Due to its location inland on the Savannah River, Augusta was a city of major strategic importance by the end of the Civil War. It was spared most of the destruction of many other southern cities, so there are many old buildings and landmarks. There are some areas of town that the tourist might be advised to avoid, but they should be obvious upon inspection. There is a significant presence of military personnel who visit the city on personal business from nearby Fort Gordon. Augusta is also home of the Masters golf tournament.
Augusta Regional Airport (AGS)  is serviced by Delta Connections with service to Atlanta, GA and US Airways Express with service to Charlotte, NC. However, it will usually be cheaper and more reliable to fly to Columbia or Atlanta and drive in.
Augusta is serviced by Greyhound Bus Lines . The bus station is located at 1128 Greene St in Downtown.
Augusta is a city with very limited public transportation and increasing sprawl. Unless you're staying only in the Downtown area near River Walk, you will need to rent a car.
Augusta Public Transit, a public bus system, is available. However, it is often hard to navigate and covers a very limited portion of the metro area. Most residents are not familiar with the bus system and would not be able to help you navigate it.
- Augusta Canal Authority, 1450 Greene Street (Interpretive Center), ☎ 706-823-044(email@example.com). Tours, seasonal events, hiking, biking, canoeing, and kayaking are available. There are several locations to access the canal area.$6 adult admission.
- Fort Discovery/National Science Center, 1 7th St.(7th St. at the river walk), ☎ 706-823-044, . Lots of science exhibits, fun for students. If you're on the river walk, stop by to see the marble sphere on a fountain in front of the building.
- Historic Downtown, (Broad St (GA-28/US-25 Bus.) any where between E. Boundary and 13th St.). Lots of old buildings, shops, and monuments.
- Augusta GreenJackets, Lake Olmstead Stadium, . Augusta's minor league baseball team in the South Atlantic League and a Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.
- Historic Down Town, (Broad St (GA-28/US-25 Bus.) any where between E. Boundary and 13th St.). Shops are all up and down this stretch. Walk and browse.
Augusta is a city mostly populated with mediocre chain restaurants and low-quality fast food. However, there a few excellent restaurants to be found.
- Bee's Knees Tapas, 211 Tenth St, ☎ (706) 828-3600, . Tue-Thurs 5pm-11pm, Fri - Sun 5pm-12am, Bar open until. A hip restaurant in Downtown Augusta with a fusion-style multi-cultural menu. Other features include a bar with a wide range of drinks and a selection of many vegetarian-friendly dishes. This is an ideal location for a date and is not a good choice for small children.Mid-Range.
- La Maison on Telfair, 404 Telfair St, ☎ (706) 722-4805, . 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Wine Bar & Tapas Lounge 5:00pm-Till. An extremely expensive but classical French restaurant in the heart of downtown Augusta. Expect to pay beyond 60$ per person for a normal dinner, and far beyond that for a good night out.Splurge.
- Tako Sushi, 437 Highland Ave, ☎ (706) 736-9191. 2-11 p.m. Mon-Sat. A fusion restaurant offering a mix of Sushi and Mexican-inspired dishes. This combination is actually very successful and keeps the small restaurant constantly busy.Mid-range or higher.
- Bee's Knees Tapas, 211 Tenth St, ☎ (706) 828-3600, . Tue-Thurs 5pm-11pm, Fri - Sun 5pm-12am, Bar open until. A restaurant with a large bar area and a wide range of drinks and small dishes.Mid-Range.
- Cotton Patch Bar, 816 Cotton Lane(just off the river walk, off 8th St.), ☎ 706-724-4511, . Located next to the River Walk, live music on weekends.$5-$10.
- Metro Coffee House, 1054 Broad St. A coffee shop by day, but it becomes a bar at night. Live jazz on Saturday nights.$5-$10.
- Modjeska, 813 Broad St, ☎ (706) 303-9700, . 9pm-3am Fri, 9pm-2am Sat. Augusta's only "ultra-lounge." Dress code enforced.
- Still Water Tap Room, 974 Broad St, ☎ (706) 826-9857. $5-$10.
- Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites, Two Tenth Street, ☎ 1-706-722-8900, . Ideally located in the heart of the downtown business district, on the banks of the Savannah River.
- AmeriSuites - Riverwatch Parkway, 1062 Claussen Road, ☎ 706-733-4656, .
- Ramada Hotel and Convention Center Augusta, 640 Broad Street, ☎ 866-790-8512, .
- Ramada Augusta, 2650 Center West Parkway, ☎ 866-790-8512, .
- Ramada Limited Augusta Fort Gordon Area, 2154 Gordon Hwy, ☎ 866-790-8512, .
The area code for the city is 706. All local numbers require 10-digit dialing, including the area code.
Every branch of the public library system has internet access, but a library card is required to use it. There is also a free Wi-Fi hot spot area provided by the city in the Augusta Commons on Broad Street. Many local restaurants and coffee shops also provide free wireless internet access, especially those localed on Broad Street.
- Atlanta is a major city, about two hours west on IH-20.
- Columbia, SC is about an hour east on IH-20.
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