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    Despite the state's motto advocating moderation, Georgia is truly the land of plenty, offering up a multitude of landscapes, history, and good old fashioned southern charm. Georgia's varying environment and personality make it the perfect getaway for both relaxation and non-stop activity.

    Georgia's varying landscape means that there are endless opportunities for outdoor adventure. From hiking the Appalachian Mountains in the North, to tanning on the beaches in the west. The southern region will appeal to nature lovers. It offers beaches, offshore barrier islands, wetlands, walking and biking trails, and quaint shrimping villages to explore. Visitors will be charmed by the romantic city of Savannah with its cobblestone antebellum squares, surrounded by historic architecture which lines the rivers.

    Further north the pace of life picks up in the entirely modern city of Atlanta. The cultural and business hub of Georgie, there is an endless stream of entertainment in the form of opera, ballet, theatre, and much more. Particularly interesting are the museums dedicated to the Civil Rights Movement that was birthed in Atlanta.

    Whichever region of Georgia one chooses to visit, be it the Atlanta metropolis, plantations of the Deep South, or the coast, there is one common denominator: everywhere visitors are received and hosted with traditional southern hospitality.

    Georgia is the fifth largest state in the US and offers its visitors a multitude of places to see and exciting things to do. One of the reasons Georgia is so popular is because it offers such a variety of tourist attractions and activities. With bustling metropolitan areas like Atlanta providing the bright city lights and modern appeal, and the picturesque coastal regions and historic estates offering a trip back in time, Georgia has it all.

    In Atlanta you'll find history, culture and all forms of urban amusement. Martin Luther King Jr was born in Atlanta and many of the city's most popular attractions pay tribute to this well-loved native son. The Martin Luther King, Jr National Historic Site and the Atlanta History Center are always popular choices. Those in search of some adventure or just some unadulterated fun will find it at places like the Georgia Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta, the World of Coca-Cola, Six Flags Over Georgia or Stone Mountain Park - all fabulous family attractions for those travelling with kids in Atlanta.

    Savannah is also not to be missed. An historic neighbourhood in its own right and home to cultural gems like the Telfair Museum of Art and the History Museum, Savannah also gives visitors a vibrant experience with its many waterfront souvenir shops, jazzy sidewalk cafes and wonderful restaurants.

    Atlanta History Center

    Explore the 13 hectares (33 acres) of beautiful gardens, award-winning exhibitions, and interactive activities at the Atlanta History Center.

    The main attractions are two historic homes, open to the public offering informative guided tours. The Tullie Smith House originally stood outside the city limits but has been relocated to the History Center. The house was built in the 1840s and survived the near-total destruction of Atlanta in 1864 when General William Sherman burned almost two thirds of the city during his infamous 'March to the Sea'. The farmhouse is typical of most in Georgia at the time, despite popular belief that not all Georgians owned large plantations and mansions.

    The Swan House, built in 1928, is a grand Italianate mansion that is an Atlanta landmark, once the home of Edward and Emily Inman, heirs to a cotton brokerage fortune. The History Center also features several other historic buildings and exhibitions.

    Address: 130 West Paces Ferry Road
    Opening time: Museum: Monday to Saturday 10am-5.30pm, Sunday 12pm-5.30pm. Tullie Smith House and Swan House Tours: Monday to Saturday 11am-4pm, Sunday 1pm-4pm.
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    Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

    Venture through the Victorian house where Martin Luther King Jr was born in 1929. Here visitors can see where America's Nobel prize-winning Civil Rights leader grew up and where the movement was birthed. A half-mile stretch of Auburn Avenue, including King's birth home, the Ebenezer Baptist Church where he preached, and the memorial tomb at the King Center, has been made designated a historic site, drawing hundreds of visitors every day. The exhibits contained within provide insight into the life and times of this much-revered man. Tours are conducted every 30 minutes on a first-come first-serve basis.

