Georgia is a state filled with history and entertainment.
The Peach State has more to it than SEC football, numerous country artists and a gigantic airport; it has gorgeous scenery, authentic history and genuine mysteries.
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You may want to visit some sites for their historic grandeur, while others are just for having a good ole time. Southern hospitality runs deep in Georgia and the Empire State of the South is always ready to show why it’s deserving of such a nickname.
Below are 10 key Georgia attractions worth taking in. Whether you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day near the coast in Savannah or spend your weekend trying different Coca-Cola products from around the world in Atlanta, the state of Georgia is ready to make sure it’s on your mind.
Fox Theatre - Atlanta
Located in Atlanta’s Midtown, Fox Theatre is Georgia’s hot spot for Broadway plays and the occasional concert. The theater is best known for its authentic interior. The auditorium itself replicates a night sky. Another portion of the “Fabulous Fox”, the Egyptian Ballroom, is modeled after Ramses II’s tomb. Whether you’re there for a show, or to tour the building, the Fox is worth a stop.
The Little White House - Warm Springs
What started as a spa town in West Central Georgia, Warm Springs reached its prominence during Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s four-term presidency. The president had polio and used the town’s mineral water as a way to ease pain caused by the disease. The house where FDR resided while visiting the town is now a museum open to the public. Also still in the community is Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation, which he founded.
Stone Mountain Park - Stone Mountain
Being no stranger to controversy, Stone Mountain is best known for the carving of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Alas, there’s much more to the park. During the summer months, Stone Mountain hosts a laser show and in the winter months brings fake snow to allow locals to sled. Besides those activities and hiking to the top, there’s an amusement park and a Skyride, making the historical area a hot spot in metro Atlanta.
Tybee Island - Chatham County
Georgia has a significant number of islands along its coastline, but none are as revered as Tybee Island. Just miles from the sites and sounds of Savannah, Tybee is a small community providing the beach feel Savannah can’t. Be sure to check out the lighthouse and Fort Pulaski, a Civil War stronghold. Tybee Island is also the easternmost point of the Peach State.
Georgia Guidestones - Elberton
Every state has at least one location shrouded in mystery and Georgia is no different. Located in Elberton, between Athens and Lake Hartwell, the Georgia Guidestones have attracted many to try and figure out what the inscriptions mean and what to expect in the future. Completed in 1979, the Guidestones have a Ten Commandments of sorts in several different languages. These “rules” include limiting Earth’s population to 500 million people and uniting humanity with one language.
World of Coca-Cola - Atlanta
Texans love their Dr. Pepper and North Carolinians love their Pepsi and Cheerwine; but the world’s most popular soda calls Georgia its home. When in Atlanta, a few dollars or MyCokeReward points will grant you access to the World of Coca-Cola near Centennial Olympic Park and CNN. Visitors get to learn the history of Coke, shop for souvenirs and most importantly, try free samples of Coke products around the world. Here’s a hint, avoid the Italian drink Beverly. Don’t worry, it’s no longer sold in Italy either.
St. Patrick’s Day Festival - Savannah
There are plenty of places globally where you can celebrate St. Patty’s Day, but celebrating in Savannah is a Southern rite of passage. The parade is the second largest in the U.S. and festivities occur in the city several days surrounding the holiday. Be sure to hang out and catch a drink at the City Market or River Street. If anyone says you’ll see the Savannah River green, either they had too much to drink or they’re fibbing. The city attempted to make it happen once, but ultimately failed.
Andersonville National Historic Site - Andersonville
One of the state’s darkest chapters can be found north of Americus in the small town of Andersonville. The Sumter County community is home to the Andersonville National Historic Site, where one of the most ruthless POW camps during the Civil War was located. Close to 50,000 Union soldiers were held captive in Andersonville and over 20 percent of those soldiers died in captivity. Visitors get to see firsthand the conditions soldiers were living in, as well as learn the history of one of the nation’s most deadly camps.
Georgia Aquarium - Atlanta
Georgia’s most recent main attraction to visit, the Georgia Aquarium, opened in 2005 and has drawn millions of visitors to its facilities. Deemed one of the largest aquariums in the world, the Georgia Aquarium has over 10 million gallons of saltwater and freshwater available for its many species to swim around in. Some of the more well-known critters the aquarium houses are: beluga whales, giant pacific octopus and sharks.
Oktoberfest - Helen
All Georgians and visitors alike must experience the beauty of North Georgia’s Mountains. No place better captures that beauty than the small White County town of Helen. Located north of Gainesville, Helen is a town modeled after a European Alpine village and attracts thousands of visitors annually. The town’s Oktoberfest runs for approximately six weeks and is modeled after the annual celebration in Munich, Germany. For an authentic Appalachian experience, be sure to take a stroll down Edelweiss Strasse during the celebration and walk alongside the Chattahoochee River.