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  1. Capital of the South

    Atlanta was chosen as the state capital in 1868 and served as the headquarters of the Reconstruction administration. (Joseph Sohm / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
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    A whale shark swims in the Ocean Quest exhibit at the Georgia Aquarium, the world's largest. (Barry Williams / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. 'Until justice rolls down like waters'

    The tomb of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., is reflected in the pool surrounding it. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site -- which includes King's birthplace, grave and the Ebenezer Baptist Church -- draws visitors from around the world. (John Bazemore / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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  5. Horse with no name

    A visitor looks at Deborah Butterfield's piece "untitled" in the High Museum of Art. (Ric Feld / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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    Visitors enter the "World of Coca-Cola," a museum dedicated to the ubiquitous beverage. (Ric Feld / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Home of the Braves

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  8. Eats shoots and stays

    Yang Yang, a male giant panda, munches on a piece of bamboo in his habitat at Zoo Atlanta. (Ric Feld / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 6/16/2009 10:53:06 AM ET 2009-06-16T14:53:06

Blue Ridge, from $86 per room per night
The Birders Paradise Special at Aska Lodge includes accommodations, breakfast daily, a $20 discount, and a “Birds of Georgia” pocket guide to take home. Another perk: the bottomless cookie jar. The B&B has nine feeders popular with hummingbirds. Goldfinches, cardinals, and indigo buntings are also in the area. Blue Ridge is gateway to the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, and Lake Blue Ridge has boat rentals, golf, hiking, public swimming, and fishing. Rates start at $86 per room per night, or $172 for the required two-night stay.

When: Ongoing.

Details: Does not include taxes of 10 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Requires a two-night midweek stay.

Contact: 706/632-0178, askalodge.net.

Atlanta, from $99 per room per night
The W Atlanta Buckhead is offering guests free parking and two complimentary cocktails along with accommodations. The 291-room hotel has a pool and bars in the lobby and on the roof. Buckhead is a chic neighborhood with boutiques, restaurants, bars, and clubs. Rates start at $99 per room per night if you book through hotels.com—a savings of more than 20 percent over booking through the hotel's Web site. Check hotels.com for more listings in Atlanta.

When: Through Sept. 8, 2009.

Details: Does not include taxes of 15 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 800/246-8357, hotels.com.

Augusta, from $100 per room per night
The historic Partridge Inn will celebrate 100 years in business in January. To commemorate the event, they've prepared a fall and winter $100 for 100 Days package, starting at $100 per room per night (a savings of 30 percent) and including breakfast daily, a room upgrade based on availability, and a historic postcard set. Augusta flourished as a wintertime resort destination in the late 1800s and early 1900s, drawing dignitaries and politicians. If you're looking for a getaway this summer, the hotel also has a Discover Augusta package includes breakfast daily, admission to the Augusta Museum of History and Fort Discovery, and tickets for a canal tour, starting at $180 per room per night (and requiring a two-night stay).

When: Nov. 24, 2009–Jan. 31, 2010. Bookings accepted as of July 1.

Details: Does not include taxes of 13 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.

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Contact: 800/476-6888, partridgeinn.com.

Athens, from $132 per room per night
Musicians flock to this university town each summer for the massive AthFest. The Convention and Visitors Bureau is offering a hotel package to coincide with the event that includes two wristbands that act as tickets (a $40 value), two CDs, two T-shirts, two tickets for a city tour (a $40 value), and a $10 gift certificate for use at participating downtown businesses.

The festival will host more than 160 bands and solo musicians. Rates start at $132 per room per night at the Holiday Inn, with five other hotels participating. If you're booking for a big group, consider the Georgia Gameday Center, which offers fully furnished condos that sleep up to six, starting at $259 per night.

When: June 25–28, 2009.

Details: Does not include taxes of 14 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 800/653-0603, visitathensga.com.

Savannah, from $150 per room per night
Experience good old-fashioned Southern charm at The Presidents' Quarters. The hotel's plentiful amenities include continental breakfast, afternoon hors d'oeuvres and wine, nightly turndown service and cordials, and free parking.

Rates start at $150 per room per night. Packages are also available, such a as a romantic getaway, complete with a carriage ride and a $100 dinner gift certificate, from $300. For more great B&Bs and other properties in Georgia, check out bedandbreakfast.com.

When: Ongoing.

Details: Does not include taxes of 13 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 800/233-1776, presidentsquarters.com.

Clarkesville, from $195 per room per night
The Sutton Mill is a restored 1890s gristmill with a few rental options. Among them, Miller's Cottage is a rustic cabin on the banks of Sutton Creek with a kitchen, a patio, and a fireplace. Guests receive a signature basket with a bottle of wine from a nearby vineyard and breakfast items like local honey, baked goods, and snacks. The refrigerator is also stocked with bottled water and soft drinks. Weekend activities in the surrounding area include rafting, hiking, and fly-fishing on the Soque River. Clarkesville is in the Sautee-Nacoochee Valley, home to holistic healers and a vibrant artist community. Rates start at $195 per room per night.

When: Ongoing.

Details: Does not include taxes of 12 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Rate based on Monday through Wednesday stays; add $20 per night Thursdays through Sundays.

Contact: 706/839-7135, suttonmill.com.

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