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Georgia on My Mind

Updated on February 23, 2013

Sightseeing in Georgia

I was born and raised in Georgia, USA. I have never known any other way of life than "Southern".

If you come to Georgia for a vacation or just for sightseeing, you'll need a car. It's a big state and the sometimes very long distance between cities or towns is filled with nothing but highway and trees. We like it that way. Green is good.

In some of the larger cities such as Atlanta, Macon, Savannah, or Columbus you will find public transportation but it usually only runs through the work week and only until sundown.

The picture is our State Capitol Building located in the heart of downtown Atlanta. This is a historic landmark. It was among the earliest buildings to have elevators, central steam heat, and combination gas and electric lights. That is real gold you are seeing on the dome. It was mined in Dahlonega, GA. Yes, we even have our very own goldmines.

There is a lot to see so let's take a virtual tour of my home state and hit the highlights. I'll even add personal moment or two in here for your enjoyment.

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When you come to Georgia for a vacation, you'll want to have a nice place to stay. Consider a vacation home rental. The first thing you will notice when you cross the state line into Georgia from anywhere is the way we speak. In the North Georgia mountains you may still hear some of the mountain folk say "You'uns" which means "Y'all" in real Georgia terms. "Y'all" in outlander speak means "You all". It includes everyone in your group or family.

The second thing you will notice is that we are mostly friendly (unless you are a Federal Agent looking to break up our moonshine stills, but that is another story). If you are used to being ignored, you have a new experience awaiting you! You may get invited to dinner before we even know your last name. We like company and someone to tell our tall tales to. Sadly, our families eventually get tired of hearing them.

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  • About 75 miles south of Atlanta is Macon, GA. Depending on the time of year you go, you could see the Cherry Blossom Festival.

  • Just outside Atlanta in Austell, GA you will find the Six Flags Over Georgia theme park. You could spend 5 days there and never ride everything.

  • Callaway Gardens is in Pine Mountain, Georgia, 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.

  • Savannah, GA is one the most haunted cities in the USA. You should visit Bonaventure Cemetary.

  • Athens, GA - Home of the University of Georgia Bulldogs

    You should definitely go see a game while you are here. GO DAWGS!!

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Atlanta has well earned it's nickname of Hot'lanta! Some years the summers get as high as 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The humidity is unbearable at times and we all have a bad hair day. Of course that just means we get down to our skivvies and play in the water hose or our kiddie pools.

There are some major musical entertainers with homes here too which is another reason for the nickname. The recent uprising in HipHop music seems to converge here in Atlanta sometimes. For that reason alone Atlanta makes the headlines nearly everyday, whether it's good or bad news.

Georgia on My Mind

The song didn't become a major hit until it was redone by Georgia native Ray Charles 30 years after "Georgia on My Mind" was first recorded by Hoagy Carmichael, and has been recorded by many artists including Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Gladys Knight, Willie Nelson, just to name a very few. Ray Charles sang and played it in front of the Georgia General Assembly (the state legislature) on March 7, 1979. It was adopted as our official state song on April 24 of the same year. This song fills me full of "Georgia girl" pride.

The Georgia Map

Georgia's Capital:
Atlanta, GA

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Macon, GA:
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Columbus, GA:
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Savannah, GA:
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Athens, Georgia:
Athens, Georgia

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Don't forget to stop back by and come with us to the swimmin' hole! Maw will make lunch and don't worry, Paw has his shotgun and will watch for snakes.

Robert Plant Singing Georgia On My Mind

You'll remember him as the front-man for Led Zeppelin. One of my favorites artists of all time is singing Georgia On My Mind at a charity concert in the U.K. in 1985. It's fairly funny as they get halfway through the song and have to start over, showing the perfectionism of Robert Plant.

Did You have Fun on Your Tour?

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    • melissiaoliver profile image


      5 years ago

      This is such a great virtual tour! I've been fascinated by Georgia ever since reading Gone with the Wind, and really want to visit it someday :)

    • awakeningwellness profile image


      5 years ago

      I have driven through Georgia several times on my way to Florida or somewhere else but never really had the chance to spend much time there so I am glad I got to take your tour! :)

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      Darcie French 

      6 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I loved the tour and I'd go swimming in the swimming hole, especially with Paw on guard for snakes :)

    • WhiteOak50 profile image


      6 years ago

      Wow, from Georgia, Stockpiles and a coupon shopper? I didn't know that :0) Stockpiling supported my husband and I when we homesteaded, I do the coupon thing and with some of the money I have saved, purchased some things for our Motorcycle-helmets, bike cover, gel cushions, etc. I write about saving with coupons (ding, ding, ding-I hear a burst calling!) I moved to Georgia in the late seventies and to be honest it is not my favorite state-but I love being close to the mountains. Good job sharing Georgia with others.

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      Wendy Gillissen 

      6 years ago

      Lovely lens! I have been to Georgia once and loved it! Very friendly people indeed!

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      6 years ago

      Yes, indeed. Loved the closeup on the Capitol dome!

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      Vicki Green 

      6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      In addition to your great virtual tour, I've visited Georgia a couple of times and always had a great time.

    • steveko profile image


      6 years ago

      Love Savannah, heading back there next month. Great lens btw.

