Spring starts at Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground with millions of daffodil blossoms. Opening now masses of Early Sensations cover 50 acres of hillsides and valley. More than 60 varieties of early, mid and late blooming daffodils appear every two weeks for a full six weeks of flowers in every shade of yellow—from almost white to peach and deep gold. More than 370,000 bulbs were added to the existing millions in new areas to enjoy this season. Not to be outdone, 40,000 new tulip bulbs are set to bloom in mid-March. Now add 200 cherry trees, including the same Yoshino cherries seen in Washington, D.C. and Kwanzan cherries along with forsythia, quince, spiraea, and dogwood for a spring welcome like no other. For more information, visit gibbsgardens.com.
In Augusta, you’ll feel good learning about the life of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, at the Augusta Museum of History, where you also can brush up on your golf knowledge before The Masters tournament in the spring.
Explore the barrier island bundled up with a stay at The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island. Temperate weather, quiet beaches and year-round activities make a visit the Golden Isles a “must include” on your bucket list. With an annual average temperature of 68° F, you can still leave your jackets at home.
Attractions are abundant in Atlanta to keep you busy on an extended weekend, like the Georgia Aquarium, and the Center for Civil and Human Rights Make time to visit the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and Ebenezer Baptist Church. All these visits are sure to make one hungry. Chef–run restaurants will accommodate by dishing up modern American cuisine in strikingly beautiful spaces. >MORE
The city of Savannah is famed for its 18th- and 19th-century architecture and leafy public squares. Savannah is full of exciting and uncommon activities! Between trolley tours, historic cemeteries and fascinating museums, you’ll never run out of things to do. Much like the unexpected stories told on our ghost tours, Savannah has unusual experiences you don’t want to miss out on. Dive into true crime at the Graveface Museum, have a riveting dining experience at The Pirates’ House or get your laugh on at Front Porch Improv.>MORE
History and the arts unite in Americus and Sumter County. Did you know Americus is the #1 place in the world for glass blowing? You can catch a show in a 100-year-old theatre, stay in a historic castle-like hotel, and peruse the striking art of West-Central, Georgia. >MORE
Spend some time in the great outdoors! Georgia has gorgeous state parks and miles of trails to explore, no matter what region you’re in.
Hiking and Camping
Awake early to catch the sunrise on Panola Mountain or conquer some of the state’s highest points on the Appalachian Trail, Blood Mountain and Springer Mountain. Take in the expansive scenery at Providence Canyon. Enjoy sleeping under the stars? Check out these 9 Great Spots to Camp in Georgia, and find many more campgrounds and RV parks throughout the state.