- Saltwater marshes Fringing the coastline, waist-high grasses transform both sunlight and shadow with their lyrical textures and shapes.
- Geechee culture Vestiges of Georgia's Black Republic, an independent state of freed slaves established on the barrier islands in the mid-19th century, remain at the Sapelo Island settlement of Hog Hammock.
- Horses of Cumberland Some 200 feral horses, descendants of horses abandoned by the Spanish in the 1500s, roam the wilderness of Cumberland Island.
- Jekyll Island Originally the exclusive winter retreat of America's exceptionally rich, this village of mansion-size "cottages" is now open to all.
- Go for a ride Jekyll Island has 20 miles of paved bike paths that traverse salt marshes, maritime forests, beaches, and the island's National Historic Landmark District.
Need a break from the big city? View 42-hour itineraries from 13 cities.More