Georgians are not just known for their Southern hospitality and fondness for pecan pie. No, the rest of the country has us all wrong. True Georgians are known for a whole slew of things outside of just the standard stereotypes. In fact, here are 15 things every true Georgia does at least once before they die:
1. Take the tram to the top of Stone Mountain.
Stone Mountain is one of the most popular attractions in the entire state. People flock from all over to gaze up at the granite, hike the trails, or take the tram to see for miles in every direction.
2. Stroll down River Street in Savannah.
True Georgians have been to Savannah—that's just a fact. And of course, if you're ever visiting Savannah, then you'll definitely stroll along the beautiful river and take in the sights.
3. Enjoy a weekend along the coast.
We are lucky enough to have both the mountains and the coast. Not may other states can say that. Which is why true Georgians respect and honor their coast to no end.
4. Find a historical covered bridge.
Covered bridges are a rarity in the country, but that doesn't make them any less beautiful. In fact, Georgia has 16 wooden covered bridges, which residents seek out in order to appreciate the history behind this great state.
5. Become a BBQ connoisseur.
While other states may become masters in things like wine or oil production, every true Georgian has become a BBQ connoisseur with time. Between all the delicious types of barbecue that pepper this great state, it's hard not to want to try them all—so, you do!
6. Retell a terrifying story of a haunted spot in the state.
Georgia has quite a few terrifying tales which haunt the residents, creating both terror and intrigue. Every true Georgian knows at least one scary story from the state, and retells it any chance they get.
7. Get caught up in a sunrise or sunset.
True Georgians know what it's like to be completely blindsided by the beauty of a sunrise or sunset in the state. Even when you aren't expecting it, you look up in the sky and simply say "wow".
8. Savor a praline.
True Georgians love pralines or at the very least, sunk their teeth into the gooey goodness at least once in their lifetime. Since Georgia is one of the top producers of pecans, it's only fitting.
9. Enjoy the antebellum architecture.
Georgia has some incredible architecture, and the residents know that. Which is why we know just how important and historically wonderful the antebellum architecture is to the state.
10. Buy a Coke to quench their thirst.
True Georgians have a respect and fondness for the great beverage that is known as Coca-Cola. Besides the fact this pop was invented in the state (Woohooo!) it's also a staple in many Georgian households.
11. Drive through a small town in awe.
Georgia is known to tourists as a big city type of place, but it really is the small towns which make our great state what it is. True Georgians have driven through a small town and felt pride and respect for their tinier counterparts.
12. Spend the weekend getting lost in Alpine Helen.
If you haven't visited or driven through Alpine Helen, then I may need to question whether or not you're a true Georgian (Just kidding...kind of). Helen, Georgia is a beautiful part of Georgia that is a must visit for everyone, including Georgians themselves.
13. See the Atlanta skyline and marvel.
Yes, the traffic is garbage, people can be mean, and streets can be dirty at times. But more often then not, when you're driving down the highway and catch a glimpse of the Atlanta skyline, you just can't help but marvel.
14. Learn the story of the haunted pillar in Augusta.
True Georgians know what a haunted pillar is. True Georgians will NEVER touch said haunted pillar.
15. Witness the beauty that a historic cemetery can hold.
While other states or visitors may get freaked out over cemeteries, Georgia has some downright beautiful ones. True Georgians appreciate the burial ground as it is, but also can appreciate the beauty of the land and build, too.
Any more that we can add to the list? What are some things you think a true Georgian does? We want to hear from you!