49 days in Georgia Itinerary

49 days in Georgia Itinerary

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49 days in Georgia Itinerary

Start: Traverse City
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Lookout Mountain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Blue Ridge
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Helen
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Atlanta
— 8 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
5
Columbus
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Saint Simons Island
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Tybee Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
8
Savannah
— 8 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Traverse City

2
nights
Lookout Mountain

Lookout Mountain ©
Lookout Mountain is a town in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. On the 4th (Sun), explore and take pictures at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Rock City Gardens and then take some stellar pictures from Rock City.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lookout Mountain day trip planning website .

Traverse City to Lookout Mountain is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Traverse City in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Lookout Mountain: highs are around 89°F and lows about 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Blue Ridge.

Things to do in Lookout Mountain

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Cloudland Canyon State Park
Highlights from your plan
Rock City Gardens ©
Rock City Gardens
Cloudland Canyon State Park ©
Cloudland Canyon State Park

9
nights
Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge ©
A small resort town located in Georgia's "Historic High Country," Blue Ridge sits right on the national scenic trail that follows the Appalachian mountain range for over 3,300 km (2,100 mi).
You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Horseback Riding Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Amicalola Falls State Park and Ocoee Outdoors, Inc.. Change things up with these side-trips from Blue Ridge: Sea Creek Falls (in Suches), Adventures Unlimited (in Ocoee) and Fields of the Wood (in Murphy). There's much more to do: admire the verdant scenery at Cades Cove, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, hike along Long Creek Falls, and take in the dramatic scenery at Bald River Falls.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Blue Ridge trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Lookout Mountain to Blue Ridge takes 2 hours. Traveling from Lookout Mountain in August, things will get a bit cooler in Blue Ridge: highs are around 83°F and lows about 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Helen.

Things to do in Blue Ridge

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tellico Plains, Ocoee, Cades Cove, Expedition:BIGFOOT!, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Mercier Orchards ©
Mercier Orchards
River Rafting & Tubing
Bald River Falls ©
Bald River Falls

6
nights
Helen

Helen ©
A taste of Bavaria right in the heart of Georgia's "Historic High Country," Helen houses just 400 residents but hosts over 200 shops that sell everything from handmade sweaters to Christmas ornaments.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Carolina Outfitters will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Tallulah Gorge State Park and Dukes Creek Falls Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Helen: Blairsville (Brasstown Bald Mountain & Vogel State Park), Brasstown Falls (in Long Creek) and Bell Mountain (in Hiawassee). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Unicoi State Park, admire the sheer force of Anna Ruby Falls, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and examine the collection at Charlemagne's Kingdom.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Helen online attractions planner .

You can drive from Blue Ridge to Helen in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Atlanta.

Things to do in Helen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Blairsville, Bell Mountain, River Rafting & Tubing, Carolina Outfitters, Brasstown Falls
Highlights from your plan
Unicoi State Park ©
Unicoi State Park
Brasstown Bald Mountain ©
Brasstown Bald Mountain
Tallulah Gorge State Park ©
Tallulah Gorge State Park

8
nights
Atlanta

Atlanta ©
Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ocmulgee National Monument and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Step out of the city life by going to Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center and Stone Mountain Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Atlanta: Noah's Ark Rehabilitation Center (in Locust Grove), The Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House (in Macon) and Candler Field Museum (in Williamson). The adventure continues: examine the collection at World of Coca-Cola, take an in-depth tour of Jimmy Carter Library & Museum, hike along Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Atlanta trip planning tool .

You can drive from Helen to Atlanta in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Helen in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Atlanta, with lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Columbus.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Macon, Kennesaw, Atlanta Farmers Market, Stone Mountain Park, Booth Western Art Museum
Highlights from your plan
Center for Civil and Human Rights ©
Center for Civil and Human Rights
Booth Western Art Museum ©
Booth Western Art Museum

5
nights
Columbus

Columbus ©
Columbus is a city in the U.S. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center and Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area. You'll explore and learn at Museum of Aviation and National Civil War Naval Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Warm Springs (Little White House & F. D. Roosevelt State Park), Wild Animal Safari (in Pine Mountain) and Andersonville (The Drummer Boy Civil War Museum & Andersonville National Historic Site and National Prisoner of War Museum). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Columbus Riverwalk, grab your bike and head to Columbus Fall Line Trace, and see the interesting displays at Lunch Box Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Columbus trip planner .

Take a bus from Atlanta to Columbus in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in August, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Saint Simons Island.

Things to do in Columbus

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Andersonville, Warm Springs, Wild Animal Safari, Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area, Museum of Aviation
Highlights from your plan
Wild Animal Safari ©
Wild Animal Safari
Museum of Aviation ©
Museum of Aviation

6
nights
Saint Simons Island

St. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Visiting Georgia Sea Turtle Center and St Andrews Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint Simons Island: Driftwood Beach (in Jekyll Island) and Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Sapelo Island). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, wander the streets of Jekyll Island Historic District, stroll through Cannon's Point Preserve, and pause for some photo ops at Fort Frederica National Monument.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Saint Simons Island vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Columbus to Saint Simons Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in September, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tybee Island.

Things to do in Saint Simons Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Jekyll Island, Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Georgia Sea Turtle Center ©
Georgia Sea Turtle Center
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
nights
Tybee Island

Tybee Island is a city and barrier island located in Chatham County, Georgia, 18 miles (29 km) east of Savannah, United States. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Fishing Charters & Tours. Explore hidden gems such as North Beach and Back River Beach. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Savannah River Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum, stroll through Tybee Island Beach, and make a trip to Tybee Island Museum - Battery Garland.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Tybee Island journey planner .

Drive from Saint Simons Island to Tybee Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Tybee Island are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Savannah.

Things to do in Tybee Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Savannah River Beach ©
Savannah River Beach
Tybee Island Beach ©
Tybee Island Beach

8
nights
Savannah

Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Let the collections at National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force and Old Fort Jackson capture your imagination. Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Fort Morris Historic Site. Go for a jaunt from Savannah to Midway to see Midway Museum about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Oatland Island Wildlife Center, take a stroll through Savannah Historic District, examine the collection at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Pin Point Heritage Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Savannah trip itinerary app .

Savannah is very close to Tybee Island. In September, daytime highs in Savannah are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Savannah

Museums Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Midway, National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Oatland Island Wildlife Center ©
Oatland Island Wildlife Center

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