Holidays in Helen – Play
Fröhliche Weihnachten!! That's German for Merry Christmas, if you’re not familiar. Partake in festive Alpine cheer in Helen, Georgia, which gets decked out with lights and decorations, creating a merry scene for the holidays.
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden - Play
The Garden Lights, Holiday Nights adventure at the Atlanta Botanical Garden thrills all of your senses! The radiant Ice Goddess is one of the stars of the show, which was named one of the top 10 holiday light shows in the country by USA Today.
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway - Play
A visit with Santa is magical, especially when you're headed through the mountains on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway alongside the winding Toccoa River. Take a nostalgic ride this winter with this festive holiday scene.
Holidays in Dahlonega - Play
Christmas trees, mistletoe and thousands of twinkling lights adorn historic Dahlonega from Thanksgiving until year-end, creating an old-timey holiday experience during Dahlonega's Old Fashioned Christmas. Imagine yourself strolling among the decorations in this cheery scene.
Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Resort & Gardens - Play
Named one of the "Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights" by National Geographic Traveler, Callaway Resort & Gardens glistens with custom-built scenes during Fantasy In Lights. Turn up the holiday tunes as you work this puzzle of glistening holiday lights.
Holidays on Jekyll Island - Play
Jekyll Island is home to more than half a million lights during the Holly Jolly Jekyll season. Visitors can drive throughout the historic district and around the island to enjoy the glittering holiday landscapes.
Holidays at Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee - Play
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee celebrates all season long with festivities like the Lighting at the Lake, ice skating, story time with Mrs. Claus, gingerbread workshops and elf tuck-ins. Relax in style while you work this cozy holiday scene.
Agricultural mural – Colquitt, Georgia. Photo by @benjamingalland
Agricultural Mural, Colquitt, Georgia – Play
"The Spirit Farmer" is the largest hand-painted mural in the United States. It stands at 100 feet tall and covers 27,000 square feet on an operational peanut silo. It was painted by muralist Charlie Johnston of Winnipeg, Canada. This giant mural depicts a south Georgia farmer pulling up his peanuts to inspect his crop and decide if it is time to harvest. This enormous mural wraps around all four sides of the silo with agricultural images of cotton, corn, and peanuts just to name a few.
Atlanta United in Mercedes-Benz Stadium - Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by @atlutd
Atlanta United in Mercedes-Benz Stadium - Atlanta, Georgia - Play
It's enough to give almost anyone chills — the thunderous chant, in unison, of "A…T…L!" from tens of thousands of Major League Soccer's Atlanta United fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The stadium is also home to the NFL's Atlanta Falcons. There's no bad seat in this house, and the retractable roof makes it possible for fans to experience the outdoors for special events.
Chattahoochee Riverwalk – Columbus, Georgia. Photo by @benjamingalland
Chattahoochee Riverwalk – Columbus, Georgia - Play
Situated in downtown Columbus along the Chattahoochee River, you can explore the Riverwalk by foot or on bike while skirting the cityscape, exploring historic monuments and markers, and taking in the wild beauty of the rolling river and native wildlife. This 15-mile linear park spans the riverfront from the Lake Oliver city marina to the National Infantry Museum. Watch rafters navigate rapids on the longest urban whitewater course in the world, or zipline across the river.
George L. Smith State Park – Twin City, Georgia. Photo by @benjamingalland
George L. Smith State Park – Twin City, Georgia - Play
With natural beauty, lakeside camping and cozy cottages, this secluded park is the perfect south Georgia retreat. The park's mill pond beckons visitors to explore thick stands of cypress and tupelo trees draped with Spanish moss. This park is best known for the refurbished Parrish Mill and Pond, a combination gristmill, saw mill, covered bridge, and dam built in 1880.
Georgia Theatre – Athens, Georgia. Photo by @benjamingalland
Georgia Theatre – Athens, Georgia - Play
One of Athens' world-famous live music venues, the Georgia Theatre is a keystone of the Athens music scene. It was built as the Elite Theater in 1935 on the "foundation" of the original YMCA, which was constructed in 1889. As a live music venue, the Georgia Theatre has hosted acclaimed bands from the Goo Goo Dolls to the Zac Brown Band, and has been the setting for music videos by R.E.M. and John Mayer.
Glamping cabin – Flintstone, Georgia. Photo by @benjamingalland
Glamping cabin – Flintstone, Georgia - Play
Located on Georgia's northwest border, the treehouses at Treetop Hideaways are nothing like those of your childhood. These unique cabins are surrounded by the mountains and built with reclaimed materials. The location is secluded but centrally located to explore all the beautiful parks and historic sites in northwest Georgia.
Gould's Inlet - St. Simons Island, Georgia. Photo by @benjamingalland
Gould's Inlet - St. Simons Island, Georgia - Play
Located at the north end of the island’s beaches, Gould’s Inlet is the perfect spot for a peaceful sunrise walk, a sunny afternoon building sandcastles, a walk with your furry best friend, or stargazing at nighttime. This beach also features a fishing pier and is great for bird watching. Known for its beautiful beaches, St. Simons Island captivates visitors with remarkable scenery and fascinating history.
