For more GA activities, check out things to do in St. Simons Island or things to do in Marietta !

I hope you found something to pique your interest and inspire you to plan an awesome trip to the Peach State. Georgia’s attractions vary greatly so there is something for everyone!

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15 Best Places to Visit in Georgia — From Charming Mountain Towns to Sandy Beaches

The best places to visit in Georgia range from bustling college towns to barrier islands with wild horses and unspoiled beaches.

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While the state of Georgia may be synonymous with peaches and resounding chants of “Go Dawgs,” it’s also a region filled with history, charming small towns , bustling cities, and an incredible amount of biodiversity. There’s a high chance you’ve found yourself passing through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport — it is the busiest airport in the world , after all — but you’ll need to make your way outside of the terminals in order to experience the quaint bookstores of Savannah and the adrenaline-pumping hikes in Tallulah Gorge. During the hot, muggy summer months, nothing beats a dip in Lake Oconee or an oceanfront breeze on Tybee Island . 

With so many amazing places within Georgia’s nearly 60,000 square miles, it can be hard to narrow down your must-see list — so we did it for you. From the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains to the picturesque beaches of the Golden Isles, here are the best places to visit in Georgia.

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Famous for its highly walkable Historic Landmark District, Savannah is one of those rare cities that’s just as beautiful in person as it is in stylized, perfectly lit pictures. Its cobbled streets, tree-lined squares and parks, and gorgeous 18th and 19th-century buildings make it one of the South’s most photogenic cities — not to mention, its culinary scene is one of the best in the region. Be sure to grab an espresso from The Paris Market Cafe , pick up a new novel from E Shaver Booksellers , go on a ghost tour , and tuck into a meal at Chef Mashama Bailey’s The Grey .

You don’t need to be a die-hard University of Georgia fan to visit Athens, although we wouldn’t recommend going during football season if you’re rooting for the other team. Outside of sports, the college town has a lively music scene, numerous craft breweries, and a variety of family-friendly activities, including the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and Bear Hollow Zoo .

Lake Oconee

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A boat day is the perfect antidote to Georgia’s humid summers, and you’ll find plenty of respite from the oppressive heat on Lake Oconee. Halfway between Atlanta and Augusta, the man-made lake offers opportunities for boating, swimming, fishing, and water sports. It’s also the backdrop for the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee , which hosts the Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival every year.

Cumberland Island

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Accessible only by ferry or boat (although public docking is temporarily prohibited), Cumberland Island is one of the most majestic places on the East Coast . Wild horses, historic ruins, long stretches of untouched beaches, marshes, and maritime forests can be found on the 9,800 acres of Congressionally designated wilderness. Its remoteness and sheer beauty were, no doubt, two of the reasons it served as John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s wedding locale in 1996.

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It’ll take more than just one trip to hit all of Atlanta’s hot spots, so return visits are recommended if you want to see everything the capital city has to offer. First-timers, however, should make sure to reserve tickets to the Georgia Aquarium (the largest aquarium in the United States), have a meal at Ponce City Market , check out a Braves game at Truist Park, and stop by the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park , which includes the home where the Civil Rights leader was born, the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the resting place of both King and his wife, Coretta Scott King.

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You’ll only need to drive about an hour north of Atlanta to make it to Dahlonega, the site of America’s first gold rush and the setting of quite a few Christmas movies . The small town lies in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and its charm leaks into every aspect of the area — from its art galleries and boutiques to its various wineries and vineyards. Dahlonega is also in the heart of Georgia’s wine country, boasting incredible spots like Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery , Wolf Mountain , and Montaluce Winery & Restaurant .

Each of Georgia’s Golden Isles has a distinct personality, and Sea Island is, by far, the grandest of the four. Resort reservations are required to get past the gates (unless you’re a Sea Island Club member), but once you do, you’ll find complete paradise. The Cloister at Sea Island is probably the most recognizable sight on the 5-mile-long island, but there are also pristine beaches, championship golf courses, a tennis club, and a world-class clay shooting school.

Jekyll Island

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In the winter months of the Industrial Age, the Rockefellers, Morgans, and Vanderbilts (among other wealthy families) ventured to Jekyll Island . Today, its draw is still strong, thanks to its stunning landscape, culinary feats, and concerted effort to preserve the land. Whether you’re staying at the storied Jekyll Island Club Resort or pitching a tent at the Jekyll Island Campground , the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and the otherworldly Driftwood Beach deserve spots on your itinerary.

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When the mountains are calling, a trip to Blue Ridge, Georgia just might be the answer. Like many mountain towns, Blue Ridge has a thriving arts scene as well as seemingly endless outdoor activities. If you’d prefer to explore the area by train, hop on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway at the historic depot downtown for an out-and-back adventure along the Toccoa River.

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest

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Georgia’s mountains refuse to be overshadowed by its spectacular beaches, so it’s no wonder millions of travelers make their way to the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest every year. Encompassing nearly 867,00 acres, the national forest is home to miles of freshwater streams and rivers, waterfalls, numerous campgrounds, and plenty of space to hike and breathe in the fresh mountain air.

Every spring, fans of the “greatest game ever played” descend upon the city of Augusta and, more specifically, the Augusta National Golf Club. Washing down one of the famous pimento cheese sandwiches with an Azalea cocktail is basically a requirement of attending the Masters, but you can also find quintessential Southern cuisine outside of the golf club. Frog Hollow Tavern , Beck’s , and Abel Brown Southern Kitchen & Oyster Bar frequently make the “best of” Augusta restaurant lists.

Tybee Island

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A 20-minute drive will take you from Savannah to Tybee Island, one of the best beach towns in the South . Here, you’ll find miles of bike-friendly beaches, unparalleled sunsets, and Georgia’s tallest (and oldest) lighthouse. House rentals are easy to find, but if you’re just visiting for the weekend, book a room at the historic, recently renovated 17th Street Inn .

Tallulah Gorge State Park

Tallulah Gorge State Park is rife with heart-pumping activities, including hiking along the two-mile Tallulah Gorge. One of the most popular trails includes a staircase descent to an 80-foot suspension bridge crossing over the Tallulah River. If you’re there in the autumn, your views of the powerful river and waterfalls will be accented by the colorful foliage that covers the region.

25 miles of shoreline outline Georgia’s Lake Rabun, an isolated body of water surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. While the phrase “stepping back in time” may be clichéd, it’s also accurate — especially if you take into account the flotilla of vintage wooden boats that traverse the lake.

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is located in the southeastern corner of Georgia, just north of Florida. The 680-square-mile wilderness can be explored by foot or by boat (guests can rent canoes and kayaks), but no inch of the refuge is the same. No matter which area you choose to visit — the forested cypress swamps or the wet "prairies" — you’ll probably see at least one of the 15,000 alligators who call the Okefenokee Swamp home.

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15 Amazing and Unique Places to Visit in Georgia

Wondering what to see in Georgia and where to go in this beautiful country in the Caucasus?  After spending almost one year here (and returning for more visits), I made a list of the 15 best and most beautiful places to visit in Georgia.

Georgia , a land of rock and stone, medieval fortresses and monasteries, green hills, majestic mountains, deep caves, and rocky beaches. A country where culture and history lovers will have the feeling they’ve been transported to the past while walking through the villages and towns.

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Outdoor lovers will be amazed by the stunning landscapes of the mountains and every traveler will experience the incredible hospitality of the people and will be treated to a feast of delicious food  and  wine  (and the additional hangover). 

I spent almost one year in Georgia and I’m grateful that I had the chance to discover so many beautiful regions and unique places. 

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It was hard to make a selection of the most beautiful places to visit in Georgia as there are so many of them, but here are the top 15 places and the best cities to visit in Georgia, the country!

Tip: See my  Georgia Travel Page  for a complete overview of all my travel guides and blog posts about Georgia!

Discover Georgia’s Highlights or go on a unique Georgia Trekking Adventure to Tusheti , Racha , Vardzia , Katskhi and Chiatura on one of my Georgia Adventure Tours !

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Tbilisi is the capital city and one of the best cities in Georgia to visit! Tbilisi lies on the banks of the Mtkvari (also known as the Kura) river and is surrounded by hills and mountains.

It has been the capital of Georgia since the 6th century and its diverse architecture reflects its long and complicated history.

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One of the best ways to appreciate this unique place is to wander its streets, especially in the colorful Old Town.

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During your walk in the city you’ll come across over-renovated and hyper-modern buildings but you’ll also find yourself in a warren of backstreets surrounded by ramshackle buildings that are beautiful in their own unique way.

Make sure you walk (or take the cable car) to the Narikala Fortress where you can enjoy the stunning panorama over the city.

Top Things to do in Tbilisi:

  • Visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral
  • Go for a stroll in the old town of Tbilisi
  • Take the cable car to Narikala Fortress and meet Kartlis Deda, “mother of Georgia”
  • Enjoy the delicious Georgian food in one of the many traditional restaurants
  • Visit the  Chronicle of Georgia, Tbilisi’s hidden gem

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Recommended Tbilisi City Tours

There are many lovely guided walking tours you can take in Tbilisi to learn more about the history of the city while visiting its main points of interest.

Here’s a guided walking tour I highly recommend:

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How to get to Tbilisi:

Just like all the roads in Europe lead to Rome, all the roads in Georgia lead to Tbilisi! You can easily get there by plane (the main airport of Georgia is located in this city), by train, by bus, by mini-bus and by hitchhiking !

Read more about traveling by public transportation in Georgia and Tbilisi here .

Where to stay in Tbilisi :

You can pay as much or as little as you want to stay in Tbilisi. You can find a bed in a hostel starting from €7 (10 GEL) per night or you can spend a few nights in a lovely guesthouse for only €12 per night. 

  • Bude Hostel
  • Tiflisi Hostel
  • Boutique Fantaisie
  • Luxury inn in Old Tbilisi
  • Citadel Narikala Hotel in Old Tbilisi
  • Stamba Hotel

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2. Mtskheta

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Mtskheta is the religious capital, the spiritual heart, and therefore the most important city of Georgia. It used to be the capital city before King Gorgasali changed his base to Tbilisi.

It’s also one of the oldest cities in Georgia, where 4000-year-old traces of human settlements were found. Mtskheta is home to three of Georgia’s most important churches: Svetitskhoveli (try to say this 3x in a row…), Jvari and Samtavro Monastery.

Saint Nino lived in this city. She’s known as the Enlightener of Georgia, is one of the most important saints in this country (many girls are named after her). She’s the woman who preached Christianity in Georgia and the reason why this religion was adopted as the state religion in the year 330.

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Important Note : if you want to enter the churches, dress appropriately! Men aren’t allowed to wear shorts or hats while women have to wear a long skirt and cover their hair with a scarf.

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Places to visit in Mtskheta:

  • Jvari Monastery
  • Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
  • Shio-Mgvime Monastery
  • Old Mtskheta
  • Bebristsikhe Fortress

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Guided tours to Mtskheta:

Mtskheta is definitely worth visiting with a knowledgeable guide while visiting the most ancient and holy places of Georgia!

I highly recommend going on a guided (half-) day tour from Tbilisi to Mtskheta you’ll get a thorough tour and background info of all the important monasteries and churches.

How to get to Mtskheta:

If you prefer to visit Mtskheta independently, it’s a 30-minute drive from Tbilisi. You can easily hitchhike there from the Tbilisi Mall (take minibus nr. 50 to get there) or take a minibus (mashrutka) all the way to Mtskheta for only 1 GEL. Here’s a very detailed guide on how to go from Tbilisi to Mtskheta .

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Vardzia is a spectacular cave monastery near Aspindza in southern Georgia. It looks like one of the movie sets of Lord of the Rings, although it wasn’t the home of dwarves but of many monks.

This underground monastery was built in the 12th Century, under the reign of King Tamar, the first woman that was ever crowned as a king (not a queen!) in Georgian history. It used to be completely hidden until a severe earthquake exposed and destroyed the cave monastery. 

Things to do in Vardzia:

Read my Travel Guide to Vardzia for a complete overview of how to visit all the highlights of Vardzia.

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Guided Tours to Vardzia:

It’s a bit of a journey to get to Vardzia independently. Taking a tour to Vardzia , maybe combined with a visit to Akhaltsikhe and Borjomi, might give you a more enjoyable experience and you’ll learn a lot about the cultural and historical background of these wonderful places!

How to get to Vardzia:

You can take a mashrutka from Akhaltsikhe to Vardzia. The ride takes one hour, it costs 7 GEL and they operate 3 times a day.

The first mashrutka leaves at 10.30 am, the last one from Akhaltsikhe to Vardzia leaves at 1.20 pm. The last mashrutka is at 3 pm from Vardzia to Akhaltsikhe where you can still catch another one to Tbilisi (if you want to return the same day).

You can also take a taxi to Vardzia but that will cost you at least 50 GEL (unless you’re with a group, then you can share the costs and stop along the way at the Khertvisi Fortress).

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4. Uplistsikhe

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Uplistsikhe is located in eastern Georgia, about 100 km from Tbilisi. It literally means “Lord’s Fortress” and it’s an abandoned rock-hewn town that is more than 3000 years old. 

It was founded around 1000 BC and was continuously inhabited until the 13th century AD. At one point Uplistsikhe even had 20000 inhabitants!

The cave city covers an area of almost 40.000 m2 and used to have a pharmacy, a bakery, an amphitheater and even a prison. All the structures are connected by tunnels.

Church in Uplistsikhe near Gori and Tbilisi - Journal of Nomads

On top of the whole complex is a church that was built in the 9th century. This colorful building sticks out against the gray and sober caves.

tours to Uplistsikhe:

You can opt for taking a day tour from Tbilisi to Uplistsikhe, combined with a visit to Mtskheta (see above) and Gori (I used to live there!).

There are many day tours to Uplistikhe from Tbilisi offered by local travel companies . I highly recommend the following:

How to get to Uplistsikhe:

The cheapest way to get from Tbilisi to Uplistsikhe is by taking a shared taxi (5GEL) or a mashrutka (3GEL) from Didube station to Gori. There you can take another mashrutka to the nearby village Kvakhvreli for 1 GEL. You can also negotiate with the driver and he’ll take you to Uplistsikhe for 1 extra GEL.

If you’re with a group, you can share a taxi that will cost you around 20 GEL. Entrance fee for Uplistsikhe: 15 GEL.

Gergeti Trinity Church Kazbegi Georgia - Journal of Nomads

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5. Katskhi Pillar

Katskhi Pillar of Georgia - Journal of Nomads

Georgia doesn’t only have unique places on the ground or in the mountains, but also in the air. Take the Katskhi Pillar, for example, a 40-meter high limestone monolith that is also known as “the Pillar of Life”.

Around the 4th century, this rock became a place of seclusion for the ‘Stylites’, a religious group who had a “slight” obsession with sitting on top of narrow pillars to come closer to God. How they got up on the Katskhi Pillar and were able to build a church on top of there is still a big mystery!

Katskhi Pillar, an unusual place in Georgia - Journal of Nomads

It was only in 1945 that the first researchers were able to climb it. Oh, and the most extraordinary thing: a monk has been living on top of that remote pillar for 20 years!

Day tour to Katskhi Pillar

You can go on a day tour from Tbilisi to Katskhi Pillar , combined with a visit to Chiatura (see below).

Here’s the day tour I recommend:

How to get to the Katskhi Pillar:

From Tbilisi to the Katskhi Pillar: take a mashrutka from Didube Station to Chiatura. The earliest leaves at 8 am and after that nearly every hour. The ride takes about 3 hours and costs 6 GEL.

In Chiatura take a taxi to the Katskhi Pillar, which shouldn’t cost much as it’s only 20 km away or you can hitchhike like I did.

From Kutaisi to Katskhi Pillar : take a mashrutka from Kutaisi bus station to Chiatura. It costs 6 GEL and the journey lasts an hour and a half. Once in Chiatura, you can hitchhike or take a taxi to the Katskhi Pillar.

Katskhi Pillar of Georgia - Journal of Nomads

Katskhi Pillar, the most incredible cliff church in the world!

6. Chiatura

View over Chiatura, a small town of Georgia - Journal of Nomads

Another point of interest in Georgia is Chiatura, a small town nestled between steep valleys and deep gorges.

Chiatura was founded in the late 1800s as a mining colony. In 1954 the Stalinist government installed a system of cable cars, also referred to as a “rope road” to get the workers more quickly to the mines, instead of them walking to the sites on the steep cliffs.

Every corner of the town was connected with the mines through these cable cars and Chiatura became known as “the cable car city”.

Cable Cars in Chiatura, Georgia country - Journal of Nomads

Most of these cable cars have rusted away but there are still some of these “air tramways” functioning today as a form of (free) public transportation.

It’s truly an amazing (and a little frightening) experience to step into these rusty flying cabins that are known as the “death-defying metal coffins”. Chiatura is a strange and charming city where you can still feel the ghost of the Soviet Empire.

Day tour to Chiatura & Katskhi Pillar:

Combine a visit to Chiatura with the Katskhi Pillar (see above) on this guided day tour from Tbilisi :

How to get to Chiatura:

From Tbilisi to Chiatura : take a mashrutka from Didube Station to Chiatura. The earliest leaves at 8 am and after that nearly every hour. The ride takes about 3 hours and costs 6 GEL.

From Kutaisi to Chiatura : take a mashrutka from the Kutaisi bus station (near McDonald’s) to Chiatura. It costs 6 GEL and the journey lasts 1,5 hours.

Chiatura Cable Cars Georgia country - Journal of Nomads

Where to stay in Chiatura:

When I first visited Chiatura in 2017, there was one guesthouse. Nowadays you can find about 10!

Here are my recommendations:

  • Butichi Guesthouse
  • Hotel in Chiatura
  • Family Hotel

Visiting ghosts of a distant past in Chiatura, the Cable Car City of Georgia.

Visiting the ghosts of the past in Chiatura.

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Batumi is a modern city on the coast of the Black Sea. It’s the second biggest city in Georgia and honestly, it doesn’t really feel like you’re in Georgia. One moment you can hear the church bells ringing, and the next you hear the muezzin’s call to prayer coming from the mosques (Batumi is right near the border with Turkey).

The architecture is a combination of European and Asian styles, often mixed with fairy-tale-like towers, statues and buildings created by some hallucinating architects. This is especially visible at night when the majority of the building is lit up and bathing in the colors of the rainbow.

Batumi (Georgia) at night - weird architecture in Batumi - Journal of Nomads

Batumi is a ‘glamorous’ city, designed to attract tourists and gamblers to play in one of its many casinos. You love it or you hate it but I absolutely enjoyed living there for three months when there were barely any tourists around.

How to get to Batumi:

You can get from Tbilisi to Batumi by mashrutka, which also stops in Kutaisi. It takes about 4,5 hours and costs 15 GEL. Shared taxis or buses are also possible but will cost you at least double the price.

I would suggest you take the train from Tbilisi to Batumi , which is very comfortable and cheap (18 GEL). The journey lasts about 5 hours and will take you along some beautiful landscapes.

Where to stay in Batumi:

  • Homestay Seaside by Manuchar
  • Hostel in Batumi
  • Orbi City Sea View
  • The Admiral Hotel
  • Best Western Premier Batumi
  • Beach Resort in Batumi New Orbi

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8. Ushguli & other villages in Svaneti

Ipari Villages svaneti - Visit Svaneti Georgia Travel Guide

Located in northwestern Georgia and locked in the heart of the Caucasus mountains lies the historic province of Svaneti . The only way to get there is by driving from Zugdidi to Mestia along steep windy roads looking over beautiful gorges, wild rivers, and majestic mountains.

Svaneti consists of several small villages, built on the slopes of the snow-covered mountains and surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of alpine meadows.

Driving in svaneti

Walking around in these picturesque villages that are dominated by tower houses, gives you the feeling that you’re thrown back into the European Middle Ages.

One village truly mesmerized me: Ushguli. This village is part of one of the highest inhabited settlements in Europe, at about 2200m above sea level.

Ushguli, highest village of Europe in Georgia - Journal of Nomads

It is very remote, the only road to get there is very rough and bumpy but oh so beautiful! The inhabitants live a remote and unique life. They ride on horses through the cobblestone streets while pigs, dogs, cows and goats walk next to them on the little paths. It feels like time stood still there!

The streets of Ushguli, a village in Svaneti Georgia - Journal of Nomads

Unfortunately, it’s also the most touristic village in the area (Mestia not included) but there are plenty of other villages in the area that not many tourists visit.

Tours to Svaneti

Svaneti is a beautiful region with a very unique history. It could be interesting to travel there on a guided tour.

On this 4-day tour , you travel into the Caucasian Mountains to visit Svaneti, Mestia, Hatsvali and Ushguli. You’ll visit a typical Svan house and get a taste of the local unique cuisine and folkloric music.

You can also go on a 4-day guided trekking tour to Svaneti ! You will be hiking along the beautiful trails to the Chalaadi Glacier, the Shkhara Glacier, and the Ushba waterfalls while also visiting Mestia and Ushguli where you get to learn more about the Svan history and culture, and maybe even participate in Georgian folk dances.

How to get from Tbilisi to Mestia:

Mestia is the central village of Svaneti.

You can go from Tbilisi to Zugdidi by train and you can opt for the night train (8 hours) or day train (5,5 hours) – check the schedule here . Tickets cost between 16 and 21GEL.

You can also take a mashrutka from Tbilisi to Zugdidi, which departs every day from “Vagzali” bus station (in front of Tbilisi Central building). Look for the platform with the sign ‘Mestia’. The bus departs at 7 AM, tickets cost 30 GEL and the journey will take about 9 hours.

From Zugdidi to Mestia : catch a mashrutka at the Zugdidi train station (look for the sign Mestia). They leave every time the bus is full, a ticket costs 20 GEL and the ride takes between 3 – 4 hours.

How to get From Mestia to Ushguli:

You’ve got three options to get to Ushguli: 1) Hitchhike like I did. I was told that it was nearly impossible to hitchhike there but I got very lucky that day and caught a ride within 2 minutes!

2) Walk from Mestia to Ushguli. This hike takes about 3 to 4 days and you’ll walk along the majestic valleys and meadows of the Caucasus. More about this hike here .

3) Take a shared taxi. The drivers know that this is your only way to go to Ushguli and back so they’ll easily charge USD $100. Your best option is to share the taxi with other people.

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Where to stay in Mestia and Ushguli:

You’ll have plenty of space to camp in Svaneti and it’s definitely worthwhile! You can also find many guesthouses in Mestia starting from $20/night for 2 people.

  • Travel Inn House Mestia
  • Eka’s Guesthouse
  • Nino Ratiani’s Guesthouse
  • Hotel Elite-House Mestia
  • Hotel Old House Mestia
  • Beko’s Garden Inn

Mestia Svaneti Georgia

Ushguli has also facilities to accommodate guests if you’d like to spend the night in this little village. Here are my top 3 recommendations for homestays and guesthouses in Ushguli:

  • Nizharadze’s Tower
  • Old Tower Ushguli

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9. Omalo & other villages in Tusheti

Traveling in Georgia - Tusheti – one of Georgia's most beautiful and fascinating regions - Journal of Nomads

Tusheti is one of the most beautiful and fascinating regions of Georgia. It’s located in northeast Georgia, on the northern slopes of the Great Caucasus Mountains.

There is only one road that goes to the area over the treacherous 2900m Abano Pass. It’s a beautiful mountain pass but it’s also considered one of the most dangerous roads in the world.

You need a 4×4 vehicle and nerves of steel to cross the pass but it is definitely worth it! The road to Tusheti is only open for 5 months (late May to early October).

Dangerous mountain pass - road to Tusheti Georgia - Journal of Nomads

The inhabitants, the Tushs or Tushetians, nowadays only go up there during summer to graze their cattle, organize traditional festivals, provide accommodation and tours for tourists and reconnect with their roots.  In winter they live in the lowland villages of Alvani and Akhmeta in Kakheti.

The people of Tusheti - Shepherds of Tusheti Georgia country - Journal of Nomads

Tours to Tusheti

As Tusheti is so remote and hard to access, I’d highly recommend taking a tour there unless you have your own vehicle and are an experienced off-road driver.

I highly recommend my own Adventure Tours in Georgia as both tours have Tusheti on the itinerary!

How to get from Tbilisi to Tusheti

It’s quite hard to get to Tusheti by public transport. Even if you’re renting a car , you have to be very cautious as it’s a very dangerous road!

Take a mashrutka from Tbilisi to Alvani. Get off in the towns of Zemo-Alvani or Kvemo-Alvani. From there you will find Delica’s (4×4 Mitsubishi mini-van) going to Omalo. It costs around 40/50 GEL per person (around $20) one way and the Delica leaves once it’s full.

The ride takes at least 5 hours so make sure to arrive in the morning in Alvani. The cars mostly leave from the central crossroads which is impossible to miss.

Another possibility is to book a private transfer from Tbilisi to Tusheti . More info & prices here .

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How to visit Tusheti, one of Georgia’s most remote regions

10. Sighnaghi

15 Amazing and Unique Places to Visit in Georgia

Georgia has its share of big cities and tourist attractions but what’s really special about the country are the small towns. Sighnaghi is one of them.

Some of the best food & wine in Georgia, beautiful tiny streets and houses with colorful wooden balconies, breathtaking views over the Alazani valley, the smell coming from the bakeries, a variety of fancy castles and small family-owned wine cellars and vineyards.

Amazing places to visit in Georgia - Sighnaghi - Journal of Nomads

Day trips to Sighnaghi :

Sighnaghi is known for having some of the best wine producers in Georgia. Going on a day tour from Tbilisi to Sighnaghi will not only allow you to see the highlights of this beautiful town but you’ll also get to taste some of the best wines in Georgia (and you’ll arrive safely back in Tbilisi afterward):

How to get to Sighnaghi:

It’s quite easy to get to Sighnaghi from Tbilisi by public transport. Take the minibus to Sighnaghi at the Samgori Metro Station in Tbilisi. The ride takes about 1 hour 45 minutes and it costs 6 GEL.

Where to stay in Sighnaghi:

There are many lovely guesthouses in Sighnaghi . You can already find a room for $15/night for 2 people. If you travel by yourself, you can find a bed in a dorm for $8/night:

  • Zandarashvili Guest House
  • Nana’s Guest House
  • Boutique Hotel BelleVue
  • Villa Royal
  • Lost Ridge Inn, Brewery & Ranch

11. Shatili Khevsureti 

15 Amazing and Unique Places to Visit in Georgia

Shatili Khevsureti is a mysterious medieval fortress village, surrounded by huge green mountains. Be sure that the diversity of the scenery will amaze any traveler and inspire incurable travel lust in everyone. 

Modern life hasn’t penetrated this region in Georgia yet. Locals put all of their efforts into pleasing their guests, assuring that they are always comfortable and happy.

During important feasts, the local people put on their folk costumes and go to the church where ancient pagan traditions, mixed with Christian beliefs, are still being practiced.

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Hiking Tour to Shatili

Shatili is a destination for outdoor and hiking lovers! As it’s not so easy to get there and navigate the trails by yourself, I’d recommend going on a hiking tour with a professional guide.

On my 14-day Best of Georgia Trekking Adventure , you’ll visit the highlights of the Khevsureti region (including Shatili) and Tusheti (see above). You’ll go on off-the-beaten-path hikes in both regions. It’s a tour that gets highly rated!

How to get to Shatili:

Shatili is about 140 km north of Tbilisi. Because of the snow, the road is only accessible from May to October.

Since you have to cross the Datvijvari pass, I highly recommend taking a minibus from Didube Metro station (it costs about $15), or renting a 4X4 car with an experienced local driver , because the road is unpaved and dangerous.

Where to stay in Shatili:

There are currently just a couple of guesthouses in Shatili. Check their availability here . There are also plenty of camping areas close to the river.

