Georgia Tourist Attractions

By | January 3, 2023

Special churches, temples and synagogue

Ebenezer Baptist Church
The Ebenezer Baptist Church is considered a milestone in Georgia’s history. It is part of the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site and is the church where father and son once preached non-violence. It was founded in 1886 and was an important starting point for civil rights activists during the Civil Rights Movement between 1955 and 1968. The church and the burial site of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., which has been adjacent to the church since 1977, can be visited daily. You are on 407 Auburn
Avenue in Atlanta.

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah
The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is a Roman Catholic cathedral on 222 East Harris Street in Savannah. It is the mother church of almost 90 administrative districts in Central to South Georgia and was opened in 1896 after a construction period of 23 years. The building was almost completely destroyed by fire three years later, but is now – more pompous and elegant than before – towering over the roofs of the historic district in Savannah.

Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta
The first Eucharistic Mass was held at the Cathedral of Christ the King in 1936. Since then, the church has been the contact point for around 1 million Catholics in Atlanta. It is located in Atlanta’s Buckhead District, right between East Wesley and the Peachtree Way on Peachtree Street – popularly known as the “Jesus Junction”. In 1939, the neo-Gothic building was named the most beautiful in Atlanta by Architectural Record Magazine.

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Sacred Heart Cultural Center in Augusta
The Sacred Heart Cultural Center in Augusta is also known as the former Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The former Catholic church was built by the Jesuits around 1900, but had to be closed almost 70 years later due to modernization work and was included in the national register for historical sites. The building stood empty for about 20 years and became a focal point for vandalism and graffiti. Today the building is mainly used for cultural events and celebrations.

Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Atlanta
The stately and striking Sacred Heart Basilica is located on Peachtree Street in the heart of Atlanta and is said to be one of the most beautiful basilica in the United States. With its construction in 1898, the original Catholic basilica was replaced by St. Peter and Paul, for whom the area around Peachtree Street became too commercial. The Sacred Heart Basilica in the Neo-Romanesque style has hardly changed since its construction. In 1902 28 glass windows were added and the brick and terracotta building is otherwise in its original form.

Congregation Mickve Israel in Savannah
The Jewish community Mickve Israel has existed since 1733 and is one of the oldest congregations in the United States. Your Mickve Isreal Synagogue was completed in 1876 under the direction of New York architect Henry G. Harrison and is located in the historic Savannah district on Monterey Square. The New Gothic style synagogue with many Victorian features is the only one of its kind in the USA and a rare example of a sanctuary of this architecture. The synagogue is open every day and is open to everyone except on public holidays.

Atlanta Georgia Temple
Approximately 3.5 miles north of Atlanta is the Atlanta Georgia Temple, the first Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to be built east of the Mississippi River. The temple opened in 1983 and is located in Sandy Springs in Furlton County. The almost 30 m high temple is the 21st temple of the Latter-Day Saints Church in the USA and was the first of seven Mormon temples that were built in the southeastern United States.

Zoos, parks and amusement parks

Grant Park
Atlanta’s Grant Park is located in the historic district of the capital, Geogia, and is at the heart of the Victorian setting. It was designed by the Olmsted Brothers in 1859 and is the fourth largest park in Atlanta. Atlanta Zoo and the Georgian Cyklorama, a moving panorama, are in the middle of the park, making it one of the most visited places in Atlanta. The park is located between Cabbagetown, Summerhill, Peopletown, other adjacent city parks and the Oakland Cemetery, where many well-known personalities such as. B. Margaret Mitchell rest.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is located in Piedmont Park in Midtown, the city’s second largest business district. The mission of the relatively small botanical garden is the preservation and protection of native and exotic plants, which on the one hand serve the purposes of research, nature conservation and education, but on the other hand people from Atlanta City escape into a sea of ​​flowers and take a break from it City should offer. The park is divided into several small themed gardens such as B. the rose garden, the Japanese garden and the orchid house. In 2010 the 180 m long Canopy Walk was built for around USD 55 million, which guides visitors at a height of around 2 m through the last remaining urban urban forest in Atlanta.

State Botanical Garden of Georgia
The almost 1.3 km² State Botanical Garden of Georgia is located in Athens in Clarke County. It was founded in 1968 and is administered by the University of Georgia in Athens. The garden borders the Middle Oconee River, which makes it particularly fertile. Numerous kilometers of paths lead through the park with its 11 themed gardens; so z. B. through the rhododendron collection, the international garden, the dahlia or the rose garden.