    Address: 450 Auburn Avenue NE
    Transport: Auburn Avenue bus 3 at the MARTA Five Points station, or MARTA's Atlanta Tourist Loop.
    Opening time: Daily 9am-5pm (until 6pm from mid-June to mid-August).
    Website: www.nps.gov/malu
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    World Of Coca-Cola

    In 1886 Jacob's Pharmacy, a small drugstore in Atlanta, began selling a new headache and hangover tonic called Coca-Cola. In 1891, entrepreneur Asa Candler paid $2,300 to acquire the rights of what is now the world's most valuable brand. The following year he founded the Coca-Cola Company. The new, environmentally-friendly construction houses more than just a museum dedicated to Coca-Cola; it is an entire soft-drink experience. Thousands of Coke objects, trivia, and memorabilia are contained among the interactive exhibits, backed up by commercials, radio jingles, a 4D theatre, tasting, and a Pop Culture Gallery.

    Address: 121 Baker Street, Pemberton Place
    Transport: MARTA stop W1 or N1
    Opening time: Sunday to Thursday 10am-5pm, Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm.
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    Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield

    Kennesaw Mountain was the scene of a bloody Civil War battle, where in 1864, General Sherman led his Union forces against the entrenched Confederate forces at the site. This resulted in the death of more than 67,000 soldiers. The park now consists of several thousand acres of protected land, covered with more than 17 miles (27km) of interpretive walking trails. The trails contain historic earthworks and cannon placements, where markers and memorials have been placed to commemorate the event. A small museum at the site displays Civil War artefacts, and a visitor's centre provides information about the battle on the site. This popular park is visited by more than a million people each year, many of whom come to picnic and enjoy the views that the mountain has over Atlanta.

    Opening time: Daily 6.30am-8pm.
    Website: www.nps.gov/kemo
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    Atlanta Botanical Garden

    Be sure to visit the Atlanta Botanical Garden while in the city. The Fuqua Conservatory in particular is worth seeing, a giant greenhouse containing different climate-controlled eco-systems. A walk through the conservatory takes visitors from a desert into a steamy tropical jungle. The gardens are criss-crossed with dedicated nature walks, passing many quiet spots designed for peaceful contemplation. The garden permanently features numerous sculptures and art pieces, as well as hosting art exhibitions on a regular basis.

    Address: 1345 Piedmont Avenue
    Transport: North Decatur bus 36 from the Arts Center Station; on Sundays, Monroe/Lindbergh bus 27
    Opening time: Tuesday to Sunday 9am-7pm (April to October), 9am-5pm (November to March). Closed Mondays.
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    Fernbank Museum of Natural History

    As one of the South's pre-eminent museums, Fernbank Museum of Natural History is a gateway for discovery and exploration. It explores the story of the earth's history, the physical universe, the environment and human culture through exhibitions, programs and films in the IMAX Theatre. Opened in 1992, Fernbank is 'Atlanta's Home to Dinosaurs,' a reputation highlighted by , a distinctive permanent exhibition which features the world's largest dinosaurs.

    Address: 767 Clifton Road
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    Davenport House

    The characteristic pink homestead at the heart of Savannah's historic district was the first of the city's architectural treasures to be saved for posterity. Visitors to the house can tour the building both day and night, and partake in high tea at Mrs Davenport's. The house was built between 1815 and 1820 by Isaiah Davenport, a master builder. It features a semi-circular staircase with wrought-iron trim leading up to the recessed front door. Inside the polished hardwood floors gleam and the mansion is furnished befitting the period with Hepplewhite, Chippendale, and Sheraton pieces.

    Address: 324 East State Street
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    Savannah History Museum

    The Savannah History Museum gives an excellent introduction to the city, its exhibits reflecting the city's history from its founding to the present day. The museum is housed in a restored railway station that dates from before the Civil War and is one of Georgia's 43 National Historic Landmarks. Visitors can enjoy an exhibit on Girl Scout founder Juliet Lowe, as well as sit on the bench used for the filming of 'Forest Gump'. Just across the street in the Battlefield Memorial Park, a memorial to the second bloodiest battle of the American Revolution.

