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Aamericus, GA
Habitat's Headquarters and Global Village
Habitat for Humanity International - Founded in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International is a world-wide Christian based organization that has built hundreds of thousands of houses for low-income families. Americus is home to Habitat's headquarters and Global Village and Discovery Center. The six acre Global Village is a learning center with life-sized examples of poverty housing as well as 15 Habitat houses in different countries.
Atlanta, GA
Birthplace of MLK Jr
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site - In 1980, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site set aside nearly 35 acres of historic buildings in Atlanta to preserve the legacy of MLK Jr. Included in the site are his birth home, Ebenezer Baptist Church where King was co-pastor with his father, Fire House No. 6 which is now a museum, the National Park Visitor Center, the eternal flame, and the tomb of Dr. Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King. Martin Luther King Jr. was first recognized nationally for defending Rosa Parks after she was arrested for not moving to the back of the bus. He later became the nation's human rights leader and promoted change through non-violence and civil-disobedience.
Atlanta, GA
Just Above Underground Atlanta
Underground Atlanta - Located beneath the streets of downtown Atlanta are store fronts built just after the Civil War in the late 1800s. Forgotten for a time in the 1900s, the five block area was rediscovered, declared a historic district and reborn as Underground Atlanta. Today the area is an entertainment and shopping district with restaurants, night clubs, bars and retail stores. So day or night, there is always something going on underground.
Atlanta, GA
Jimmy Carter Presidential Center
Jimmy Carter Library and Museum - Jimmy Carter was born in Georgia and served as the state's Senator and Governor before becoming our 39th President. So it is only natural that the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum is located in Georgia. Constructed in 1986, this 70,000 square foot facility contains a theater playing an introductory film, a full-scale replica of the Oval Office, gifts from Heads of State, exhibits on Carter's public career, and archives from his time as President. After serving as President, Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his international promotion of human rights and is an active contributor to Habitat for Humanity.
Atlanta, GA
Cool and Blue
Georgia Aquarium - The Georgia Aquarium is the world's largest aquarium housing over 8 million gallons of fresh and salt water which contain over 100,000 marine animals. The most impressive part of the aquarium is the Ocean Voyager exhibit. Enter this exhibit through a 100-foot-long viewing tunnel and watch enormous whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, stingrays, groupers and anything with or without fins swim over you. But wait, there's more. The Dolphin exhibit displays those clowns of the sea, the Tropical Diver exhibit contains some cool jellyfish and the Cold Water Quest let's you view some beluga whales. It's easy to see why this is Atlanta's number one attraction. It does get a little crowded during peak hours, so you may want to get here early.
Atlanta, GA
On the World Famous Coke Sofa
World of Coca-Cola - Welcome to the World of Coca-Cola, a factory tour slash info-mercial slash history museum slash product sample station. The tour starts out with a short film in the Happiness Theater, and then you are set free to roam around Cokeworld at your leisure. Enjoy the Milestones of Refreshment gallery or an entertaining film in the 4-D Theater. But let's not kid ourselves here; every monkey comes to drink from the fountains dispensing over 60 different Coke products. My favorite will always be the original formula created by Dr. John S. Pemberton in 1886, but I like to try them all. Here is a word of warning; the Beverly drink from Italy is terrible.
Atlanta, GA
Peach State Capitol
State Capitol - The gilded dome of the Georgia State Capitol shines brightly in the warm Atlanta sun. Constructed between 1884 and 1889 in the traditional capitol building style, the structure contains the Senate, House of Representatives, and the Georgia Capitol Museum. The museum surrounds and encompasses the rotunda and displays exhibits on the history of the capitol, Georgia, and its people. Tours start at the top of the hour and generally last a half hour.
Augusta, GA
Noonan Noonan Noonan
Augusta National Golf Club - The Augusta National Golf Club is one of the most exclusive golf clubs in the world. The roughly 300 members on the list include CEOs, billionaires, and high ranking government officials (membership is by invitation only). To date, no sock monkeys have been invited. Hint hint. Each Spring the Masters Tournament, where the winner receives the coveted green jacket, is held here. The best way to see the course is by filling out an application to watch a practice round during the Tournament. It's a Cinderella Story.
