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Macon (Georgia)

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Macon (Georgia)

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Macon [1] is a city in Georgia which is a southern state in the United States of America.

Macon is a city with a rich cultural heritage and strong vision for the future. Macon offers the amenities of a small friendly city with the advantages of a growing city. Cultural, social, civic, and educational opportunities create an excellent quality of life. Macon is known as the "Cherry Blossom Capital of the World" with over 275,000 Yoshino cherry trees. Macon is a center of a metropolitan area of around 400,000 people including the city of Warner Robins. Macon's downtown is quite attractive with antebellum homes and beautiful churches and cathedrals mixed in. Beautiful houses in downtown Macon include the Cannonball House, the Woodruff House, and the Hay House. They were all built in the past by Macon's elite.

Get in

By Car

There are two main ways to approach Macon via the interstate system. I-16 runs into Macon from Savannah in the southeast and I-75 runs directly through the town going north/south. I-475 splits off of I-75 north of town in Monroe County, then rejoins I-75 just before Hartley Bridge Road, south of town.

By Bus

The Macon Greyhound station is located just off I-16 on Spring Street, near downtown.

By Train

Amtrak does not stop directly in Macon, but offers bus service to and from the Atlanta station.

By Air

Macon also has its own airport, the Macon Regional Airport, which is served daily from Atlanta by Delta Connection. The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is approximately 90 miles away, and can be accessed by car or shuttle service on Interstate 75.

Get around

By Foot

The downtown Macon area is very walkable, however, the city does sprawl somewhat, and travelling anywhere outside of the immediate downtown area requires an automobile.

By Bus

The Macon Transit Authority operates a fleet of buses that traverse the city. Regular fare is one dollar. The MTA also operates the MITSI (Macon Intown Trolley Service, Inc.), which costs twenty-five cents and offers guided tours of the historic downtown area with stops at the Woodruff House, Hay House, The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, and St. John's Cathedral.

By Car

This is the easiest way to travel through Macon, especially as many of the tourist destinations like the Museum of Arts and Sciences and the Indian Mounds are outside the downtown area.

See

Do

The Georgia State Fair
  • Every Spring is the Chery Blossom Festival with over 300,000 trees blooming.
  • Every September the Georgia State Fair is held in Central City Park.
  • Every First Friday of the month, there is a festival downtown with many stalls. Downtown bars sell beer at a cheap price. It has been surprisinglt successful.
  • Watch a good old time baseball game at Luther Williams Park with Macon's newest team; The Macon Music.

Buy

  • Macon Mall
  • The new Bass Pro Shop in the northern part of Macon.
  • Crossroads at Eisenhower Shopping Center includes well known stores like Target, Best Buy, Ross, Kroger, Dick's Sporting Goods, Home Depot, and much more.
  • The Shoppes at River Crossing: An upscale open air mall in north Macon near the new Bass Pro Shop. It includes upscale stores new to the area. Some of the mall is still under construction, but many stores have opened.

Eat

  • Nu-Way Weiners, nationally recognized as making one of the best hot dogs in the United States, second longest continually-operating hot dog stand in the U.S. (since 1916).
  • Fincher's BBQ, 3947 Houston Ave, Macon, GA., old style drive-in BBQ that actually went on a NASA shuttle mission. In Macon since 1935, this is a must-try.
  • Fondue; A dining experience. This restaurant is an upscale huge dissapointment. The entire meal is a journey of wandering what else will be bad.
  • Backburner: a nicer small restaurant close to Ingleside Village - this is probably one of the most under-stated restuarants in Macon.
  • Tic Toc Room has great food.
  • Natalia's off Riverside drive is probably the most expensive restaurant in the city; do not be fooled by the shabby exterior of the restaurant - the food makes up for what the location lacks.

Drink

The Rookery Pub in Downtown Macon. Club Synergy-a mainly gay dance club, Jazz Plex in Cherry Street also in Downtown Macon.

Sleep

Holiday Inn, Rodeway Inn, Ramada Inn, La Quinta Inn, Days Inn, The Crowne Plaza Hotel, and more. [Scattered throughout Macon]. Macon officials are currently trying to get a Marriot to locate next to the Macon Coliseum and Convention Center near downtown Macon.

Get out

One can get out of Macon by either Northbound or Southbound Highway 75, or any other street for that matter.

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