Things to do in Georgia, USA

Things to do in  Georgia

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Georgia is the unsung star of the southeast. While Atlanta’s hip food and music scenes grab the headlines, the state’s mix of lowcountry and mountain towns hold endless stories waiting to be written. Go beyond the roadside pamphlet display, and you’ll discover many diverse things to do in Georgia, from white water rafting on the Chattahoochee to camo-covered Christmas markets in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Visitors with a week or more to spare should tackle the ultimate state-wide adventure for outdoor lovers: the 7 Natural Wonders of Georgia.

Top 15 attractions in Georgia

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

The oldest Roman Catholic Church in Georgia, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is one of Savannah’s top historical, architectural, and religious attractions. The cathedral’s towering twin spires and French Gothic-style architecture set it apart against the Savannah skyline. Upclose, visitors can admire intricate details dating back to 1900.More

Savannah Historic District

Grand antebellum homes and historic plazas lined with live oaks are just some of the sights that define Savannah’s Historic District. Considered the heart of the city, the Historic District is not only the centerpiece of a Savannah vacation but also where to find the highest concentration of bars, restaurants, and historic attractions.More

Savannah River Street

It is virtually impossible for Savannah visitors to miss River Street. A broad waterfront promenade lined with shopping, dining, and entertainment venues, River Street is one of the main arteries of the historic city. The street also features a pedestrian-only path, perfect for leisurely strolls with unbeatable Savannah River views.More

Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park, in the middle of historical downtown Savannah, has been a key city landmark since the mid-1800s. Named after the 33rd governor of Georgia, John Forsyth, who donated 20 acres (8 hectares) of land, the park is known for the large Parisian-style fountain located at the north end and the Spanish moss dripping from the oak trees.More

Colonial Park Cemetery

When it was established in 1750, Colonial Park Cemetery was Savannah's main cemetery. It expanded three times to accommodate 9,000 graves across 6 acres (2.4 hectares). A century later, the cemetery ceased burials. Today, visitors can walk among the graves, many of which have historical markers describing local people and events.More

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park commemorates the life, work, and legacy of the Civil Rights Movement leader. The center—which takes up several blocks in Sweet Auburn, the center of black Atlanta—includes King’s birth home and the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where both King’s father and grandfather served as ministers.More

Centennial Olympic Park

The 1996 Summer Olympic Games live on at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park, a 22-acre (9-hectare) site that remains one of the city’s top public spaces. Come to splash in—or photograph—the park's main icon, the Fountain of Rings, a computer-controlled fountain with lights and jets of water that display the Olympic logo.More

Savannah City Market

Dating back to the 18th century, Savannah City Market has long been the commercial and social center of historic downtown Savannah, Georgia. The market is known locally as the “art and soul” of Savannah, a nod to the numerous art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants that make it such an important part of Savannah's social fabric.More

Chippewa Square

Though Savannah once served as the southern border of the original American colonies, Chippewa Square is named for an event on the northern border with Canada. In the Battle of Chippewa, in 1814, American forces emerged victorious over the British near Niagara Falls, and when Chippewa Square was built in 1815, it was named for the momentous American victory that took place on the northern border. Today, when visiting the historic Savannah square, you’ll find a statue of James Oglethorpe, the famous founder of Georgia, that faces south with sword drawn in the direction of Spanish Florida. You’ll also find legions of Forrest Gump fans who have come in search of the “the bench,” and while Chippewa Square was the site of filming for the popular 1994 movie, the bench itself was only a prop that has since been moved to a museum. Nevertheless, to admire the backdrop, the bench was placed on the north side of the square, facing out towards Bull Street, and it’s amazingly become the most famous aspect of this 200-year old square. On the streets surrounding Chippewa Square, you’ll also find the Philbrick Eastman House—one of Savannah’s most well known homes—as well as historic Savannah Theater that’s the oldest theater in America.More

Madison Square

Madison Square is one of the 22 remaining public squares designed in Savannah's historic district in the 1830s. Named after President James Madison, it’s known by locals as Jasper Square, referring to Savannah native Sgt. William Jasper who fought in the Revolutionary War. Today, Madison Square is a popular stop for sightseeing.More

World of Coca-Cola

Explore the history of the beloved beverage brand at the must-see Atlanta attraction, World of Coca-Cola—the dynamic, interactive, multimedia home of Coke’s secret formula. See more than 1,200 rare artifacts and sample more than 100 different beverages, get closer than ever to the vault that holds the secret Coca-Cola recipe, and take a trip around the world in a thrilling 3D movie experience.More

Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace

Once home to Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low, this historic mansion has been restored to its 19th-century glory and offers tours and hosts Girl Scout events. Visit the first National Historic Landmark in Savannah to see exhibits that follow the Low family and the genesis of the Girl Scouts.More

Mercer Williams House Museum

Designed by architect John Norris, the Mercer Williams House Museum was constructed in the 1860s, then restored a century later by antiques dealer Jim Williams. Considered one of the most beautiful houses in Savannah, it’s also known as a setting for the book and movieMidnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.More

Inman Park

Atlanta’s first planned suburb—and the first “electric trolley neighborhood” in the country—Inman Park was established in the 1880s, and is now one of the city’s most desirable areas. The neighborhood is known for its grand Victorian homes and the annual Inman Park Festival, plus a wealth of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and boutiques.More

Bonaventure Cemetery

Made famous by the novel and film Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Bonaventure Cemetery sits on a bluff overlooking the Wilmington River in historic Savannah. The Southern Gothic cemetery comprises 160 acres (65 hectares) of sculptures, mausoleums, marble headstones, and live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss.More

Top activities in Georgia

Savannah to Tybee Island with Dolphin Cruise
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90-Minute Narrated Sightseeing Trolley Tour in Atlanta
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Historic Savannah Guided Walking Tour
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Savannah History and Haunts Candlelit Ghost Walking Tour
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When to visit

Fall is an excellent time to visit Georgia. The Bavarian-built town of Helen hosts a huge Oktoberfest party, while the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Falcons play big games. In winter, northern Georgia’s Christmas markets rival that of Germany’s. Stop in Delonga, Blue Ridge, or other picture-perfect towns to embrace the holidays. You might see snow in the mountains, but Georgia’s southern climate means you can whitewater raft and hike in winter without worrying about frigid temperatures.

Getting around

A car offers reliable transportation when sightseeing in Georgia, especially if traveling to further-flung spots like the Masters golf tournament in Augusta and St. Simon Island. Most cities and counties have local bus routes, and Atlanta has MARTA, a 4-line city metro system with stops including Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Downtown Atlanta also has a streetcar. Walk the BeltLine trails, an unused railroad track turned public space initiative in the city’s core neighborhoods.

Traveler tips

Georgia may be midrange when it comes to state size, but its diverse landscape lends it a wealth of scenery. One of the coolest ways to immerse yourself in Georgia’s outdoors is by checking out the seven natural wonders of Georgia: Amicalola Falls, Okefenokee Swamp, Providence Canyon, Radium Springs, Stone Mountain, Tallulah Gorge, and Warm Springs. You’ll go from the mountains to the lowcountry and get a taste of the southeast state’s breadth.

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People Also Ask

What is Georgia known for?

On the surface, Georgia is best known for the city of Atlanta, peach farms, and college football. However, longtime locals and visitors know that this diverse state has stunning mountainous landscapes, rich history, and a deep culinary scene that blends Southern (including soul food) and coastal cuisines.

What are the best places to visit in Georgia?

The most popular places to visit in Georgia include Atlanta and Savannah for urban fun, Tallulah Falls and Amicalola Falls State Parks for hiking, and the Etowah Indian Mounds and Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park to soak up the state’s rich history.

How many days do you need in Georgia?

You’ll need to spend at least a weekend in Georgia, depending on where you stay and what you want to see or do. Atlanta alone has great museums, nightlife, and neighborhoods to explore. Northern Georgia’s mountains are an outdoor paradise while the coast features charming Southern cities.

What types of activities are popular in Georgia?

Visitors with all kinds of interests will find fun in Georgia. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy hiking the mountains and kayaking the coast. History buffs can explore American Indian, Black, and colonial history, while contemporary culture lovers will find emerging trends in hip-hop and cuisine originating from Atlanta’s clubs and restaurants.

What should I not miss in Georgia?

You shouldn’t miss visiting Savannah, one of the prettiest cities in the US, and spending some time in Georgia’s beautiful outdoors—popular options include Tallulah Falls State Park, Cumberland Island, Jekyll Island, and Providence Canyon.

What food should I try in Georgia?

You should try two types of food in Georgia: Lowcountry cuisine and Southern cuisine. Though similar, Lowcountry cuisine is coastal fare like shrimp and grits, catfish stew, and crab cakes, while Southern cuisine includes collard greens, fried green tomatoes, and cornbread. Other popular foods include fried chicken and peach cobbler.

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