The state of Georgia in the south-eastern United States is bordered by Florida to the south, the Atlantic Ocean and South Carolina to the east, Alabama to the west, and Tennessee and North Carolina to the north. The northern part of Georgia is in the Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountains system, while its southern part consists of a coastal plain. Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River in terms of land area, and it is the fourth largest in terms of total area. Its capital and most populous city is Atlanta. The climate in the majority of Georgia is humid subtropical, with hot and humid summers.
What to see & do
Many of the major tourist attractions in Georgia are in the capital city Atlanta. Some of the most important are the World of Coke, Georgia Aquarium, and Stone Mountain. Receiving more than four million tourists annually, Stone Mountain is Georgia’s most famous attraction. Georgia Aquarium was the largest aquarium in the world, according to Guinness World Records in 2010. Travellers can also get out of the busy city to visit other travel destinations in the state. In western Georgia is a popular family resort, the Callaway Gardens, which is also a hotspot for golfers. The Savannah Historic District in Savannah, Georgia was declared as a National Historic Landmark District in 1966, and is one of the largest of its kind in the country. In here, tourists will get to view 18th- and 19th- century architecture and green spaces. The district encompasses the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low (founder of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America), the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences (one of the South’s first public museums), the First African Baptist Church, Temple Mickve Israel, the Central of Georgia Railway roundhouse complex, the old Colonial Cemetery, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and Old Harbor Light. Meanwhile on the Atlantic coast of Georgia, near Brunswick, is the Golden Isles, which are barrier islands that have beaches, golf courses, and the Cumberland Island National Seashore. Other notable places of historic significance in Georgia include the Little White House in Warm Springs, President Jimmy Carter’s hometown of Plains and the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, and the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. There are also 63 parks in the state where recreation activities can be enjoyed.
How to get around within Georgia
Transportation in Georgia is managed by the Georgia Department of Transportation. The major Interstate Highways in the state are I-75 and I-85. Georgia also has two deepwater seaports (Savannah and Brunswick) and two river ports (Bainbridge and Columbus). The main public transportation system in Atlanta is the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), which operates a network of bus routes connected to a rapid transit system. MARTA operates in Fulton and DeKalb counties, with bus service to two destinations in Cobb County and the Cumberland Transfer Center, as well as a single rail station in Clayton County at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. In addition, MARTA also operates a paratransit service for persons with disability.
How to get there
Atlanta in the US state of Georgia is a major hub for travel throughout the Southeastern United States. The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, located seven miles or 11 kilometres south of the central business district of Atlanta, is the world’s busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic and of number of landings and take-offs. The airport serves as a primary hub for Delta Air Lines and Delta Connection partner ExpressJet, and a focus city for Southwest Airlines. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport provides international service to North America, South America, Central America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.