Macon (Georgia)

Macon is a city in Georgia's Classic Heartland.

Downtown Macon seen from the Ocmulgee National Monument.

Understand

Macon is the center of a metropolitan area that contains around 400,000 people and encompasses the nearby city of Warner Robins. The downtown area of Macon has antebellum homes, cathedrals, and other historic buildings that were built in the past by Macon's elite, including the Woodruff House, the Hay House, and the Cannonball House.

Macon is one of several cities to hold a cherry blossom celebration in springtime, although Macon stands out because it has a particularly large number of trees throughout the city. With over 275,000 Yoshino cherry trees, Macon is known as the "Cherry Blossom Capital of the World."

Get in

By car

From the north: Drive south on I-75. To reach the main downtown area of Macon, take exit 164, turn left at the end of the exit ramp, then drive along Forsyth St. a short distance into the main downtown area.

From the south: Drive north on I-75. To reach the main downtown area of Macon, take exit exit 164, turn right at the end of the exit ramp, then drive along Forsyth St. a short distance into the main downtown area.

From the east: Drive west on I-16. To reach the main downtown area of Macon, take exit 1B, turn right at the end of the exit ramp, then drive along the 2nd St. bridge over the Ocmulgee River into the main downtown area.

From the west: There are no interstates that travel directly into Macon from the west. However, there are many state highways that you can use. The best route will depend on where you're traveling from; consult a road atlas.

By bus

By train

Currently, there are no commuter trains that travel directly to Macon. However, Atlanta's Amtrak station offers bus service to and from Macon.

By plane

Silver Airways makes daily trips between Macon's Middle Georgia Regional Airport (1000 Terminal Dr., ☎ +1 478 751-3760, IATA: MCN), Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (IATA: ATL), and Orlando's Orlando International Airport (IATA: MCO). The Middle Georgia Regional Airport has several car rental service stations; see below in the "Get around" section for more information.

Many visitors choose to fly into Atlanta's much larger Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport 80 miles North and then drive or take shuttle service from Atlanta to Macon. The most popular shuttle service is Groome Transportation, 4540 Sheraton Dr,  +1 478 471-1616, e-mail: . $36 one-way or $72 roundtrip.

Get around

By foot

Maps and schedules


The downtown area is reasonably compact, and most travelers can probably explore this area on foot. However, traveling to other sites outside the downtown area will require an automobile.

By bus

The Macon Transit Authority (☎ +1 478 803-2505, 5:00-22:00 M thru Sat) operates a bus service throughout the city. The routes map will show you which bus route to take, and the bus schedule will explain when to arrive at the bus stop. In general, a bus arrives at each stop every 30-40 minutes. You must pay the bus fare when you board the bus; the regular fare is $1. If you will be transferring to a second bus route in order to reach your final destination, notify the bus driver when you pay your $1 fare; each transfer costs $0.25. When the bus is within one or two blocks of your destination, pull the yellow cord inside the bus to signal to the driver that you want to stop.

By car

Touring Macon by car is perhaps the best way to see the city, especially if you plan to visit sites far from the main downtown area, such as the Ocmulgee Indian Mounds or the Museum of Arts and Sciences.

There are several car rental services in Macon:

See

Do

Macon Grand Opera

There are special events that are held at specific times:

Cultural activities:

Buy

Shopping centers

Other noteworthy places to shop

Eat

Drink

Downtown

Sleep

Cope

Hospitals

Coliseum Medical Center, 350 Hospital Drive,  +1 478 765-7000. Open all hours.

Consulates

Go next

Routes through Macon

Atlanta Hapeville  N  S  Warner Robins Valdosta
Asheville Atlanta  N  S  Waycross Jacksonville
Atlanta Griffin  N  S  Warner Robins Lake City
Columbus Roberta  W  E  Savannah Tybee Island
Knoxville Athens  N  S  Warner Robins Chiefland


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