The best and most beautiful places to visit in Georgia

Top 16 of the most beautiful places to visit in Georgia

Gorgeous Georgia is mostly known for being home to charming historic cities filled with leafy squares and oak-lined streets, sprawling farmlands, towering mountains, and lashings of Southern charm.  That’s not forgetting the pretty beaches and coastline, sleepy rural settlements, roaring rivers, jaw-dropping national parks, clear sparkling lakes, and even a hip city that’s known for its partying – to say this southeastern U.S. state is diverse would be a huge understatement. It sure is a tough task, but we’ve managed to narrow done to 16 of the best and most beautiful places to visit in Georgia…

Savannah – the oldest city in the state and one of the most stunning places to visit in Georgia

Savannah - best places to visit in Georgia

Savannah - best places to visit in Georgia

Constantly ranked amongst one of the “friendliest cities in the world”, Savannah’s colorful history attracts millions of visitors every year. Situated along the bubbling Savannah River, this strategic port city is Georgia’s fifth-largest city. With a history of almost 300 years, the cobbled and oak-lined streets, beautiful parks, and archaic buildings, the host city retains its essence.

Walk down the historic 22 parklike squares in downtown Savannah or get intrigued with the Telfair’s Academy of Arts and Sciences, South’s first public museum, this charming city is full of antique hallmarks. A pretty and sophisticated city with funky nightlife and delicious food, this place exudes natural beauty and beautiful locales.

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Tallulah Falls State Park – North Georgia’s most scenic and beautiful park to explore

Tallulah Gorge - the most beautiful places to visit in Georgia

Tallulah Gorge

Get drenched in the awe-inspiring beauty of one of the most spectacular canyons to explore in the eastern US. The gorgeous Tallulah Gorge, two miles long and neatly 1,000 feet deep, is where the Tallulah River flows through the rugged terrain with five distinct waterfalls.

Hike along the Hurricane Falls and Sliding Rock Trail, brave the suspension bridge 80ft above the rocky bottom, or go kayaking in the sparkling waters the spectacular views are worth your efforts. Brimming with recreational activities, the gorge is a hidden wonder. 

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Providence canyon – Georgia’s natural wonder with beautiful towering canyons

Providence canyon Georgia

Providence canyon Georgia

Often termed as “Little Grand Canyon”, Providence Canyon is a must-see beautiful destination in Georgia. The unusual geological formations with colorful ravines and towering sandstones make the ever-evolving landscape a perfect spot for exploration & photography.

The massive gullies caused by poor agricultural practices during the 1800s today makes up for the prettiest vista. The canyon’s hued soils make for natural painting in this quaint park. On the soft-bedded, sandy hiking trails you’ll find a thin layer of water along the trail.

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Macon – a pretty city to visit in Georgia filled with history, stunning architecture and Southern charm

Macon - beauty spots in Georgia

Macon - beauty spots in Georgia

Located about 85 miles southeast of Atlanta, Macon is the perfect destination for Southern adventure. A pretty city with a rich history, incredible architecture, and music heritage, Macon is “Where Soul Lives”. Hike to the area’s 17,000 years of heritage at Ocmulgee National Monument which includes a reconstructed earthen lodge or strolls down the streets and discover the state’s largest collection of African-American art in Tubman Museum.

At every landmark, you’ll discover the untold stories of the Civil War. Pay tribute to Macon’s native son, Otis Redding, at his life-size statue along the spacious avenues with art galleries and antique boutiques, Macon is a proud home to diverse cultures and architecture.  

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Lookout Mountain – one of Georgia’s natural beauty spots and a popular place to visit

Lookout Mountain, Georgia

Lookout Mountain

Definitely one of the most beautiful places to visit in Georgia, Lookout Mountain is a wonderful and striking mountain ridge located at the northwest corner of the state. As well as offering truly stunning views and beautiful surroundings it’s also the place where you can view the most states at once.

Located 25 miles from three different states, when the skies are clear (and with a good set of binoculars handy) you can see up to seven different states if you try hard enough – visit and see for yourself! 

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Lake Allatoona – one of the most beautiful lakes to explore in Georgia

Lake Allatoona

Lake Allatoona Georgia

Situated on the Etowah River, beautiful Lake Allatoona is a popular spot for campers, anglers, boaters, kayakers, and hikers seeking fun adventure away from the hustle-bustle of Atlanta. Allatoona Lake is managed by the Army Corps.

With majestic vistas and starry nights, this place is full of things you’ll love to explore. Soak in some sun at the Bartow Beach nestled in a cove or hike the Iron Hill trail on the Red Top Mountain State Park along the shores of Allatoona Lake, there’s so much variety of options to fulfill your adventurous desire.

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Atlanta Botanical Garden – a breathtaking and beautiful oasis located in the hip city of Atlanta

Atlanta Botanical Garden Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Apart from stunning landscapes and attractions, Gainesville is a new destination for connecting beauty with the natural world. Founded in 1976, the garden has developed a robust horticulture program and one of the largest conservation nursery.

With an informative visitor center, outdoor gardens, model train garden, and amphitheater, it hosts exciting events, art exhibitions, and educational programs. Besides, it is also home to the Canopy Walk, a 600-foot long skywalk that provides a scenic view of the gardens below.

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Northeast Georgia Mountains – home to stunning scenery, gentle peaks and rushing waters

Northeast Georgia Mountains

Northeast Georgia Mountain

Often referred to as Georgia Mountains, the Northeast Georgia Mountains’ picturesque beauty, countryside, tumbling waterfalls and gentle-mountains provide a much-needed escape away from the bustling city. One of the oldest mountain chains that end in Georgia is the Blue Ridge.

