Jekyll Island Historic District. Photo by @schloetravels
Georgia's Best Routes for Breathtaking Views
Prepare to be delighted when you add these three scenic byways to your getaway plans.
Spanish moss-draped oaks arching over the road. Multi-colored hillsides dancing in the fall breeze. Roadside stands stocked with freshly picked produce. These are scenes you won't find speeding down the highway. When you take a detour along the following three byways in coastal, northwest and eastern Georgia, you add a new level of enjoyment to your already amazing road trip.
Leave the interstate for stunning coastal views
Meandering past forts, rivers, and salt marshes, U.S. Highway 17 also serves as a scenic drive for the Colonial Coast Birding Trail. Stop by Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge or 17 other viewing spots to observe more than 300 species during migration and nesting season.
Drive through the mountains of northwest Georgia
Drive east to Chatsworth, where you can break for lunch and explore the Chief Vann House Historic Site, a restored mansion built in 1804. This town is also home to Fort Mountain State Park, a great place to stretch your legs on more than 3,700 acres of trails.
Finish your road trip by picking apples in Ellijay, Georgia’s Apple Capital, where you may also buy jams and baked goods to take home.