    Address: 303 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
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    Telfair Museum of Art

    The Telfair Museum of Art is the oldest public art museum in the South, fittingly housed in an important historic building, the Owens-Thomas House. The house, overlooking Oglethorpe Square, was designed by William Jay, a young English architect, who introduced the British Regency style to America. The art museum's permanent collection includes paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and decorative arts by both American and European artists. The museum encompasses the art gallery, restored rooms in the historic house, and the Jepson Center for the Arts. Guided tours are offered daily, included in the admission price.

    Address: 207 W York Street.
    Website: www.telfair.org
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    Fort Jackson

    A short distance to the east of central Savannah stands Georgia's oldest standing fort, surrounded by a deep tidal moat. The fort was preceded by a mud battery, the brick fort having been built in 1808. It was the headquarters for the Confederate river defences during the Civil War, when it was enlarged and strengthened. The fort today contains numerous exhibits about the war. Live historical re-enactments and cannon firings are staged daily in spring and summer. The fort also offers picturesque views of Savannah's skyline, and the grounds are a good place for a walk on a pleasant day.

    Address: 1 Fort Jackson Road
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    Turner Field

    Originally built for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Turner Field was converted after the event to serve as the home of major league baseball team the Atlanta Braves. Affectionately known as 'The Ted', the open-air stadium is a great place to spend a hot summer night in Atlanta. The stadium is also home to the Ivan Allen Jr Braves Museum and Hall of Fame, with exhibits on famous Braves players like Greg Maddux, Bobby Cox, and Hank Aaron, as well as Braves owner and stadium namesake, Ted Turner.

    Address: 755 Hank Aaron Drive SE
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    Georgia Aquarium

    The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in America, containing over 100,000 animals from 500 species. Creatures from all around the world are displayed here, from whale sharks and manta rays to sea lions and sea otters, penguins, sharks, and a riot of colourful fish. The aquarium also has a 4D theatre that features an animated 3D film, interactive seats, and live actors, as well as a cafe and the Ocean Ballroom for special events. A popular attraction is the Dolphin Tales show, where features choreographed musical performances by the dolphin stars.

    Address: 225 Baker Street NW
    Transport: The Aquarium is connected to the Five Points MARTA Train station by bus.
    Opening time: Sunday to Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 9am-8pm. Extended hours apply during holidays.
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    High Museum of Art

    Located in deep in the city's art district, Atlantas's High Museum of Art is home to more than 15,000 pieces in its permanent collection. This includes 19th and 20th century American art, African art, and European art, as well as contemporary art and photography. The museum has an impressive collection of Civil Rights photography.

    Address: 1280 West Peachtree Street
    Transport: Head northeast on Peachtree Street toward Walton Street NW.
    Opening time: Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm (open till 9pm on Friday); Sunday 12pm-5pm. Closed Mondays.
    Website: www.high.org
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    The Fox Theatre

    Atlanta's Fox Theatre, otherwise known as the Fabulous Fox, is a movie palace built in the United States during the 1920s. The theatre's unique beginnings and Moorish design set it apart from other theatres of that period. Today it hosts an array of artistic and cultural events, including a summer film series, the Atlanta Ballet, and performances by national touring companies of Broadway shows.

    Address: 660 Peachtree Street NE
    Opening time: Box office is open Monday to Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-3pm. Closed Sundays.
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    Imagine It! Children's Museum of Atlanta

    The Imagine It! Children's Museum of Atlanta promised hours of exploring and learning. Aimed at children under the age of nine, the museum contains exciting interactive exhibits such as the Curious George Gallery or Healthyville. Children also get the opportunity to paint the walls, crawl through a playground, or even don a raincoat and play in a forest stream.

