Georgia Regions & Cities
From the coast to the mountains and everything in between, Georgia has well-known and off-the-beaten-path gems in cities both big and small. Popular destinations like Atlanta, Ellijay, Helen, Jekyll Island and Savannah are just the start. Begin your journey by exploring Georgia’s cities below.
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Montaluce Winery & Resort in Dahlonega. Photo credit @benjamingalland
Fresh mountain air, spectacular views, and countless outdoor adventures await in the northern part of the state. Book a room at a quaint B&B or curl up in a cozy cabin in one of the region’s treasured small towns; a couple of great spots are Blue Ridge and Blairsville. Hike the North Georgia mountains, where the nearly 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail begins, for jaw-dropping vistas and breathtaking waterfalls, and leave time for tubing, rafting, or fishing in rolling rivers and pristine lakes. The mountainous region also presents the perfect climate and terrain for winemaking; head to one of dozens of vineyards to sample award-winning varieties. In addition to outdoor offerings, the region is rich in history and culture, with ties to Native American heritage, Southern Appalachian folk culture, the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, and the site of the first major gold rush.
Atlanta Botanical Garden in Atlanta. Photo credit: Atlanta Botanical Garden
Home to more than 6 million people from all corners of the globe and all walks of life, Atlanta is a true melting pot. World-class art, a vibrant music scene, champion sports franchises, and a thriving creative hub make it a cultural mecca. The region’s diverse and dynamic offerings run the gamut, but its culinary scene tops the list. Taste the range of flavors all over — from Buford Highway’s ethnic institutions to critically acclaimed in-town establishments to longstanding favorites from Marietta to McDonough. The Atlanta Metro area is also rich in history, from the city’s time as the rail hub of the South to its major role in the civil rights movement. Visit the distinctive neighborhoods and communities that make up the Atlanta Metro region, and you’ll find even more to love.
The Grand Opera House in Macon. Photo credit @benjamingalland
This wide swath of the state is a musical hotbed. Several towns lay claim to legendary musicians — from Macon’s Little Richard and Otis Redding, to Athens’s R.E.M. and the B-52s, to Augusta’s James Brown and Jessye Norman. Historic venues, such as the 40 Watt Club in the Classic City and Hargray Capitol Theatre in Macon, host new talent along with popular acts. Educate yourself on the country’s military background in Columbus, home to Fort Benning and the National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center. And, there’s plenty more to explore in the region — from lauded botanical gardens to championship golf courses to sites with remarkable presidential history, particularly in Plains, where President Jimmy Carter was born and raised.
Jack Hill State Park in Reidsville. Photo credit @exploregeorgia
A trip through this expansive region reveals a wealth of lovely small towns with much to discover. Agriculture is the backbone of South Georgia, so expect picturesque rolling fields, roadside stands, and a taste of the state’s best produce, meats, and cheeses. Indulge in the super-fresh provisions at renowned restaurants and stop into small businesses to shop the local fare. Towns like Alma, Georgia’s blueberry capital, and Vidalia, home of the namesake sweet onion, promise plenty of charming festivals devoted to celebrating each locale’s unique cultural bounty. Favorite family attractions, such as Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta and Georgia’s oldest drive-in theater in Jesup, round out the lineup of activities.
Tybee Pier & Pavilion on Tybee Island. Photo credit @benjamingalland
Georgia’s beaches beckon, each offering a different type of fun — from Jekyll’s iconic Driftwood Beach to Cumberland Island’s unspoiled coastline to Tybee’s family-friendly shore. No matter where you visit, you’ll find fresh shrimp, fish, crab, and oysters on the menu and adventure around every corner. Discover wildlife as you explore the region’s saltwater marshes via stand-up paddleboard or kayak. And just beyond the ocean breezes and sandy beaches lies Savannah, the nation’s first planned city, renowned for its tree-shaded squares, trendy boutiques, and award-winning restaurants serving up everything from classic Southern fare to international eats.
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