Back to the Beach: Seaside

Combining Main Street U.S.A charm with inspired design and civic planning, this picture-perfect Florida community charms with pastel cottages and sugar-white beaches.

Dedication of the Gold Dome

The dedication of Georgia’s new Capitol on July 4, 1889 was an exercise in mixed metaphors. The ceremony, a grand legislative procession from the lawmakers’ temporary digs in an opera house on Marietta Street to the gilded edifice six blocks away, was carefully staged to symbolize democracy as an institution.

Mall of Fame

When Lenox Square opened in August 1959, it was not just the first mall in Atlanta but the first in the entire region.

Six Flags Over Georgia opens

It took $12 million to transform a 276-acre dairy farm west of Downtown into the Southeast’s first theme park; that Magic Kingdom down in Orlando wouldn’t open for four years. But all the clearing and construction didn’t eradicate the red clay and scrubby pines of the Cobb County surroundings when Six Flags Over Georgia opened for business on June 16, 1967. That rustic flavor added to the verisimilitude of Six Flags Over Georgia’s prime attractions: the Dahlonega Mine Train roller coaster, which hurtled from a thirty-seven-foot peak, and the Tales of the Okefenokee boat ride, which took passengers past slightly creepy scenes based on Joel Chandler Harris fables.

“I Have a Dream…”

If the road to Equal Opportunity is paved with the good intentions of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center For Social Change to address the experience of all people, then the implementation of their planning must surely focus on the poor and oppressed. Isn’t that what the dream was all about?

Back to the Beach: Amelia Island

A newly reimagined luxury resort on this timeless northeast Florida barrier island promises a family-friendly escape to paradise.

Weekend Getaway: A 3-day travel itinerary for visiting Macon, Georgia

There’s a common sentiment in Macon that downtown used to be nothing but parking lots—and now you can’t find anywhere to park. While you may have to settle for a space an extra block or two away these days, strolling around town is precisely the point of this charming central Georgia city’s cultural and social revival.

Georgian Terrace Centennial

The Georgian Terrace Hotel was completed in 1911 at a cost of $500,000. Early guests included Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tallulah Bankhead, Charles Lindbergh, and President Calvin Coolidge.

How to spend your weekend in the “Classic City” of Athens, Georgia

Though it’s home to the University of Georgia, the first state-chartered university in the country, Athens is more than a college town.

Warren Doyle and the life-changing magic of the Appalachian Trail

I am lost in the wilderness. Not “lost” in the desperate sense. My phone still shows 5G in case I need to drop a pin, and two bars if I want to make a call. (Does this thing have a compass, too?) And I know where I am: somewhere on a wooded ridgeline in the Cherokee National Forest near Shady Valley, Tennessee, not far from the North Carolina and Virginia borders.

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