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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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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
November: Where the Wild Things Are
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.