We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1) Our southern accents are unattractive.
Matter-of-fact, our southern accents are the MOST attractive out of all U.S. accents (according to this headline,) but we already knew that!
2) That all we have is farmland.
One of my favorite pictures of Georgia! (Also seen on the Only in Georgia Facebook page,) This is a picture of Lovers Leap at Lookout Mountain. Georgia is a vastly beautiful place with tons of lakes, pastures, mountains and trees to gaze at. Anyone who thinks Georgia is full of farmland has apparently never visited!
3) Georgians aren't cultured.
Who says we aren't cultured here? Georgia is one of the most cultured places around! Just look at all of the history we have here in Georgia shaped by many different cultures and historical events. Many of our buildings in Savannah have been there since the 18th and 19th centuries. No matter where you look, we have a museum, a house or a statue that represents all of Georgia culture. Here is a picture of the German Memorial Fountain in Savannah.
Pictured: The National Infantry Museum in Columbus, Georgia. This free museum is located right outside of Fort Benning in Columbus.
4) We aren't educated.
We literally have dozens of colleges here in our great state! Many of our schools are nationally ranked and with the Hope Grant and low in-state tuition, Georgia makes it possible for many people to go to school. Quick Fact: Franklin Springs, GA has a population that is 70% college educated and ranks as #114 as the most educated city in the nation! Here is a picture of the Student center for Savannah College of Art and Design, former synagogue in Savannah.
A picture of the UGA campus-- a nationally ranked school that we are proud to claim.
5) There's no diversity in Georgia.
Georgia is committed to promoting diversity! According to the census.gov website, Georgia is nearly half minorities. That includes Hispanics, African Americans, Asians, Native Americans and people of two ethnicities or more. Georgia is also committed to providing opportunities for minorities to study and have economic empowerment--which leads us to our next point!
6) There's no economic opportunity in Georgia
Don't listen to the media that says there are no jobs in Georgia. Atlanta is especially a hot hub for jobs right now. We are home to the headquarters of several Fortune 500 corporations and a thriving business community.
7) That the Georgia public school system sucks.
We have several nationally ranked high schools here in Georgia. Here is a picture of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology Lawrenceville, GA that was actually built by Carroll Daniel Construction--owner of this photo.
8) We're not healthy.
We might like our fatty southern food, but that doesn't mean we don't care about our health! We have a large fitness community all throughout Georgia. We're pretty active--with hiking, swimming and other water sports, mountain climbing, biking and any other physical activity you can think of!
9) We're not socially aware.
We have several non-profits all throughout Georgia. We love to give back to our community socially and environmentally. Here is a shot of Georgia Tech sophomore Namrata Kolla soaking up the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. (She is a volunteer for the Nature Conservancy in Georgia.)
10) There's nothing fun to do in Georgia...
Pictured: North Georgia Canopy Tours. This is a picture of Sue Rodman--owner of an award-winning family travel blog, (http://fieldtripswithsue.com/.) She takes amazing fieldtrips all over the southeast and details her trips on her blog. Check her out!
Pictured: The beautiful Jekyll Island Beach.