Georgia Travel Tips and Places to See
Known for historic cities, small towns, mountains, and a beautiful coastal region, Georgia offers a wide range of locations and activities sure to delight all who visit.
If planning some Georgia travel for family or business, but don’t know where to start, then here are some basic tips to keep in mind as well as recommended locations to check out. After all, Georgia is a vast and varied state that offers plenty of opportunity for rest, relaxation, recreation and rejuvenation.
Georgia Travel Tips
To make the most of a Georgia trip, be sure to read the following so that one is better prepared to enjoy all the beauty and pleasure that Georgia has to offer.
- Georgia has relatively mild autumn and winter temps that range from the low 50s during the colder months and the upper 70s in fall. The spring in Georgia is known for its varying temps that may range from 65-85o and summer temperatures of the mid-80s to upper 90s.
- With the range of temperatures in Georgia, it can be difficult to decide what type of clothing to pack. Basic recommendations are shorts or light-weight pants, short sleeves/t-shirts for spring, summer and early fall and during the late fall and winter months a coat or sweater.
- If traveling by plane with the intention of renting a vehicle upon arriving, then it is likely that one will arrive at the world’s busiest airport, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; however, there is also the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, as well as smaller airports across the state.
- If one prefers to let others do the driving, there are services such as MARTA in Atlanta, the CAT along the coast, and assorted busses, shuttles and taxis.
- Major Georgia interstates are I-85, I-75, I-20 and I-95.
- Due to the amount of traffic, when planning a drive/trip in the Metropolitan Atlanta area, be sure allow for extra time on the road. Just because a web map says it is only a 10-mile drive does not mean it will only take 10-15 minutes—it may very well take twice that amount.
Georgia Attractions and Activities
As the expression goes, “There are places to go, people to see, and plenty to do” when visiting Georgia. In addition, there is no way to do everything in just a few days or just one trip. To help out, here are some visitor favorites.
- Take a lighthouse tour and see the 6 beautiful beacons that grace Georgia’s coastline and guide captains to shore. Along the way, be sure to visit historic towns like Savannah, St. Simons and Brunswick.
- Towns of every size in Georgia have many homes that can be toured. Whether it is FDR’s Little White House in Warm Springs, the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum in Atlanta, the home of Girl Scout Founder Juliet Lowe in Savannah or the tour of antebellum homes in Newnan, there are numerous homes waiting with open doors for those seeking to learn more about past and present residents of Georgia.
- Take a walk on the wild side by visiting great places like the Atlanta Zoo, Wild Adventures in Valdosta, the Okefenokee Swamp in Folkston or the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.
- Spend some time at Stone Mountain, one of the largest exposed granite mountains in the world. While there be sure to climb or ride a cable car to its lofty height, visit the museums and petting zoo, ride in a duck boat, and during the summer months, see the nightly laser show on the side of the mountain.
- Walk part of the Appalachian Trail. Traveling from the mountains of Georgia to Maine, this renowned trail is one of the highlights of anyone who loves to hike.
- Swim, fish, boat or simply soak up some sun at one of the many Georgia lakes and rivers. From Lake Lanier to the mighty Chattahoochee, quiet Lake Seminole with its famed bass fishing or the “World’s Largest Man-made Inland Beach” at Pine Mountain’s Callaway Gardens- there is sure to the perfect spot for great memories.
- Stop and smell the roses at Callaway Gardens, the Atlanta Botanical Center or Dunaway Gardens. Whether its roses, azaleas, lilies or wildflowers the splendor of nature abounds in Georgia.
- Experience the arts, crafts and classical performances at some of Georgia’s great locations like the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, the Center for Puppetry Arts, the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, the Tannery Row Artist Colony and the many county fairs and cultural events across the state.
Georgia is a delightful place to visit and this list just barely scratches its surface. However, these are some of the many places that one will want to include on a Georgia itinerary. Be sure to have plenty of time to enjoy these attractions and don’t forget a camera!