Minnehaha Falls – Lakemont, Georgia. Photo by @benjamingalland
Minnehaha Falls – Lakemont, Georgia - Play
Located just steps from Lake Rabun, the Minnehaha Trail is a quick and easy 0.4-mile hike. It follows Fall Branch Creek until it dead ends at Minnehaha Falls. This beautiful waterfall is approximately 100 feet high and one of hundreds of waterfalls found throughout the mountains of North Georgia.
Paulk Vineyards – Wray, Georgia. Photo by @benjamingalland
Paulk Vineyards – Wray, Georgia - Play
Located in south Georgia, Paulk Vineyards is America's largest muscadine vineyard and Georgia's genuine muscadine winery, with more than 600 acres of muscadine grape in production. The farm is not limited to just the native muscadine grapes, it also hosts u-pick events for seasonal berries. Sip on farm-to-bottle wine in the tasting room, or relax on the front porch.
Piedmont Park - Atlanta Metro - Play
The capital of Georgia and the South, Atlanta anchors this dynamic region. The city itself is home to some of the nation's buzziest restaurants and most renowned shopping destinations, as well as world-class arts institutions and a host of sites that tell the story of America's civil rights movement. But Atlanta Metro is also a region of historic neighborhoods and suburban communities, each promising its own one-of-a-kind experiences and together showcasing the metro area's trademark vibrancy and diversity.
Augusta Canal Headgates - Classic South - Play
From moss-draped cypress trees to glittering lake escapes, Georgia's Classic South region offers all the picturesque beauty its name implies, as well as plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun, from fishing and biking to kayaking and golf (this is the home of The Masters, after all). The largest city in this east Georgia region, Augusta is a cultural treasure trove with a thriving culinary scene, as well as outstanding museums and historic sites. Just a short drive from a number of major Southern cities, the region is ideal for a weekend getaway.
Plant Riverside District - Coastal Georgia - Play
From the nation's first planned city to one of the world's best sites for stargazing, the Coastal Georgia region promises plenty of superlatives. Whether you're after the freshest seafood, the most remote and ecologically pristine swamp, or simply the best resort (Sea Island is the only property in the world to receive four Forbes Five Star ratings 12 years running), Coastal Georgia has you covered. From enchanting Savannah — renowned for its squares, shopping, sightseeing, and rich food scene — to lovely St. Marys, the state's 100-mile coastline shines.
Lake Sinclair - Historic Heartland - Play
Spanning the geographic heart of the state, this aptly named region is filled with historical gems, from architecturally significant homes to grand hotels. It also boasts some of Georgia's most popular outdoor destinations, from the State Botanical Garden to Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park. Athens, Macon, Madison, Milledgeville, and other Historic Heartland towns also punch well above their weight when it comes to culinary offerings and literary attractions, and their music scenes are nothing short of legendary.
Jesup Drive-In - Magnolia Midlands - Play
Georgia's agrarian belt, Magnolia Midlands is chock-full of natural beauty. Whether you're paddling the Altamaha River or taking in verdant spans of farmland, your eyes will feast on the region's bounty. As the agricultural heart of Georgia, the region also promises the freshest produce and, as you'd expect, exceptional farm-to-table dining in the welcoming small towns sprinkled across the countryside. Visitors can even get in on the action at U-pick fields and family farms offering overnight stays.
Tallulah Gorge - Northeast Georgia Mountains - Play
The mountains of northeast Georgia were the site of America's first major gold strike. Today, people continue to be drawn to the region as the mountains offer up new riches. Terraced vineyards welcome the wine set, and sparkling lakes beckon to anglers and boaters. Every bend in the road reveals a new trail to explore (the Appalachian Trail begins here) or a small town to discover. From its bracing fresh air and tumbling waterfalls to the folk art fashioned in its hills and valleys, the Northeast Georgia Mountains region leaves visitors breathless.
Marble Mine Trail - Northwest Georgia - Play
This mountainous corner of the state is known for its scenic beauty and the wealth of family-friendly outdoor adventures it promises, from hiking and biking to zip lining and whitewater rafting. Also on tap in Northwest Georgia are tree-top lodging and waterside brews. Gracious, small cities, including Rome, Cartersville, and Blue Ridge, boast bustling historic downtowns. And a number of standout museums (among them, three Smithsonian affiliates) spotlighting American Indian culture, railroad history, and Western art lend the region some serious cultural cred.
Starr's Mill Park - Presidential Pathways - Play
The down-to-earth quality of this west Georgia region factors heavily into the narratives of its two most illustrious former residents: Franklin D. Roosevelt embraced its naturalness; Jimmy Carter embodied it. Unpretentious Presidential Pathways is packed with affordable, family-friendly attractions, from Lake Blackshear to Providence Canyon to the small town of Senoia, longtime filming location for AMC's "The Walking Dead." Columbus, the region's largest city, adds its own one-of-a-kind offerings to the mix, among them the world's largest collection of lunch boxes and the longest urban whitewater course on earth.
Ray Charles Plaza - Scenic Southwest Georgia - Play
Soaring pine forests set the stage in this southwest Georgia region. Among them visitors will discover a wealth of picture book–pretty small towns, such as Thomasville and Tifton, that are home to some of the state's most acclaimed restaurants and most talked-about shops. Even the largest cities in Scenic Southwest Georgia promise easily accessible fun. Don't miss Valdosta's Wild Adventures theme park or a visit to Albany, known for its rich civil rights legacy as well as its quail hunting establishments, the finest in the nation.