Georgia, the Peach State|
Georgia on my mind, Hoagy Carmicheal wrote it, Georgian native Ray Charles sang it, the Georgia state legislature voted to make it the state song and everyone who has ever been to Georgia lives it. Such is the allure and appeal of Georgia with its majestic landscapes from the towering mountains of the north to its rolling lowlands to its sprawling beaches to its east side. The Blue Ridge mountains alone, part of the Appalachians Mountain system, has beautiful cascading rivers that is a sight to behold for all of those who wish to do some hiking and mountain climbing or maybe a bit of camping in its cool ambiance. Its east side has beaches that line up with accommodating lodgings ranging from the classy and sophisticated to the homey and comfortable.
Georgia is a southern state that is distinct by its being a member of the thirteen original colonies. They hold great pride in being a part of the original colonies that fought against the British in the American Revolution. Georgia is also one of the first states to join the union being the fourth state of the United States of America on January 2, 1788. Georgia is also the biggest state, in land area, in all of USA ever since Virginia was divided during the Civil War. The capital of Georgia is Atlanta which is famous for its being the home base of the Coca Cola soft drink company and for successfully hosting the summer Olympics.
But more than its bustling metropolis, Georgia is still best known for its scenic natural beauty with its state parks and recreation centers as well as their penchant for nature. Georgia is regarded as a very important producer of cotton, tobacco and forest products such as wood and timber. Other agricultural products are poultry and eggs, cattle, hogs, peanuts, dairy products and vegetables. Peach of course is in abundance and Georgia has been known to produce the best of hem thus the moniker Peach State. In 1995, state legislature voted it as their state fruit. The state tree is the Southern live oak the state bird is the brown thrasher, and the state flower is the Cherokee rose.
Spanish explorers were the first westerners to explore the area in the 1500s. In their explorations, they have encountered many natives and have driven them away. By the mid-1600s, British and Spanish forces would fight over the lush lands of Georgia. With British forces successfully wrestling control away from the Spaniards, they named the area the Province of Georgia in honor of then monarchy ruler, King George II. In 1861, Georgia became a major location for the American Civil War when Georgia joined the Confederacy. After that, Georgia rejoined the union but was the last among those thirteen who joined the Confederacy.
The state of Georgia offers a lot of outdoor activities for every member of the family. These wide varieties of recreational activities are offered all over the state by their state parks that lets everyone enjoy the wonders of nature. Everyday a fresh dose of air and exuberance are served. Usual activities include; biking, hiking and camping through the trails that lead to many wondrous natural areas, bird watching in the many sanctuaries and aviary habitats, Fishing and boating in this anglers paradise. Many parks feature marinas that offer great amenities, from comfortable lodging, to water sports activities to available watercrafts. And of course there is golf. The Augusta is one of the more popular courses found in Georgia and lots more first class golf courses are scattered all over the state.