Your best bets in the Empire State of the South.
In a state with a burgeoning metropolis, a modest amount of coastline, and ample mountains, the list of things to do in Georgia is about as varied as Georgia itself. Head into nature with a hike up a waterfall, or, if history is calling, make your way to Atlanta’s Michael C. Carlos Museum to visit relics thousands of years old.
Hike Up A Waterfall
At 720 feet high, Amicalola Falls is easily the tallest waterfall in Georgia. Be sure to grab your most trustworthy pair of hiking shoes as you walk up hundreds of steps to the top. There are small bridges to cross and plenty of gorgeous scenery. For a less tiring hike, try Angel Falls or Blue Hole Falls.
INSIDER TIPFor those visiting Amicalola Falls State Park, a Georgia State Park pass ($5) is required for each vehicle.
Sample Wines At A Winery
North Georgia, in particular, serves as a go-to destination for oenophiles and wine enthusiasts throughout the state. Make a weekend out of your wine excursion with a trip to Chateau Elan, a luxury winery, and resort. They offer a premium wine tasting for $35 per person which includes samples of limited release wines and vintages. Once you’ve found your new favorite wine, visit the resort’s spa for a Refresher Facial or head to the Chateau Elan Golf Club for time on the green.
Sip And Nosh Your Way Down River Street
If you find yourself in Savannah, be sure to bring your appetite and a good pair of walking shoes. River Street in Savannah runs along the Savannah River and is brimming with an assortment of restaurants. Not in the market for anything in particular? Strolling down River Street, you’ll have the opportunity to indulge in everything from gourmet candy, to shrimp and grits. And for those of drinking age, a frozen daiquiri from Wet Willie’s is a must.
Make A Splash At The Georgia Aquarium
The Georgia Aquarium is home to more than 100,000 animals. Once inside, you’ll find whale sharks, beluga whales, and colorful angelfish. They also host a variety of events geared towards the 21-and-over crowd. Their annual fundraiser, Aqua Vino, features wines from around the world and bites from Atlanta’s most notable restaurants.
INSIDER TIPAdmission to the aquarium is free on your birthday.
Stroll Through The State Botanical Garden Of Georgia
Despite Athens’ reputation as a college town, the city is home to one of the most expansive botanical gardens in the state. The State Botanical Garden of Georgia boasts over 300 acres and features a five-mile nature trail. They also have a focus on stewardship and education, providing culinary, horticultural, and other programs for all ages.
View Ancient Mummies At The Michael C. Carlos Museum
Located on the campus of Emory University, the Michael C. Carlos Museum is home to a substantial collection of Ancient Egyptian and Nubian antiquities, as well as mummies. In addition to hosting special exhibits, the museum holds a number of lectures and events that are open to the public.
Hit The Green
Visit Bonaventure Cemetery
It’s not often that you find yourself casually strolling around a cemetery, but Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery is hauntingly beautiful and definitely worth a visit. Although the cemetery, which is on the grounds of a former plantation, opened to the public in 1907, it gained popularity following the 1994 release of John Berendt’s novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The novel features the cemetery’s famous Bird Girl statue on its cover.
INSIDER TIPMany tour companies in Savannah offer ghost tours through Bonaventure Cemetery.
Cumberland Island Camping Or Mansion Living
Planning a trip to Cumberland Island? Be prepared to either rough it or glam it up. The island offers few accommodations, leaving visitors with the option of either camping on the island or dishing out some serious dough for a room at the famed Greyfield Inn. There is no in-between on this island, where Carolyn Bessette and John F. Kennedy Jr. famously wed in 1996.
Check Out A Live Show In Athens
While cities like Nashville and New Orleans have gained nationwide fame as music towns, the city of Athens is just as noteworthy for its music scene and live music venues, from The Foundry to 40 Watt Club. Among the iconic bands who got their start performing in this college town are R.E.M. and The B-52’s.