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From its pivotal role in the Civil War and its leadership in the civil rights movement, to its championship golf courses, gardens and music festivals, Georgia offers a rich heritage in history and music as well as adventure and cultural attractions.
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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.
Insider's Tip: Make reservations in advance for the 45-minute tour.
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.
Insider's Tip: Wednesday WindDown is a free concert series every Wednesday from 5:30-8 p.m. at Centennial Park during the summer months.
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.
EveningEnjoy dinner at one of Atlanta’s award winning restaurants either in the Downtown area or the upmarket Buckhead area.
Distance: 83 miles
Drive to Madison and stop by the Welcome Center on the square. Learn about our pre-Civil War and Victorian architecture and why General Sherman spared this town on his march from Atlanta to the sea. Pick up a walking guide for the National Register Historic District - one of the largest in the state of Georgia.
Make your way to Social Circle and enjoy lunch with a glass of “Champagne of the South” (sweet tea) at southern dining icon Blue Willow Inn.
After a busy day of touring have dinner at one of Macon’s fine downtown restaurants big on southern style and hospitality.
Distance: 166 miles
Ride a trolley and enjoy the city recently designated “one of the most distinctively historic cities in the country." Stops include three house museums: Hay House, Cannonball House and Sidney Lanier Cottage.
Enjoy a drive to Juliette and lunch at a The Whistle Stop Café scene and setting of the 1992 movie Fried Green Tomatoes. Explore the unique souvenir and antique stores this tiny town has to offer before setting off for Savannah.
EveningArrive in Savannah and indulge in authentic, world-famous southern fare and nightlife. Enjoy live jazz or alternative bands, duelling piano bars, Broadway-style musicals and even karaoke.
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.
Distance: 90 miles
Experience Jekyll Island and visit The Georgia Sea Turtle Center with exhibits on sea turtle conservation, rehabilitation and their amazing journey from egg to adulthood. Visit the Jekyll Island National Historic Landmark District one of the largest, ongoing restoration projects in the southeastern United States. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the island's other historic sites including Horton House.
Afternoon / Evening
Visit Pier Village on St. Simons Island and take a tour of the lighthouse and keeper's dwellings. Climb the 129 steps to the top for amazing 360 degree views. Finish the day with a tour of the Maritime Center (included in the lighthouse entrance fee) and a stroll along East Beach at sunset.
Take a ferry from historic St Mary’s to Cumberland Island and enjoy the unspoilt natural surroundings.The National Park Tours lets you wander sections of the totally undeveloped 16 miles of beach. You are more likely to see one of the many wild horses that inhabit the island than other humans! Historically owned by the super-rich Carnegie family you can visit former residences - some in ruins others restored.
Late afternoon / EveningOn your way back from St Mary’s, stop in the General Oglethorpe planned downtown of Brunswick and enjoy a leisurely dinner.
Distance: 168 miles
Begin with a guide boat tour of the Great Okefenokee Swamp; one of North America’s most unspoiled, fascinating and precious natural areas. It is the largest intact and un-fragmented wetland wilderness swamp in North America
Take a drive to Thomasville - known as the City of Roses, renowned for its spectacular Rose Show & Festival every April. With its brick-paved streets and historic downtown, Thomasville offers dozens of charming retail shops, antiques, specialty stores and restaurants. It’s been named a Great American Main Street and has been recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Just outside of Thomasville you will find the magnificent Pebble Hill Plantation. The house is graced with antiques, horse & hound paintings, a collection of Audubon prints and a wealth of sporting art. Pebble Hill Plantation offers house, art and walking tours.
While you are in downtown Thomasville, be sure to get your picture taken by The Big Oak with the Big Oak Cam. This 325+ year old live oak tree stands more than 68 feet tall with a trunk almost 27 feet around! Stand beside the white sign, call the designated number from your mobile and follow the instructions you hear on your phone to find your photo online!
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
Drive from Columbus and head for the rolling hills of north Georgia and the vibrant city of Cartersville. Established in 1850, the city offers a great deal of history such as Etowah Indian Mounds from 1000 A.D., but also provides an abundance of culture and recreation, including the Booth Western Art Museum, Tellus Science Museum and the Pine Mountain Trail.
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 kayak through the cool waters of America’s most diverse ecosystem.
Distance: 80 miles
Distance: 92 miles
En route to the airport travel along highway I 75 and enjoy the Gone with the Wind Trail through Marietta (Gone with the Wind Museum) and pretty Jonesboro home to the Road to Tara Museum. In the museum you’ll see original movie props and wardrobe items, as well as manuscripts, costumes and an extensive photo gallery.
Want to extend your time in Georgia or The Deep South? Perhaps, a few days in New Orleans? A visit to Graceland in Memphis? All Bon Voyage holidays are fully flexible, call the team of friendly USA experts to discuss your ideal getaway.
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