Saturday, March 7, 2020

Highway Guide: Georgia

It will take several hours to pass through Georgia on US Route 1, yet it only passes through one large city, Augusta, at the very northern end of the state, and ends at Folkston a very small town, on the southern end.

It is a rural route, passing through many small towns and villages and large plantations with large fields that produce enormous quantities of cotton, winter wheat, corn, soybeans and peanuts. Georgia proudly produces more peanuts than any other state in the country, and Vadalia, Georgia produces the sweet and coveted Vadalia onions in the spring.

US Route 1 has remained inland since Connecticut, but in Waycross, Georgia, it begins an easterly route to the Florida coast, where it will remain until its end in Key West. For now, enjoy the beautiful rich, red clay and large fields that make up Georgia.

If you were inclined to take a side trip while in Georgia, Savannah is a beautiful old city that is well worth the time. Take US Route 16 West in Oak Park; it will bring you into Savannah and the beautiful area of Tybee Island. There are a multitude of things to do in Savannah, including visiting the "Garden of Good and Evil" and numerous tours around this beautiful coastal city.

Okay, it's almost the final leg of your trip south on Route 1-a few miles an you will be in Florida-and you thought Georgia was a long state!