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Family Vacations to Georgia

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Georgia – Family Vacation Guide

The last of the 13 original colonies offers historical getaways to its cities such as Savannah and Atlanta; mountain explorations in the North Georgia Mountains, the base of the Appalachians; and extremely beautiful islands along its touch of coastline above Florida.

Why Go

Georgia’s mild winters give way to long springs, hot summers and long falls, making this an evergreen destination for families. It has mountains, lakes, beaches, small towns and sprawling cities. Southern charm is in full force here, from the cobblestone streets of Savannah to the rich history of Atlanta. Get ready for beautiful architecture and surprise beaches on your trip to Georgia.

Where to Go

Atlanta

The Capital of the South, Atlanta is so hot its nickname is Hotlanta. The city offers professional and college sports, entertainment and history in spades. The Georgia Aquarium is the largest in the country and features impressive exhibits and opportunities to get unclose and personal with sea life. This is the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., and kids can learn about his teachings and Civil Rights at the museum dedicated to the man. SunTrust Park, the new home of the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball team, was built at an astounding $622 million and features high-tech innovations and entertainment. The Fabulous Fox Theatre debuted¬†Gone With the Wind just down the street from author Margaret Mitchell’s home, and today showcases Broadway touring performances. Another great find in the city for kids is the award-winning Center for the Puppetry of Arts.

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North Georgia Mountains

Just an hour north begins the Appalachian Trail, and every April, hordes of hikers set off on the journey to Maine. Families don’t have to go quite so far to enjoy great hikes, waterfalls, and river tubing. Gold was mined in these hills and although you won’t find gold today, you’ll still strike gold on your getaway in Dahlonega and the Bavarian-styled town of Helen.

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Golden Isles

For even more gold, visit the Golden Isles. This collection of barrier islands on Georgia’s sliver of coast above Florida includes Tybee, Cumberland and Sea Island. John F. Kennedy Jr. was married on the private Cumberland Island, where wild horses roam. Tybee, a bit more kitschy, is home to mini golf and seafood shacks, while Sea Island boasts the luxury sprawling resort of the same name that is a destination in and of itself.

Savannah

Step back into the traditional Old South and walk the cobbled and moss-strewn streets of this historic city near the coast. Stroll along River Street for shopping and dining, or explore the 22 squares filled with gardens that make up the heart of town.

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Augusta

You won’t earn a Green Jacket at the Masters, but you can see the world’s best golfers during the annual Professional Golf Association grand dame. When the pros aren’t visiting, explore the area’s many public courses.

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Getting Around

You’ll need a car to get around this large state, including when in Atlanta, notoriously known for poor public transportation and traffic. The MARTA train from the airport can easily get you into the heart of the city.

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