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Experience Georgia Like Never Before With These 5 Trips
Domestic travel is a great way to experience the various cultures of each region in the U.S. Head down south next year to the Peach State, where everything is sweeter, the air is crisp, and the people beam with southern hospitality. Georgia has a lot more to offer than its booming city of Atlanta. There’s also outdoor adventure, island life, wine country, and rich history.
If you’re looking for a sign to visit Georgia in 2023, this is it! Here are the top 12 trips in the Peach State to take next year.
Celebrate Black culture in Atlanta
Black culture has greatly impacted the city of Atlanta. Visit Sweet Auburn District, which dates back to the 1920s. Enjoy a delicious soul food meal at the James Beard Award-winning restaurant Busy Bee Cafe founded in 1947 by Lucy Jackson. Skate the night away at Cascade Fun Center, which has been a staple in the ATL Black culture since 2000.
Spend quality family time on Jekyll Island
Dolphin sightings in Georgia? Book a 90-minute Jekyll Island Boat Tour to see bottlenose dolphins, learn about sea turtles, and more. You’ll even have a chance to partake in a hands-on eco-experience about American Alligators. Don’t forget to eat! Try delicious Georgia white strip and seafood mac ’n’ cheese at waterfront restaurant, The Wharf. End your day with decadent freshly made fudge at the Island Sweets Shoppe.
City life and nature collide in Columbus
Book an experience with Whitewater Express to embark on the longest urban whitewater rafting course in the world! If water sports aren’t your thing, zipline from Georgia to Alabama and back with Blue Heron Zipline Adventure Park. Enjoy an authentic Filipino meal at Banks Food Hall and walk off lunch along the RiverWalk with beautiful river views.
Take a road trip from Atlanta to the coast
Georgia has gorgeous waterfalls, bustling cities, and 100 miles of sandy shores. You’ll also find a growing Electric Vehicle industry in the state. EVs are great for saving money and reducing your carbon footprint. Rent an EV and embark on a road trip from Atlanta to the coast. Start off with breakfast at Savi Provisions, then drive 85 miles to Macon for a welcoming night’s stay at 1842 Inn, a historic bed and breakfast. Other great places to check out in Macon are the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Tubman Museum, Mercer Music at Capricorn, and Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.
After a refreshing night, head 183 miles to Tybee Island’s North Beach. You’ll be able to charge your EV while enjoying the sun, a yoga class, or a nature tour with Sea Kayak Georgia. After exploring, enjoy fresh seafood from Sundae Cafe, which uses locally-sourced ingredients in its dishes.
After living your best coastal life, head 18 miles to Savannah for an aesthetically pleasing eyeful. Stroll through Savannah’s historic district along the Savannah River while your EV is charging. End your day shopping at boutiques on River Street or enjoying the views at Bar Julian with an Old Fashioned in hand.
Wine country in Dahlonega with your girls
Did you know that Georgia is home to its own wine country? Grab your crew and head to Dahlonega, which has more wineries and vineyards than any part of Georgia. Hit up the town’s 12 tasting rooms and eight wineries while taking in stunning views. Learn about the specialized wine-making process at Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery or experience Kaya Vineyard & Winery’s off-road 4×4 tour on how their grapes are grown over 90 acres.