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Juta is the most peaceful and green place in Georgia and one of the most popular climbing and trekking areas among professional climbers. There are also many equally pleasant walks to be done around the village.

Day Tour to Juta

The easiest way to reach Juta is by going on a guided day tour from Tbilisi or Kazbegi . Here are two tours I recommend:

From Tbilisi to Juta:

From Kazbegi to Juta:

How to get to Juta:

There are no buses going directly from Tbilisi to Juta.

You can take a minibus from Didube Station in Tbilisi to Stepantsminda for only 10 GEL ($4 – $5). The journey takes around 3 hours. Once you’re in Stepantsminda you can rent a Delica or any other 4×4 car to reach Juta, which is 24 km away. This will cost around 80 GEL.

15 Amazing and Unique Places to Visit in Georgia

Where to stay in Juta:

Whether you’re looking for a nice camping spot or a beautiful wooden guest house to stay at, Juta will suit all your needs. Check their prices and availability here .

13. Kazbegi (Stepandsminda)

15 Amazing and Unique Places to Visit in Georgia

Kazbegi is really an amazing travel spot for every taste and budget. From luxury lovers to hitchhikers, everyone can find something here to his or her liking.

There are plenty of walks through the amazing valleys and one will lead you to the Gergeti Trinity Church, located at an altitude of 2170m.

On the way from Tbilisi to Kazbegi, along the Military Highway, you’ll pass the Ananuri Castle, the Jinvaly water reservoir, the Sto Head sculptures and the Russia-Georgia friendship monument.

15 Amazing and Unique Places to Visit in Georgia

How to get to Kazbegi:

You can take a minibus from Didube Station in Tbilisi to Stepantsminda for only 10 GEL ($4 – $5). The journey takes around 3 hours.

You can also go on a day tour from Tbilisi to Kazbegi and visit all the main sights in one day:

Where to stay in Kazbegi

You can put up your tent facing the stunningly beautiful Mount Kazbek (5047 m) and enjoy nature’s grand surroundings. If this is not your thing, there are plenty of guesthouses where you can book a room for 2 people starting from €20/night.

Here are my recommendations for Kazbegi:

  • Anano Guesthouse (prices starting from €8 p.p.)
  • Giorgi’s Guesthouse (starting from €18 p.p.)
  • Wooden Hotel Kazbegi (starting from €30 p.p.)

14. Martvili Canyon

15 Amazing and Unique Places to Visit in Georgia

Martvili is located in the Samegrelo region in the western part of Georgia, about 280km from Tbilisi. Despite its remote location, it’s one of the more popular places to visit in Georgia.

The Martvili Canyon is a little oasis of emerald green mossy trees, 70-meters high rock walls, cascading waterfalls and turquoise-blue natural pools.

Martvili Canyon - The Best places to visit in Georgia - Journal of Nomads

The Canyon used to serve as the bathing place for the Dadiani Family, Georgian nobles who used to rule over Samegrelo.

You can take a boat ride down the 300-meter long river through the canyon (for USD $15 per person) or follow the 700-meter long walking path leading to limestone bridges and viewing decks where you can see the waterfalls up close.

15 Amazing and Unique Places to Visit in Georgia

Martvili Canyon is a National Park of Protected Area so you can only visit it during opening hours (from 10 am until 6 pm). The entrance fee is 17,5 Gel (around USD $6).

You can also book the following day trip from Tbilisi, Kutaisi or Batumi to the Martvili Canyon:

How to get to Martvili Canyon from Tbilisi:

Minibusses leave every day from Tbilisi Didube bus station to Martvili (20 GEL).

Where to stay in Martvili:

Here are my 2 top recommendations for Martvili:

  • Novel House
  • Karma Hostel

15. The Tea Route in Guria

15 Amazing and Unique Places to Visit in Georgia

Guria is one of the least-visited regions of Georgia, famous for its rich culture and natural wonders, including mineral waters, alpine meadows, green forests, and sandy beaches.

Here you can feel the real vibes of rural Georgia, catch a glimpse of the sun setting on the Black Sea, enjoy magnificent views, pick berries and mushrooms in the forest, and cuddle up by the campfire, wake to the faint hint of the early morning sunlight and enjoy the sweet sounds of nature.

Guria is also known for its tea fields . Plump wild blueberries hang like treasure in Guria’s mountains from July until September.

Oceans of wild blueberry bushes blanket the slopes. Each spring, families from mountainous villages across Western Georgia head into the forests and hillsides to pluck the young leaves of these bushes, as generations before them.

They hand roll the leaves to make wild blueberry leaf tea, a delicious tea that tastes like black tea with notes of blueberry.

If you decide to visit Guria, I highly recommend following its newly introduced Tea Route ! I also recommend reading t h i s in-depth travel guide to Guria .

Georgia Tea Guide - Georgian Tea from Past to Present - Journal of Nomads

Book a Tea tour in Guria

I highly recommend booking the guided day tour to Guria to follow the Tea Route and learn about the interesting history and tea culture in Georgia:

How to get to Guria

The best place to get to Guria is Ozurgeti, the main municipality of the region.

There’s a train from Tbilisi to Ozurgeti, which departs in the early morning (check the train schedule here ). It takes about 9 hours to get to Ozurgeti as it’s an old slow train (but worth the journey and experience!) Tickets cost between 10 to 35 GEL and can be bought online or at the station.

You can also take a marshrutka (minivan) from every major town and city in Georgia to Ozurget. From Tbilisi, the journey takes around 6 hours.

Where to stay in Guria:

You can find many nice guesthouses in the region of Guria. Here are some I recommend:

  • Menabde Winery
  • Dumbo Eco Parc

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Are there any places you would add to this list? Are you having plans to travel to Georgia? Let me know in the comments!

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94 thoughts on “15 Amazing and Unique Places to Visit in Georgia”

Interesting website with a lot of info. Thanks.

Google maps lists to cave towns named Vardzia. They are at totally different locations. One is near little village Gogasheni, in the Mtkvari Canyon The other near Lakhundara and Achara. Are they both cave towns? Which is the one you describe? Kind regards Frank

Hi Frank, here’s the correct location of the Vardzia Caves, the one I describe. Google Maps isn’t always accurate in Georgia…

Hi Dear, We are planning our visit in the upcoming month of October ( end of October around 25th Oct) and will be there for a week. Can you tell us the must-cover places and also what would be weather out there? I and my husband are visiting and we would love to see the village, nature, its culture, wine history etc

Hi Pooja, if you have a week, I would highly recommend visiting Svaneti as it will be beautiful in autumn. It’s hard to predict the weather but definitely bring warm clothes for the evenings. For wine history, you should visit Telavi and Sighnaghi in the Kakheti region.

Thanks, Cynthia, We were thinking of covering Kazbegi and Juta in the mountain region instead of Svaneti, what do you suggest among the two?

If you want to go to a less-visited mountainous area, then Juta will be nice. Svaneti is stunning with its tower houses and the mountains there are also very beautiful but more touristy.

Hi this is an excellent post…I’m planning to visit Georgia around Middle of March for around 6 to 7 days..Could you please suggest a good itinerary…would love to have a village stay n visit some important places..thank you

Hi Santosh, I’m happy to refer you to my Georgia Itinerary Post . Check out the backpacker’s route and cultural route for itinerary inspiration. Hope this helps!

I am visiting Georgia for 4 days in first week of May.

Could you please let me know what are the places I can cover. (mostly by public transport)

Also if you can share me a map with all the public transport route. That would be appreciated.

Hi Souvik, this itinerary might help you:

Hello Cynthia,

I would like to ask you for help. Me and my partner are planning to visit Georgia by july 2023 for 10 days, may you please recommend us some towns or cities to visit that include historical places, bridges, natural, restaurants and shopping places. Thank You for your help

Hello Mariam,

Please see my Georgia Itinerary as this guide will give you lots of ideas and recommendations on what to do in Georgia for 10 days! If anything isn’t clear, let me know 🙂 Best wishes, Cynthia

Hi dear we are visiting Georgia in December month end. Do you have any recommendation of city to spend on? We have 7 nights.

What would you mainly like to see and do? Are you more interested in big cities, small towns or nature? Depending on your preferences, I can give you recommendations 🙂

nice article…is it possible to visit all these places during December? or any places to avoid during this month?

Thank you! Not all these places are accessible during December, like Tusheti and certain villages in Svaneti, due to snowfall.

Hi, I am planning to visit georgia in the month of noenjoyvember for 7 to 9 days with wife and 2 daughters (5 yrs and 8 month old).We are looking for calm short vaccation,so we would like to stay at places were we can enjoy the nature peacefully.can you suggest some places, thank you.

Hi Ajmal, have a look at this post: It includes 3 itineraries with places that you’ll enjoy! On the top of my head, I’d suggest Kazbegi and Sighnaghi.

Thanks a lot This post is really helpful Was planning to put a schedule for the last few days & find it difficult But your review make the life easy

Happy to hear this Aalaa!!

Hii I am also planning to travel georgia in the month of July. Will I be able to see Ice and I have only 4 days and places are more. What best I can do in this short span visit. Can you suggest.

Hi Ruchika, to answer your question, it depends on what you’d like to see/do. I’m not sure if you’re still going to be able to see ice and snow as it probably will all have melted by July. Would you like to go to the mountains, do you want to see historic places and/or cities,…? Let me know and I can give you suggestions 🙂

Just tripped over this and I love the info. Well done! I’m a “young” active 65 year old looking to start traveling alone to places more intriguing than Paris or Rome( which I love ,but…)

Tbilisi is a great and safe city to visit by yourself Sourab! 🙂

Hi Cynthia, Thanks for this list!! My husband and I are planning to spend 6 weeks in Georgia this summer, and we’re looking for a home-base that will provide a balance of culture and nature. Preferably a historic town or village, with restaurants within walking distance, where we can work from home and which will be a good base for weekend hiking adventures. We love good food, (we REALLY love Georgian wine), and we love hard hikes in high altitude. There are so many interesting places in Georgia, we are having a hard time narrowing our search. We’d appreciate your recommendation!

Hi Aubrey, I’m happy to hear this post was useful! What I would recommend in your situation is to spend 2 weeks in a different region. 2 weeks in Sighnaghi (you’ll love it there as a wine lover ;)), 2 weeks in Kazbegi and 2 weeks in Mestia (Svaneti). I’d highly recommend Omalo in Tusheti for the hiking opportunities but I assume you need internet for your work? There should be a decent enough wifi connection in the 3 towns I recommended (except if you’re an online teacher, then I’d recommend Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Batumi to have fast internet :)). I hope this helps? Let me know if you’d have more questions!

THANK YOU Cynthia!! XOXO Aubrey

Great article! Traveling is awesome in Georgia! I lived in Batumi for several months and visited Tbilisi often, too. Only 5 hours by train, super easy! 🙂 It seems like – long-term – these are two most popular cities to live, or would you recommend another city where it is fun to stay for a few months? thanks a lot!

Hi Lana, glad to hear you enjoyed my article! I think that Tbilisi and Batumi are probably the most fun cities to live for expats who like social activities and events. It really depends on what you’re looking for of course. Sighnaghi is beautiful and, as I’m an outdoor lover, I wouldn’t mind living for a while in Mestia (Svaneti) as I’d be so close to the mountains!:)

We have visited Georgia last year and rented a 4×4 Toyota 4Runner at GSS Car Rental. It’s a local company and they have a lot of other 4×4 SUV’s available for rent. I can recommend GSS as they have a really good service…

Thank you for your suggestion Viktor!

Just want to say thanks, this website Inspired my travels to Georgia last year. I used these details base from my travels and went to 10 of the 15 places recommended (they were amazing). Some prices had gone up slightly but most of the information was still relevant. Not many websites have practical details on how to get around and expected prices to pay which was useful. thanks 🙂

Hi Kim, I’m so happy to hear this! I’m very glad that my website inspired your travels and super happy you had a great time there!

thanks for this topic

You’re welcome 🙂

Hello! Great blog post – Very informative. What is the weather in Georgia (mainly Tbilisi) like in April? I have read different accounts online, but since you live there, I thought you’d have a very localized perspective. Thank you!!

Hi Mikhail, we currently don’t live in Georgia anymore but we’ll return there this April 😀 There will still be snow in the mountains in April but the weather should be nice in Tbilisi. Some showers, soft temperatures around 15 degrees Celcius,… Of course we’re not weathermen and lately, the climate has been very unusual so we can’t predict how the weather will be this year 😉

I had never been to Georgia. But after reading this article I would love to go and visit destinations you have mentioned above.

Hi John, this is really great to hear! Georgia is a destination we definitely recommend as we had a fantastic time there visiting all these beautiful and unique places!

Hey, great post! Just one correction. Tbilisi was established in the 5th century but there wasn’t a Georgia to be capital of. It’s been a capital of Georgia since 12th century (1122). It would be great if you corrected that. And one question, how is the weather for visiting in early May?

Hi, can I ask for the source of this info please? From the resources I found is that Tbilisi was the capital of Iberia (present-day eastern Georgia) at the beginning of the 6th century, so according to my sources, this info is correct 🙂

The weather in early May is nice, it will still be chilly in the mountains but it will be nice and soft in Tbilisi, Batumi,…

How is March 15-30 , in terms of travelling to Georgia? Will it be very cold and will most places be inaccessible?

It will still be cold in Georgia in March but most places should be accessible, with the exception of Tusheti and maybe Racha.

Hi! we are traveling to Poti, Georgia to visit family. We want to stop in Tbilisi as well. Are there any cities that you would recommend visiting in between Poti and Tbilisi?

Depending on how much time you have, you could visit Kutaisi, Chatura, the Katskhi Pillar, Borjomi and Mtskheta.

Wishing you a great trip!

The list is amazing and awesome, It is just wonderful getting knowledge about these beautiful places and will definitely add it in my bucket list. All these places and pictures look amazing!

Thank you 🙂 Georgia is definitely worthy of your bucket list 😉

A chic country with amazing nature and very hospitable people. Food, wine, music … Thanks for your story. Very beautiful photos.

Hi Tori, glad to hear you enjoyed my photos and article. And yes, Georgia is such a great country. We’re going to return soon!

Hi Cynthia & niko Amazing post with Detials , going through your post I am confused where to go, I need your suggestion, I want to stay in nature (green fields ) and star gaze at night, where do you suggest.? I am planning to go on November for maximum 7 days

Hi Wahdawi, thank you! I’m glad to hear you enjoy this post!

If you want nature, go to Kazbegi or Svaneti. The road towards these places will still be accessible in November and you’ll see plenty of green fields and stars there! Enjoy your trip!!

I also enjoyed myself while I was visiting this kind of places.

Happy to hear Marckel!

addendum to Susie & Katie last query– we are now actually wondering if yo could advise us on our dream itinerary, with the intent of knowing if it is realistic for us to think we can drive a 4WD and not do marshrutki (of course we know that some smaller roads will be closed if there are blizzards and/or avalanches) Day 1: Arrive Tblisi Day 2 & 3: in Tblisi Day 4: Drive to Vardzia cave city Day 6: drive to Kutaisa Day 7: to Ushguli Day 9: to Kazbegi Day 13: to Tblisi, seeing Mtskheta en route Day 14:Tblisi Day 15: day trip Davit Gareja Day 17: home from Tblisi

Hi Susie & Katie, it might be possible that the road from Mestia to Ushguli won’t be accessible during December and January. You’ll be able to drive to Mestia and ask around in the town if the road to Ushguli is open. Same counts for Kazbegi. Just take your time to drive there as it might be very slippery and dangerous on the windy roads. If you’re not sure about the road conditions, ask the locals. They’ll be able to tell you whether it’s safe or not to go.

Wishing you happy and safe travels in Georgia! It will be beautiful and magical in winter!

hello! we are planing a trip to Georgia this December/January and we are finding your website very interesting indeed! We have one question– we take a lot of trips and love to rent a car to have the freedom to come and go as we please. We think this will be fine on the big main roads in Georgia with a 4-WD . However we would like to know if you can tell us about the smaller roads and a 4WD. For example, we would like to spend a few days in Tblisi then rent a car and go to Vardzia cave monastery. It looks like the road would be find for 4WD to Akhaltsihe but from there to Vardzia? We see there is a marshrutka f or that last leg but that would mean getting there intme for that or spending another day. So in short, can you say anything about driving on Georgia roads in winter with a 4WD? Thanks, Susie & Katie

Hi Susie & Katie,

You’ll be fine driving on most roads in Georgia during the winter. The main thing you’ll have to watch out for are the other drivers 😉 :D. The Georgians can drive a bit crazy on the roads (they love speeding and overtaking in the most impossible places) but it should be fine for you to drive. If you’re planning on going into the mountains, just make sure you have snow tires and be careful for slippery roads. Wishing you a great trip!!

I’m getting prepared for running the marathon in Erbil in October. On the way there I’ll need to train. Where do you recommend to run in Georgia? My idea for my 20 km training was Batumi. What do you think?

Hi Diana, I’m not familiar with the marathon in Erbil so I’m not sure on which terrain you have to run there. But the boulevard in Batumi is definitely a nice place for running! Niko often went for a morning run when we were living there so I’d say you’ll enjoy your training there. Wishing you all the best with the marathon!!

Really very nice !

Thank you Hussain! 🙂

Name of the river in Tbilisi is MTKVARI not kura !!!!

Hi Natia, as you can read, I’ve mentioned that the river in Tbilisi is called Mtkvari and that it’s also known as the Kura river.

KURA it is in russian language and thats why I said so Mtkvari it is in Georgian language. thanks for your reply and attention.

Tbilisi is one of the best places to visit in Georgia middle in the country nice place, I have been there the food is very much delicious and you will find new and unique recipes I might advice do try if you love food.

Yes, we totally agree with you Kanika! The food in Georgia and Tbilisi is finger-licking-delicious!! Tbilisi is also a really fun city to explore! It sounds like you had a great time there :)!

What a fabulous list, just thinking about the landscape and the food of Georgia wants me to go back!

Thank you Sarah! Yes, those are definitely two great reasons to return to Georgia! Ever since our stay there, we always look out for a Georgian restaurant, haha!

There’s a Korean program called “Wizard of Nowhere” that sent six celebrities to Georgia to meet the people while trying their homemade wine and cheese. Watching that show is what eventually led me to your site. Maybe someday I’ll be able to visit these beautiful places.

Hi Jenny, I never heard about this Korean program but I suppose it must be very entertaining to watch! 😀 I hope you get the chance to visit Georgia one day as it’s an absolutely beautiful destination!! We’ll return one day, that’s for sure!

I am surprised you did not put info on Prometheus Cave – I thought it is gorgeous ;)…

Hi Rati, we also visited the Prometheus Cave and it’s indeed very beautiful! We’ve seen similar caves like this one in other countries and this list is about the unique places that you can only find in Georgia 🙂 But you’re right, the Prometheus Cave is also worth a visit!

We had a project in Social Studies about Asia, and my assigned country happens to be Georgia, it was a total help and made me more interested with this country! Thanks a lot 🙂

Hi Jenel, oh, that’s really cool! When are you going to Georgia and what is your project about?

Sorry to interrupt you . But Georgia is thought to be Europe or else the gate between Europe and Asia it;s not Asia <3

I love mtskheta and I find it very beautiful, especially because of the cuisine.

Hi Denis, Mtskheta is indeed a very special place! What was your favorite dish there? Any recommendations for other travelers where they can enjoy the local cuisine in Mtskheta?

Hey guys ! Thank you for sharing these amazing tips . It definitely made our research easier and provided us with some sort of confidence in pulling this through. Just about to plan a little 5 day escapade to Georgia 😍… its not long but we’re hoping to enjoy the scenery, green sights , some good long hikes and in general nature with a splash of monuments and hystorical sights on the way . My Bf and I are planning to rent a 4×4 and drive through . Maybe get a guesthouse for a bit of comfort at some point but otherwise car attached 😁. I saw u had an itinerary you were planning to post a link for .. any chance you can share that ? Thanks again and happy safe travels ahead of you !

Hi Carmen, it’s great to hear from you and I’m very happy to hear you enjoyed this article! Traveling in Georgia by car is a fun way to explore the country but be careful, not for the windy roads but for the other drivers 😉 Here’s the link to the itineraries, you’ll be able to pick out the places you want to see in those 5 days you’re there: Have a beautiful trip and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have more questions!

Very nice article. Come back to see Racha! Should be the 16th if not before on the list 🙂

Thank you Teo and yes, we’d love to go back to Georgia! There are still so many amazing places we have to visit there!

Awesome post. Can’t wait now to explore this beautiful place. I will definitely like to plan a trip this vacation so that even my family can enjoy it.Keep sharing such useful posts.

Thank you Monica! I’m currently working on several travel itineraries for Georgia which I’ll publish in the coming week. Georgia is a wonderful country and there are so many things to see and do there! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as Niko and I did 🙂 Happy travels!!

Good to see Indian Replying and reading articles.

I think you’ve got just about everything covered here. I can’t think of any place to add! Maybe hiking in Lagodekhi? Or something about wine harvest…

Thanks, great to hear that 🙂 Oh yes, Lagodekhi looks very beautiful! We’ll visit that area in the coming month before leaving Georgia. Maybe we’ll call this article ’16 amazing places’ 😉

Great article. We’ve been meaning to return to Georgia and you’ve just given us 11 new reasons why. 😉

Thanks Tim! Haha, glad to hear that. Did you already book your trip? 😉

Really wonderful article! Thank you all for loving and appreciating my country. In rhe beginning of this article , there was mentioned that in Georgia there are many beautiful and amazing places and it’s true! I would add to this list “Prometheus Cave” which is located in Imereti Region, near Tzkaltubo. Also in Samegrelo Region you must visit lake “Tobavarchkhili”. And of course Tusheti Region! Tusheti is the Eastern Caucasus, at 900 – 4 800 meters above sea leveland it is one of the biggest and high altitude parks on the territory of Europe. This is the places which suddenly came in my mind. But believe me there are also many wonderful places to visit. Best wishes 😉

Thank you Tamar! <3 There are so many wonderful places in Georgia that it was hard to make a selection for a post and not write a book 😉 Thank you for your recommendations Tamar! We heard about Tusheti but haven't made it there yet. We hope to visit the area before leaving Georgia!!

Really awesome practical info and great pics! Can’t wait to get back to Georgia and see more of the country!

Thank you Megan! When did you visit Georgia? Did you go to any of the places that are mentioned in the post?

Super useful stuff. Will definitely try to visit all of these once we’re back in Georgia. Thanks a lot!

Thanks guys! Are you planning on returning to Georgia soon? I’m sure you’ll love Chiatura (watch out with the chacha this time 😉 )!

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50 Best Things To Do & Places To Visit In Georgia

By: Author Jerric Chong

Posted on Published: September 27, 2020  - Last updated: October 16, 2023

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Georgia is the largest state in America east of the Mississippi.

Known as the Peach State, it was founded in 1732 with even larger state lines.

True to its size, Georgia is full of notable and fun vacation spots worth checking out.

To help you pick the best of them, we’ve put together a travel guide of locations you may want to visit during your trip.

Here are our picks for the best things to do and places to visit in Georgia.

Table of Contents

1. Savannah Historic District

Savannah Historic District

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The Savannah Historic District isn’t just known in Georgia.

It’s also the United States’ biggest urban historic district, maintaining relatively accurate dimensions to the original city of Savannah as it was in the times of the Civil War.

Over 20 city squares packed with tourist attractions in the form of park spaces, historical structures, and fun visitor draws make for a great time.

Savannah is Georgia’s oldest city and was its first capital.

Established in 1733, it is now the third biggest metropolitan location in the state and boasts some of the most interesting and one-of-a-kind city designs, especially along the south of the country.

A vast majority of its uniqueness can be attributed to James Oglethorpe, the founder of the colony of Georgia.

His ideas were largely focused on civic equity and virtue, as was common during the era of Enlightenment.

This is why the design is divided into wards of four trust lots and forty residential lots that circle public squares.

Perhaps somewhat ironically, the ward design was useful for military purposes, allowing for militia unit organization and easy gathering spots.

Of all the squares built back then, 22 remain now.

The Savannah Historic District is an official National Historic Landmark District and spans 1,300 acres.

Its mix of buildings in Gothic, Greek Revival, and Georgian style, decorated with live oak trees, make it a delightful visit any day.

Address:  301 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401, United States

2. Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium

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The biggest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere would naturally be one of the best things to do in Georgia – and it’s also the world’s second-largest.

That’s why the Georgia Aquarium makes for a fun trip for the whole family that you won’t be able to replicate elsewhere.

It boasts exhibits that require a total of ten million gallons of water!

The aquarium was opened in 2005 and offers a glimpse into the daily lives of many different kinds of marine animals, ranging from bottlenose dolphins to whale sharks and from beluga whales to sea otters.

There are even African penguins, loved by all for their cuteness, and manta rays that have wingspans of thirteen feet!

Tropical fish displays showcase South Pacific Ocean marine life while the North American fish tank lets you walk beneath the great fish you may recognize from across the country.

Don’t forget to head over to the dolphin stadium, which hosts dolphin shows for about half an hour.

They’re the highlight of any visit to the aquarium and are widely considered the world’s greatest.

If you have a SCUBA certification, you can even scuba dive or snorkel with the fish here!

Address:  225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States

3. National Center for Civil and Human Rights

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

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The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is one of the places to see if you’re looking for a powerful and impactful trip in Georgia.

As its name suggests, it is a dedication to the worldwide battle for equal human rights as well as America’s own civil rights movement.

Dynamic exhibits deliver this important message in a strong, tactful, and interesting manner.

At the Civil Rights Movement gallery, you’ll learn more about the 1950s and 1960s’ struggle for civil equality, with audio and visual that bring this era to life.

Exhibits talk about those who helped overcome Jim Crow laws and more.

Meanwhile, the Freedom Riders exhibit talks about the bus of the 1950s, with a film and oral history within that delivers additional information.

A particularly harrowing exhibit is the Lunch Counter, which lets you sit at a replica counter while looking at angry expressions and hearing tormenting voices of those who threatened people of color wanting to eat at public lunch counters.

Other displays of note are the Voice to the Voiceless exhibit dedicated to the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Human Rights Movement gallery which expands its focus on global efforts for human rights fights by the LGBT+ community and people of color.

Finally, the Spark of Conviction exhibit, being one of the center’s most controversial, is about repressive dictators accompanied by examples of events occurring in the world today.

All in all, the center’s goal of bringing light to civil and human rights issues is one that many people on all sides of the political spectrum can appreciate.

Address:  100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States

4. Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest

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The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest is a huge 750,000-acre expanse of some of the top panoramas of natural green in Georgia.

It’s a much-loved place for tourists, especially in the summer, and its delightful rush of trees and other fauna makes it both relaxing and exciting.

There is no shortage of options for what to do in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest.

You can go for a hike, have a picnic, or go on a camping trip.

There are also lakes, rivers, and waterfalls that allow for swimming, kayaking, and canoeing!

There’s no doubt that this severe gem of northern Georgia is not one to be missed, especially if you’re a nature enthusiast.

Address:  Suches, GA 30572, United States

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5. Pin Point Heritage Museum

Pin Point Heritage Museum

Pin Point Heritage Museum

When the Civil War ended, a small group of former slaves, now free, set up a home for themselves in Georgia, divided into thin property roads.

This eventually gave the location its name: Pin Point.

The vibrant people who founded the community were descendants of West African slaves, bringing traditions and customs along with them to this bright little neighborhood.

Culinary creations, different languages, and more mixed together creating a culture called the Gullah-Geechee, which made use of a Creole English dialect.

It is this culture that made up Pin Point.

A factory in Pin Point called the A.S. Varn & Son Oyster and Crab Factory served as the main source of work for the community of Pin Point up until its eventual closure in the year 1985.

That factory was then turned into the Pin Point Heritage Museum , one of the must-do Georgia attractions for history buffs.

