Private Jet Charter to Georgia

Private Jet Rental to Georgia - Airports, Routes & Prices


Georgia Private Charter Prices

Georgia is one of the southernmost U.S. states, and the largest state east of the Mississippi.  Its capital of Atlanta is one of the most dynamic cities in the south, with a rich history and a vibrant present and future, home to Fortune 100 companies like Coca-Cola, Home Depot, UPS, and Delta Airlines.  Georgia borders Florida to the south, Alabama to the west, fronts the Atlantic Ocean and South Carolina on its east and its northernmost area abuts Tennessee and North Carolina.  Paramount Business Jets can whisk you to your desired destination in Georgia with ease and efficiency with its luxury private jet rental services, from Athens and the University of Georgia to Macon or Savannah with its gorgeous antebellum architecture.

Georgia’s history began with Savannah’s founding by Britain’s James Oglethorpe in 1733.  Georgia has varied historical attractions, representing its Civil War history (such as the massive Cyclorama painting in Atlanta and the prisoner of war camp in Andersonville), to its role in the Civil Rights movement.   Georgia was a major cotton producer in the 19th century, and the money made from this industry led to the building of many of Georgia’s beautiful antebellum mansions.  

Atlanta is both Georgia’s capital and largest city.  It is home to the world’s busiest airport as well as notable sights like the Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta History Center, the Martin Luther King childhood home, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the National Center for Human and Civil Rights.  It is the home of Coca-Cola, which was invented and first sold here, and CNN, sports teams such as baseball’s Atlanta Braves and football’s Falcons.  Savannah’s historic district is the largest National Historic Landmark District in the U.S.  The city features lovely squares, beautiful historic mansions, notable art and architecture, the beautiful Forsyth Park and a range of fine restaurants serving delicious Southern food. 

Georgia’s geography ranges from the vastness of the Okefenokee Swamp in the south to the Blue Ridge mountains of north Georgia.  North Georgia’s beautiful sights include the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, Tallulah Gorge, and Cloudland Canyon. It features gold mining history in the town of Dahlonega and a recreation of a Bavarian Mountain town in the community of Helen.  The Chattahoochee National Forest encompasses Brasstown Bald, the state’s highest peak, and Amicalola Falls, Georgia’s highest waterfall.  Its beautiful Atlantic Ocean coastline stretches from Tybee Island east of Savannah to the Golden Isles of Jekyll and St. Simons Islands near Brunswick, to Cumberland Island where wild horses roam. 

Georgia is famous for its peaches, its pecans, and its peanuts.  Famous Georgia residents range from Dr. Martin Luther King to Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the U.S., from Plains, which houses the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. If your business or personal travel is taking you to the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta or to Atlanta for college football’s Peach Bowl or a pro sporting event, Paramount Business Jets can provide you the private jet charter you desire to get you to the Peach State with top service and comfort. 

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Georgia Private Charter Prices

How much does it cost to rent a jet to Georgia?

These are the average hourly rates for various private jet categories. Use our private jet quoting system to get quotes for your upcoming trip. Learn more about our private jet rental costs or jet card membership rates for additional savings.
Very Light Jets
371 KTAS
$2750 - $3500
Light Jets
492 KTAS
$2900 - $3500
Super Light Jets
465 KTAS
$4000 - $4300
Midsize Jets
470 KTAS
$4300 - $4750
Super Midsize Jets
530 KTAS
$5100 - $6500
Large Jets
513 KTAS
$6800 - $9500
Ultra Long Range Jets
516 KTAS
$10000 - $14000
VIP Airliners
485 KTAS
$16000 - $23000
Turboprop Aircraft
402 KTAS
$1850 - $2300
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Top Cities in Georgia

Popular Georgia Cities Served by Paramount Business Jets

Athens sits east of Atlanta in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Georgia.  It is most known as the home of the University of Georgia, America’s first state-chartered college.  The city is a vibrant college town with a great music scene and a renowned college sports program, especially football, plus scenic surroundings at places like the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia and the picturesque lake at Sandy Creek Park.  Its cultural offerings include the Georgia Museum of Art, the state’s official art museum with a large collection of American paintings and prints, and the historic Taylor-Grady House, a Greek Revival home built by General Robert Taylor, a planter and cotton merchant, in the 1840s.

