Traveling in Georgia
Georgia is a state in the southeastern part of the country north of Florida and between Alabama and South Carolina. The city of Atlanta gets most of the attention in Georgia because of its history and dozens of major attractions. The next biggest city would be Savannah which is located on the Atlantic coast. Georgia’s geography is made up of subtropical forests and wetlands along the coast, and the beginning of the Appalachian mountains in the west. Georgia is pretty diverse with the big city life in Atlanta, historic Savannah, subtropical beaches and densely forested mountains.
Georgia’s capital and largest city, Atlanta has many attractions to keep travelers entertained. Atlanta is the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr, and holds a historic site and museum with details about King’s life. Coca-cola was also born in Atlanta and you can visit the World of Coca-Cola to get a history lesson on the worlds most popular soda. Right next to the world of Coca-cola are several other attractions such as the Georgia aquarium, the largest in the world, CNN center, and Centennial Olympic Park.
The highest point of Georgia, Brasstown Bald rises 4,783 feet (1,457 meters). The peak is mostly famous for beginning the southern starting point for the Appalachian trail, the world’s longest foot trail. There are plenty of hiking options in the Chattahoochee National Forest where the mountain is located. Also unique to these mountains are the Native American petroglyphs that they left behind. An extremely rare find in the eastern coast!
Spanish explorers had been along the Georgian coast long before the British arrived, but after several attacks by Indians they fled to Florida in the 16th century. In the 18th century the British made the first permanent Georgian colony of Savannah. The historic city is famous for its cultural heritage, southern architecture and even its Spanish moss. An old district that used to be 18th century warehouses has been converted into a strip with bars, restaurants and shops known as River Street.
One of the largest barrier islands in the world, Cumberland Island is slightly larger than New York City’s Manhattan. While Manhattan has about 1.6 million people on its island, Cumberland Island never allows more than 300 guests at a time. The island is a great escape for outdoor enthusiasts with its salt water marshes, sand dunes and beaches. Wildlife varies from armadillos, alligators to deer and wild horses.