Cleveland, GA
The Birthplace of Cabbbage Patch Dolls
Babyland General Hospital - Cabbage Patch Kids were first created by Xavier Roberts in 1978 and were the must-have Christmas toy in the 1983. Today you can still "adopt" one of these children right where they are born, in Babyland General Hospital. The hospital is set up with doctors and nurses handling the birthing process of these little chubby-cheeked kids. There is a maternity ward, nursery, adoption-center and gift shop. Choose from a large selection of Cabbage Patch Kids, Preemies, Newborns, and Preschool Kids available at the hospital.
Columbus, GA
USS Hartford
National Civil War Naval Museum - The National Civil War Navel Museum is dedicated to the navies of the Union and Confederate forces and features two authentic Civil War vessels, several full-scale replicas, uniforms, weapons, and 40,000 square feet of history. The largest exhibit is the 225 foot long ironclad CSS Jackson. Just prior to seeing action this ship was captured by the north and set ablaze, eventually sinking to the bottom of the Chattahoochee River. Another fantastic exhibit is the USS Hartford, a walk through exhibit showing what daily navy life was like. And do you know what a soldier who carries explosives is called? A Powder Monkey. I kid you not.
Dahlonega, GA
Once a U.S. Branch Mint
Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site - Located inside the historic 1836 Lumpkin County Court House is the Dahlonega Gold Museum. The museum is dedicated to the nation's first gold rush which took place in these north Georgia Hills from 1828 to 1847. Exhibits include a 5 ounce gold nugget, prospecting equipment, and coins that were minted at the U.S. Branch Mint in Dahlonega. The highlight of the museum is the film "America's First Gold Rush" which details the exciting discovery of gold in "them thar hills".
Harlem, GA
Stan and Ollie
Laurel and Hardy Museum - Harlem Georgia is the birthplace of Oliver Hardy (1892-1957) and the site of the only Laurel and Hardy Museum in the world. Oliver Hardy met Stan Laurel (1890-1965) in 1920 and the pair went on to monkey around in more than 100 films together. Their most famous picture is probably "Sons of the Desert" and contains Ollie's favorite line "well here's another nice mess you've gotten me into". In the museum are posters, film memorabilia, dolls, and books. There is even a small theater in the back where you can enjoy one of the famous duo's short films. When planning a trip, the best time to go is the first weekend in October during the Oliver Hardy Festival.
Jekyll Island, GA
The Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Jekyll Island - Along the southern coast of Georgia are four barrier islands, St Simons Island, Little St Simons Island, Sea Island, and Jekyll Island which make up the Golden Isles. Jekyll Island is this monkey's favorite. In the late 1800s Jekyll Island was a millionaire's playground playing host to the Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, Goodyears and Morgans. Today the cottages of these millionaires are open as museums and inns for us to enjoy. The Jekyll Island Club Hotel, located next to these cottages, is a fantastic place to stay. This Victorian style resort, built in 1888, retains the opulence of yesterday with its stained glass windows and ornate fireplaces.
Lookout Mountain, GA
See 7 States from Rock City
Rock City - High atop Lookout Mountain is Rock City where you'll find twisting trails through ancient rock formations and beautifully landscaped gardens. The park features legendary landmarks such as "Fat Man's Squeeze", "Goblin's Underpass", and "1,000 Ton Balanced Rock". The most famous though is "Lover's Leap", a cliff named for a Native American who was tossed from the ledge for loving a woman from a rival tribe. Lover's Leap also offers a view of seven states from its famous ledge, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama. A 1950's ad campaign painted more than 900 barns across America with "See 7 States from Rock City".
Macon, GA
Inside the Ocmulgee Mound
Ocmulgee National Monument - For nearly 12,000 years this area of Georgia has been a host to human habitation. One of the most notable peoples, a highly skilled farming group called the Mississippians at Oculgee, lived here between 900 and 1100 BC. They constructed a small town where at the peak nearly 1,000 people lived. The earthlodges and mounds they created still exist today. One of the highlights of the Ocmulgee National Monument is the restored interior of one of these earthlodges.
