Sit back on the flight to Georgia and envision yourself in the Deep South during the Civil War. Whether you’re channelling Scarlett O’Hara or Rhett Butler, it’s not to remember the image of Georgia’s burning landscape in the classic, Gone With The Wind. In recent decades, Georgia has served as the backdrop to other Hollywood movies and Georgia flights are packed with people eager to experience a bit of southern culture here.
Heavy green trees, lush parks and plantations that make the south so special are also what attracts visitors. That, and the fact that many of today’s films are shot on location here including American Beauty and Driving Miss Daisy. Long gone are the days of hoop dresses and bonnets, and uniforms and caps, but Cotillions still take place and Georgia residents pride themselves on their good old-fashioned values.
From the bustling city of Atlanta to the charming town of Savannah, travellers coming off their Georgia flights will always be welcome in the Peach State with some warm Southern hospitality and graciousness.
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Summer temperatures in Georgia range from the 20s (C) to the 30s, occasionally rising to the mid 30s. The winter temperatures are generally in the mid-teens. In Atlanta the summers are very humid with temperatures around the mid-20s to 30s. Temperatures in winter reach the single digits, sometimes even dipping below freezing at night. Inland and southern Georgia are much drier and hotter, but the higher altitudes tend to be cooler. Temperatures seldom drop below freezing in winter anywhere in the state. The longest seasons are spring and autumn, while December to April are the wettest months.
Sporting events and folk, craft, art, and music festivals take place during the busy coastal summers. State and local fairs are held mainly in August and September. In spring everything blooms in as many colours as you can imagine, and the fall foliage is particularly beautiful. Atlanta is busy year round with conventions and trade shows. Check before making your reservations as large conventions can mean high rates and long waits in line.
Finding cheap flights to Georgia is much easier in July and August. In Atlanta there are tons of great discounts to be had, and many hotels offer reduced rates over Christmas.
You’ll need a car to get around since Georgia is quite rural. Internal flights to several Georgia destinations, including smaller cities are available. If you prefer to travel by train, Amtrak trains have stops in Georgia and the Georgia railways cover the state. Bus service to other cities is also available in Georgia, and several daily buses run along the coast and Savannah, but beyond that the bus service is intermittent.
Taking a car, taxi, or the MARTA rapid-rail subway trains is necessary in Atlanta. The historic district of Savannah can be explored on foot, and the rest of the city explored by public transit and taxis.
Bikers will be pleased to hear that several bicycling organisations exist in Georgia. The well known Southern Bicycle League, which organises dozens of rides every year, and the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia, which holds an annual cross-state event and numerous smaller rides throughout the year.
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