Explore Georgia

Explore Georgia Welcome to the Explore Georgia page - a place for you to discover and plan your next Georgia vacation. We’re glad Georgia's On Your Mind. Use #ExploreGeorgia to share your adventures with us!
The Explore Georgia page is managed by the Georgia Department of Economic Development's Tourism Division a state government organization that markets Georgia to the world by encouraging business investment and trade, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a go-to location for tourism, film, music, digital entertainment, and the arts. Browse through suggested experiences or itineraries, post pictures of your adventures, comment on your trip, connect with other Georgia explorers and discover all the places to explore! Visit www.exploregeorgia.org to search upcoming events and adventures.

Explore Georgia is THE place for you to discover and plan your next Georgia vacation. We're constantly updating our website with new trip ideas, events and must-see attractions. We also publish several guides every year to help you plan your trip to the peachy state of Georgia: http://www.exploregeorgia.org/brochures

Mission: With genuine hospitality, we inspire and promote travel to and within Georgia.

Sunsets on St. Simons Island 😍😍😍📷: @johnvaladas. IG
07/12/2019

Sunsets on St. Simons Island 😍😍😍

📷: @johnvaladas. IG

🎉🎉🎉Georgia just earned THREE spots on Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards!Cumberland Island and the Golden Isles were n...
07/10/2019

🎉🎉🎉Georgia just earned THREE spots on Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards!

Cumberland Island and the Golden Isles were named the #3 and #4 spots for the “Best Islands in the US" and Visit Savannah was named #4 on the list of “Best US Cities!" https://bit.ly/2xE1o2r

What is your favorite BBQ spot around the state?
07/09/2019
The Best Barbecue Joints in Georgia

What is your favorite BBQ spot around the state?

From the coast to the Piedmont, the metro hub and beyond, Georgia is home to some of the world’s best barbecue. Spicy, sweet, smoky and smothered with homemade sauces, there is no end to the creative forces behind the [...]

Who else has already binge-watched Stranger Things Season 3 like us?! Did you know it is filmed in Georgia? At Escape Wo...
07/09/2019

Who else has already binge-watched Stranger Things Season 3 like us?! Did you know it is filmed in Georgia?

At Escape Woods in Powder Springs, GA, you can play an escape-room type game through Hopper and 11’s cabin!

In this adventure, you and your team will have to explore the actual cabin from the show to decipher clues, unlock doors, and solve the mystery before time runs out. http://bit.ly/30mLgiq

The whole fam will love exploring these quirky places around the state.
07/08/2019
5 Family-Fun Eccentric Excursions in Georgia

The whole fam will love exploring these quirky places around the state.

This isn't a complete list of the bit of eccentric excursions we have in Georgia, but it is a compilation of our favorites!

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07/07/2019
9 Great Spots to Camp in Georgia

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Set up your tent and enjoy the scenery at these state parks and other remarkable camping locations across the state.

Summertime in Georgia means one thing: PEACH SEASON.
07/06/2019
Where to Get Fresh Georgia Peaches

Summertime in Georgia means one thing: PEACH SEASON.

Summertime in Georgia means one thing: peach season! From farms to restaurants, wineries and events, here's where to go to enjoy the fruit at its peak.

HBD America!! We hope you have a safe and happy Fourth of July! If you need us today, we’ll be singing Born in the USA, ...
07/04/2019

HBD America!! We hope you have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

If you need us today, we’ll be singing Born in the USA, Party in the USA, God Bless the USA and all America-themed songs on repeat. All. Day. Long. 🎉🎸 🇺🇸

🎉Georgia's own Chick-fil-A was just named America’s favorite fast food restaurant in customer satisfaction for fourth ye...
07/02/2019

🎉Georgia's own Chick-fil-A was just named America’s favorite fast food restaurant in customer satisfaction for fourth year in a row! http://bit.ly/304sThX

📷: @girlcangrub, IG

Happy Birthday week, #America! 🇺🇸 What are you doing and where are you celebrating in Georgia? 📍: Visit Tybee📸: Riverrat...
07/02/2019

Happy Birthday week, #America! 🇺🇸 What are you doing and where are you celebrating in Georgia?

📍: Visit Tybee
📸: Riverrat Productions

07/01/2019
Atlanta Braves

Happy Birthday to the legendary Walter Banks!! Keep Choppin!

During his 54-year (and counting) career with the Braves, Walter Banks has made everyone feel special. But, today is his day.

Happy 80th Birthday, Walter! ❤️ #ChopOn

07/01/2019
Georgia On My Mind Night at the Ryman

On Wednesday, July 17, Georgia is taking over Nashville, y'all!

Get ready for a star-studded night when The Peach Pickers (@Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins & Ben Hayslip host the sixth annual Georgia On My Mind concert at the Ryman Auditorium.

