The Best Stops During a Georgia Road Trip
Georgia is a great state for a road trip. There’s history, coastal beauty, and the big city appeal of Atlanta. In fact, if you’re renting an RV, Atlanta might be a good starting place for you. You can start out enjoying this quintessential southern metropolitan area, and then go from there.
The following are some of the stops you should make if you’re planning a Georgia road trip in an RV or otherwise.
We already touched on the value of visiting Atlanta briefly, but specifically what is there to do in the city?
The Georgia Aquarium is one the biggest aquariums in the world, and it’s located centrally in downtown Atlanta. The aquarium is close to Centennial Olympic Park, and it features 70 habitats and freshwater and saltwater tanks.
The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site is in Atlanta, and Piedmont Park is a favorite among city visitors as well. Piedmont Park is between Midtown and the Virginia-Highland neighborhood, and it spans 189 acres.
Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway
The Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway isn’t a stop in and of itself, but there are plenty of stops along the way. This road takes you through several counties for 41 miles and offers scenery of the surrounding Chattahoochee National Forest.
You can enjoy the Southern Appalachian Mountains, and one particular stop along the byway is Brasstown Bald. Brasstown Bald is the highest natural point of elevation in Georgia and is particularly gorgeous in fall.
A road trip through Georgia can’t ignore stunning Savannah. Savannah is easily one of the most charming historical cities in the U.S., and one of the most beautiful in the world.
It’s known for the trees filled with Spanish moss, and Forsyth Park. The historic homes are well-preserved, and there are shopping and dining throughout the city as well.
Athens is a Georgia college town as it is home to the University of Georgia, but there’s more to Athens than that.
Athens is where the Antebellum Trail of Historic Towns begins in Georgia. Visitors can enjoy Civil War-era architecture, and there’s also the Georgia Museum of Natural History and the Georgia Museum of Art on the campus of the university.
Jekyll Island is located off the coast of Georgia, and it’s part of the Georgia Barrier Islands. The state of Georgia owns the island, and it has beautiful beaches as well as the Landmark Historic District. Vistors can walk and bike along the beaches and tranquil trails on the island.
There is also Summer Waves, which is a popular water park and this island is where movies like The Legend of Bagger Vance were filmed.
Finally, there are historic lighthouses that line the Georgia coastline, and they can make for a good inclusion to a road trip through the state as well. There’s the Tybee Island Lighthouse for example, which was built in 1732 and is an active museum that lets visitors climb to the top. Other Georgia lighthouses include the Sapelo Island Lighthouse and the St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum and Keeper’s Dwelling.