The Pin Point Heritage Museum tells its guests about the Gullah-Geechee culture, how oysters were canned locally, including the processes of catching, packaging, distributing, and beyond.

Generations of people who are connected to the factory have their testimonies here for you to hear, and you’ll learn the story of the community that made up Pin Point.

Guides are all direct descendants from that community and have lots of information to share!

Address:  9924 Pin Point Ave, Savannah, GA 31406, United States

6. Cumberland Island

Cumberland Island

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Cumberland Island is Georgia’s biggest barrier island that stands uninhabited, making it one of the most interesting places to go.

It’s relatively small, measuring 17.5 miles in length and encompassing about 36,415 acres, though almost 17,000 of those acres are tidal creeks, mudflats, and marshes.

The moment you step onto your ferry at St. Mary’s, your adventure has already started.

You’ll get to see all kinds of amazing views of Georgia on your way.

Once you get back onto land, it’s time to have some fun!

Examine diverse habitats, tour with park rangers, rent a bike, or go hiking to explore!

With a rich and colorful history, Cumberland Island shows off old maritime forests, 17 miles of beach, lots of tourist locations, and wild horses loping across the land.

It was first lived in by settlers of Native America, eventually becoming a plantation, then a retreat for a wealthy family, and finally what it is now.

As a national seashore, Cumberland Island is recognized as a wilderness through congressional designation.

7. Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

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The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site is located in southwest Georgia in an area called Plains.

It’s an homage to President Jimmy Carter himself, consisting of the Carter family home, the childhood home of President Carter, and the farm his family had in his boyhood.

Within the grounds of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, you can also find the Plains High School and Plains Train Depot.

Altogether, the different areas of interest on the location make it the best way to get a glimpse into the past of the President and even better understand the worldview and perspectives that shaped his thoughts and future decisions.

It’s undoubtedly among the top 10 historic locations in Georgia!

Address:  300 N Bond St, Plains, GA 31780, United States

8. Callaway Gardens

Callaway Gardens

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Callaway Gardens is a resort that sits in Georgia’s Pine Mountains.

Its grounds encompass 14,000 acres of foothills of the Appalachian, with the resort itself located within 2,500 acres of lush greenery from woodlands, forests, and lakes.

The reason Callaway Gardens is one of the best accommodation spots in Georgia is that it offers four different accommodation kinds, each one maintaining a balance of suitable amenities and exposure to nature and the great outdoors.

But of course, Callaway Gardens isn’t just on this list for its value as accommodation alone!

The grounds are home to a wide range of recreational tourist areas, such as the TreeTop Adventure Course, the Day Butterfly Center, and the Callaway Discovery Center, which are all worthy places to visit.

There are daily bird shows, more than a dozen lakes for fishing or boating, tennis courts, and cycling and walking trails.

If you love the great outdoors, it’s worth a trip!

Address:  17800 US Hwy 27, Pine Mountain, GA 31822, United States

9. David J. Sencer CDC Museum

David J. Sencer CDC Museum

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The David J. Sencer CDC Museum was opened in 1996, the year after the film Outbreak hit cinemas and America began biting their nails over the thought of a potentially lethal, quick-spreading virus.

It revolved around a team of dedicated Center for Disease Control agents.

Despite the film’s fictional story, few can deny that the public’s newfound interest in the CDC made the museum’s opening in Georgia convenient in terms of timing.

The David J. Sencer CDC Museum was established as a part of celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the CDC.

It hosts a wide range of interesting and surprisingly detailed displays and multimedia that discuss public health management in a fun way.

You’ll be surprised by the organized chaos of technology, science, and humanity that goes into the work the CDC does.

Exhibits at the museum are varied.

Some speak of America’s successful fight against malaria, or of the new epidemic of obesity that the CDC is now working on overcoming.

Others talk of the steps in emergency preparedness or the methods needed to create safe water for the entire country.

A few dive down to the nitty-gritty of difficult topics, like the way chemicals in the environment can affect the human body, or how HIV testing or food labeling are all important factors in public health.

You’ll find no fictional displays at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum, but that’s part of what makes this one of the most fascinating Georgia destinations.

Everything within is real, and the implications of that can be pretty astounding!

Address:  1600 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329, United States

10. Tallulah Gorge State Park

Tallulah Gorge State Park

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The Tallulah Gorge State Park is one of the most scenic places in Georgia.

It spans 2,689 acres of land around the two-mile-long, thousand-feet deep Tallulah Gorge, created by the Tallulah River’s flow over thousands of years.

There are a total of six waterfalls that bring the river level down 5000 feet, marking one of the state park’s most loved features.

For those looking for still fun but less exciting experiences, the state park offers hiking trails with beautiful vistas along the gorge rim.

With a permit, you can hike along the floor of the canyon, too.

There is also a suspension bridge 80 feet in the air above the gorge base that is heart-racing to walk on!

Finally, for a little more history, head to the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center for information on the ecosystem, background, and terrain of this fragile environment.

Address:  338 Jane Hurt Yarn Rd, Tallulah Falls, GA 30573, United States

11. Andersonville National Historic Site

Andersonville National Historic Site

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The Andersonville National Historic Site is south of Atlanta, Georgia, and as far as vacation spots go, it’s among the most educational.

It’s a spot designed to teach you about the Civil War era and the American South at the time.

Be warned, though – its sights are meant to be brutally honest about the horrors, suffering, and haunting endeavors endured by those affected most by the conflict.

Onsite, you’ll also find the Prisoner of War Museum, which is built in an actual former military prison.

Over 45,000 prisoners were held here in the last 14 months of the war, and almost a third of them passed away due to a wide variety of reasons.

You’ll also get to see the cemetery, which houses 13,714 bodies, including those of 921 unknown soldiers of the Union.

If you need a breather from the harrowing information, step into the lovely green spaces for a break.

Address:  760 POW Rd, Andersonville, GA 31711, United States

12. High Museum of Art

High Museum of Art

The High Museum of Art boasts a proud title of being one of southeastern America’s most important and influential museums, so it’s something you simply must visit when you’re in Georgia!

Over 15,000 different works call this place their home, and the collection is divided into seven themes of focus: American art, African art, European art, folk and self-taught art, decorative art and design, photography, and modern and contemporary art.

Numerous luminaries, including Pissarro, Monet, and Bellini, have their works displayed at the High Museum of Art.

Southern artists are also supported here, with artwork collected by many self-taught local talents.

The art dates back to the Renaissance all the way to now, though the majority seems to be 19th Century French art.

The High Museum of Art was built as part of the Woodruff Arts Center, expanding since its inception to include three more buildings to contain its large collection.

It also boasts a huge sculpture in bronze, gifted by the government of France.

Events are hosted periodically, such as art talks, programs for children, cinema screenings, and even jazz concerts.

That might be why visiting here is certainly one of the most fun things to do in Georgia!

Address:  1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, United States

13. Arabia Mountain

Arabia Mountain

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Arabia Mountain is one of the most spectacular and one-of-a-kind things to see in the state of Georgia.

It is a granite monadnock dating back to ancient times, meaning it is an exposed, isolated, completed exposed rock.

It rises 954 feet from sea level, and a hike to the peak of the crater-dotted monolith rewards you with gorgeous panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

Arabia Mountain is a National Heritage Area, which is a very special honor.

Only 49 places in America have this title, which essentially means Congress recognizes them for a significant contribution to the history of the country.

Very few other places even come near to its level of importance to the country, so if you’re in Georgia, you absolutely must stop by to see it!

The entire Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area is fascinating to see because, on the surface, it looks barren.

But the landscape has its own ecosystem – adapted flora and fauna, with little bits rare vegetation dotting the expanse.

For a more historical-over-natural look at the region, go to the Flat Rock Archives to learn about those who have lived here for millennia.

Or, for something else, go to the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, a Trappist monk-built structure, for an unorthodox look into their lives.

14. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

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Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia – so it makes sense that the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site is in that same city!

In fact, the site includes Reverend King’s childhood home and the building of the church where he was a pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Other historic structures are peppered throughout.

The visitor center, which is worth a trip if you’re not too sure where to go or where to begin on your adventures, includes a museum about Reverend King’s work and the Civil rights Movement.

It includes a special exhibit that is more local to Georgia: the tale of the Atlanta Fire Department’s desegregation.

You can also take a trip to Freedom Hall, which is open daily with the visitor center and church.

If you’re heading over this weekend, why not go on a self-guided tour?

Address:  450 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312, United States

15. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge spans 401,880 acres.

It was first set up in 1937 and has since become one of the more popular points of interest in the state of Georgia.

It is nothing short of beautiful, functioning as a migration refuge for wildlife, a safe breeding ground, and a habitat for threatened or endangered species.

The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge houses more than 600 species of plants, and 353,981 acres of its wide-ranging expanse is a National Wilderness Area.

It also has one of the world’s biggest freshwater ecosystems still intact, so it is a Wetland of International Importance, as designated by the RAMSAR Convention.

One of the most loved sites in the fun environment of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is the Okefenokee Swamp.

The swamp is very much known for its amphibian population, which serves as a bioindicator for the wellbeing of the habitat.

The headwaters of the Suwannee and St. Mary’s Rivers, they are peaceful, lush, and teeming with life – though they also supposedly are home to more than 10,000 crocodiles, so take from that what you will!

On the whole, the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful spot for exploration and the appreciation of nature.

Boardwalks, trails, and observation towers let you take in the environment, which is suited for fishing, boating, and even hunting.

Address:  2700 North, Suwannee Canal Road, Folkston, GA 31537, United States

16. Roosevelt’s Little White House

Roosevelt’s Little White House

In 1921, Franklin Delano Roosevelt contracted polio.

Very few things were able to help relieve his pain, but hot water was one of them.

This might be why he headed up to Warm Springs, Georgia, which boasts 88-degree hot springs that are all-natural.

Roosevelt’s love of the location led him to purchase an old, broken down rehabilitation center and grounds in the area.

He built a Georgia Pine home in the springs, with six rooms, and would come here regularly when he was Governor of New York.

As President, he visited it a total of 16 times, using it as a little retreat.

He passed away here in 1945.

President Roosevelt likely never realized that this home would eventually become one of the local places of interest.

At the Little White House , it’s one of the best ways to learn more about the late President’s life.

Address:  401 Little White House Rd, Warm Springs, GA 31830, United States

17. Etowah Indian Mounds

Etowah Indian Mounds

The Etowah Indian Mounds were constructed over a long period of time, beginning more than a thousand years ago.

They consist of six plateaus, creating an unintended deposit of historical treasures in the sediment, ranging from artifacts to cultural information on traditional activities.

There are even bodies found, sometimes.

The mounds are believed to be the work of Mississippians, who left long ago, with nothing but the Etowah Indian Mounds remaining of their existence.

Most fascinatingly, only 10% of this site has been explored at all, so who knows what more will be unearthed in time?

So far, there’s already a lot of information that has been uncovered.

Archeologists have found traditional clothing, weapons, domestic items, and tools among the mounds.

Check out fun but data-packed exhibits on things that have been found and learn more about native life while at this educational location.

Don’t forget to take a peek at the 125-pound stone effigies on display.

As far as activities go, visiting the Etowah Indian Mounds is one of the coolest things to do while you’re in Georgia!

Address:  813 Indian Mound Rd SE, Cartersville, GA 30120, United States

18. Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island

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Jekyll Island is one of Georgia’s famous Golden Isles – the rest of which are discussed as other places to visit later on in this article.

The island was purchased by East Coast millionaires and is often referred to as Millionaires Island.

In 1947, the Jekyll Island Club – the collective owners of the island – sold the island back to Georgia for them to use as a state park.

This is why now, Jekyll Island is a hotspot for site seeing, golfing, camping, hiking, and beaches.

It’s picturesque, relaxing, and beautiful – a wonderful getaway from the hustle and bustle of the world!

19. Museum of Aviation

Museum of Aviation

Museum of Aviation

The Museum of Aviation is one of the best tourist spots for aircraft enthusiasts and machinery buffs alike.

Four hangers are spotted throughout this museum in Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, and the collection is still expanding regularly!

The museum has individual exhibits that showcase different themes, ranging from the Tuskegee Airmen to the Flying Tigers and from D-Day to the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame.

Different planes, such as an SR-71, a B-52 bomber, a C-130 used during the infamous rescue operation on Iran, and a locally built B-29, are also available to peruse.

When you’re done looking through the fun showcases, you can stop by the Museum of Aviation gift shop, cafe, or even its designated picnic spot!

Address:  1942 Heritage Blvd, Robins AFB, GA 31098, United States

20. Panther Creek Falls

Panther Creek Falls

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There is little double that Panther Creek Falls is one of the most beautiful places in Georgia.

Located in the southern region of the Smoky Mountains within Gifford Pinchot National Forest on the Cohutta Mountains of Georgia, this waterfall is a hidden gem for sightseeing, relaxation, hiking, and exploration.

It’s a 5.8-mile trek along Panther Creek Trail in order to view a series of wide tiered waterfalls that flow seamlessly into a lovely pool of crystal clear water below.

The falls’ base is level and sandy, which is why many people opt to camp here, lulled to sleep by the rushing water.

Address: 3995 Old Historic 441, Turnerville, GA 30523, United States

21. College Football Hall of Fame

College Football Hall of Fame

The College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia is among the few tourist attractions that cater specifically to fans of this sport.

It’s a great place for the whole family, even with its own play zone for kids.

Among the activities, you can enjoy at this fun Georgia museum are the Touchstone Tunnel, full of touchstones that you can examine, and The Quad, which boasts helmets from more than 700 different college football teams.

There is also a football field replica spanning 45 yards where you can kick the old pigskin yourself.

More informational exhibits include service academy football, the Hall Of Fame, and a trophy display.

Address:  250 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States

22. Doll’s Head Trail

Doll's Head Trail

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Doll’s Head Trail is a short hiking path that cuts through Georgia’s Constitution Lakes Park, which is an urban nature preserve located in the area of a former brick factory.

The trail is an art project by Joel Slaton, a Georgia carpenter, who used doll parts and other recycled materials found in this factory area to create pieces that decorate the trail.

Exploring this collection is one of the top things to do in Georgia.

It’s a testament to the very best human creativity, with all items being found within the park and reused in this manner.

Bottle artwork, doll heads, old bricks, collages, truck parts, and more make up the things to see on this site!

Address:  3445 Almand Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30316, United States

23. Ocmulgee National Monument

Ocmulgee National Monument

The Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon, Georgia is North America’s only known spiral mound.

Rising 20 feet into the air, it was built by natives who used it 12,000 years ago.

It’s one of the most fascinating, one-of-a-kind places to see in Georgia!

The earthen mounds are a wonder to behold, and the Ceremonial Lodge teaches you about the early inhabitants of this location, as well as some Civil War events that took place here much later.

Now, you can visit the monument any day, free of charge.

There are 6 miles of trails to explore and hike through in the vicinity of the mound itself.

There is also a museum that houses historical artifacts and information relating to the mound, with 2000 artifacts and an interesting short movie screening to go with it.

Address: 1207 Emery Highway, Macon, GA 31217, United States

24. Babyland General Hospital: Cabbage Patch Kids

Babyland General Hospital

If you’re thinking of what to do in Georgia that is fun but a little weird, you can’t go wrong with Babyland General Hospital: Cabbage Patch Kids .

This is a place where Cabbage Patch Kids are “born”, but likely not in the way you think – and it’s free to enter!

A little background, here: Cabbage Patch Kids, popular decades ago, involved the act of “adopting” the dolls yourself.

Kids would sign papers to adopt them and receive certification for owning the toys and would even have to show ID in the “adoption” process!

That’s what this so-called hospital is all about.

It’s a fantasy world where staff dress as nurses and guide you along, acting like it’s a real-life hospital.

When you enter, you’ll already feel like you’re not in Georgia anymore.

It’s a surreal experience!

You’ll “learn” how crystals on a fiberglass tree “fertilize” cabbages to create Cabbage Patch Kids while staring at this Magic Birthing Tree.

An actress wearing scrubs will explain that the mother cabbage is dilating at a certain point in your tour, and at 10 cm of dilation, the lights dim and you watch the Cabbage Patch Kid get “born”, with all the seriousness and medical procedure that this entails!

It’s strange but certainly an experience you can’t get anywhere else.

Address:  300 NOK Dr, Cleveland, GA 30528, United States

25. Providence Canyon State Park

Providence Canyon State Park

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Providence Canyon State Park in southwest Georgia is named after the “Little Grand Canyon” Providence Canyon right in the middle of it.

The Canyon is a must-see because of its fascinating story – it’s not natural.

Poor farming practices in the 19th century caused soil erosion that led to the 150-foot plunge we see today.

A hike around the side of Providence Canyon rewards you with breathtaking panoramas.

The beautiful colors of the walls of the canyon, the flowers that bloom in certain months, and its value as a rock climbing site make this among the most beautiful and intriguing Georgia attractions.

Address:  8930 Canyon Rd, Lumpkin, GA 31815, United States

26. Tybee Island Light Station and Museum

Tybee Island Light Station and Museum

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Tybee Island is one of Georgia’s barrier islands, and it houses the Tybee Island Light Station and Museum .

This lighthouse is one of only seven that have survived since their creation in Colonial times.

Resting on the Savannah River entrance, it replaced a previous lighthouse that was destroyed in a hurricane.

Right now, the current light station can be dated to 1871.

It has 178 steps to climb all the way up to the peak for a gorgeous vista of the coast of Georgia.

Other than that, you can head to the museum, which was built within a military outpost formerly known as Fort Screven.

There is also a keepers cottage that offers a look into the life of those who maintained these lighthouses.

All in all, this is one of the state’s places to go that you should add to your list.

Address:  30 Meddin Dr, Tybee Island, GA 31328, United States

27. Georgia Guidestones

Georgia Guidestones

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The Georgia Guidestones were built by the Elberton Granite Finishing Company, commissioned by R. C. Christian, who had lots of money and a demand that no one reveal the identity of him or the group he worked with.

Construction was completed in 1980 and plans were destroyed upon their completion, as contractually agreed upon.

The Guidestones are nothing short of strange, which is probably why they’re one of Georgia’s famous places.

Then guidelines are engraved on the stones that speak of re-establishing society and the planet, written in eight languages.

The stones are also arranged as an accurate astronomical calendar, and at noon, the sun’s glare reveals the date of the current day, engraved inside the structure.

There is also talk of a time capsule buried beneath it, four ancient language names etched into the top, and lots of controversy about how accurate these stones are and who could have set them up.

It’s fun to speculate about why the stones were created and who wanted them made, and it’s a mystery that may never be solved!

Address:  1031 Guide Stones Road, Elberton, GA 30635, United States

28. Oakland Cemetery

Oakland Cemetery

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Oakland Cemetery is the oldest of Atlanta, Georgia’s cemeteries.

It’s also one of the largest continuous expanses of greenery in the urban environment, to begin with.

Originally named Atlanta Cemetery, Oakland Cemetery began its life with just six acres of land in 1850.

It was renamed in 1872 after the trees surrounding it – and it is, now, 48 acres in size.

A number of notable people call this part of Georgia their final resting place.

Six state governors, Civil War soldiers, industry captains, Great Locomotive Chase employees, Civil Rights pioneers, 25 Atlanta mayors, the Morris Brown College founder, and even the author of Gone With The Wind all lie here.

If you’re seeking places to visit with a mix of creepiness, somber atmosphere, and historical value, Oakland Cemetery may be one of your best bets.

Address:  248 Oakland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312, United States

29. Brasstown Bald

Brasstown Bald

If you’re looking for fun things to do in Georgia, Brasstown Bald is a good option and one you should have on your travel guide.

It’s Georgia’s highest point, reaching a whopping 4,784 feet above sea level at its top.

A huge observation center at its peak dominates the area, looking down on other sites close to it.

Brasstown Bald was once the home of the Cherokee tribe, and it’s easy to see why it was referred to as “Green Place” by them.

The bald is nothing short of beautiful and offers some of the best views you can find in Georgia, so it’s great fun being rewarded for your upward journey with those panoramas!

The visitor’s center at Brasstown Bald has taxidermied local wildlife, too, if you’re interested in learning more about regional fauna.

Address: Georgia Spur 180, Blairsville, GA 30512, United States

30. Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail

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The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine.

If you were to hike it completely, it would take you up to 7 months to complete your journey.

But Springer Mountain in Georgia is as good a place as any to get some sightseeing action without spending months on the trail!

The hike to and from Springer Mountain is only a total of 2 miles, but it can be slightly challenging thanks to the rockiness of the terrain on your way there.

Still, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with views of pretty places as far as the eye can see.

Spring and autumn are the most opportune times to get the most glorious views!

Address:  Hiawassee, GA 30546, United States

31. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Atlanta

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

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The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is one of a kind when it comes to tourist attractions in the state of Georgia.

It’s an intricate, grand Hindu temple and is actually the largest of its kind constructed out of India!

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir has a rather interesting construction, with 34,000 stone pieces carved by hand brought over, from India.

These stones, consisting of Indian pink sandstone, Italian Carrara marble, and Turkish limestone, are arranged in a way similar to a huge puzzle.

The temple was opened in 2007 after over a million hours of manpower and hard work collectively – and that’s just the donated manpower!

The intricacy and care that went into designing and etching reliefs, designs, and statues into the stone are certainly not unnoticed.

Five pinnacles, 340 columns, 116 archways, and 86 decorative ceilings add to the jaw-dropping awe of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir.

It sits on over 30 acres of land and rises 75 feet into the air.

This particular BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is located in Lilburn, Georgia, where it is the tallest local structure.

It is open for worship purposes, but also for architectural, historical, or cultural appreciation.

Don’t forget to be respectful in the midst of your fun!

Address:  460 Rockbridge Rd NW, Lilburn, GA 30047, United States

32. Center for Puppetry Arts

Center for Puppetry Arts

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Looking for the most fun things to do in Georgia?

The Center for Puppetry Arts is an amazing option in Atlanta!

It’s the home of the world’s biggest collection and exhibition of artifacts relating to the late, great Jim Henson himself.

If you’ve been living under a rock, he was the amazing talent behind puppeteering in The Dark Crystal, The Muppets, Labyrinth, and Sesame Street.

But it’s not just Henson who gets a spotlight at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

The Global Collection is also a big selling point, showcasing historical forms of puppetry from countries like Vietnam.

Broadway theater puppets and stop-motion puppets used in modern Hollywood are also on display at this Georgia museum.

Before you end your day at the Center for Puppetry Arts, why not learn how to make puppets, watch a film, or even attend a ball event, hosted seasonally?

There’s no shortage of exciting features at this family-friendly museum in Atlanta!

Address:  1404 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, United States

33. Rock City

Rock City

Rock City can be found in Northern Georgia, right on Lookout Mountain.

It’s one of the state’s many things to see.

It began as an all-natural wonder and was, over time, slowly turned into a fine example of American kitsch.

It was in the 1900s when Garner Carter thought of building a Lookout Mountain community, which he named Fairyland as a tribute to his wife and her love of European folklore.

It is decorated in an almost childlike manner, with strange and wacky dioramas of fairytales on walls of caves, garden gnomes peeking out from narrow tunnels, fancy and fun black lights, and the world’s first – and very oddly designed – mini-golf course.

Rock City is an assault to the senses, but it’s also charming in its lack of proper design.

The activities are certainly a hoot if you don’t mind their unorthodox nature.

There are birdwatching tours, a corn maze, and light shows to enjoy, all near enough to each other to be easy to get to.

Address:  1400 Patten Rd, Lookout Mountain, GA 30750, United States

34. Atlanta


We’d be unable to talk about Georgia without talking about one of its cities to visit, the capital: Atlanta, one of the top travel destinations .

Taking a trip here is a must-do because it’s the central hub of Georgia and speaks to its wider culture and elegance.

A mix of cosmopolitan modernism and historical value makes it a delightful place, any time of the year.

There’s no shortage of points of interest in Atlanta.

It’s a good idea to begin at the Atlanta History Center, but from there you have the Six Flags White Water waterpark, the Margaret Mitchell House, the LEGOLAND Discovery Center, and numerous locations already on this list.

If you’re choosing a city that’s quintessential modern Georgia, Atlanta is the right place.

If you’re going to spend more time here, check out some of the best things to do in Atlanta !

35. The Big House

The Big House

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If you’re a fan of older music, you’ll probably have heard of the Allman Brothers Band.

During their four-decade career, they went through their fair share of controversy and near-breakups due to internal conflict.

Through all their ups and downs – and great hits like Midnight Rider and Ramblin’ Man – you’ll get to view them all at The Big House , the Allman Brothers Band’s personal museum in Macon, Georgia.

The museum calls a multi-story estate its home, first rented by a wife of a member of the band in 1970.

Eventually, the whole band used it as their social center and creative hub.

The band members all moved in, adding a luxurious lounge area and a jam room, among many other great spots throughout the house.

Infighting and substance abuse eventually led to Macon’s dislike of the band, leading to the eviction of remaining band members.

It was, eventually, repurchased and made into a celebratory museum that commemorates the band’s activities.

It’s a rather unorthodox attraction, as far as Georgia is concerned!

Address:  2321 Vineville Ave, Macon, GA 31204, United States

36. World of Coca-Cola

World of Coca-Cola

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Virtually no one on the planet hasn’t heard of Coca-Cola, and that’s what makes the World of Coca-Cola one of Georgia’s most unique and fascinating places.

Located in Atlanta, Georgia, each ticket into the wonderful and fun world of the center comes with a free can of Coke for you to drink as you wait for your tour to begin.

The first stop on your tour here is a theater, where you’ll get to watch a short film about one of the world’s most popular sodas.

Then, you’ll be brought to the main lobby, where you are free to view the exhibitions on display.

Among them are artifacts and information relating to the drink’s history and “accidental” creation, the Coca-Cola Polar Bear mascot, the secret formula vault, and even art made by or inspired by the famous cola.

Finally, conclude your trip with a bunch of free samples of Coca-Cola products, including many that are typically exclusive to other parts of the world!

Address:  121 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States

37. Cathedral of St John the Baptist

Cathedral of St John the Baptist

If you’re going site seeing and are a fan of Catholic history, you may enjoy Georgia’s take on the Cathedral of St John the Baptist .

It’s Savannah’s Roman Catholic Diocese’s mother church, so it’s pretty significant to visit if you seek stuff to do.

Savannah originally prohibited Roman Catholic settlers due to fears of their possible loyalty to Spain, but after the Revolution, they were allowed in slowly.

Catholics from Haiti, escaping slave rebellions, were among the first Catholics to settle here.

More people of the faith gathering in Savannah led to the Cathedral of St John the Baptist being constructed from 1873 to 1896.

A fire almost destroyed it two years later, but from 1900 to 1912, it was refurbished, and much of it has remained unchanged since then.

Beautiful Station of the Cross carvings of Bavarian wood, astonishing stained glass windows, and a well-designed facade make it a stunning attraction!

Address:  222 E Harris St, Savannah, GA 31401, United States

Looking for some more thrill to add to your Georgia vacation? Here are some of the things to do in Savannah, GA  & some of the best things to do in Augusta, GA !

38. Howard Finster’s Paradise Gardens

Howard Finster's Paradise Gardens

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Howard Finster grew up in a thirteen-person family.

He dropped out of school after sixth grade, became a born-again Christian at 13, and was a preacher by the age of 16.

Supposedly, he experienced a spiritual revelation for the first time at just three years old, claiming that his sister, then passed away, came down from heaven to tell him that he would be “a man of visions”.

This may or may not be what eventually led Howard, in the 1940s, to start working on a new way to preach his faith to the world: through art projects.

It was in 1961 in Summerville, Georgia that Howard began working on garden-art, which he referred to as the Plant Farm Museum.

Built from discarded and recycled materials, Howard claimed it was a showcase of mankind’s intentions.

