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Georgia is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. It was founded in 1732 and named after King George II of Great Britain. Georgia was the last of the original Thirteen Colonies which declared their independence from Britain in the American Revolution, resulting in the formation of the United States of America.

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Georgia covers an area of 59,425 sq miles (153,909 sq km). It is the largest state east of the Mississippi in terms of land area, and fourth largest in total area (inclusive bodies of water). Georgia has a population of 9.8 million people, making it the 9th most populous state in the country.

The state of Georgia is bordered by Tennessee to the north, North Carolina to the northeast, South Carolina to the east, Florida to the south and Alabama to the west.

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Georgia experiences a humid subtropical climate. The state is prone to tornadoes, including one which hit downtown Atlanta on 14 March, 2008, causing some damage. The state, especially the coastal areas, is also vulnerable to hurricanes. On the other hand it has also went through severe droughts in 2006 and 2007.

Early County Courthouse, Blakely, GeorgiaEarly County Courthouse, Blakely, Georgia
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Travel to Georgia

The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is one of the largest airports in the United States. It is also the world's busiest airport by passenger traffic and number of landings and take-offs.

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Travel within Georgia

The most convenient way to explore Georgia is by car. One can be rented upon arrival at the airport.

The main highways in Georgia are Interstate 75 and Interstate 85. Other important highways in Georgia includes the I-95, I-20, I-16, I-59 and I-24. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is the main rapid transit system operator in Atlanta.

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Cities in Georgia

  1. Atlanta (541,000 / 6 million)
    Capital and largest city in Georgia, within the most populous metropolis in the American Southeast.

  2. Augusta-Richmond County (200,00)
    Second largest city in Georgia as well as second largest metro area.

  3. Columbus (190,000 / 450,000)
    Third largest city in Georgia and fourth largest metropolitan area.

  4. Savannah (132,000 / 343,000)
    Fourth largest city and first state capital of Georgia.

  5. Athens-Clarke County (115,000)
    Unified city-county and fifth largest city in Georgia

  6. Macon (93,000)
    Sixth largest city in Georgia.

Places of Interest in Georgia

  1. Americus
    A small town with diverse attractions.

  2. Amicalola Falls
    Beautiful 729-foot waterfall, the highest in Georgia.

  3. Appalachian National Scenic Trail
    Hiking trail in the eastern United States.

  4. Cumberland Island National Seashore
    Nature preserve of unspoiled beaches, dunes, marsches and freshwater lakes.

  5. Dahlonega
    Town in the Blue Ridge Mountain range where the first gold rush in the nation took place in 1828.

  6. Golden Isles
    Barrier islands off Georgia.

  7. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
    Wildlife refuge in southeastern Georgia and northern Florida.

  8. Oconee National Forest
    Protected area comprising two United States National Forests.

  9. Lake Chatuge
    Lake creatged by the Chatuge Dam.

  10. Stone Mountain
    The largest exposed granite dome in North America.

  11. Pooler
    Town where General Sherman negotiated the surrender of Savannah.

National Monuments in Georgia

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