Alesandra Dubin / Dec 17, 2022, 5:31 AM

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Visit Macon, Georgia, an under-the-radar destination with an upcoming bicentennial celebration, and a forthcoming national park.

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A view of Macon, Georgia. 
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With rich musical rootsthousands of years of history, and a revived downtown historic district, I think Macon, Georgia, is a charming, under-the-radar destination.

But why I suggest a visit in 2023, in particular, is because Ocmulgee Mounds National Historic Park is expected to be named Georgia's first national park by the start of the year. The park holds more than 12,000 years of living history and houses more than 2,000 artifacts from American Indian culture.

The new year also marks Macon's bicentennial, and the city plans to celebrate. A new 10,000-person capacity amphitheater is currently under construction and expected to be complete during the year, and will draw big-name performers and renewed pride for the city's big event.

The downtown area's first hotel, Hotel Forty Five, opened this year in an old bank in a landmark building, should you find yourself in town, and the second boutique hotel in downtown Macon, the Woodward, is scheduled to open next to the historic Capitol Theater — a movie palace that first opened its doors in 1916 — in the fall.