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Visit the Georgia Aquarium, where you can see more than 120,000 animals of 500 different species in more than 8 million gallons of marine and fresh water. The world's largest aquarium houses whale sharks, beluga whales, touch tanks, 4-D theatre and Dolphin Show, perfect for all ages.
Be sure to visit the World of Coca-Cola at Pemberton Place™ in downtown Atlanta. It is the only place where you can explore the past, present and future of the world's best-known brand. See a 4-D movie experience, a fully operational bottling line and sample more than 70 Coca-Cola products around the world.
May we suggest lunch at The SunDial Restaurant Bar & View (atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza, the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere) offers breathtaking views of downtown Atlanta.
At the Inside CNN Atlanta Studio Tour, watch behind-the-scenes action of the newsroom, see what it takes to put a news broadcast together and even learn how the weather map works.
Visit Centennial Olympic Park, the world's gathering place during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. The park features the popular Fountain of Rings and many outdoor events during the summer months, including Wednesday WindDown, which is a free concert series every Wednesday from 5:30-8 p.m.
The Sweet Auburn district is the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site includes a visitors' center depicting the story of Dr. King and the civil rights movement; the restored King birth home; Ebenezer Baptist Church, where three generations of the King family preached; and Dr. King's burial site.
Don't miss the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame. Stand in the footprints and see the shoes of 17 civil rights leaders displayed as a tribute to the warriors of justice.
Or visit the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum, next to The Carter Center. The library includes a replica of the Oval Office and Jimmy Carter's Nobel Peace Prize, as well as traveling exhibits.
Enjoy dinner at one of Atlanta’s award winning restaurants either in the Downtown area or the upmarket Buckhead area.
Distance: 83 miles
Distance: 166 miles
The City of Savannah, laid out in 1733 by General James Oglethorpe is the first master planned community in America. Home to 24 squares, Savannah has a charm, a beauty that is unsurpassed in America. Along the way, see some of Savannah’s famous monuments which are dedicated to their leading citizens. Start your day and take a tour of Savannah’s breathtaking Historic District guided by ‘Savannah Dan’ who will provide a unique and highly entertaining insight to the city’s past and how the stunning architecture and sights made Savannah what it is today.
Following a traditional Southern lunch at either Mrs Wilkes Café or Paula Deen’s – Paula & Son’s hop on a trolley tour or work off lunch on foot exploring the 2.2 square mile National Historic District.
Sample more local cuisine and enjoy a final evening of Savannah entertainment.
Enjoy a leisurely morning in Savannah. Grab your flip flops and sunscreen and head for tiny Tybee Island this afternoon. Only a 30 mintue drive from Savannah, this island boasts 5 miles of unspoilt beaches. Here you can hang out on the beach, jump on a jet-ski, learn more about the creatures of the seas in the Tybee Marine Science Centre or climb the Tybee Light Station and marvel at views from the top. Tybee Island also has an abundance of beach front eateries where you can enjoy the Catch of the Day, or some delicious southern deep-fried dishes. Don't worry about the calories, you can walk it off afterwards.
Distance: 90 miles
Distance: 168 miles
Distance: 146 miles
Enjoy breakfast before making your way from Thomasville to Plains, Georgia, home to America’s 39th President – Jimmy Carter.
You’ll know Plains by the little green-and-white train depot and its water tower brightly painted with stars and stripes. A small town charm still clings to the town and its people.
Stop by the boyhood farm of President Jimmy Carter where you can stroll along a walking path and read about the farm and family - even listen to President Carter share stories of his child-hood. The farm is restored to its appearance before electricity was installed in 1939.
Drive from Plains to Columbus on the Chattahoochee River which forms the border between Georgia and Alabama.
From Broadway shows to the State Theatre of Georgia, Columbus offers an array of venues with world-class entertainment. From the history of the foot soldier, the Civil War and prisoners of war, Columbus is home to nationally acclaimed museums. Stroll back to genteel times with a guided tour of the Columbus Historic District where brick streets, ancient oaks and century-old homes are the order of the day.
Be sure to take in the city’s renowned Riverwalk, The Coca-Cola Space Science Centre or the very impressive National Infantry Museum in Columbus, near Fort Benning, Georgia.
Distance: 173 miles
After lunch, head for your overnight stop in Rome, north Georgia. Few southern cities can boast the beauty and charm of this delightful spot. Tucked in the foothills of the ancient Appalachian Mountains, Rome’s three rivers, Etowah, Ostanaula and Coosa frame the downtown district. Rich with history, explore the cities many historical buildings, sites and cemeteries. Visit the Oak Hill & Martha Berry Museum, the Myrtle Hill Cemetery or for the more adventurous, take a kayakthrough the cool waters of America’s most diverse ecosystem.
Distance: 80 miles
Distance: 92 miles
You may decide to extend your stay and spend a few days in New Orleans or perhaps a visit to Gracelands in Memphis.
Call the travel specialists at Bon Voyage to discuss your perfect Back Roads of Georgia adventure.