A NOTE FROM T H E GOV E RNOR Welcome to Georgia! Here you will ﬁ nd unique destinations, including cultural and historic a ractions, events, dining experiences, outdoor adventure, beaches, mountains, and so much more. The 2017 Georgia Travel Guide celebrates the “Year of Georgia Film” as we set the stage by focusing on ﬁ lm-and television-inspired tourism destinations. We invite you to explore our ﬁ lm locations, a ractions, movie tours, First Lady restaurants, and more that Sandra Deal and Governor are featured in some of your Nathan Deal favorite movies and TV shows. For the past 40 years, the more than 1,000 productions that have shot here have all played vital roles in casting Georgia as a top-tier ﬁ lm and travel destination. Our annual state travel guide is an excellent resource that provides exciting ways to plan 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. Governor Nathan Deal Travel Guide Georgia Department of Economic Development C O MMISSI O NER Pat Wilson 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 PUBLISHER Sean McGinnis E DITOR Allison Entrekin DE S IG N DI RECTOR Cristina Villa Hazar S E N IOR E DITOR Jennifer Green ASS OCIATE PUBLISHER Jon Brasher TRAVE L SALE S D I R E CTO R Jill Teter How to Use This Guide P RODUCTION DI RECTOR Whitney Tomasino ART DI RECTOR To help you make the most of your trip to Georgia, the Georgia Department of Economic Development has compiled the 2017 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 veriﬁ 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 48) 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 Mark Ziemer COPY E DITOR Ellen Glass More Ways to Engage The iPad edition of this guide is available as a free download in Apple’s Newsstand. Simply search “2017 Georgia Travel Guide.” You can also access a free digital edition by visiting ExploreGeorgia. org and clicking on the cover image. C O NTR I B UTI N G WR ITE R S Larry Bleiberg, Jayne Clark, Sco Freeman, Shayla Martin, Jennifer Senator, Anne e Thompson, T. Wayne Waters INTER NS Anna Holman, Aadithya Prem ED ITO R EMER ITUS Kevin Beneﬁ eld Information at Your Fingertips Request information from any advertiser you see in the 2017 Georgia Travel Guide quickly and easily by visiting ExploreGeorgia. org/readerservice . Copyright © 2017 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.