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Deep South USA Series Part 2: Georgia

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We spotlight the states of the rich and historic Deep South USA and in this article we focus on Georgia! Enjoy!

Deep South USA Series Part 2: GEORGIA

Founded back in 1732, Georgia was one of the 13 former English colonies and in fact much larger than it is today! Prior to its founding, the region was home to Native American tribes for thousands of years.

Main Image Credit: Explore Georgia

Image Credit: Explore Georgia

The Spanish came and went between the 16th and 18th centuries, and it was the English who arrived in the 1730s that the state started to shape into what we know today. In fact, the name "Georgia" came from King George II of England.

Image Credit: Explore Georgia

In 1861 Georgia left the Union and joined the Confederacy along with other southern states.  During the Civil Rights Movement the state played a large role, including being the base of African-American leader, minister Martin Luther King Jr.

Today, Georgia is an incredible mix of sandy beaches, mountainous wilderness, vibrant vities, art, culture and incredible food (including BBQ!). You'll find some of the most amazing restaurants, wineries and breweries, and plenty of things to do with kids from waterparks, aquariums, zoos and theme parks, and the most amazing outdoor adventures awaiting any families who love to get out the house and embrace nature. 

Image Credit: Explore Georgia

Capital (& largest city!): Atlanta

Key Historic Moment:  Atlanta hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics which also marked the 100 year annivrsary of the modern Olympic Games!

National Historic Landmark:  Travelers Rest

Civil War Site: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Civil Rights Must Visit: National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Biggest Kids Thrill: Six Flags Over Georgia

Escape to Nature: Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Celebrate an Icon: Martin Luther King Jr National Historical Park

Be Wowed!:  Savannah Riverboat Cruises

For the Music Lovers: The Allman Brothers Band Museum at The Big House

Don't Miss BBQ: Southern Soul BBQ

Don't forget to check out our City Guide on Savannah!

Image Credit: Explore Georgia

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Lisa Downs

Lisa has been a content writer for Family Days Out for nearly 10 years, and a keen travel writer for nearly 20. She loves experiencing the best of a city, discovering the many things to do and immersing herself in the culture, and sharing these experiences with others through her writing.

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