Places To Visit in Georgia, USA

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Located in the USA's Southeast region, Georgia is bordered by South Carolina, Florida, and Alabama. Located in the USA's Southeast region, Georgia is bordered by South Carolina, Florida, and Alabama. If you’re planning to visit this State, I’ve included the best places to visit in Georgia, USA below. Happy planning!

Places To Visit in Georgia

The Atlanta skyline at dusk

Atlanta 

The capital of Georgia, USA is Atlanta, a bustling city that's home to a plethora of museums. I spent 5 nights in Atlanta and was surprised by what there was to do in the city.

Start off by checking out the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, where you can learn all about the civil rights movement. Then head to the Georgia Aquarium, one of the biggest in the world, where you can see all sorts of sea creatures. If you're into art, the High Museum of Art is definitely worth a visit or spend some time at the Atlanta History Center learning about the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, Southern folk art, and the city's growth and development. 

If you're a sporty Girl about the Globe, you can catch a game at the awesome Mercedes-Benz Stadium or geek out at the College Football Hall of Fame.

If you're a nature lover, don't miss your chance to explore Atlanta's parks. Take a stroll in Piedmont Park, or the Atlanta Botanical Garden or see the five-ringed fountain in Centennial Olympic Park, a remnant from the 1996 Summer Olympics. And of course, make sure to eat your heart out with the delicious variety of Southern cuisine Atlanta has to offer.

* Solo tip – “Make sure to visit Athens! It's home of the University of GA and has a thriving music scene. It was the hometown of the bands, REM and B-52s and you can find lots of cool shops, record stores and breweries here!” – Jill, solo female traveller from the USA. 

Places To Visit in Georgia

Macon, one of the best cities to visit in Georgia

Macon

Located in the heart of Georgia, Macon is a fantastic city to visit. With its deep-rooted history, architectural marvels, and a vibrant musical legacy, Macon truly has something for every type of solo. 

See the rich heritage of the region showcased at the Ocmulgee Indigenous Celebration held every September. Delve into the past at the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park, where ancient Native American mounds stand as testaments to a bygone era.

Or just indulge in the local culture by strolling through the farmers and craft markets,  To complete your visit, savour the flavours of the local cuisine, which offers a fusion of Southern and international influences. There are many things to do in Macon, so you can definitely spend more than a weekend here. 

Places To Visit in Georgia, USA

Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia

Savannah

Head to Savannah, Georgia, the oldest city in the state with a rich history. This charming coastal destination seamlessly blends historic towns, bustling ports, and beautiful architecture. Dive into the city's fascinating past as a hub for silent movies, where Hollywood history was quietly made.

Take leisurely strolls through the picturesque streets, guided by the whispers of history, and experience the legendary Southern hospitality that will make you feel right at home. Don't miss the enchanting Forsyth Park, with its main promenade and iconic white fountain that adds a touch of elegance to the surroundings.

Savannah is also famous for being “America's Most Haunted City,” where ghostly tales and mysterious legends come alive as night falls. Explore the expansive National Historic Landmark District, where each corner holds untold stories just waiting to be discovered.

Venture north of Savannah and find yourself transported back in time to witness Georgia's vibrant past. Dallas boasts Pickett's Mill, a serene natural area that was once a fierce Civil War battlefield. Explore the sacred grounds and pay tribute to the brave souls who fought there. Don't forget to visit the museum, where you can dive deeper into their stories.

In Chatsworth, you'll stumble upon the remarkably preserved Vann House, a 19th-century Cherokee home that offers a glimpse into Georgia's indigenous heritage. Step inside and be whisked away to a bygone era, surrounded by historical artefacts that bring the lives and traditions of its former residents back to life.

And for all the history solo, a visit to the Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site in Cartersville is a must. Uncover 400 years of Mississippian culture that thrived for centuries. Roam among the awe-inspiring mounds and explore informative exhibits that paint a vivid picture of their ancient lives, rituals, and achievements.

