Step into Georgia and you’ll have one foot in the past and one in the future. Georgia is a state that is filled with history and culture. Visitors to this beautiful southern state can explore the past, present and future of its many unique cities. The Savannah Historic District provides a glimpse into Georgia’s antebellum past, while Atlanta’s CNN Center places Georgia front and center in the ever changing world of media and culture.
Some of America’s most influential landmarks can be found in Georgia including the home of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. When it’s time to head outdoors, attractions like Stone Mountain Peak or Amicalola Falls are popular destinations.
Stone Mountain Park
This park just east of Atlanta is a great destination for a trip that combines stunning scenery and small village shopping, but the mountain itself is the true reason to visit this attraction. Stone Mountain, as its name implies, is a large piece of exposed granite that is considered to be the largest in the world. The top of the mountain stands 800 feet above the land below and provides beautiful vistas of the park and downtown Atlanta.
Wild Adventures Theme Park is a 170-acre theme park, water park and animal park all in one for a great family attraction. Venture into the habitats of hundreds of exotic animals, or cool off in the region’s largest water park, Splash Island. The park features one of the South’s largest collections of rides including several large coasters. Sit back and enjoy popular concerts to entertain you throughout the park season.
For visitors who love snapping pictures and enjoying the beauty of cascading waterfalls, a trip Amicalola Falls in Dawsonville is an absolute must when in Georgia. These falls are the largest cascading falls east of the Mississippi River.
In the Amicalola Falls park area you can explore the scenery on one of many hiking trails or hike a trail to the top of the falls. There is also a trail connecting to the end of the Appalachian Trail.
Rock City features a long, convoluted rock trail lined with gardens containing over 400 local trees and plants. The trail also leads through a variety of unique and bizarre rock formations, including the 1,000 short tons Balanced Rock and Fat Man’s Squeeze. Two other sections, the Fairyland Caverns and Mother Goose Village, are rock caves. Rock City is a true marvel of nature featuring massive ancient rock formations and breathtaking panoramic views.
The enormous Georgia Aquarium was once the largest aquarium in the world with 120,000 animals of 500 species. Some of the interesting and popularly visited exhibits at the aquarium include whale sharks, beluga whales, bottle nose dolphins, and manta rays. The aquarium is also the only place outside of Asia where one can see whale sharks.
Some of the other popular exhibits are the Ocean Voyager exhibit tunnel, River Scout featuring North American fish, and exhibits featuring cold water fish and animals, and tropical fish.
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Fox Theatre, Atlanta
The Fox Theater is the focal point of the Fox Theater Historic District in midtown Atlanta. The theater features Moorish design as it was originally planned as part of a large shrine, but became a “movie palace,” when the Fox Theaters Franchise began. The Fox Theater is noted for its beautifully preserved design and its history as one of Atlanta’s most important theaters, hosting everything from movie premiers to Broadway plays.
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
This important historical area is a collection of several buildings on Auburn Avenue where the great civil rights leader grew up in the district of Sweet Auburn in Atlanta. The buildings that make up this historic site include a visitor center with a museum, a firehouse built in 1894, the “I Have a Dream” International World Peace Rose Garden, a memorial to Mohandas K. Gandhi, and the “International Civil Rights Walk of Fame.”
The most popular attractions at the historic site is the Ebenezer Baptist Church, the original church where Martin Luther King Jr. and his father served as pastors. The birth home of King is also a popular attraction.
World of Coca Cola
This permanent exhibition offers unique and interesting insight into the history of this international company. The World of Coca Cola features all sorts of Coca Cola art, music, and advertisements and memorabilia. Some of the highlights of the World of Coca Cola center include the “Milestones of Refreshment” a chronology of the company’s branding history, a working bottling line, the “Pop Culture Gallery,” and the “Taste It” exhibit which offers samples of 64 products offered by the company.
Savannah’s Historic District
Savannah is one of the most visited cities in Georgia due to its well preserved historic district. The district is a National Historic Landmark and one of the largest historic districts in the country covering almost the entire city of Savannah. Some of the popular buildings in the district are the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low founder of the Girl Scouts, Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences a historic museum, the First African Baptists Church.
The entire district is a popular destination for visitors. Throughout city streets visitors will see well-preserved 18th and 19th century architecture and beautiful courtyards.
The world headquarters of this famous news network is located in downtown Atlanta. The building itself has a unique history with various attractions like a skating rink, video arcade, and even a temporary indoor theme park being built and taken down over the years to be replaced with elements of CNN”s various news programs.
Visitors can go on a tour of the building after riding up the world’s longest freestanding escalator. The center is also filled with chain restaurants and stores, including a CNN Store.
Things to Do in Georgia
Georgia’s rich heritage and historical significance make it a prime destination for visitors who are interested in exploring America’s past, but the metropolis of Atlanta offers a great opportunity to learn about the present and future of one of America’s most influential states.