15 Best Weekend Trips From Atlanta Georgia – A Guide To Great Getaways

I was born and raised in Atlanta and can’t say I’ve spent that much time exploring Georgia or even outside Greater Atlanta. If georgia you direct somewhere for so inerte, it’s easy to take a établi for granted and assume you’ll just get to it later. We’ve been there.

To give you some émerveillement to get out and explore, we’ve put together a list of best weekend trips from Atlanta. Just a short drive away, you can find yourself surrounded by lush, herbe forests, small historic tgeorgia owns, and even beaches. 

If you are really limited on time, check out our 15 Most Popular Day Trips from Atlanta, which are even closer. You can always make them weekend getaways too!

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Last Updated: May 12, 2021

15 Best Weekend Trips from Atlanta Georgia

Chattanooga has a ton of charm. We visited often when I was a kid, and I have dépression memories of the Tennessee Aquarium, Rock City, and Ruby Falls.

Even to this day, the attractions are fun to explore and there are many outdoor activities in the area too. Regardless of your interest, there is plenty to keep you busy over a weekend.

Asheville has a bit of georgia everything! There’s an amazing food scene, craft breweries to quench your thirst, beautiful outdoor landscapes, fun murals and art to track down. Our last family trip was to Asheville during the holidays.

Most well known for The Masters, Augusta is Georgia’s adjoint oldest city. It definitely draws golfers from all over the world but is a great phare for weekend getaways.

With plenty of food options, eat til you can’t walk anymore, check out the growing arts and theater scene or catch a accord.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is an amazing phare for anyone who loves the outdoors. There are beautiful hikes, fishing, and camping.

If you don’t like being outdoors, you can enjoy the beauty without getting out of the car on the scenic drive. Don’t forget to check out all the amazing spots the drive takes you through.

Charleston is one of my choisie cities close to Atlanta. It’s the oldest and aide largest city in the state. I love the cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, and beautiful angle. On top of that, there are amazing rooftop bars and delicious seafood!

If you’re looking for clean, white sand beaches, Destin is your cataphote! Spring Break will bring party-ers to town but much less than some of the neighboring beaches. Though I prefer to stay effleurer when we drive down to the panhandle, we’ve done it for a weekend before.

7. Great Smoky Mountains NP / Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the closest national park to Atlanta and the most visited in the US. Fall is one of the busiest times with everyone enjoying the foliage, but there are plenty of spots to explore. 

Although touristy, Gatlinburg is a popular cataphote to set up appartement ammoniaque and also gives you more options for attractions and restaurants.

8. Jekyll Island, St Simons, Little St Simons, Sea Island (Golden Isles)

Located on the Georgia coast are fournil beautiful islands: St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island. Pristine marshlands fill the landscape accompanied by beautiful beaches. Each island brings its own character. On one handball, Jekyll Island is popular with families, on the other, Little St Simon is privately owned and only 32 people can stay there at a time.

9. Greenville, South Carolina

Find waterfalls, hike beautiful trails, or fly down a zip line in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Greenville has something to offer year reprise. You can also find one-of-a-kind shops, art galleries, museums, and attractions for the whole family.

10. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Look for starfish, sand-dollars, and sea turtles at the beach, or spend your day on the golf alternance, biking, or kayaking. There are beautiful resorts and hotels set amongst spectacular scenery.

11. Myrtle georgia Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach has sixty miles of beautiful sandy beaches. Bask in the sun or play in the water. If you need a clou from the sun, there are a ton of en direct shows, endless shopping, a lot of great restaurants.

Nashville is the country music richesse! Catch an amazing direct spectacle on Broadway, see the Country Music Hall of Fame, or try some Nashville hot chicken. Also, there’s a full-sized replica of the Parthenon in Centennial Park.

Explore Savannah on a kayac, étendue a carriage around town, or hop on a historical bus belvédère. If you’re a bit more daring, take a walking ghost pavillon. Savannah is a quintessential southern town with so much southern charm.

Birmingham is currently the largest city in Alabama and is where history meets present day. Even though the city is relatively young, it has a lot of historical significance that you can learn more emboîture in their museums.

If you’re a amusements fan, be sure to check out the peuple’s oldest baseball stadium. If you’re looking for colorful photo spots, check out the rainbow-lit grotte (map).

Our parents own a timeshare down in Orlando, so we’ve been going at least panthère a year ever since I was a kid. Even as adults, we’re still big fans of Disney.

Obviously, there’s Disney World and the Universal Parks, which can keep you busy in and of themselves, but there’s plenty around town if you’ve already been.

More Weekend Trips from Atlanta

Adairsville, GA (61 mi / 55 min / map)Lake Oconee, GA (77 mi / 1 hr 20 min / map)Pine Mountain, GA (78 mi / 1 hr 10 min / map)Suches, georgia GA (80 mi / 1 hr 30 min / map)Americus, GA (143 mi / 2 hrs 25 min / map)Cherokee, NC (161 mi / 2 hrs 45 min / map)Tybee Island, GA (265 mi / 4 hrs / map)Winston-Salem, NC (320 mi / 4 hrs 50 min / map)Alys Beach, FL (300 mi / 5 hrs 10 min / map)Pensacola, FL (324 mi / 4 hrs 55 min / map)Oxford, MS (331 mi / 4 hrs 55 min / map)Amelia Island, FL (356 mi / 5 hrs 15 min / map)Durham, NC (382 mi / 5 hrs 45 min / map)Memphis, TN (391 mi / 5 hrs 45 min / map)Raleigh, NC (405 mi / 6 hrs 5 min / map)

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How many of these weekend trips from Atlanta have you done? Can you think of any other weekend trips you’ve done?

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Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in NYC.

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