Places To Visit in Georgia, USA

The cobbled streets of Savannah where you can take a walk back in history

Vidalia

Home to some sweet-smelling Southern flavours, Vidalia is known for its sweet onions and even has its own Onion Museum. It's one of the places to visit in Georgia for food lovers.  

You can take a tour to see how onions are grown and processed here. In the afternoon, you can mingle with farmers while browsing for arts and crafts at the market on Madison. Then sample one of Georgia's best brews at the Eagle Creek Brewing Company.

When the sun goes down, head to Main Street for finger-lickin' barbecue and explore cool little shops for unique gifts. Make sure to check out the Sweet Onion Nature Reserve for a relaxing nature walk. Vidalia has that perfect blend of Southern charm and equally amazing food.

Places To Visit in Georgia, USA

A wooden house in the Georgia mountains

Northeast Georgia Mountains

If you're a nature lover and enjoy a good glass of wine, forget about the busy cities and head to the mountains! Just a quick 45-minute drive outside of Atlanta, you'll find the Northeast Georgia Mountains region. It's the perfect place to satisfy your cravings for both stunning natural beauty and delicious wines. Explore the region's wineries and treat your taste buds to some fantastic wine tasting sessions.

You'll also stumble upon some incredible waterfalls where you can cool off with a refreshing swim. After a day of adventures and wine, kick back and relax at a fancy spa resort, where you can pamper yourself silly. It's a dreamy getaway that combines nature's wonders with the pleasures of wine – an experience you won't want to miss!

Places To Visit in Georgia, USA

Get adventurous on the Chattachoee River (photo by Tammy Brooks)

Chattahoochee River

If you prefer a little more adventure, you can try your paddling skills on the rapids of the Chattahoochee River. Feel the rush as you navigate through the exhilarating twists and turns, challenging yourself against the powerful currents. For those seeking a more laid-back experience, you can choose to take it easy and indulge in relaxation at one of the area's picturesque lakes.

Surround yourself with serene beauty as you soak up the sun, go for a leisurely swim, or simply enjoy a picnic by the tranquil waters. Additionally, a must-visit destination is Tallulah Falls, a breathtaking waterfall nestled within the enchanting Tallulah Gorge State Park. Take in the awe-inspiring views and immerse yourself in the rich history of this magnificent gorge, learning about its geological wonders and fascinating past.

The Chattahoochee National Forest is located along the Chattahoochee River. The forest spans across northern Georgia and encompasses a vast area of approximately 750,000 acres. The river flows through the forest and serving as an important water source for the region. As well as hiking, fishing and spotting wildlife, you can also camp along the picturesque Chattahoochee River.

 
Places To Visit in Georgia, USA

Atlanta, Georgia, USA downtown skyline at dusk

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, located in the southeast of Georgia, is a breathtaking natural wonder and is one of the most beautiful natural spots you can find in Georgia. Located in the southeast, this vast sanctuary encompasses over 400,000 acres of pristine wilderness. With its scenic hiking trails, tranquil boat tours, and opportunities for kayaking, the refuge is a paradise for outdoor lovers.

Home to an astounding variety of wildlife, including over 200 species of birds, it is a haven for birdwatchers. The refuge also boasts diverse ecosystems, from cypress forests to wetlands, showcasing the beauty of nature at every turn. 

Places To Visit in Georgia

Stone Mountain Park, Georgia's most visited attraction

Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain Park is a classic attraction in Georgia. It is the most visited attraction in the State and is a fantastic park where you can enjoy numerous activities. The Summit Skyride, a must-try attraction, allows guests to ascend to the pinnacle of the mountain, offering breathtaking panoramic views as you soar through the sky. 

For those seeking a glimpse into the rich history of the region, the Stone Mountain Museum stands as a treasure trove of knowledge and cultural heritage, showcasing its geological wonders, indigenous inhabitants, and events that have shaped its unique identity. Make sure to explore its historic houses, each with its own fascinating tale.

