The tourism region known as Georgia’s Historic Heartland is a treasure chest of diversity. History and hometown hospitality take center stage, but that’s just the beginning. From art and orchards to a monastery and movies, you’ll find it all in this eclectic region.
At the very northern tip of the region sits Athens, home to the University of Georgia (UGA). A recipient of the 2009 Distinctive Destination award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the city showcases both its university affiliation and rich history. The Athens Welcome Center, located in a 1820s house museum, is the place to start. Be certain to visit the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, which includes a tropical conservatory. The Georgia Museum of Art on the UGA campus offers free admission and a spectacular collection.