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Old 04-09-2008, 10:30 AM
 
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Anyone have ideas for good day trips or weekend getaways (via car) from Atlanta? I'd love to explore this region a bit more, and I'm open to any type of activity: meandering through a new city, hiking/biking/camping, national parks, checking out quaint towns, history tours, etc.

I've done Savannah (very cute, loved the ghost tour!) Am thinking about:

- Birmingham
- Chattanooga
- Great Smoky Mountains Nat'l park

Anyone else want to add to my list? Thanks!
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Old 04-09-2008, 10:40 AM
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Location: Mableton, GA
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Do you have kids?

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Old 04-09-2008, 10:50 AM
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Asheville, NC.

That'd have to be a multi-day trip.
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Old 04-09-2008, 11:51 AM
 
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Blue Ridge, Highlands (NC) and Cashiers (NC) for sure! Oh, and Madison GA is great and on the way to Lake Oconee and Athens, GA.
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Old 04-09-2008, 12:14 PM
 
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We just visited the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga this past weekend, and had a great time. I'd say it's a better aquarium than the GA aquarium (practically the same exhibits, and far less crowded/rushed), and the area around the aquarium is nicer as well.

You can also take a day trip up to Helen and/or Dahlonega as well if you're into shopping/antiques.
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Old 04-09-2008, 12:23 PM
 
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Nope, no kids...though I like doing "kiddie" things. (My bf and I have visted the Cabbage Patch Kids Babyland General Hosptial in Cleveland [northern GA]. And the Kangaroo Conservation in Dawsonville.)

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Old 04-09-2008, 12:30 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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We just visited the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga this past weekend, and had a great time. I'd say it's a better aquarium than the GA aquarium (practically the same exhibits, and far less crowded/rushed), and the area around the aquarium is nicer as well.

You can also take a day trip up to Helen and/or Dahlonega as well if you're into shopping/antiques.
Damn, Bob beat me to my suggestions.

I ditto the Chattanooga Aquarium. I actually like it much more than the Ga. Aquarium too. It's more interactive and has a few "natural environment" type areas indoors (trees, waterfalls, etc) along with the animals. It's not just a bunch of large tanks, and you don't have the problem with vagrants in downtown Chattanooga that you have in some spots here, either.

There's a waterfront area next to it, a lot of good restaurants within a couple of blocks of it, etc. I think I ate at a place called "Big River" across the street from the Aquarium and the food was excellent.

As far as the North Ga. mountains, I like Dahlonega the best, but unless you're going to pan for gold or gems at one of those places, then Helen might be a better bet for the kids. Helen is sorta-kinda tacky but kids always seem to dig it.

There is a Kangaroo wildlife center (yes, really) in North Georgia near Dahlonega, too. Great place to take the kids. Link: Kangaroo Conservation Center

Here's also a link of things to do with kids in Georgia: Georgia Family Vacations and Traveling with Kids in Georgia - What to do in Georgia with your Children
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Old 04-09-2008, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Originally from Cali relocated to Inman Park/Old 4th Ward/Westside Atlanta
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For beaches Panama City Beach,FL (Gulf of Mexico) Panama City Beach Florida: Vacation Info, Hotels, Condos, House Rentals is nice for a weekend getaway or Amelia Island & Fernadina Beach, FL (Atlantic Ocean) Amelia Island and Historic Fernandina Beach. The drive takes me about 5 hours and is well worth it upon arrival! Amelia Island is a bit more classy in my opinion but Panama City Beach isn't bad at all. Both have nice scenic drives.
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Old 04-09-2008, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Grant Park
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We joined the GA State Parks...it was I think $25-30 for parking and you can add on other features too. Their website is great - you can see what each park has in terms of ammenities for hiking/biking/camping/lodging and other nearby attractions. So we plan weekend day trips (sometimes overnight trips) around these locations.

Our latest trip was down to Pine Mountain - very cool park.

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Old 04-09-2008, 01:11 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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I'm surprised how few people in GA know that we have our own "Grand Canyon"...Providence Canyon. It's a great day trip!

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