Combining vibrant cities, a rich and interesting history, stunning and secluded beaches, epic mountain ranges, and a host of family-friendly attractions, the state of Georgia is definitely one to have on your 2024 bucket list.
The state has gone from being a hidden gem to a record-breaking tourist destination in the last few years, and when you look at what’s going on there, it’s easy to see why.
Here’s why 2024 is set to be a big year for this cultural southern state:
Georgia is home to some iconic American cities packed with culture and history, and perhaps none more so than Atlanta.
The city was rated as one of the top destinations to visit in 2022 by both Lonely Planet and National Geographic, and more recently was voted the fourth most fun city in the country.
Atlanta is home to important museums, luscious green spaces, lively nightlife, and family attractions such as the Georgia Aquarium.
A four-hour drive away on the coast is the city of Savannah, which is the oldest city in Georgia (established in 1733).
Here you’ll find enchanting and impressive architecture, tree-lined avenues and quiet parks, and a culinary scene that leans on the traditions and history of the south.
Beautiful Beaches And Islands
Georgia has a captivating coastline that is unlike most others, with secluded beaches, picturesque seaside towns, and a host of barrier islands.
Venture out onto famous barrier islands such as St Simons Island, Jekyll Island, and Brunswick Island to experience the unique blend of rich, green marshland combined with pure white sands and the huge Atlantic Ocean beyond.
These islands can offer everything from pure relaxation to an outdoor adventure filled with hiking and kayaking.
It Will Be A Big Year For Attractions
On top of the mainstream sights, there are a host of new attractions set to open in Georgia during 2024 according to tourism body Explore Georgia.
In Atlanta, the buzzing music scene will be enhanced with the Classic Center Arena, which will host live music and other events throughout the summer.
Also in Atlanta, the fascinating National Center for Civil and Human Rights museum will begin a major expansion to celebrate a decade since its opening.
There will also be some major new family-friendly attractions including the renovated and rebranded Margaritaville Fins Up Water Park in Buford, and the opening of the Georgia Safari Conservation Park in April.
The safari park will feature luxury accommodation including suites that overlook some of the exotic animals that live there.
Hotel Choice Keeps Growing
Georgia is a varied state and due to growing interest from all different kinds of travelers, a lot of money has been spent on creating new hotels and redeveloping existing ones.
In Atlanta, a new Signia by Hilton Atlanta hotel is set to open in January with no fewer than 967 guest rooms.
Also set to open in January is the boutique Trillith Guesthouse in Fayetteville, home to the famous tv and movie studio Trillith Studios.
February will see the opening of Cloudland at McLemore Resort Lookout Mountain, which will offer a wellness spa, mountaintop golf course, and unbeatable views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and McLemore Cove.
And for those who love being near the coast in Georgia, Hotel Bardo Savannah will open in the city’s historic Forsyth Park Mansion in February.
A Quieter Winter Destination
If you’ve read all this and you’re thinking that you simply cannot wait until spring or summer to visit Georgia, then you’re in luck because the state is an enjoyable winter destination that is very underrated.
Whether you want to hunker down in a cabin in a mountainous wilderness or enjoy the beautiful barrier islands along the coastline, winter is a great time to visit with lower prices and fewer crowds.
While not as warm as southern neighbor Florida, Georgia offers temperatures ranging from 50F to 60F during its winter, which is usually shorter and milder than most other states.
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