You can also indulge in a scenic train ride to see the park's picturesque landscapes. As you sit back and relax, allow the rhythmic chugging of the train and the gentle breeze to transport you through the beautiful landscapes. It's the perfect place for history and nature solos. N.b.Bear in mind that this attraction is controversial as Stone Mountain was the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan so you may not choose to visit it. 

Places To Visit in Georgia

Cumberland Island, one of the best places to visit in Georgia, USA

Cumberland Island

If you are looking for a unique place in Georgia, Cumberland Island is the answer. It is one of the largest islands in Georgia and is home to more than a 17 mile coastline with secluded and sandy beaches. You can access the island by taking a 45-minute ferry ride from St. Mary’s, a beautiful small town rich in history.

Once on the island, the best way to explore is on foot, immersing yourself in the untouched natural beauty. Alternatively, you can rent a bike to traverse the island's trails. Spend the day relaxing by the beach, feeling the gentle ocean breeze, or venture inland to visit the hauntingly beautiful Dungeness Mansion ruins. Don't forget to keep an eye out for the famous wild horses that roam freely across the island, adding to its enchanting charm.

Places To Visit in Georgia, USA

Jekyll Island, one of Georgia's Golden Isles (photo by Charly Louise)

Golden Isles of Georgia

During your time in Georgia, you don’t want to miss visiting the Golden Isles of Georgia, situated between Savannah and Jacksonville. Georgia’s Golden Isles include St. Simons Islands, Little St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island, and Sea Island, among others. Each island has its own distinct charm and attractions.

Jekyll Island, one of the most popular destinations in the area, offers a wealth of experiences. One highlight is Driftwood Beach, a captivating stretch of shoreline renowned for its stunning beauty. Additionally, you can explore the Sea Turtle Center, which provides a fascinating insight into the conservation efforts for these incredible creatures.

For history solos, the Wanderer Memory Trail offers an opportunity to delve into the island's intriguing past. With its diverse offerings, Jekyll Island ensures a memorable visit to the Golden Isles of Georgia.

Places To Visit in Georgia, USA

There are so many museums to visit in Atlanta

Georgia Tours

There are so many places to visit in Georgia, from touring the state's historic and cosmopolitan cities to exploring islands along the central coast to enjoying a glass or two of the region's wine. I've listed some of the popular tour companies to book your activities below. 

Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide helps you to find top-rated day tours and activities in Louisiana. Choose from a 5 hour Atlanta city tour, a modern Southern food tour of historic Inman Park or a Georgia wine country tour.

There are several to choose from including an Atlanta CityPASS, a Savannah boat cruise with lunch, or a ghosts and gravestones trolley tour in Savannah, and it’s really simple to use. Just check the reviews, price and availability then book online. Read my Get Your Guide review  or click the link below for all their tours.Check all Get Your Guide tours, prices and availability

Viator – Viator are similar to Get Your Guide. They are an American company and a tour platform with more than 345,000 tours and worldwide activities. They also offer an Atlanta sightseeing bus tour, a Martin Luther King Jr. history tour, and a sixth sense Savannah walking tour. Read my Viator review or click the link for all their tours.Check all Viator tours, prices and availability

Intrepid Travel – If you’re searching for some company to explore the USA with, Intrepid Travel is a responsible travel company that offers a Southern Comfort USA tour. Over 12 days experience the real Southern hospitality of the country’s Deep South from New Orleans to Charleston. Intrepid operate a flexible booking policy so you can change your travel plans up to 21 days before departure. Read our Intrepid Review here or click on the link below for the itinerary. Click here for Intrepid itineraries, price and start dates

Places To Visit in Georgia, USA

Where To Stay in Georgia

Georgia has several types of accommodation to choose from. You’ll find plenty of 3 and 4-star international chain hotels within Atlanta or if you prefer to camp or travel there in an RV there are campgrounds outside of the city. Atlanta has a good system called the MARTA so even if you choose to stay at an airport hotel you can take the train into the city.