    Address: 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW
    Opening time: Open Monday to Friday 10am-4pm; Saturday and Sundays 10am-5pm. Closed Wednesdays. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
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    Zoo Atlanta

    Zoo Atlanta features around 1,000 animals representing 250 species from around the world and sees over 1 million tourists every year. Founded in 1889, the zoo has become one of Atlanta's top family attractions. It houses exhibitions on the African rainforest, a free-flying parakeet enclosure, and a reptile house. Children will absolutely love discovering all the animals, including the rare giant pandas, Sumatran tigers, clouded leopards, and komodo dragons. The zoo also has the country's largest collection of gorillas and orangutans. For smaller children there is a petting zoo where they can interact with goats, pigs, and sheep.

    Address: 800 Cherokee Avenue SE
    Opening time: Daily 9:30am-5:30pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
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    Six Flags Over Georgia

    A great day out for kids of all ages, Six Flags Over Georgia is an amusement park filled with rides and thrills for every child to enjoy. Try the Acrophobia, the Superman, the Batman, or the Goliath for the really adventurous, while younger tots will enjoy the Thomas the Tank Engine ride, Up UP and Away, and the River Carousel.

    Address: 275 Riverside Parkway, Austell
    Opening time: Gates open 10am; closing hours vary.
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    Monetary Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank

    Although it doesn't sound like much of a tourist attraction, a visit to the Monetary Musuem at the Federal Reserve Bank leaves visitors unexpectedly entertained. Tour highlights include an extensive 'History of Money' exhibition, displaying antiquated currency from all over the world, and an interactive, multimedia displays that teach you how to spot counterfeit money. Tourist can try to lift a $450,000 gold bar, create their own currency, and take a free bag of shredded money to take home as a souvenir. Whether part of a guided group tour, or just perusing the exhibitions on one's own, a visit to the Federal Reserve Bank is bound to instil in visitors a renewed appreciation for the rich history that informs present-day money use in America.

    Address: 1000 Peachtree Street Northeast, Atlanta
    Opening time: Tours are offered from Monday to Friday, at 9:30am, 11am, and 1pm. Tours must be requested, by filling in a form on the Federal Reserve Bank website. Self-guided tours are possible Monday to Friday 9am-4pm. Self-guided tours are limited to the Visitor's Centre and the Monetary Museum, and do not need to be scheduled in advance.
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    Ebenezer Baptist Church

    Though small, Ebenezer Baptist Church has played a large role in America's history. Founded in 1886, the church functioned as the epicentre of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Martin Luther King Jr acted as co-pastor from 1960 to 1968, and worked toward equal rights for African-Americans during this time. The church has a new premises across the street, but visitors can still tour the old sanctuary where King preached, before walking around the Martin Luther King Jr Park just outside. Annual events surrounding Martin Luther King Jr Day in January typically draw large crowds. Past speakers have included US Presidents, national and local politicians, and civil rights leaders. Remembrances are also held during Black History Month (February), and the anniversary of King's assassination on April 4, 1968.

    Address: 101 Jackson Street NE
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    Georgia has a subtropical climate typical of the South. Summers are usually hot and humid and the state generally experiences widespread precipitation. Winters are usually mild, with some snow in parts, particularly in the mountains. Tornadoes and tropical storms are fairly common.

    Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
    Location: The airport is situated 10 miles (16km) south of downtown Atlanta.
    Time: GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).
    Transfer Between Terminals The two terminals and six concourses are connected by an automated people mover which operates approximately every two minutes. A fifteen minute shuttle ride connects the International Terminal with the Domestic Terminal's ground transportation area.
    Getting to the city: The airport is serviced by the trains and buses of the local Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). Tickets to downtown Atlanta cost $2.50 and the journey takes around 20 minutes. Other options like taxis, shuttles and limousines are all available at the Ground Transportation Center, located near the baggage claim area of the arrival's lobby.
    Car Rental: Car rental companies represented at the airport include Avis, Alamo, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.
    Airport Taxis: Taxis are available at the Ground Transportation Center, located near the baggage claim area of the arrivals lobby. The fixed fare from the airport to downtown Atlanta is $30 and a $2-per-person fee applies for two or more passengers.
    Facilities: The airport offers more than 250 concessions for services, food, beverages, and retail shopping. Additional services include currency exchange offices and ATMs, internet access, meeting rooms, and cell phone hire. Other facilities include an interfaith chapel, smoking lounges, a post office, nursing stations, and concierge services.
    Parking Parking is charged at $3 per hour for all lots, however daily rates range from $10 to $36 depending on their distance from the terminal. The hourly parking lots located in front of each terminal are the most convenient parking for picking up or dropping off. There are also daily lots adjacent to the airport's main terminal and economy lots nearby. The Park & Ride lots are the cheapest option and are connected by regular shuttle buses. Electrical vehicle charging stations are available at the airport.
    Website: www.atl.com
    Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field
    Location: The airport is situated seven miles (11km) south of Augusta.
    Time: GMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
    Getting to the city: There are hotel transfer shuttles willing to transfer to and from the airport, as well as taxi cabs available at the airport.
    Car Rental: Car rental companies include Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National/Alamo, Thrifty/Dollar, and Payless.
    Airport Taxis: Taxis are available outside the arrivals hall of the airport. Taxi companies include American Taxicab of Augusta, Arrow Cab Co., Speedy Cab Transport, Super Cab, and Yellow Cab of Augusta.
    Facilities: Facilities include an ATM, free wifi, baggage carts, a mail drop facility, a lost and found zone, a restaurant, and a gift shop.
    Parking The airport has both short-term and long-term parking options, providing 30 minutes of free parking in both parking lots. Short-term lot rates are $1 for every additional 30 minutes with a daily maximum rate of $10. Long-term lot rates are $1 for every additional 30 minutes with a daily maximum rate of $8.
    Website: www.flyags.com
    Southwest Georgia Regional Airport
    Location: The airport is located three miles (5km) west of Albany.
    Time: GMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
    Getting to the city: Rental cars and taxis are available at the airport.
    Car Rental: Avis, Budget, Hertz, and Enterprise operate car rental facilities at the airport.
    Airport Taxis: Taxis and limousines are available to downtown Albany; however, they are not always waiting at the airport so it is best to book one ahead of time.
    Facilities: Airport facilities include shops and vending machines, emergency medical services, laptop stations, and disabled assistance.
    Parking Parking is available outside the terminal. The first hour is free, after that each hour costs about $3, up to a daily maximum of $12. In the long-term parking lot the daily rate is only $8.
    Website: www.flyaby.com
    Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport
    Location: The airport is located 11 miles (18km) northwest of the central business district of Savannah.
    Time: GMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
    Getting to the city: Both Chatham Area Transit and Coastal Regional Coaches operate daily from the airport to many locations in the Savannah area. Taxis are available, as well as Uber and Lyft.
    Car Rental: Car rental companies operating from the airport include Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty.