Atlanta Zoo
Atlanta Zoo, also known as Grant Zoo, is located in Grant Park in Midtown. It is home to over 250 different animal species and a total of around 1,300 animals. The zoo’s pride and joy are the two giant pandas, Lun Lun and Yang Yang, and the largest captive group of lowland gorillas and uranium utans in the United States. The Panda couple gave birth to a female baby in 2009 through artificial insemination. It is called Mei Lan, which means “Atlanta’s Beauty” and was baptized after a traditional Chinese ceremony. The zoo originally settled in Grant Park in 1889 as a bankrupt circus, but the miserably kept animals were bought up shortly afterwards and donated to the city of Atlanta. For a long time, the Atlanta Zoo had a very bad reputation which the zoo was able to make up for when it received the two pandas in 1999. Today the zoo includes the following topics and their animals:
• African Plains: elephants, giraffes, lions, zebras and other animals from the African steppe
• The Ford African Rainforest: Numerous lemurs and monkey species, including the large group of lowland gorillas
• Asian Forest: home to the giant pandas, the Sumatran tiger, some Komodo dragons and the uranium utans
• The World of Reptiles: There are dozens of different snake species, poisonous and non-poisonous frogs, alligators, turtles and many more.
• Naked Mole Rats: shows the extraordinary habitat of the naked mole rat, which is at home in the underground semi-deserts of East Africa.

Lake Winnepesaukah
Lake Winnepesaukah, or Lake Winnie for short, is an amusement park for families in Rossville and not far from Atlanta. The name Winnepesaukah comes from the Creek Indians and means “bountiful waters” (in German: abundant water). The park first opened its doors to visitors in 1916 and has since become one of the most popular amusement parks in the southern United States. Around 40 attractions such as numerous roller coasters or ghost lifts offer thrill, fun and excitement for young and old. Many of the almost 80 year old carousels can still be admired or even used today. And the Free Fall is particularly popular, as it takes particularly courageous visitors to the earth from a height of 100 meters in just a few seconds.

Six Flags Over Georgia
Six Flax is a leisure and amusement park chain from New York that consists of a total of 21 parks in the USA, Canada and Mexico. Six Flags Over Georgia is located on the Chattahoochee River in Crobb County, west of Atlanta. The almost 1.2 km² park offers its visitors a total of 40 attractions, including 11 roller coaster and 4 water rides. The two roller coasters Mind Bender and Goliath are particularly popular. Goliath is approx. 60 m high, almost 1.4 km long and can reach a top speed of 113 km / h. Around 1,300 people can be transported with Goliath every hour.

Wild Adventures
Wild Adventures is a water and amusement park located approximately 5 miles from Valdosta in the south of the state. With plenty of rides, the park is a popular day trip for families from Alabama, Florida, and of course Georgia. A total of 59 attractions are located on an area of ​​just under 0.7 km². B. go-cart, mini golf, eight large roller coasters, 7 water slides and lanes, exotic animals such as lions, tigers, bears and makis. Live entertainment and music shows are also part of the daily program in the Wild Adventures theme park.

Other natural beauties

Rock City
Rock City is an attraction in the states of Georgia and Tennessee on Lookout Mountain. These sights are well known in large parts of the USA because they are advertised on the roofs of farms along the highways with the simple slogan “See Rock City”. This lettering decorates over 900 farm roofs in 19 states. In Rock City, visitors will find a hiking trail that leads up to the High Falls. The path is surrounded by various gardens. The High Falls waterfall is not a natural waterfall but still has a remarkable fall height of 42 m. The highest point of Rock City reminds a little of the Schrammsteine ​​in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains in Saxony and you should be able to see 7 US states from up there.

Contact 1400 Patten Road
Lookout Mountain, Georgia 30750

Stone Mountain
Stone Mountain is a large granite rock in Georgias Stone Mountain Park near Stone Mountain, a suburb of Atlanta. It is the largest exposed granite rock in the world and the second largest monolith after Mount Augustus in Australia. Stone Mountain is 513 meters high; its top, a plateau, has a circumference of about 8 km. However, Stone Mountain is particularly known for the bas-relief that is located on the north face of the mountain. The memorial shows Generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee as well as the only President – from 1861 to 1865 – of the Confederate States of America and southern leader in the Civil War Jefferson Davis (1808-1889). The relief is the largest of its kind in the world. Stone Mountain Park is also one of the most popular state parks in Georgia. A visit will be worth it in any case.

