Road Trip Everyone, Anyone?
The Peach State
Every city and state have places that are off the beaten path. Here are seven road trip ideas for the great state of Georgia.
1. The Big Chicken
Everyone has to visit the big chicken just once. It is a landmark for the Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurant located in Marietta, Georgia. The restaurant sits below a 56-foot replica of a big chicken. The big chicken is a well-known landmark for driving directions. You have to pass the big chicken to go anywhere on Highway 41 in Marietta.
Pasaquan in Buena Vista, Georgia is an “internationally recognized visionary art environment”. Eddie Owens Martin was a very eccentric folk artist who worked on the 7-acre compound from 1957 to 1987. It is currently managed by Columbus State University and is open to the public. In 2008 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
3. Babyland General Hospital
You can see a new Cabbage Patch baby doll as it is “born” at the Babyland Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia. The tour is delightful and the giggles exciting. If you are near Cleveland, it is worth the stop.
As you wind your way through the “hospital” you can see nurses taking care of all of the Cabbage Patch Dolls. They are dressed in greens or nurse uniforms and take their jobs very seriously.
The new babies are born under the Cabbage Tree in the hospital. Everyone holds their breath in anticipation as a “doctor” aids in the birthing process. The nurses and doctors are schooled in cabbage patch births and are ready to aid you in your adoption process.
4. Okefenokee Swamp
The park is located near Waycross, Georgia. When you go, do not plan to spend the night as there are no accommodations available. This would strictly be a day trip to the park. The area was known as the “Land of the Quaking Earth” by the Indians of that area. The “floating Islands” in the park are due to the is swamp water throughout the area. It is amazing that these unstable islands have forests growing on them. Boat trips are available through the swamp but it is best to be very careful as Park is home to over 10,000 alligators.
Most of the 438,000 acres in the park are is in a protected land area. It is the largest blackwater swamp in North America and is considered to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia. The water is called blackwater as it is relatively transparent but the color of black coffee or tea. Tannins are contained in many trees and plants. This acidic substance can leach into the groundwater when plants and trees decay, thus forming blackwater.
5. Helen, Georgia
Helen is a town in Georgia that resembles a Bavarian Town. It feels and looks just like an Alpine Village. October is a great time to visit. Beer, brats, bands, and Octoberfest! It gets no better than this. Have a few beers and then get on the dance floor and dance the Polka. Everyone is going round and round. It is dizzying.
If you are not in the mood for partying, then visit during the summer months and tube down the Chattahoochee River. On the first plunge into the water, your bottom will get cold but it is so much fun you forget to shiver. After having a bite to eat try your hand at panning for gold. That is indeed strenuous work. Perhaps instead you will search for precious gems. They are there, you just have to keep looking.
6. The Georgia Guidestones
The Georgia Guidestones are in a field in Elberton, Georgia. The Guidestones were commissioned from the Elberton Granite Finishing Company. Robert C. Christian was supposedly erecting the Guidestones on behalf of a few “loyal Americans”.
It has been a mystery as to who actually paid for the stones and why. However, it may never be known. The inscription on the guidestones tells “humanity” not to let the population of the world exceed 500,000,000.
Supposedly this is the maximum number of people that the world can safely sustain. The question is, who are the 500,000,00 that get to stay and where will the rest of us go?
7. Jimmy Carter Peanut
Our 39th president, Jimmy Carter, was from Plains, Georgia. There is little to see or visit in Plains except to gawk at the 13-foot tall peanut with a grin on its “face.” This roadside statue was originally concocted by three men who lived in Indiana. It was constructed for a 1976 political visit. Many superstitious people believe that the smiling goober helped to catapult Jimmy Carter to the White House. Seems a bit far-fetched but it is the tale that is told in Plains.
The statue is the second largest peanut in the world and the most photographed item in Plains. Possibly because there is little else in Plains to take a picture of.
The verdict is in. Road trips are for everyone. These road trip ideas can be as strenuous as you want or you can wander with aimless abandon. The choice is yours but you must take a road trip to see the sights in every state.