Georgia Travel Guide
By the editors of Kaboose.com, with Margaret Soria
At over 59,411 square miles, Georgia boasts many geographic regions. The mountain range in the Northwest is tied to the Cumberland range, and the mountains of the Northeast are part of the Blue Ridge – the start of the Appalachians. In the middle of Georgia, you will find fertile soil and fields of both cotton and soybeans. The pine farms of the South extend toward the coast, where marshes are abounded. You can’t beat the beaches and barrier islands of Georgia, especially if you love unique flowers and plant life.
British General James Oglethorpe founded Georgia in 1733. He chose a site on a bluff up the Savannah River, and with the support of area Native Americans, began building. He drew plans for a city named Savannah, and Georgia was born. With the advent of the cotton gin, sparsely populated Georgia exploded in an agricultural and economical boom. But after the Civil War, the region was forced into a long period of recovery. By the middle 1950s, Georgia found itself reborn as a home for industry, a hub for the Civil Rights movement, and the de facto capital of the South.
Georgia is a state of superlatives — it’s the largest state east of the Mississippi. It boasts the most pristine beaches on the Atlantic Coast. The nation’s largest freshwater swamp, the waterfall that is taller than the great Niagara, and the beginning of the ancient Appalachians all call Georgia home. Georgia’s unique blend of business and beauty, scenery and skyscrapers, heart and hospitality; make it a treasure for residents and visitors alike.