Like Las Vegas with its casinos or Miami with its South Beach, Augusta is one of those towns that seems inseparably linked, if not synonymous, with something it houses. For Augusta, that thing is Augusta National Golf Club, annual host of The Masters Tournament and regarded as the world’s most exclusive golf club. Its current members include Condoleezza Rice, Warren Buffett, and Bill Gates. While impossible to consider visiting Augusta without exploring the world famous landmark that is Augusta National, Augusta has plenty of hidden gems that make for a well-rounded visit. Augusta has no public transportation system and scarce car reservation services, so renting a car after landing at Augusta Regional Airport is your best bet for maximizing your trip to the Deep South.
Although millions of golf fans worldwide know of Augusta, Georgia solely because of Augusta National, Club policies ensure that few of these fans ever get the chance to visit. Reported to have just 300 members, Augusta National extends memberships by invitation only. Augusta National does allow visits by the public, but there’s a major catch. Guests can only visit the golf course during the first full week of April, during which the Club hosts The Masters. Earmarked as the calendar year’s first major tournament and known for its iconic green jacket donned by the winner, The Masters is the only opportunity for the public to visit the clubhouse, walk the golf course, purchase Masters merchandise, and, of course, watch the tournament.
For those visiting during the other 51 weeks of the year, Augusta National is fortunately not the only stunning site in the town straddling the Georgia-South Carolina border. For a genuine landmark, check out the Augusta Canal, which is the only American canal providing municipal water in continuous use. Today, the canal is the epicenter of Augusta’s commercial and recreational development. Former textile mills lining the riverbanks are rapidly being converted into upscale lofts, and the canal itself offers daily electric boat and kayaking tours.
Without a municipal public transportation system, Augusta is a city connected exclusively by roads and highways. Making sure you rent the right rental car is the best way to stay on schedule during your trip to Augusta. At Orbitz, we have a wide range of classes and sizes. So, whether you’re planning an adventurous coastline expedition or just want to hit the resorts and beaches on your own time, we can perfectly suit your car rental needs.