The USA is a dream holiday destination for plenty of people and the same is true for me. Having been to the likes of Florida, California, New York and even Las Vegas I have seen a good bit of the country so last summer I thought I’d head somewhere new and chose Georgia in the South. It’s an amazing state with lots to do and see. Here are a few things that come highly recommended for a holiday in Georgia.
1) Fly Drive – Savannah to The Golden Isles
Savannah, “The Mother City of Georgia”, boasts beautifully restored squares wrapped with history and Deep South charm. Shopping, art galleries and unique eateries can be found in just about every corner of the downtown district in the shade of majestic live oaks draped in Spanish Moss. From Savannah head South towards the Golden Isles to enjoy the beach life and the charm of the small seaside towns along the way. To finish your driving tour head to the Okefenokee Swamp at Folkston or Waycross. From either location you can take a tour by boat to marvel at the local plants and animals such as alligators, lichens and an amazing array of bird species.
2) US Masters Golf Holiday
Georgia is home to a number of top class golf courses but the state’s most common connection to golf is the US Masters which takes place at the world famous Augusta National every year in April. All golfers dream of a round at Augusta but with that being nigh on impossible, watching the likes of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy compete at the Masters will have to do! Having heard getting your hands on tickets for the event is as tough as securing a tee time at Augusta, I was surprised to see ticket packages on yourgolftravel.com. With their packages you can attend practice days, the famous par 3 competition and the Masters tournament itself as well as playing golf on nearby courses so there are plenty of options.
3) Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park is Georgia’s most visited attraction and for lovers of the great outdoors there is no finer place in the state. The park attracts roughly 4 million guests each year, offering over 3,200 acres of stunning natural scenery where visitors can enjoy a great variety of outdoor pursuits. Hike, bike, camp, climb and fish to your heart’s content before making the climb to the top of the park’s mountain from which you can enjoy stunning views all the way into downtown Atlanta.
4) Watch the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome
American sports are far removed from sports from other parts of the world so to get your fill of hotdogs, cheerleader and fireworks head to the famous Georgia Dome which has been home to the Atlanta Falcons since 1992. Located between downtown to the east and Vine City to the west, the Georgia Dome holds over 70,000 fans so the atmosphere is sure to be electric when the home team steps out onto the field and for real sports enthusiasts there are also guided tours of the stadium that run between Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10:00 to 15:00.
Georgia boasts a fascinating natural, historic and cultural heritage, much of which can be viewed at the many museums throughout the state. Whether your interest lies in art, history or natural wonders; Georgia’s museums have something for all. Head to the Booth Western Museum in Cartersville for all things Cowboys and Indians; the Fernbank Museum of Natural History to walk with the dinosaurs or the High Museum of Art in Atlanta to cast your eyes over more than 11,000 works of art held at the museum in permanent collections.