Step 1: Choose a general area you wish to explore...
Our travels always start with an event or location that we really want to see. For example, the living history event held at Fort McAllister in Richmond Hill, Georgia during the 4th of July caught our attention last year. We were familiar with the historical fort, as we had visited at Christmas-time in previous years. It was a top-notch event, complete with re-enactments and living historians. In anticipation of the Independence Day events, we knew we wanted to stay at the Fort, which meant renting one of their marsh-front cottages. Any other excursions during this week-long trip would have to be within a two-hour driving distance. Here are a few tools we use to get started.
Open up Google Maps and begin looking at the icons that give you locations of interest. If you have never used the icon feature available on Google Maps, here is a quick walk-through.
Make a list of the historic sites, state parks, cemeteries, museums, and other places of interest you found while perusing Google Maps. Then, begin to locate and explore the websites of these locations. Granted, not all of them may have a website, but many of them do. Several websites that have served us well over the years are:
The ABG Blog is an exceptional resource to anyone wishing to explore more of Georgia. We have done extensive travels all around the State and have written about our adventures here. You can easily search by categories which are listed on the blog page in the right-side bar. You can start with the "travel" category, but you can also do more specific searches like "Civil War," "hiking," "World War II," and "American Revolution." If you would like to read about the McAllister trip mentioned at the beginning of this page, click here.