From visiting incredible historic places to deserted beaches that are home to wild horses, the diversity of the state of Georgia is unmatched. This road trip begins in West Georgia (Columbus), travels up to Atlanta, then to the Northeast Georgia Mountains (Dawsonville). You’ll drive south from the mountains to the eastern side of an Atlanta suburb (Stone Mountain) before heading down along the Atlantic Coast to the largest and southernmost barrier island of Georgia (Cumberland Island) where wild horses roam.
This road trip takes you on a big sweep from one side of the state to the other and ending up on the most unique deserted island you’ve ever seen. Of course there are many other Georgia attractions along the way that are fabulous but it depends on how much time you have (message me for questions). For now, here’s a few ideas for a simple road trip to must-see places in Georgia that are fun to share with your family:
1. National Infantry Museum
For all of you history buffs out there, this museum in Columbus Georgia is a must visit. From tanks to sprawling fields green grass for picnics, this museum offers the best place for the whole family to enjoy some patriotic fun. There are over 65,000 artifacts to browse, so if you have a kiddo that’s a history buff, then this is the museum for you because it profiles the 238 year old history of the US Army from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror.
Visit the National Infantry Museum for free but donations are welcome!
2. The World of Coca-Cola
This museum in Atlanta Georgia chronicles the over centuries long history of this mammoth corporation and it features exhibits at the end of the tour that offers a tasting of Coca-Cola products from all over the world. Walk through and walk kids be amazed (you probably will be too) at how America’s most popular drink come to be and is now made all over the world. Walking distance from the World of Coca Cola is the beautiful Centennial Park, the CNN experience, and the Georgia Aquarium.
3. Amicalola Falls
Check this little known state park in Dawsonville Georgia, a mere 50 mile road trip from Atlanta. This gorgeous park is the gateway to the southern section of the Georgia to Maine Appalachian Trail. There’s a 57-room luxury lodge that sits atop the 739 cascading waterfall where the main activities to enjoy is hiking and just taking it easy.
4. Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park in Stone Mountain Georgia is one of the state’s most favorite family places for fun activities. There are so many annual festivals and events, that you will want to go back year after year. There is everything from hot air ballooning, hiking, tennis, fishing, golf and more, they have a 360 acre lake along with 2 golf courses. So, don’t miss this fantastic theme park this summer!
5. Cumberland Island National Seashore
St. Mary’s is the gateway to Cumberland Island, Georgia’s largest and southernmost barrier island. Catch the ferry from the mainland and see the pristine maritime forests, undeveloped beaches and wide marshes that whisper the stories of both man and nature. Natives, missionaries, enslaved African-Americans and wealthy industrialists all walked here. You know, the Carnegies?! It’s also the site where J.F.K. Jr. and Carolyn Bessette had their secret wedding. The island offers rustic camping as well as a luxurious 5-star Inn. Visit Cumberland Island Georgia before the temperature gets too high!
I’ve written in detail about Amicalola Falls and Stone Mountain in my post, Vacation Spots in Georgia (the 7 Wonders!).
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