Located in the heart of the South, Georgia has become a major destination for those looking to take in the very best of Southern life. Travel to Georgia, which borders the Atlantic Ocean and the Appalachian Mountains, and take in its breathtaking natural beauty, rich cultural history and exceedingly friendly locals who never fail to bend over backwards and help out a new face. Georgia travel is a chance to see cities like Atlanta, which sits at the crossroads of modernity and the Antebellum South, featuring a wonderful mixture of local and international culture. Or you can stroll through the charming cities of Savannah and Athens, which can easily be described as the heart and soul of Georgia. No matter where you stay or when you visit Georgia, be prepared to leave with a new impression of the “Empire State of the South.” Use Travel + Leisure’s Georgia travel guide to lead the way.
Things Not to Miss in Georgia
• Visit the CNN Center, World of Coca-Cola and Centennial Olympic Park
• Catch a concert by the world-renowned Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall
• Tour the Georgia Aquarium, the second largest aquarium in the world
• Hike or bike the 61-mile Silver Comet Trail in western Georgia
• Spend a weekend in Athens, home to the University of Georgia and the state’s independent music scene
• Head to the Georgian-German town of Helen for Oktoberfest or a lazy day of tubing down the Chattahoochee River
• Take a short road trip to the mountain town of Blue Ridge, GA and take in the state’s breathtaking natural beauty along the way
• Visit the charmingly quaint city of Savannah as well as St. Simons and Jekyll Islands along Georgia’s Atlantic coastline
• Climb to the top of Stone Mountain and see the largest bas-relief carving in the world
• Ride the Skyview Ferris Wheel for an unrivaled view of the Atlanta cityscape
When to Go to Georgia
Like most of the South, Georgia experiences a subtropical climate with mild to heavy precipitation year round. Accordingly, the state is well-known for its humid, scorching summers days where temperatures regularly peak in the low-to-mid 90s and mild winters where there is little to no snowfall (though ice may be a problem from time to time). So, for those planning on visiting Georgia, the best time of year to schedule your trip is between early fall and mid-spring when Georgian weather is most pleasant.