Georgia AKA The Peach State offers a little bit of everything one needs when going on a trip.
It's got a stunning and pristine sandy coastline, bustling cosmopolitan cities that are home to world-renown restaurants, and quiet rural towns with local eateries and farms that will make you feel like you stepped back in time. Not to mention, Georgia is bursting with history.
If you're looking to explore everything the peach state has to offer, there are some spots that are absolutely worth checking out. Here's a little help to get you started on your journey through the south!
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1. Plan a day trip to beautiful and lush Cumberland Island
Where: Southeast Georgia
This is Georgias largest barrier island and arguably one of the most beautiful natural habitats in the Northern Hemisphere. You can plan a simple day kicking back on the beach or visit a wildlife sanctuary and several museums in the area. There are tons of things to do on Cumberland Island.
2. Visit the "little Grand Canyon" of Georgia at Providence Canyon State Park
Where: 8930 Canyon Rd, Lumpkin
If you're looking to really take advantage of the great outdoors while in Georgia, you should definitely check out this incredible natural wonder. It's a full-service state park full of beautiful and well-maintained trails and even camping if that's your thing.
3. Go peach Picking at Pearson Peach Farm
Where: 5575 Zenith Mill Rd, Fort Valley
You can truly say you've visited the "Peach State" without visiting an actual peach farm. Pearsons farm has been growing peaches in Georgia for over 130 years, they are known for growing some of the juiciest and sweetest in the country.
4. Spend an afternoon tubing down to Nottely River
If your goal in Georgia is to get at one with nature, I suggest you check out Nottely River near Blairsville Georgia. This river is known for its campgrounds and water recreation including tubing.
5. Visit this massive Sunflower field at Fausett Farms
Where: 9847 Elliott Family Pkwy, Dawsonville
This spot is known for being one of the most Instagrammed places in the entire state. The 13-acre family-owned farm is already located in charming historic Dawsonville, which is already worth visiting on its own.
6. Visit the magical driftwood beaches of Jekyll Island
Where: Glynn County
Jekyll Island is the place for beautiful beaches in Georgia. Not only that, Jekyll island boats stunning bike paths and walking trails, and a super charming historic district with stunning late 19th-century architecture. Also, the island is full of wildlife, so it's common to spot a verity of mammals, birds, and reptiles scurrying around.
7. Visit the massive Georgia Aquarium
Where: 25 Baker St NW, Atlanta
The Georgia Aquarium is located in the most populated and capital city of the state of Georgia. It houses more than a hundred thousand species of animals and is a must-visit for any animal-lovers traveling through the city.
8. Visit the beautiful Amicalola Falls
Where: 418 Amicalola Falls State Park Rd, Dawsonville
This area is known as one of the most precious natural attractions in the state. The falls themselves are located in the well-maintained Amicalola Falls State Park, and it's a relatively easy way up to the top, you can either take the stairs or a path through the woods. Don't forget to pack a lunch to enjoy when you arrive.
9. Plan a beach trip to the beautiful beaches of Tybee Island
Where: Tybee Island
This barrier island, only 20-minutes outside Savannah, used to be called "Savannah Beach." It is especially known for its wide sandy and pristine beaches. There are tons of awesome aquatic activities to enjoy in the area, walking, biking, sailing — Tybee Island has got it all! Don't forget to visit the beautiful lighthouse while you're there!
10. Indulge in a classic southern BBQ meal at The Happy Hawg
Where: 1586 U.S. 76 W, Hiawassee
Nothing completes a hot Georgia day like indulging in some classic BBQ. The pit master at the Happy Hog is renowned in North Eastern Georgia Mountains. Needless to say, it's one of the quality spots you must try when traveling in the Peach State.
11. Take in the view and spend the day hiking at Stone Mountain
Where: Stone Mountain, GA
Stone Moutain is not just a city located near Atlanta Georgia, people come here because it's home to the largest mass of exposed granite in the world, it's a real natural wonder. Here you can find the carving of a Confederate memorial on the side of the mountain which also attracts people from all over the world.
12. Plan a visit to the Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Where: 767 Clifton Rd, Atlanta
If you're touring around Georgia and you find yourself caught in a rainstorm or maybe it's 100 degrees outside and you need a break, check out The Fernbank Museum of Natural History for a good dose of animals, science, and entertainment.
13. Grab a Pina Colada at Fannie's On The Beach
Where: 1613 Strand Ave, Tybee Island
As mentioned, Tybee Island is a beautiful beach-escape for those living in Savannah Georgia. So if you're enjoying a beach day, stop by this lively local restaurant, known for its awesome tacos and punchy pina coladas.
14. Visit the charming and historic town of Musella
Where: Crawford County
This quiet rural town is the spot to check out if you want to escape the rush and chaos of the big cities. Driving into this town will make you feel like you found a tear in the space-time continuum and just floated back in time, and of course, everyone is so friendly.
