Want a shot of patriotism? Visit Georgia. The state is brimming with history and towns upholding the quaint charm that comes to mind when we think of the South.
Georgia also boasts scenic landscapes and great outdoor spaces for camping, hiking and just getting in touch with nature.
Before you set out
Georgia is one of the safest states to drive in. Although the state has a large population of slightly over 10 million, it also has a low motor-accident fatality rate of 1.04 per mile traveled. Georgia is also unique for not requiring drivers to have insurance cards as proof of having car insurance. However, car insurance is still a requirement. Drivers in the state pay an average of $800.6 for car insurance. This is below the national average of $841.2.
If your Georgia car insurance is higher than the state average, consider reviewing your policy for saving opportunities. Sites like CoverHound allow you to input your personal and vehicle information to see quotes from multiple insurers all at once.
Places to visit in Georgia
There’s plenty to do and see in Georgia. The state offers attractions for visitors throughout the year including:
This swampland park offers visitors a combination of breathtaking scenes and inspiring history. The swamp’s name, Okefenokee originates from the Indian word that can be translated loosely to ‘land of quaking earth.’ This word was used by Native Americans to describe the swampland that covers more than 770 square miles. The ground gives the impression of quaking under the feet, but it supports an entire forest! The forest was vital for protecting Native American settlements established in the area.
The swampland consists of a maze of grassland, cypress and watercourses. Be on the lookout for alligators and other endangered species when you visit the swamp. You can park the car and enjoy a boat trip on the swamp for a closer look.
If you want to get away from it all, there’s no better place than Chattahoochee National Forest. The forest is located in the northern part of Georgia and covers a total of 750,000 acres. The park is perfect for camping, canoeing, picnicking, kayaking and much more. It’s open through the year and offers visitors a great deal of diversity in activities.
The Forest spreads across 26 different counties and offers visitors recreational trails that stretch over 850 miles. The forest has been under protection of the U.S. government for 80 years and continues to be one of the richest forests in the United States. There’s a lot you can learn about nature and the history of the U.S. by visiting this forest.
Georgia is the perfect place to study the history of the U.S., right from the beginning of human occupation. The Ocmulgee National Monument takes visitors back to the period prior to the landing of the immigrants and explorers from Europe. The monument offers visitors a glimpse into the history of the Macon area dating back over 12,000 years. This goes back to the very first Indians to migrate to the area.
The national monument includes a museum with more than 2,000 artifacts dating back to the Paleo-Indian period on display. Each mound on the site was constructed to represent the different American Indians that occupied the area over thousands of years. There is also a ceremonial lodge that you can visit. To top it off, the area was a site for various Civil War battles.
You can learn a lot about the history of the U.S. by taking a drive through the state of Georgia.