Trip Ideas

12 Amazing Adventures to Do in 2017

One year, 12 trips. Can you complete the ultimate Georgia bucket list?

  • Jekyll Island

    Unlike anywhere else, Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island is a must-see on the Georgia coast.

    Photo by John Bilous

JANUARY | PAY TRIBUTE TO DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. 


Ebenezer Baptist Church

In mid-January, as the nation remembers civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spend the three-day weekend in Atlanta, taking part in service events and commemorative activities. Tour the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, attend a service at Ebenezer Baptist Church and enjoy free admission to the Atlanta History Center.

FEBRUARY | SURPRISE YOUR SWEETHEART

Get away with your special someone to the Ritz Carlton Reynolds, a AAA Five Diamond resort on the shores of Lake Oconee! Plan a romantic weekend with spa treatments, romantic dinners, sunset cruises and horseback riding. 

MARCH | CELEBRATE SPRING WITH PARADES, MUSIC FESTIVALS & MORE

The springtime Savannah Music Festival is the largest musical arts event in Georgia and one of the most distinctive cross-genre music festivals in the world.

With the country’s second largest St. Patrick’s Day parade, 17-day Savannah Music Festival and Savannah Stopover in March, the Hostess City has endless outlets for fun and games in Savannah. Stroll Savannah’s historic squares as spring flowers bloom, catch your favorite bands in unique venues and see the Forsyth Park fountain flowing green.

APRIL | THINK PINK!

For 10 of the loveliest spring time days you’ve ever seen, plan to be in Macon for the International Cherry Blossom Festival. Music, games, rides, parades and hundreds of thousands of blooming cherry trees fill the city. If a spring time experience in Georgia is on your wish list, this festival should be at the top.

MAY | CRUISE INTO SUMMER

View the natural beauty of Northeast Georgia from the shores of Lake Lanier  

Kick off summer with a cookout and family-friendly fun on Georgia’s lakes during Memorial Day weekend. Rent jet skis on Lake Lanier, learn how to wake surf on Lake Allatoona, cruise around on a pontoon boat on Lake Blackshear, and reel in a big catch from West Point Lake. Pick a Georgia lake and dive right into summer!

JUNE | ROAD TRIP TO GEORGIA’S COAST

Photo Credit: Private Islands of Georgia

Dreaming of sunrise strolls on the beach? Searching for sea shells or long sunny days with your toes in the sand? Lightly fried wild Georgia shrimp with a spritz of lemon and a cold drink? Then, Georgia beaches are in your summer forecast. Rent a private island, a cottage on Tybee Island, a beachview-room on St. Simons Island or a room in a historic hotel on Jekyll Island and get ready to feel the sea breeze and sun on your face!

JULY | EXPLORE AMERICAN HISTORY, SCIENCE & NATURE
 


One city, two world-class museums and one huge lake. Cartersville is your summer destination for family fun. Go camping, hiking, fishing and boating at Red Top Mountain State Park. Escape the heat of the day inside the Booth Western Art Museum and the Tellus Science Museum. And, be sure to explore the Native American history and culture at the Etowah Indian Mounds.

AUGUST | WITNESS A TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE

Get your eye protection ready and stake out the perfect viewing spot in Rabun County for the first total solar eclipse of the sun in the continental U.S. in 38 years. On Aug. 21, 2017, the sun, moon and Earth will be perfectly aligned to cast a shadow over the very northeast corner of Georgia. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch this rare event in Georgia!

SEPTEMBER | ROOT FOR YOUR FAVORITE TEAM, SUPERHEROES OR AUTHORS 

Photo Credit: Dragon*Con via Facebook

Labor Day weekend in Atlanta is chock-full of things to do! From Dragon*Con, the internationally known pop culture, fantasy and sci-fi convention; to the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the official start of college football season; and the Decatur Book Festival, the largest independent book festival in the country, the Atlanta area is the place to see and be seen in September.

OCTOBER | DO THE POLKA

Oktoberfest, Helen's biggest celebration, kicks off in September and runs through October, featuring German music, food and drinks. - GDECD Photography

Toast to the changing seasons in Alpine Helen during Oktoberfest, complete with authentic German food and drink, polka music and unbeatable mountain scenery. From mid-September through October, Helen is the place to experience the longest running Oktoberfest in the United States. Wear your dirndl or lederhosen, watch a parade, dance a polka, eat bratwurst, drink German beer and much more!

NOVEMBER | LEAF WATCH, FLY FISH & HOP ABOARD

Kids of all ages enjoy the view from the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. - oldshoe11d via Flickr


Rent a cabin in Blue Ridge and experience fall like no place else!  Hop aboard the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway for a round-trip train ride along the Toccoa River. Marvel at autumn’s beauty as the chug-chug of the train carries you past fly fishermen, boaters and wildlife. Return to town to shop boutiques, dine at award-winning restaurants and kick back at a local brewery. Hike to waterfalls, ride mountain bikes, go whitewater rafting and much more. Be warned, you just might find that you will never want to leave!

DECEMBER | STEP BACK IN TIME
 

Robert Burns Porter Photography

Celebrate the holidays like the storybooks! For an old-fashioned holiday experience, visit Thomasville for the Victorian Christmas Festival in early December. Roasted chestnuts, horse-drawn carriage rides, classic carols and shops with perfect gifts for everyone on your list make this a delightful winter trip. Thomasville’s holiday spirit will carry you into the new year ready to make plans for an even more festive 2018. 

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