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Travel tips for visiting the state of Georgia

Whether it’s big city glamour that you’re after, a beach vacation, or a peaceful weekend in the mountains, the state of Georgia has it all. It may not get the same press as its neighbor Florida, but there is plenty to do and see whether you’re traveling solo, with friends or with your family. You can hike part of the Appalachian Trail, party in Atlanta and watch wild horses on the beach, all in the space of a few days, or you can spend all your time in just one location.

In this article you can find some travel tips for visiting the state of Georgia.

Making a budget for visiting the state of Georgia

Georgia has options for just about every budget. Your first step should be to figure out how much you have to spend so you’ll have a better idea of the range of options available to you. Planning a vacation on a budget to the state of Georgia can be daunting, but it is perfectly doable if you know where to look. Here are five Georgia vacation destinations that can help to make your Georgia trip budget friendly.

While credit cards are one way of paying for your vacation to Georgia, their interest rates tend to be very high, and a better alternative might be to take out a personal loan. You can find out your eligibility and see what payment options are available to you from online lenders.

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When to visit the state of Georgia?

With hot, humid summers and mild winters, Georgia is a year-round destination. If you like sunny weather, you should visit one of the beautiful Georgian beaches in June, July or August.

In the fall, when the leaves are turning, the mountains can be beautiful for scenic drives. It’s a great time to discover the most popular state parks for leaf watching, like Amicalola Falls, Fort Mountain, and Cloudland Canyon.

It can get well below freezing and snow in the winter, especially the further north you go, but these very cold conditions rarely last for long in most parts of the state. Just because it’s winter in Georgia doesn’t mean it’s time to stop exploring the state! Also in winter there are plenty of exciting things to do in Georgia. Think about snow tubing at Lanier Islands, ice skating at the Ice Rink of Sugar Hill, indulging yourself in a spa treatment or sampling seasonal beers while following the Athens Beer Trail.

How to travel to the state of Georgia

The busiest airport in the world is located in Atlanta and offers easy connections to almost anywhere if you decide to fly in and then rent a car for more exploration. There are also several smaller regional airports, and there are Amtrak stations in Atlanta, Gainesville, Jesup, Savannah, and Toccoa, although these are not all part of the same train line.

What are great cities to visit in Georgia?

Besides the vibrant, sprawling capital, Atlanta, there are a number of other notable cities in Georgia. One of the most popular for tourists, is the state’s oldest city, Savannah, set on the river of the same name in the southeast corner of the state. Savannah has a beautiful, historic downtown, and its live oaks draped in Spanish moss are especially picturesque. It’s known for it’s beautiful coastal landscapes and well-preserved architecture.

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Other notable cities include Augusta, home to the annual Masters golf tournament, and Athens, known in particular for its indie and alternative music scene in the 1980s.

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The outdoors of Atlanta

As long as you aren’t looking to go skiing or participate in most other winter sports, Georgia offers a wealth of outdoor activities. Many of its most popular beaches are actually islands, with perhaps the most unique being Cumberland Island, which is only accessible by ferry and prohibits cars. It’s known for its wild horses, and you can stay in the island’s hotel or at one of its campgrounds.

Moving inland, the Okefenokee Swamp is a fascinating national wildlife refuge that offers canoeing, kayaking, guided boat tours and more.

The northern part of the state is home to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the start of the 2200-mile Appalachian Trail that runs all the way to Maine.


As you can read, there’s so much to explore in Georgia. I hope these tips help you to better plan your trip to the state of Georgia.

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