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  • Rome and the Chieftans Trail. Named after Italy's Eternal City.
  • Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. It was here in 1863 that Union and Confederate forces fought for control of Chattanooga, the gateway to the Deep South. It’s considered one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.
  • Dahlonega. Georgia’s gold rush town, Dahlonega today boasts a charming town square and has emerged as a hot spot for viticulture in the state.
  • Helen and the Sautee Nacoochee Valley. Beautiful mountain scenery, a thriving art and crafts scene, and a touch of Alpine kitsch.
  • Clayton. The gateway to North Georgia's mountains
  • Hiawassee, Young Harris, and Lake Chatuge. Sparkling blue lakes, gorgeous state parks, winding scenic mountain highways, and Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia.
  • Blue Ridge and Ellijay. Rolling mountain landscapes, abundant outdoor activities, small-town charm, and a scenic railway keep visitors flocking to Blue Ridge and Ellijay.
  • Macon. Known for its colorful cherry trees and historic homes and as the birthplace of many of Georgia’s famed musicians, Macon exudes Southern charm.
  • Milledgeville. This quiet college town, home to writer Flannery O’Connor, was the state capital before Atlanta “stole” it away in 1868. The former state capitol, governor’s mansion, and many other buildings survived the Civil War and are part of the fabric of Milledgeville.
  • Eatonton. Home to celebrated Georgia authors, this quaint small town sits in the heart of Georgia’s lake country.
  • Madison. One of Georgia’s oldest and largest national historic districts, Madison boasts beautifully preserved antebellum homes and a quaint town square filled with antiques shops and charming cafés.
  • Athens. Home to the University of Georgia, this vibrant college town offers museums, historic homes, and a dining, bar, and music scene that will keep you busy for days.
  • Augusta. Georgia’s second-oldest city, Augusta celebrates its colonial roots. It also has a rich tradition of golfing, with the Masters Tournament focusing the attention of the world on Augusta each spring

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