Georgia is a diverse state in both its geography and its people. From stunning vistas in the North Georgia mountains to endless pecan orchards in the southwest to the sounds of nature at the Okefenokee Swamp in the southeast, our great state has many opportunities for students to explore history, culture, geography, and what makes Georgia great.
Highlighted attractions include:
- Savannah: Students can explore Fort Pulaski and Fort Jackson, tour the Savannah History Museum, and learn about this iconic city’s role in the country’s history from the colonial era through the Civil War to today.
- Tybee Island: Students can explore one of Georgia's Barrier Islands and visit the Tybee Island Marine Science Center.
- Mighty 8th Museum: Nestled, just north of Savannah, this museum pays homage to those who serve in the World Wars to defeat the Nazis. Tours are often led by surviving veterans.
- Andersonville: Home to one of the most infamous prisoner-of-war camps in our nation’s history, this Civil War-era site has options for students to tour the prison grounds and a POW museum.
- Milledgeville: Visit one of Georgia's early state capitols and the old Governor's Mansion.
- Plains: This rural agricultural town is the hometown of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. Students can explore the small family farm Carter grew up on, the primary school he attended, and much more.
- Dahlonega: The city where gold was discovered accidentally in 1828, Georgia Studies students can visit historic gold mines and museums, and even try their hand at panning for gold to learn about the first major gold rush in America.
- Native American Historical Sites: The Cherokee, Chiaha, Chickasaw, Creek, Oconee, Yamasee, and other tribes lived in various parts of Georgia, and some of these nations still live within the state. There are a variety of Native American historical sites for students to visit, such the Etowah Mounds near Cartersville, which includes a museum, a plaza, a village site, and more.
- Warm Springs & The Little White House: Students can visit the spa town and home of former president Franklin D. Roosevelt, where he sought therapies and rest for his polio affliction.
Okefenokee Swamp: A wildlife refuge straddling the state line between Georgia and Florida, this 684 square mile wetland and swamp offers students the opportunity to take an environmental tour and learn about the unique aspects of this biome.
- Tifton and the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village: This site has over 35 structures which have been relocated to the 95 acre site and faithfully restored or preserved.
- Columbus: Visit the National Infantry Museum, National Civil War Naval Museum, or a number of other opportunities.
- Atlanta is rich with opportunities to explore including: Centennial Olympic Park, the State Capitol building, MLK National Historic Site and the King Center, World of Coca-cola, Georgia Aquarium, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, CNN Center, the historic Fox Theatre, and so much more.