Tickets are selling out fast! Grab your tix here >> https://www.ryman.com/events/georgia-on-my-mind-2019/

Hear your favorite Georgia music - all for a good cause! Proceeds benefit the Georgia Music Foundation. 🎸

Spanish moss and wild horses... just a few things you'll discover on Cumberland Island National Seashore.Plan your trip ...
06/29/2019

Spanish moss and wild horses... just a few things you'll discover on Cumberland Island National Seashore.

Plan your trip to our island >> https://goo.gl/5rrxPJ

📷: Kelly Berry

Did you know Savannah has a cathedral that looks like this?! 😍 If you can believe it, it’s even more beautiful in person...
06/28/2019

Did you know Savannah has a cathedral that looks like this?! 😍 If you can believe it, it’s even more beautiful in person. https://savannahcathedral.org/

📷: @elizabetheverywhere

Do you know about the St. Simons Island Tree Spirits? If you look closely at certain majestic oak trees that cover the i...
06/26/2019

Do you know about the St. Simons Island Tree Spirits? If you look closely at certain majestic oak trees that cover the island, it's possible to find one gazing back at you! Legend has it, the images immortalize the countless sailors who lost their lives at sea aboard the mighty sailing ships that were once made from St. Simons Island oak.

In the 1980's, artist Keith Jennings decided to make his mark on St. Simons Island, carving about 20 faces from the island's famous oak trees. Each unique face is hand-carved, taking the artist between two and four days to complete.

Want to find one on your next trip to SSI? The Golden Isles Welcome Center has a map that shows you where you can find them! http://bit.ly/2XcodsL

With fireworks, parades and more, Georgia knows how to celebrate Independence Day! 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸
06/25/2019
Celebrate July Fourth with a Bang

With fireworks, parades and more, Georgia knows how to celebrate Independence Day! 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸

From the mountains to the beaches and everywhere in between, Georgia's cities and towns celebrate Independence Day with a variety of parades, festivals and, of course, fireworks!

Next time you Visit Savannah, make sure to add a trip to Wormsloe Historic Site to your list! Learn more >> http://bit.l...
06/24/2019

Next time you Visit Savannah, make sure to add a trip to Wormsloe Historic Site to your list!

Learn more >> http://bit.ly/2Zxn9Ns

📷: @alexhbrock, IG

Did you know Georgia has a drive-thru safari park with 65 types of exotic animals?! Wild Animal Safari is located in Pin...
06/21/2019

Did you know Georgia has a drive-thru safari park with 65 types of exotic animals?!

Wild Animal Safari is located in Pine Mountain on over 500 acres.
Take a drive on the 3.5 mile adventure in your own vehicle, ride on the complimentary bus tour or rent your own Zebra Van.

Check out what @@readyseteverywhere (IG) said:

“This is the face you make when you experience your first giraffe drool! 😂🦒👅I love everything about this picture.
I love the old van they let us rent that shows wear and tear from 100+ free roaming friendly animals coming up for attention and treats. I love that sweet (and gorgeous) giraffe that slowly learned to trust us after a few minutes. And I love love LOVE getting to share our passion for animals with the boys on our travels!!!”

QUESTION for y'all: If someone is coming to Atlanta for the first time (or its been a while since they've visited), what...
06/20/2019

QUESTION for y'all: If someone is coming to Atlanta for the first time (or its been a while since they've visited), what is one thing they should do, see or experience?

📷: @alessiorloreti

Surrounded by the Okefenokee, North America's largest blackwater swamp, Stephen C. Foster State Park is the only dark sk...
06/17/2019
Ways to Enjoy the Stars at Georgia's Dark Sky Park

Surrounded by the Okefenokee, North America's largest blackwater swamp, Stephen C. Foster State Park is the only dark sky park in the Southeast designated by the International Dark-Sky Association.

Paddle, gaze and sleep under the most brilliant stars in the South in the legendary Okefenokee Swamp.

Heading to Visit Savannah soon? Check out our guide to the Hostess City!
06/16/2019
Guide to Savannah

Heading to Visit Savannah soon? Check out our guide to the Hostess City!

Scenic Savannah, the Hostess City, is full of reasons to visit. Here are a few quick tips for things to do, places to stay, great restaurants and events you'll love.

The great Georgia outdoors are calling your name!
06/15/2019
50 Ways to Get Outside

The great Georgia outdoors are calling your name!

Want to hike majestic mountains? Explore urban trails? Fish in secluded lakes? You can do all that and more in Georgia. This list will help get you started.

