After this past year, 2021 has brought a new optimism for travel. Vaccines are now rolling out and the entire world is eager for some small amount of normalcy to return. While many travelers are still hesitant to hop on a plane, Georgia is a state that nearly half of the country can easily drive to - making it perfect for a scenic road trip. And it’s easy to social distance in Georgia with the endless outdoor experiences, small towns, and rural hidden gems across the state. From the waterfalls and hiking trails in the North Georgia mountains to the undeveloped beaches on the coast, here are some Georgia’s best trips for 2021. And even if you’re not planning a trip right now, these are definitely places you’ll want to add to your travel bucket list.
Escape to Georgia's Nature Coast
Disconnect at Cumberland Island National Seashore, the largest and southernmost barrier island in Georgia, with 17 miles of shoreline and countless animal species. Explore Crooked River State Park, a nature trail through the maritime forest and salt marsh home to creatures like fiddler crabs, herons, and gopher tortoises. Venture into the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, a 680-square-mile wilderness that can be explored with Okefenokee Adventures.
Wander into Northeast Georgia
Cool off at Minnehaha Falls in Lakemont, or climb along the rim of the namesake gorge at Tallulah Gorge State Park. If you're traveling with kids, ride the thrilling Georgia Mountain Coaster in Helen. Spend the night at Timpson Cove Cottage in Clayton, which has three bedrooms and bathrooms, and incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Lake Burton.
Find New Adventures in West Georgia
Head to Providence Canyon State Park in Lumpkin, also known as "Georgia's Little Grand Canyon." Ride the rapids at Columbus Whitewater, the largest urban whitewater course in the world or zip line across the river from Georgia to Alabama. You also can visit Pasaquan in Buena Vista, a colorful artist's residence.
For a full list of adventures, visit https://www.exploregeorgia.org/things-to-do/list/best-trips-of-the-year
Content and Images courtesy of Explore Georgia