A NOTE FROM T H E GOV E RNOR Welcome to Georgia! Here you will ﬁ nd unique destinations, a thriving arts and culture scene, year-round events and activities, local ﬂ a-vors, and much more. The 2016 Georgia Travel Guide celebrates the “Year of Georgia Music” by shining the spotlight on the state’s rich music heritage, world-class venues and unique festivals. Our annual state travel guide is an excellent resource that First Lady Sandra Deal provides exciting ways to plan and Governor Nathan Deal a Georgia vacation including trip ideas, events calendars, local resources, and maps. I encourage you to use this guide to discover new adventures and experiences that will create lasting memories and leave you eager to return for another visit. Thank you for keeping Georgia on your mind. Travel Guide Georgia Department of Economic Development C O MMISSI O NER Chris Carr D EPUT Y C O MMISSI O NER O F TO UR ISM Kevin Langston D EPUT Y C O MMISSI O NER O F MARKETI NG & COM M U N ICATION S Greg Torre PUBLISHED BY Sean McGinnis Allison Entrekin Cristina Villa Hazar ASS OCIATE PUBLISHER DE S IG N DI RECTOR E DITOR PUBLISHER Jon Brasher Jill Teter TRAVE L SALE S D I R E CTO R Governor Nathan Deal P RODUCTION DI RECTOR Whitney Tomasino ART DI RECTOR How to Use This Guide Mark Ziemer Ellen Glass To help you make the most of your trip to Georgia, the Georgia Department of Economic Development has compiled the 2016 Georgia Travel Guide . Within these pages, the state is divided into nine regional sections, each packed with useful informa-tion on a ractions, events, and lodging throughout the state. Even though the information has been veri-ﬁ ed, we encourage you to call ahead when planning your trip to conﬁ rm the very latest hours of operation, fees, reservations, and other information. MAPS In the guide, you’ll notice both a state map (page 50) and individual region maps, including state parks and historic sites. For more information on state parks, call 800-864-7275 or visit georgiastateparks.org. VISITORRESOURCES Each region features a Visitor Resources section where you will ﬁ nd information on the convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce, state visitor information centers, and local welcome centers. 6 G E O R G IA O N MY M I N D COPY E DITOR C O NTR IBUTIN G GRAPHI C D ESI GNER Lisa Sparer More Ways to Engage The iPad edition of this guide is available as a free download in Apple’s Newsstand. Simply search “2016 Georgia Travel Guide.” You can also access a free digital edition by visiting ExploreGeorgia.org and clicking on the cover image. Kate Abney, Karina Timmel Antenucci, Giannina Smith Bedford, Anna Bentley, Sam Boykin, Elizabeth Florio, Emily L. Foley, Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Kate Parham Kordsmeier, Amy Meadows Becky Hardy ED ITO R EMER ITUS I NTE R N C O NTR I B UTI N G WR ITE R S Kevin Beneﬁ eld Information at Your Fingertips Request information from any advertiser you see in the 2016 Georgia Travel Guide quickly and easily by visiting ExploreGeorgia. org/readerservice . Copyright © 2016 Georgia Department of Economic Development, Tourism Division. All rights reserved. Printed in the U.S.A. Published by Atlanta Magazine Custom Media, Sean McGinnis, publisher, 404-527-5501. For advertising sales information, please contact Jon Brasher at 404-527-5517 or email@example.com or Jill Teter at 877-554-0780 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Disabled individuals requiring assistance with this information should contact ADA Coordinator, GDEcD, P.O. Box 1776, Atlanta, GA 30301-1776, 404-962-4106, fax 404-962-4098, TTD# 800-255-0056.