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Tybee Island, Georgia

Best Trips of 2019

Your month-by-month guide to the best trips to take in Georgia this year

Named one of Travel + Leisure's 50 Best Places to Travel in 2019, Georgia is full of exciting places to visit. Keep your calendar handy, and start planning your next trip with this month-by-month guide to the best things to see and do the Peach State this year.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument Park in Dublin, Georgia

January: Honor Dr. King

While Atlanta may have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s hometown, it’s not the only place he left his mark in Georgia. Jan. 19, 2019, marks Dublin’s 25th anniversary MLK Parade, which runs through downtown with more than 175 floats, making it the second largest in the state. While you’re there, be sure to stop by Martin Luther King Jr. Monument Park, featuring a mural that honors Dr. King. It's located across the street from First African Baptist Church, where he gave his first speech when he was a high school student.

Related: Follow Georgia's Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Trail 

Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta

February: The Big Game

Thousands will descend upon Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, 2019, and no matter which teams square off, there’s going to be plenty of things to do around town! The 10-day affair will have concerts from notable artists and a fan village, among plenty more! Take the opportunity to see the area’s sights for football fans, like the neighboring Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame.

Related: Plan Your Trip to Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta

Live zydeco music at Mardi Gras Tybee

March: Let the Good Times Roll

Celebrate Mardi Gras on Tybee Island, Savannah’s beach community, for a laid-back version of the festivities with a parade, live music and a street party on March 2, 2019. Later in the month, back on the mainland, the Savannah Music Festival celebrates 30 years March 28-April 23, 2019! The Georgia Coast is perfect for spring break for the plentiful activities.

Related: Georgia's Mardi Gras Festivals

Vidalia Onion Festival in Vidalia, Georgia

April: King of the Onions

Honoring the state vegetable, the Vidalia Onion Festival is a time-honored Georgia tradition celebrating 42 years. The sweet onion is featured in countless dishes found at the festival, which also has live music, parades, a pageant, fun run, arts and crafts, and even an onion eating contest!

Related: Fairs with all the Fixin's: Georgia's Tastiest Food Festivals

Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival in Thomson, Georgia

May: Sing the Blues

Celebrate the life and music of the legendary Georgia-born artist at the Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival in Thomson, near Augusta, on May 4, 2019. The family-friendly festival has food and drinks as well as a full lineup of well-known and up-and-coming acts from the region and beyond.

Related: More Must-See Georgia Music Festivals

Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race

June: Up, Up & Away

The 46th annual Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race, May 30-June 1, 2019, is the South’s oldest hot air balloon race, held in Helen, the Bavarian-inspired North Georgia town. The colorful hot air balloons race to I-95, around 200 miles away. After watching them take flight, take advantage of the German-style cuisine in town.

Related: Guide to Helen

Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta

July: Hit the Road

Atlanta’s favorite Fourth of July tradition is the Peachtree Road Race, the world’s biggest 10K race. The course starts in Buckhead and finishes in Midtown at Piedmont Park. Runners frequently dress up in costumes, and spectators sit along the course with signs, enjoying drinks and often offering snacks to runners. Tip: If you want to run in the race, the lottery-style registration opens in March.

Related: Guide to Atlanta

Columbus Whitewater rafting

August: Cool Off

Chill out on a whitewater rafting trip in Columbus, which is home to a Georgia Power-dammed section of the Chattahoochee River with artificial rapids appropriate for all levels of experience. For something more laid back, you can enjoy the beach at Callaway Resort & Gardens in nearby Pine Mountain before enjoying a family-friendly stay at the new Great Wolf Lodge in LaGrange.

Related: Tubing in Georgia: A Must-have Summer Adventure

Ocmulgee Indian Celebration in Macon, Georgia

September: Celebrate Native Peoples

Held every September at the Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon, the Ocmulgee Indian Celebration is one of the largest Native American gatherings in the region, bringing together 200 storytellers, demonstrators, dancers and craftsmen. The monument is home to ancient burial mounds that can’t be missed.

Related: Guide to Macon

Apples at the Red Apple Barn in Ellijay

October: How Do You Like Them Apples?

Every October, the Georgia Apple Festival celebrates Ellijay’s famous product, since the event’s founding in 1971. In addition to the plentiful apples of all varieties, the event has crafts, performances and crafts.

Related: Where to Go Apple Picking in Georgia

Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival in Thomasville, Georgia

November: Where the Wild Things Are

The Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival in Thomasville brings together wildlife enthusiasts and fine arts lovers for a wide range of events. Kids love the wildlife encounters, while grown ups can appreciate the concerts and off-roading rally.

Related: Guide to Thomasville

Heritage Hall in Madison, Georgia

December: No Place Like Home

Tour the majestic homes in Madison all decked out for the holidays on the Holiday Tour of Homes, one of the area’s most popular events. Designated by Budget Travel as one of the "World's Top 16 Most Picturesque Villages," Madison welcomes visitors into its antebellum homes beautifully decorated for the holidays.

Related: Celebrate Christmas Past with These Holiday Home Tours

Published: November 2018
Written by: Caroline Eubanks