Georgia is a spectacular state with many contrasts and so worthy of a traditional American road trip. A blend of tradition and modernity makes it an appealing destination. You’ll fall in love with the grand old mansions, natural beauty, and urban flair of Atlanta, not to mention the enormous moss-draped trees in Savannah. If you’re visiting Atlanta, driving south to visit a few scenic spots can be worthwhile. We’ve gathered some of the best sights to see on a 250-mile road trip from Atlanta to Savannah.
Atlanta to Savannah Roadtrip
Driving Time: 3 hours and 45 minutes
Distance: 250 miles
What to See in Atlanta
The world’s largest aquarium is located in Atlanta, containing more than 100,000 aquatic creatures in 10 million gallons of salt and freshwater. While its size seems overwhelming, the aquarium is partitioned into various themes to make it more focused and educational. If history is your thing, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park features his birthplace home alongside the grave of this famous civil rights leader. The park complex also contains the original Ebeneezer Baptist Church where he and his father were preachers.
The world’s largest aquarium in Atlanta.
Part 1: Atlanta to Macon
Driving south along Interstate 75, you can take a short journey off the freeway to Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge if you need to stretch your legs. The park is full of protected birds, as well as a variety of wildlife. The multiple hiking trails will easily lead you through the park. Once you reach Macon, there are a few museums worth your while. Icons of Southern music, The Allman Brothers Band, are the focus of an eponymous museum. The Tubman Museum, named for Underground Railroad leader Harriet Tubman, features exhibits on African-American history, art and culture. Lastly, when you drive through Macon you’ll see historic, stately homes like the Johnston-Felton-Hay House and the Cannonball House.
Part 2: Macon to Savannah
The drive from Macon to Savannah on I-16 E takes about 2.5 hours. Once there, perhaps you’re wondering what there is to see and do in the coastal city of Savannah. Drive your Sixt rent a car through the Savannah Historic District to see all the charming houses and moss-draped trees the city is known for. After, park near Bull Street for some boutique shopping. Enjoy the shady trees and paths in Forsyth Park as an escape from the warm temperatures. No matter what your interests, Savannah has the best of Southern architecture and charm.
Part 3: Back to Atlanta via the Beach
If you are not in a hurry to drive back to Atlanta, take advantage of being so close to the ocean by going to Tybee Island just off the coast east of Savannah. The barrier island has wide sandy beaches, with South Beach attracting sunbathers and North Beach having a historic fort and lighthouse. Find some shade, take a nap, and eat some seafood to refuel for the 4-hour drive back to Atlanta.
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