Georgia is more diverse than many Americans realize, with a scenic seacoast, mountains higher than any peaks in Britain, and large cities as well as extensive rural areas. Its historic sites focus mostly on the Antebellum and Civil War eras and the civil rights movement. (Atlanta was the home of Martin Luther King Jr.) Warm Springs was the Southern home of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and he died there in 1945 shortly after beginning his fourth term in office. It's a must for tourists interested in the Great Depression or World War II.
Many (but not all) Georgians speak with southern accents. Non-native English speakers may have difficulty understanding them. Many native Georgians speak in the dialect of the American South. This dialect changes slightly as you cross through each region, and will be more so in rural areas.
People in the South generally speak more slowly, carefully, and politely than those from the North. In particular, English speaking visitors from larger cities or other regions will have to adjust to the different pace of speech if they visit Georgia's smaller towns. Speaking quickly and bluntly can be perceived as inconsiderate or rude, and may gather a negative response.
Urban areas such as Atlanta will have several different dialects and accents, along with other languages due to the diversity of the people that live there.
Spanish is also spoken by small portions of the population throughout Georgia.
Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition October of every year. Located in Moultrie, GA People from all over the world come to it.
Don't make jokes about Jim Crow or Sherman's March to the Sea. Whistling "Marching Through Georgia" will not win you friends (this may seem obvious, but the lyrics and origins are less well known than the tune).
Also Georgia is a very conservative and religious state. Do not make jokes about Christianity (especially among the Baptist denomination) as well as make insulting statements about Christians, Jesus Christ, or their level of devoutness.
While less and less common, racial problems still exist.
Outside tourist parts of Atlanta, the LGBT are not welcome and will attract verbal abuse and stares in restaurants. Discrimination is common among the LGBT group. Violence could occur so showing public affection is discouraged.
Gun ownership is relatively common in Georgia as well as the rest of the South, especially in rural areas. It is unusual to see a gun in everyday life, but it is still a possibility. Gun owners are generally responsible with their weapons, and there is no cause for alarm or panic if a person is seen with a gun. It is wise to exercise caution in places like nightclubs, where shootings are not unheard of. Do not approach or cut through a stranger's property at night if you are in a rural area or the outskirts of a city. Most people who have bought a gun have done so for protecting their family and property.
In the metro Atlanta area and other small urban areas throughout Georgia, do not leave valuables where they can be seen in your vehicle when the vehicle is unattended. Crime and corruption is at or above national levels in many cities in Georgia so be careful.
Like much of the South, Georgia can be oppressively hot and humid during the summer. Shorts and flip-flops are widely accepted indoors and outdoors during the summer months.
In the same vein, at nice restaurants you can often get away with shorts as long as you wear shoes and a collared shirt. This is easier during the day than in the evening.
Unfortunately, many people and offices run the air conditioning down to 70F in the summer, and crank the heat up to 80F in the winter. As a result, dress that's appropriate for outside may not be suited for indoors. The best way to cope is to dress in layers, so you can adjust as needed.