Every state has those iconic experiences that really make your vacation special. These are the ones you and your family should not miss in Georgia.
See Stone Mountain
Stone Mountain Park is Georgia’s most visited attraction. Stone Mountain Park offers 3,200 acres of year-round fun, including the world’s largest laser-light show in the summer and snow tubing in the winter. The largest high relief sculpture in the world, the Confederate Memorial Carving on the mountain, depicts three Confederate heroes of the Civil War: President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Ride a cable car to the top or hike the one-mile path; either way, you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views of the Atlanta skyline.
At Memorial Hall, visitors can see the carving’s original designs, scale models and an 11-minute feature film. Other attractions include Summit Skyride, Ride the Ducks, Antebellum Plantation and Farmyard, The Great Barn, Camp Highland Outpost, Scenic Railroad, Great Locomotive Chase Adventure, Geyser Towers, golf and museums.
Savannah offers hundreds of tours. There are culinary tours like the First Squares Food Tour that sample Southern cuisine. History buffs may choose from trolley, carriage, and walking tours of Savannah’s Historic District, while those looking for something a little spookier may try one of many ghost tours in “America’s Most Haunted City.” There are even tours where visitors can watch dolphins off the shores of nearby Tybee Island.
The Okefenokee Swamp is considered to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia. “Okefenokee” was the name used by the indigenous Creeks and was believed to mean, “Land of Trembling Earth.” The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge spans more than 400,000 acres and is filled with cypress trees, water lilies, and prairies. Outdoor adventurers from near and far come to southwest Georgia to paddle the largest blackwater swamp in North America. Paddle a portion of the Okefenokee’s 120 miles of boat trails or hike one of the refuge’s many land trails to see a variety of alligators, birds, and even bears.
Sample Georgia peanuts
Georgia grows more peanuts than any other state, so you can’t come here without snacking on a handful (or two). There’s no better place to try them than Plains, Georgia, situated in the heart of the state’s “Peanut Belt.” Plains is also the birthplace of U.S. President Jimmy Carter (a former peanut farmer.) Be sure to see the giant peanut statue that features the president’s famous smile.
See Rock City
Located atop Lookout Mountain, six miles from downtown Chattanooga, Rock City is a true marvel of nature featuring massive 200-million-year-old rock formations, gardens with more than 400 different native plant species, and panoramic views of seven states. As you wander the fourteen acres of trails, caves, waterfalls, and plant life at Rock City Gardens, don’t miss Swing-a-Long Bridge or Mother Goose Village.
Taste an icon at the World of Coca-Cola
Atlanta is the home of Coca-Cola, so celebrate the world’s most popular soda with a trip to the World of Coca-Cola. Experience the history of the world’s most famous soft drink at the dynamic, multimedia home of the 125-year-old secret formula for Coca-Cola. Get closer than ever before to the vault containing the secret recipe, and see the fully functioning bottling line that produces a commemorative glass bottle of Coca-Cola for every guest. View more than 1,200 never-before-displayed artifacts, take a trip around the world in a thrilling 4-D movie experience and tempt your taste buds with more than 60 beverages from around the globe. Learn about the history of Coke and its effect on pop culture before sampling more than 100 flavors from around the world.
Thirsty for more? Head to Columbus to visit the Pemberton House, former residence of pharmacist John Stith Pemberton, who formulated Coca-Cola. An original outbuilding houses a vintage apothecary shop.
You haven’t tried a peach until you’ve tried a Georgia peach. More than 40 varieties of fresh Georgia peaches are available from mid-May through August. Most orchards are located in Crawford, Peach, Taylor, and Macon counties in the heart of the state. Take a peaceful and scenic drive through some of the state’s rich farming history. Sample a few at some of Georgia’s oldest and largest peach orchards. Enjoy some homemade peach ice cream while sitting in a wooden white rocking chair on a warm Georgia day at Dickey Farm in Musella. Or visit Lane Southern Orchards in Fort Valley. You will find a variety of unique food items in the gift shop—Muscadine cider, peach cider, peach jam, frozen peach cobblers, and peach wine The Lane family has been growing peaches in GA for over 100 years.