    Airport Taxis: Taxis are available from the airport. Meter rates are regulated and charged at $2.50 for the first sixth of a mile (1.6km), and $2.28 per mile thereafter. A surcharge of $1 to $2 may be levied on airport fares, and there may be extra fees for additional passengers. An approximate fare to the Savannah Historic District is $28.
    Facilities: Airport facilities include an information centre, USO facility and military reception centre, ATMs, luggage carts, gift shops, and restaurants.
    Parking Hourly and Long-term parking is located in the garage opposite the terminal, and costs $1 per hour, $12 per day and $60 per week. Economy parking, located farther from the terminal, has a daily rate of $8 and a weekly rate of $40. The SAV value park, which is slightly farther from the terminal than the Economy Lot, costs only $5 per day and $35 per week.
    Valdosta Regional Airport
    Location: The airport is located nearly four miles (6km) south of Valdosta.
    Time: GMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to first Sunday in November).
    Getting to the city: There is no public transport to Valdosta Airport, but shuttle and taxi services are available with advance bookings. Mobile app based taxi services, like Uber and Lyft, are also available.
    Car Rental: Car hire companies located at the airport include Avis and Hertz.
    Airport Taxis: While there is no official airport taxi company, taxis can be booked via phone from a number of different companies. There are usually taxis waiting outside the airport when flights arrive, but it is advised to book in advance.
    Facilities: Airport facilities are limited, but there is a small shop in which to buy sandwiches in the terminal, and a vending machine.
    Parking Parking at Valdosta Airport is free; however, travellers planning to leave their cars for more than five days must fill out an online form, available on the airport's website.
    Columbus Airport
    Location: The airport is located six miles (10km) northeast of the central business district of Columbus.
    Time: GMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
    Getting to the city: The Metra city bus has service to the airport. The stop is located across from the northwest corner of the airport on Airport Thruway, at Wal-Mart. Taxis and limousines are also available.
    Car Rental: Car hire companies operating from the airport include Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National.
    Airport Taxis: There is a taxi rank at the east end of the terminal past baggage claim. Fares are charged at $2 for the first mile (1.2km) and $1.80 per mile thereafter. An average fare to Fort Benning costs between $17 and $20.
    Facilities: Airport facilities are limited, but include ATMs, vending machines, a news stand and gift shop, a restaurant, and a Pet Pavilion.
    Parking Parking lots are open from 4.30am to 11.30pm, and cash or credit cards are accepted. Short-term parking is charged at $1 for the first 30 minutes, $2 for an hour, and $1 per hour thereafter, up to a maximum daily rate of $8. Long-term parking is $2 for the first hour and $1 per hour thereafter, with a maximum daily charge of $7.
    McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport
    Location: The airport is located on St Simons island, six miles (10km) east of Brunswick.
    Time: GMT -5 (GMT -4 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November).
    Getting to the city: The best way to connect to the city is via car. Car hire options are available at the airport.
    Car Rental: Avis and Hertz offer car rental services at the airport.
    Airport Taxis: Taxis are available but may need to be called to the airport by phone.
    Facilities: The airport is mainly used for general aviation. Airport facilities include a quiet room, conference facilities, showers, a kitchen, internet and a concierge service.
    Parking Parking is available directly outside the terminal.
    Brunswick Golden Isles Airport
    Location: The airport is located 5.6 miles (9km) north of central Brunswick.
    Time: GMT -5 (GMT -4, from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
    Getting to the city: Island Transport Service and the FLETC Shuttle Service provide shuttle services from the airport to the city. There is no public bus or train to the airport.
    Car Rental: Avis, Budget, and Hertz offer car rentals at the airport.
    Airport Taxis: Taxis are available; it is advisable to book one in advance.
    Facilities: Terminal facilities include a cafe, ATM, conference facilities, and free baggage trolleys.
    Parking Parking is available outside the airport.
    Stone Mountain Park