06/14/2019
Fetch Park

Do you love dogs as much as we do? Unleash & unwind at Fetch Park & Ice House, Atlanta’s only dog park bar. 🐶 🍻🐶

#MondayMotivation to plan your summer beach trip to Visit Tybee! ☀️ 🏖 ☀️ 📷: @sav.uav, IG
06/11/2019

#MondayMotivation to plan your summer beach trip to Visit Tybee! ☀️ 🏖 ☀️

📷: @sav.uav, IG

Here are the 10 best places to see stars in Georgia and some tips for taking photographs of the night sky! 🌃✨📷
06/10/2019
Chasing Milky Way in Georgia

Here are the 10 best places to see stars in Georgia and some tips for taking photographs of the night sky! 🌃✨📷

Capturing the glorious arch of our Milky way galaxy has always been my favorite pastimes. They say you have to walk through the darkness of the world to be able to see even the silver of the light. And that is true in the realm of astro photography.

From the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere to the longest zipline in the world, here are 15 things you can only...
06/09/2019
15 Places You Can Find Only in Georgia

From the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere to the longest zipline in the world, here are 15 things you can only find in Georgia.

How many have you explored?

From the mountains to the coast, Georgia's many incredible places include some unique titles and some quirky landmarks you'll find only here.

There is something truly magical about our Cumberland Island. ✨Plan your trip >> http://bit.ly/2XcuTDG📷: @upabovegeorgia...
06/08/2019

There is something truly magical about our Cumberland Island. ✨
Plan your trip >> http://bit.ly/2XcuTDG

📷: @upabovegeorgia, IG

The secret is out!
06/07/2019
5 Secret Ways to Enjoy Georgia Lakes

The secret is out!

Before you choose your next adventure, read these little known secrets about five of Georgia's lakes to add a bit of color to your trip.

Here are some of our favorite things to do in Georgia's Bavarian village.
06/05/2019
Things to Do in Helen, Georgia

Here are some of our favorite things to do in Georgia's Bavarian village.

Travel to Germany without leaving Georgia with a visit to Helen, White County and the Sautee and Nacoochee areas.

06/04/2019
Old Car City USA

Old Car City USA in White, Georgia is the world’s largest known classic car junkyard! It started as a small general store in 1931 and is still family owned and operated today.

Enjoy the Old South environment, folk art, ghosts of beautiful classic cars, and much more. With over 34 acres and over 4,000 American-made cars from the early 20th Century, these cars, trucks, vans, and even a couple school buses this is place is totally Gram-worthy!

Learn more >> http://bit.ly/2Xr5dn2

📹: @landonspringervisuals, IG

From road trips and water parks to quirky landmarks and drive-in movies, here are the best ways to explore Georgia this ...
06/02/2019
10 Best Things to Do this Summer in Georgia

From road trips and water parks to quirky landmarks and drive-in movies, here are the best ways to explore Georgia this summer. ☀️

Road trips to quirky landmarks, water parks, drive-in movies and many more of the hottest ways to explore Georgia this summer.

There's magic and wonder around every corner on Cumberland Island. ✨Check out our guide to the island >> http://bit.ly/2...
05/30/2019

There's magic and wonder around every corner on Cumberland Island. ✨

Check out our guide to the island >> http://bit.ly/2XcuTDG

📷: @johnmlee_

Don't miss the lavender festival at Red Oak Lavender Farm in Dahlonega on Saturday, June 15!
05/29/2019
Georgia Lavender Farms, Festivals & Foods

Don't miss the lavender festival at Red Oak Lavender Farm in Dahlonega on Saturday, June 15!

If you love lavender, you'll swoon over these farms, festivals and foods made in Georgia dedicated to this aromatic flower.

Today, we remember the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Thank you to all those who have se...
05/27/2019

Today, we remember the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Thank you to all those who have served our country. 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸

📷: Brian Brown

Monday Motivation: It's {almost} tubing time in Helen, y’all! ☀️ Who wants to go with us? Here are the best places to go...
05/21/2019

Monday Motivation: It's {almost} tubing time in Helen, y’all! ☀️ Who wants to go with us?

Here are the best places to go tubing around the state >> https://goo.gl/h9NNhN

05/19/2019
The Aquarium on Animal Planet

Animal Planet is taking you behind the scenes of the Georgia Aquarium to show you the lives of the animals that call the 10 million gallons at the Aquarium home.

Don't miss the premiere of The Aquarium tonight, May 19, on Animal Planet at 8:00 p.m. EST!

Check out our insider guide to visiting the aquarium here >> http://bit.ly/2WR5SOq

It's time to go chasin' some waterfalls...
05/18/2019
10 Georgia Waterfalls Worthy of a Walk in the Woods

It's time to go chasin' some waterfalls...

The beauty of Georgia's waterfalls can lure even the not-so-outdoorsy types off the beaten path and into picture-perfect wilds. Follow this guide to 10 spectacular North Georgia waterfalls.

Tybee Island is magical. ✨Josh Stewart Photography
05/16/2019

Tybee Island is magical. ✨

Josh Stewart Photography

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