Sit back on the flight Georgia and envision yourself in the Deep South during the Civil War. Whether you're channeling Scarlett O'Hara or Rhett Butler, the image of Georgia's burning landscape in the classic, Gone With The Wind, is likely to stick in your head. In recent decades, Georgia has served as the backdrop to other Hollywood movies and Georgia flights are packed with people eager to experience a bit of southern culture here.
Heavy green trees, lush parks and plantations that make the south the south are also what keeps Georgia flights packed with people. Many of today’s films are shot on location in Georgia. You probably won't see hoop dresses and bonnets on your Georgia flight, but Cotillions still take place and Georgia residents pride themselves on their good old-fashioned values. A touch of the Old South might pop up around each corner, but when you book Georgia flights you'll get a bright and fast version of the New South.
From Atlanta to Savannah, travelers booking flights to Georgia will always be welcomed in the Peach State.
Coastal Georgia has a near tropical climate with summer temperatures ranging from the high 70s (F) to the mid-80s with an occasional rise to the low 90s. The winter temperatures are generally in the 60s.Atlanta’s summers are very humid with temperatures from the high 70s to mid-80s with peaks in the 90s. Cheap flights to Georgia can be found during the summer, but travelers are warned to pack light clothes and heavy sunscreen. Winters are generally in the low 40s with infrequent dips below freezing at night.Inland and southern Georgia are much drier and hotter, but it is cooler in the higher altitudes. Winter temperatures seldom drop below freezing anywhere in the state. Spring and fall are the longest seasons, and December to April the wettest months.
Best Time to Fly to Georgia
Coastal summers are busy with sporting events and folk, craft, art, and music festivals. State and local fairs are held mainly in August and September. In spring everything blooms in as many colors as you can imagine, and the fall foliage is particularly beautiful. Atlanta is busy year round with conventions and trade shows. Check before making your reservations as large conventions can mean high rates and long waits in line.
July and August can bring some discounts in Atlanta, and many accommodations offer reduced rates over Christmas.
Getting around Georgia
Georgia is still mostly rural and getting around pretty much means a car, but there are other ways. Atlanta has connecting flights to several Georgia destinations, including smaller cities, but airfare between Atlanta and Savannah tends to be pricey. Amtrak trains have stops in Georgia and the Georgia railways cover the state. Atlanta has bus service to other cities, and several daily buses run along the coast and Savannah, but beyond that the bus service is intermittent.
Transportation is available in the major cities. Atlanta’s sprawl makes taking a car, taxi, or the MARTA rapid-rail subway trains necessary. Savannah’s historic district can be explored on foot, and the rest of the city explored by public transit and taxis.
For bikers, Georgia has several bicycling organizations, including the well known Southern Bicycle League, which organizes dozens of rides every year, and the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia, which holds an annual cross-state event and numerous smaller rides throughout the year
Georgia Travel Information
- Georgia’s capital, Atlanta has a host of museums and attractions to visit. One of the more unusual is the Children’s Museum, called Imagine It! The museum encourages children to play together to discover the power of imagination and the “delight of learning”. The museum has many interactive exhibits along with numerous special events related to all the arts ranging from readings of Dr Seuss to a circus workshop.
- There are museums in Atlanta for two of its most famous residents. The Margaret Mitchell House was the home of the author and is now a visitor center and museum. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site comprises numerous buildings around the birthplace of the human rights activist in Auburn, Atlanta. Visits to the house of his birth are available with guides. Also part of the site are a visitor center, the Ebenezer Church, where King was baptized, and the King Center.
- The state of Georgia is a major manufacturer of pecans, tobacco, rosin and cotton. To find out everything you could possibly want to know about the latter, visit the Georgia Cotton Museum in Vienna.
- One of the more secluded attractions in Georgia is CumberlandIsland, the largest and southernmost barrier island. A nature-lover's paradise, the island is home to deer, raccoons, bull alligators and armadillos, while the beaches hold loggerhead turtles, sand pipers and ospreys. But the island isn’t just popular for its wildlife. The 17 miles of beaches that surround Cumberland Island are pure white sand. It was voted one of America’s ten best beaches by the Travel channel in 2005.
- The huge Okefenokee Swamp measures 38 miles by 25 miles and has been described by the UN as a “wetland of international importance”. The surrounding area was made into a wildlife refuge back in 1936 to preserve the unique ecosystem of the swamp. All the activities you’d expect are on offer: a swamp drive, camping, hiking, fishing and canoeing. The area is especially worth visiting when one of the annual events is taking place – the largest is the Okefenokee festival on the second Saturday of every October.
- Savannah is one of the oldest cities in the state, and in America. It was the site for many of the civil war battles. Today, the city is perfectly preserved, with a mix of old buildings in the central historic district and new developments. To see the most of the city, take advantage of the one-hour trolley tours, which are especially fun if you’re traveling with children.