Georgia’s capital, Atlanta is a dynamic city full of historical attractions and a vibrant cultural and business life.  Host to the 1996 Olympic Games, Atlanta still features Centennial Olympic Park in the heart of downtown with its playful Fountain of Rings.  Nearby is the Georgia Aquarium, one of the world’s largest.  The Civil Rights era comes alive with visits to the Martin Luther King National Historical Park, including his childhood home, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and his tomb, as well as the National Center for Human and Civil Rights.  Learn about Atlanta’s history at the Atlanta History Center with its historic homes such as the Swan House and marvel at the Cyclorama, a monumental 1886 painting depicting the Civil War’s Battle of Atlanta.

As the home to a host of Fortune 500 companies, Atlanta is the site of the World of Coca-Cola, which presents the history of the world-famous brand discovered and first sold here, along with allowing visitors to sample its many international products.  The headquarters of CNN studios are open for tours, to see the home of where the first 24-hour news service was founded.  Have a look at the 1920s-era Fox Theater, an ornate Moorish-Egyptian palace showing films, musical performances, and theater shows.

Augusta is home to the world-famous Masters Golf Tournament each April.  Georgia’s second oldest city, Augusta lies along the banks of the Savannah River, about halfway between Atlanta and Savannah and near the state’s border with South Carolina.  Augusta is full of southern charm, with its tree-lined Riverwalk providing scenic strolls along the riverbank with opportunities for picnicking and an amphitheater that presents live music.

Macon is a beautiful city full of antebellum homes second only to Savannah in quantity.  Macon is located about 75 miles south of Atlanta.  It is also renowned for its large number of cherry trees which provide a magnificent sight in late March when they bloom.  Among Macon’s notable historic houses are the Hay House from 1855 and the Cannonball House from 1853.  Other key sights include the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and the Tubman African American Museum.

Savannah is one of the South’s most charming destinations and Georgia’s oldest city. Set on the Savannah River across from South Carolina and 17 miles upriver from the Atlantic Coast, Savannah enchants guests with its romantic beauty, culture, and delightful architecture.  Union General Sherman was talked out of burning Savannah during the Civil War and famously gave it to Abraham Lincoln as a Christmas present.  Its Historic District dazzles visitors with its wealth of lovely antebellum homes such as the Davenport House, great restaurants, Forsyth Park with its ornate fountain, and the historic oak-lined squares that grace the district and give the city its green lungs.

Other worthy sights include the Telfair Museum of Art and the Savannah History Museum.   Savannah’s cobblestoned River Street fronts the Savannah River and leads up rampways to Factors Walk, a series of brick warehouses once used by cotton merchants called Factors who graded their crop in these buildings, many now elegant hotels. Riverboat cruises on the Savannah River Queen provide a different perspective on the city.  Literary associations abound, from being the home of Southern novelist Flannery O’Connor to its associations with John Berendt’s 1994 non-fiction best-seller Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, set in the city. 

Top Hotels in Georgia

Top 10 Most Luxurious Hotels in Georgia

The Cloister at Sea Island
Located on the privately owned Sea Island resort, the elegant 5-star Cloister at Sea Island is the epitome of luxury.  Opened in 1928, the Cloister is set on the Atlantic Ocean and offers its guests superlative amenities such as three championship golf courses, a nearby yacht club, a world-class tennis facility, and squash courts, plus a full-service spa and fitness center.  The resort has 5 miles of beaches, plus three heated outdoor swimming pools and secluded outdoor hot tubs.  Activities include boating, horseback riding, kayaking, and fishing.  The resort has its own yacht, the Sea Island Explorer, for sunset cruises.  Fine dining is available at the resort’s Georgian Room restaurant, the state’s only five-star restaurant.

The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, Greensboro
A luxurious property located inland on Lake Oconee near Greensboro, the Ritz Carlton Reynolds is set on a beautiful 30-acre site.  The resort offers fishing, kayaking, and canoeing on its private lakes, biking through the pine forests plus access to five championship golf courses.  The resort has a large world-class spa plus a gym and indoor and outdoor pools.  One unique water-based activity is trying out the water bikes.  The resort offers a choice of seven restaurants, including the resort’s signature restaurant, Georgia’s.

Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
The Four Seasons Atlanta is in Midtown, a short distance from the High Museum of Art, Peachtree Street, and Piedmont Park.  The amenities include two swimming pools, plus a state-of-the-art fitness center with an indoor saltwater lap pool a sun terrace, and a spa. All three meals are available at the resort’s Bar Margot restaurant.

Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead
Set in the Buckhead section of Atlanta, the elegant Waldorf Astoria provides guests with a world-class spa to enjoy, a fully equipped fitness center, private English-style gardens in the back courtyard, a heated outdoor swimming pool, and even a yoga studio.  Rooms offer skyline views from the expansive windows.  Guests also have use of a private concierge during their stay.  Dining can include an alfresco meal on the hotel’s private dining terrace.  The shops and restaurants of Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza are a five-minute walk away.

The St. Regis Atlanta
The St. Regis is in Buckhead, a short walk away from the Shops at Buckhead.  The St. Regis offers a world-class spa, a delightful afternoon tea service at the Astor Court, a large heated outdoor pool with a waterfall, a fitness center, and billiard rooms.  The resort offers Butler Service suites with personalized butler services. Fine dining is available at the hotel’s Atlas Dining Room.  The 40,000 square foot Pool Piazza has a poolside cafe and fountain.  Extras include a nightly Champagne Sabering and complimentary car service within a two-mile radius.

The Lodge at Sea Island, Saint Simons Island
The Lodge at Sea Island provides luxury with an intimately sized resort, including stand-alone cottages.  Ocean views and the English-inspired lodge create a romantic ambiance for guests.  The large spa facility covers more than 65,000 feet.  There are three championship golf courses and tennis facilities plus a spacious fitness center and an oceanfront pool.  Colt & Alison offers fine dining with its Southern American steakhouse menu. Guests can drive the resort’s BMWs for up to two hours upon request.  Each room has butler service and a private balcony.

Jekyll Island Club Resort
Jekyll Island Club is a historical 19th-century resort tracing its history back to 1888.  The resort features an outdoor pool with a bar and grill, plus free shuttle service to the beautiful beaches of Jekyll Island.  Guest can play croquet on the front lawn, enjoy golf (at one of 3 courses) and horseback riding, rent bikes, or play tennis.  The Grand Dining Room is located inside the elegant Victorian clubhouse and offers an afternoon tea experience. Waterside dining is offered at The Wharf or Eighty Ocean Kitchen.

The Drayton Hotel, Savannah
Located in the heart of Savannah's Historic District, The Drayton Hotel presents a 19th-century façade but is fully modern within. Visitors are but a short distance from Forsyth Park and Savannah City Hall. All rooms face the Savannah Historic District or the Savannah River. Southern seafood is on tap at the Hotel’s Saint Neo’s Brasserie, while the rooftop bar and Downstairs Cocktail Lounge offer drinks in scenic, classy surroundings.  

Perry Lane Hotel, Savannah
The Perry Lane occupies two buildings across Perry Lane, just a 4-minute walk from Oglethorpe Square in the Savannah Historic District.  The Hotel offers free bikes to its guests, along with a fitness center and outdoor rooftop swimming pool and bar with great downtown views.  Comfortable indoor spaces include the library with piano and leather chairs. The ground floor Emporium serves up modern French bistro food plus there’s a wine shop and wine bar.

The Whitley, Atlanta
Situated in the Buckhead neighborhood, the Whitley features 37” flat screen TVs in its rooms and serves up southern-inspired recipes at its Trade Root restaurant.  Top shopping at Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza is within walking distance.   The hotel also offers a luxurious spa, fitness center, and an indoor heated pool.

