Travel Guide: Georgia
The undeniable charm of the state of Georgia calls people to come and discover the beauty of nature. Set your sights on historic events, moss-lined lanes, picturesque parks and unbelievably tasty food. Georgia has everything a traveler needs and that’s why it’s a desirable vacation destination. Adventurers will get a dose of photoworthy landscapes, stunning mountains and incredible hospitality. Although Georgia is known as the “Peach State,” it has the largest production of peanuts, pecans and Vidalia onions, not to mention a small crop of olives. Georgia’s coast on the Atlantic means there’s something for everyone, including beaches, small towns and bustling cities. Here are some of the most scenic places to visit in Georgia.
Sea Turtles & Views on the Golden Isles
To the south of Savannah lies a beautiful set of islands that define the charm of Georgia’s Golden Isles. These famous tourist destinations off the coast of Brunswich include St. Simons Island, Little St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island and Sea Island. Picturesque views of the coastline, natural habitats, rare and unique wildlife and deep blue waters await. The Golden Isles are known for their beaches, but there are plenty of historical and archaeological sites, as well as fun group trips, to keep days lively. The Golden Isles is also noted for being a site where authentic Southern hospitality meets golf in a beachside backdrop with a long and illustrious history.
Get up close and personal with sea turtles—during the balmy summer days, thousands of loggerhead turtles raise their young along the Georgia coast. During a Turtle Walk at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, you can observe nesting mothers and hatchlings in the wild. Take time out to relax and enjoy nature’s purest forms on St. Simons John Gilbert Nature Trail. Or take the Colonial Coast Birding Trail, which stretches across the Gold Coast, and watch birds flitting across the cliffs.
Some beautiful places to stay are The Cloister at Sea Island, with three golf courses, a premium spa and upscale restaurants in a spectacular beachside enclave; and Residence Inn by Marriott Brunswick, where visitors can experience Southern hospitality and comfort in an excellent setting for work or leisure.
Wine & Gold in Dahlonega
Dahlonega, Georgia, may not be the first place that leaps to mind when thinking of wine destinations, but the state has has its share of vineyards. Because of the 12 wine tasting facilities, five wineries and locally founded and run vineyards, this northern town is known as the “Heart of Georgia Wine Country.” Visit in May for the annual Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival. Dahlonega was also the site of America’s first gold rush, so make time to explore the Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site and a historic mine. On the grounds of Camp Glisson, Cane Creek Falls, a beautiful and tranquil oasis, is open to the public during daylight hours. Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery Restaurant pairs dishes its award-winning wines, while Spirits tavern is known for it’s burgers and cocktails.
Fun on Lake Lanier
Get prepared for a massive jolt of adrenaline as you head to the most popular lake in the southeast. There is a sport for everyone at Lake Lanier, no matter the age. More than 45 parks and 10 campgrounds line the 700 miles of shoreline. Visitors can go fishing, swimming, kayaking, waterskiing and golfing. Water slides, a wave pool and other attractions are available at Margaritaville at Lanier Island.
Hiking trails connect the islands and parks around Lake Lanier. One fun activity is zooming in the snow through Parrot Mountain, which is nearly 575 feet. To explore Lake Lanier’s 38,000 acres further,Harbor Landing offers boat rentals, including pontoons, tritoons, houseboats and VIP excursion yachts. Tubes and water sports equipment are also available for amusement.
Be it a wedding, birthday party, proposal or a family vacation, consider Georgia. The state will be on your mind long after you leave.