    Stone Mountain is situated about 20 minutes from Atlanta and features manmade and natural attractions. The best of these is the huge relief carving of the three Southern heroes of the Civil War, which has been etched into the mountainside. The images of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Generals Robert E. Lee, and Thomas J. 'Stonewall' Jackson cover an area larger than a football field and are part of the largest relief sculpture in the world. Three sculptors worked in succession on the carving, beginning with Gutzon Borglum in 1915. He later became famed for his carvings at Mount Rushmore. Subsequently two other artists pursued the work that was completed finally in 1972. Visitors can either walk up the mountain or take the Skylift to the top to see the breathtaking view over Atlanta and the Appalachian Mountains. Stone Mountain also features a restored Antebellum Plantation featuring a colonial mansion, slave cabins, coach houses, and barns. The park contains several lakes and hiking trails, a wildlife reserve, and petting zoo.

    Address: 1000 Robert E. Lee Boulevard, Stone Mountain
    Opening time: Daily from 10am; closing hours vary according to the season and attraction. Summit Skyride opens daily from 10am to 5pm, with extended hours in summer and on holidays
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    About 15 miles (24km) south of Atlanta in Clayton County is the town of Jonesboro, a not-to-be-missed destination for movie fans and those hankering for a taste of the real Deep South. Jonesboro was the setting for Margaret Mitchell's acclaimed novel and later film, Gone with the Wind. Devotees come to see the local historic plantation houses and learn about the real people whose lives inspired the fictional characters of the novel. In Main Street, the Road to Tara Museum is housed in the Jonesboro Depot Welcome Centre, containing original props, costume reproductions, doll collections, and an extensive photo gallery associated with the making of the movie. The Welcome Depot is also the departure point for daily tours, starting at 1pm (except on Sundays). The tours offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the true life stories on which the book was based. In Carriage Drive, a beautiful Greek Revival plantation home dating from 1839 is open to the public along with its authentic outbuildings.

    Address: 104 N. Main Street
    Opening time: Road to Tara Museum: Monday to Friday 8:30am-5:30pm, Saturday 10am-4pm; Stately Oaks: Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm. Gone With the Wind Tour: Monday to Saturday 1pm, or by appointment.
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    Georgia Mountains

    Northern Georgia is predominantly mountainous, dotted with numerous small towns, fascinating historic sites, and national parks and forests. Among the highlights of this region are the New Echota State Historic Site (the last capital of the Cherokee nation), Chickamauga at Fort Oglethorpe, and Jasper, where the marble quarries produced the marble used in Washington, DC. Also worth seeing is the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, at the end of the Appalachian Highway, and the spectacular Tallulah Gorge near the town of Clayton. The northwestern Georgia region offers hundreds of wooded hiking trails, sparkling trout streams, scenic lakes, and camp sites. Most of the towns and attractions are within an hour's drive of Atlanta, making them perfect day trips or weekend breaks from the city.

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    Okefenokee Swamp

    The Okefenokee Swamp comprises of 700 square miles (1,813 sq km) of marshy wilderness stretching across the southern part of coastal Georgia. The largest peat-producing bog in North America, Okefenokee provides a refuge for thousands of animals and plants that thrive in its lakes, islands, and wetlands. The park consists of different environments, from towering cypress standing in still waters to vast prairie grasslands in other areas. Visitors have four parks to choose from: three of the parks are on the east side of the swamp and one on the southwestern side. All three offer sightseeing, boating, and fishing opportunities. The southwestern park is Stephen C. Foster State Park, featuring cypress swamps, at the headwaters of the Suwannee River. South of Waycross Okefenokee Swamp Park contains alligators, snakes, and other swamp wildlife in easy-to-see captivity for a quick swamp experience. And the Suwannee Canal Recreation Area near Folkston provides access to the prairie environment of the swamp, offering nature boardwalks and historic sites.

    Address: 2540 Memorial Drive
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    A short drive south of Savannah lies the charming old town of Darien, established in 1736 on the banks of the Darien River as a military outpost. Today it is a favoured tourist attraction. Its historic shopping enclave specialises in unique gifts and antiques, and the picturesque waterfront is filled with shrimp boats. A series of walking and bike paths, lined with Spanish moss-draped oak trees, connect the downtown waterfront with Fort King George, which houses a museum and plays host to living history pageants. Other diversions include paddling the river and tidal creeks in kayaks or canoes, and dining on shrimp. The area around Darien in McIntosh County is particularly scenic, dotted with quaint fishing villages like Valona and Shellman Bluff. Just offshore, accessible by ferry across Doboy Sound, is the pristine barrier island of Sapelo, which boasts one of Georgia's most beautiful beaches and a restored lighthouse.

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    Tybee Island

    The small barrier island of Tybee, 18 miles (29km) east of Savannah, is a popular seaside resort. The three-mile (5km) long beach has rolling sand dunes, with a pier and pavilion at the south end of the island that offer a pleasant stroll, usually accompanied by live band music. The island also has sightseeing opportunities including Fort Screven, a historic Tybee lighthouse dating to 1773, and Fort Pulaski. There is a selection of restaurants, hotels, motels, inns, and cottages available.

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