It wasn’t long before this humble Georgia project took on a life of its own, spawning new buildings such as the Hubcap Tower, the Machine Gun Nest, the Bible House, the Mirror House, and the rather impressive Folk Art Chapel that reaches five stories!

Soon enough, the garden was named as one of the places to visit in the country by Esquire magazine, which called it A Garden of Paradise .

The rest, as they say, is history!

Address:  200 N Lewis St, Summerville, GA 30747, United States

39. Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain

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Stone Mountain makes for one of the best of the Georgia destinations because of the many things that it is.

It’s packed with beautiful areas for picnics, a location for laser light shows, and of course, a lakeside mountain and park perfect for hiking, viewing rare plants, and more.

Of course, one also can’t forget the fact that it’s an aerial tramway and a railroad in addition to all the other hats it wears.

Yet, though all of these activities are undoubtedly fantastic, one of the main reasons that Stone Mountain flourishes as a tourist hotspot is because of the bas-relief that is carved into it.

That relief is a Confederate States of America memorial, admittedly in quite an unlikely place.

White supremacists were the originators behind the memorial, but after first attempts to create it were abandoned, a “toned-down” version without KKK member depictions was worked on, leading to the image we know now.

Stone Mountain has stood, 825 feet tall, for about 300 million or so years, its granite surface ever-present on the Georgia portion of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

It was here that, during the beginning of European movement into the area, the Creek Confederation would meet with Cherokees.

Then, in the 1830s, granite began being quarried here, with the results used to build US Treasury vaults, US Capitol steps, and Panama Canal locks.

There’s no doubting the beauty of the geological formation that is Stone Mountain, and despite its darker history, it’s well worth a trip for its awe-inspiring stature.

40. Booth Western Art Museum

Booth Western Art Museum

Booth Western Art Museum

The Booth Western Art Museum is one of the lesser-known tourist places of Georgia, but still one of the top museums in the state.

It’s home to America’s biggest Wester art exhibition and focuses on exploring American West expansion, including the life of cowboys and the world of the early frontier.

At the Booth Western Art Museum, expect to see paintings, murals, photographs, and status from some of America’s most influential artists.

You can also see other fun exhibits, like Presidential letters, a gallery for children, and a stagecoach.

Address:  501 N Museum Dr, Cartersville, GA 30120, United States

41. Fort Pulaski National Monument

Fort Pulaski National Monument

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Fort Pulaski National Monument is one of Georgia’s historically important tourist attractions: the place of a Union victory during the Civil War.

It was the first time that war combat ever involved rifled cannons, leading to the destruction of previously impenetrable fortresses of brick and stone.

The Union army fought long and hard against Fort Pulaski, located on Georgia’s Cockspur Island.

From two and a half miles away, they decimated the fortification.

This led to the rifled cannon soon becoming the world’s most accurate gun.

Now, the fort remains preserved well.

You’ll be able to walk on its parapets, ramparts, and grounds, as well as visit its museum.

Address:  US-80, Savannah, GA 31410, United States

42. CNN Center

CNN Center

Few haven’t heard of CNN, a news-based media company founded in 1980.

The fact that its headquarters are in Georgia in the CNN Center means that it’s a visit not to miss while you’re in the state!

A tour of the center lasts 50 minutes and takes you on a behind-the-scenes journey.

You’ll learn about live show production and broadcasts, and VIP tour takers get to see even more of the CNN newsrooms – and a chance to meet a news anchor!

A trip to the CNN Center is one of the best things to do in Georgia, and it’s a great way to get a fun and educational look into the world behind the camera.

It’s a good idea to book in advance so you’re guaranteed a spot!

Address:  190 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, United States

43. Golden Isles

Golden Isles

The Golden Isles are a chain of barrier islands located along southern Georgia’s coast.

There are four of them, with each one offering something unorthodox and different.

They’re largely considered hidden gems, named as a whole for their golden beaches.

Figuring out which places to see are worth your itinerary, or which isles are most suited?

St. Simons Island has boutiques, coastal cuisine, and watersports.

Little St. Simons Island is packed with outdoor excitement.

Sea Island is perfect for those seeking opulence and luxury.

And, of course, there’s Jekyll Island, already discussed in a previous number!

But when it comes down to it, why choose between them?

If you have a longer stay than just this weekend, it’s more than worth a trip to each of the Golden Isles!

Address:  529 Beachview Dr, St Simons, GA 31522, United States

44. National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center

National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center

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The National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center is located in Columbus , suitably outside of Fort Benning, Georgia’s infantry training center.

The museum speaks of American infantrymen, dating back to the Revolution of America all the way to more current events, like the United States’ Middle East involvement.

The National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center focuses on uplifting and showcasing the values of the country’s infantry, emphasizing honor, courage, respect, loyalty, and more.

Multimedia displays, artifacts from across history, and a special Holocaust exhibit make this a great option for what to do when you’re looking for activities in Georgia.

There’s also a 3D Theater with themed movies, a combat simulator, a gift shop, and a restaurant and bar.

Address:  1775 Legacy Way, Columbus, GA 31903, United States

45. Eye of God

Eye of God

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The Eye of God is one of the many natural Georgia attractions.

It is a part of the famous Chattooga River and is located in section three of the river, in a place called The Narrows.

In the last rapid of that area, you’ll see multiple boulders above the water, situated a little downriver from a bottle-necked river stretch, forming a big “hole” in the middle.

Staring at it will remind you that some of the best, most impressive Georgia attractions are all-natural!

This whole is called a pothole and is formed as a result of stones, debris, pebbles, and water carving into the bedrock beneath.

It’s unclear how deep the Eye of God is because of how much debris, including full tree trunks, are in it now.

It’s quite wide but is a danger to swimmers due to the whirlpool effect created by the pothole.

During floods, this is amplified, and you can really see things getting pulled into its unmerciful grasp.

It’s tough and even dangerous to sail past it, though those in the know are aware of the safest way to do so, even if they don’t have a very fun time doing it!

Address: Chattahoochee National Forest, Clayton, GA 30525, United States

46. National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force

National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force

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The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force celebrates the American Armed Force heavy bomber squad known as the Eighth Air Force Division.

It was set up in World War II but still exists now, active in its base in Louisiana .

This Georgia museum’s purpose is to showcase the courage, patriotism, and skill demonstrated by the members of the division.

They’ve played a significant role in numerous wars, including the Vietnam War, the Korean War, and Operation Desert Storm.

Of course, its biggest contribution was in World War II, where its strategic bombings moved America closer to victory.

With video presentations, personal stories, a Cold War exhibit, weapons, aircraft, uniforms, and more, the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is one of the must-see places of interest in Georgia for history-lovers and aviation enthusiasts alike.

Don’t forget to head out to the garden, which has remembrance plaques for crews and aircraft that fell valiantly in the war.

Address:  175 Bourne Ave, Pooler, GA 31322, United States

47. Old Car City

Old Car City

Looking for some fun and cool places?

Old Car City is one of Georgia’s most unique locations.

From its entrance, you can see why the place has been named a photographer’s paradise.

Old Car City is a junkyard covering 32 acres of land.

Vintage cars and automobiles are scattered about, coated in moss and other fauna, sometimes with trees growing through them.

Oddly, it looks more like a forest now than anything else.

The land was bought by the Lewis family in 1931 and was used as a general store.

It eventually became a used car parts dealership, and the family began to collect a lot of cars.

The trees growing surrounding the compound slowly but surely began to infiltrate the junkyard, blending nature and machine in one.

That is when Dan Lewis decided to turn the business into a tourist location.

Old Car City is not a hotspot for photographers of all levels of expertise.

More than 4,000 vehicles call it their final home and it’s one of the planet’s biggest automobile junkyards!

Most cars here date back to the 20th century, with classics haphazardly strewn about.

Trails attempt to make some sense of them all, guiding you through them in an order that teaches you about automobile history.

Address:  3098 US-411, White, GA 30184, United State

48. Dungeness Ruins

Dungeness Ruins

With modern-day hostility rising towards the wealth and privilege of the top 1%, the Dungeness Ruins in Cumberland Island, Georgia are a surprisingly topical location among the state’s places to visit.

It was the 19th-century winter getaway home of Thomas Carnegie, the brother of Andrew Carnegie, who purchased 90% of the island with his wife.

With this land, Carnegie built a 59-room mansion on the southern coastal shores of Georgia.

The St. Anne style was, at the time, beautiful to behold, but it was eventually abandoned and left to rot into the ruins that it has become now.

Illness led to the scrapping of plans for the mansion to be a home during the winter when Carnegie fell ill.

He planned to move into the house as a retirement home but passed away before renovation could be completed.

Eventually, the huge estate was, in fact, completed, and Carnegie’s wife and their whopping nine children did move in.

Squash courts, an indoor pool, a golf course, and enough residences for 200 servants ensured the family lived in nothing but the lap of luxury.

Three other estates were eventually built on the island for the children of Carnegie, but with the Great Depression in the 1930s, the houses had to be abandoned.

The decaying Dungeness finally met its full end in 1959, when a fire left nothing behind but ruins.

You can still go there now and see remnants of the pool house, main building, gardens, and more – a whisper of the opulence that once was.

Address: Cumberland Island, St Marys, GA 31558, United States

49. Colonial Park Cemetery

Colonial Park Cemetery

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Whether you’re a history-lover thinking about where to visit or a ghost hunting enthusiast wondering about the best spooky spots, Savannah’s Colonial Park Cemetery is for you.

Its history is equal parts deep and dark.

It’s considered the city’s most haunted location and has a fair bit of richness to its background.

The cemetery was built in 1750 and is the final resting place of many of the first people to settle in this part of Georgia.

This includes 700 victims of 1820’s yellow fever epidemic; the correct number of people who died of the plague in Savannah is said to be 666 but changed to 700 in order to avoid controversy.

From 1740 t0 1877, the cemetery also doubled as a location for dueling.

The Civil War left Savannah largely untouched, so the city was gifted to Abraham Lincoln in 1864 as a Christmas present from Sherman.

It is said that Union soldiers had their share of “fun” by changing certain marks on Colonial graves, with legends stating that they changed dates on stones, dug up soldiers’ bodies, and more.

You can see some headstones claiming their occupants lived four hundred or even five hundred years!

Address:  200 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401, United States

50. Krog Street Tunnel

Krog Street Tunnel

The Krog Street Tunnel might sound like a typical urban tunnel covered in graffiti, but this Georgia gem is far from ordinary.

The underpass, built in Atlanta in 1912, connected two neighborhoods together.

Inadvertently, this led to residents from both neighborhoods coming together here to add their art to the walls, resulting in what is now a street tunnel with almost no remaining unpainted space at all.

Since the 1960s – and even to this present day – the tradition of graffiti added pops of color and the avant-garde to the Krog Street Tunnel.

A mix of murals, tags, and flyers cover pillars and walls, with images and vibrancy that overlaps into a kaleidoscope of chaos and, surprisingly, brilliance.

A mix of philosophical, political, cultural, and even romantic influences are clearly seen throughout these bright walls.

The art at Krog Street Tunnel is often covered up or expanded by newer artists.

Locals to this part of Georgia think of the tunnel with pride – a symbol of community art and exchange.

Though the sights are far from the traditional cascading glory of a park or river, there’s no doubt that this tunnel might be, to many, one of the state’s most beautiful places.

Address:  1 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, United States

Start Planning Your Trip To Georgia

Being one of the most beautiful states in the US, Georgia is simply brimming with fun options for what to see and do.

There’s no end to its tourist hotspots, no matter which part of the state you’re in.

When seeking out the best of them, don’t be afraid to dip your toes into the niche, unusual, or even dark.

You’ll find that Georgia has much more to offer than just parks, estates, and museums!

The Top 10 Places to Visit in the Country of Georgia

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When you think of "Georgia," you probabably think of Atlanta, peach trees and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport , the hub of Delta Air Lines. Georgia is also home to ancient citadels, ornate Eastern Orthodox Cathedrals, a budding wine culture and some of the tallest mountains in the world. The other Georgia, anyway.

With all due respect to the home of the Brave(s), the country of Georgia (known in the Georgian language as "Sakartvelo") offers a richness of experience for travelers with which the state just can't participate. The country of Georgia may be much farther away than the state, but it's well worth a visit. Here are the top 10 places to visit in Georgia.

Narikala Fortress

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Tbilisi's Narikala Fortress isn't technically ancient, even though it occupies a very old site. The 13th century church that originally sat perched above Tbilisi's Old City burned down, and most of what currently exists was built in the late 1990s. Still, this is a must-see when you come to Georgia, if only because of the panorama it offers of Tbilisi's city center and the Kura River, which snakes through town. If you don't feel like hiking up to the fortress, which takes about 15-20 minutes, ride the cable car inside.

Sameba Cathedral

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One of the most conspicuous Tbilisi attractions you can see from Narikala is the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, known colloquially as Sameba. Whether you see it from afar or close up, it's most beautiful at night, when it lights up in a bright golden color that beautiful contrasts it from the more dim tones of the surrounding neighborhood. Sameba is the world's third-largest Eastern Orthodox church as of 2018, and is one of the largest religious structure on the planet in general.

Stepantsminda and Mount Kazbeg

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Georgia is a treasure trove of Orthodox architecture, it so happens, with another beautiful example being the hilltop 14th century Gergeti Trinity Church, located in the Caucasus Mountains a few hours north of Tbilisi. From the town of Stepantsminda, the nearest settlement to the church, it's about 90-minutes on foot at a brisk pace on a relatively steep incline. On a clear day, you can spot Mount Kazbeg (one of the highest peaks in the Caucasus Mountains) towering above the church from many points in the town, including the Rooms Hotel.

Davit Gareja Cliff Monastery

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Want to see an amazing religious site in Georgia, but can't devote an entire day and night to visiting Kazbegi? Another option would be to take a day trip from Tbilisi to Davit Gareja, a massive monastery complex a couple of hours from the city that's literally carved into a mountainside. Tour buses to Davit Gareja, which dates back to the 6th century, leave from Tbilisi's Freedom Square every morning.

Batumi's Black Sea Coast

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Not in a religious mood and aren't a mountain person? Not to worry. Though relatively short in length, Georgia's Black Sea coast is idyllic, and the city of Batumi has some lovely beaches to visit. One of the things many visitors to Georgia love about the city beach in Batumi is the fact that it's made of rocks, not sand. This means not only that the water is clearer, but that you won't get sand everywhere when you sunbathe!

Kakheti's Wineries

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Among the many reasons Georgia is rising to mainstream prominence? The country's long-secret wine scene (the Caucasus region is arguably where the modern wine tradition was born) is gaining more and more positive press, from the honey-sweet white wine Tvishi to fruity Aguna rosé. Popular wineries in the Kakheti region southeast of Tbilisi include Pheasant's Tears and Shumi Winery Khaketi.

Historical Sighnaghi

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Like Narikala in Tbilisi, much of the town of Sighnaghi (which, like the wineries listed above, is also located in the Kakheti region of Georgia) is significantly re-built. However, if you can overlook this fact, this is sure to be one of your favorite Georgia destinations. Notable Sighnaghi attractions include the Bobde Monastery, which sits just outside the town center, and eighth-century Kvelatsminda Church. A day or two in Sighnaghi town pairs perfectly (pun very much intended) with a trip to one or more of the Georgia wineries listed above.

Stalin's Hometown

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Although Joseph Stalin and his mythology are mostly associated with Russia, he actually hails from Georgia (which was, to be fair, a Soviet Republic, albeit a reluctant one). Apart from the massive Stalin Statue and extensive Stalin Museum that sits in the center of Gori Town, you can visit the ancient Gori Fortress or Uplistsikhe, an architectural site that dates back to the Iron Age. Keep in mind that while locals here are proud of the fact that Stalin hails from here, it's probably not a good idea to confuse them as being Russian, or to refer to them as such.

Affordable Ski Resorts: Bakuriana and Pasanauri

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Thrifty European skiers have long known Georgia as an affordable alternative to the slopes of France and Switzerland, and a beautiful one as well. The country's Caucasus mountains are every bit as beautiful as the Alps, and their comparative lack of development makes them arguably more charming. While some would-be Georgia skiers might feel doubtful about their decision after video footage of a recent mishap circulated online , resorts like Bakuriani and Pasanauri are generally very safe, and are always an incredible value.

Tbilisi's Rustaveli Avenue

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Tbilisi is not only where Georgia begins for most travelers, but also where it tends to end, being the location of the country's main international airport. Presuming you follow the advice on this list and devote the first part of your Georgia trip to seeing Tbilisi's ancient sites, spend your last day or two in the country walking up and down cosmopolitan Rustaveli Avenue. Whether you enjoy high-end shopping, having a coffee or cocktail in trendy cafés that evoke Western Europe or simply watching the sunset over Freedom Square, you're sure to have a lovely time in Tbilisi.

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25 Best Things to Do in Georgia

The largest state east of the Mississippi, Georgia is vastly different at each of its borders. The state is a perfect example of southern culture and a stunning showcase of what the south has to offer visitors. The culture in Georgia is as extremely differing as its geographical landscapes with far right republicans challenging left liberals and cloud tipped mountains contrasting marshlands infested with alligators.

The State capital Atlanta is a sprawling metropolis and host’s headquarters of some of America’s (and the world’s) biggest corporations as well as friendly neighborhoods and local markets. Our list of the Peach States top 25 takes from the bustling cities of Atlanta and Savannah as well as the state’s stunning natural landscapes to create the definitive guide for travelers.

I’ve lived in Georgia my whole live and traveled the length and breadth of the state. During my travels I found some gems that are listed here in my list on the best things to do in Georgia.

1. Callaway Gardens

Callaway Gardens, Georgia

Callaway Gardens are a popular leisure center situated north of Columbus on Pine Mountain.

The gardens feature artificial lakes, a butterfly house and many plants and flora. Robin Lake is a great place for water-sport enthusiasts and hosts the Masters Waterski and Wakeboard Tournament annually.

Two world class golf courses and a number of quality walking trails can also be found here.

2. Ocmulgee National Monument

Ocmulgee National Monument

This National Monument is dedicated to the human inhabitants of the Macon area throughout the ages, from the first settlers 12,000 years ago to the present day.

A Ceremonial Lodge and earthen mounds are available for public viewings and visitors can also learn about the Native American inhabitants of the area as well as the important Civil War battles that took place here.

3. Chattahoochee National Forest

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest

Set in around 750,000 acres, the Chattahoochee National Forest is packed with stunning natural scenery.

Visitors will find rivers, lakes, waterfalls and countless trees.

The National Forest is a great place for outdoor recreation such as camping, canoeing, hiking, swimming, kayaking and picnicking.

4. Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island was bought by a group of millionaires from the East Coast who collectively named themselves the Jekyll Island Club.

The island, also known as “Millionaires Island”, was sold in 1947 to the state of Georgia for use as a state park.

Today, it is used as a picturesque location for camping and is home to great golf courses, beaches and nature trails. I really recommend a visit if you like going for long walks.

5. Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

Situated in Southwest Georgia, the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site includes Carter’s boyhood home and family farm.

The site is also home to the Plains Train Depot and Plains High School.

The site is a great place to get an insight into the president’s upbringing and factors that may have influenced the decisions he made in later life.

6. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

This National Historic Site in Atlanta allows visitors to see both the birthplace and grave of this world famous civil rights leader.

Also found at this site is the Ebenezer Baptist Church and the Freedom Hall Complex.

Self guided tours are a popular way of seeing the area as information is plentiful both online and within the site.

7. Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park

In a city known for its beautiful parks and squares, Forsyth Park manages to stand out.

Located in Savannah, the park is the city’s largest and is a stunning example of a mid 19th Century Southern park. Key features of the park include a period fountain, walking trails and old trees allowing areas of shade to indulge in the parks beauty.

8. Okefenokee Swamp

Okefenokee Swamp, South Georgia

The Okefenokee Swamp was known to Native Americans as “The Land of the Quaking Earth” and covers over 770 square miles of southern Georgia.

The watercourses, swamp grassland and cypress swamps found here form a maze of harsh but beautiful terrain.

The “Floating Islands” found here support entire forests and provided protection to Native American settlers but seemingly quake underfoot.

Over 10,000 alligators are believed to inhabit the swamps and a boat trip is your best chance of seeing the prehistoric beasts.

9. Atlanta History Centre

Swan House - Atlanta History Centre

This large attraction is comprised of the Olympic Games Museum, the Atlanta History Museum, Swan House, Smith Family Farm and the Kenan Research Centre.

It is also home to a number of historic gardens including the Frank A. Smith Rhododendron Garden.

The Atlanta History Museum features a variety of permanent and temporary exhibits that document the history and culture of Atlanta as well a features on the Civil War and Southern Folk Art.

10. The Fox Theatre

The Fox Theatre, Atlanta

Built in the 1920s as the Yaarab Temple Mosque, the Fox Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Its history has been varied but it has always been an adored landmark despite problems during the Great Depression.

The interior of the building has seen much restoration work in order to preserve its 1920s appearance.

Currently, performances at the Fox are extremely varied and range from ballet and opera to rock concerts.

The theater also house two beautifully restored ballrooms, which are available for special events.

11. World of Coca-Cola

World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta

Invented in 1886 by a chemist named Dr John Pemberton, this world famous beverage started life as a syrup used to relieve headaches.

After being mixed with carbonic acid and water, the syrup became Coca Cola.

The World of Coca Cola documents the history and domination of the iconic Coca Cola drink and brand.

12. Piedmont Park

Piedmont Park, Atlanta

Piedmont Park can be found northeast of Downtown Atlanta and is the oldest and largest park in the city’s metro area.

The grounds of the park were originally part of the Battle of Peachtree Creek during the American Civil War.

Plans to revitalize and renovate the park were drawn up in 2006 and have been a huge success.

The former bathhouse has been transformed into a lakefront venue called Greystone and is used for weddings and other events.

The park is a great place for fishing and walking along the many nature trails.

13. Atlanta Botanical Garden

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Thought up in the 1970s and opened to the public in the 1980s, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens is home to a variety of well-designed garden spaces.

Since its opening the gardens have expanded and offer new features and programs for visitors.

The gardens are a visual treat all year round but especially stunning in spring.

The key gardens include the Japanese Garden, Winter Garden and the Orchid Display House.

14. Oakland Cemetery

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, GA

This historic cemetery began as six acres in 1850 when it was just a garden cemetery.

It has expanded over the years and now encompasses over 88 acres.

In 1884 the cemetery stopped selling plots and fell into disrepair.

In 1976 it was declared a National Historic Landmark and is available for public tours with its very own visitors center and gift shop on site.

15. Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

The Fernbank Museum of Natural History is a detailed look into the natural history of Georgia as well as the science of the area.

The museums eye-catching exhibits include huge dinosaur statues and skeletons as well as the interactive and the entertaining “Sensing Nature” exhibition.

There is also a huge Imax theater and huge gallery dedicated to traveling temporary displays.

16. Michael C Carlos Museum

Michael C Carlos Museum

This museum in Emory University has one of the largest collections of ancient art in the Southeast of the United States.

Objects from Ancient Egypt, Rome, Greece and the Ancient Americas are housed here.

The museum’s permanent collection includes works from the renaissance through to modern art from present day artists.

17. Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain Park, Atlanta

Stone Mountain Park is situated 16 miles east of Atlanta’s center and commemorates the soldiers of the USA’s southern states that died during the civil war.

Stone Mountain itself is the name used to refer to an 863 foot high chunk of exposed granite in the center of the park.

It has a circumference of 5 miles and its summit can be reached by cable car.

The park is also home to an artificial lake with paddle-steamer cruises and museums detailing the industrialization of the southern states and the civil war.

18. Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium

Home to some of the largest creatures in the ocean including the worlds largest fish whale shark, the Georgia Aquarium hosts a wide variety of marine life.

The aquarium offers visitors the opportunity to snorkel or scuba dive in the tank with fish, although a SCUBA certification is required.

For visitors wishing to stay dry, the aquarium has a large acrylic tunnel, allowing guests the chance to sea fish swimming around them from a unique perspective.

19. High Museum of Art

High Museum of Art, Atlanta

The High Museum of Art possesses an impressive collection of art ranging from the Renaissance period to the present day with 19th Century French art dominating the collection.

Forming part of the Woodruff Arts Center, the High Museum of Art was built by architect Richard Meier although there are now an additional three buildings used to house the ever-growing collection.

As well as its collection of art, the museum also plays host to an annual cinema event featuring foreign and independent films.

20. Center for Puppetry Arts

Center for Puppetry Arts

This hands on museum, has a large collection of puppets from around the world including African rod puppets and Chinese hand puppets.

As well as puppets, the museum offers posters, videos and other information relating to puppets as well as a wide range of puppet productions designed for all ages with more serious themes being explored in productions for adults.

21. CNN Center

CNN Center, Atlanta

This colossal center is the headquarters of the CNN news coverage company and offers the CNN guided tours allowing visitors to feel connected with the action of developing news.

Also included in the tour is a ride on the huge escalator within the building, which climbs high above the food court and into a model globe housing the upper levels of the facility.

22. Cathedral of St John the Baptist

Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Savannah

This cathedral, situated in Savannah, was completed in 1986 before being destroyed by fire two years later.

It was re-opened in 1912 and features stunning stained glass windows showing Christ’s ascension into heaven and Station of the Cross Bavarian wood carvings.

The building is as stunning outside as it is inside and certainly warrants a visit from all travelers.

23. Museum of Aviation

Warner Robins Museum Of Aviation

The Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins is the second largest aerospace museum of the United States Air Force.

The Museum houses various aircraft and equipment and well as permanent exhibits on World War 2, the Korean War and the Vietnamese War.

The museum’s collection is ever expanding and it regularly takes delivery of new military vehicles to add to its exhibits.

24. Georgia State Capitol

Georgia State Capitol Building in Atlant

The Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta is both architecturally and historically significant.

It has been listed on the national register of historic places and is one of only forty-three landmarks in Georgia to be granted this honor. Guided tours of the building are highly recommended and include a look at Georgia’s history and government as well as the splendor of the building itself.

25 Best Things to Do in Georgia:

  • Callaway Gardens
  • Ocmulgee National Monument
  • Chattahoochee National Forest
  • Jekyll Island
  • Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
  • Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
  • Forsyth Park
  • Okefenokee Swamp
  • Atlanta History Centre
  • The Fox Theatre
  • World of Coca-Cola
  • Piedmont Park
  • Atlanta Botanical Garden
  • Oakland Cemetery
  • Fernbank Museum of Natural History
  • Michael C Carlos Museum
  • Stone Mountain Park
  • Georgia Aquarium
  • High Museum of Art
  • Center for Puppetry Arts
  • Cathedral of St John the Baptist
  • Museum of Aviation
  • Georgia State Capitol

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10 must-see places when you visit Georgia

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Georgia on your mind?

If you’re looking for something extra-special, look no further. From the peaks of the Caucasus mountains to Kakheti’s rolling semi-deserts, the stony Black Sea coastline to Imereti’s lush inland forests, there’s a landscape and a slew of activities that go with it to suit just about every taste.

Add to this a vivid history of kingdoms and conquest, plus a progressive arts and food scene, and there’s a serious case to be made for Georgia’s towns and cities, too.

It’s true: In this traveller’s humble opinion, Georgia might just be the perfect all-rounder. To help you experience the best of what the country has to offer, here are 10 essential spots to you need to explore.

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The top 10 places to visit in Georgia

places you must visit in georgia

Georgia’s capital city, Tbilisi, is a hybrid of different influences. The religion, the culture, the food, the vernacular architecture and the very way of life here is all fundamentally Georgian. If you have no idea what that means, you’ll have a wonderful time finding out.

