10 of the most Instagrammable spots in Georgia

Peter Watson

From an avenue of moss-draped oak trees to an iconic wooden water wheel hidden in the forest, here are 12 of the most Instagram-worthy spots to snap during a visit to Georgia.

Driftwood Beach is Georgia's Insta-MeccaNagel Photography/Shutterstock

We stopped by Savannah, the oldest city in Georgia, during a road trip from Florida to South Carolina last year. ⁣

In general, we're not big fans of cities, but this friendly town, with its graceful mix of elegant townhouses, green parks and storied architecture, all bedecked beneath a veil of dripping moss, instantly had us charmed.⁣

We loved wandering around the city parks and the historic waterfront and who couldn't be charmed by the grand avenue of oak trees draped in moss at Wormsloe?

We've still got so much more to see in the Peach State and can't wait to go back and explore the rest of the largest state east of the Mississippi River.

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I've put together a list of the most popular #ExploreGeorgia Instagram locations either as inspiration for your visit to the Peach State or to share with your hungry band of followers.

1. Wormsloe State Historic Site, Savannah

A 15-minute drive from the historic district will get you to one of the most beautiful estates in all of Georgia – the Wormsloe Historic Site.

Not only does the Wormsloe have trails branching out through the woods, but it also has historic ruins and paths that run along the edge of the forest, where you can get breathtaking views of the Isle of Hope.

Upon entering you’ll see two rows lined with huge live oaks. Sweeping branches create a spectacular mile-long archway over the road, as you drive in!

You can take a guided tour or adventure out on your own through the trails, which can extend up to 2.3 miles.

2. Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island

Regularly voted among America’s “Most Romantic Beaches,” Driftwood Beach is an escape to another world. Ancient driftwood monuments line the waterfront, creating an unforgettable Georgian backdrop.

Located on the northern end of the barrier island, this unique beach is the most snapped spot on Jekyll Island.

The gnarled and sun-bleached trees are like a natural playground where you can set up a hammock, climb like a jungle gym, or use it as a photogenic backdrop.

You won't be the only one there at sunset, the best time to capture the beach.

3. Tybee Island Lighthouse, Tybee Island

On Savannah's beach island, visitors can't miss a trip to the iconic Tybee Island Lighthouse and Museum.

It has protected ships in the Savannah River since it was built in 1732. It is the tallest and oldest active lighthouse in Georgia, complete with 178 stairs that visitors can climb.

Visitors can learn more about the island's history in the connected museum.

4. Pasaquan, Buena Vista

Pasaquan is a 7-acre visionary art site nestled in the pines of rural Marion County, about six miles east of Buena Vista, Georgia.

The late Eddie Owens Martin began creating Pasaquan in 1957 and continued to work on the site for 30 years.

The art environment features six major structures, mandala murals and more than 900 feet of elaborately painted masonry walls.

Pasaquan's design fuses pre-Columbian Mexico, African and Native American cultural and religious symbols with motifs inspired by Edward Churchward's books about "The Lost Continent of MU." 

Today, the site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is considered among the most important visionary art environments in the United States.

5. Providence Canyon, Lumpkin

Known as Georgia's "Little Grand Canyon," the deep reds and oranges of Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area make you feel as though you're out West, not a few hours from Atlanta.

Georgia's "Little Grand Canyon" is a testament to the power of man's influence on the land.

Massive gullies as deep as 150 feet were caused simply by poor farming practices during the 1800s, yet today they make some of the prettiest photographs within the state.

The canyon soil's pink, orange, red and purple hues make a beautiful natural painting at this quiet park.

Visitors can enjoy views of the canyons from the rim trail, taking care to stay behind fences and off the fragile canyon edge.

Hikers who explore the deepest canyons will usually find a thin layer of water along the trail, an indication of the water table below.

6. Blue Ridge Mountains, North Georgia

Stretching nearly 100 miles into North Georgia, the Blue Ridge Mountains are the southernmost part of the Appalachian mountain chain.

The region is home to numerous North Georgia towns, including Blairsville, Blue Ridge, Clarkesville, Clayton, Cleveland, Dawsonville, Ellijay, Helen, Hiawassee, Jasper and Toccoa.

Beautiful all year, but particularly when the leaves change in fall, Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains, often characterized by a bluish hue when seen from a distance, are a natural playground for photographers and outdoor adventurers.

7. Hay House, Macon

There are homes, and then there are mansions. The Hay House in downtown Macon is known as the "Palace of the South" for its stunning Italian Renaissance Revival design.

Built in 1855, it boasts 24 rooms, pocket doors, spiral staircases and stained glass windows. Visitors can photograph the exterior, but no photos are allowed inside. Snap a photo on the steps and act like it’s yours!

8. Atlanta BeltLine, Atlanta

It started as a Master's thesis by Ryan Gravel in 1999 and has become Atlanta's most iconic feature, transforming disused rail lines into 33 miles of walking and biking paths.

An ongoing project, the Atlanta BeltLine is scheduled to be completed in 2030 and will loop around the city with streetcars and connected parks.

The BeltLine's success has launched urban renewal projects like Ponce City Market and Lee + White.

In many ways, it's better than the famous High Line in New York City because it connects all parts of the city with public art and events. Come see for yourself what makes it so great!

9. Fausett Farms Sunflowers, Dawsonville

Like something out of a movie, travelers can't miss a visit to the Fausett Farms Sunflowers in Dawsonville, which is open seasonally.

The family-owned farm has been in operation since 1858 but transitioned away from poultry farming to grow more than 30 acres of sunflowers. They also offer trail rides.

Amateur photographers can pay $10 per car, while professionals will need to pay a $35 fee.

10. Amicalola Falls, Dawsonville

North Georgia is full of stunning waterfalls, but Amicalola Falls may just be the most popular with visitors.

The cascading falls are one of the state's tallest and are located near the starting point of the Appalachian Trail.

Once you’ve snapped the falls, take advantage of the miles of trails, archery, birdwatching and ziplines.

11. The Old Mill at Berry College, Rome

Although the entire campus of Berry College could easily make this list, especially the chapel and Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum, the Old Mill is an icon in its own right.

Constructed in 1930, the mill has an iron hub that was relocated there by none other than Henry Ford.

The wooden water wheel is considered to be one of the largest in the world, reaching 42 feet in diameter. It was constructed by student workers. The gift shop even sells grits milled onsite.

12. Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta

One of Atlanta’s most recognizable hotels was designed in 1985 by John Portman and Associates, the group responsible for much of the downtown skyline.

The Atlanta Marriott Marquis exterior is larger at the base, but it’s the interior that will impress.

It resembles a futuristic spacecraft, hosting events like DragonCon and countless film crews.

You don’t have to be a guest to check it out as you can always grab a drink at the lobby bar.

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Peter Watson is a writer, photographer and adventurer. A keen trekker and climber he can usually be found on the trails of the Greater Ranges. He’s visited over 80 countries and is currently focused on climbing the seven summits – the highest mountain on every continent. Four down, three to go... He has also travelled extensively around the US developing a penchant for American backcountry, abandoned buildings and natural wonders en route.

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