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“With big cities, iconic small towns, picturesque mountains and a spot on the Atlantic Ocean, Georgia has a lot more to offer than its peaches,” U.S. News said in the ranking description.
Also accounted for were the attractions’ uniqueness, accommodation availability and the opinions of everyday travelers.
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Among the destinations that made the list were Callaway Gardens, which is just more than an hour south of Atlanta and features 2,500 acres of gardens, a butterfly center, and more than 10 miles of bike and nature trails. Jekyll Island, which is the southernmost of the Golden Isles, also made the list.
Metro Atlanta locations including Arabia Mountain, Marietta and, despite its reputation, Lake Lanier landed on the list along with the state capital.
Best places to visit in Georgia
- Golden Isles
- Cumberland Island
- Callaway Gardens
- Jekyll Island
- Tybee Island
- Arabia Mountain
- St. Simons Island
- Tallulah Gorge State Park
- Lake Lanier
- Amicalola Falls State Park
U.S. News noted that some destinations may be affected by the coronavirus pandemic and encouraged travelers to check with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of State before hitting the road.