Top Ten Destination Spots in Georgia
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10. Sea island Golf Club
This five star resort is full of cottages, townhouses, a hotel and a lodge. Sea Island Golf Club offers three separate 18 hole golf courses; Plantation Golf Course, Retreat Golf Course and Seaside Golf Course.There is also a golf learning center available for those interested.
There are all kinds of places to eat from casual dining to a more formal setting. This resort also houses a spa, salon and a fitness center as well.
Aside from golf; tennis and squash are popular sports to participate in while visiting this highly rated resort.
There are also activities for children as well as teenagers. There is a playground for kids and teenagers will like the spa along with volleyball and more.
Horseback riding, boating, fishing and even shooting are all popular pastimes that the Sea island Resort has to offer.
Martin Luther King Jr's Boyhood Home
9. Martin Luther King National Historic Site
Built in 1895, Martin Luther King’s boyhood home is probably one of the more popular structures at this historic site. Located in the Sweet Auburn Historic District, This is where Martin Luther King was born at in 1929 and lived in until 1941 and free tours are available to view the home.
Located in Atlanta, Georgia, The Martin Luther King National Historic Site also houses the Ebenezer Baptist Church which is where both Martin Luther King Sr. and Martin Luther King Jr. were both Pastors.
There is a visitor center which also has a museum which is dedicated to The American Civil Rights Movement. The Firehouse #6 site is home to the, I have a dream, world peace garden.
Also located in this historical area is the tomb of Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King along with an eternal flame burning close by.
There are many historical homes in this location including the home of Alexander Hamilton.
Ebenezer Baptist Church
The Horton House
8. Jekyll Island
Jekyll Island is full of bike trails, beaches and sandbars and is a great place to take a vacation. The Clam Creek picnic area is located near a fishing pier and is close to a campground as well.
The Horton House is located on Jekyll Island as was built in 1742. This house is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the whole state.
The Jekyll Island Hotel offers suites for rent which are perfect for a visit on this gorgeous island. Some of the historic buildings located around the club are also for rent.
The historic buildings that are not available for rent are used for galleries, museums and a bookstore.
There is also a water park located on Jekyll Island called Summer Waves Waterpark.
Kendeda Canopy Walk
Established in 1837, Atlanta is full of American history dating back to the Revolutionary War and during the Civil War a lot of Atlanta was burned.
The Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum is a great place to go to see artifacts along with other pieces involved in the Civil War.
The Atlanta Cyclorama is a painting depicting The American Civil War Battle of Atlanta and the museum is often visited to get views of the painting alone.
Underground Atlanta is a great place to find shopping and entertainment and is lined with boutiques and eateries.
Try some southern food and and take in some of the historic structures.
Another attraction is the Georgia Aquarium which is the largest indoor aquarium in the world.
Some other locations to visit are the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.
The Atlanta Botanical Gardens are full of different gardens such as; Japanese gardens and rose gardens.
Also located at Atlanta Botanical Gardens is Kendeda Canopy Walk which offers views from forty feet up of the urban forests.
This Skywalk winds through some of the trees and gives you great views of the flora and fauna in the area.
The Atlanta Botanical Gardens also hold exhibits of a tropical rain forest as well as a desert display.
Atlanta is also home to The Margaret Mitchell House and Museum.
This is where Margaret Mitchell wrote the novel, “Gone with the Wind”.
The Margaret House and Museum
6. Amicalola Falls State Park
Based around Amicalola Falls, Amicalola Falls State Park offers many hiking trails and campgrounds along with restaurants and cabins.
Amicalola Falls is 729 feet tall and the highest waterfall is the state of Georgia.
They are also known to be one of The Seven Wonders of Georgia.
A trail goes over the falls for better viewing.
Also located in Amicalola Falls State Park is Springer Mountain which is a starting point of the Appalachian Trail.
There is plenty of wildlife at this beautiful state park as well as plants and wildflowers.
Would you enjoy seeing Amicalola Falls?
Is Pebble Hill Plantation some place you might like to visit?
5. Pebble Hill Plantation
Pebble Hill Plantation is both a plantation and a museum and located near Thomasville, Georgia. Located on these grounds is a mansion which was built in 1850 and was destroyed by fire.The Loggia Wing is the only part saved from the fire. When the new house was built it was added to The Loggia Wing and still stands today.
The Mansion which burned replaced the original structure that was built in 1827 by Thomas Jefferson Johnson; the first owner. The last owner of Pebble Hill left in her will, to donate the plantation as a museum to the public.
Some buildings are not open to the public however; many are. Some of the buildings on these grounds are; The Kennels which were used for hunting dogs and as a veterinary facility, Wardorf which is a structure that was a staff dining room as well as a laundry room, a nurses station.
Built in 1929, Overflow Cottage which is quaint house and available for rent, a schoolhouse, horse stables, a pump house which still to this day use a well here as a water source, Plantation Store which carried groceries items such as milk and cream.
The family cemetery is also on these grounds and is the resting place of Thomas Jefferson Johnson and family members throughout the years.
Pebble Hill Plantation
4. Fox Theater
Opened in 1929 in Atlanta, The Fox Theater was the most popular theater in Atlanta and the place to go in the 1940’s.
When building this structure, it was intended to be a Shriner's temple and is now a National Historic Landmark.
It was in the 1940’s when The Fox Theater was the only theater to allow blacks and whites both in however; it was segregated.
Other movie palaces have come and gone and today The Fox Theater is the only one left in Atlanta.
The Fox Theater doesn't look much different on both the interior and the exterior.
A lot of the original interior was saved.
The Egyptian Ballroom and the Grand Salon are both available to rent for functions.
If I am ever in the area, this is on my list of places to see!
I love historical landmarks and places. The older the better.
3. Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
Located in Northern Georgia and spanning across eighteen counties, Chattahoochee-Oconee.Forest is full of biking trails, hiking trails, fishing areas, kayaking and canoeing.
The trails wind through rolling hills, campgrounds and mountains. One of these trails is The Anna Ruby Falls Trail which leads to the gorgeous double headed waterfall;
Anna Ruby Falls and is a paved trail. Another waterfall accessible by trail is Long Creek Falls.
A popular recreation that Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest has to offer is the river rafting experience down the Chattooga River and there are places that offer river rafting tours in the area.
Anna Ruby Falls
Savannah Historical District
Founded in 1733, Savannah Georgia is a place that has witnessed hardships and has built itself back up. The Savannah Historic District is a National Historic District and full of 18th and 19th century architecture.
Savannah also is the place where many pivotal moments happened during the American Civil Rights Movement.
Savannah is broken up into 22 squares with each offering its own unique monument or other park like features.
There are many attractions in the Savannah Historical District and one is the Forsyth Park. Built in 1853 and a National Historic Landmark, The Confederate Memorial Fountain built in 1858 and is a great place to take pictures.
This fountain is located in Forsyth Park. Civil War tours are available in Savannah as well.
The Mercer House
1. Monterey Square
Monterey Square is a Square in Savannah and was built in 1847. This square commemorates the 1847 Battle of Monterey which was fought during the Mexican American War.
Monterey Square honors Casimir Pulaski with a monument which was erected in 1853. Casimir Pulaski was a soldier and commander from Poland who was fighting on the American side during the Battle of Monterey and was mortally wounded from the battle. Casimir Pulaski is known as the Father of American Cavalry.
Also located in Monterey Square is the temple, Mickve Israel which was built in 1878 and the third oldest synagogue and only gothic style synagogue in the United States.
Another structure to see at Monterey Square is the Mercer House which was built in 1868, open to the open and available for tours.