Authored by Madhurima Maji
One of the America’s 13 colonies, and named after King George II of Great Britain, the state of Georgia is a fabulously diverse destination, featuring marshland and beaches, and bordered in the north by a great mountain range.
Known for its slow moving lifestyle, openness and impeccable manners, Georgia is host to numerous visitors throughout the year from various parts of the world. If you’re considering a Georgia vacation, or find yourself in the region, the following are tips on where you should go.
Set near Savannah, this easternmost point of Georgia is a sparsely-populated island in the city of Tybee. A haven for travellers who love to surf and fish, this island becomes greatly populated with college students in the month of April as it hosts the Orange Crush Weekend – a huge beach party that includes music, drinks and dancing.
The island also hosts the Beach Bum Parade annually that includes water gun fights and a lot of public involvement. If you miss these fun events, Tybee also promises relaxed beaches, lighthouse tours and amazing galleries for a fun summer away from home.
Photo CC by by Ryan McKee.
Lively and Scenic Athens
Prominent as a college town in Georgia, Athens is also a major attraction for its historical traditions. The key attractions of Athens are the double-barrelled cannon from the civil war on display, the beautiful cemetery, and the spectacular 19th-century University of Georgia buildings that will make you choose to go back to school!
This town has been a popular wedding destination due to it’s beautiful backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountain and picturesque antebellum architecture sprawled across the town. If this isn’t on your list of possible wedding destinations, you might want to add it; it’s truly the perfect place for a romantic holiday.
Atlanta is an interesting city that attracts people from all over the country. It’s fairly common for residents of much more popular cities like LA or New York City to pack up their things and move here.
Because of the allure the city has, there are some very interesting tours to offer to you. Begin with a tour of the World of Coco-Cola, a museum that showcases the history of the company and contains many points of entertainment and attraction.
Take your family to the Georgia Aquarium for an engaging afternoon or relax and enjoy the Centennial Olympic Park with the glorious fountains and lights on display.
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Coastal Glory of Savannah
The coastal city of the Savannah is known for its romantic atmosphere. Think well tailored parks, horse-driven carriages, antebellum architecture around, and hundred year old gnarled and twisted trees which line the streets, parks and squares, drizzling a canopy of Spanish Moss. I
The city blooms with the magnolia blossoms and Spanish moss-covered oak trees, especially in the Forsyth Park. Take your lunch and relax under these magnificent trees and enjoy the meal with your friends or relish nature in all its glory by yourself.
This city is also marked by landmarks such as Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and Gothic-Revival Cathedral. Your itinerary planner is missing one of the most scenic cities without Savannah mentioned in it.
The Alpine Town of Helen
Set along the Chattahoochee River, Helen is a small town that might fool you into thinking you are in Germany with its old-world towers, artistically constructed colourful chateaus and cobblestone alleys.
This mountain town offers a wide range of activities like river rafting and hiking. Visit the gorgeous waterfalls, rivers and creeks as well as relax in the afternoon at the vineyard, completing this perfect getaway.