Georgia

Things to do in Georgia

First thing's first: Rent a car when visiting Georgia. While the Atlanta area is full of fun activities, visitors looking for great things to do in Georgia will want to explore the rest of this wonderful state. Some of the best sights and sounds are just a short drive away.

If you happen to start your trip off in the state capital, there is no shortage of great activities. Atlanta is the cultural heart of the state and is home to great spots like the massive Georgia Aquarium, which is one of the largest aquariums in the world; Centennial Olympic Park, a popular public venue that once hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics; the World of Coke, where visitors can sample sodas from around the world and learn the history of Coca-Cola; and the hip East Atlanta area where young locals hang out at off-the-wall bars and restaurants. Don’t leave the city without visiting the High Museum of Art, the leading art museum in the southeast and home to famous works by Dorothea Lange, Claude Monet and a special collection of works by self-taught Southern artists.

Just an hour and a half outside Atlanta, there is the quaint city of Athens, which is home to the 200-year-old University of Georgia and the heart of Georgia’s bohemian scene. Walk across the university’s picturesque North Campus or while the afternoon away at any one of the many great bars, breweries and concert venues in Downtown Athens. Historically-inclined visitors will be happy to find that the Georgia Museum of Art, the Georgia Museum of Natural History and the State Botanical Garden are all just a short car ride away from one another on Athen’s “Loop.” Five hours south of Athens, adventure awaits in the form of Savannah, which has long been considered one of the most charming cities in the South. Those looking for things to do in Georgia, will love this city and its gorgeous century-old oak trees hung with Spanish moss, thoroughly entertaining ghost tours, and beloved River Street, which is home to all kinds of eccentric shops and eateries.

Finally, don’t visit Georgia without taking a drive through north Georgia and the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, an outcrop of the Appalachian Mountains. The sights along the curving mountain roads of Georgia are breathtaking. There are plenty of quirky little food stands along the way where visitors can get homemade treats for the long road ahead or to take home to friends and family.

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