The United States is filled with thousands of towns, cities and villages which offer amazing and unique experiences. One of the most well known of these cities today is the city of Augusta GA. Located on the mighty Savannah River, Augusta is a city with just around 200,000 residents however, within the great metropolitan area, nearly 600,000 residents call this home, making it the second largest metro area and second largest city in the state of Georgia. Well known for many reasons, one of its most publicized events is the Masters Tournament hosted each Spring.
Long settled, the area was inhabited by many cultures reliant on the river for both transportation and also for food. By the 18th century, the first Europeans had come to settle the area and Augusta was born. Named by its founder James Oglethorpe in honor of Princess Augusta, wife of the Prince of Wales, Augusta was the state capital of Georgia until the late 19th century.
In addition to its natural water resources, the area quickly developed agriculturally as well. Home to many large cotton plantations, Augusta has become known as the birthplace of the cotton gin. A climate perfect for growing, Augusta has continued to grow in popularity for tourism as well for its comfortable climate, especially in fall. Tourists come to explore the history of the region, enjoy the weather, play a round of golf or just enjoy the views of this part of the country.
Top sites of interest for tourists in Augusta today include many museums dedicated to art and history of the area, historic sites such as the boyhood home of President Woodrow Wilson, nature parks, world class golf courses and the famous Riverwalk. A region also well known for its food, Augusta is home to some 300 restaurants, many which have gained national attention of late. From culture and history to art, natural resources, food, outdoor activities and more, Augusta remains today, a top destination for millions each year.