Best Day Trips Out Of Atlanta

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While Atlanta has lots of things to do sometimes you just need to get out of the city. The great thing about ATL is we are close to so many wonderful day trips of all scenes. Waterfalls, beaches, small towns, and more are within a short drive. Here’s our guide to all the best day trips next time you need a change of scenery!

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1. Amicalola Falls

Amicalola Falls is a state park in Dawsonville, GA with a waterfall, zip-line, hiking trails, lodge and so much more! This destination is perfect for any time of year but during the Fall it is an easy stop to hit near Burt’s Pumpkin Farm or the Fausett Farms Sunflower Field. 

While there are campgrounds and rooms in the lodge, it is the best day trip with lots of nature to enjoy. This waterfall is the tallest waterfall on the Eastern Seaboard. With 829 acres, there is so much to see.

Monday | 7:00am–10:00pm
Tuesday | 7:00am–10:00pm
Wednesday | 7:00am–10:00pm
Thursday | 7:00am–10:00pm
Friday | 7:00am–10:00pm
Saturday | 7:00am–10:00pm
Sunday | 7:00am–10:00pm
📍 Amicalola Falls

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2. Callaway Gardens

There is so much to do at Callaway Gardens. While of course, the gardens are its featured exhibit, in the image above you can see their butterfly center. In here is a greenroom filled with butterflies of all shapes, sizes, and colors, fluttering around for all to see.

There’s also a spa, golf course, tennis courts, a lake beach, and many other activities. This place is truly enchanting, hence all the weddings that are held here and its waiting for you to frolic through. 

Monday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Tuesday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Wednesday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Thursday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Friday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Saturday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Sunday | 10:00am–5:00pm
📍 Callaway Gardens

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3. Dahlonega

One of the prettiest parts of Georgia is Dahlonega. Dahlonega is in North Georgia and is filled with activities such as wineries, coal mining, and hiking. It was voted one of the top 10 vacation spots in the GA mountains.

This historic town is filled with tours and attractions. There are also a lot of concerts held here. Outdoor adventure is waiting for you here.

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4. Savannah

Walking down River Street or underneath the oak trees makes for a magical day trip. Savannah has it all from the best shops and restaurants to Tybee Island! It’s photogenic, peaceful, and great for the whole family.

On your next trip to Savannah, go on a tour of its history, a ghost tour, or even a bike tour. If tours aren’t your thing, check out the city market or one of their many sweet treat spots.

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5. Banning Mills

Banning Mills is an adventure lovers paradise. Their ziplining options range from 4 levels of intensity and can take place for a couple of hours up into an entire day. Their extreme canopy tour takes you over Snake Creek Gorge and several suspension bridges. There’s also a world record involved… their screamin eagle tour is the longest in the world!

This is the perfect day trip for kids, corporate team bondings, or youth group trips. There is so much more to do besides ziplining such as horseback riding, a climbing wall, and kayaking. 

Monday | 9:00am–10:00pm
Tuesday | 9:00am–10:00pm
Wednesday | 9:00am–10:00pm
Thursday | 9:00am–10:00pm
Friday | 9:00am–10:00pm
Saturday | 9:00am–10:00pm
Sunday | 9:00am–10:00pm
📍 Banning Mills