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10 Reasons to Visit Georgia and the Carolinas

Georgia and The Carolinas provide a fantastic blend of historic culture, spicy food, fantastic music and great cities. Take a journey through some of the iconic cities and experience this wonderful region. We have selected our top 10 reasons to visit below, read on and be inspired for your next adventure.

Coastline and Islands

From the Cape Lookout National Seashore in North Carolina to Cumberland Island in Georgia, one of America’s most unspoilt coastal regions, the coastline of these three states is pretty special. Don’t miss a trip to the Outer Banks, Hilton Head Island or Jekyll Island.



Visit Boone Hall, one of America’s oldest continuously working plantations in South Carolina, or Hofwyl – Broadfield, once at the centre of Georgia’s rice production. Situated north of downtown Wilmington in North Carolina, Poplar Grove is the country's oldest peanut plantation and offers numerous attractions.

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Blackbeard’s Pirate Trail, North Carolina

Tales of Blackbeard the Pirate, a.k.a. Edward Teach, abound in North Carolina. You can visit coastal pirate hideouts, skulk around the town Blackbeard called home, see the waters where his sunken ship is still submerged, and explore the coastline where he met his violent end.

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Some of the world’s most iconic golf courses are situated in these three Southern states including Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, one of the most famous golf clubs in the world and home of the Masters. The legendary Pinehurst No.2, home of the 2014 US Open, in North Carolina. South Carolina offers over 380 courses from the Atlantic coastline to the mountains. Each hole at Bear’s Best in Atlanta is compiled from the greatest of Jack Nicklaus golf course designs.

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Atlanta Aquarium, Georgia

The world’s second largest aquarium boasts tens of thousands of fish and other sea creatures, housed in 5 million gallon tanks. It’s also one of the only places in the world where you can be guaranteed to dive or swim with whale sharks, manta rays and more!

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Congaree National Park, South Carolina

Pay a visit to South Carolina’s newest National Park and enjoy a whole host of activities, ranging from backpacking and fishing to canoeing, kayaking, birding and nature study. The park also boasts the largest tract of old growth bottomland hardwood forest left in the United States.

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Transylvania County, North Carolina

Located in western North Carolina, this beautiful county is nicknamed the 'Land of Waterfalls', with more than 250 waterfalls located in the area. Discover outdoor adventure, arts, music, breweries, dining, quaint towns, forests, waterfalls and more here.

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Shrimping in Brunswick, Georgia

Take two hours out of the day and spend it aboard Lady Jane, a restored shrimping boat that leaves from Brunswick, Georgia. You can even help the crew sort the catch of Bonnethead, Blacktip, Sand shark, Horseshoe Crab, Puffer Fish, Amberjack, Crocker, Spot, Whiting, Bluecrab and Skate.

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Film Locations

Whether you’re into Driving Miss Daisy or the Hunger Games, you’ll find some of your best loved movies were filmed around Georgia and the Carolinas. In particular, visit Lake Lure where the famous water-balanced Dirty Dancing lift took place or Chippewa Square in Savannah where Forrest Gump sat on a bench waiting for a bus.

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Beach, Boogie and BBQ Festival, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

This annual event takes place at the end of the summer over Labor Day weekend. The festival features a variety of family friendly activities and events and also plays host to South Carolina’s official barbeque competition!

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Blogger Profile - Emily Morrison

Emily joined My America Holiday in September 2014 and writes about new holiday ideas and exciting destinations for the website (all of which adds to her ever present wanderlust). New York is one of her favourite cities in the world and her American dreams include driving all the way along Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica in an open top Chevy and catching the Coast Starlight train from LA to Seattle: As far as she’s concerned, it’s all about the journey.
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