The tumbledown courtyards and elegant balconies of the old town. Abanotubani’s Turkish-style domed baths and right next door, Betlemi Street, Tbilisi’s Jewish quarter. Provocative street art, and a fashion and electronic music scene that is coming into its own. From Bangkok-style food markets to Parisian-style boulevards, Georgia’s biggest city offers up an enticing blend of East and West. Spend at least a few days getting to know Tbilisi, an up-and-coming capital to keep an eye on.


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Just three hours north of Tbilisi via the spectacular Georgian Military Highway, Kazbegi (also known by its new name, Stepantsminda) has long been a popular high-altitude retreat. If you’re on a tight timeline, it’s the perfect place to get a taste for Georgia’s dramatic mountain scenery without straying too far from the city.

The small town of Kazbegi is encircled by the surreal, perennially snow-capped Greater Caucasus mountains. Gergeti Trinity Church – perched over Kazbegi at 2,000m above sea level – is a must-see. Outside of winter, you can reach the church on a two-hour climb through alpine meadows. For the more intrepid, there are plenty of single and multi-day hikes that push deeper into the mountains and glaciers along the Russian border.

Back in town, relax at a homestay or treat yourself to a suite at Rooms Kazbegi, a former Soviet spa that has been transformed into Georgia’s premier boutique hotel.

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In case you didn’t know, wine is kind of a big deal in Georgia – one of the first countries in the world to pioneer viniculture. Georgian wine is made by fermenting whole grapes (stems, skins and all) in an underground clay vessel called a qvevri . After a few days in Kakheti, Georgian wine country, you’ll be very familiar indeed with this unusual technique and the distinctive vino it yields.

Base yourself in historic Sighnaghi, a charming town protected by high stone walls and watchtowers. Organise a driver and trace your way between dozens of wineries and cellar doors, including favourites Kindzmarauli and Shumi. The impressive Khareba winery consists of a series of long tunnels cut into a mountainside. It was supposed to be a bomb shelter; turns out the natural climate control creates the perfect conditions for storing wine!

Wine and worship go hand in hand in Kakheti. The area is also famous for its churches perched proudly on mountain tops, including Gremi and Nekresi Monastery.

Lagodekhi Protected Areas

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Located at the tripoint of Georgia’s Kakheti region, Azerbaijan and Dagestan (Russia), the Lagodekhi Protected Areas cover 24,000-hectares of pristine forest and prime hiking territory.

Georgia’s oldest nature reserve includes beech forests and alpine zones and is home to East Caucasian tur and brown bears. Of the four hiking trails (Black Grouse Waterfall, Ninoskhevi Waterfall, Machi Fortress and Black Rock Lake), the latter is the park’s main drawcard. The 50km circuit can be completed in three days, sleeping in shelters along the way. The lake itself is shared between Georgia and Russia; you don’t need a visa, but you will need to carry your passport in case you’re approached by border patrol. All trails are weather dependent so make sure you do your research and check in with the visitor centre in Lagodekhi before setting off.

places you must visit in georgia

Georgia’s position at the crossroads of Asia and Europe has meant living under the constant threat of invasion. In centuries past, Georgians looked to cloisters and hidden settlements for protection – none of them more impressive than Vardzia, a colossal self-sufficient ‘cave village’ in the country’s south.

Set on the slopes of Erusheti Mountain, Vardzia was constructed in the 12 th century by locals seeking sanctuary from invading Mongols. In its heyday, Vardzia stretched for 500m and was 13 tiers high, boasting more than 6,000 individual grotto apartments, an irrigation system, a church, and a throne room for Queen Tamar, the monarch who decreed this incredible feat of engineering. Most of the complex was destroyed by an earthquake less than a century after it was finished, but much of the stone architecture can still be seen and appreciated today.

places you must visit in georgia

If you’re not one to shy away from dark tourism, pay a visit to the hometown of one of Georgia’s most notorious exports, Joseph Stalin. The infamous leader of the Soviet Union was born and raised in Gori, less than 100km east of Tbilisi. Unlike just about everywhere else in Georgia, in Gori, the former dictator is not entirely hated.

One of the first things you see after arriving in Gori is a massive Stalin poster advertising the local grocery store. The eponymous main avenue still bears Stalin’s name, as does the city park and a number of civic buildings. The zenith of Gori’s Stalin subculture is the Joseph Stalin Museum, an institution wholly dedicated to preserving his memory through photographs, documents and memorabilia. On the grounds of the Museum is the wooden house where Stalin was born and the personal armoured train carriage he used later in life. Tour guides do a suspiciously good job of glossing over the gory aspects of Stalin’s reign in favour of portraying him as a benevolent leader.


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Another blast from Georgia’s Soviet past, Chiatura was once a thriving industrial town where 60% of the world’s manganese was mined. Now a shadow of its former self, Chiatura is a wonderfully off-beat destination that you won’t find listed in your Lonely Planet.

Its main attraction is the network of ancient cable cars that crisscross the deep valley. ‘Stalin’s ropeway’ as it’s sometimes called was constructed on the leader’s orders in 1954 to improve productivity in the mines. Seventeen separate cable cars linked Chiatura’s colourful apartment buildings and marketplace with mines set high above the town. Incredibly, a handful of the original cars are still running today. The rusted cables may inspire fear in the most seasoned of travellers, but if you can muster the courage, a jaunt on Stalin’s ropeway is an unforgettable experience (ride at your own risk!).

Chiatura is best visited as a day trip from Kutaisi. If travelling by marshrutka (public minibus), ask the driver to stop at Katskhi pillar on the way so you can take a look at this most unusual monastery.

Martvili Canyon

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The lush, forested landscapes of Georgia’s western Imereti, Adjara and Svaneti regions are a sharp contrast to the country’s east. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the waterfalls, caves and canyons around Kutaisi.

Okatse Canyon is famous for its ropewalk that rises 140 meters above the valley floor. The nearby Martvili Canyon is lesser-known but every bit as impressive. Mossy and overgrown, this exquisite landscape of countless shades of green was once revered as a site of Pagan worship, and later used as private baths for the noble Dadiani family. Today you can tour Martvili by foot on the paths and pretty bridges that interlace over the canyon – or better still, jump in a canoe and paddle down the waterway for a closer look at the rock formations and trickling waterfalls.

places you must visit in georgia

Batumi, Georgia’s Black Sea resort town and the capital of the autonomous Adjara region, is commonly thought of as a mecca for gamblers and sun worshippers. Much more ostentatious than other parts of the country, it’s not for everyone; but Batumi has its own peculiar charm.

The architecture is imaginative and downright whacky – from Alphabet Tower, an homage to the Georgian mother tongue, to a world-famous McDonalds and the Disneyland-esque Europe Square with its belle époque facades. Batumi is home to the stunning Orta Jame mosque (around 30% of Adjarians are Muslim), a great international restaurant scene, two lively local markets and the world’s second-largest botanical garden. One of the best things to do is rent a bicycle and cycle along the promenade. If you’re up for a challenge, you can negotiate the 16km water-front ride all the way down to the Turkish border crossing at Sarpi.

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The ancestral home of the Svans – an ethnic group who have dwelled in Georgia’s mountains since time immemorial – Svaneti is where you’ll encounter some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery and unique cultural experiences.

Set in sheltered valleys, Svaneti’s remote hamlets are characterised by their stone towers. These aren’t fortresses but in fact family homes, a few of which are still occupied today. Mestia, Svaneti’s main centre, has great tourist infrastructure and a delightful ethnography museum. From here, you can embark on hikes around the region, including a popular three-to-four-day trek to Ushguli – by some measures, the highest village in Europe. The perilous cliff road that connects Mestia and Ushgul is not for the faint hearted, but when open, makes it possible to visit Ushguli as a day trip.

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Words and images by  Emily Lush , you can follow her travels at  @emily_lush

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Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Emily left her job as a magazine journalist in 2015 with the dream of travelling and living overseas for as long as possible. In between stints working for NGOs in Thailand, Cambodia and now Vietnam, she likes to travel to unusual and off-beat destinations. Emily has a passion for learning about different cultures through textiles, crafts and handmade objects, and often writes stories on these topics for her own website,

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14 Best Places to Visit in Georgia

Written by Bryan Dearsley Apr 15, 2022 We may earn a commission from affiliate links ( )

The Peach State, as Georgia's affectionately known, is home to some of the best places to visit in the South. From its larger cities , like Atlanta, Columbus, and Augusta, to its many picturesque small towns , there's no end of fun travel experiences to include on your Georgia travel itinerary.

Whether you're visiting for a day trip from out of state or are here for a weekend getaway , there are so many destinations worthy of a visit that it can be a little difficult figuring out where to start.

One surefire way of making the most of your time in Georgia is to use one of the top destinations featured in our list below as a base from which to explore. Atlanta is certainly a good choice for tackling the North Georgia Mountains , while Savannah is perfect for those wanting to explore the Georgia coastal area. And those wanting to explore central Georgia would do well to visit Athens or Macon, both of which are featured on our list.

To help you plan your visit to the Peach State, here's our list of the best places to visit in Georgia.

1. Savannah

3. blue ridge, 4. tybee island, 6. jekyll island, 7. columbus, 10. chattahoochee river national recreation area, 11. augusta, 12. st. simons island, 13. ellijay, 14. tallulah gorge state park, map of places to visit in georgia.

City Hall in the Savannah Historic District

Located on Georgia's east coast, where the Savannah River spills into the Atlantic, the city of Savannah offers plenty of fun things to do for visitors. If it's your first time visiting what's widely regarded as one of the prettiest cities in the South if not the USA, you'll want to start your adventure at the riverfront.

The area was already impressive before the recent opening of the Plant Riverside District , which has nearly doubled the footprint of the River Street historic area. Here, you'll find everything from charming Savannah resorts and hotels in exquisitely preserved old warehouses to boutique shops and galleries and a wide variety of restaurants in which to enjoy great Southern dishes.

Once you're finished exploring the riverfront, head a few blocks south to the Savannah Historic District , the biggest National Historic Landmark District in the US . Here, you'll easily spend a few hours exploring more than 20 blocks chock-full of preserved churches, fascinating museums and art galleries, and those famous Savannah city squares.

And a word to the wise: while you can get this city covered in a day, try to allow more time if you can, as there's just so much to see here. But if you are pressed for time, consider purchasing the handy Savannah Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour , which takes in most of the city's top tourist attractions, at least from the outside.

Waterfall in Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta

Georgia's capital city, Atlanta is a perfect destination for those who enjoy world-class attractions. And it's a big city. With a population of nearly 500,000, locals and visitors alike have a vast array of places to visit and points of interest to explore.

A good place to start is Pemberton Place . This 20-acre site is an easy 20-minute stroll from downtown Atlanta and features a number of top attractions in one handy location. Here, you'll find the must-visit Georgia Aquarium, home to one of the world's largest tanks; the World of Coca Cola; and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Directly opposite this important urban hub is Centennial Olympic Park . Site of Atlanta's Summer Olympic Games in 1996, this 22-acre public park is also fun to wander. Highlights include enjoying the spectacle of the park's dancing fountain, the Fountain of Rings. Watching this colorful display of water spouts synchronized to music is definitely one of the top things to do in Atlanta at night. Also fun at night is riding the SkyView Ferris wheel, a 20-story ride that offers superb views over the city.

Atlanta is also famous as the home town of Martin Luther King Jr ., who grew up here. You'll want to visit the Center for Nonviolent Social Change, dedicated to his memory and work for the civil rights movement.

Another influential figure with a presence here is US President Jimmy Carter. The Carter Center is not only set in an extremely attractive garden-like setting, it pays tribute to the former president's tenure in office.

Blue Ridge, Georgia

Those wanting to get a taste of life in the beautiful Georgia Mountains couldn't do much better than pay a visit to the community of Blue Ridge. Named for its location in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this small town has proven to be a big draw for day trippers, vacationers, and a large seasonal population, all here for the same reasons: the stunning scenery and mountain country living.

Whether you're here for a few hours or a few days, one of the best ways to enjoy the scenery is aboard the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway . More than 800,000 passengers descend upon the town each year to partake in the views from its carriages as they travel along 26 miles of track. If you're riding in early spring or late fall, both good times to see the surrounding countryside, opt for the enclosed cabin upgrade for additional comfort.

The railway's station is located in the heart of the town, between West and East Main Streets, so be sure to allow time to explore the downtown core before or after your trip.

Blue Ridge is also considered a great place for a romantic weekend getaway in Georgia. If that sounds like you, you couldn't do much better than booking a night or two at the historic Blue Ridge Inn . Built for the railway's founder in the 1800s, this charming bed and breakfast features classy rooms just a stroll away from the downtown area.

Read More: Top-Rated Things to Do in Blue Ridge, GA

Lighthouse on Tybee Island, Georgia

Less than 30 minutes' drive from the historic center of Savannah, Tybee Island is one of the best places to visit in Georgia for those seeking an ocean-side day trip, weekend getaway, or even a longer vacation at a family-friendly resort. Tucked away in the state's northeastern corner, Tybee Island boasts over three miles of clean, sandy beaches with shallow water that are perfect for younger kids.

Adding to the list of fun things to do on Tybee Island are wildlife-spotting trips to the nearby marshes, and dolphin watching cruises guaranteed to thrill all ages. Other popular outdoor activities include kayaking and paddleboarding, as well as surfing, swimming, and fishing.

Notable attractions on Tybee Island include Cockspur Island Lighthouse and old Fort Screven. For great views over the area, make the climb to the top of the Tybee Island Light Station and Museum.

View over downtown Athens

Home to the state's university, Athens is definitely one of the best places to visit in Georgia for its cultural activities. Many of the top cultural attractions here are associated with the university, including the Georgia Museum of Art and the Georgia Museum of Natural History.

These and other attractions, such as Sanford Stadium, can be explored as part of a great walking tour of the university. You can actually start your self-guided sightseeing tour from the University of Georgia Visitor Center, taking in the campus sights and even walking along a series of nature trails.

If you're not done walking, head to Downtown Athens. While a 40-minute walk, you'll have a chance to see the first buildings erected when the university was founded in the early 1800s. The downtown area is also where you'll find the city's best shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as numerous surviving examples of classic Antebellum architecture.

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Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island, in the southeastern corner of the state, is another coastal destination that's well worth including on your list of places to visit in Georgia. It's an especially popular spot for water sports enthusiasts, especially kayakers.

If that sounds like you, head for 4-H Tidelands Nature Center. Located next door to Summer Waves water park, which is also fun to visit, this popular attraction offers a variety of fun kayak tours suitable for all levels of experience. The Sea Turtle Center, which focuses on rescuing and rehabilitating turtles and other marine species, is also well worth a visit.

Stretching along some 10 miles of coastline, the seven excellent Jekyll Island beaches are also a big draw. The most popular spots are Driftwood Beach; Glory Beach; and for birders, St. Andrew's Beach Park.

Columbus, Georgia

Located two-hour's drive south of Atlanta, the city of Columbus possesses what must be one of the most impressive riverfronts in Georgia. It starts at the Columbus Riverfront Industrial Historic District to the north of the downtown core and connects with the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Fort Benning to the south. Walking or biking this 15-mile paved Chattahoochee RiverWalk route is certainly a memorable experience.

The Chattahoochee River is quite rugged in places, adding to the scenic splendor, and can also be enjoyed by kayakers and rafters. If you don't have your own kayak or raft, fret not. Rentals are available from RushSouth Whitewater Park and White Water Adventure , both located just steps away from the river. Options are available for all levels of experience, as well as for gentler tubing experiences.

It's also easy to get to the downtown area from the river walk. Referred to by the trendy name of Uptown Columbus , it's here you'll enjoy great shopping and dining experiences, along with entertainment options at historic Springer Opera House and the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.

Read More: Top-Rated Things to Do in Columbus, GA

Cherry blossoms in Macon, Georgia

Come springtime, Macon features one of the most colorful displays of blossoms in the South. Located in central Georgia, Macon is home to well over 350,000 cherry trees, which erupt with spectacular displays of color each March.

This incredible sight is celebrated with the International Cherry Blossom Festival , held in mid-March in the city's downtown area. While much of the action centers on Carolyn Crayton Park , including live music, food trucks, and numerous vendors, it's easy to walk to the downtown core just a 15-minute stroll away to enjoy even more activities. It's certainly a pretty spot, and features so many examples of heritage buildings that the entire downtown is on the National Register of Historic Sites .

Whatever time of year you visit, you'll want to experience some of the city's other top things to do . Highlights include Tubman Museum , with its displays of artworks by African American artists, and Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park. The park is the site of ancient burial grounds, and offers plenty of great walking trails.

Bavarian buildings in Helen

The small town of Helen is where Georgia residents travel when the urge to see a little bit of Europe strikes. Although established in 1913, the town, facing lean times, completely reinvented itself a few decades later, literally transforming itself into a unique Bavarian-themed village.

It turned out to be a savvy move. Today, Helen is one of the most popular places to visit in Georgia for fun day trips and weekend getaways, drawing especially large crowds for its Oktoberfest and Christmas celebrations.

Much of the action focuses on the downtown core, known as the "Alpine Village." Here, you'll be able to sample Bavarian sweet treats and chocolate at the Hansel & Gretel Candy Kitchen and authentic German food at restaurants like Bodensee , and buy traditional European made goods from the many souvenir shops.

Nature lovers also enjoy a visit to Helen. Highlights for outdoor enthusiasts include Anna Ruby Falls , a unique double waterfall fed by two creeks that's just 15 minutes away. It's part of the vast Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, a major destination in Georgia for hikers.

Read More: Top-Rated Things to Do in Helen, GA

Fall colors on the Chattahoochee River

Since its foundation in 1978, the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area has become one of the most-visited riverside nature preserves in Georgia. Following the Chattahoochee River for 48 miles from Atlanta to Lake Sidney Lanier, this important recreational area is as popular with casual outdoor enthusiasts as it is hardcore adventurers.

Popular activities include everything from kayaking to paddleboarding and tubing during the warmer months (rentals are available on-site), to year-round hiking and wildlife spotting opportunities. Fishing is also popular, with the river featuring no less than 23 different species of game fish plus abundant trout stocks, providing year-round excitement for those with a license.

For those who prefer a gentler experience, a three-mile section of trail in Cochran Shoals offers a level trail that's a gentle walk and is wheelchair accessible.

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Downtown Augusta

Its strategic location as the westernmost port on the Savannah River gave the city of Augusta an incredible boost after its founding in 1736. Its rise to prominence as a major industrial and transportation hub was later cemented with the creation of the Augusta Canal. Built to allow navigation past unnavigable portions of the river, it also served as an important source of water and energy for the city.

Today, the canal can be explored along the fun Augusta Canal Trail. This seven-mile-long trail follows the canal's old towpath, as well as sections of the Savannah River. Cruises are available with admission to the Augusta Canal Discovery Center , set in a former mill. You can also enjoy displays relating to the canal's construction, along with original machinery.

Other things to do in Augusta include walking the city's Riverwalk path, enjoying a kayak or rafting adventure at Savannah Rapids Visitor Center, or visiting during the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.

Little St. Simons Island

Located just a short distance from Jekyll Island and only an hours' drive from Jacksonville, Florida , St. Simons Island is a fun place to visit for those looking for an east coast Georgia escape.

Many of the best things to do in St. Simons Island involve outdoor fun, including ocean kayaking and deep-sea fishing. Gentler outdoor activities include sunbathing and beach walks; sightseeing at the historic St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum, which dates from 1872; and golf.

Another must-visit is the Georgia Sea Turtle Center . Not only is this wildlife attraction a good cause, as it rescues and later releases numerous turtles, it also offers fun hands-on activities that teach young and old alike about their care, their natural environment, and the need for conservation.


For those wanting to see more of northwestern Georgia, the attractive small town of Ellijay could be just the ticket. A 90-minute drive north of Atlanta, Ellijay has earned a reputation as the "Apple Capital of Georgia," a title it celebrates each and every year with the Georgia Apple Festival .

Held each October over two weekends, the festival attracts upwards of 20,000 visitors a day to the Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds to sample the region's bountiful apple harvest. Plenty of fun things to do can also be enjoyed at the 11 commercial orchards located in Ellijay, from apple picking to picnics and farm tours. More than 300 vendors also turn up, selling everything from arts and crafts to unique food and drink products.

But don't think you should only visit Ellijay in the fall. Its pleasant main street is a year-round shopping destination, and the town is home to worthwhile attractions and things to do , including historic homes, art galleries, and a civil war museum.

Tallulah Falls and Tallulah Gorge

Undoubtedly one of the most picturesque places to visit in Georgia, Tallulah Gorge State Park is a must-visit for those who appreciate stunning vistas and waterfalls — and stunning vistas of waterfalls.

Located in northeastern Georgia, the gorge was so popular a tourist spot by the late 19th century that a town was established to handle the needs of these first sightseers. In addition to the views over the gorge from the viewing platforms and suspension bridges, the spectacular waterfalls are among the most impressive in a region well-known for its beautiful falls.

You can get up close to what are in fact two waterfalls, plunging some 1,000 feet, that share the same pool at their base through a network of surprisingly easy trails. There are, of course, a variety of fun activities for hardcore sports enthusiasts, including white water rafting and kayaking through the rapids along the gorge.

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Georgia: The Best Things to Do & See

Georgia, or the “Peach State” as it is affectionately known, is one of the largest and most diverse states east of the Mississippi River. The landscape varies dramatically from the picturesque Blue Ridge mountains in the north to the expansive Okefenokee Swamp in the south. In between, you’ll find the booming metropolis of Atlanta, the historic town of Savannah , and a whole lot more in this charming southern state.

We have put together this list of the best things to do in Georgia based on our own experience and the recommendations of a few of our fellow travel writers. You’re sure to have an amazing time exploring this part of the Southern United States.

And if you’re on a road trip south, you’ll definitely want to read our list of 55 incredible things to do in Florida !

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The 25 Top Things To See and Do in Georgia

1. see rock city.

Best Things to do in Georgia: Rock City

While the oddly well-known roadside attraction of Rock City is most often associated with Chattanooga, Tennessee, it is actually located in Georgia – Lookout Mountain, Georgia to be exact.

This amusement park, of sorts, blends a beautiful natural setting atop Lookout Mountain with a heavy dose of kitschiness, including a variety of garden gnomes hidden throughout the landscape. You can gaze at a 100-foot waterfall, cross a 200-foot long swinging bridge, and edge your way through the narrow rock passageway known as “Fat Man’s Squeeze”.

At the top of the mountain, you’ll be able to see seven different states from Lovers Leap. And all along the trails, you’ll see small garden gnome statues and oddball sculptures. A fun fact about Rock City is that it was home to the world’s first miniature golf course, called Tom Thumb Golf .

Rock City rose to prominence thanks to an incredibly successful marketing campaign. The painter and sign maker, Clark Beyers, was hired to paint the roof and walls of barns across the Southeastern US with the now-famous slogan “See Rock City”. By 1969, over 900 barns were painted with advertisements for Rock City. These days most of them have been demolished or repainted, but who knows – if you’re on a Southern USA road trip you might still spot one of these iconic “See Rock City” barns.

So if you’re looking for the best things to do in Georgia, don’t miss your chance to “See Rock City”!

2. Hike to Brasstown Bald – The Highest Point in Georgia

Georgia (USA) - Best Things to Do & See: Brasstown Bald

By Bret & Mary of Green Global Travel

Located less than 90 minutes from  metro Atlanta , north Georgia is a haven for outdoor adventurers and casual nature-lovers alike. There are nearly 20 state parks located north of the city’s I-285 perimeter, offering everything from mountain biking and rock climbing to horseback riding and spelunking.

There’s also the Chattahoochee National Forest and the beginning/ending of the Appalachian Trail. Hiking in this region is exceptionally beautiful in Autumn when the weather is cool and leaves are beginning to reach the peak of their fiery colors.

One of the best hiking trails in the state is Blairsville’s Brasstown Bald , Georgia’s highest mountain at 4,784 feet above sea level. The native Cherokee called this place Enotah, but the current name comes from a misunderstanding of the Cherokee word “Itse’yĭ” (New Green Place, or Place of Fresh Green), which settlers mistook for “Ûňtsaiyĭ” (Brass).

The “Bald” part? That refers to the jaw-dropping 360-degree view visitors get from the top, where you can see four states (Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee) with a turn of your head. The only downside is that the Observation Tower at the top can get a bit crowded during the peak summer season. But the rocking chairs, small picnic area, and stunning scenic views make it the perfect place to spend an autumn afternoon in Georgia.

3. Finish (or Start) the Appalachian Trail

Top Things to do in Georgia (USA): Hike Springer Mountain

By Jordan from The Solo Life

The state of Georgia is surprising in its variety of things to do, from lounging at the beach to ghost-spotting in Savannah to  hiking a wide range of trails . One of the most underrated things to do in Georgia is to hike the start (or end, depending on how you look at it) of the Appalachian Trail.

The A.T. spans from Georgia all the way to Maine and takes about 5-7 months to hike in its entirety. However, if you’re in the state of Georgia and interested in saying you hiked the Appalachian Trail without committing that much time, visit Springer Mountain in North Georgia.

The Springer Mountain hike on the A.T. is only two miles roundtrip but can be challenging due to the rocky outcrops for most of the trail. Plan to visit in Spring or Fall for the best scenery and arrive early to avoid the crowds. The views of the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains and the prestige of hiking one end of the A.T. make this hike well worth the effort though. 

There is free parking at the  Springer Mountain trailhead , but it is very limited, and the gravel road to get there is a bit rough, so plan accordingly.

4. Celebrate Octoberfest in Helen

Georgia (USA) Best Things to See: Bavarian Town of Helen for Oktoberfest

By Margie of DQ Family Travel

Helen, a small town located approximately 85 miles north of Atlanta, is a very popular tourist destination in Georgia. In fact, Helen is the third most visited city in Georgia due to it being a replica of a small Bavarian village nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Among the best  things to do in Helen, Georgia  are to stroll the quaint downtown streets for some stunning pictures, go shopping for unique crafts and local goods, and grab some delicious German food and a pint of beer!

If you plan to visit during the late spring and summer months, renting a tube down the Chattahoochee River is quite popular. Or you can hike one of several waterfall trails that are just minutes away from town. The fall brings tourists to celebrate Helen’s annual Octoberfest, which is one of the largest in the country. And during the holidays, Helen is filled with Christmas decorations, trees, and lights.

Helen’s charm and architecture, in addition to the fantastic shops and restaurants, make it one of the best things to do in Georgia and a destination that is truly unlike anything else in the USA.

5. See a Cabbage Patch Kid be Born at Babyland General Hospital

Top Things to See in Georgia (USA): Babyland General Hospital

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If you want to add a truly unique attraction to your list of things to do in Georgia, you can’t go wrong by visiting Babyland General Hospital . It’s a place that will make you laugh for years to come. 

Located two hours northeast of Atlanta, this “hospital” is actually the home of the famous Cabbage Patch Kid. The building itself is massive and gorgeous. You’ll know you are in the right place when you see dolls popping out of a cabbage patch in the ground. 

Your visit to Babyland General will start with the museum where some old and very expensive antique cabbage patch kids are housed. Then there is the nursery full of crying baby cabbage patch kids (that is actually somewhat disturbing). 

The final area is, of course, a huge gift shop. But this is where you will also find the main attraction at Babyland General Hospital – a huge “Mother Cabbage” tree, where all the Cabbage Patch Kids come from. There are licensed “patch nurses” who can tell pun-filled stories of where Cabbage Patch Kids come from and how they have ears thanks to cross-pollination with corn. 

The highlight of Babyland General Hospital is witnessing the “birth” of a cabbage patch kid. The 5-minute delivery by the licensed patch nurse with many jokes about episiotomies, dilation, and other aspects of childbirth is hilarious. After the birth, delivery nurses move the new baby to a different room where you can watch the nurses check to make sure the new Cabbage Patch doll is healthy. Then you can have a cuddle! 