Plains, GA
The Jimmy Carter Peanut
Jimmy Carter - There are fewer than 700 people in Plains, Georgia and two of them are the President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter. Stop in at the visitor center to pick up a bag of peanuts and a map, and then hit the sites. There's the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in the old Plains High School, the Carter Boyhood Farm and Commissary, the Carter Compound where the Carters currently live, the Maranatha Baptist Church where the Carter's worship, Billy Carter's Service Station (Jimmy's brother and inspiration for Billy Beer) and of course the Jimmy Carter Peanut.
Rossville, GA
Wilder Brigade Monument
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park - The Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is the first and largest national military park authorized by the U.S. Congress. The Battle of Chickamauga was fought on Sep 19-20, 1863 and was the Confederate Army's greatest victory of the Civil War. The victory was short lived though. A few months later during the Chattanooga Campaign, Union troops forced the Confederates out of Chattanooga and began the long push towards the Atlantic Ocean. General Ulysses S. Grant commanded the successful Union campaign and was reward by Abraham Lincoln by making him general-in-chief of the entire Union Armies.
Savannah, GA
Charming Savannah
Historic District - With its moss-draped-canopy-tree-lined streets, beautifully restored antebellum houses, and gorgeously manicured gardens, Savannah is one of the most charming and beautiful cities in the south. Established in 1733, Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia and the most historic. Cobblestone streets connect you with anything you want, from 18th century buildings to some of the best seafood in Georgia. The Historic District in downtown Savannah has 24 "squares" or parks filled with fountains and statues making it a great place explore by carriage or by foot.
St Simons Island, GA
The Moat of Fort Frederica
Fort Frederica National Monument - James Edward Oglethorpe had a plan to help the "worthy poor" that drifted England's streets by creating a town that welcomed them in spite of their debts and religious beliefs. Between 1736 and 1749 over 1,000 soldiers and residents occupied the fort and adjacent town he founded. During that time they successfully defended the fort against the Spanish who were attempting to reoccupy the Island. Fort Frederica National Monument preserves what remains of this historic fort.
Stone Mountain, GA
Stone Mountain Sculpture
Stone Mountain State Park - Carved into a massive granite dome near Atlanta are the three most prominent figures of the Confederacy, Stonewall Jackson, Robert E Lee and Jefferson Davis. This relief sculpture, located in Stone Mountain State Park, was started in 1923 by Gutzon Borglum, the same artist who carved Mount Rushmore. Due to various delays and several artists later, the sculpture wasn't finished until 1974. The park is open year-round with a snow slide in winter and picnics and laser shows in the summer. And there are two ways to reach the top, the easy way by taking the skyride, or the monkey way is to hike up the nearly five mile ascent.
Tybee Island, GA
The Moat of Fort Pulaski
Fort Pulaski - Fort Pulaski was built after the War of 1812 in order to defend Savannah from any enemy. Little did they know that the enemy would be U.S. citizens. A few weeks after South Carolina seceded from the Union in 1861, Georgia's Governor Joseph Brown ordered the fort into state control. A year later during the Civil War, Union troops wanted it back. The Confederate troops had cannons at the fort with a range of about half a mile. The Union troops had experimental James Rifled Cannon with a range of several miles. With no way to defend the fort, it took only 30 hours for it fall. The fort today is remarkably well preserved and is quite impressive with the surrounding moat.
Warm Springs, GA
Roosevelt Swam Here
Roosevelt's Little White House State Historic Site - In 1921 at the age of 39 the normally fit and healthy Franklin Delano Roosevelt fell ill while vacationing in New Brunswick, Canada. A short time later the future President was diagnosed with polio. Hoping for a cure for his ailment FDR swam in the therapy pools of the small town of Warm Springs, GA. Although he was never cured, the warm waters and hydro-therapy did bring some improvement. FDR so liked this area of Georgia, that just prior to becoming President he built a house here which is now Roosevelt's Little White House State Historic Site. On the grounds are the Little White House which looks as it did the day FDR passed away, a museum with an unfinished portrait, and a Memorial Fountain. Just a short drive away are the pools in which the President swam.