Established in 1732, Georgia was one of the original 13 colonies in America. It still retains much of its history throughout the state, despite having some of the most modern cities and prominent cultural hubs in the United States. From breathtaking mountain scenery to relaxing beaches, Georgia offers the perfect escape. Here are 13 of the most beautiful cities and towns in the state which show the best of colonial USA and the South.
When looking for picturesque towns that capture the spirit of Georgia, it’s hard to beat Ellijay. Known as the Apple Capital of Georgia and with its own apple festival, the small town has a big reputation thanks to the abundance of open air activities. You can spend an afternoon whitewater kayaking if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, or tackle the peaks of the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains. There are some great places to stay here too, like Mulberry Gap which is excellent for biking excursions.
This historic destination in the southwest of Georgia has been named a Great American Main Street and recognised by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Excitingly, for 2021, there’s a new hotel in the historic downtown district for the first time in 100 years. Hotel guests can enjoy views that overlook famous Thomasville sites including church steeples, the courthouse cupola, water tower and picturesque street scenes.
Music fans will probably already know about Macon. The town is synonymous with the early Southern rock scene and was once home to legendary artists like Otis Reading, Little Richard and James Brown. You can still visit the Douglass Theatre where Reading was discovered and see the stunning Grand Opera House where Ray Charles once performed on stage. If you make your way here then you should also take a trip to Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park which highlights a remarkable 17,000 years of continuous human habitation.