Located in the southeastern U.S., Georgia—the Peach State—is the largest state east of the Mississippi in land mass. Its more than 9 million people live and work amid a geographical backdrop that stretches from mountains and farmlands to forests and the ocean. Bordered by South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and Florida, the state offers visitors a hearty mix of outdoor and historical activities.
Amateur and professional historians explore Georgia’s role in the American Civil War at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, which commemorate two of the key battles of the war fought on Georgia soil. A national cemetery and prisoner-of-war museum can be found at Andersonville National Historic Site.
Those who visit the state's capital, Atlanta, can tour the world's largest aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium, or pursue more of the South’s past at the Atlanta History Center. This 33-acre campus is located in the polished Buckhead district and includes a Civil War museum and rare antebellum home. The Margaret Mitchell House, where the renowned author penned Gone with the Wind, is located in Midtown Atlanta.
Communities along the Georgia coast include Savannah, a picturesque, well-preserved city known for its stately squares and mansions. Visitors can browse shops and galleries in Savannah's Historic District or view 18th and 19th-century art at the Telfair Academy. One of the larger islands along the Atlantic coast is St. Simons Island, with a lighthouse that has been in operation since 1872, and three modern-day golf courses. Families enjoy camping, hiking and beachcombing on Jekyll Island. Both islands are accessible by car.
The northern part of the state boasts a diverse topography that includes the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Savannah River. The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest spans 866,468 acres of the region, offering visitors countless recreational activities along its rivers, streams and trails.
Head to the western part of the state for more outdoor fun at the 9,049-acre F.D. Roosevelt State Park. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s vacation home, Little White House, is now a museum in the nearby town of Warm Springs, and is open to visitors.