Georgia Aircraft

Aircraft Available Locally by Jet Type and Age

Aircraft NameCategoryRangeSeatsAvg. Hourly PriceBaggage Space
HondajetVLJ1180nm4 $3,300 65.34 ft³
Citation CJ1Light1121nm5 $2,800 55 ft³
Citation IILight1321nm6 $2,850 74 ft³
Citation VLight1760nm7 $3,250 70.62 ft³
Citation VLight1760nm7 $3,250 70.62 ft³
Hawker 400XPLight1500nm6 $3,500 25 ft³
Hawker 400XPLight1500nm6 $3,500 25 ft³
Nextant 400 XTiLight1527nm7 $3,750 31 ft³
Nextant 400 XTiLight1527nm7 $3,750 31 ft³
Citation XLS+Super Light1858nm8 $4,300 81.22 ft³
Phenom 300Super Light1951nm7 $4,300 85 ft³
Citation XLSMidsize1722nm8 $4,300 80 ft³
Gulfstream G100Midsize2438nm7 $4,750 64 ft³
Hawker 800XPMidsize2540nm8 $4,450 48 ft³
Challenger 300Super Midsize3100nm9 $5,950 105.94 ft³
Citation SovereignSuper Midsize3188nm8 $5,100 134.2 ft³
Gulfstream G200Super Midsize3312nm9 $5,950 150 ft³
Challenger 601Large3365nm9 $6,800 132 ft³
Gulfstream G450Large4350nm8 $8,500 169.5 ft³
Gulfstream G450Large4350nm8 $8,500 169.5 ft³
Gulfstream GIIILarge4100nm12 $6,200 155.38 ft³
Gulfstream GIVLarge4100nm14 $7,200 169.5 ft³
King Air 200Turboprop Aircraft1075nm9 $2,000 54 ft³
King Air 200Turboprop Aircraft1075nm9 $2,000 54 ft³
King Air 200Turboprop Aircraft1075nm9 $2,000 54 ft³
King Air C90Turboprop Aircraft1384nm6 $1,750 53.5 ft³
King Air C90Turboprop Aircraft1384nm6 $1,750 53.5 ft³
King Air C90Turboprop Aircraft1384nm6 $1,750 53.5 ft³
King Air C90Turboprop Aircraft1384nm6 $1,750 53.5 ft³
Pilatus PC-12Turboprop Aircraft1845nm6 $2,100 40 ft³
Pilatus PC-12Turboprop Aircraft1845nm6 $2,100 40 ft³
Gulfstream G550Ultra Long Range6750nm15 $10,900 226 ft³

Georgia Airports

Charter Jets FAQ

Your Ultimate Georgia Private Jet Rental Resource

  • Do I have to stop for customs when I fly on a private jet?

    Passengers on all international private charter flights will have to stop at customs. In certain countries, you may have to go through customs at a specific port of entry; for example, you must stop in Tahiti to perform customs checks en route to Bora Bora. You’ll also need to stop at the first port of entry when entering the U.S. from Mexico.

  • How much rest does the crew need before they can depart again?

    Crew members are required to have a 10-hour rest period within each 24-hour cycle. The maximum duty day is 14 hours and must be followed by a 10-hour rest period at their hotel. When scheduling a flight, operators usually account for 12 hours of rest instead of 10. These extra two hours allow the crew time to get to their hotel, rest for the required time, and return to the airport.

  • How long does a fuel stop for a private jet flight take?

    The average fuel stop takes 45–60 minutes. To speed up fuel stops, the operator, or pilots may call ahead, so a fuel truck is waiting for the aircraft on arrival. For smaller jets, a fuel stop can take as little as 30 minutes.

  • Will my private jet charter use the same airport as a commercial airline?

    No. When you charter a private jet, you generally fly into a private airport. However, you could access the same airports as a commercial airline if you request to do so or if there are no private airport options. However, using a large mainstream airport like Los Angeles International or London Heathrow is often a bad choice for private jets, as flying to a smaller regional private airport is much faster and often makes for a more luxurious experience.

  • Is the age of an aircraft a safety factor?

    Aircraft age is not a safety factor. However, if the aircraft is older and hasn’t been refurbished properly, it may cause flyers some inconvenience, such as overheating, faulty air conditioning, or faulty plumbing in the lavatory.

  • How much luggage am I allowed to bring on a private jet?

