an image of a White House on the Augusta National golf course in Georgia
Written by Kiley Pettit. Image courtesy of Explore Georgia.

Nestled along the banks of the Savannah River, the quaint city of Augusta, Georgia, is known for sweet-tea-sipping wrap-around porches, Green Jackets, and gracious Southern hospitality. Sitting directly between Charleston and Atlanta, the home of legendary James Brown is an underrated must-stop on a Southern road trip. The charming city welcomes guests year-round. However, to see Augusta in its glory, visit during azalea season, where the colorful streets of Masters City flood with delighted golf lovers embarking on their spring rite of passage.

Explore the Augusta with a stroll along the relaxing, multilevel Augusta Riverwalk, where mornings are complete with fresh coffee, radiant river views, and friendly faces. On Saturdays from spring to fall, mosey through an abundance of fresh local produce, handmade crafts, and savory eats at the Augusta Market at the River.

Step off the Riverwalk and discover the city’s must-see attractions. The Augusta Museum of History, Morris Museum of Art is free on Sundays and the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, named after the women who opened the area's first school for Black children, is a must-visit. End your day strolling through Summerville to take in the grand antebellum-style homes that line the streets.

If you cannot secure a ticket to view the Masters or a miracle to play on the polished greens of the Augusta National Golf Club, fear not! Tee up at the 18-hole Forrest Hills Golf Club, open to the public year-round. Feeling more adventurous? Set your sights on the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area on a boat tour, kayak, or bike along the water's edge. Wander among 14 miles of exquisite scenery and abundant wildlife on the wooden boardwalks of Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, and stay on the lookout for gators, bobcats, and otters.

A trip to Georgia would not be complete without indulging in world-famous barbeque at Sconyers. Opened over 65 years ago, the Georgia establishment has served generations of mouthwatering barbeque to millions, including President Jimmy Carter. Other must-visit eateries include the Savannah River Brewing Company, Vance’s Bakery Bar—a boozy bakery for the 21-and-up only—Luigis, and The Soul Bar. Alleviate your food coma and retire at the charming Partridge Inn, a guest-favorite for over 100 years.

Augusta embraces its guests with warm arms as they journey through every storied street corner, inviting park bench, and tale told by endearing locals!

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