15. Grab some comfort food at Sandfly BBQ at the Streamliner
Where: 1220 Barnard St, Savannah
Of course, a trip to the Peach State is not complete without a full BBQ meal, however, if you really want to experience southern food on a whole other level, why not enjoy your meal in an old and ultra-charming steam liner train!
16. Visit Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds for fun outdoor festivals
Where: 1311 Music Hall Rd, Hiawassee
This area is a public area that is home to tons of awesome music festivals, county fairs, shows, and various other family-friendly activities and events all year long. Make sure to check out their calendar for all the upcoming events!
17. Plan a visit to the stunning oak avenue at Wormsloe historic site
Where: 7601 Skidaway Rd, Savannah
The state of Georgia is bursting with history. It would be a shame to visit this state without visiting some of these sites. This spot, informally known as Wormsloe Plantation, includes a picturesque oak avenue. At the end of your walk, there's a visitors center and museum where you can learn about Savannah's rich history.
18. Take her for an old-fashioned ice cream date at Leopold's Ice Cream
Where: 212 E Broughton St, Savannah
When you're legs are tired and you've done a day of touring around the city, why not stop by one of Savannah's old-fashioned ice cream shops for a sweet indulgent treat!
19. Indulge in a family-style southern meal at Buckner's Family Restaurant
Where: 1168 Bucksnort Rd, Jackson
This spot is not in the guidebooks. Classified as a true "hidden gem," this restaurant is a little off the beaten path, you won't find many tourists at this local family-style dining spot. What you will find is resident families enjoying a special southern meal together. You will never leave hungry!
20. Visit the beautiful historic homes of Washington, Georgia
Where: Wilkes County
The town of Washington holds a very special place in American history and is worth visiting for those history buffs out there. It is also one of the towns in Georgia known for being home to the most beautiful and historical southern homes in the state. It's the perfect place to relax and enjoy the pace of small-town life.
21. Visit the stunning tropical-like beaches of Saint Simons Island
Where: Saint Simons, GA
Looking to do something on the coast? Look no further than the beautiful beach and nature of St. Simons Island. Visitors flock to the Island for its warm climate, beaches, a variety of outdoor activities, cute shops and restaurants, charming historical sites, and its stunning natural environment.
22. Watch a race at the Dixie Speedway
Where: Woodstock, GA
If you're looking for a slightly more offbeat and unusual activity, why not check out a race on the historic Dixie Speedway. Grab a cold beer and a hot dog and enjoy the race!
23. Spend an afternoon on the lazy river at the Summer Waves Waterpark
Where: 210 S Riverview Dr, Jekyll Island
There's no surprise when I say that it gets hot in Georgia. If you need to cool off, head to this waterpark on Jekyll Island for a relaxing day in the lazy river.
24. Visit the haunting Dungeness Ruins
Where: St Marys, GA
This haunting place is a truly unique site and spot to visit in Georgia. With old abandoned luxury cars around the grounds, you can just imagine the lifestyle of the Southern families who inhabited this massive and now abandoned mansion in the southeast.
25. Cool off in the beautiful and hidden cascades at Minnehaha Falls
Where: Rabun County, Georgia
If you're not a big fan of hiking, but you still want to enjoy the natural wonders of GerogiaSate check out these beautiful cascading falls. One of the main attraction points is that they are very easily accessible. No hiking required!
26. Explore the beautiful banks of the Chattahoochee River
Where: 1978 Island Ford Parkway, Sandy Springs
This beautiful river actually runs through three different states, but you can easily access it from the visitors center in Sandy Springs. Some of the most scenic hiking and walking trails are located in this area and are a must-visit for those looking to get in touch with the great outdoors.
27. Check out The Curb Market for local and fresh eats
Where: 209 Edgewood Ave, Atlanta
In need of a food and drink break? Check out this massive artisanal food market, filled with tons of various vendors selling delectable local products from all around the state and country.
28. Visit the stunning scenery at Cloudland State Park
Where: 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd, Rising Fawn
This lesser-known state park is actually one of the largest and most scenic parks in the state. It's home to deep canyons, sandstone cliffs, wild caves, waterfalls, cascading creeks, dense woodland, and wildlife, offering visitors tons of outdoor recreation opportunities.
29. Visit the largest Mandir outside of India
Where: Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Atlanta
A mandir is a place where Hindus go to worship, and this one located outside of Atlanta Georgia is the largest mandir of its kind outside of India. Completly open to the public, people come to see the beautiful pieces of intricately hand-carved Italian marble, Limestone, and pink sandstone situated on stunning landscaped grounds.
30. Take a memorable nature walk through Skidaway Island State Park
Where: 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah
If you're in the Savannah area and you're looking for a quick nature escape head to this state park for some stunning walking and biking trails. It's known for its particularly majestic Spanish moss trees and for also being very quiet, even on weekends.