Georgia (state)

Georgia is a US state in the South. The state was named after Great Britain's King George II and was the last of the 13 original U.S. colonies. Georgia's capital, Atlanta, is the ninth largest city in the United States. The state is also known as the Peach State and Empire State of the South.



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Stone Mountain


During the American Civil War, Georgia was hit hard by William T. Sherman's "march to the sea" and a lot of its infrastructure was destroyed. However, soon after the state rebuilt and by the turn to the twentieth century it was one of the more advanced states in the South. During the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s Atlanta came to be known as "the city too busy to hate" and native Georgian Martin Luther King was one of the most important civil rights leaders. Georgia has shed its image as a largely agricultural state it had in the 19th century and is home to the headquarters of several major corporations as well as the busiest airport in the world, Heartsfield Jackson international airport in Atlanta. While most people thinking of Georgia immediately think of Atlanta, there is still a lot the rural Georgia of yore left and Southern hospitality has lost nothing of its charm and is - contrary to common prejudices - more often than not extended to people of all origins and creeds.

Get in

By plane

See also: air travel in the USA

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (IATA: ATL)- the world's busiest airport as well as the most important hub for Delta airlines

By train

Amtrak serves Atlanta (unsurprisingly as the city was founded as a railroad terminus). Train travel in the USA in general has entered a decline in the 1950s and Georgia is no exception, however since about the year 2000 trains are regaining some popularity, with Amtrak ridership growing continuously and now almost fifty percent higher than at the turn of the millennium. Trains are still unbeaten in terms of legroom, views and people you can meet. While traveling by train in the US is not necessarily fast or cheap, it is still a uniquely stylish experience and a great way to get around if time is not critical. For more on schedules (often few and far between) and prices (not necessarily cheaper than flying) see Amtrak's website.

Get around



Cleveland, GA - home of the Cabbage Patch Kids, where one can create authentic dolls with their own "birth certificates" at the Babyland General Hospital




Don't make jokes about Jim Crow or Sherman's March to the Sea. Whistling "Marching Through Georgia" will not win you friends (this may seem obvious, but the lyrics and origins are less well known than the tune)

Stay safe

While less and less common, racial problems still exist.



Like much of the South, Georgia can be oppressively hot and humid during the summer. Shorts and flip-flops are widely accepted indoors and outdoors during the summer months.

In the same vein, at nice restaurants you can often get away with shorts as long as you wear shoes and a collared shirt. This is easier during the day than in the evening.

Unfortunately, many people and offices run the air conditioning down to 70F in the summer, and crank the heat up to 80F in the winter. As a result, dress that's appropriate for outside may not be suited for indoors. The best way to cope is to dress in layers, so you can adjust as needed.

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