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Georgia - Landmarks and Points of Interest

Georgia - Landmarks and Points of Interest

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You won’t want to miss one of the state’s premier attractions, the Georgia Aquarium. One of the largest aquariums in the world, this downtown Atlanta attraction is home to more than 100,000 animals from 500 species – truly an aquatic spectacular. Uncover the magical wonders of the deep blue as you explore the many marine exhibits and wildlife that fill the aquarium.

Brimming with Civil War history and fun-filled family adventure, Stone Mountain Park is a must-see attraction for any Georgia getaway. Located just 16 miles east of downtown Atlanta, the 3,300-acre park hosts four million visitors annually. Boasting the world's largest relief structure and freestanding piece of exposed granite is the massive Confederate Memorial Carving with a spectacular laser and fireworks show that is sure to entertain.

For more animal adventures, your family will love Zoo Atlanta’s diverse collection of lovable creatures. As one of the only zoos in the United States with giant pandas and a leader in gorilla conservation efforts, there’s an abundance of wonderful animals for your family to discover.

In central Georgia, board the SAM Shortline Excursion Train out of Cordele and chug your way though the scenic Georgia farmlands and countryside on your way though Americus, Leslie and Plains—the historic birthplace of President Jimmy Carter. Take home a piece of presidential history as a reminder of this unique experience.

In the North Georgia mountains, visit the home of Georgia's gold rush—starting at the Dahlonega Gold Museum where you will learn about America’s first gold rush. Then head to Crisson’s Mine and Consolidated Mines, where you can still pan for gold and see how difficult a life it was for the miner. Visitors keep whatever they find, and while you may not strike it rich, you will definitely experience an activity your whole family will find enriching and entertaining.

Find the soul of Georgia in its rich African American heritage and culture. This is where the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born, where he preached from the pulpit and where his memorial continues to project freedom and justice today.

Visit one of our many phenomenal museums and you will instantly become introduced to the lives, culture and history of the state’s inhabitants. The High Museum of Art Atlanta is one of America's top museums and is considered a crown jewel in the Southeast.

When it comes to theatres for the performing arts, Georgia sets the stage. From the Grand Theatre in Cartersville to the Fabulous Fox in Atlanta, the arts continue to play a large role in communities across the state.

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