11 Reasons to Keep Georgia on Your Mind
In 1930, when Stuart Gorrell wrote the lyrics to "Georgia on my Mind," he was penning an ode to his sister, Georgia Carmichael. Thirty years later, Ray Charles sang the tune and in 1979, it became Georgia’s state song. Although the lyrics might not have originally been intended to describe the state, the song fits, as once you visit Georgia, it’s hard to shake this Southern place of beauty from one’s mind. Known as the backdrop of the famous Margaret Mitchell novel, Gone With the Wind (it was written in Georgia), and as the host to the 1996 Summer Olympics, vacationers can see everything from mystical swamps and gorgeous beaches to quirky statues and even a hospital for Cabbage Patch dolls. Welcome to the Peach State.