Georgia has something for everyone. Whether you want to experience the hustle and bustle of an international city or sit back and relax in the mountains or along the coast, you'll find exactly what you're looking for. Georgia's five travel regions provide visitors with a vast array of experiences to enjoy, all within a 30 minute to four hour drive from Atlanta.
Northern Georgia is an outdoor adventure. Majestic mountains, raging rivers and more await you in this picturesque area. Visitors can pan for gold in Dahlonega , sail the crystal blue waters of Lake Lanier, hit the rapids on the Chattooga River, experience the longest Oktoberfest in Alpine Helen, explore the Blue Ridge Mountains in Dalton, or take in a spectacular view of seven states at Lookout Mountain and Rock City Gardens. The Chieftains Trail begins in Cartersville at the Etowah Indian Mounds and continues on to New Echota near Calhoun. Part of the infamous Trail of Tears, the journey includes grand homes and museums in Rome and Chatsworth.
Atlanta is an international city, rich in culture, history and diversity. Numerous museums, attractions and entertainment options await visitors. Be sure not to miss Stone Mountain Park's laser light show during the summer months or the Fernbank Museum of Natural History's amazing IMAX adventures. Learn the history of one of the most popular drinks at the World of Coke and do a little shopping at Underground Atlanta next door. Tour the home of the Braves at Turner Field, see exotic plant life at the Atlanta Botanical Garden or come face to face with wild animals at Zoo Atlanta. Want to know more about Atlanta's part in the War Between the States? Be sure to stop by the Atlanta History Center and the Cyclorama for a history lesson. Then head out of the city and visit Roswell's Bulloch Hall, Six Flags Over Georgia in Cobb County, Stately Oaks Plantation in Clayton County and the old south in beautiful Newnan.
Step back in time in Georgia's Historic South. Antebellum homes, peach blossoms and botanical gardens dot the landscape. Historic South is also home to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon, the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, the Fox Winery in Covington, the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry and the University of Georgia's Bulldogs in Athens . The Historic South region abounds with amazing golf courses, including a waterside course at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro. Lake Oconee, the second-largest lake in Georgia, is 19,000 acres that is perfect for fishing, swimming, water skiing and sailing. To brush up on history, be sure to stop in Milledgeville, the Antebellum and Civil War Capital of Georgia.
Nestled in the southwest corner of Georgia, the Southern Rivers region includes fields of peaches, pecans and peanuts. An area known as Presidential Pathways is famous for past and present residents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Jimmy Carter. Must sees in this region include Thomasville's plantations, the Albany Civil Rights Movement Museum in Albany, Pine Mountain, Valdosta's outlets, Callaway Gardens and the Coca-Cola Space Science Center and the National Infantry Museum in Columbus.
Escape to Georgia's Coast. Pristine waters and white sandy beaches bring visitors to this beautiful region. Savannahs' moss-draped oaks and stately homes are reminiscent of times gone by. Be sure to see Brunswick and the Golden Isles, several barrier islands off the coast. Comprised of Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island, Sea Island and Little St. Simons Island, the Golden Isles are home to numerous resorts and historical sites. Automobile pioneer Henry Ford built 292 residential and commercial buildings in Richmond Hill, including his winter home, Richmond Hill Plantation. The Mighty 8th Air Force Heritage Museum in Pooler tells the story of the 8th's challenges and courage. Other areas of interest include Tybee Island