Many people think of Atlanta or Savannah when it comes to the state of Georgia, but in reality, this state has much more to offer. Georgia is actually known as one of the most beautiful states in the lower 50 to visit. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Georgia, but I could only share a few today. They are all within an easy day’s drive from downtown Atlanta. Enjoy this list of the most beautiful places to visit the next time you find yourself in my home state of Georgia.
Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, a part of the National Park Service, is located in Lithonia, Georgia and is one of 49 National Heritage sites in the country. Offering you a serene view of gorgeously colored rare plant species, granite landscapes, and breathtaking views, Arabia Mountain is just a 20 mile drive from Atlanta.
This stunning winery is located in Dahlonega, Georgia. While you get to enjoy some amazing wines, you can take in the scenic views of the North Georgia Mountains and the large vineyard.
This is located in Pine Mountain, Georgia with a public garden and resort. You’ll enjoy beautiful views of multi-colored flowers, and even a golf course on this 14,000-acre Appalachian foothills property. If you visit at Christmas time, there is an absolutely gorgeous light display.
Enjoy a trip by motorboat or paddle boat in this swamp located on the Florida/Georgia line. You’ll witness alligators, cranes and other unique species of wildlife here. My children and I toured the Okefenokee Swamp many years ago, and we did see alligators swimming in the water near our boat!
Panther Creek Falls
Located in Clarkesville, Georgia you’ll find this location pretty relaxing. This location offers a view of multiple waterfalls that pool up into a clear bed of water below.
Providence Canyon State Park
Known as Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon, this state park located in Lumpkin, Georgia is a 1,000-acre park. There are massive 150-foot gullies that look just like the real Grand Canyon.
Located in St Mary’s, Georgia this island will make you feel like you’ve entered onto some private beach land. Beautiful roaming horses, ancient turtles and a secluded beach make this location magical. Cumberland Island is only accessible by boat. No automobiles are allowed, which helps keep it pristine and natural.
This is a giant hole in the ground from the mining days about one mile from Midtown Atlanta, Georgia. It will become part of the Beltway Park. The city is planning to make it into a reservoir to provide drinking water so be sure to check that the hole is still here first.
There you have it, the most beautiful places to visit in Georgia. If you find that Georgia is on your travel bucket list this travel season, then I hope you’ll be sure to add a few of these beautiful sights to see on your itinerary.