Coca-Cola - Atlanta
The world’s most famous soft drink company is based in Atlanta. It was created by John Pemberton in 1886. Coke has expanded to also provide other drinks such as Sprite, Mello Yello and most recently, the return of Surge.
Waffle House - Avondale Estates
The original opened near Atlanta in the mid 1950s and has since expanded to thousands of locations in 25 states. The chain is known for its All-Star breakfast, hash browns that can be made thousands of different ways and being open 24/7/365.
Girl Scouts of the USA - Savannah
A stroll through Savannah’s many squares will bring you to the Juliette Gordon Low house, where the Girl Scouts of the USA was formed. Founded in 1912, the philanthropic group is known for empowering girls to be strong women and for those amazing Girl Scout cookies, sold annually.
Modern Music - Statewide
It doesn’t matter what genre of music you speak of, Georgia has its share of successful artists. Statewide, country artists such as Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan continue to make the charts. Atlanta is known for its thriving hip-hop scene, while Athens remains one the major breeding grounds of alternative and rock music.
The Walking Dead - Metro Atlanta
Filmed in Atlanta and the nearby cities of Zebulon and Peachtree City, “you can’t speak of the Georgia film industry without talking about the Walking Dead.” Many other movies and shows have been filmed in the state including “American Reunion” (Monroe), “Vampire Diaries” (Covington) and Tyler Perry’s Madea films (statewide).
Peanuts - Statewide
Peanuts are the main cash crop in the Peach State. Close to 49 percent of peanuts produced in the U.S. come from South Georgia. Former president Jimmy Carter grew up in South Georgia where his family grew the crop. You can also visit Ashburn to see the World’s Largest Peanut.
Chick-fil-A - Hapeville
If there’s one Georgia chain more renowned than Waffle House, it has to be Chick-fil-A. It was founded in the Atlanta suburb of Hapeville in 1946 and has kept its meals simple. The chain is known best for its chicken sandwiches, waffle fries and being closed on Sundays.
Zaxby's - Statesboro/Athens
Georgia is also home to Chick-Fil-A competitor Zaxby’s. The chain was founded in Statesboro in 1990 and not long after, moved its headquarters to Athens. Zaxby’s is best known for its Kickin’ Chicken Sandwich, fried pickles and Birthday Cake Milkshake.
Vidalia - Sweet Onion Capital of the World
The City of Vidalia cannot deny its tie to the most famous onion rightfully named after the city. The sweet onion variety was accidentally discovered in the 1930s and has been a legend ever since.
Southern Literature - Statewide
Georgia is the home to many famous Southern authors. Flannery O’ Connor hails from Milledgeville, Carson McCullers comes from Columbus and Lewis Grizzard is from Coweta County. The most well known is Atlanta native Margaret Mitchell, who wrote the novel “Gone With the Wind”. In the 1930s, the novel was turned into a cinematic masterpiece based in the 1860s American South.
Carpet - Dalton
About 20 miles south of Chattanooga and the Tennessee border lies Dalton, Georgia: The Carpet Capital of the World. Close to 90 percent of the world’s carpet is made in Whitfield County and the industry employees 30,000 people in Dalton.
The Masters - Augusta
Every April, all eyes turn to Augusta as the Masters Tournament starts. The tournament has been occurring since 1934 and is known as one of golf’s most elite tournaments. The winner receives a Green Jacket and joins the rank of professionals including Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson and Jack Nicklaus.
Anesthesia - Jefferson
Have you ever gone under the knife without any sort of numbing agent first? Hopefully not, and you can thank Jefferson’s Crawford Long for that very reason. In the 1840s, Long used ether to remove a tumor from a patient in the Jackson County town, long before other doctors and hospitals were using the method. A museum in his honor is open to visitors in Jefferson.
Martin Luther King Jr. - Atlanta
Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn neighborhood was the home of Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Everybody knows the path he forged for race relations in America and the successes that have come from it. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and his grave are in Atlanta, as is Ebeneezer Baptist Church, where he was a preacher.
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Sure, we’re known for our love of football, country music, sweet tea and parties, but there’s much more this state offers to the world.
When closing time hits the bars and you’re looking for somewhere to eat so the night won’t end, where do you go? Waffle House. When ordering a soda, for what are Southerners traditionally asking? A Coke. Who wins the fried chicken chain battle between Chick-fil-A and Zaxby’s? Georgia does.
Of course, we all know Georgia is more than just a few name brands and food chains. Millions turn on their televisions or go to theaters to see Georgia-produced media. Others flock to supermarkets to buy produce that Georgia farmers have grown—and trust us, peaches are only the tip of the iceberg.
Below are only a few examples of a very long list of things that come from here, because if we named all of the notable Georgia creations, you would be reading this list for hours on end. The following are sure to keep Georgia on your mind.