Explore Georgia’s Iconic Destinations and Experiences
Energetic and lively cities, a relaxing coastline and breathtaking mountain scenery offer rich and unique experiences that can only be found in Georgia.
Within the city limits of Atlanta’s spectacular skyline, see the world’s largest aquarium, follow in the footsteps of one of the country’s most notable civil rights leaders or see the world’s largest collection of Coke memorabilia at the World of Coca-Cola. Atlanta is known for its world-class shopping, award-winning restaurants, professional sports teams and nightlife.
Georgia’s coast stretches approximately 100 miles between the Savannah and St. Marys rivers. As Georgia’s first city, Savannah boasts one of the largest historic districts in the country. Georgia’s Golden Isles have been a vacation destination since the late 1700s. Wander isolated beaches, unforgettable barrier islands, tranquil marshes and cobblestone streets.
The Civil War’s impact on Georgia was greater than any other event in the state’s history. The state is home to more than 400 sites – from Chickamauga, the second-bloodiest battle of the Civil War, to Andersonville, the most notorious prison camp of the War. Georgia has a wealth of battlefields, cemeteries, arsenals, museums, mansions and stories. Special events are taking place across Georgia to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War through 2015.
Follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther King, Jr. at The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta. Visit Martin Luther King’s birth home, Ebenezer Baptist Church, The King Center, the "I Have a Dream" World Peace Rose Garden and the tomb of Dr. King.
The longest urban whitewater rush in the world opened in Columbus, Georgia, on the Chattahoochee River in 2013. The river restoration is just one of more than 46 attractions in Columbus, in addition to its hundreds of events, unique dining experiences and thriving entertainment district.
Board the Lady Jane with Captain Larry for a one-of-a-kind shrimp boat excursion on Georgia’s Coast. The Lady Jane is a United States Coast Guard-certified passenger steel shrimping vessel recently retired after years of loyal service to the shrimping industry. Learn how to shrimp. Or, you can sit back and enjoy eating just caught boiled shrimp.
Music and Movies
The newly designated “Gone With the Wind Trail” offers visitors access to the history and legacy behind the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. It also uncovers the complex life of Margaret Mitchell. Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the film in 2014, the 90-kilometer driving trail travels from Marietta thru Atlanta to Jonesboro.
Georgia has been the backdrop for some of most popular feature films including Driving Miss Daisy, Forrest Gump, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Visitors can also explore the state to find sets from some of the most-watched television shows including “The Walking Dead,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “In the Heat of the Night” and “The Dukes of Hazard.” Visitors can experience television and moviemaking history on one of the many movie tours offered across the state.
Don't leave without tasting...
The fried green tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café in Juliette. Does the Whistle Stop Café sound familiar? Well, it’s where they filmed Fried Green Tomatoes.
Where locals go to relax
Georgia’s coastline stretches approximately 100 miles between the Savannah and St. Marys Rivers. Wander along isolated beaches, tranquil marshes and cobblestone streets. Put your toes in the sand on St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island, Cumberland Island, Little St. Simons Island, Sea Island and more.
You might be surprised by…
The town of Helen, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a re-creation of an alpine village, complete with cobblestone alleys and old-world towers. Visitors flock to Helen every year for the annual Oktoberfest celebration.
Want to stay up late?
The Starlight Six Drive-In in Atlanta, in operation since 1949, is perfect for a date night. Pack a picnic and bottle of wine—and catch a classic or recent release on the big screens.
Classic road trip
Georgia’s Antebellum Trail is a 100-mile trek through seven communities that escaped General Sherman’s burning march through Georgia during the American Civil War. Stately, pillared manors line the streets of historic communities such as Madison, Macon, Watkinsville and Eatonton. Tour the Old Governor’s Mansion in Milledgeville or observe Athens’s famous double-barrelled cannon before seeing ‘the town that time forgot’, Old Clinton.
Films shot here
More than 700 feature films have been shot here, including Deliverance, Driving Miss Daisy, Fried Green Tomatoes, Glory, The Blind Side, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and My Cousin Vinny.
For your first visit…
Established in 1733, Savannah has magnificent live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, antebellum mansions overlooking picturesque squares, art galleries and ‘low country’ restaurants.
Made in the state
Lane Southern Orchards in Fort Valley has been growing peaches and pecans for more than 100 years. The farm, which now totals almost 5,000 acres, was started in 1908 by John David Duke. You can also explore the history of the Vidalia onion and the growing region that has made it so famous at the Vidalia Onion Museum.
One awe-inspiring building
Designed by Richard Meier, Atlanta’s High Museum of Art opened to worldwide acclaim in 1983 and has received many design awards, including a 1991 citation from the American Institute of Architects as one of the ‘ten best works of American architecture of the 1980s’. In 2003, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the building, the High unveiled enhancements to its galleries and interior.