Georgia is a diverse state combining beaches, mountains, history, intriguing natural attractions, the booming metropolis of Atlanta, and antebellum charm all wrapped up into one great package.
Half a dozen interstate highways traverse the state; Atlanta's mammoth international airport is one of the world's busiest; Georgia's own hard-surfaced highway system is one of the finest in the country today. Savannah, America's first planned city, has one of the nation's largest historical urban landmark districts, encompassing more than a thousand architecturally and historically important buildings. Ocean beaches and islands are plentiful all the way from Savannah down to the Florida border.
Inland is a huge wilderness area, the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge; it is one of the most primitive wilderness areas in the United States. In western Georgia are Franklin D. Roosevelt's Little White House at Warm Springs; Callaway Gardens, a big family resort with year-round attractions; and Andersonville, a Civil War village.
Along the topmost fringe of Georgia, from the gorge of the Tallulah River on the east to Cloudland Canyon on the west, is a splendid land of mountains, rivers, trout streams, Civil War battlefields, forestland, folk craft centers, an authentic gold-mining community, and the southernmost leg of the Appalachian Trail. Where North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia come together, the Chattooga River has become one of the most sought-after whitewater streams in the South.
The state's longest river is the Chattahoochee, which originates at the base of Brasstown Bald, the highest mountain in Georgia. It picks up speed through the center of Helen, an ersatz Bavarian village with an annual Oktoberfest celebration, then heads westward to become the border between Georgia and Alabama. In its northern stretches, the Chattahoochee offers superb trout fishing; the central portion is ideal for canoeing; and the southern sections are popular boating and fishing areas.