In Savannah, in addition to 3 & 4-star hotels there are cosy inns and suites to choose from. Plus there’s Airbnb which offers rooms with a local and rental accommodation within Georgia on a short-term basis. You can stay in a private room in a local's house or rent their whole apartment.

All of the accommodation below have been recommended by solo female travellers from our Girls about the Globe community and come with our Solo Female Friendly endorsement. 

* To book, check prices or availability for all accommodation in Georgia

Atlanta – Reverb by Hard Rock

Located in Atlanta Downtown, this stylish 4-star hotel has a swanky rooftop bar and stylish lobby, and even a fitness room with a view. The rooms are clean and cosy and some have a view of the stadium. If you love your music there’s live music and mini sound booths. There’s even a hotel guitar to play! The staff are really friendly and the whole place has a great vibe. Choose from a single room, a standard or deluxe king room or a standard double or deluxe room.

Atlanta – The Candler Hotel Atlanta

Built in 1906, this hotel is just stunning and is one of the Historic Places in Atlanta. It has been beautifully restored in a classic style with art deco and marble columns that you feel as though you’re in a classical museum. It’s well situated and close to the High Museum of Art and the MARTA, making it easy to get around. Choose from a king or queen room or. Deluxe king or queen with a city view. You can also upgrade to a one-bedroom suite. 

Savannah – The DeSoto

Located in the heart of the historic area, and The DeSoto is in a central location. On the second-floor, you’ll find a swimming pool and terrace with fountains and fire pits plus you can enjoy a cocktail or two at the cabana bar. There’s a lively lobby and they also offer a “Sip & Stroll’ walking tour. Plus there are three different places to eat onsite offering farm-to-table eateries and if you’re lucky you may experience some live music on a weekend evening or for brunch. Choose from a double room or king room poolside, a double room skyline, a corner king room or a king or double room skyline with a balcony.

Savannah – Olde Harbour Inn

For those preferring to stay in a historic property, the Olde Harbour Inn dates back to 1812 and is one of the historic inns of Savannah. It’s close to many restaurants and shops  with a great character and charm including the staff. You can mingle with the other guests at Happy Hour or just choose to make the most of your comfortable room and prepare your own food there. Choose from a one-bedroom king or queen suite with a street view or a two-bedroom suite with a river view or balcony.

Planning a Trip to Georgia

Driving To Atlanta

For those who prefer the freedom of the open road consider hiring an RV and driving yourself around the USA stopping in Georgia on the way. As a solo traveller, you’ll have plenty of space for your accommodation, your own transport and possibly a kitchenette too. RVshare allows you to compare RV rates from different brands and find local owners near you. In most cases, they deliver to a specific location or park, so the home-away-from-home will be ready and waiting for you on arrival. Plus, you can bring your pet! Prices start from $75 a night. * Book a campervan with RVshare

Facts

Budget – $150 USD + a day 

Capital –  Atlanta

Population – 10.62 million

Language spoken – English

Local Currency – US Dollar 

Do I need a visa? 

Vaccinations Required 

Useful Info

Airlines to Louisiana 

The Best Time to Go – May 

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Events and Festivals in Georgia 

Local Cost Guide 

Local Customs & Etiquette 

Where can I fly from here?

  • Orlando – 1.5 hours
  • Chicago – 2 hours
  • Miami – 2 hours

(* All from Atlanta)

Frequently Asked Questions About Georgia, USA

  • What is Georgia, USA, most known for? Georgia, USA, is famous for its important African American history, wonderful natural spaces and delicious peaches!
  • What are three attractions in Georgia? Three incredible attractions in Georgia are the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Savannah Historic District and Stone Mountain Park.
  • Why should I visit Georgia, USA? You should visit Georgia because of its natural beauty, emblematic historical buildings, and museums. 

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