- Karyn Wofford
10 Best Summer Vacation Destinations in Georgia
Ah, beautiful Georgia. Its diverse landscape of mountains, ocean and lush farmlands have created an ideal destination for every traveler. Warm summer temperatures can be a bit overwhelming, but there tons of ways to beat the heat in Georgia. Check out the top getaways that perfectly compliment those sunny days.
From beaches with driftwood sculptures made by nature to one of Georgia’s oldest buildings, the Horton House, Jekyll Island is a visually striking getaway with tons of things to do and see. Take in the lighthouses and other age-old structures on breathtaking Jekyll.
Since Atlanta is an obvious and often mentioned choice, we will focus on its unsuspected garden scene. Cator Woolford Garden’s 39 acres are crawling with southern foliage like dogwoods and azaleas, making for the perfect place to escape at no cost. The Atlanta Botanical Gardens have events strewn along their summer calendar, and what better setting for an outdoor event? Themed garden areas are simply jaw-dropping.
Peanuts and Jimmy Carter are Plain’s claim to fame, in addition to an environment that is rich in Georgia history. Mains Street’s Historic Inn is touted as a “history lesson” itself, with rooms that are dedicated to different decades through the 1900s. Antiques, rides in vintage train cars, historically significant sites and plenty of peanut products have us falling in love with this quaint Georgia town.
St. Mary’s has more to offer than a super cool, interactive WWII submarine museum—but you have to go! It sets along the southern coast and isn’t too overcrowded.
Another beautiful barrier island off the Georgia Coast, little touches like “tree spirits”, aka trees with carved out faces, add a deep sense of character to the fun retreat. Pieces of Fort Frederica, an essential component in victory over the Spanish, still can be visited today.
Some of Georgia’s best summer getaways are, of course, along the coast—and Savannah may be one of the best. Not only are the beaches beautiful, but the downtown scene is rich and vibrant, especially along the boat lined river! The southern-style fried seafood is killer, and the number of excellent hotels in Savannah is impressive.