Georgia Travel Guide
Georgia is home to the oldest state park in the country and contains sixty-five endangered animal and plant species. The landscape includes the Appalachian Mountains in the north, with the Atlantic coast in the southeast. The state is the biggest producer of pecans, peanuts, and Vidalia onions. Keep reading to learn more about traveling this state!
First, a little history…
Georgia was founded in 1732 to protect the southern colonies from Spanish invasion. Initially, the boundaries of Georgia were even larger and included much of Alabama and Mississippi. Georgia was the 13th and the last of the British colonies. In the early 20th century, Georgia was the first state to give women the right to vote. The state is also famous for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which Martin Luther King, Jr, formed. The organization later played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement.
The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is the world’s fourth largest aquarium and has 100,000 aquatic animals. The enormous aquarium is divided into different themes that focus on various aspects of marine life. For example, cold Water Quest explores cold water life, which includes Japanese spider crabs and Australian sea dragons. In the River Scout exhibit, you can see the emerald tree boas, albino alligators, and piranha. The aquarium also houses whale sharks and manta rays in its 6.3 million gallon Ocean Voyager.
Lookout Mountain is located at the border between Tennessee and Georgia and is known for being the scene of a battle during the Civil War. On clear days, you will have a fantastic view of the various points in seven states from the top of the cliff. The nature park along the rocky ridge of the mountain has gardens, art installations, stone bridges, and a mushroom-shaped balancing rock. Many seasonal festivals and events are held in the park throughout the year, including a Halloween festival with a corn maze.
World of Coca-Cola
Atlanta is the birthplace of the world’s most famous drink, Coca-Cola. You can find out about the drink’s history through the colorful and fascinating exhibits. The latest exhibit in the museum is the Scent Discovery which lets you test your sense of smell. You can also explore the origins of various other fragrances.
Callaway Gardens is a leisure center located on Pine Mountain. The garden has artificial lakes and butterfly houses. Besides the hiking and cycling trails, Callaway Gardens is also home to Robin Lake, the world’s largest man-made white sand beach.
Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain is 863 feet high and sticks out from the surrounding area because of its bald dome. Between 1923 and 1970, a sculpture of three Confederate leaders was carved into the mountain’s eastern side, which has caused controversy in recent years. A cable car takes you to the top of the summit for breathtaking views of the Atlanta skyline.
Some other notable places:
Augusta Canal Discovery Center
Chattahoochee National Forest
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
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