    As a rule of thumb, each seat on a light or midsize jet equates to one passenger and one item of luggage. Each item of luggage is considered to be the standard 23 kilograms, or about 50 lbs. Large jets are designed for long-range trips, which typically involve longer stays, so you can carry more than one item of luggage per person.

  • Are there aircraft that are wheelchair accessible?

    There are many aircraft that are wheelchair accessible. Most of them are large jets or above and have a straight aisle. If the jet has a zigzag aisle – like the Falcon 900 – it will be difficult to maneuver the wheelchair onboard the aircraft. You’ll also need the right type of wheelchair; many motorized wheelchairs won’t fit and can’t be collapsed. If this is the case, you’ll need a smaller, temporary wheelchair. Some aircraft operators have smaller wheelchairs that can be used. Please speak with your Paramount private jet expert to review your aircraft options.

  • Can I fly with large sums of cash?

    Yes, you can. This is a common occurrence for many private jet clients. You can fly with up to $5 million in cash as long as you declare that cash when coming through customs. For domestic trips, there’s no limit and no need to declare it.

  • Which private jets come with flight attendants?

    In the United States, large jets and above are required to have flight attendants onboard; in Europe, flight attendants are used on midsize jets and above. Flight attendants require their own seats. Larger jets and above have a jump seat near the cockpit for the flight attendant to use, meaning the attendant generally stays out of the cabin.

  • Which airports offer ramp access, allowing the client to drive their car right up to their private jet?

    Private jet clients can often have a limo drive them right up to the private jet, or even drive their own car to the plane. That said, different airports have different policies, and some may not offer ramp access. Please speak with your Paramount Aviation Advisor to review your options for a given trip.

  • Do private jets come with Wi-Fi?

    Many private jets do have Wi-Fi, and it’s increasingly available free of charge on U.S. domestic flights. On international flights, prices range from $3.00-$8.50 USD per megabyte used. This means that opening up social media sites that are rich in images and videos could quickly cost you $20 – and downloading a feature-length movie could cost thousands!

  • When is on-demand private jet charter better than buying a block of hours?

    Private jet charter can be a lot cheaper than buying a block of hours for a one-way flight, as you can access floating fleets or an empty leg to reduce the cost. With a block of hours, the price covers a round trip. If you only fly one-way, you are effectively paying double.

  • What is a carbon-neutral flight?

    Every aircraft burns jet fuel and emits a certain amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. This can be offset via one of several carbon offset programs that allow private jet clients to purchase a certain number of carbon credits to offset the emissions from their flights. A carbon-neutral flight is one that offsets the carbon emissions it uses via a formal process.

  • Can I have a flexible departure time for my private jet flight?

    Yes, it is possible to have a flexible departure when flying privately. Operators typically offer a 30-minute to two-hour window, but you can request a longer window as long as it doesn’t interfere with the maximum crew duty day or their next scheduled flight. Please confirm with your Paramount Aviation Advisor at the time of booking your jet.

  • When should I hire a Boeing Business Jet?

    Boeing Business Jets (BBJs) have unique amenities that extend far beyond sheer size and are often equipped with 1-2 bedrooms and 2-3 bathrooms (one more of those bathrooms may even offer stand-up showers.) These airliner-based executive aircraft also feature tall or ‘stand-up’ cabins that are also longer and wider than more typical corporate aircraft.

  • How soon can I have a private jet ready from the time I call in the request?

    Generally speaking, with as little as 4 hours of notice. However, we have had wheels up in as little as 32 minutes from the time our client called us to book the flight and had them in the air. It depends on a few factors, such as how long it takes for the pilots to arrive at the airport (generally, there is a 2-hour call-out time for the pilots), and whether the aircraft is ready to go at the airport with no repositioning needed. Our Jet Card members enjoy faster booking since they have funds on account and can confirm a flight with a simple email.

  • Can I access my luggage while in flight?

    On most private jets, you will be able to access your luggage during the flight. That’s because luggage and passengers are situated on the same level. This is in contrast to commercial airlines, where checked luggage is stored in a cargo hold. On large private jets, luggage is often stored in a compartment behind the lavatory, which means easy access to your bags.

  • When are private jet charter landing and takeoff slots applicable?

