Callaway Gardens



This beautiful resort in western Georgia offers 2,500 acres/1,000 hectares of green meadows, rolling hills, lakes, flowers and woodlands. Boating, diving, fishing, golfing and swimming are among the activities. The Azalea Trail has 700 varieties of the flowering shrubs. One of Callaway Gardens' most unusual features is its glass-enclosed Day Butterfly Center, home to 1,000 tropical butterflies and said to be the largest butterfly conservatory in the U.S. The Pine Mountain Animal Village is also worth a visit, if you have kids along. Nearly 300 species of animals roam freely through the 500-acre/200-hectare park.

Nearby is Warm Springs, the mineral-springs and spa town that was made famous by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. FDR first went there in 1924, seeking therapy for his polio. Eventually, he established a foundation in Warm Springs to help other people with the disease and built the Little White House so that he would have a place to stay during his visits. He died there in 1945 while still serving as president. The Little White House State Historic Site contains the house and a museum as well as a memorial fountain. The president is also commemorated by the nearby Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park. The restored downtown area of Warm Springs is worth a visit and a is good place for a southern-style lunch. Callaway Gardens is 60 mi/100 km south of Atlanta.

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