Driftwood Beach at sunrise on Jekyll Island, Georgia. Photo by @wandernorthga

Georgia in the News

Read more about Georgia destinations making headlines in these select articles.

April 2023

Sea Island recognized on Veranda’s most incredible destinations around the world to visit in May

To relax and unwind stateside, we love spending summer weekends at Sea Island. On this southeastern barrier island, you’ll enjoy natural beauty, white sand beaches, three championship golf courses, and a five-star resort known for its trademark southern hospitality.

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Multiple Georgia destinations ranked in Southern Living’s 2023 South’s Best Awards

The South's 20 Best Cities: Savannah (No. 2), Atlanta (No. 4), Alpharetta (No. 9)

50 Best Small Towns In The South: Dahlonega (No. 4), Tybee Island (No. 7), Helen (No. 14), Thomasville (No. 46)

The South's Best Hotels: The Cloister at Sea Island (No. 8), King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, St. Simons Island (No. 10)

Best State Parks In Every Southern State: Tallulah Gorge State Park

Best Barbecue Joint In Every Southern State: Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

Best Locally-Owned Restaurants In Every Southern State: Mary Mac's Tea Room

March 2023

Multiple Georgia destinations ranked in Tripadvisor’s 2023 Travelers’ Choice Awards

Top 25 Beaches in the U.S. – Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island (No. 3)

Top 25 Beaches in the World – Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island (No. 12)

Top 15 Trending Destinations in the U.S. – St. Simons Island (No. 13)

Top 25 Hotels in the U.S. – Perry Lane Hotel, Savannah (No. 22)

February 2023

Amicalola Falls named to Travel + Leisure’s best waterfalls in America

One of the tallest cascading falls east of the Mississippi? You bet. “It’s also the start of the eight-mile Approach Trail for the southern terminus of the world-famous Appalachian Trail that calls Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest home,” says Mark Jaronski, Explore Georgia’s deputy commissioner.

Read More on Travel + Leisure

Jekyll Island featured as “hidden travel gem” on LIVE with Kelly & Ryan

January 2023

Macon earns national recognition as best place to visit in 2023

Little St. Simons Island named to USA Today Outdoors Wire’s stunning eco-lodges to visit for a once-in-a-lifetime experience

Famous for its beauty and hospitality, this eco-friendly lodge has won awards and topped best of lists. You can only reach it by boat, and the property limits guests to 32 per night. With 11,000 acres of undeveloped wilderness and seven miles of beaches, you might think you’re the only one on the island. Staying at the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island is an amazing experience for hikers, kayakers, and birdwatchers.

Read on USA Today Outdoors Wire

October 2022

Black Rock Mountain State Park named to Martha Stewart’s Most Scenic Hiking Trails in the U.S. for Fall Foliage

Filled with wildflowers and fall-centric foliage, Black Rock Mountain is Georgia's highest elevation state park, which allows you to take in the sweeping terrain. The Tennessee Rock Trail is no different, as this path in the park spans over 2 miles and holds plenty of areas to stop and observe the changing landscape in the fall.

Read more at MarthaStewart.com

Savannah recognized on Fox News’ 5 Honeymoon Destinations in the USA Worth Considering

In Savannah, newlyweds can spend time exploring the Plant Riverside District, a former power plant that's been transformed into a vibrant entertainment destination boasting luxury hotels like the JW Marriott and several rooftop lounges. You can even catch live concerts at District Live.

Read more at FoxNews.com

September 2022

Savannah ranked No. 1 on Oprah Daily’s 25 of the Best Winter Getaways to Start Planning Now

If you're looking for a place with no shortage of history, beauty, and Southern charm, you won't do better than Savannah.

Read more at OprahDaily.com

Blue Ridge recognized on Travel + Leisure’s Best Fall Foliage Train Trips to Take This Year

Constructed in 1905, the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway winds through Georgia and parts of Tennessee. On this train, guests have the option of riding in open-air cars to breathe in the fall air while gazing at the near-blinding color scheme.

Read more at TravelandLeisure.com

Macon named to Fodor’s Best U.S. Cities to Visit Based on Your Taste in Music

If You Love Southern Rock: Macon, Georgia

Read more at Fodors.com

August 2022

Sea Island, Cumberland Island recognized as Best Family Beach Vacation Destinations in the U.S. by TODAY

Helen named Most Charming Small Town in Georgia by Reader’s Digest

You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a European Alpine village when you set foot in Helen, located in north Georgia’s Blue Ridge mountains. Wander through its cobblestone streets, taking in the Bavarian architecture with colorful buildings outlined in gingerbread trim, while enjoying German-inspired cuisine and plentiful shops and boutiques.

Read more at RD.com

July 2022

Multiple Georgia destinations ranked in Travel + Leisure’s 2022 World’s Best Awards

10 Best Domestic Airports: No. 1. Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport

15 Best Cities in the U.S.: No. 4. Savannah 

15 Best Islands in the Continental U.S.: No. 5. Golden Isles (Jekyll Island, Little St. Simons Island, Sea Island, St. Simons Island)

100 Best Hotels in the World: No. 55. Lodge on Little St. Simons Island

15 Best Resorts in the Continental U.S.: No. 4. Lodge on Little St. Simons Island, St. Simons Island

15 Best Resorts in the South: No. 1. Lodge on Little St. Simons Island, St. Simons Island

Read more at TravelandLeisure.com

Savannah recognized as a Best Fall Vacation in the U.S. by PureWow

If you want a romantic fall weekend with your partner, look no further than Savannah, where the weather is perfect, the crowds are lighter and the Southern charm cannot be beat.

Read more at PureWow.com

Jekyll Island’s Driftwood Beach named to Condé Nast Traveler’s 24 Best Beaches in the U.S.

One of the Golden Isles along Georgia’s Atlantic coast, Jekyll Island is a seven-mile-long stretch of marshes and Spanish moss. One of its star attractions is the prehistoric-looking Driftwood Beach. As its name suggests, the site is dotted with gnarled and weathered trees that double as excellent photo backdrops—just be sure to visit at low tide.

Read more at CNTraveler.com

June 2022

Cartersville named to Smithsonian Magazine’s 15 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2022

As a gateway to both the Atlanta metro area and the pristine beauty of the north Georgia mountains, Cartersville is perfectly poised for cultural enthusiasts and outdoor lovers alike.

Read more at SmithsonianMag.com

Published: April 2023
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