Sapelo Island
Off the coast of the state of Georgia are a number of smaller and larger islands such as: Queens Island, Wolf Island, Doboy Island or Commodore Island – to mention just a few. Particularly worth mentioning is the approximately 70 km² island Sapelo Island. The island can be reached by ferry from Darlen in about 20 minutes. Two “marble white” and little-visited beaches invite you to go hiking and swimming. The only slightly larger place on the island is Hog Hammock. Around 95% of the island is a nature reserve. Time has almost stood still on the island and hardly anything of the other American hustle and bustle can be felt.

Gray`s Reef
Gray’s Reef Gray is part of the Gray Reef National Marine Conservation Area, which manages a further 14 shelters. The area was protected in 1981 and is one of the largest offshore reefs in the southeastern United States. It is located approximately 33 km from Sapelo Island and is an important habitat for fish and other marine animals. However, the species vary according to the season, as the reef is in a transition from moderately tempered to tropical water. The approximately 58 km² area is characterized by numerous reefs and rocky outcrops, which can be up to 20 meters high.

Providence Canyon State Park
Providence Canyon State Park is a 4 km² park in Stewart County, on the border with Atlanta. The Providence Canyon is also known as Little Grand Canyon and is considered one of the seven wonders of Georgia. It is a popular visitor destination, especially when the sun rises or sets, as the colors of its pink, red and orange floor come out particularly well. The canyons of the canyon are up to 50 m deep, but they were not created naturally, but are due to human fault. The erosion is said to be due to poor farming practices during the 19th century.

Ellicott Rock Wilderness
The Ellicott Rock Wilderness Conservation Area was established in 1975 and covers an area of ​​approximately 33 km². The Ellicott Rock Wilderness encompasses the area around the point where the states of Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina meet. The Ellicott Rock Wilderness Reserve is the only one of its kind that spans 3 U.S. states. The Chattooga River flows through the area.

Tallulah Gorge
One of the most spectacular canyons in the east of the United States is Tallulah Gorge, a nearly 3.2 km long and 1 km deep canyon of the Tallulah River in Habersham and Rabun County. Tallulah Gorge with its numerous cliffs is a popular place for climbing and hiking, but mountain bikers will get their money’s worth here. Many small paths lead up and during the period when the gorge does not have water, it can even be climbed with a permit. A suspension bridge offers impressive views over the river with its six different waterfalls. The gorge is one of the seven wonders of Georgia.

Waterfalls of North Georgia
Northern Georgia is known for its myriad waterfalls and dramatic backdrops that are a prominent feature of the geography of this region. Annually, millions of visitors come to the region, which is the focus of tourism and recreation in Georgia. The state has around 125 waterfalls, almost two-thirds of which are in Northern Georgia. Most of them are in Banks, Dade, Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer, Habersham, Lumpkin, Murray, Pickens, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, Walker, and White County. The Cherokee already called this mountain region “Land of the Thousand Waterfalls” – the land of a thousand waterfalls. Today, the waterfalls, which are sometimes the tallest in the United States, are mainly managed by state parks.

Okefenokee Swamp in Waycross
The Okefenokee Swamp is a swamp in Ware County in southern Georgia on the Florida border. The peaty moorland covers an area of ​​1,770 km², most of which is located in Georgia and is protected by the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The Okefenokee Swamp is one of the seven natural wonders of Georgia, because the area is the largest black water swamp in North America, and sometimes in the world. Several boat tours are offered daily through the peaty wetlands, on which alligators and other rare animals in their natural habitat can be observed. If that’s not enough, you can also find out more about the history of the alligators in the Okefenokee showroom. Among other things, the skeleton of Oskar, the largest and best-known alligator in the area, which was fully grown when the swamp park opened in 1946 and died in 2007. Most of the lizards in the Okefenokee Swamp are its descendants.

Island National Seashore
Cumberland Island is Geogia’s largest island. It is located just a few minutes from the mainland and can be reached from St. Marys. Cumberland Island is traded as an American treasure. Everyone who enters the island does so with a sense of awe. The island has not only been described once as an “extraordinary portrait of beauty” – miles of lonely beaches, wild horses, wild armadillos and sea turtles, but above all tranquility and romance are characteristic of the island. Depending on weather conditions, it can be reached every day from St. Marys with the Cumberland Queen Ferry.

River National Recreation Area near Atlanta
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is a recreational area near Atlanta that was founded in 1978 by former President Jimmy Carter. Around 77 km of banks along the Chattahoochee River offer countless opportunities for relaxation and recreation. Fishing is particularly popular with visitors as there are over 20 different species of game fish in the Chattahoochee River. The tranquility of the park is also popular with horse lovers, mountain bikers and water sports enthusiasts, as it offers enough space to feel almost alone with nature and to take a few hours or even days off from the stress of the city of Atlanta.

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area