While it may seem like a kid attraction, there are often more adults than kids visiting Babyland General Hospital. It’s definitely worth a visit on your trip to Georgia.

6. Walk, Run, or Bike the Silver Comet Trail

Best Things to do in Georgia (USA): Silver Comet Trail

By Jessica from One Girl, Whole World

One of the coolest things about Atlanta (and northern Georgia in general) is how many beautiful and easily-accessible nature trails there are. From a relaxing stroll to intense mountain biking, there’s something for everyone. The Silver Comet Trail showcases many of the state’s best features. It’s almost 62 miles long, stretching from northwest Atlanta all the way to the Alabama state line.   

The Silver Comet Trail is paved and excellently maintained, and open to walkers, bicyclists, dogs (on leashes), and other non-motorized forms of transportation (you’ll see the occasional horse and some rollerbladers from time to time). It’s also generally quite flat (which is a rarity in this area), largely shaded, and at least the first several miles are wheelchair-accessible.

The Silver Comet Trail is free of charge and has several trailheads with parking. The trail starts at the Mavell Road Trailhead in Smyrna (a suburb of Atlanta), where there’s a decent-sized parking lot. And if you’re looking for even more of a challenge, the Silver Comet connects to another 33-mile trail at the Alabama state line to continue your journey. 

7. Marvel at the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

Weird Things to see in Georgia: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu Temple

A visit to a stunningly beautiful Hindu temple is probably the last thing you would expect in Georgia. That is exactly what makes the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir so unique. Located in the small town of Lilburn, this temple is one branch of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha organization which promotes the Hindu ideals of faith, unity, and selfless service.

You don’t have to be Hindu or even interested in Hinduism to visit. The Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is free to visit and open to everyone. There is an audio guide you can rent for $5 per person so you can learn more about Hinduism or the construction of the Mandir.

The Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is open from 9 am to 6 pm daily. You should dress respectfully for your visit with your shoulders and knees covered.

8. Root for the Atlanta Braves

Best Things to do in Georgia (USA): See the Atlanta Braves Play Baseball

The Atlanta Braves are an institution and anyone growing up in Atlanta certainly has fond memories of seeing the Braves play at Turner Field.

Sometimes referred to as “America’s Team”, the Atlanta Braves boast one of the largest nationwide fan bases of any MLB team. This was achieved thanks to TBS broadcasting their baseball games nationwide from 1970 to 2007. The Atlanta Braves also had an unprecedented win streak from 1991 -2005. During this time, they won 14 straight division titles!

The Braves now have a new stadium, SunTrust Field, in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta. And while SunTrust Field doesn’t have the same history and character as Turner Field, it’s still worth heading out for a ballgame while you’re visiting Atlanta!

9. See a Puppet Show at the Center for Puppetry Arts

The Center for Puppetry Arts , located in Midtown Atlanta, is the largest organization in the USA dedicated to the art form of puppetry. And while it’s one of the best things to do with kids in Atlanta, adults will find the Center for Puppetry Arts quite entertaining as well.

The museum features over 350 puppets including prototypes from the Broadway musical, The Lion King, the robot puppets from Mystery Science Theater 3000 , several characters from Jim Hensen’s Muppets, and even a couple of Skeksis from The Dark Crystal . If you have time and you want to learn more about puppetry (or make your own puppet) then you can sign up for one of their fun and educational workshops .

Of course, the best thing to do at Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts is to see a puppet show. There are shows geared towards both adults and children so make sure to check the Puppetry Center’s website for what’s playing during your trip to Atlanta.

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10. Be Amazed at the Georgia Aquarium

Best Things to do in Atlanta, Georgia (USA): Aquarium

By James at Travel Collecting

The Georgia Aquarium is not only big – it was the largest aquarium in the world until 2012, and is still the largest in the United States – but it’s also fun. In fact, there is so much to see and do at the Aquarium that you could easily spend the whole day there.

There are four main display areas, focusing on tropical, cold water, freshwater, and deep-sea marine life. And while all four areas are great, the deep-sea tank is the real show stopper. With a multi-story, floor-to-ceiling glass wall at one end and other viewing points on other sides, the view of this oversized tank is breathtaking. It is home to several enormous whale sharks, as well as manta rays, sharks, giant turtles, and thousands of other fish. There is also a large tank with white beluga whales and a shark tank you pass through on a conveyor belt.

There are several shows (free with admission, though premium seats are extra) with dolphins, penguins, and sea lions. Be careful in the dolphin show – the front seats are in the “splash zone” and if you sit there, you WILL get wet! It is even possible to go swimming or diving in the deep-water tank with whale sharks.

There is a behind-the-scenes tour (for an additional fee) that is well worth taking. Seeing the inner workings of the aquarium, including the vet rooms, salination tanks, views of the main tanks from above, and recovery tanks for healing fish is a fascinating inclusion to your day at the aquarium.

The Georgia Aquarium is fun for children and adults alike. Make sure you purchase your tickets for the aquarium in advance so you can skip the ticket line and save yourself some time!

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11. Drink it Up at the World of Coca-Cola

Best Things to See in Georgia (USA): Coca-cola Museum

By Ann from Kids Travel Books

Coca-cola exists in the background of important events, special moments, and everyday life. But at the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta, Georgia it takes centerstage. Get your tickets and then grab a small complimentary can of Coke to sip on for the start of your visit. First up, you’ll head into the theater to watch a short feel-good movie about the world’s most popular soft drink.

Once you enter the main lobby, the exhibition choices are all yours – perhaps you want to start by snagging a photo with coke’s mascot, the Coca-Cola Polar Bear. You can learn about the history of the drink, crack the code to the secret ingredient in the vault, see firsthand how Coca-Cola has impacted the world, or see the drink as art itself.

Whatever you choose to do, you definitely won’t leave the museum thirsty. The last room offers free samples of Coca-Cola products from all over the world. Sample some of your favorites from your last vacation, discover a new taste from a country you’ve never visited, or fill up on one of the classics.

Make sure you purchase your tickets for the World of Coca-Cola in advance so you can skip the ticket line and save yourself some time!

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12. Kick a Field Goal at the College Football Hall of Fame

Another cool interactive museum in Atlanta, the College Football Hall of Fame , is one of our must-do activities in the state of Georgia.

To date, over 1,000 players and 200 coaches have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. But this museum is more than simply a shrine to these players – it’s full of awesome interactive experiences. And while it’s certainly geared to the obsessive college football fans, anyone can have fun here.

There is an indoor playing field where you can attempt to kick a field goal, run the obstacle course, or try your hand at playing quarterback. You’ll also love singing karaoke to your favorite school’s fight song and getting crazy in the digital face painting booth.

The College Football Hall of Fame is open from 9 am -6 pm on Saturdays and 10 am-5 pm every other day of the week. It’s located in Centennial Park along with the Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, and the CNN Center so it’s easy to visit them all during a day of Atlanta sightseeing.

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13. See a Live News Broadcast at CNN Studios

Best Things to do in Georgi, USA: Tour CNN Studios

One of the coolest things you can do in Georgia is to take a tour of CNN Studios. For just $15 you’ll get a 50-minute, behind-the-scenes tour of the CNN Center. You’ll get to see how a live news show is produced and broadcast worldwide. Or if you’re a real TV junky then you can upgrade to the VIP tour. There you’ll have even more access to live newsrooms at CNN. You may even get to meet your favorite news anchor if they happen to be recording that day.

Tours of CNN Studios are available Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. We highly recommended that you book your tour a couple of days in advance especially if there is a specific time slot you want.

14. National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Top Things to do in Georgia (USA): Center for Civil and Human Rights

By Stella from Around the World in 24 Hours

Atlanta, Georgia is famous for many reasons but when you visit the wonderful National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Downtown Atlanta, you’ll learn about the important role that Atlanta played in the Civil Rights Movement.

After all, Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn neighborhood. And the former Mayor of Atlanta, Ivan Allen Jr., was the only elected official from the South to endorse the bill that became the 1964 Civil Rights Act. For these reasons and others, Atlanta has always tried to brand itself as “The City Too Busy to Hate”.

Other exhibits in the Center for Civil Human Rights cover important moments in the struggle for civil rights outside of Atlanta. There is an especially moving section on the 1963 Baptist Street Church bombing that killed four little girls in Birmingham, Alabama.

But the Center for Civil and Human Rights doesn’t just report on civil rights struggles of the past. The final rooms of the museum have powerful commentary on activists who are fighting for civil rights in their countries to this day.

Atlanta CityPASS

If you’re planning on doing much sightseeing in Atlanta then you’ll definitely want to purchase the Atlanta CityPASS !

The CityPASS costs ~$77 and gives you entry to all the best places in Atlanta, including the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta Zoo, College Football Hall of Fame, and National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

If you visit all five of these attractions using the CityPASS you’ll save yourself ~$55 per person. Plus you get to skip the ticket line which will also save you valuable time. Score!

Buy the Atlanta CityPASS

15. Visit the MLK Jr., National Historic Site

Atlanta, Georgia (USA): Best Things to See & Do: Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site

By Sarah from  Borders & Bucket Lists

Martin Luther King Jr. may be the most influential person to ever come out of Atlanta, Georgia, and the Martin Luther King Jr., National Historic Site allows visitors to walk in the steps of this inspirational Civil Rights activist. Visit King’s childhood home and see how he lived for the first twelve years of his life. Explore the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King served as a pastor from 1960 until his death in 1968. Finish off your journey at the King Center, Mr. and Mrs. King’s final resting place.

Note that while it is quite easy to visit Ebenezer Baptist Church and the King Center, if you would like to visit Martin Luther King’s childhood home, you should be prepared to wait. The only way to see the home is by taking a free private tour and these private tours only take 15 people each.

Because King’s childhood home is such a popular place to visit in Atlanta, the lines for this iconic landmark typically start forming around 7am, even though tours don’t start until 10 am. In other words, get there early.

Book a Walking Tour of the MLK Historic District

16. Find the Best Barbecue

Georgia (USA) - Best Things to do: Eat Barbeque

Atlanta is full of delicious southern cuisine and if you’re a foodie, there are dozens of restaurants in the city worth trying. But one thing you definitely shouldn’t miss in Atlanta is the outstanding barbecue scene.

While it’s impossible to say who serves up the best barbecue in the city, there are a few places that we think really stand out:

Fatt Matt’s Rib Shack Fat Matt’s Rib Shack is one of the longest-standing barbecue joints in Atlanta and many people swear that it’s still the best. True to its name, Fat Matt’s is a small run-down looking eatery off of Piedmont Avenue in Northern Atlanta. The inside has the feeling of a classic American diner. You’ll need to order at the counter – no fancy table service here. Fatt Matt’s specializes in pork ribs, so make sure you get a rack of them. If the barbecue wasn’t enough reason to visit, they also have live blues music every night of the week!

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q is another crowd favorite. The Fox brothers, Justin & Jonathan Fox, are actually from Texas. But after moving to Atlanta, they decided to recreate the Texas barbecue they grew up with. The star of the show at Fox Bros Bar-B-Q is the beef brisket, but they also have a great smoked portabello mushroom sandwich if you have any vegetarians in your group. And make sure you save room for their homemade banana pudding for dessert!

Heirloom Market BBQ Heirloom Market is the new rising star on the Atlanta barbecue scene. It’s the result of a collaboration between Cody Taylor, a southern chef who was born in Texas and raised in Tennesee, and Jiyeon Lee, a South Korean pop star turned barbecue chef . The fusion of southern and Korean flavors is what makes the barbecue at Heirloom Market so unique. If you’re looking for a real hidden gem in Georgia then don’t miss this tiny strip-mall barbecue joint.

17. Tour a 747 at the Delta Flight Museum

Atlanta, Georgia (USA) - Best Things to do: Delta Flight Museum

By Jaems from Time Zone Travelers

The Delta Flight Museum is located at the Delta Airlines headquarters just south of the Atlanta airport. The highlight of the flight museum is the tour of a retired Boeing 747 – you’ll get to walk out on the wing of the airplane or have your photo taken while sitting in the engine!

Delta’s flight museum has an informational film on the history of Delta Airlines, and how the employees themselves put in money to purchase a plane to help build and support the company during trying times in the 80s. You can also tour that plane – a 767 called The Spirit of Delta.

The museum also has other aircraft dating back almost 100 years and hands-on exhibits. You can even give your pilot skills a shot by testing out the 737 flight simulator.

Be sure you check the times and schedules on the website, as they do close to the public for private events. If you’re an aircraft enthusiast, the Delta Flight Museum is one of the best things to do in Georgia!  

18. Get Creeped Out on the Doll’s Head Trail

Weird & Unusual Things to do in Georgia: Doll's Head Trail

By Alek from 9 to 5 Voyager

Atlanta, Georgia has plenty of amazing Halloween options for people of all ages. Aside from haunted houses and historic cemeteries, there’s a more unique attraction: the Doll’s Head Trail. Situated near Constitution Lakes in southeast Atlanta, Doll’s Head Trail is a 1.6-mile loop that features a lot of, well, doll heads.

Created in 2003 by local carpenter Joel Slayton, the Doll’s Head Trail meanders through the site of the 19th-century South River Brick Company. In fact, you’ll see red clay bricks and shards lining the trail and featured in the “art displays” along the trail. While certain elements are very creepy, there are also more humorous elements scattered along the heavily wooded path. Some include funny messages, and just plain odd additions, like a little library, built out of an old fridge. You are even allowed to add your own “exhibits,” so long as you only incorporate items that you found within the park.

The cool thing about the Doll’s Head Trail is that it offers something for everyone, whether you crave that creepy Halloween atmosphere, a heavy dose of weird art, or just want a stroll in the woods. It’s one of Atlanta’s true hidden gems!

The trailhead for the Doll’s Head Trail is located at 3445 Almand Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

19. Attend the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta

If you happen to be visiting Georgia in April then you should not miss the opportunity to attend the Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club . The first major PGA tournament of the year, the Masters, is probably best known for the iconic green jacket that is awarded to each year’s champion.

For any golf die-hard, a trip to Augusta is a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage. Unfortunately, it’s rather unlikely that you’ll be able to play a round of golf at the Augusta National Golf Club. Membership is strictly invitation-only and the golf club only has about 300 members at any given time. The initiation fee is around $30,000 and then annual dues will set you back about $10,000 each year.

Tickets for the Masters are sold through a lottery-style drawing about 10 months prior to the event and cost ~$115. If you’re interested in attending, you can find more info on ticket sales here .

20. Drive Through the Pine Mountain Wild Animal Safari

Best Things to do in Georgia: Giraffes

Of all of the things we have listed here, the Pine Mountain Wild Animal Safari may be the strangest and most unique thing to do in Georgia. This 500-acre wild animal preserve is located in Southern Georgia. It is home to over 65 types of animals, including exotic species such as camels, giraffes, water buffalo, and watusis .

What makes this animal preserve such a fun place to visit is that you are allowed to drive yourself along the 3.5-mile road through the park. Once you enter the enclosed area, most of the animals are roaming freely and hoping to be fed by you. In fact, they are so eager to be fed that they will almost certainly wander right up to your vehicle and stick their heads right in. Imagine a zebra or giraffe sticking its head through your car window hoping for a treat!

While you are allowed to drive your own vehicle through the park – it may not be the wisest move. Having a water buffalo rub up against your new car’s paint job is bound to cause you some anxiety. Luckily the Pine Mountain Wild Animal Safari also has minivans that you can rent and drive through the park. This will spare your vehicle and, as an added bonus, the rental vans are painted with fun zebra stripes.

If you’re traveling with kids then this is one Georgia activity that you simply cannot miss!

21. Spend a Day at Callaway Gardens

One of the most picturesque places in Georgia, Calloway Gardens , has 10 miles of trail spread over 2,500 beautifully landscaped acres that you can explore on bike or foot. There is also a butterfly center, a golf course, a sprawling lake with a beach, and lots of cool events – like their annual hot air balloon festival or lakefront concert by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

And if you’re visiting Southern Georgia during the holiday season, you’re in for a real treat. Calloway Garden’s annual Fantasy in Lights Christmas display has a whopping eight million Christmas lights. It was even featured by National Geographic as one of the top 10 holiday light displays in the world !

22. Go on a Savannah Ghost Tour

Georgia (USA) - Best Places to See & Visit: Savannah

By Sydney from A World in Reach

Whether you’re into history, haunted sites, or eating delicious food, exploring Savannah is something that you must add to your Georgia bucket list.

Start your day with a walk through Savannah’s Historic District. When you’re in the Historic District, you can walk around outside with alcoholic drinks. Grab a frozen daiquiri from Wet Willie’s and take a stroll through the Historic District, admiring the beautiful homes and taking a break in one of Savannah’s 22 historic squares. Eventually, make your way to the beautiful Forsyth Park, where you’ll find Savannah’s iconic (and frequently photographed) fountain.

Savannah is one of the most haunted destinations in the United States, so a visit isn’t complete without taking a ghost tour . There are several different tours to choose from, some of which are adults-only and some that are family-friendly. If you’re ready for more of spooky Savannah, make sure to take a walk through Bonaventure Cemetery.

Ready for some delicious food? Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room and The Olde Pink House are both favorites for sampling Southern cuisine. For dessert, make sure to get some ice cream from Leopold’s – the long lines move pretty quickly and it’s worth the wait!

Book a Historic Trolley Tour of Savannah

23. Pamper Yourself on the Golden Isles

Best Things to See in Georgia: Golden Isles (St. Simmons & Jekyll Island)

By Emily from Em’s on the Road

If you’re looking for a beach destination that offers something for everyone, the Golden Isles of Georgia is the place. This chain of barrier islands just south of Savannah is a coastal playground, no matter the season.

St. Simons Island is the most developed of the islands and the ideal place for a family beach vacation. Cruise beneath ancient live oak trees from the beach to dinner with ease thanks to a network of bike trails all over the island. Enjoy casual coastal fare at local restaurants like wild-caught shrimp and oysters and award-winning barbecue at the famed Southern Soul BBQ.

For a romantic getaway, head to Sea Island and lounge in luxury at the Forbes Five Diamond Resort, The Cloister Hotel . Don’t miss their award-winning spa and dinner at the Georgian Room , the only Forbes Five-Star restaurant in the state.

For history lovers, head to Jekyll Island, to stay at the Jekyll Island Club Resort , once a winter getaway for New England’s elite, and tour Jekyll Island Historic District, a national historic landmark dating back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

24. Camp on Cumberland Island

Top Things to See in Georgia (USA): Cumberland Island

By Noel from Travel Photo Discovery

The barrier islands off the coast of Georgia are spectacular to visit with rural communities, untouched landscape, and other cultural attractions. Cumberland island in the southern tip and close to the Florida border is accessible from the port town of St. Mary’s with a ferry operating daily to the island.

Just two hours south of Savannah , Cumberland Island really feels like Georgia’s historic past with wild horses, alligators, dense forests, and isolated sandy beaches. You can explore the island by taking a guided tour, renting bicycles, or hiking one of its many nature trails. There are even historic ruins of a steel tycoon’s mansion to explore if you are feeling adventurous and lots of natural beauty all around the island. 

Thanks to its designation as a National Seashore, Cumberland Island’s pristine beaches have remained undeveloped and there are over 9,800 acres of designated wilderness on the island. Overnight accommodation is minimal so make sure you check in advance if you would like to camp on the island.

25. Go Gator Hunting in Okefenokee Swamp

Best Things to See in Georgia (USA): Okefenokee Swamp

You don’t have to go all the way to Florida to see alligators, the Okefenokee Swamp is home to over 10,000 of them! Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge encompasses over 400,000 acres of swampland in Southern Georgia and Northern Florida. There are lots of different ways to explore this massive swamp, but the most popular way is by boat.

Okefenokee Adventures in Folkston, Georgia offers several options for boat tours, including an incredibly cool sunset tour. You’ll get to watch the sunset and the moon rise over the swamp while you try to spot alligators with your flashlight.

Or if you like to be in charge of your own adventure, you can rent a kayak or canoe and head out into the swamp on your own. There are several well-marked paddling trails that run through the swamp.

There you have it! 25 of the best things to do in Georgia. What’s your favorite thing to do in the Peach State?

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Georgia: The Best Things to Do & See

Nick took his first solo trip abroad to Ireland and Scotland when he was just 19. Since then he has visited over 70 countries around the world (plus 45 states in the USA). He coupled his passion for travel photography with Val’s passion for writing and thus Wandering Wheatleys was born. He now lives in Asheville with his two rambunctious kids, Humphrey and Wilhelminha. Besides photography, Nick loves eating the weirdest food he can find in a country (sheep’s brain currently sits in first place) and making Val get up an hour before sunrise to make sure he gets “the good light”.

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Way too Atlanta-centric. And good luck fighting crowds at Aquarium and Coke world. How about branching out of the “obvious?” How about Bob White quail hunting in Southwest Georgia? World renowned. Or maybe visit Radium Springs in Albany? Or visit Rock Eagle or the Kolomoki Mounds? Raft in downtown Columbus? Maybe visit Tallulah Gorge outside Clayton or pop over to Toccoa Falls or Mount Currahee of Band of Brothers fame? Maybe visit the Woodbury and Alexandria of TWD fane in Senoia? Maybe FDR’s retreat at Warm Springs? Visit Capricorn Records and the home of the Allman Brothers in Macon? Point is, head out of Atlanta and Savannah and there’s plenty of rad stuff to do in the best state in the country.

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15 Best & Fun Places To Visit in Georgia

Georgia is a state in the southeastern United States. It borders Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, the Atlantic Ocean, Florida, and Alabama. Georgia is the 24th-largest state by area and the 8th most populous, with over 11 million people. Its capital and largest city is Atlanta, a major cultural and economic hub.

Georgia, nicknamed the “Peach State,” is also known as the “Empire State of the South.” The state features diverse geography, including the Blue Ridge Mountains in the north, the Piedmont plateau, and the Coastal Plain to the south. Georgia’s highest point is Brasstown Bald at 4,784 feet, while its lowest is at sea level along the Atlantic Ocean.

Georgia is famous for its peaches, peanuts, and pecans. The state has significant historical sites, such as Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthplace in Atlanta and the historic city of Savannah.

Georgia is also known for its contributions to the civil rights movement and its role in American history. Additionally, the state hosts major events like the Masters Tournament in Augusta and has a thriving film industry, making it a prominent filming location.

Planning an exploration of Georgia? Here are the best places to visit.

Places To Visit in Georgia

1. jekyll island.

Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island, located off the coast of Georgia, is a serene retreat known for its stunning beaches, historic sites, and diverse recreational activities. The island is part of Georgia’s Golden Isles and offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and historical charm.

Start your visit at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, where you can learn about sea turtle conservation and witness rehabilitation efforts firsthand. The island’s historic district features well-preserved buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including the grand Jekyll Island Club Resort. Guided trolley tours provide insightful narratives about the island’s rich history.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Jekyll Island boasts over 20 miles of bike paths, beautiful golf courses, and the Driftwood Beach, known for its picturesque driftwood formations. Families will enjoy the Summer Waves Water Park and mini-golf courses. Wildlife programs and ranger-led tours offer opportunities to learn about the island’s diverse ecosystems and native species.

Address: Jekyll Island, GA 31527

2. Atlanta Botanical Garden

Atlanta Botanical Garden

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is a vibrant oasis in the heart of Atlanta. Opened in 1976, the garden spans 30 acres and offers a variety of themed gardens and exhibits.

The Canopy Walk is a standout feature, allowing visitors to walk among the treetops and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the forest floor below. The Fuqua Orchid Center houses a stunning collection of orchids from around the world, showcasing their diverse and exotic beauty.

The Children’s Garden is perfect for families, offering interactive exhibits and a splash fountain. The Japanese Garden provides a serene retreat with its traditional design and tranquil koi pond. Seasonal events, such as the popular “Garden Lights, Holiday Nights,” transform the garden into a magical wonderland with millions of sparkling lights.

Special exhibitions often grace the garden, like the recent “Alice’s Wonderland” which brings whimsical characters and scenes to life with horticultural artistry. The garden also hosts educational programs, workshops, and classes for all ages, fostering a deeper appreciation for plants and nature.

Address: 1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

3. Savannah Historic District

Savannah Historic District

The Savannah Historic District is a charming and picturesque area that transports visitors back in time. Established in 1733, Savannah is one of the oldest cities in the United States. The district features cobblestone streets, historic homes, and beautifully preserved buildings.

Start your visit at Forsyth Park, a 30-acre park known for its iconic fountain. The park is a popular spot for picnics, leisurely strolls, and people-watching. The district’s 22 squares are scattered throughout the area, each offering its unique charm and history. Chippewa Square, for instance, is famous as the filming location for the bench scenes in “Forrest Gump.”

Historic houses, such as the Owens-Thomas House and the Mercer-Williams House, offer guided tours that provide a glimpse into Savannah’s past. River Street, along the Savannah River, is lined with shops, restaurants, and galleries housed in converted cotton warehouses.

The district is also home to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, an architectural masterpiece with stunning stained glass windows. Savannah’s historic cemeteries, like Bonaventure Cemetery, are worth a visit for their serene beauty and historical significance.

Address: Savannah Historic District, Savannah, GA 31401

4. Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is one of the largest and most impressive aquariums in the world. It houses over 11 million gallons of water and thousands of marine animals.

The Ocean Voyager exhibit, featuring a massive tank with whale sharks, manta rays, and other large species, is a highlight. Visitors can walk through a 100-foot-long tunnel surrounded by water, providing an immersive underwater experience.

The Dolphin Coast exhibit showcases playful bottlenose dolphins, while the Cold Water Quest features creatures from colder climates, such as beluga whales and sea otters. The Tropical Diver gallery is a vibrant display of colorful fish, coral reefs, and other tropical marine life.

The aquarium also offers interactive experiences, such as the opportunity to swim or dive with whale sharks and the “Sea Lion Encounter” where visitors can learn about and interact with these intelligent animals. Educational programs and behind-the-scenes tours provide deeper insights into marine conservation and the aquarium’s efforts to protect endangered species.

Regular events, like the “Sips Under the Sea” adults-only nights and “Yoga by the Water” sessions, make the Georgia Aquarium a dynamic and engaging destination for all ages.

Address: 225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

5. Okefenokee Swamp

Okefenokee Swamp

The Okefenokee Swamp is a vast, enchanting wilderness located in southeastern Georgia. It spans over 400,000 acres and is known for its rich biodiversity and unique ecosystems.

Visitors can explore the swamp through various activities such as boating, fishing, and hiking. The best way to experience the swamp is by taking a guided boat tour. These tours offer an up-close look at the swamp’s wildlife, including alligators, turtles, and numerous bird species.

The swamp is also home to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, which provides habitats for many endangered species. The Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center offers educational exhibits and information about the swamp’s history and ecology. For a more immersive experience, visitors can camp at one of the designated campgrounds and enjoy the tranquility of the swamp at night.

The swamp’s beauty is complemented by its cultural history, including the remnants of old homesteads and the stories of the swamp people. 

Address: 2700 Suwannee Canal Road, Folkston, GA 31537

6. Fox Theatre

Fox Theatre

The Fox Theatre in Atlanta is a historic and iconic venue known for its stunning architecture and vibrant cultural events. Originally opened in 1929, the theatre’s design was inspired by ancient temples and features intricate Moorish and Egyptian architectural elements.

The Fox Theatre hosts a variety of performances, including Broadway shows, concerts, ballet, and classic film screenings. The theatre’s interior is equally impressive, with its grand auditorium, ornate decorations, and a ceiling that mimics a starry night sky. Visitors can take guided tours to learn about the theatre’s fascinating history and see behind-the-scenes areas.

Throughout the year, the Fox Theatre offers special events such as the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival, where classic movies are shown on the big screen. The venue also supports community events and private functions, making it a central hub for cultural activities in Atlanta.

