The Very Best of Georgia

Ray Charles said it best, I’ve got Georgia on my Mind, ya’ll!  From mountains, to cities, historic sites and beaches, Georgia’s got it all!

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  1. North Georgia is home to the Blue Ridge Mountains and boasts peaks near 5000 feet above sea level. Our favorite mountain town is Helen, which sits in the north east corner of the state. Covering just over two square miles, Helen boasts more charm and packs in more fun than most larger cities! Visitors will be captivated by it’s Bavarian inspired architecture and picturesque downtown. There are plenty of stores for shopping including boutique gift shops, galleries, and even a handmade toy shop. While there are several fine dining options located along the Chattahoochee River, there are several more family friendly options for authentic German cuisine including Bodensee’s and Cafe International. Don’t forget to save room for dessert at Hansel and Gretel’s candy shop! If you’re looking for adventure, go tubing down the Chattahoochee, ziplining through the mountain range, or take a paved hike to Anna Ruby Falls. Anna Ruby Falls is a personal favorite for my family! It’s made up of twin waterfalls and is the perfect photo op. The half mile hike to the falls is scenic, paved, and accessible for everyone. When you’re ready to wander off the main path, choose from several other hiking trails on site or within Unicoi State Park. Unicoi State Park and Lodge offers offers hiking, biking, swimming, canoeing, and overnight accommodations. Visitors can stay in their hotel-like lodge, cabins, or campground. For more more information on the activities mentioned, visit Explore Georgia.pasted image 0 (11)

 

2. Atlanta is the state’s capital and is a financial and international transportation hub. It’s also an amazing tourist destination with too many attractions to list! Here are a few of our family-friendly favorites:

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The Georgia Aquarium is the largest in the U.S. and is a must-see for children and adults. Get up close with a whale shark, attend their sea lion presentation, and be awed by their dolphin celebration. You can even go “Behind the Seas” for $15 to see how the aquarium cares for these amazing animals.

Travel 15 miles east of Atlanta and you’ll see Stone Mountain. This massive mountain spans 600 acres and boasts a historical carving that covers more than three acres. A natural playground, Stone Mountain offers a plethora of kid friendly activities. Start by taking a cable car to the top of the mountain to enjoy scenic views including the downtown Atlanta skyline. Later take a 5 mile train ride along it’s base on a genuine 1940’s locomotive or test your limits on Skyhike, their tree-top adventure course.

Did you know Coke was invented by an Atlanta pharmacist in 1886? All the more reason to visit the interactive, multimedia Coca-Cola Museum! You’ll be greeted in the lobby with a complimentary soda before learning about their history and production process through a series of galleries and exhibits. And our personal favorite: taste more than 100 beverages bottled by Coca-Cola from around the globe.

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  1. Savannah is a historic city that lies on the east coast of Georgia.  It is an iconic, charming southern city; filled with cobblestone streets, moss laden Oak trees and antebellum homes.  While the list of things to do in Savannah is quite extensive, we’ve narrowed it down to our favorite must-dos!

 

Forsyth Park is the largest park in historic Savannah.  This family friendly 30 acres of land makes it the perfect spot for jogging, sports, concerts and relaxing.  Don’t forget to snap a photo at the famous fountain!

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Fort Pulaski is National Monument located between Savannah and Tybee Island.  During the civil war, the fort was taken by Union troops, and even used for a prison for Confederate Officers.  Today, visitors can tour the ruins (self-guided or guided tours also available), picnic on the grounds, or hike one of several trails.

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Bonaventure Cemetery is located in Thunderbolt, Ga, just East of Savannah on the Wilmington River.  This beautiful, historic cemetery (originally a plantation in the mid 1700s) became famous with the success of the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.  Bonaventure is the final resting place of many confederate soldiers and other veterans, singer and songwriter Johnny Mercer, and Little Gracie, a well loved little girl who passed from pneumonia shortly before Easter in 1889.  The Bonaventure Historical Society offers free guided tours, appropriate for all ages.pasted image 0 (16)

 

The Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist is located in the historic district, on Lafayette Square.  After the slave rebellion in Haiti in the late 1700s, the cathedral became the primary church for free black and immigrants.  The historic church is adorned with gold trim and stained glass, and is the mother church for the Roman Catholic Diocese in Savannah.

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Paved in cobblestones, River Street is the most famous street in Savannah!  As the name implies, it’s located along the Savannah River, and is home to many restaurants, pubs, boutiques, art galleries, and my personal favorite, River Street Sweets (Try their famous pralines)!  River Street is lined with historic buildings that once served as cotton warehouses, and also a holding place for incoming slaves.  It is said to be one of the most haunted places in Savannah.  Be sure to park your car and wear comfortable shoes to see all this street has to offer!

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City Market is located just 2 block from River Street.  The market once served as a meeting ground for residents to buy, sell and trade food, goods and services.  It is now filled with restaurants, galleries and shops. You can grab some of the city’s best pizza here at Vinnie Van GoGo’s.

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How to get around:

 

Savannah is a very walker-friendly city with tons to see and do!  If possible, you will want to choose a centrally located hotel or inn.  The Hyatt, East Bay Inn, and the River Street Inn are all excellent choices located in the historic district.  

 

With so many sights to see, many tourists opt for a guided tour.  Tourists can choose

From carriage tours, trolley tours, walking ghost tours and haunted pub tours.

 

Where to eat:

 

Savannah is known for some seriously amazing cuisine!  If southern soul food is what

you are looking for, Mrs. Wilkes or Paula Deen’s Lady and Sons will hit the spot.

The Pirate’s House is a historic restaurant in downtown Savannah.  Built in 1734, it is the oldest building in the state of Georgia.  It became an inn and gathering place for sailors, travelers, and pirates!  Perhaps the most intriguing part of The Pirate’s House is the underground tunnel that runs from the building out to River Street.  Legend says men would enjoy one to many drinks at the bar, and wake in the morning on a ship, forced to work at sea! The tunnel is now covered, but a portion is still visible to guests in one of the dining rooms.

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In the mood for seafood?  Savannah Seafood Shack has been featured on the Food

Network, The Cooking Channel, and the Travel Channel.

 

  1. Beaches  Georgia’s coastline boasts of hundreds of beautiful beaches.  Dive into nature with a

Camping trip on the natural, undeveloped beaches of Cumberland Island (you may even catch a glimpse of the wild horses!), or take trip back in time on historic Jekyll Island.  No matter what your family fancies, lasting memories are sure to be made on Georgia’s coastline.pasted image 0 (21)

About the Authors:

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Welcome to The MOMBOX! We’re Tori and Sarah, a couple of stay at home moms with a passion for faith, family, food and fitness. We are each military wives, and moms to 4 amazing little ones! We believe being Strong: Body, Mind and Spirit makes us better moms. Join us along our wellness journey!

You can find us online at themombox.net, on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest!

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