Georgia is a state in the southeastern United States of America, bordering the states of Tennessee and North Carolina to the north, South Carolina to the northeast, Florida to the south, and Alabama to the west. East of Georgia borders the Atlantic Ocean, here many tourists are attracted to the famous seaside resorts of Georgia.
According to citypopulationreview.com, Georgia was named after George II, who was King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1727. Georgia’s nickname is Peach State and Empire State of the South, due to its well-developed industry.
Georgia was founded in 1732 as the last of the Thirteen Colonies. Georgia was admitted to the Union on January 2, 1788 as the fourth state in the United States.
However, on January 19, 1861, Georgia seceded from the United States and was one of the eleven Confederate States of America until 1865.
Georgia has an area of 153,909 km² and is home to around 9.7 million people (as of 2010). It stretches across the Blue Ridge Mountains and partly into the Appalachian Mountains. The highest point in Georgia is Brasstown Bald at 4,784 feet (1,458 m).
Georgia is divided into 159 counties, making Georgia the second most counties state after Texas with 254 counties. The Georgia state anthem was taken after the Ray Charles song “Georgia – on my mind”.
Capital of Georgia is Atlanta, located in northern Georgia. Atlanta is known for inventing Coca Cola. Even today, the Coca Cola Company has retained its headquarters in Atlanta.
However, many visitors are also here in search of Tara, but unfortunately you will not find it here, as described in the book Gone with the Wind with Scarlett o’Hara.
Attractions in Georgia
Major attractions in Georgia include the World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta and Stone Mountain Park. Golfers love visiting Callaway Gardens in western Georgia. Other attractions include Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s The Little White House, the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site, Martin Luther’s resting place, and the Ebenezer Baptist Church where Martin Luther preached.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
There are no UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Georgia.
National Parks in Georgia
There are no national parks in the state of Georgia.
Cities and larger towns in Georgia
Rivers in Georgia
Mountains in Georgia
Lakes and reservoirs in Georgia
Lake Sidney Lanier
Walter F George Lake
West Point Lake
Galleries at the Atlanta Aquarium in Georgia
The Georgia – Atlanta Aquarium showcases more aquatic life than any other aquarium. When you visit the aquarium, you are first greeted by the “wall of fish”, where you get a first glimpse of the animals inside. You will then enter a three-storey atrium with six entrance areas, from where you can access all of the aquarium’s galleries. When you have looked at a gallery, you will always return to the atrium, from where you can reorient yourself.
In addition to the galleries, there is an exhibition hall that hosts regular traveling exhibitions.
Ocean Voyager is the world’s largest man-made aquatic habitat featuring wildlife from the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Several thousand fish from around 50 species are found in the 87 m × 38 m tank. You can look into the pool from several points, and there is also a 30-meter-long tunnel in which visitors are surrounded by water and animals. Wall sharks, devil rays and many other animal species can be admired through the largest aquarium viewing window. The first whale sharks came from Taiwan, when two died in 2007, two more whale sharks (“Taroko”, commemorating Taroko Gorge National Park, and “Yushan” after Taiwan Jade Mountain), again from Taiwan, joined them. The tank contains approximately 6.3 million gallons of water, more than any other aquarium in the world.
Tropical Diver is a large reef, a faithful recreation of a tropical Pacific coral reef. Here you can find more than 90 species of tropical fish. Eels pop out of the sand, clownfish and seahorses swim through the water, and jellyfish dance weightlessly back and forth. A wave machine simulates the movement of the sea on the reef.
Cold Water Quest
The Cold Water Quest exhibit features animals from the polar and temperate regions of the world, such as endangered African penguins. There is an imitation sunrise and sunset for the animals. Other animals from polar regions can be found here, such as four beluga whales, sea otters and seals. Georgia-Pacific Cold Water Quest Gallery is home to the Aquarium’s mascot, a Garibaldi Damselfish.
Discover a wide variety of animals found in the freshwater lakes and rivers of Africa, America and Southeast Asia. The River Scout Gallery shows different environments such as waterfalls, still water and a unique ceiling river that forms an unusual perspective. African cichlids, alligators, piranhas and Asian pygmy otters can be seen.
Get up close and personal with the animals found on the shores and rivers of Georgia including sea turtles, crabs, shrimp and more. Georgia Explorer is primarily aimed at children. Touch pools offer a chance to touch fish such as rays and sharks, and see exhibits featuring sea turtles and Gray Reef wildlife.
AT&T Dolphin Tales
AT&T Dolphin Tales is the largest expansion of the Atlanta Aquarium. This gallery and show educates the public about marine mammals. In the lobby of the Georgia Aquarium, visitors can get their first glimpse of the dolphins through an underwater viewing window. A spectacular show featuring dolphins awaits you at the AT&T Dolphin Tales Theater. The show lasts about 20-30 minutes and is included in the general admission price.
4D Theater “Deepo’s Undersea 3D Wondershow”
Atlanta Aquarium’s mascot Deepo, an orange Garibaldi damsel, presents viewers with an underwater adventure featuring friendly sharks, sea turtles and singing dolphins. Deepo and his friends share how important it is to protect the sea. The shows with many 4D effects take place several times a day.