Address: 660 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

7. Tybee Island

Tybee Island

Tybee Island is a charming barrier island located just 18 miles from Savannah, Georgia. Known for its beautiful sandy beaches and relaxed atmosphere, Tybee Island is a popular destination for both locals and tourists. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities, from sunbathing and swimming to exploring historic sites and dining on fresh seafood.

One of the island’s highlights is the Tybee Island Light Station and Museum. This historic lighthouse, dating back to 1736, offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean from its top. Another must-visit is the Tybee Marine Science Center, which provides educational exhibits and interactive displays about the local marine life.

For nature enthusiasts, the island offers plenty of opportunities for birdwatching, kayaking, and dolphin tours. The Back River Beach is a quieter spot ideal for watching the sunset and enjoying the tranquil surroundings. The island’s Pier and Pavilion are perfect for fishing or just taking a leisurely stroll.

Address: Tybee Island, GA 31328

8. Augusta Canal National Heritage Area

Augusta Canal National Heritage Area

The Augusta Canal National Heritage Area in Augusta, Georgia, is a treasure trove of history and natural beauty. Established in 1845, the canal was initially built to harness the power of the Savannah River for industrial use. Today, it offers a range of recreational activities and historical tours.

Visitors can start their journey at the Augusta Canal Discovery Center, located in the historic Enterprise Mill. The center features exhibits on the canal’s history, the people who built it, and its role in Augusta’s industrial development. From here, you can embark on guided boat tours that provide a unique perspective on the canal’s history and scenic beauty.

The towpath alongside the canal is perfect for hiking, biking, and fishing. The canal’s serene waters also offer opportunities for kayaking and canoeing. The area’s diverse wildlife and lush landscapes make it a favorite spot for nature lovers.

In the evenings, you can enjoy a relaxing music cruise, where live music complements the beautiful surroundings. The Augusta Canal National Heritage Area is a perfect blend of history, nature, and recreation.

Address: 1450 Greene St, Augusta, GA 30901

9. Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway offers a delightful journey through the picturesque Appalachian foothills of North Georgia. Departing from the historic depot in downtown Blue Ridge, the railway takes passengers on a 26-mile round trip along the Toccoa River.

The train ride starts with a one-hour journey to the quaint sister towns of McCaysville, Georgia, and Copperhill, Tennessee. During the two-hour layover, visitors can explore the charming shops, restaurants, and scenic spots in these towns. The return trip offers another hour of scenic views as the train winds its way back through the forested landscape.

The railway operates themed rides throughout the year, including fall foliage tours, holiday-themed rides, and special events for families. The vintage rail cars provide a nostalgic experience, making the journey enjoyable for both children and adults.

Address: 241 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513

10. World of Coca-Cola

World of Coca-Cola

The World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta is a must-visit for fans of the iconic beverage. This interactive museum showcases the history and global impact of Coca-Cola. Visitors can explore a variety of exhibits that tell the story of the brand’s evolution.

One of the highlights is the Vault of the Secret Formula, where you can learn about the closely guarded secret behind Coca-Cola’s unique taste.

In the Taste It! exhibit, you can sample over 100 different beverages from around the world. The Scent Discovery exhibit explores the connection between smell and taste, adding a sensory experience to your visit. Don’t miss the Coca-Cola Polar Bear, a fun photo opportunity for all ages.

The World of Coca-Cola also features a 3-D theater, a gallery of vintage advertisements, and the Coca-Cola Store, where you can purchase unique memorabilia. It’s a fun and educational experience that provides insight into one of the world’s most recognizable brands.

Address: 121 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

11. Atlanta BeltLine

Atlanta BeltLine

The Atlanta BeltLine is a transformative urban project that has turned old railway corridors into a vibrant network of parks, trails, and transit paths. Spanning 22 miles, the BeltLine connects 45 neighborhoods, offering a dynamic space for outdoor activities, art, and community events.

The Eastside Trail is one of the most popular sections, bustling with walkers, joggers, and cyclists. Along the trail, you’ll find numerous murals and sculptures, part of the largest temporary public art exhibition in the South. The Westside Trail offers a more serene experience, perfect for those looking to escape the city hustle.

Piedmont Park, located along the BeltLine, is a green oasis with playgrounds, sports facilities, and scenic spots for picnicking. The Historic Fourth Ward Park, another BeltLine gem, features a splash pad, skate park, and a beautiful pond. Restaurants, breweries, and shops line the trail, making it a perfect blend of nature and urban life.

Address: Atlanta BeltLine, Atlanta, GA 30318

12. Lenox Square Mall

Lenox Square Mall

Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta is a premier shopping destination known for its high-end stores and luxury boutiques. Located in the heart of the Buckhead district, Lenox Square offers an unparalleled shopping experience with over 250 retailers. Here, you can find top brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Neiman Marcus.

The mall is not just about shopping; it also features a wide array of dining options. From upscale restaurants to casual eateries, there’s something to suit every palate. The mall regularly hosts events and pop-up shops, adding to the vibrant atmosphere.

For those interested in more than just shopping, Lenox Square includes a fitness center and a movie theater, providing entertainment options for all ages. The sleek, modern design of the mall makes it a pleasant place to spend the day, whether you’re shopping, dining, or just browsing.

Address: 3393 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326

13. Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain Park is a popular destination located just minutes from downtown Atlanta. Spanning 3,200 acres, this park offers a mix of natural beauty and fun activities. The centerpiece is Stone Mountain, a massive quartz monzonite dome with a carving of Confederate leaders. You can hike the 1-mile trail to the top or take the Summit Skyride for a scenic view.

The park features a variety of attractions for all ages. Enjoy the Scenic Railroad, a 5-mile journey around the mountain. The SkyHike, a family-friendly adventure course, offers various levels of difficulty. For a more relaxed experience, visit the historic Square, with its 19th-century buildings and quaint shops.

During the summer, the Lasershow Spectacular lights up the night with music, fireworks, and lasers projected onto the mountain. Seasonal events, such as the Pumpkin Festival and Stone Mountain Christmas, provide festive fun. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy fishing, boating, and camping at the park’s lakes and campgrounds.

Address: 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain, GA 30083

14. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta honors the life and legacy of the civil rights leader. The park includes several significant sites. Start at the Visitor Center, which features exhibits on King’s life and the Civil Rights Movement.

Next, visit King’s birth home on Auburn Avenue. Guided tours provide a glimpse into his early years and family life. Walk to the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King and his father preached. The church still holds services and offers a peaceful space for reflection.

The King Center is nearby, where you can see King’s Nobel Peace Prize and other personal items. The reflecting pool and eternal flame at King’s tomb are moving tributes to his enduring impact. The “I Have a Dream” World Peace Rose Garden adds a touch of natural beauty to the park.

The park also features the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, celebrating activists who have contributed to social justice. Educational programs and special events throughout the year help visitors learn about King’s philosophy of nonviolence and his fight for equality.

Address: 450 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

15. Callaway Gardens

Callaway Gardens

Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain is a 2,500-acre resort that combines natural beauty with a variety of recreational activities. The gardens are famous for their stunning landscapes, including the Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl and the Overlook Azalea Garden. Springtime brings vibrant blooms, making it a perfect season for a visit.

Robin Lake Beach is one of the largest inland beaches in the country. Visitors can enjoy swimming, paddle boating, and other water sports. The Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, housing thousands of butterflies, is a must-see. The Birds of Prey show is another highlight, showcasing majestic raptors in action.

Callaway Gardens offers year-round activities. In the fall, the Pumpkins at Callaway event features a corn maze and family-friendly activities. Winter brings the renowned Fantasy In Lights, a spectacular holiday light display that has been acclaimed by National Geographic.

Golf enthusiasts will appreciate the two world-class golf courses. For a relaxing retreat, the on-site spa offers various treatments. The gardens also have several walking and biking trails, perfect for exploring the beautiful surroundings.

Address: 17617 US-27, Pine Mountain, GA 31822

Final Thoughts

Georgia is a diverse and vibrant state with something for everyone. Whether you’re a history buff, nature lover, or shopaholic, Georgia’s attractions provide memorable adventures.

These highlights reflect the state’s rich culture, history, and modern amenities, making it a must-visit destination. Exploring Georgia’s top destinations ensures a fun, engaging, and enriching experience for all visitors.

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These Are The 14 Most Beautiful Towns In Georgia You Should Visit

  • Georgia's diverse landscapes and rich history make it a gorgeous Southern state with much to offer tourists, including mountains, waterfalls, and the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • The state played a vital role in the civil rights movement, adding to its historical significance and attracting thousands of tourists who appreciate both the natural scenery and rich historical roots.
  • A visit to Georgia will take you on a trip down memory lane, with numerous places that will evoke a sense of joy and nostalgia for anyone who visits.

Georgia is known for its diverse landscapes, including mountains, waterfalls, forests, and lakes. It also contains the ruins from the Civil War era . It is a gorgeous Southern state that has so much to offer. Rich history is what sets this state apart from others, as this is the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. Georgians also played a vital role in the civil rights movement. A popular tourist destination, it attracts thousands of tourists that flock to see the natural scenery over and above the rich historical roots it possesses.

As a result, the cities in Georgia are perfect for travelers looking for places that combine nature and history. A visit to this Georgia will surely go deep down memory lane as there are many places that will cheer anyone going.


Places to visit in Georgia

Georgia offers many incredible towns to visit, whether travelers want a thrilling weekend or a relaxing getaway. This list was expanded to add more fantastic Georgia towns that deserve to be on anyone's bucket list.

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Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this town is perfect for travelers seeking outdoor activities and a relaxing weekend getaway. Blue Ridge features a vibrant arts scene, breathtaking landscapes, and a warm community spirit, making it a perfect spot for relaxing days.

Blue Ridge's highlights include the scenic Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, hiking trails like the Appalachian Trail, and serene Lake Blue Ridge. The town's fame stems from its cozy atmosphere, offering boutiques, art galleries, and a focus on local craftsmanship.

  • Annual Festival: Blue Ridge Troutfest & Outdoor Adventures, April 27, 2024

Madison combines the charming atmosphere of a small town and history. Its well-preserved architecture and quaint streets make it a must-visit destination for architecture enthusiasts. The must-see spots when visiting Madison include the Historic District, known for its impressive homes, and Heritage Hall, a museum showcasing the town's past.

Visitors can explore boutiques, enjoy fine dining, and appreciate the town's rich cultural heritage. Madison is famous for its picturesque landscapes, hosting various festivals, and serving as a backdrop for films and TV shows.

  • Recommended hotels: Brady Inn, The James Madison Inn, Hampton Inn Madison

Columbus is another town that combines history and modernity. Visitors spend two or three days exploring the Chattahoochee Riverwalk, offering scenic views and outdoor activities.

History buffs will have a blast walking in the historic district that showcases charming architecture or visiting local museums, including the Columbus Museum for local art and culture and the National Infantry Museum for an immersive military experience.

Travelers can also spend a day at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center or discover the Springer Opera House's theatrical heritage.

  • Recommended hotels: Courtyard by Marriott Columbus, Staybridge Suites, City Mills Hotel

Warm Springs

Warm Springs is home to Georgia's most famous therapeutic springs: the Warm Springs Treatment Pool, where President Franklin D. Roosevelt used to treat his polio symptoms. Travelers can also explore the Little White House, FDR's retreat, and learn about his presidency.

The town also features the largest state park in Georgia, making it a perfect destination for nature enthusiasts. They can also spend a few days discovering charming boutiques and eateries and enjoy scenic drives through the countryside. The town's highlight is its unique connection to FDR and its impact on both history and the region.

  • Recommended hotels: Hotel Warm Springs Bed & Breakfast Inn, Aiden By Best Western

Dahlonega is a place for all types of people, be it history hunters, art and culture enthusiasts, wine tasters, or wildlife explorers. Packed with rugged mountains, beautiful natural treasures, and babbling brooks, Dahlonega won’t disappoint those visiting it. The Chestatee Wildlife Preserve & Zoo is a must-visit for wildlife lovers since it gives a close glimpse into the natural habitat of many species, including Siberian tigers, African lions, and grizzly bears, to zebra and elk. They also provide “breakfast with the big cats,” which is a proper memory maker in itself.

The Dahlonega Consolidated Gold Mine allows guests to try their hand at gold panning. This gold mine still remains a popular tourist attraction acquainting visitors with information regarding the gold industry.

Things to do: Consolidated Gold Mine, Dahlonega Gold Museum, Yahoola Creek Park

Though not as popular as other cities in America, Suwanee does have a wow factor to it. It all condenses down to the fact that the population is only 15000 and so the peace and tranquility increase ten-fold compared to other more popular cities. For a peaceful musical evening, head over to Everett's Music Barn to turn a normal evening into a musical, romantic evening. Revel in the tunes produced by the local bands. For a golfing nerd, Olde Atlanta Golf Club is the perfect place to be. This scenic 36-hole golf course offers some great views, and the best part is the delicious dining menu after one is done with his game.

  • Annual festival: Suwanee Fest, September 16 and 17, 2023

Tybee Island

An Instagram-worthy place for sure, Tybee island has five miles of sandy beaches where one can enjoy the golden sunrises and sunsets with nothing but peace and serenity surrounding them. Best place to explore on foot since the whole city is only 3 miles in area. The Tybee Island is a family friendly destination, famous for its Light Station & Museum is a must-see place since the lighthouse here is one of seven lighthouses from the colonial era. Built in 1773, this lighthouse provides insight into how things were done in the olden days. Plus, the whole city can be seen from the top.

Travelers can watch dolphins in their natural habitat with Captain Mike's Dolphin Tours, which provides guided tours. The dolphins can sometimes come up on the boat to say hi.

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Primarily known as a college town, Athens is much more than youth parties and hit-up bars. One of the best places to catch a breath of fresh air is the Firefly Trail which is suitable for walking, jogging, or biking. Another great way to spend a day outdoors is to go picnicking at Lake Chapman. Praise nature’s beautiful outdoors while boating in the cobalt blue lake. Visit Sandy Creek Nature Center, where visitors are introduced to all sorts of flora and fauna, including frogs, snakes, turtles, and even armadillos.

The log house near the visitors center is open for guests to look at live animal exhibits as well as aquatic animals.

Home of the founder of the Girls Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low, savannah is a city full of things to do. The best way to explore a city is to wander around aimlessly. Savannah city market is a great place to start exploring. Simply enjoy walking around the open-air marketplace featuring restored warehouses sheltering everything from restaurants to boutiques to art galleries.

The Bonaventure Cemetery is a popular sight among tourists. Though the idea of visiting a cemetery for leisure may seem morbid, travelers say the cemetery is a must for lovers of the written word.

The tombstone of Danny Hansford, whose murder inspired John Berendt's best-selling book, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” can also be found in the nearby cemetery.

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The city of Helen makes up for its small population by providing astonishing and beautiful scenery. Go wine tasting, trekking, and partying all in one place. Saunter around the sprawling vineyard in Habersham Vineyards & Winery while drinking the wine made from the very grapes before one’s eyes, a perfect place for a date. Another point of interest is Charlemagne’s Kingdom which is a dream come true for a city model enthusiast as guests will see a 50-foot model exhibit representing German railroads and architecture.

There is an array of activities to do in Helen , and as the sun sets, the downtown area comes to life as people head to King Ludwig’s Biergarten, where one will see everyone carry a frosty beer with sausage platters, pretzels, and more.

Founded in the 1830s, Roswell shines in the southern charm. Left on the former Cherokee land, it was destroyed in the American Civil War. Fortunately, all the buildings keeping historical significance were kept intact for visitors to praise and commend. One of the sites to visit is the Archibald Smith Plantation Home, originally belonging to one of the founders of Rosewell. Though its first home, it has now been converted into a museum for guests to see the lifestyle of upper-class Georgians back in the day.

Looking for a place with a bit of peace and quiet, then the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is the perfect spot to be. Seclusion is the main attraction here as you can wander around for hours and hours and still not be bored.

Just eight miles from the state capital Atlanta, Decatur can be considered a part of the capital due to its small-town ambiance and feel. Two hundred years ago, the town was just an unsettled forest but after all these years, it has flourished well. Decatur’s Woodlands Gardens is a sight not to be missed by a nature lover because it contains somewhat 30 species of tree and a wide range of plants native to the region over a 3.2-hectare public park.

Exploring the nightlife is a bit different around here since there is a Decatur Ghost Tour. Meander through the narrow spooky streets around the old railway station where the cries of pain from civil war troops have been heard.

One of the suburbs of Atlanta, Marietta offers a quiet life outside the city center. It has a close-knit community with a rich history and culture dating back to the civil war. Kennesaw mountain is a great place for hiking in the Atlanta suburb. This mountain is also part of the battlefield park, which preserves the site of the battle. If one wants to buy locally grown vegetables, then Marietta’s farmers’ market is the right place to be. Every Saturday, more than 50 different stalls will be present. Customers can sample freshly-made bread and freshly squeezed lemonade and can take home with them all different sorts of preserves and jams.

Valdosta offers a variety of activities for visitors and residents alike. For those adventurers that love being outdoors, the Grand Bay Wildlife Reserve is a must to travel to have an unforgettable experience. Fairly large opportunities for spotting wildlife will be available as well. One of the most popular attractions is Wild Adventures Theme Park, which has live shows and over 40 rides. History geeks will fancy visiting the Valdosta Lowndes County Conference Center and Visitors Bureau, which acquaints the guests with information on the city's rich history, including the Civil War.Valdosta State University has a variety of athletic events to attend.

Georgia is known for its diverse landscapes, including mountains, waterfalls, forests, and lakes. It is a gorgeous Southern state that has so much to offer. Rich history is what sets this state apart from others, as this is the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. Georgians also played a vital role in the civil rights movement. A popular tourist destination, it attracts thousands of tourists that flock to see the natural scenery over and above the rich historical roots it possesses. A visit to this Georgia will surely go deep down memory lane as there are many places that will cheer anyone going.

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Top 10 Sightseeing in Georgia: Journey Through Georgia's Landmarks and Scenic Wonders

Georgia, nestled in the Caucasus Mountains, captivates visitors with its stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage. This beautiful country boasts a diverse range of attractions, from ancient churches nestled in picturesque valleys to vibrant cities bustling with life. Whether you're exploring the narrow streets of Tbilisi's Old Town or hiking through the rugged terrain of Svaneti, sightseeing in Georgia offers a journey filled with surprises and discoveries. Georgian hospitality shines through in every encounter, complemented by mouthwatering cuisine and centuries-old traditions. The blend of history, nature, and warm hospitality makes Georgia an enchanting destination for travelers of all interests.

Best Sightseeing in Georgia: Georgia's Hidden Gems and Iconic Landmarks Await

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Embark on a journey through Georgia's diverse landscapes and cultural treasures. The best times to visit Georgia are during its mild summers and colorful autumns, perfect for exploring the country's most iconic attractions. Begin your journey by visiting one of the best sightseeing in Georgia known as the ancient Narikala Fortress, which overlooks the historic city of Tbilisi. Venture north to discover the Gergeti Trinity Church, framed by the majestic peaks of the Caucasus Mountains. In Tbilisi, stroll across the modern marvel of the Peace Bridge, offering panoramic views of the cityscape and the Kura River below. Explore the ancient cave town of Uplistsikhe, a fascinating archaeological site dating back to the early Iron Age. With its rich history, stunning landscapes, and hospitable culture, Georgia promises an unforgettable experience for travelers seeking adventure and beauty.

We are bringing a list of top 10 sightseeing in Georgia that one must include in their visiting list while their tour to this captivating country on the Red Sea. Any list of Georgia tourist places is incomplete without these attractions:

  • Narikala Fortress (Tbilisi)
  • Bridge of Peace (Tbilisi)
  • Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi (Sameba Cathedral)
  • Jvari Monastery (Mtskheta)
  • Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Mtskheta)
  • Gergeti Trinity Church (Kazbegi)
  • Uplistsikhe Cave Town
  • Vardzia Cave Monastery
  • Batumi Boulevard
  • Svaneti and Mestia

1. Narikala Fortress (Tbilisi): Explore Tbilisi Ancient Charm

Narikala Fortress (Tbilisi)

Perched atop a hill overlooking Tbilisi, Narikala Fortress stands as a testament to Georgia's ancient history and strategic importance and tops the list of sightseeing in Georgia. Dating back to the 4th century, this fortress offers panoramic views of the cityscape below and the Mtkvari River winding through the valley. You can explore its ancient walls, towers, and pathways while immersing yourself in the rich tales of conquests and resilience that define Georgian heritage. A visit to Narikala Fortress promises not only breathtaking vistas but also a deep dive into the country's past, making it one of the best places to visit in Tbilisi for history enthusiasts and photographers alike.

Location: Tbilisi, Georgia

Address : MRQ5+4R3, Tbilisi, Georgia

Opening Hours: Always accessible

Famous For: Ancient fortress with panoramic views

Nearby Attractions:

  • Tbilisi Old Town
  • Sulfur Baths
  • Metekhi Church

Nearby Hotels:

  • Rooms Hotel Tbilisi
  • Tbilisi Marriott Hotel
  • Mercure Tbilisi Old Town

Nearby Restaurants:

  • Pur Pur Restaurant

Note : The Fortress is undergoing renovations and thus is closed to visitors until reopens

2. Bridge of Peace (Tbilisi): Get to Iconic Tbilisi Through Illuminated Bridge

Bridge of Peace (Tbilisi)

A modern architectural marvel spanning the Kura River, the Bridge of Peace is an iconic symbol of contemporary Tbilisi. Designed by Italian architect Michele De Lucchi, this pedestrian bridge captivates with its futuristic design and the thousands of LED lights that illuminate it at night. Witnessing the dazzling display against the city skyline is among the best things to do in Tbilisi while enjoying the evening. Connecting Old Tbilisi with the new district, the bridge offers stunning views of the city and serves as one of the most popular tourist spots in Georgia for leisurely walks and photo opportunities. Whether day or night, the Bridge of Peace promises a memorable experience for visitors exploring Georgia's vibrant capital.

Address : The Bridge of Peace, Tbilisi 0162, Georgia

Famous For: Modern architectural design and LED illumination

  • Tbilisi Concert Hall
  • Presidential Palace
  • Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel
  • Betsy's Hotel
  • Landmark Terrace Restaurant and Bar
  • Funicular Restaurant Complex
  • Shardeni Street Restaurants
  • Café Littera
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3. Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi: Discover Tbilisi’s Sacred Splendor

Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi

The Holy Trinity Cathedral, known locally as Sameba Cathedral, is the largest religious building in Georgia and a masterpiece of modern Georgian architecture. Completed in 2004, this majestic cathedral sits atop Elia Hill. It dominates the Tbilisi skyline with its golden dome and towering bell towers. You can admire intricate frescoes, ornate iconography, and a serene atmosphere conducive to contemplation and prayer. The cathedral's spacious grounds include beautifully landscaped gardens and panoramic viewpoints, offering a tranquil escape amidst the bustling city. A visit to Sameba Cathedral, one of the top sights in Georgia , is a spiritual and cultural journey into the heart of Georgian Orthodox Christianity.

Opening Hours: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM (Daily)

Famous For: Largest cathedral in Georgia, modern Georgian architecture

  • Mtatsminda Park
  • Tbilisi Botanical Garden
  • Tbilisi Funicular
  • Courtyard by Marriott Tbilisi
  • Barbarestan
  • Culinarium Khasheria
  • Zakhar Zakharich
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4. Jvari Monastery (Mtskheta): Adore the Timeless Beauty of Georgia

Jvari Monastery (Mtskheta)

Located on a hilltop overlooking the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, Jvari Monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a symbol of early Georgian Christianity. Dating back to the 6th century, this cross-domed church offers breathtaking views of the picturesque landscape below and the ancient town of Mtskheta. You can explore one of the best sightseeing in Georgia , from its simple yet elegant architecture to its intricate carvings and ancient frescoes depicting scenes from the life of Saint Nino, who brought Christianity to Georgia. Jvari Monastery holds significant cultural and religious importance, making it a spiritual and historical highlight of any visit to Mtskheta.

Location: Mtskheta, Georgia

Opening Hours: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Daily)

Famous For: UNESCO World Heritage site, early Georgian Christian architecture

  • Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
  • Mtskheta Historical Museum
  • Armazi Fortress
  • Hotel Mkudro
  • Hotel Armazi
  • Hotel River Side
  • Salobie Bia
  • Restauran Archi
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5. Svetitskhoveli Cathedral: Step into History Through Mtskheta Marvel

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

As one of the best tourist attractions in Georgia , Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta stands as a masterpiece of medieval Georgian architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Originally built in the 4th century, the cathedral has undergone several reconstructions, showcasing a blend of Byzantine, Gothic, and Georgian architectural styles. Believed to house the robe of Christ, Svetitskhoveli holds immense spiritual significance for Georgian Orthodox Christians. You can admire its grand exterior adorned with intricate carvings and explore the richly decorated interior, including ancient frescoes and tombs of Georgian kings and queens. A visit to Svetitskhoveli Cathedral offers a profound cultural and historical experience in the heart of Georgia, making it one of the top places to visit in Georgia with family .

Opening Hours: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Daily)

Famous For: UNESCO World Heritage site, medieval Georgian architecture, religious significance

  • Jvari Monastery
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6. Gergeti Trinity Church (Kazbegi): Get Amazed at the High-Altitude Wonder

Gergeti Trinity Church (Kazbegi)

Perched dramatically on a hilltop in the Caucasus Mountains near the village of Gergeti, the Gergeti Trinity Church stands as one of the most famous tourist attractions in Georgia . Dating back to the 14th century, this stone church offers spectacular views of the snow-capped Mount Kazbek and the surrounding alpine landscape. You can embark on a scenic hike to reach the church, passing through lush meadows and picturesque valleys along the way. The simple yet striking architecture of Gergeti Trinity Church, against the backdrop of towering mountains, creates a scene of unparalleled beauty and serenity. A visit here promises not only spiritual reflection but also an unforgettable adventure in the heart of Georgia's wilderness.

Location: Kazbegi (Stepantsminda), Georgia

Famous For: Iconic church in the Caucasus Mountains, stunning mountain views

  • Mount Kazbek
  • Dariali Gorge
  • Gveleti Waterfall
  • Rooms Hotel Kazbegi
  • Hotel Kazbegi
  • Marco Polo Restaurant
  • Hotel Kazbegi Restaurant
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7. Uplistsikhe Cave Town: Explore the Ancient Dwellings of Georgia

Uplistsikhe Cave Town

Uplistsikhe, meaning "Lord's Fortress," stands as one of the best tourist destinations in Georgia , an ancient rock-hewn town on the banks of the Mtkvari River near Gori in eastern Georgia. Dating back to the early Iron Age, this remarkable archaeological site comprises caves, tunnels, and structures carved directly into the rocky cliffs. You can engage in things to do in Georgia such as exploring the remains of a once-thriving settlement, including ancient dwellings, churches, and a theater, all offering insights into Georgia's ancient history and culture. The strategic location of Uplistsikhe, overlooking fertile plains, highlights its importance as a commercial and religious center in antiquity. A visit to Uplistsikhe is a journey back in time, revealing the ingenuity and resilience of Georgia's early inhabitants amidst stunning natural surroundings.

Location: Near Gori, Georgia

Famous For: Ancient rock-hewn town, archaeological site

  • Gori Fortress
  • Stalin Museum
  • Ateni Sioni Church
  • Hotel Indiana Gori
  • Gori Plaza Hotel
  • Villa Uplistsikhe
  • Restaurant Salobie
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8. Vardzia Cave Monastery: Discover Georgia's Hidden Treasures

Vardzia Cave Monastery

Vardzia, located in southern part of the country near Aspindza, ranks among the most popular tourist attractions in Georgia , a sprawling cave monastery complex carved into the cliffs overlooking the Kura River. Dating back to the 12th century, Vardzia served as both a monastery and a fortress, offering refuge and spiritual solace to monks and pilgrims alike. You can explore its labyrinthine tunnels, chapels adorned with medieval frescoes, and living quarters carved into the rock. The site also includes a church with an impressive bell tower and a panoramic viewpoint offering stunning vistas of the surrounding valley. Vardzia is among the places to visit in Georgia , a testament to Georgia's rich cultural heritage and the ingenuity of its medieval architects, making it a captivating destination for history enthusiasts and adventurers.

