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Macon, GA
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Macon featuring a city

Visit ancient Indian burial grounds, admire a wealth of fine historical architecture and dance in lively music venues when you come to Macon. 

Known as the “Heart of Georgia,” Macon has wide boulevards lined with cherry trees, rich with delicate pink blossoms in the spring. The city is packed with historical buildings, superb restaurants and great live music venues.

You won’t have to stay long in Macon to realize this is a town that’s proud of its history. Over 5,000 buildings are listed as historical structures, including the resplendent Hay House and one of the city’s architectural centerpieces, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Outdating all of these, however, are the Indian mounds at Ocmulgee National Monument. Visit this 14,000-year-old site to learn about the local Native American history. Climb the Great Temple Mound for a view of the city.

Learn about the nation’s proud African-American heritage at the Tubman Museum. Study the spectacular 55-foot (17-meter) mural noting African-American accomplishments over centuries. Take the family to the Museum of Arts and Sciences. Enjoy the galleries and planetarium inside and nature trail and simulated limestone cave outside.

Some of America’s finest musicians came from Macon. Visit one of the numerous bars hosting bands and singers from the area. Pay homage to one of the town’s greats when you walk the Heritage Trail along the banks of the river. Here you will find a statue of the singer, Otis Redding. To find out more about the city’s musical heritage, head to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

Visit in March and April to experience one of the country’s most spectacular cherry blossom festivals. Macon has over 275,000 cherry trees full of pink flowers each spring. Several events take place in and around town to celebrate the blooming of the blossoms.

Macon is easily walkable, so you can see most of the major sights on foot. Buses do run regular services through the city, though driving is the best way to get around.

Where to stay in Macon

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Macon North, GA
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Macon North, GA
2.5 out of 5
3915 Arkwright Road, Macon, GA
The price is $83 per night from May 27 to May 27
Located in the heart of Macon, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from The Shoppes at River Crossing and within 6 mi (10 km) of Museum of Arts and Sciences and Macon ...
3.8/5Good! (1,252 reviews)
"Amazing"

Reviewed on May 17, 2021

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Macon North, GA
Best Western Riverside Inn
Best Western Riverside Inn
2.5 out of 5
2400 Riverside Dr, Macon, GA
The price is $79 per night from May 19 to May 19
Situated in Macon, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of The Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House, Carmichael House, and Hay House. Cannonball House and ...
3.9/5Good! (961 reviews)
"Massive breakfast selection! Hot and prepackaged both available. A worker manning the area the whole time! It was wonderful!"

Reviewed on May 17, 2021

Best Western Riverside Inn
Red Roof Inn & Suites Macon
Red Roof Inn & Suites Macon
2 out of 5
2720 Riverside Drive, Macon, GA
The price is $65 per night from May 23 to May 23
Situated in Macon, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of The Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House, Museum of Arts and Sciences, and Macon Little Theatre. ...
3.8/5Good! (960 reviews)
"The elevator was noisy and we could hear it running from our room most of the night."

Reviewed on May 15, 2021

Red Roof Inn & Suites Macon
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
RV on 8.5 Acres Along the Ocmulgee River
RV on 8.5 Acres Along the Ocmulgee River
Juliette, GA
The price is $75 per night from May 19 to May 19
Situated on the waterfront, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge, Jarrell Plantation, and The Shoppes at River Crossing. ...
5/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Good location, greatly enjoyed our stay
"The directions the owners provided made it easy to find the camper which is nice and secluded. When we arrived, the RV battery was completely dead, so we had to crank the generator to get lights, but this was all outlined in the instructions left on the table. We found that the battery wouldn't hold ..."

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2021

RV on 8.5 Acres Along the Ocmulgee River
Luxury Condo
Luxury Condo
Macon, GA
The price is $65 per night from May 23 to May 23
Situated in Macon, this condo building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from The Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House and within 3 mi (5 km) of Mercer University and ...
4.4/5Excellent! (23 reviews)
Comfortable, cute townhouse
"We stopped here for a night enroute from Florida to Ohio. It was the perfect size for our group of 6. The property was perfectly clean and wonderfully decorated. We had everything we needed for dinner and breakfast for the short time we were there. We always enjoy staying in homes even for a short ..."

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2021

Luxury Condo
Home Sweet Home - Newly Renovated Property-located Near Robins AFB
Home Sweet Home - Newly Renovated Property-located Near Robins AFB
Warner Robins, GA
Situated in Warner Robins, this vacation home is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Houston Medical Center and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Warner Robins Little Theater. E.L. Greenway ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Clean and Quiet
"Our technicians enjoyed their stay. The home was clean and comfortable. Communication with the host was great, always had my questions answered quickly."

Reviewed on May 17, 2021

Home Sweet Home - Newly Renovated Property-located Near Robins AFB
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Macon

3.8

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
251
5 - Excellent 20.64144736842105%
4 - Good
561
4 - Good 46.13486842105263%
3 - Okay
335
3 - Okay 27.549342105263158%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 3.7828947368421053%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.8914473684210527%

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Jun 7, 2020

Its just plain dirty.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

Didn't see. Just passing through on a 3-day drive home.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 1, 2020

I live in Macon.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 29, 2020

‘Macon is on the move’ to become the bedroom community of the metropolitan Atlanta area thanks to the widening of the I-16 and I-75 interchange.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 26, 2020

It’s ok besides hotel

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 19, 2020

It’s a pretty nice place .

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