Georgia - the Last of the 13 Colonies

Georgia – the Last of the 13 Colonies

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According to simplyyellowpages, Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi . Founded in 1732, it is also the youngest of the states of the Southern Union. Here you can still find the touch of the “Old South”, as you know it from films like “Gone with the wind”, but also a modern, pulsating life in the capital Atlanta (“New South”).

There are stately properties from the “slave era” as well as modern industrial buildings and skyscrapers in the cities. The palette ranges from the elegant, light sleepiness of Savannah to the hustle and bustle of Atlanta. The state is nicknamed “Empire State of the South” and “Peach State” (peach = peach). The landscape is varied. In the northeast there are mountains, in the south the Okefenokee swamp, numerous rivers and numerous islands off the coastline. Information on Georgia is available on the site in English and the site in German

Like the landscape, the climate changes from the low humidity in the Blue Ridge Mountains to subtropical conditions on the southern coast. In summer it is humid and humid.

The capital Atlanta is the synonym for a – successful – New South, a business-driven, non-discriminatory coexistence of black and white. Major global companies such as Coca Cola and CNN have their headquarters here. The largest cities are Atlanta (over 420,000 residents), Columbus (170,000 residents), Macon (117,000 residents), Savannah (over 140,000 residents) and Albany (around 75,000 residents).

Georgia Dream Pass or Special Offers

Travelers to Georgia received discounts on around 80 attractions within the southern state with the free Dream Pass. The provisional passport was printed out from the Internet and issued definitively upon first payment in the US. In 2010 the state changed the system. Now there are the so-called Special offers. The special offers offer discount campaigns without a card.

Main sights

The capital of Georgia is a travel destination in itself.

Stone Mountain Park
1,280 hectares of forest and lake landscape 24 km east of Atlanta with the world’s largest granite monolith (Stone Mountain with reliefs of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and the two Southern States generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson), Antebellum Plantation, iron and Cable car, riverboat tour, car & music museum.

Famous squares from when the city was built, houses and gardens from before the American Civil War.

Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain
Famous garden with woods and lakes.

Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park
USA’s first national military park. The Confederate troops were victorious at Chickamauga Creek in Georgia, the Union troops in Tennessee.

Georgia’s Most Beautiful Motorway: Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway
The 41-mile route runs through Chattahoochee National and the Southern Appalachians. Some of the most beautiful sections include Unicoi and Vogel state parks, Anna Ruby Falls Scenic Area, High Shoals Creek Falls Scenic Area, Raven Cliff Falls & Wilderness Area, Dukes Creek Falls, Smithgall-Woods Dukes Creek Conservation Area and Tray Mountain Wilderness.

The byway begins in Robertstown and leads north along SR 17/75, then southwest along SR 180, southeast on SR 348, and the tour ends on SR 75 Alternate.


In Atlanta and Fulton County, hotels in addition to the 6% sales tax levy a further “hotel charge” of 7%, so that the taxes added to the room rate total 13% (as of 1999).

Official Georgia Welcome Center

  • At Insterstate 75
  • Southbound: Between exits 141 and 142, 3 miles from the Tennessee state line.
  • Northbound: Between exits 1 and 2, 3 miles from the Florida state line.
  • Off Interstate 95
  • Southbound: On the Georgia- South Carolina state line.
  • Northbound: On the Georgia- Florida state line.


Atlanta lies in the north of Georgia in connection with the Blue Ridge Mountains, the southern foothills of the Apalachians. It is a huge city, divided into several counties, with a total area of ​​around 8,000 square kilometers and around 3 million residents, of which around 500,000 are in the narrower urban area.

Atlanta Downtown | Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport | Public Transportation in Atlanta | Stone Mountain Park | Sweet Auburn Historic District

Interstate 285 – perimeter – encloses the city area like a ring. Interstates 20, 75 and 85 and Georgia Highway 400 also lead to Atlanta. Atlanta is busy and considered the center of the New South. The city of Martin Luther King with a population of more than 60% colored people has overcome racial segregation. Atlanta is home to one airport, Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport. But you can also rely on public transport in the city.


Atlanta has several centers, almost each a city of its own with different characteristics: Downtown, Sweet Auburn Historic District and Stone Mountain Park.

This is one of the most famous museums in Atlanta Margaret Mitchell House (990 Peachtree Street). The house is open all year round, guided tours take place from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The American writer. Mitchell wrote the best-selling novel of the 20th century in 1936, ” Blown by the wind “(Gone with the wind). In “Gone with the Wind” she used the example of the landowner Scarlett O’Hara to describe the fall of the southern states in the American Civil War. In 1936 she received the Pulitzer Prize. The book was made into a film, starring Glark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh, who won an Oscar for the lead role of Scarlett O’Hara. There were a total of nine Oscars for the filming.
The Mitchell house was restored by Mercedes Benz and can be viewed.

Climate and Weather

Atlanta is roughly on the same level as Gibraltar, so the sun is much stronger than in Central Europe. Spring and autumn are pleasant seasons, the summer is particularly hot and sometimes oppressively humid, and there are frequent thunderstorms in July.


Atlanta is one of the cities with the highest crime rates in the United States. Nevertheless, the average tourist does not notice much of this if he takes basic safety precautions to heart. The actual poor areas are between downtown and the airport, they should be avoided. The area around the Martin Luther King Historical District is also considered to be risky. You should n’t use the subway in the dark outside of downtown Atlanta.


Peachtree Center and Omni Center have a number of elegant boutiques. The Lennox Square Hall and the Phipps Plaza are good shopping malls in the suburbs, which are accessible by MARTA buses.

Georgia - the Last of the 13 Colonies