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Macon is known as ‘the heart of Georgia’ as it’s right at the centre of the state. The city is also nicknamed ‘the cherry blossom capital of the world’ and has over 275,000 cherry trees lining its elegant boulevards. Macon is home to Mercer University and is also known for its variety of festivals, abundance of historic architecture and thriving live music scene. It’s also a great location for visiting nearby destinations by hire car, such as Atlanta, Warner Robins,Perry and Griffin.
If you’re arriving via Middle Georgia Regional Airport then it’s an 11-mile drive by rental car to Macon. En route you could take a detour to visit Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge, which include hiking trails and fishing.
Budget and Avis are two local hire car providers, and they offer a range of vehicles to suit your budget and preferences. They also offer extras like free cancellation, unlimited mileage and zero excess collision cover.
There’s a wealth of history to explore in Macon, as the city has over 5,000 listed historic structures. There are also many festivals to enjoy throughout the year, including the International Cherry Blossom festival, Mulberry Street Arts Festival and the Macon Film Festival. Other highlights include the city’s many farmers’ markets, the Ocmulgee National Monument, which is an ancient Native American site (for a breathtaking view of the city, climb its Great Temple Mound), the Hay House, an impressive 19th century mansion known as ‘The Palace of the South’, and the Museum of Arts and Sciences, which has its own planetarium. Or you could simply stroll along the Ocmulgee river Heritage Trail and soak up the atmosphere.
Augusta is a 121-mile drive from Macon by rental car and has much to offer by way of attractions. Downtown Augusta, Riverwalk and the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area are all wonderful to stroll through. Other attractions include the Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home, the Old Government House, Enterprise Mill, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Augusta Museum of History, the Morris Museum of Art and Lake Olmstead Stadium. There are also many activities to enjoy on the Savannah river, including boating, kayaking and canoeing.
Georgia’s capital city, Atlanta, is a 147-mile drive by rental car from Augusta. Known as the ‘capital of the South’, pretty Atlanta is booming as a tourist hotspot. The city is known for its fabulous restaurant scene and creative vibe, with key attractions being the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, the Georgia State Capitol building, Centennial Olympic Park, the Millennium Gate, the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the Georgia Aquarium. The city even boasts its own World of Coca-Cola museum.
If you’re driving in Georgia, bear in mind that some of the more remote roads can be in poor condition. Also keep an eye out for livestock on the roads. The US is right-hand drive and remember to keep an eye on your mirror, as drivers don’t always indicate a direction change. Every state has different driving laws, so make sure you familiarise yourself with the California ones before your visit.
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