Fun Day Trips from Atlanta That You Need to Experience

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Fun Day Trips From Atlanta You Need to Experience

Sometimes it’s just good for the soul to get out and explore. Experiencing something new and different can just reinvigorate the mind and soul. It’s amazing how just fun day trips from Atlanta can do that for you. You can get up, go for a short drive, experience something different, and be back home to sleep in your own bed.

When you start looking for things to do, it is amazing how many options you have when you live in a metro area as large as Atlanta. I thought It would be fund to go in all directions from the city for these experiences. Most of them are less than 2 hours from where we live in the northern suburbs. So let’s look at some fun day trip options that work for pretty much any time of the year. Fill up the gas tank and let’s get going.

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Let’s Head South for a Fun Day Trips from Atlanta

Warm Springs, Georgia

The Little White House

Warm Springs, Georgia is just a little over an hour south and east of the city. It was made famous by Franklin D. Roosevelt. This beautiful southern town is full of 100 year old restored buildings. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from for a lovely lunch and lots of quaint shops to visit.

The main reason for a visit to this lovely southern town is to see The Little White House. It is the place where President Roosevelt spent many happy times. Make sure you stop in both of the museums that chronicle FDR’s life in Georgia. Here’s a link to all of the tours that are available for your day in Warm Springs.

I love a day like this. You get to spend time looking back at history and escaping from the every day hustle and bustle that we live in now.

Columbus, GA

National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center

Now we are off to the south and west of Atlanta to Columbus, GA to the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center. When we were watching Fox news on weekend they were broadcasting from the museum. Mark and I both immediately agreed that this would be a fun day trip.

If you didn’t catch that broadcast on Fox news, then consider this a PSA that you should check out the museum. It is located just outside of Ft. Benning. During your visit you will learn about the role of the Infantrymen in our armed services. This website will fill you in on everything that you need to know for a visit.

Let’s Head North of the City for Some Adventure

Dawsonville, GA

Amicalola Falls

If you are ready to see the tallest waterfall in Georgia, then a day here will check that off your list. Another thing that you can check off your travel bucket list is a visit to the Appalachian Trail. Since Amicalola Falls is the southernmost point of the trail you have a two for one with this visit.

Whether you are just a casual walker like us or a seasoned hiker, there are trails for you. You can plan a short walk and lunch at the lodge or make it a day, or even a few if you want. There are all sort of options and activites. You can find all of the details here.

Athens, GA

Georgia Art Museum and State Botanical Garden of Georgia

When you mention Athens, everyone automatically assumes that you are going to talk about the University of Georgia and the Bulldogs. Well, there is a lot more to this college town than that. Two spots that you won’t want to miss on a day trip there are the Georgia Art Museum and the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.

The Georgia Art Museum has not only a permanent collection worth checking out, but also a has temporary collections. The museum is free. You just have to schedule a ticketed time for visiting and you can do that here.

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is the place to go to visit southern horticulture. Admission is free to all of the gardens and displays. They do appreciate a donation. You can learn more about the gardens and all of the activities that they have to offer here.

Don’t forget to make time to visit the downtown area of Athens. There are lots of great restaurants to check out.


As always, thanks for taking to stop by my little corner of the internet. I hope that today’s post gave you some inspiration for a fun day trips from Atlanta. If you don’t live here in the metro area, then I hope it gave you some ideas of things to look for where you do live.

Earlier this year, I wrote about some great long weekend getaways from Atlanta. Some that we have done in the past and others that are on our bucket list. You can read about those adventures here.


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  1. jodie filogomo says:

    These are the kinds of places we love to explore in our area too. One of these days, we will make it out there.

    1. I think that so many people don’t realize what is in their back door so to speak. Many of them are free too.

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