Worth the Visit: Macon, Georgia

Driving back from the north Georgia mountains yesterday, I had to decide between heading into Atlanta for the CNN tour to see news in action about the tragic bridge collapse in Minnesota or stop in Macon. The journalist in me wanted to head into Atlanta but the wimp driver in me chose to avoid the crazy driving and continue southward.

I spent about three hours in Macon, the "Song & Soul of the South." Downtown's cute and is going through a revitalization. First stop was the piano-shaped visitors center to get orientated, then the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and the Tuban African American Museum. Lunch was downtown at Jeneane's Cafe (524 Mulberry Street, open Monday - Friday 5:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) for some of the best soul food I've ever had. Heading back towards Tallahassee, I stopped at Rose Hill Cemetery, touted as one of the most scenic cemeteries in the world.

There's so much more to see and do, I'd definitely plan a return visit.