Tucked in Chattahoochee National Forest, Blue Ridge offers excellent hiking, scenic drives, and farm-fresh produce. Brasstown Bald, the highest point in the Blue Ridge Mountains is known to display the season’s first fall colors. Hike to the top for a panoramic 360-degree view and witness the four states from the visitor center. With sublime views and lush forests, the Brasstown Bald offers a secluded retreat.

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Amicalola Falls State Park – Georgia’s beautiful gem to explore which is home to the state’s highest waterfall

Amicalola Falls Amicalola Falls Georgia

Nestled in North Georgia Mountains, northeast of Dawsonville is Georgia’s most visited State Park. The beautiful Amicalola Falls State Park spills down a towering bluff, falling 720 feet into a mossy forest. Also known as “tumbling waters” in the Cherokee language, this state park of Georgia was established in 1940.

Relax in the confinement of nature or hike along the most popular trails through the park, the mesmerizing vistas and spectacular sunsets of Amicalola Falls offer a friendly mountain getaway. Play, explore, and discover from a range of fun-filled activities at the Amicalola Falls Visitors center. 

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Tybee Island – a beautiful barrier island to explore that is home to wide, sandy beaches and historic pier and lighthouse

Tybee Island - beautiful places to visit in Georgia

Tybee Island Georgia

Probably the closest beach to Savannah, pretty Tybee Island is one of the top-rated beaches in the US. Bursting with history & fun in the sun, Tybee Island has beautiful sandy beaches perfect for water sports and swimming. An answer to the perfect beach vacation, a nature lover’s paradise, and the biggest catch for fishing enthusiasts, this barrier island has got you covered.

Travel back in time with the historically preserved Tybee Lighthouse and Museum. Paddle over the pristine and uninhabited Little Tybee Island for quaint camping and kayaking. Tybee Island is a tranquil getaway for the residents of Savannah.

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Callaway Gardens – one of the prettiest spots to explore in Georgia

Callaway Gardens Georgia

 Callaway Gardens - best places to visit in Georgia

A true National Natural landmark, the Callaway Gardens was established in 1952. Located along the Pine Mountains, the Callaway Gardens connects you to nature with a beautiful collection of fauna and flora.

Featuring a variety of recreational activities, Callaway Gardens is Georgia’s authentic destination for beautiful gardens, golf, lodging, dining and much more. Soak up some sun in the Robin Lake Beach or hike along the Pine Mountain trail, this place is full of seasonal events.

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Appalachian National Scenic Trail – the world’s longest hiking-only trail filled with stunning scenery

 Appalachian National Scenic Trail

 Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Also referred to as Appalachian Trail or A.T., this marked hiking trail extends from Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. Extending about 2,200 miles, the exact length is rerouted or modifies over time.

The hike along this trail traverses scenic woods, pastoral, and wildlands of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. Established in 1937, today the trail is managed by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and numerous state agencies. Passing through 14 states and 8 national forests, hiking the entire trail takes five to seven months.

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Madison – one of the prettiest towns to visit in Georgia

Madison Madison Georgia

The pretty historic district of Madison is located just an hour from Atlanta. Spared from the destruction of the Civil War, Madison is a true gem along the Antebellum Trail. Today, as much as 100 antebellum homes have been restored. Designated as one of the state’s “Historic Heartland Cities”, this town is one of the most picturesque villages you’ll come across.

The pristine antebellum homes are monitored by the historical society. The Heritage Hall, Rogers House, and Rose Cottage will introduce you to the historical amenities of Madison.

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Cumberland Island – a beautiful place to visit in Georgia home to protected beaches, maritime forest and wild horses

Cumberland Island horses Cumberland Island

A ferry ride of about 45 minutes from St. Mary’s and you’ll head to Georgia’s largest and southernmost barrier island. The Cumberland Island covers approx. 36,000 acres of land with unspoiled beaches, wide marshes and white sands with a variety of wildlife is a National Park and National Seashore.

Little Cumberland Island is connected to the main island by a marsh. With a deep history of the inhabitants and settlements, you can have a glimpse of the Ruins of Dungeness and Greyfield Inn. It’s also a great place to visit in Georgia if you’re an animal lover – this place is home to a band of beautiful feral horses living and wandering free on the island. 

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Stone Mountain Park – Atlanta’s favorite destination for family fun

Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain Park Georgia

Spread across 3,200 acres of vast natural beauty, the Stone Mountain Park is Georgia’s most visited attractions. The scenic park for some of the prettiest scenery for the visitors. Home to the world’s largest piece of exposed granite, this natural wonderland is a fun destination for family and friends.

Take a sky ride to the carved peak or ride a scenic train around the mountain, this stunning place is full of natural beauty. End your day with the world’s largest Laser show for a perfect evening.

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Three Sisters Vineyards and Winery – a place to explore the untapped beauty of North Georgia’s wine country

Three Sisters Vineyards

Dahlonega’s first family farm winery, the Three Sisters Vineyards is a go-to destination for wine lovers visiting the North Georgia Mountains and Dahlonega-Lumpkin County. Inspired by the scenic view of Lumpkin County’s Three Sisters Mountains, the Three Sisters Winery has been offering a vast selection of premium wines & tastings since 1996.

This vineyard is a perfect place to relax and enjoy some of the best wines in Georgia. This small family-oriented farm is a fun destination for visitors and wine enthusiasts.

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    Erin

    14 November, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    Great list. Cumberland Island is such a relatively unknown island that I almost hate for you to let the secret out. 🙂 I love how pristine it is with only a small number of tourists visiting.

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