Best Places to Visit in Georgia

With big cities, iconic small towns, picturesque mountains and a spot on the Atlantic Ocean, Georgia has a lot more to offer than its peaches. To help you decide which Georgia spots are most worth your time and vacation dollars, U.S. News took into account the variety and uniqueness of attractions, availability of accommodations and opinions of everyday travelers to decide the Best Places to Visit in Georgia. Vote for your favorite spots below to help determine next year's list.

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Best Places to Visit in Georgia

  • Savannah
  • Atlanta
  • Golden Isles
  • Augusta, GA
  • Athens, GA
  • Macon
  • Jekyll Island
  • Dahlonega
  • Savannah
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    Savannah

    #1 in Best Places to Visit in Georgia

    The charm of Savannah is undeniable. From the remnants of its antebellum past in the historic district to the romantic Spanish moss-lined streets in Forsyth Park to the shops, eateries and party-hard reputation of River Street, Savannah encompasses what the state of Georgia is all about: Giving a nod to the past while bringing its own personality into the present. Plus, the city offers a heavy dose of laid-back Southern hospitality to match.

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    Atlanta

    #2 in Best Places to Visit in Georgia

    The capital city of Georgia wears many hats and goes by many nicknames – ATL, Hotlanta and A-Town, just to name a few. The Empire City of the South is a business industry hub (Coca-Cola, CNN and Delta are headquartered here) and music (rappers have long made ATL their home), as well as a family-friendly destination with world-renowned attractions like the Georgia Aquarium and LEGOLAND. What's more, it's still quintessentially Southern with the friendliness and manners to match.

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    Golden Isles

    #3 in Best Places to Visit in Georgia

    These barrier islands along the Atlantic coast get their name from the golden sand beaches that dot the Georgia coastline. Home to all the amenities out-of-towners could want, St. Simons is the largest barrier island while Brunswick serves as a port city complete with a wharf and plenty of shrimp boats. Smaller islands like Little St. Simons and Sea Island offer private resorts. No matter which island you choose, don't forget to snap a photo of the stunning sunsets over the ocean's horizon.

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    Augusta, GA

    #4 in Best Places to Visit in Georgia

    Serious sports fans should add Augusta to their bucket list. This eastern Georgia city is known around the world for its golf course – Augusta National Golf Club – and the annual Masters Tournament that takes place there. Off the green, travelers can stroll along the Augusta Riverwalk or rent a canoe or kayak down the Augusta Canal. For a taste of contemporary Southern art, stop by the Morris Museum of Art, which offers free admission on Sundays.

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    Athens, GA

    #5 in Best Places to Visit in Georgia

    History buffs should make a beeline to Athens. The city marks the starting point of Georgia's Antebellum Trail of Historic Towns, which highlights Civil War era homes and period architecture. The University of Georgia's campus is also home to the Georgia Museum of Natural History and the Georgia Museum of Art. For a more modern getaway, check out the downtown area's shops, restaurants and entertainment options.

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    Macon

    #6 in Best Places to Visit in Georgia

    You'd be surprised how eclectic the attractions are in this central Georgia city. You'll find a prehistoric Native American site at Ocmulgee National Monument along with the Southeast's largest museum dedicated to African American history, art and culture at the Tubman Museum. When you want to get outdoors, you can visit the 180-acre Amerson River Park. Meanwhile, die-hard music fans can check out The Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House.

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    Jekyll Island

    #7 in Best Places to Visit in Georgia

    The southernmost of the Golden Isles, Jekyll Island is ideal for travelers seeking a quiet beach getaway. The entire island is designated as a Georgia state park, meaning conservation and wildlife preservation is top priority. Visitors can lounge on 8 miles of pristine beaches or meander through the historic district (also known as Millionaire's Village) to see homes that have belonged to some of America's richest families, including the Vanderbilts, the Rockefellers and the Pulitzers.

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    Dahlonega

    #8 in Best Places to Visit in Georgia

    Georgia might not come to mind when you think of wine destinations, but Dahlonega is worth consideration. This northern Georgia city is home to 12 wine tasting rooms and five wineries, with locally owned and operated vineyards stretching across the area's verdant, hilly landscape. For a festive visit, plan a trip during the area's annual Dahlonega Wine Trail Weekend in August.