Those new to Georgia (and even those of us who have lived here for years), may not be familiar with what exactly Georgia offers in the way of tourism.
From the southern marsh to the middle Georgia farmland to the astonishing mountaintops on the northern border, there is no shortage of stunning scenery. As we enter into the fall season, now’s your chance to see Georgia’s landscape at its most magnificent. These are Georgia's must-see fall destinations.
Georgia’s mountains are magnificent year-round, but watching the leaves change from the summit of Mount Yonah is something that every Georgian should experience.
There are several intermediate and beginner hiking trails, so no one has to miss out on the fun. For those of us with stroller- and wheelchair-bound tourists, there are several scenic overlooks laced throughout. Here’s a list of scenic Georgia drives!
Not quite ready to lace up your hiking boots? Rome’s Fiddlin’ Fest Between the Rivers is sure to excite.
If you’re headed to Savannah, there’s no better way to get there than the Costal Highway. Find the route at this website. Put pedal to the metal and see the best of the Golden Islands.
Once you're there, you can enjoy a 90-minute cruise on the crisp waters that made Savannah the powerhouse it is. Reservations aren't required, and children 4 and under board for free! Purchase tickets at Savannah Riverboat.com.
Or explore the creepy coast as you're led through all nooks and crannies of the historic downtown on one of Savannah's many ghost tours.
Atlanta Botanical Gardens
A popular destination for every time of the year, the gardens are especially magnificent in the fall.
Beside the consistently astonishing herbology, this season’s biggest draw is a new installation entitled “Imaginary Worlds: Alice in Wonderland” where you can catch a glimpse of Lewis Carroll’s fantastical world of larger-than-life topiary sculpture and more. See more on their website.
Nearly every town with more than one stoplight will hold a fall festival of some sort come the fall season. Check your local news, churches, and Facebook groups for upcoming events. These are usually family-friendly, offering hay rides, petting zoos, giveaways, and (if the festival takes place on or before Halloween) a chance to show off your costume!
Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze
...and pumpkin patch! Located in Dawsonville, Shuck’s is the longest-running corn maze in Georgia. The maze changes each year, and on Friday and Saturday nights in October the maze transforms to a spooky Halloween attraction. Visit their website for a $1 off coupon.
One of Georgia’s biggest advantages over the rest of the country is that its winters are fairly mild. Meanwhile, the rest of the country is suffering through freezing temperatures. You won’t find ice here! (Well… most years anyway)
Don’t miss out on viewing the dense and varied wildlife. Okefenokee Swamp remains a popular destination for observing the plants, birds, reptiles (watch for gators!), amphibians, marshy landscape.
If gators give you the heebie jeebies, South Georgia also offers the Annual Sugar Cane Festival in Twin Cities, GA.
We hope this list gives you some great ideas for this fall! What are your favorite spots in Georgia? Let us know in the comments below.