Georgia was one of the original 13 Colonies, a founding member of the Confederacy and a birthplace of the civil rights movement. Today, it is one of the fastest-growing states in the country, fueled in no small part by Atlanta’s economic dynamism. Nor does Georgia lack scenic grandeur, including the southern edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a picturesque coastline fragmented into numerous islands and estuaries. Savannah is a perpetual delight, with moss-draped oaks and gracious antebellum houses surrounding a unique grid of 22 squares.
The coast is best between December and May, when the weather is milder and there is little threat of hurricanes.