    A landing or takeoff slot is simply a small window of time in which your aircraft is scheduled to fly in or out of the airport. You will need a landing and takeoff slot if you fly to a high-density airport in the United States or one that is hosting a special event with a significant number of aircraft arriving and departing. If you’re flying internationally, you will need a landing and takeoff slot for all major European cities. Please check with your Paramount Aviation Advisor at the time of booking for a specific route.

  • What kind of in-flight catering is available on a private jet?

    Other than the standard snacks and drinks, you can order local cuisine options for your catering on board. In short, anything that doesn’t need to be cooked can be ordered; hot food must be precooked and then warmed on board.

  • Can I bring pets with me on private jet flights?

    Of course! Just let us know in advance. The majority of the operators and aircraft owners allow pets onboard. In some cases, a small cleaning fee may apply. That said, there are specific requirements that must be met when traveling with your pet, including making sure that all documentation and vaccination records for your pet(s) are correct and up-to-date. Dogs and cats must also be at least eight weeks old and weaned when traveling within the U.S.

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Top Sights

Top Sights in Georgia

Atlanta offers a diversity of great attractions from historical sites from the Civil War to the Civil Rights era, and from the natural world to famous business firsts.  Atlanta’s past can be enjoyably explored at the Atlanta History Center, with its collection of historic buildings including a farm and the 1928 Swan House.  Here you’ll also find the impressive 1886 painting The Cyclorama, one of only two in the U.S., which provides visitors with a 365-degree view of the Civil War’s Battle of Atlanta.

Martin Luther King was born in Atlanta, and his life is the centerpiece of the Martin Luther King National Historical Park.  Here you’ll find King’s childhood home, the Ebenezer Baptist Church where he was ordained, and the tombs of King and his wife.  There is also the National Center for Civil and Human Rights that recounts the history of the Civil Rights movement and its pioneers, including exhibits on the Freedom Riders, the Lunch Counter Sit-ins, and the life of Martin Luther King. 

Atlanta boasts one of the world’s largest aquariums, the Georgia Aquarium, home to whale sharks and manta rays in the Ocean Voyager area with a 100-foot-long acrylic tunnel visitors walk through while surrounded by fish, as well as themed areas exploring various topics such as cold-water life and freshwater rivers with alligators and piranhas. 

Centennial Olympic Park was where the 1996 games were hosted, and the playful Fountain of Rings still delights visitors with its water jets.  Atlanta is where Coca-Cola was invented in 1886 and first sold, and the World of Coca-Cola tells the history of this world-famous brand and its marketing and offers a tasting room to sample its various international products.  CNN Studios introduced the first 24-hour news service, and its studios in downtown Atlanta can be toured. 

Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain
Located about 15 miles east of Atlanta, Stone Mountain is an 863-foot granite monolith with a bald dome.  Most famously known for the now controversial figures of three Confederate Leaders carved into the rock face between 1923 and 1970, the Park also features a cable car to ascend to the top of the mountain, a square with historic Georgia structures including an antebellum plantation building and a 1940s locomotive that can be boarded for scenic rides around the Park.

Savannah Historic District
Savannah is a wonderfully walkable city, with its extensive and highly romantic Historic District filled with antebellum houses from the 1700s and 1800s with Georgian and Greek Revival architecture, scenic squares with Spanish-moss draped oaks, Forsyth Park with its beautiful iron fountain and artistic pleasures like the Telfair Academy of Arts.  The squares are part of the symmetry of the original town plan designed in 1733 by James Oglethorpe.  The Historic District covers over three miles in total, bounded on the north end by the Savannah riverfront, with cobblestoned River Street and rampways leading up to Factors Walk, where the cotton factors judged the quality of the cotton crop.  Lovely 30-acre Forsyth Park borders the south end with its spacious lawns, ornate 1858 Fountain, and colorful Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.

The 1820s Davenport House was the first of the historic properties rescued from destruction in 1955 by the Historic Savannah Foundation.  Savannah is also home to Juliet Gordon Lowe's birthplace; Lowe was the founder of the Girl Scouts.  The publication of John Berendt’s 1994 non-fiction novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, brought a new influx of tourists to the city, and the Mercer-Williams House which is featured in the book is also open for tours.

