When you think about travelling to the USA, you probably think about seeing states like California, Hawaii or Florida and they are all undoubtedly great states to visit with lots to offer the average tourist, but there are other states that are worthy of your consideration too, Georgia being a case in point.

Georgia is the biggest city east of the Mississippi, and it is undoubtedly one of the most unique states in America thanks to it’s interesting and friendly people, it’s amazing mountains and thriving markets, and the many excellent attractions located within its borders.

If you aren’t sold on Georgia, here are some of the best things to do in Georgia, which might just change your mind:

Callaway Gardens

Callaway Gardens are one of the most popular attractions in Georgia. Located on Pine Mountain, they are home to beautiful artificial lakes, an abundance of stunning plants and flowers and a truly stunning butterfly house with lots of beautiful specimens. Not only that, but it’s a great place to try your hand at various water sports, and there are even two world-class golf courses available for play.

Tybee Island

Tybee Island is a tiny coastal community just an 18 miles trip from Savannah, Georgia. It is home to a fantastic hotel in the form of Admiral’s Inn, but much more importantly it is also home to one of the best and most popular beaches in the United States where you can relax and lap up the sun at your leisure. Attractions on the island include the some 20-year old Tybee Lighthouse, the Tybee Marine Science Center where you can learn all about coastal conservation and enjoy treks and talks on the subject and see the local marine wildlife in all its glory.

Chattahoochee National Forest

Chattahoochee National Forest is comprised of approximately 750,000 acres of awe-inspiring natural scenery including ancient and great trees, powerful waterfalls, and the cleanest rivers and lakes. It’s the perfect place to hike, kayak and enjoy a picnic of the finest Georgian soul food.

Mary Mac’s Tea Room

Speaking of soul food, Georgia is arguably the best place in the USA to get it and Mary Mac’s Tea Room in Atlanta is arguably the best place to get it. The only tea room of its kind still standing from the 1940s when there were no less than 16 of them serving up southern soul food, you’ll find that the fried shrimp, chicken tenders and fried green tomatoes are amongst the best you’ve ever had.

Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island was purchased by a bunch of millionaires from the East Coast who called themselves the Jekyll Island Club. They later sold the island to the state, but the name remained. Today, the island is the state park of Georgia, which isn’t surprising because it is wonderfully picturesque with fantastic nature trails, golf courses and golden beaches to enjoy at leisure.

As you can see, Georgia has a lot to offer, particularly if you value the simple pleasures in life, so be sure to add it to your travel bucket list.