things to do in georgia

RightTurn’s Road Trip Destinations Series: Georgia

August is National Peach Month! So let’s see…where, oh where, could I possibly get the best peach this time of year? If you said Georgia, then that guess is peachy keen! If you are looking for things to do in Georgia, this state will take a peach of your heart. Okay, okay, I get it, enough puns. Let’s get to drivin’!

Coca-Cola Museum – Atlanta

It’s hard to deny the appeal of a nice, cold Coca-Cola®, especially during a hot Atlanta summer day. Founded in Atlanta 131 years ago, Coca-Cola has always been ahead of the game when it comes to quenching the thirst of their customers. At the museum, Coca-Cola offers plenty of exhibits to learn everything from the legend of the secret formula to classic ad campaigns to yes, even the polar bear! Not to mention, you can sample over 100 Coca-Cola flavors from around the world and limited-time beverages that have been recently introduced. With plenty of activities, group reservations, theater experiences, and a souvenir shop, you can take a piece of Atlanta home with you from the Coca-Cola Museum. Oh, and here’s my favorite Coke commercial.

 

Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival – Kennesaw

You can’t take a summer road trip through Georgia and not have a peachy time. A humble start in 2001, Kennesaw’s Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival has grown yearly to attract about a football stadium-sized party each year. Just a short 30 miles or so northwest of Atlanta is Kennesaw, where you’ll find the best peaches and pigs for some good ole Georgia BBQ. This summer while you road trip through Georgia, be a part of the action the weekend of August 25–26 and sample what’s on offer from the various contests and live entertainment and fireworks finale!

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site – Atlanta

What could I say about Martin Luther King, Jr. that hasn’t been said more eloquently? He was an inspiration to so many and had a vision of an ideal world where all men, women, and children truly were equally treated and represented. He fought on behalf of those who were afraid of speaking up and he did it with intelligence, elegance that was communicated through artful speech. You can see his birth home and walk the streets he once did as a child, step inside history at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, or stroll through the World Peace Rose Garden. Learn about the history behind what he fought for and why. Pay homage to one of the world’s greatest leaders. And if you’ve never listened to his “I Have a Dream Speech,” do yourself a favor:

 

Bonaventure Cemetery – Savannah

The Savannah Historic District has much to offer since its city limits were determined just around the time of the Civil War. Savannah gained its unique personality during this time and has beautiful architecture with historic homes, churches, and cobblestone streets. Savannah is also home to one of the most beautiful cemeteries in all of the country. In fact, in July 2017, Condé Nast Traveler named it one of the most beautiful places in America. The Bonaventure Historical Society has made great efforts to preserve this elegant and sophisticated 171-year-old cemetery. You can take free, guided tours of the 100+ acres of peaceful beauty. An entire section of over 500 crosses denote burials for soldiers who fought in the Civil War, while a separate section dedicated to those who fought in the Spanish-American War is the second-largest in the nation. It’s not just the notable burials and ornate Victorian grave markers that impress, the cemetery also provides a serene backdrop with giant oak trees and Spanish moss draped over their lengthy branches, lining the walking trails.

Old Car City – White

Look, we’re a tire blog, so you can bet your bottom dollar I’m going to write about a car road trip attraction that’s as cool as this. This gem is world’s the largest known classic car junkyard. A photographer’s dream, the remains of these old cars lay there, telling classic stories of the days when the roared up and down the streets. With over 34 acres and over 4,000 cars, Old Car City lets you take a stroll down memory lane. Originally opened as a car dealership in 1931, Old Car City transformed over the years to become the place to retire relics from years past. In many cases, nature has taken over some cars with trees growing in, around, under, or through them! Fast Eddie McDaniel and his art can be seen throughout the grounds. Additionally, patrons may also hear him playing the homemade piano. He even wrote an Old Car City theme song. I recommend hearing it in person, but if you simply can’t wait. Check it out:

 

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