The world's most popular soft drink, Coca-Cola, was invented in Atlanta by Dr. John Pemberton in 1886. Originally intended as a medicinal drink, Coca-Cola contained cocaine, which gave rise to its name. John Pemberton took the syrup to a nearby pharmacy, where it was mixed with carbonated water and sold for five cents per glass. From such humble beginnings, Coca-Cola is now consumed 13,000 times every second of every day, worldwide. The Coca-Cola Company claims that their soft drink is the most successful product in the history of commerce.
One of the most popular attractions in Atlanta, the World of Coca-Cola highlights the history and heritage of Coca-Cola, and displays Coca-Cola memorabilia from throughout the years. The three-story atrium is draped with the flags of over 200 nations and territories where Coca-Cola products are available. Visitors can experience exhibits containing over 1,200 Coca-Cola artifacts, participate in interactive exhibits, and watch video presentations and classic Coca-Cola commercials. One of the most popular exhibits is a replica of Barnes Soda Fountain where "soda jerks" demonstrate how early Coca-Cola was prepared.
Visitors can also sample 23 beverages made by the Coca-Cola Company around the world, but which are not available in the United States.
Tifton is located in southern Georgia along Interstate 75, and has a population of over 15,000. There are quite a few things to do there including the Agrirama; the Tift County Courthouse; the Tifton Railway Museum and the historic district.
For more information see my Tifton Page (which I hope to expand soon).
Lumpkin is another small town in southwest Georgia that has a number of interesting places to see including: The Stewart County Courthouse; Confederate Monument; the Historic Bedingfield Inn; Stewart County Academy; and the oldest hardware store in Georgia. Lumpkin is also near Providence Canyon State Park and Westville.
For more information see my Lumkpin Page.
The main reason for Andersonville is the Andersonville NHS; but skipping the town and just going to the park would be a mistake. Inside the town are a few other sights worth seeing, a Confederate Monument, and the very nice Drummer Boy Museum.
For more information see my Andersonville Page.
Americus is another town in southwest Georgia with a number of interesting sights: It is near both Andersonville NHS and Jimmy Carter NHS; and the Historic Windsor Hotel is there along with several other nice historic buildings.
For more information see my Americus Page.
The mounds located in the park were built by the Weeden Island, Swift River, Kolomoki and Lamar Tribes of Native Americans. They probably chose this spot due to its proximity to three creeks/rivers. The mounds were built 200 BC and 1200 AD with all three tribes contributing to the mounds in the area. The largest mound is the Temple Mound which was used for religious ceremonies and commanded a great view of the village that existed below. This mound was built about 1200 AD. The visitors center and museum was built into the side of Mound E. This gives you a unique perspective into what a mound looks like during excavation and how the archeologists approach these sites to learn their secrets. In addition to the mounds and museum, there are two lakes on site for boating and fishing. There are also 24 camping sites, group and individual picnic areas, hiking trails, and mini golf. The swimming pool is closed due to "economic reasons". Do not swim in the lakes unless you really want to see if you can outswim an alligator.
For more information see my Kolomoki Mounds State Park Page.
Folkston is a small town in southeast Georgia. It is the county seat of Charlton County and has a nice county courthouse. It is also near an education and research center dedicated to the Okefenokee Swamp.
For more information see my Folkston Page.
Albany is the main town in southwest Georgia. There are a variety of things to do in the Albany Area including: Riverfront Park; the RiverQuarium; Ray Charles Plaza; the Bridge House; Radium Springs; and Chehaw Park.
For more information see my Albany Page.
Providence Canyon is sometimes called Georgia's "Little Grand Canyon". Unlike the real grand canyon which was formed by the erosion caused by the Colorado River this was caused by poor farming practices. Providence Canyon is considered one of the geological wonders of the southeastern United States. Providence Canyon State Park offers camping, hiking, and backpacking, and is very pretty. Definitely worth a stop.
For more information see my Providence Canyon State Park Page.
One of the main attractions to Laura S. Walker State Park is the lake. The lake covers 120 acres (maybe less due to the drought) and offers wildlife viewing, boating, and fishing. There are also hiking trails and picnic sites and an 18 hole golf course.
For more information see my Laura S. Walker State Park Page.
The Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park, as the name implies, was established to honor all those who have served their state or their nation in the military. The park is also called Georgia’s “most complete park” because has a very nice museum, a military equipment display, a Veterans Monument; 8700 acre Lake Blackshear; a fully equipped marina; good fishing; the Lake Blackshear Resort and Golf Club (with 78 rooms and 10 cottages); an 18 hole golf course; 77 campsites; a swimming beach; a 1 mile nature trail; and even a train that takes you to other attractions. Park hours are 7AM to 10PM. The Visitors Center/Museum is open 8AM to 5PM and should be you first stop.
The Veterans Museum houses a collection of items from all wars from the Revolutionary War to the Gulf War, including uniforms, medals, and weapons from both sides of the wars, newspaper and magazine articles and other items. Admission to the museum is included in the admission price for the park.
Another big attraction to the park is the 8700 acre Lake Blackshear which offers a variety of water related recreation to include: boating, fishing, and swimming. It is also relaxing to just sit and look at the water and listen to the sounds of the lake.
They also have a nice 18 hole golf course.
For more information see my Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park Page.
There are several ways to see the swamp in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge; there is access to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge down near Folkston, there is the Stephen C. Foster State Park and there is the Okefenokee Swamp Park just 8 short miles south of Waycross on US Highway 1. If you have kids, this is probably the best bet, as there are ample things for them to do.
For more information, see my Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Page.
The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site includes most of the town of Plains and is dedicated to the 39th President from nirth to the present. Highlights include the town; the Boyhood Farm; the Plains and Maranatha Baptist Churches; the Plains High School (which includes the NHS Headquarters); the Depot/Campaign Headquarters; and the current Carter Compound (which is closed to the public).
For more information see my Plains Page.
The Andersonville National Historic Site, was created to remember the notorious Andersonville Prison one of the most terrible chapters of the saddest part of US History. Today the site honors the sacrifice of Prisoners of War from the Revolutionary War to the present day. Originally, the plan was to house 6000 prisoners here. There ended up being a total of over 45,000 imprisoned here. Supplies were scarce and money very limited. Rations here were in very short supply; but the prisoners had the same rations as the guards, so everyone went hungry. Almost 13,000 prisoners died here. The death rate among the enlisted Confederate Soldiers was also high. Don't miss the outstanding POW Museum.
For more information on the Andersonville National Historic Site, see my Andersonville Page.
Duluth is a city located 25 miles northeast of Atlanta along Highway 23. It sits on the banks of the Chattahoochee River and is considered part of the Atlanta metro area. The town of Duluth is the second largest city in Gwinnett County with a population of more than 22,000 residents.
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