The largest of the southern US states east of the Mississippi, Georgia does well to encapsulate everything the Deep South has to offer, from rural towns to sprawling and diverse cities. Its geography is also varied, with mountains in the north producing spectacular rivers, while the marshlands along the coast in the east are known for their fiddler crab habitations and long, wind-ravished cord grasses.
Nature is an important part of life in Georgia; the state even boasts its own â€˜Seven Natural Wondersâ€™. These include the Amicalola Falls, Okefenokee Swamp, Providence Canyon, Stone Mountain, Tallulah Gorge, Warm Springs and Radium Springs.
As a prospective student looking to study in Georgia, however, youâ€™ll most likely be spending most of your time within the stateâ€™s key cities and towns, where the majority of the universities in Georgia are located.
State capital Atlanta is also the unofficial capital of the US South, due to its major role in the political, industrial and cultural reinvention and redevelopment of the region in the post-slavery era.
Outside of the capital, traveling southeast towards the coast, is the small historic city of Savannah, a quaint image of preserved pre-war architecture and low-lying charm. Inch further out to the sea and the stateâ€™s coastal barrier islands offer up luxurious resorts as well as a plethora of nature reserves. Jekyll Island caters to the glamorous, while the more adventurous might prefer hiking in Cumberland Island, or following in the footsteps of the most famous pirate of the 17th century by exploring the so-called â€˜wilderness areaâ€™ of Blackbeard Island.