North Georgia Tourism: A Strong Industry
Tourism is big business in Gainesville-Hall County, Georgia and has contributed greatly to the area's economic growth. At its center is Lake Sidney Lanier, a 38,000 acre recreational lake attracts some 10 million visitors annually. It's the most popular U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake in the nation and boasts a $5 billion annual economic impact on the area.
In addition to the lake and our numerous festivals and events, like the Mule Camp Market on the square in downtown Gainesville, Hall County features many other top Georgia tourism destinations.
- Lake Lanier Islands Resort and Water Park boasts the largest wave pool in Georgia and white sandy beaches where families frolic in the summer. The Legacy Lodge on Lake Lanier Islands is a popular destination for business meetings, golf courses, conferences and just plain fun.
- Lake Lanier Olympic Center at Clarks Bridge Park was the site of the rowing, canoe and kayak venue for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games and attracts local and regional visitors who attend boating events there several times a year. www.lckc.org and http://www.lakelanierrowing.org/
- Road Atlanta, an international raceway, brings more than 400,000 enthusiastic fans to Hall County yearly and is the site of the international Petit LeMans race.
- Chateau Elan Winery and Resort attracts some 500,000 guests annually and offers fine wines, international cuisine, championship golf course, luxurious spa, hotel and Irish pub.
The Lake Lanier Convention and Visitors Bureau offers more info on Georgia tourism and area attractions at www.lakelaniercvb.com. Other north Georgia tourism resources include the Gainesville Communications and Tourism Office and Main Street Gainesville, which can be contacted at (770) 531-2664 or www.gainesville.org.
For other Georgia tourism resources, visit www.visitnortheastgeorgia.com and the official State travel website at www.georgia.org. For additional information on Hall County tourism, contact Robin Halstead at 770-532-6206 or email Robin.