True to its nickname - 'the Heart of Georgia', the city of Macon is located in the center of the state of Georgia. Served by three interstate highways I-75, I-16, & I-475, Macon is easily accessible from all the sides through road. Considered as the jewel of Georgia, Macon is lively with varied landscapes of rolling hills and rivers. Known as the 'Cherry Blossom Capital of the World', the city of Macon is home to a varied species of Cherry blossoms that come to life during the season of Spring. Characterized by a humid subtropical climate, the peak season in Macon is from May to August. But alternatively, you can visit Macon during the season of late autumn and early winter, to get the best deals and to stay away from the crowd. Highlighted by a plenty of historic places, Macon is for the historic buffs who wish to trace their way back to history and get every ounce of information as possible. Some of the best things to do and see in Macon include taking a family trip to the wonderful Ocmulgee National Monument, explore your spiritual side at the St. Joseph's Catholic church, attend a live orchestral event held at the Grand Opera house, go on a family outing to the Amerson park, and visit the historically beautiful Rose hill cemetery. Be in time for the city's special event of International Cherry Blossom festival celebrated in the month of March. Highlighted by over 300,000 - 350,000 Yoshino cherry trees that decorate the city, the 10-day long festival is totally colorful and charming. For shopping, head to Macon Mall and Shoppes at River Crossing. And once you are exhausted from all the shopping, treat yourself to what is considered as the best hot dogs in the US at Nu-Way Weiners.
While politics and higher education institutes have garnered a significant amount of attention to Macon, one cannot deny the upwardly rising Macon Georgia tourism. Th city’s tourism scene is well balanced between the indoors and outdoors. While the indoor attractions mostly consist of museums, the outdoors involve some serious adventure. Visit the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House and the Museum of Arts and Sciences for a good day out in the city. Those craving some physical activities can rent a bike and head to places like the Amerson River Park, Ocmulgee Heritage Trail or the Tyler's Place Dog Park. Pretty churches and buildings of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Sidney Lanier Cottage and the Cannonball House fringe the streets daintily.
Essential travel information and Macon tips for your visit
- Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST). UTC/GMT - 5 hours.
- Currency: Currency used in Macon is US Dollars (USD).
- Electricity: The standard electrical voltage in Macon is 120 Volts and 60 Hertz alternating current. The power sockets used are of type A and B. Check your electrical devices for their voltage consumption and use adapters if necessary.
- Internet: Almost all the hotels in Macon provide free WI-FI connectivity and there are free Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the city, especially in the major public spots.
- Languages: American English is the most widely spoken language in Macon. Apart from English, Spanish and French are some of the other languages spoken in Macon.
- Security: General Emergency: 911, Hospital: +1 478-845-7462.
- Tipping: Tipping is expected in Macon. It is advisable to tip around 15-20% of the pre-tax bill.
- Tourist Traps: Avoid traveling in the subways during the nights and talking to strangers in excess.
- Customs: Be on time, because the Americans are very serious about punctuality. And be wary of your surroundings. Cleanliness and hygiene are much expected.
- Be sure to look after your belongings. Especially, when you are walking alone in the nights.