It’s rumored that this Georgia town is named after Farrish Carter, a frequent visitor who stayed so often he thought the roadside hamlet should be called Cartersville. The name stuck and Cartersville, GA continues to be a sweet travel discovery you’ll want to share with family and friends. Surprises here are magnificent museums that rival those found in neighboring Atlanta, plus distinctive restaurants and boutiques prospering along the historic downtown square. Add in mountain trails, and scenic lakeside lodging for a natural respite worth repeating.

Cartersville stands out with two Smithsonian Affiliate museums, Booth Western Art Museum and Tellus Science Museum.  The Booth Museum brings the West to life in a way that will make all Americans proud. The museum’s Presidential Gallery explores our early freedom in portraits and personal letters hand-signed by each U.S. president, while additional galleries depict the expansion West. 

Visitors to Tellus Science Museum are greeted with huge equipment used for mining Georgia’s red clay, while inside an impressive worldwide collection of minerals and gems are presented with pre-historic dinosaurs and sea creatures. The museum’s transportation gallery introduces some of the nation’s earliest and most unique earth and space vehicles. 

The trifecta to these museums, the Savoy Automobile Museum, is set to open late in 2021. Here visitors can marvel at the history and diversity of the automobile, then enjoy a cruise-in, concert, or car show year-round on the 35-acre campus. 

And just when you’ve worked up a great appetite, Downtown Cartersville’s vibrant entertainment district surely satisfies. From Southern diners to farm-to-table bistros, Cartersville’s unique menu of chef-owned restaurants will indulge every craving.

Naturally, you might want to sip, shop and stroll the downtown square, or recover with a day at Allatoona Lake and Red Top Mountain State Park. Regardless, we know you’ll want to eat, sleep and repeat to check out the Etowah Indian Mounds, Terminus Wake Park, LakePoint Station, Etowah Disc Golf, Barnsley Resort and so much more. Get your free planning guide at