Location: Near Aspindza, Georgia

Famous For: Cave monastery complex, medieval frescoes, panoramic views

  • Khertvisi Fortress
  • Sapara Monastery
  • Tmogvi Fortress
  • Vardzia Resort
  • Vardzia Hotel
  • Amagleba Guesthouse
  • Guesthouse Amagleba
  • Chaikhana Vardzia
  • Vardzia Monastery Cafe
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9. Batumi Boulevard: Stroll Through the Seaside Serenity

Batumi Boulevard

Batumi Boulevard, stretching along the Black Sea coast in Batumi, is celebrated as one of the best sightseeing in Georgia, renowned for its scenic beauty and recreational opportunities. Lined with palm trees, flower beds, and modern sculptures, the boulevard offers a picturesque setting for leisurely strolls, cycling, or simply enjoying the sea breeze. You can relax on benches overlooking the beach, visit water fountains illuminated with colorful lights at night, or explore attractions like the Alphabetic Tower and Batumi Ferris Wheel. Batumi Boulevard comes alive with events and festivals throughout the year, showcasing Georgia's cultural diversity and coastal charm. A visit to Batumi Boulevard is a delightful experience blending relaxation, entertainment, and stunning seaside views.

Location: Batumi, Georgia

Famous For: Scenic promenade along the Black Sea coast, recreational activities

  • Batumi Botanical Garden
  • Europe Square
  • Batumi Dolphinarium
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Batumi
  • Hilton Batumi
  • The Grand Gloria Hotel
  • Piazza Square
  • Restaurant Porto Franco
  • Adjarian House
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10. Svaneti and Mestia: Ascend to the Majestic Mountains

Svaneti and Mestia

Svaneti, located in the northwest region of the country, is renowned as one of the best tourist destinations in Georgia , offering a blend of stunning landscapes, medieval towers, and rich cultural heritage. The main town of Mestia serves as the gateway to this remote mountainous region, characterized by its iconic defensive towers built by the Svans centuries ago. You can engage in activities such as exploring picturesque villages nestled amidst towering peaks, hiking scenic trails leading to alpine lakes and glaciers, and immersing themselves in Svaneti's unique folk traditions and hospitality. Mestia itself offers attractions such as the Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography, showcasing artifacts and exhibits that illuminate the region's history and culture. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, a history buff, or a cultural explorer, Svaneti promises an unforgettable adventure in Georgia's highlands.

Location: Svaneti region, northwest Georgia

Famous For: Medieval towers, alpine landscapes, Svan culture

  • Ushguli village
  • Chalaadi Glacier
  • Tetnuldi Ski Resort
  • Hotel Tetnuldi
  • Hotel Banguriani
  • Hotel Svaneti
  • Restaurant Chalet Ushba
  • Old Seti Restaurant

If you are interested in exploring the country more, let me give you a short list of few more attractions that you can visit:

  • Kutaisi Botanical Garden
  • Flea Market Dry Bridge
  • Monument Ali and Nino
  • Rezo Gabriadze Theatre
  • Bagrati Cathedral
  • Gudauri Ski Resort

The sightseeing in Georgia unfolds as a tapestry of historical marvels, breathtaking landscapes, and vibrant culture, offering an enriching experience for travelers exploring this diverse country. From the ancient fortresses of Tbilisi to the serene monasteries of Mtskheta, Georgia tours cater to every interest and curiosity. Whether trekking through the mountainous wonders of Svaneti or exploring the cave towns of Vardzia and Uplistsikhe, each site reveals a piece of Georgia's rich heritage. With its warm hospitality, delicious cuisine, and stunning natural beauty, Georgia will captivate you by offering adventure and relaxation. Get yourself one of our best Georgia tour packages and embark on a journey through Georgia's past and present and discover why it's a destination that leaves an indelible mark on all who visit.

Sightseeing in Georgia FAQs

Georgia offers a unique blend of historical landmarks, stunning landscapes, warm hospitality, and delicious cuisine. Whether you're a history buff, nature lover, or food enthusiast, Georgia is a destination well worth exploring.

The best time to visit Georgia is during late spring (May-June) and early autumn (September-October) when the weather is mild, and landscapes are lush. Summers (July-August) can be hot, especially in lowland areas. If you want to enjoy winter activities, winters offer skiing opportunities in mountain regions.

Top attractions in Tbilisi include Narikala Fortress, Sameba Cathedral (Holy Trinity Cathedral), the Bridge of Peace, Tbilisi Old Town, and the sulfur baths in Abanotubani.

Must-see places in Georgia include Tbilisi with its Narikala Fortress and Old Town, Mtskheta for Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Kazbegi for Gergeti Trinity Church, and Batumi Boulevard on the Black Sea coast.

To explore main sightseeing in Georgia, plan for at least 7-10 days. This allows time to explore Tbilisi, visit Mtskheta and Kazbegi, venture into Svaneti, and relax in Batumi.

Famous landmarks in Mtskheta include Jvari Monastery, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, and the Mtskheta Historical Museum.

Besides sightseeing along Batumi Boulevard, you can enjoy activities such as swimming at the beach and cycling along the promenade. Other activities involve visiting the Batumi Botanical Garden, and watching dolphin shows at the Batumi Dolphinarium.

When visiting religious sites like Cathedrals and monasteries, it's recommended to dress modestly. Women should cover their shoulders and wear skirts or pants below the knee, while men should avoid wearing shorts and sleeveless shirts.

As a tourist, you can get around Georgia by marshrutkas (minibuses), taxis, rental cars, or organized tours. In cities like Tbilisi and Batumi, public transportation such as metro and buses are also available.

Traditional Georgian dishes to try include khachapuri (cheese-filled bread), khinkali (dumplings), grilled meats (shashlik), and Georgian salads like pkhali (vegetable spreads).

The best places to shop for souvenirs in Georgia are Tbilisi's Dry Bridge Market for antiques and handicrafts, local markets for traditional Georgian spices and wines, and Batumi's boutiques for unique seaside mementos.

There are a few things that one should keep in mind while making their travel plan to Georgia:

  • Carry cash (Georgian Lari) as some places may not accept credit cards
  • Respect local customs, especially when visiting religious sites
  • Learn a few basic Georgian phrases as English may not be widely spoken

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Known as the “Gateway to Callaway Gardens,” Pine Mountain is a charming Georgia town just an hour and 20 minutes from Atlanta . Famed as one of the Peach State’s best vacation destinations, the bustling central Georgia town has no shortage of activities. Perhaps its most famous attraction is the 2,500-acre Callaway Resort & Gardens, a picturesque resort featuring cozy accommodations, spectacular scenery, hiking and biking trails, world-class golf, watersports, and Robin Lake, home to the world’s largest manmade white sand beach. And you don’t have to be a guest of the luxe resort to enjoy all these perks—anyone can purchase a general admission ticket for access to the property and its amenities.

While one could spend an entire three-day weekend exploring Callaway, Pine Mountain has many other exciting attractions. Enjoy the perfect blend of history and nature with a visit to FDR State Park. Georgia’s largest state park, this beautiful spot is home to miles of trails, including the Pine Mountain Trail, where visitors can take in spectacular views of the surrounding area, and Dowdell’s Knob, where former president Franklin D. Roosevelt himself was known to picnic. Experience even more local history with a trip to Roosevelt’s Little White House, one of Georgia's most popular historic sites, and the former summer home of FDR, complete with a museum, tours, photo ops, and seasonal activities. Finally, be sure to visit Pine Mountain’s Wild Animal Safari, a family-friendly animal park with drive-thru safari tours, a zoo, dining, and shopping.


Georgia College and State University campus scene, Milledgeville, Georgia

An eclectic mix of historic heritage and bustling college town atmosphere, Milledgeville is the ideal destination for a Georgia three-day weekend. Once its state capital, Milledgeville is also one of Georgia’s oldest towns —and its vibrant past can be seen everywhere, from its historic downtown district to iconic town buildings like the Georgia Old State Capitol, located on the Georgia Military College Campus. To truly appreciate the town’s distinctive history, architecture, and culture, take a self-guided walking tour along its tree-lined streets that includes sites like the Old Governor’s Mansion, historic homes, and notable public buildings. Literature fans will also enjoy Milledgeville sites that explore the life of notable American author Flannery O’Connor, including her former family home—and current museum—Andalusia Farm; Georgia College and State University, O’Connor’s alma mater; and Memorial Hill Cemetery, her final resting place. Milledgeville also has a Historic Trolley Tour that includes an in-depth overview of town history and guided walking tours of famous spots like St. Stephens Episcopal Church and the Central State Hospital Campus.

In addition to its notable history, Milledgeville also has its share of natural beauty and outdoor adventure. The Oconee River offers kayaking and tranquil river views, while Lake Sinclair is a popular destination for boating, tubing, fishing, and jet-skiing. For hiking, biking, and wildlife watching, visit the scenic surroundings at Bartram Forest, just a few minutes from downtown Milledgeville. Lockerly Arboretum is another serene natural escape where visitors can enjoy walking trails, gardens, birdwatching, and guided tours of Rose Hill, a historic home listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For a truly authentic three-day weekend in Milledgeville, stay at the historic downtown gem, the Inn on North Jefferson.

Tallulah Falls

Tallulah Falls, Georgia, USA, overlooking Tallulah Gorge in autumn.

Tallulah Falls is an idyllic retreat in the mountains of Northeast Georgia. Once billed as the Niagara of the South, Tallulah Falls’ namesake falls at Tallulah Gorge was a top destination throughout the early 20th century—resulting in a booming tourist trade for the small mountain town. Today, the spectacular canyon remains a must-see attraction in Georgia.

Measuring two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep, the gorge is a natural wonder worth exploring over a three-day weekend. Visitors can learn all about Tallulah Falls's history at the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center before exploring the spectacular landscape. Hike to one of its scenic overlooks or visit the gorge floor (permit required), catch the views from the 80-foot suspension bridge, walk the paved trail, or have a mountain biking adventure. At Tallulah Gorge State Park, there is something for every type of outdoor adventurer.

However, the dramatic gorge is not the only reason to visit Tallulah Falls. Here, visitors will find a combination of breathtaking natural scenery and low-key small-town vibes that are a relaxing escape from the ordinary. Notable town attractions include Tallulah Adventures, an eclectic venue offering curated recreation and experiences, and local treasures like Tallulah 1882 and the local General Store, both showcasing the small mountain town’s laidback vibes. For an exciting day trip, explore the surrounding area: the nearby town of Lakemont has lodging, shopping, and dining, while picturesque Lake Rabun offers watersports, miles of scenic shoreline, and cozy accommodations at the historic Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant.

Tybee Island

Aerial shot of the gorgeous spring landscape in Tybee Island, Georgia

Known as “Savannah’s Beach,” Tybee Island is a quaint barrier island and coastal community perfect for enjoying a three-day Georgia weekend. Though just 20 minutes from Savannah , Tybee Island’s low-key beachy atmosphere feels far away from the city’s hustle and bustle; however, its abundance of history, culture, and outdoor recreation makes it a destination all its own. With accommodations ranging from oceanfront resorts to cozy B&Bs, it is easy to choose an ideal Tybee Island stay. However, Hotel Tybee and the Atlantis Inn are both popular choices for an unforgettable weekend.

Tybee Island is known for its breathtaking beaches—each with its own signature attractions and distinctive vibes. Located on the largest part of Tybee Island, North Beach is a mecca for the area’s rich heritage dating back to the 1800s. Explore the historic Fort Screven district including the oldest and tallest lighthouse in Georgia, Tybee Island Lighthouse. After visiting the museum, head to the Fort Pulaski National Monument on nearby Cockspur Island, home to stunning views of nearby Cockspur Lighthouse. Meanwhile, Tybee’s South Beach is akin to its bustling downtown area. A vibrant district dominated by the eclectic Tybrisa Street, South Beach is home to the famed Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion and the best local restaurants, shops, and bars. The island’s Mid Beach is ideal for those looking to enjoy a quieter experience, yet its central location puts it close to all the action and activities on North and South Beach. Additionally, those looking for relaxation can escape the crowds with a trip to Back River Beach. Tybee Island’s “secret beach,” Back River, is great for dolphin watching, watersports, and jaw-dropping vistas. Before leaving the area, visit the island's hidden gem, Little Tybee Island. Only accessible by boat, the secluded spot is known for its nature tours, diverse landscapes, and iconic sunsets.


Vogel State Park near Blairsville, Georgia.

Situated in Chattahoochee National Forest and surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Blairsville is the quintessential getaway for outdoor enthusiasts. Scenic natural beauty and epic recreation abound—hike the majestic Appalachian Trail ; enjoy picnicking, walking trails, and plenty of activities at Meeks Park; or soak in the dramatic Raven Cliff Falls. Vogel State Park is another popular outdoor destination. One of Georgia’s oldest parks, it is also home to its highest peak, Brasstown Bald. Vogel State Park is also great for swimming, hiking, and picture-perfect scenery, including Trahlyta Falls. Both Lake Winfield Scott and Lake Notelly offer boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, and camping; while nearby Helton Creek Falls has two must-see waterfalls. Wildlife watchers and nature lovers will also find the Sosebee Cove Scenic Area an idyllic spot for soaking up the area’s forested landscapes.

While known as a gateway to the great outdoors, Blairsville also has its share of historic heritage. Visit Reece Farm & Heritage Center to learn about 20th-century farm life, or explore historic sites such as the Old Courthouse Museum and the Mountain Life Museum. Those spending a three-day weekend should also explore the surrounding area with a trip on the Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway before relaxing for the night at the luxe Paradise Hills Winery Resort & Spa.

Downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia

Blue Ridge is a scenic small town located just 90 miles from Atlanta. A former railroad town/health resort known for its mineral waters, Blue Ridge is now considered a top destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Stunning mountain scenery and proximity to the Appalachian Trail and the Chattahoochee National Forest provide plenty of recreation opportunities. Hiking and biking in the Aska Adventure Area is perfect for adventurers of all skill levels; while well-known destinations such as the Benton MacKaye Trail have miles of trails, beautiful scenery, and a 270-foot Swinging Bridge over the Toccoa River. Shorter hikes at Lake Ridge, Long Creek Falls, and Springer Mountain are also great alternatives for those looking for an easy way to soak up the scenery—including waterfalls, lakes, wildflowers, and the Appalachian Mountains. Watersports such as tubing, kayaking, and rafting are popular pastimes on the Toccoa and Ocoee Rivers.

When not enjoying the great outdoors, explore downtown Blue Ridge with a Historic Walking Tour, and visit notable buildings like the Historic Fannin County Courthouse and the Baugh House, and Museum. The Blue Ridge Depot is another must-visit Blue Ridge attraction; here, visitors can take “a ride through history” on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, a rail excursion from Blue Ridge to nearby McCaysville. While in McCaysville, visit the Ocoee Whitewater Center, an epic recreation destination with watersports, swimming holes, hiking and biking trails, and a 330-foot suspension bridge. Before returning to Blue Ridge, explore more McCaysville gems like the Riverwalk, the Ducktown Basin Museum, and the Blue Line, where travelers can stand in Georgia and Tennessee at the same time. After a long day of adventure, relax at the breathtaking Dogwood Inn, just five miles from downtown Blue Ridge’s many attractions.

The Historic District in Americus, Georgia.

Located in Southwest Georgia, Americus is the perfect combination of historic charm and Southern hospitality, making it an ideal place to spend a three-day weekend. Home to Georgia Southwestern University and South Georgia Technical College, Americus’ quaint streets are lined with bustling shops, restaurants, and attractions. Historic spots like the Rylander Theatre and the Lindbergh Memorial are must-visits, while Koinonia Farm (the birthplace of Habitat for Humanity) is a peaceful retreat with working farms, gardens, and orchards. Spend the day at picturesque Wolf Creek Plantation’s vineyards and winery, or sample local flavor at Thirteenth Colony Distilleries. Nearby towns like historic Andersonville (including the Andersonville National Historic Site and a Civil War Village) and Plains (home to President Jimmy Carter ), make wonderful day trips for those looking to explore the surrounding area. Additionally, “Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon,” Providence Canyon State Park, is just one hour away. While in America, be sure to stay at the historic Windsor Hotel. A Victorian gem built in 1892, the Windsor has delicious restaurants, comfortable accommodations, and Historic Haunted Tours.

With scenic small towns full of Southern charm, natural beauty, and historic heritage, Georgia is an ideal place to spend a three-day weekend . Historic havens Americus and Blue Ridge offer a glimpse into Georgia's rich past, mountain towns such as Blairsville are outdoor recreation meccas, and beachy getaways like Tybee Island are bustling and beautiful retreats. Whatever the small-town destination, Georgia has something special for every traveler in search of an unforgettable vacation.

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What To Do And Eat In Atlanta Right Now

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The rap lyric turned battle cry "F.I.L.A." or "Forever I Love Atlanta" unites anyone who's ever lived in the Empire City. The phrase's use is as far-reaching as the city's notorious suburban sprawl. It's an exclamation mark while marveling at the view from Jackson Street Bridge and the chef's kiss on a  Buford Highway meal . It's the Band-Aid on a Falcon's loss and the faith that finally cracks a championship drought for the Braves. It's a love affair with just as much paradoxical flair as the city itself.

On the one hand, Atlanta is a business traveler's paradise. You can find a steak with more accolades than Tyler Perry's studio near the city's perimeter, and the city's high-end shopping scene rivals Rodeo Drive. Skyscrapers house innovation from the likes of Delta, Coca-Cola, and UPS, as Atlanta defines itself as the commercial powerhouse of the South. But turn the corner, and Atlanta's shine blurs into the grit and soul of a Southern city with a storied past and reenergized present that intersect like a dream.

Unlike its interstates, Atlanta's neighborhoods always continue moving. Each little pocket is hustling, working simultaneously as time capsules and trendsetters—nimble urban pathways and mega concrete highways thread together a tapestry of time-worn buildings and polished new construction invigorated by big ideas. Former factories turned food halls mingle with modern museums honoring a civil rights past. From Old Forth Ward to Roswell, filmmakers, artists, restaurateurs, and new residents keep pushing the boundaries on Atlanta's potential, rewriting the script as the characters and set continue to change. Here's are the best things to see, do, and eat on your next trip to Atlanta.

Try Classic Southern Fare

Thanks to an array of talent and tastes in its increasingly global population, Atlanta's kitchens go beyond classic Southern cooking (though if you're looking for barbecue and traditional meat 'n' three, you've come to the right place). Take advantage of oysters and cocktails at local-favorite  Kimball House  in Decatur,  Tiny Lou's  salute to French-American fare in Poncey-Highland, or Kevin Gillespie's parade of dishes at  Gunshow . At  Mary Mac's Tea Room , open since 1945, a plate of macaroni and cheese, okra, and fried green tomatoes can easily meet your comfort food demands, while the slow-smoked brisket at  Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q  is legendary. A trip to Atlanta would only be complete with a visit to a legendary steakhouse . Get your fill of great filets, ribeyes, strips, and more at classics like  Bones  and  Kevin Rathbun Steak . Reserve a table at Ford Fry's  Marcel  for an impressive cut and a guaranteed good time.

Discover The Food Hall Scene

Shop the menus around Atlanta's booming food hall scene, where some of the city's top chefs share walls in reinvented spaces. The central food hall at  Ponce City Market , once home to Sears, includes some of the city's best dishes. It may take several meals to make your rounds, but  El Super Pan ,  Bellina Alimentari ,  H&F Burger , and  Hop's Chicken  justify more than one trip.  Pancake Social  around the corner is worth waking up for as well. For a taste of something new every month, head to the Punk Foodie stall, an incubator of sorts that showcases cuisines from different pop-up chefs every day of the week.

Head to  Krog Street Market  to keep the food hall flame burning.  Ticonderoga Club offers a spectacular bar program and a pleasantly dim escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy market. Find spicy Szechuan dumplings and noodles at Gu's Dumplings or modern Middle Eastern dishes at Yalla . On your way out, stop by  Little Tart Bakeshop , where baking magician Sarah O'Brien delights with irresistibly flaky pastries.

Taste International Cuisine

Buford Highway is home to some of the best international food in Atlanta. Take a trip to the Mediterranean at  Nur Kitchen , where your table will be teeming with a medley of small plates and platters, or stop by  Pho Dai Loi 2  for a bowl of pho. Further your culinary education of Southeast Asia with a visit to Mamak, which specializes in Malaysian food. Head a little further out to  Masterpiece  in Duluth to taste why James Beard Award nominee Rui Liu draws crowds across the region to a humble strip mall for world-class Sichuan cuisine.

Get Outside

Atlanta's tree-lined streets are just the tip of the iceberg regarding green space in the city. In Midtown,  Piedmont Park's  walking trails, dog parks, and grassy fields hug the urban cityscape, making it the perfect spot for a pick-up game or picnic. Take advantage of the  Dogwood Festival  held in the park each spring when blooms are in full display. Less than a mile from downtown,  Oakland Cemetery  is a place of both beauty and tranquility where you can also pay your respects to icons like Margaret Mitchell and Bobby Jones.

Head from one neighborhood to the next on the ever-popular  BeltLine . Pop on and off to explore restaurants , shops, and watering holes from Virginia-Highland to Inman Park and beyond. Get out of town to " shoot the hootch " on the  Chattahoochee River . It's a popular spot for rafting, kayaking, and canoeing just outside the city; don't forget your cooler.

Discover The Art & Cultural Scene

A showcase of work awaits at the  High Museum of Art , where exciting special exhibitions and a permanent collection of more than 18,000 pieces fill the Midtown space. The  Fernbank Museum of Natural History  is a hit for families, while the legendary  Fox Theater  always delivers a spectacular lineup of musicals, comedians, musicians, and more.

If you're spending the day downtown, visit some of the city's staples, like the  Georgia Aquarium ,  World of Coca-Cola , and  College Football Hall of Fame . You could spend all day at the  National Center for Civil and Human Rights , where the American Civil Rights Movement intertwines with today's efforts toward international human rights in a thought-provoking display of artifacts and interactive exhibits.

Pick a neighborhood home base before booking your stay.

FORTH Atlanta , one of the city's newest properties, is located in the Old Fourth Ward District, convenient to the Beltline's Eastside Trail and historic Old Fourth Ward Park. The well-appointed rooms and suites feel more like stylish apartments than a hotel. FORTH also has four in-house dining options, a pool, and spa.

The  Hotel Clermont  is a funky local favorite with a fascinating backstory if you'd like to be near the BeltLine and Ponce City Market. Its Poncey-Highland location is conveniently located between Decatur and Midtown too.

For a Buckhead experience with all the bells and whistles, you can't go wrong splurging for  The Whitley Hotel , but newcomers like  Hotel Conlee  and  The Kimpton Sylvan Atlanta are also good choices.

If you're looking for a more personal experience,  Stonehurst Place  is an adults-only B&B on the edge of Piedmont Park, where guests can expect modern design in a space that retains its traditional charm.

Downtown, stay in the historic  Candler Hotel Atlanta . Renovated in 2019, this hotel contains all kinds of old treasures, from a stunning marble staircase to the rumored Coca-Cola formula hiding in its basement vault.

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6 things only Georgia locals know

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On your trip to Georgia, prepare for the pollen and get ready to embrace small talk with strangers Boogich / Getty Images

I can still hear my parent’s voices after we moved to the state of Georgia when I was a child. They couldn’t believe the way Southerners pronounced DeKalb County (the L is silent), and that was only the beginning of the way things sound different in the Peach State. 

After spending most of my life living in and around different parts of the state, I now call myself a true Georgia peach. I’m astute in our cultural and conversational ways. I’ve helped colleagues from other parts of the country adjust to living in Atlanta , and given a few lighthearted pointers about our local words and phrases.

Here are the six most important things you should know before visiting Georgia, especially if it’s your first time in the state. 

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1. Pack plenty of lightweight clothing 

There’s a reason why those of us who live in Georgia prioritize linen, cotton and other lightweight fabrics, especially in the summer months. Average temperatures dance in the lower 90s (Fahrenheit), but locals are quick to tell you, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” Around 70% humidity is the average for the state. If you’re not used to what that may feel like, “soupy” is a great adjective to describe the feeling of Georgia’s humid summer air. If you visit during the summer , plan to drink plenty of water – it’s necessary to fight heat exhaustion.

Outside of summer, temperatures and humidity levels are much more mild and pleasant.

2. Don’t forget your allergy medicine 

If you’re planning to visit in spring, prepare for allergies, or at least the occasional sneeze. Cities throughout the state have landscaped public areas with too many male trees and not enough of their female counterparts, so many parts of Georgia get covered in pollen. If you see a yellow coating of dust, you’ll know it’s springtime in Georgia, when most locals hope for rain to wash it all away. Even if you’ve never really experienced allergies before, sometimes the intensity of the pollen here can affect you. 

Three women are sitting around a table in a tea parlor, while another woman stands next to the table, talking to them

3. We love y’all and bless your heart

Travel across the state and you’re likely to come across a number of different southern accents, but there are a few phrases that are universal no matter where you visit. The most common colloquialism is the contraction of “you” and “all.” Use it and y’all will see how it comes in handy. (If I were talking to someone from Georgia, I’d combine “y’all” and “will” to say “y’all’ll,” but that’s an intermediate level of southern speak, so we’ll save more of that lesson for another day.)

Pay close attention if someone tells you, “bless your heart.” Depending on their tone and the context, this could mean they truly wish the best for you, or that they’re showing you sympathy. However, a slight change in tone changes the intent; it could also be used to say they think you’re stupid. 

4. Some local name pronunciations are unexpected

I shared how my parents were surprised by the pronunciation of DeKalb County many years ago. There are many more counties, cities and street names with unexpected pronunciations. For example, Houston County in middle Georgia is not pronounced the same way as the city in Texas. The “Hou” is pronounced as “how,” so Houston sounds like “How-ston.”

Even the way locals pronounce the name of our capital city, Atlanta, is a little different than other parts of the country. Most people in metro Atlanta will drop the second t (some drop both), so the city is pronounced more like “Atlanna” or “Alanna.” Most people will know you’re a visitor by the way you pronounce these names. No one expects you to know these – just make sure you don’t say “Hotlanta.”

A couple have their arms around each other while they stand and chat to a street performer next to a river

5. Acknowledging strangers is common

What do you do when you’re walking on a sidewalk and pass by someone walking in the other direction? In many parts of Georgia, the customary thing to do is to make eye contact with them and give a nod or smile. Some people will take the greeting a step further with a quick verbal greeting. None of this is intended to stop or even slow down your stride; it’s all done in passing.

This is one of the ways Georgia residents express southern hospitality, but there are many ways you could encounter this while visiting the state. A stranger could start a friendly conversation with you while waiting in line. Or if passersby perceive you need help, such as if you’re having car trouble or a flat bike tire, some people will stop to offer assistance.

None of these examples are universal, especially in the cities. But if you do run into a stranger who offers a friendly hello, don’t think it’s strange! It’s part of Georgia’s local culture.

6. You’ll never be too far from a Waffle House

My last tip won’t make or break your trip, but it is an observation many people who aren’t from Georgia find amusing. Georgia is the land of Waffle House . The first one opened in 1955 in Avondale Estates, Georgia, so we naturally embrace our home state’s diner. We also have more than 400 of the restaurants in the state. Get off any highway exit in Georgia, and you’ll probably spot a Waffle House, or even two.

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