When Atlanta locals hanker for a slower pace, coastal beauty, and historic charm, they hit the road to Savannah – the oldest city in the Peach State. Although some like to drive this 250-mile stretch in one shot, adventurous travelers are into stopping and checking out cool spots along the way. For those folks, a ton of fun pit stops create a Georgia road trip packed with sweet Georgia memories that knock it out of the park.
Southern Belle Farm, McDonough
About 30 minutes south of Atlanta, along I-75, Southern Belle Farm in McDonough rates sky-high with families who stop here. During late spring and summer, you and your crew can pick fresh blackberries, blueberries, and peaches and load up on veggies like tomatoes, beans, peas, cucumbers, squash, and peppers. Kids of all ages dig the face-to-snout action with the farm animals, and autumn at the farm brings tons of fun stuff to check out, including a corn maze, pumpkin picking, pig races, and campfires.
Historic Commercial District, Forsyth
Drive another 30 miles down the road, and you’ll find downtown Forsyth, which oozes with small-town charm. Along with its 19th-century courthouse, the town boasts 60 more buildings that have snagged spots on the National Register of Historic Places. For tasty eats after a downtown stroll, Grits Café serves up southern vittles with a modern twist. Right next door at the Rose Theater, folks rave about the evening shows by the Backlot Players, a talented local theater troupe.
The Whistle Stop Café, Juliette
Fans of the hit movie “Fried Green Tomatoes” will flip over a 30-minute detour northeast of Forsyth to the little town of Juliette, Georgia. The famous Whistle Stop Café serves up lip-smacking good southern comfort food, like fried chicken, slow-cooked pulled pork, sweet potato fries, and, of course, fried green tomatoes. After filling your belly, work it off with a trek through the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge, or drop a fishing line at Lake Juliette.
The Allman Brothers Band Museum, Macon
About 85 miles from Atlanta, the city of Macon delivers loads of one-of-a-kind stops for road trippers. Known to locals as “The Big House,” The Allman Brothers Band Museum was home to the group’s original members, plus family and friends in the early 1970s. Museum visitors can tour the rooms decked out with the house’s original furnishings and check out the band’s jam and rehearsal space. Super-cool curios include music instruments, clothing, photos, gold records, concert posters, and handwritten lyrics.
Hay House, Macon
With four levels spanning 18,000 square feet, Macon’s Hay House is a go-to for history and architecture buffs. Built in the 1850s, the mansion features a swanky historic Italian design, antiques, and details like stained glass, carved moldings, and curved arches. Visitors to Hay House flash back in time and get a peek at the lives of loaded Macon locals back in the day.
Tubman Museum, Macon
Travelers can take a deep dive into another side of history at the Tubman Museum in Macon. The museum celebrates African American art, history, and culture with major draws like first-rate folk art, a space all about African American inventors, and a giant mural spotlighting African American history. The museum also sponsors all kinds of awesome events, like the International Taste of Soul, the Pan African Festival, and loads of happenings each year during February, which is Black History Month.
Ocmulgee Heritage Trail, Macon
Nature lovers and outdoor buffs are crazy about Macon’s Ocmulgee Heritage Trail. A little more than 11 miles long, the trail lines both sides of the Ocmulgee River at different points, linking the historic downtown area to nearby neighborhoods. Top stops along the way include the Riverside and Rose Hill Cemeteries, Amerson River Park, Gateway Park, Rotary Park, Central City Park, and the Ocmulgee National Monument, where visitors can check out a Native American earth lodge and earth mounds, and find out about the different peoples who called these parts home over a 10,000-year period.
If you’re road tripping from Atlanta to Savannah, be sure to keep these fun and interesting stops in mind. Don’t forget to tag Dollar Car Rental on Instagram to share your favorite findings!