This year we're celebrating National Travel & Tourism Week on May 3-9, and although in-person rallies and events are not an option this year, we are engaging by rallying around the #SpiritOfTravel instead. Our community benefits from the spirit of travel, which permeates through our passion for arts and entertainment, our zest for adventure in the outdoors, our love for local history, and our appetite for delicious cuisine.

Throughout the week, we encourage our residents to inspire the spirit of travel by celebrating the birthday of the Godfather of Soul, join us in helping to recognize the exemplary members of the hospitality industry, and participate in writing a “love note” to our city hallmarks showing our support, appreciation, and most of all, our love. 

Public Art May Be Our Thing

Our downtown district is filled with murals and great public art. Take a driving tour to capture memories at one of our great Augusta murals. During this year’s National Travel & Tourism Week we want to be a part of all your instagrammable moments, so check out a list of our favorite spots for the best photo-ops while social distancing

These spots might be temporarily closed, but you can still snap a pic in front of their iconic art. Here's just a few of our favorite spots for the gram: Augusta & Co., the Happy Mural outside of Tire City Potters, the outdoor patio of Southern Salad, the James Brown statue located in downtown Augusta, the Jessye Norman School for the Arts mural. 

ProTip: Homeschooling? Add public art to your at-home curriculum with a colorful field trip. Need more educational content? Check out our blog. 

Augusta On My Mind

As you are planning for travel again soon, we want to be sure to keep Augusta on your mind. Keep the Augusta vibes going by listening to our Soulful Augusta playlist that includes James Brown, Jessye Norman, Sharon Jones and a few of our favorite Georgia tributes as well.

ProTip: No need to download Spotify to listen, you can jam to our playlist just by visiting the playlist. 

Lights, Camera, Augusta!

Any time is the right time for a much-needed movie night. Embrace the spirit of travel by enjoying a movie that was filmed right here in our own backyard. As always, we’ve got options.

Streaming on Netflix: The Mule featuring Clint Eastwood, Siren, and Saving Zoë. 

Streaming on Amazon Prime: Encounter.  

ProTip: Have an Augusta themed movie night and binge through all of these films (with popcorn). 

Channeling Your Inner-Picasso

While you are social distancing, so we have a few fun options to help you battle the boredom. The Morris Museum of Art is offering fun art activities for individuals of all ages. Feeling crafty? Visit AR Workshop’s website to purchase your very DIY to-go-kit in the comfort of your own home.