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Milledgeville Named One of the "Coolest Small Towns in America 2019"

At Budget Travel, we are all about discovering affordable destinations that go far beyond the obvious vacation choices. Over the past fourteen years, a passionate and accomplished team of editors, writers, and photographers have had a blast bringing you a different kind of travel experience: The Coolest Small Towns in America.

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Helen, GA Named Top 15 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2019 by

Fifty years, ago, the small town of Helen, Georgia stood as a quiet and unassuming former lumber town, when a trio of local businessmen got the idea to transform it into a Bavarian-themed destination, based on the drawings of an artist acquaintance who’d grown enamored with Germany during his army years. Now, this German Alpine village in the Northeast Georgia mountains is one of the state's most beloved travel stops. 

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Georgia Named among the 50 Best Places to Travel in 2019 by

With so much happening in the Peach State, Georgia should be on the mind of any savvy traveler these days. Atlanta continues its rise as a culinary capital: Notable recent openings include the Local Pizzaiolo, a downtown pizza spot, and Masterpiece, helmed by James Beard-nominated Rui Liu, while food halls like Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market are constantly adding new vendors. Meanwhile, the remarkable transformation of Hotel Clermont from a seedy motel into a dapper boutique property — complete with a superb French-leaning bistro and rooftop bar — has both locals and visitors buzzing.

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Jekyll Island Named The 20 Best Places to Go in 2019 by

Jekyll Island packs a lot of action into its small seven-by-two-mile border. One of the four Barrier Islands that are accessible by car, this tucked-away gem off the coast of Georgia is a favorite vacationing spot for locals that deserves a wider audience. Plus it offers the best of nearby historic Savannah (1½ hours away) and Florida beaches (one hour away).

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Macon Restaurant Wins for the Best Chicken & Dumplings in Georgia

There are plenty of stories about how Southern chicken and dumplings were born from hardship, whether the Civil War or the Great Depression, but dumplings and stewed meats have been around since as early as the 15th century in Europe. Though the dish may not have originated in the South, the combination of stewed chicken and dumplings boiled in the resulting broth has become a staple of the Southern kitchen, especially in Georgia.

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Readers Vote Georgia Brewery Best in the U.S.

Craft breweries are opening in record numbers in the United States, hundreds each year. USA TODAY 10Best wants to find the best new breweries in the country, ones founded in the past three years (since the beginning of 2016), so we asked a panel of beer experts to nominate their favorites. For the past four weeks, 10Best readers have been voting for their favorites, and the results are in.

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10 Delightful Drinking Shenanigans You Can Only Get Into in Savannah

When it comes to beautiful Southern cities, Savannah is unparalleled, with its acres of historic cemeteries, sublime public squares, and Southern Gothic architecture that pops with color amid trees dripping with Spanish moss. Aside from its beauty, hidden bugs, and richly ghoulish history, there’s another draw to this highly walkable cultural hub: lax open container laws.

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Macon Named Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms in the U.S. by

Since the introduction from their native Japan in the early 1900s, blossoming cherry trees have proven harbingers of seasonal change in the United States. Bred for blooms and not for fruit, varieties like Yoshino, Kwanzan, and Akebono explode in a showy spectacle of delicate pink and white flowers for around two weeks each year. The downy blooms blanket parks, gardens, and towns in a visual transition away from the harsh chill of winter and toward the growing warmth of longer days.

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Discover the Best of Atlanta

IT IS NO coincidence that Atlanta began its history as the hand-picked spot for a regional railroad terminus in the 1830s; or that it is, today, the locale of the world’s busiest airport for two decades; or that it is HQ for a slew of corporations. The capital is well priced and well positioned for businesses. But, it is also a dream for real people who need a manageable and green headquarters from which to explore. Get the most out of your trip to the cultural hub of the South with these top ten tips.

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Top Scenic Drives that will Make You Love Georgia Just a Bit More

One drive around some of Georgia’s scenic byways, and you’ll be reminded of the beauty that lies just a few miles away from Atlanta. Hit the road this year and experience these unbeatable scenic routes in Georgia.

