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Photo Spots Around Georgia You Need to Visit

Keep your camera handy at some of Georgia's most photogenic destinations!

  • Kayaking in the Okefenokee Swamp

If you're a sucker for photo opportunities, then this list — from popular attractions in Georgia to abandoned places — is for you.

Most Instagrammed Places

Atlanta Motor Speedway 

Atlanta Motor Speedway holds top honors as Georgia's most Instagrammed location.

 

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Atlanta

Because Atlanta is home to the world's most connected airport, it's no wonder that Hartsfield-Jackson shines at the top for Atlanta. It is followed closely by Georgia Aquarium and Buckhead – home to Legoland Discovery Center and Atlanta History Center.

 

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Savannah

Wormsloe Plantation in Savannah, Georgia - Photo by Scott Moore. Submitted via Facebook.

If you're looking for the most picturesque spot in Savannah, head to Forsyth Park Fountain. Second and third places fall to the Cathedral of St John the Baptist and a gorgeous natural view of the tree-lined drive of Wormsloe State Historic Site.

 

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The Best Places for Outdoor Photography

Research shows that the top five most popular types of photography in Georgia are outdoor locations. We've listed them below with a few suggestions for your next Insta-worthy photo shoot. 

Parks

In the Atlanta Metro region, there are gorgeous landscapes at Arabia Mountain and Lullwater Park. Further out, try Okefenokee Swamp or Phinizy Swamp Nature Park in Augusta.

The Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area includes panoramic views, trails, creeks and historic sites. - 65mb via Flickr

Georgia State Parks

We love them all, but we know your pictures will always look sharp at Providence Canyon, Amicalola Falls and Tallulah Gorge.

Photo Credit: Eric Albright Photography

Wineries

Head to Dahlonega for stunning pictures at Montaluce Winery (and pick up some great tasting mead while you're there.) Near Helen, try Yonah Mountain Vineyards, and take a hike while you're there.

Photo Credit: Montaluce Winery

Historic Sites

Kids will love photos with on the SAM Shortline, a historic railway. You'll get breathtaking backdrops at Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, or spectacular views in Blairsville at the historic stone building of Walasi-Yi, the only covered section of the Appalachian Trail.

Looking south from Mountain Crossings at Walasi-Yi, Appalachian Trail hikers can take in a stunning view of Neels Gap. - Photo courtesy Brian Greer via Flickr

Gardens

When the azaleas are in bloom, head to Callaway Gardens for magnificent snaps, or try Atlanta Botanical Garden when the tulips are in bloom. Gibbs Gardens is colorful all year long, and the Botanic Garden at Georgia Southern University includes a sweet one-room school house for fun pictures of the kids.

Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground includes more than 220 acres of gardens and 22 reflecting ponds.

Photo Hot Spots from Professional Photographers

We asked a series of professional photographers about their favorite places, and here are the secrets they revealed.

Pratt-Pullman Yard in Atlanta

Sometimes called the Forgotten Repair Yard, The Pullman Yard, an abandoned industrial complex, has long been a popular location for filmmakers. Among many projects, it has been prominently featured as the hob (and as a hospital and a hangar) in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay" films.

Water Tower at Old Decatur Water Works in Decatur

The waterworks facility was abandoned in the 1940s and has fallen into disrepair, but the ruins and street art make for great shots, especially around the water tower. You can find the ruins in Mason Mill Park.

Photo Credit: Tom McAdam Photography

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Folkston

Wetlands and wildlife are a mix for superb photos. Waterfowl are most abundant from November through February, while alligators and other reptiles are frequently seen from March through October. Sunsets on the water are good all year long.

Photo courtesy of @danoid via Instagram

The 6th Street Railroad Bridge in Augusta

This bridge is a unique Southern spot because the rail line runs right through 6th Street, like the street cars of Philly and San Francisco. It goes without saying, stay off the trellis, but do enjoy the architecture and water reflections.

Photo Credit: Travis S., Flickr - https://www.flickr.com/photos/51378257@N00/9013066701

Dukes of Hazzard Farm in Loganville

If you’re a child of the 1970s, then you recognize the name of this farm from the popular TV show. The first five episodes were filmed in Conyers, Covington, Loganville and the surrounding areas. 


Lesli Peterson is Georgia’s official Family Explorer. Find more of her family-friendly tips and trip ideas on ExploreGeorgia.org, and visit 365AtlantaFamily.com for more itineraries and money-saving tips. 

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