The Golden Isles, Brunswick
The Golden Isles are a string of picturesque barrier islands that stretch between Savannah and the Florida state line, consisting of Jekyll Island, St. Simons and Little St. Simons islands, and Sea Island.  With the city of Brunswick serving as the mainland entry point, the Golden Isles offer up beautiful historic resorts, scenic beaches, and picturesque ruins.

Jekyll Island has the popular Driftwood Beach along with the Georgia Sea Turtle Center where injured turtles are rehabilitated.  The island offers recreational activities such as golfing, fishing, horseback riding, biking, and kayaking.  The grounds of the historic Jekyll Island Club are now a National Historic Landmark, and the Mosaic Museum, set in the club’s former stables, presents the island’s history.  Take a trolley tour of the 240-acre historic district, past the Gilded Age cottages of the rich and famous who built homes here in the past.

St. Simons Island is the largest of the barrier islands and features Fort Frederica National Monument, built by James Oglethorpe of Britain to protect the southern boundary of his colony against Spanish encroachment, the St. Simons Lighthouse Museum and Christ Church, one of Georgia’s oldest, as well golfing, fishing, and lovely beaches.  Shopping and dining opportunities abound in Pier Village.

Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain
Forty miles north of Columbus near the western state border with Alabama, the floral wonderland of Callaway Gardens on Pine Mountain dazzles visitors with its gorgeous natural settings, flower displays of magnolias and azaleas and artificial lakes.  The garden stretches over 2,500 acres and has biking and hiking trails along with the world’s largest man-made white-sand beach on Robin Lake.  There’s also a butterfly house, plus golf courses and ziplining.

Okefenokee Swamp, Waycross
One of Georgia’s prime natural areas is the Okefenokee Swamp, located at the southeastern border of the state where it meets Florida.  This swampland covers over 600 square miles and is a maze of cypress swamps, marshland, and waterways.  The swamp features so-called floating islands that support forest growth and were known by the native Indians as the Land of the Quaking Earth.  Boat tours into the swamp originate from the small town of Waycross, located 8 miles north of the swamp.  The area is home to many birds, animals from raccoons to bobcats, and otters to bears, plus reptiles including alligators.

Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park, Macon
Outside of the city of Macon lie the remains of ceremonial mounds built by Native Americans over 1,000 years ago.  These preserved mounds are part of Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park.  This archaeological park presents information about the uses of the mounds, including for burials, and the Native Americans who lived here.  Trails lead to the mound sites where explanatory plaques are posted, and there is a visitor center with an archaeological museum.  The Earth Lodge enables visitors to go inside a mound.

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Plains
Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the U.S., hailed from the small town of Plains, Georgia in the western part of the state.  The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site delves into the life of Carter and the legacy of his political career.  The Site contains his restored childhood farm, a visitor center established in his former high school with exhibits and a documentary on his life, and his presidential campaign headquarters housed in a railroad depot. 

Cumberland Island National Seashore, St. Mary’s
Cumberland Island is the southernmost of the barrier islands lining Georgia’s coast. Home to wild horses descended from those brought to America by the Spanish in the 16th century, Cumberland Island is reachable only by ferry, which departs from the mainland town of St. Marys, and provides a peaceful respite in beautiful natural surroundings.  The island has over 17 miles of beaches, and biking is one of the best ways to explore the surroundings.  Most of the island is protected by the Cumberland Island National Seashore, covering most of the beaches, marshes, and lakes located here.  Visitors can also see the ruins of the former Carnegie family home, or indulge in other outdoor activities like kayaking, swimming, hiking, or fishing. 

Chattahoochee National Forest, North Georgia
Northern Georgia has the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and a large swath of the area is part of the Chattahoochee National Forest, which cuts across 26 counties and 900,000 acres.  The Forest is one of Georgia’s natural gems.  It is here that the Appalachian Trail begins.  Visitors can seek out beautiful sights such as the twin falls of Anna Ruby Falls, drive the Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway, hike to the top of Brasstown Bald, Georgia’s tallest peak, and take advantage of hundreds of miles of hiking trails, and fishing and canoeing opportunities in its lakes, rivers, and streams.