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"Avengers: Endgame" Gives this Georgia-made Craft Beer its Own Superhero Moments

The God of Thunder swigs craft beer? That's one of the many revelations in "Avengers: Endgame," which has amassed more than $2 billion at the box office and is chasing the $2.8 billion all-time global record held by "Avatar." His brand of choice? Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

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Atlanta and Savannah Named in the Top Trending Memorial Day Weekend Destinations for 2019

You don’t have to go far from home to make the most of the holiday weekend. If you’ve left your planning to the last minute, there's no reason to worry. Yelp compiled the top 10 trending Memorial Day destinations by looking at cities that saw the biggest spike in search traffic before the holiday in 2017. From national parks to beachfront boardwalks, here's where to have a great weekend.

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Jekyll Island Featured in Best Hidden Gem Travel Spots in Every State

So you’ve done the Big Apple, the Grand Canyon, Vegas and Maui. When you and the fam are in the mood for less “been there, done that” and more “under-the-radar hidden gem,” every state in the union has your back.

From sleepy small towns with loads of culture and character to quirky, one-of-a-kind museums, has put together a list of beaches, museums, parks and more, collecting the best hidden gem travel spots in every state.

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Savannah Named 15 of the Best St. Patrick's Day Parades Around the World by

March is a grand time of year when you're Irish. Or when you're of Irish heritage. Or when you wish you were of Irish heritage. Or when you just claim you're Irish even though you're not. St. Patrick's Day, which is on Sunday, March 17, in 2019 draws out the Irish in plenty of people all over the world. And one of the best ways we celebrate this is with parades -- boisterous, green-colored, shamrock-festooned parades. What follows are 15 of the best St. Patrick's Day parades in destinations around the world, along with a short history of the saint himself and the holiday first.

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Georgia State Officially has a New Wine Region

Wine lovers have another important stop to make on any trip to the southern USA now. There’s officially a newly recognized wine region to visit; the Dahlonega Plateau in Georgia. The designation as an American Viticultural Area was granted by the US Department of the Treasury. Officially, it means the area and its grapes have distinguishing features and helps assure consumers of certain characteristics and a level of quality.

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Atlanta Recognized as Top Travel Destination for U.S. History Buffs

Atlanta offers more than just great food and fun activities -- it also has a lot of history. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park and the National Center for Human RIghts are perhaps two of the most notable historical attractions in Atlanta, but there are plenty of other notable and quirky U.S. history attractions like World of Coca-Cola, Historic Oakland Cemetery, Delta Flight Museum and Atlanta History Center.

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Enjoy Southern Comfort in Savannah

If you’re looking for a family vacation destination steeped in Southern comfort and charm, Savannah, Georgia has plenty of both. This eclectic city is the oldest in Georgia and home to one of the largest National Historic Landmark districts in the United States. Its vibrant mix of romance, culture and entertainment provides a wonderful backdrop for vacations of all types. We rounded up some of the city’s must-see attractions to help you plan your Savannah vacation with style.

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Savannah Featured in 8 Places to Go for Father's Day on

It doesn’t need to be Father’s Day to take your dad on a well-deserved trip, but it’s definitely a good excuse (plus, it's a great way to make up for all those times you didn't call). Here are eight places for all different types of dads—including several where the entire family can tag along.

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Savannah Named one of The 28 friendliest neighborhoods in U.S. cities by

Travel is rooted in hospitality—in a welcoming gesture, a friendly smile, an accommodating spirit.

In search of these qualities, we’ve developed—with the help of our data-crunching partners at Resonance Consultancy—this unique index of the 28 friendliest city neighborhoods in the United States. Whether embracing its immigrant roots (San Jose’s Japantown) or celebrating inclusion (Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen), an open-minded, open-hearted neighborhood can make travelers feel at home. This ultimate list offers starting points to explore American cities: enclaves full of places to delve into, people to meet, and enough bonhomie to make you want to return again and again. (See our list of best smaller U.S. cities.)

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