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Georgia at a Glance

When you close your eyes and imagine the state of Georgia, do images of Southern belles and plantations fill your mind? While Georgia has plenty of both, it offers so much more for travelers of all ages. Every part of Georgia has a unique personality that is a delight to explore, making for a highly diverse and interesting travel experience. The Appalachians stand to the north and the Piedmont hills extend to the fall line. To the east you’ll enjoy seaside towns that line the Atlantic Ocean. And of course the state is anchored by the exciting capital city of Atlanta. Whether you visit Stone Mountain State Park, take a few tours of famous historic plantations or wander through the shores of the sandy beaches, you’re sure to fall in love with Georgia and all its Southern charm.

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Popular Places
  • Atlanta Atlanta
  • Savannah Savannah
  • Athens (GA) Athens (GA)
  • Cumberland Island National Seashore Area Cumberland Island National Seashore Area
  • Tybee Island Tybee Island
  • Stone Mountain Stone Mountain
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  • Major Airport Savanah/Hilton Head International Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather: Georgia enjoys warm winters and hot summers. During the summertime, thunderstorms happen almost every afternoon. March through May is Georgia's tornado season. Pay attention to changes in the weather during this time and seek shelter in the event of a tornado.

Safety Concerns: Georgia's crime rate varies by location. For example, Atlanta has a considerably higher crime rate than the rest of the state. No matter your location, practice good safety and keep your valuables out of sight. Stay away from dark, deserted areas and stick with the group.

Health Concerns  Georgian cities and towns have clean drinking water and do not threaten travelers with unusual or serious communicable diseases. Nevertheless, protect yourself by practicing good hygiene.

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