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      7 years ago

      My home state, lovely squidlens

    • Tagsforkids profile image


      7 years ago

      Love Georgia, and it's far more southern than South Florida!

    • Wednesday-Elf profile image


      7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Lovely tour of your 'Georgia'. I lived on Tybee Island outside Savannah for 13 years (1993-2007) and loved it. Now my brother is moving to Savannah! Wish I was still there! Georgia continues to be 'on my mind' .... :-)

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I've stopped back by to give you a Squidangel blessing and add you to my United States Travel Angel lens.

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      My daughter and family have lived in Atlanta for the past 10 years and my husband and I have enjoyed exploring Georgia as we travel to and from visiting her. There are so many great places....I love the aquarium in Atlanta, the lighthouses on Tybee Island down the coast and the whole atmosphere in Savannah is so neat! A great place to live or visit.

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      8 years ago

      We lived near Savannah, GA in a little town called Guyton for about 1.5 years. It was beautiful. We rented a very old (over 100 years) small home and it was all you would imagine. 500-year-old oak trees draped in Spanish moss etc. etc. I loved the area.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      We have lots of kinfolk in Georgia and have roots there dating back to the early 1800's. My great, great grandfather was one of the original settlers to East Armuchee, Walker Co, Georgia and my father was raised in Lafayette, Georgia in Walker County. Great information here on a beautiful state but I have to say "Go Tigers"! Lensrolling to Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative.

    • sittonbull profile image


      8 years ago

      Your lens is "just an old sweet song... that keeps Georgia on my mind" and your southern roots shine through just as clear... as "moonlight through the pines!" I have friends, business associates, in-laws and outlaws all over Georgia and you do our sister state proud heah shugah! Thanks for your visit to my blog on the beach! :-)

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      8 years ago

      I used to have Georgia on my mind when I first moved to Atlanta -- a great state -- nicely presented.

    • GonnaFly profile image


      9 years ago from Australia

      Very entertaining lens :-). And congratulations on graduating rocketmoms session 3!

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      9 years ago

      I can't imagine living anywhere else! Georgia is a beautiful state.

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      momto4 lm 

      9 years ago

      I've driven through Georgia, but have never taken the time to do a little sightseeing. We'll have to check out some of those sites next time we're driving through. Great lens!

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      9 years ago

      Lived in Savannah once. Tybee Island for a summer. Really fond memories. One of my favorite movies is Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil. ...Nice tour of Georgia and Hotlanta!

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      JenniferAkers LM 

      9 years ago

      I hope to visit Georgia soon and visit a few friends. Love your lens - friendly, colorful, and funny (great font and photos too).

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      Heather Burns 

      9 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Great lens, Georgia Peach! 5*

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      luvmyludwig lm 

      9 years ago

      I love this one!

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      oztoo lm 

      9 years ago

      Nice lens with a touch of southern humour! Ok stupid spell checker I know I spelled in wrong. Love to visit one day.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      9 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I've always wanted to get to the South, but so far have never had time to do more than quickly drive though some southern states on the way to other ones. The only southern state I've seen much of is Virginia, and not enough of that. Maybe someday! thanks for showing me some of the beautiful sites anyway.

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      9 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Great lens, Holley! So, I didn't know Georgians say "You'ns," too. I used to hear it all the time when I lived in southwestern Pennsylvania. Anyhow, you're right about most Georgia folks being really friendly. I spent some time in Marietta and then hiked through north Georgia on the Appalachian Trail. Met some really great folks--some we called "trail angels"--along the way.

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      9 years ago

      Hot hot hot! Just imagining everyone in their skivvies playing in the kiddie pools. Go away kids, it's not for you! Much fun!

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      9 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Wonderful Lens. Would love to visit. Loved your humor in this lens. Thanks for sharing your home state! :)

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      9 years ago

      Well, Ya'll certainly have a nice state! :) Thanks for the tour!

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      9 years ago

      I was in Savannah for one day and Atlanta for one day but that's all! Looks like I will have to stop and experience sometime. Your southern voice really came through.

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      Sue Dixon 

      9 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      It looks a great place- I've added it to my lens- 10 Things to do in Grasmere!

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      9 years ago from Chicago area

      Any lens featuring Ray Charles is okay by me :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      Georgia is a beautiful state. Savannah is a beautiful city and Emory University in Atlanta is a beautiful college campus. As far as peaches are concerned, nothing is better than a Georgia peach. Yum! Yes, I would say you have much to be proud of even if it is hot.

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      Brookelorren LM 

      9 years ago

      Looks great!

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      Carolan Ross 

      9 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Great goodies about Georgia here! My favorite Georgia town is Savannah. Rode a bike from Atlanta to Savannah once, then stayed in a B & B there. Great Georgia memories...also loved Tybee Island.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      This looks like a great place to visit.

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      clouda9 lm 

      9 years ago

      Beautiful for sure! There is something to say for being from Georgia, especially when Ray Charles sings 'bout it! When it comes to peaches though, Washington has some awesome to die for picks...packed my freezer full with 75 pounds last year.

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      drifter0658 lm 

      9 years ago

      I can't wait to spend some time in this beautiful looking state. By the way, are the best peaches really west of Atlanta?


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