Adventure, for most people, means an excursion into the great outdoors: hiking, fishing and boating. And certainly the major portion of this book is devoted to that type of experience. But here in Georgia, adventure can mean much more than outdoor recreation. This is an area rich in history and culture, and the location of some of the most delightful, intriguing and exciting towns and cities in the nation. With many interesting places to see and historic sites to visit, adventure can also mean sightseeing; Atlanta is an adventure all its own.
But adventure means different things to different people. While to some it means hiking over snow-covered trails in Alaska, mountain climbing in Nepal, or a safari through the far-off jungles of the Amazon, to many it means a spin of the roulette wheel, shopping in a suburban mall, or a gourmet dinner in a fine restaurant. Most of the above, and more, can be enjoyed within the bounds of Georgia. The peaks are not as high as they are in the Himalayas, the snows not as deep as they are in Nome, but the jungles of the Chattahoochee National Forest, the swamps of the Okefenokee, and the great wildlife refuges can be just as dense and mysterious as those in Central America.
Here in Georgia adventure can mean driving the backcountry roads in search of some exciting new experience. It can mean shopping: antique stores, gift shops and craft fairs abound throughout the state, not to mention some of the finest shopping malls. And, for the gourmet adventurer, it can also mean great new experiences in fine dining and opulent hotels. And gambling? Yes, you can do that, too.
So, while this book is a guide to the outdoor adventures, it's also a guide for those of you who would rather spend your time in relative comfort, within the bounds of civilization, close to the shops, stores, restaurants and fun-time attractions that have made places like Atlanta, Savannah and Augusta famous.
This is a guide that covers every detail you will want to know about what to do, where to stay and eat, and what to see in Georgia.