Living in Atlanta, The South’s most happening city and looking for a weekend getaway? Here’s a guide to short break destinations near Atlanta, Georgia. But first, find the best deal on Atlanta rental cars here.
A fair climate greets those who live near Atlanta, so many families make vacation decisions dreaming about snow-covered mountains or white sand beaches. And with so many airlines serving the Atlanta-Hartsfield Airport (the country’s busiest), there are cheap fares available to many destinations that provide snow or sun.
The priorities for a family weekend, however, are different than a vacation. Tucked in the northwest corner of Georgia between the sunny states of South Carolina and Florida, Atlanta is just too far away from the Atlantic Coast (think Sea Island, Golden Isles, Savannah) and the Gulf Coast (Gulf Shores, Alabama) to make a beach getaway practical for a two-day weekend. Same goes for the nearest ski resort.
If your family is looking for a short break holiday, a cheap vacation package, a fun last-minute detour on your road trip, or a weekend getaway from everyday routines, here are some of the choices we discovered within a 200-mile radius of the Atlanta metropolitan area.
Short Breaks & Weekend Getaways From Metro Atlanta
Rocking the Night Away in Macon
A mom takes the family back to her old stomping grounds in Middle Georgia, and discovers more than just memories in the heart of the Peach State.
Aw Shucks! Autumn Adventures in a Major Corn Maze
In less than an hour you could be at a 20-acre corn maze, celebrating the autumn harvest together. Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch welcomes all ages during the day and in October, at night, gets seriously scary for haunted house fans.
Montgomery, Spirit of Alabama
Montgomery, a place for leisure and sightseeing, is also a modern metropolis whose history and wonders turn this charming city into something grand for the whole family.
Have a Blast in Huntsville, Alabama
Head to the “Rocket City” where anyone can feel like an astronaut for a day by visiting the US SPace and Rocket Center and other local attractions.
There’s more than a choo-choo train in Chattanooga, a city that has reinvented itself to become a magnet for families seeking interesting attractions for kids of all ages.
Nashville is Fun for All Ages
Even if your children–from the tiniest of travelers to teens–are not yet fans of country music, they can enjoy a visit to Nashville and enjoy its musical roots.
Great Smoky Mountain Retreat
Explore the natural beauty of Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park, as well as other attractions from Dollywood to Sevierville
A Holiday Hotspot in the Smokies
Be sure to check out the Great Smoky Mountains for a winter wonderland weekend with regional activities and events exclusively planned for the holidays.
A Wild Weekend in Northern Georgia
If your family loves to whitewater raft, hike, rappel or hang gliding, this scenic area around Dawsonville could be your next road trip.
Blue Ridge Parkway Road Trip
Running from Virginia south and west to the Carolinas, the Blue Ridge Parkway is one of America’s most scenic drives.
An Asheville Weekend Getaway
Known for its great leaf-watching, historic mansion tours, and free music festivals, this western North Carolina city makes a great scenic family cultural getaway.
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Favorite Family Resorts in Georgia
Lake Lanier Island Resort
This fully developed private island within an hour of Atlanta transports families into their own picture-perfect world for a weekend getaway from daily life.
Callaway Gardens & Bungalows
Reunite in Pine Mountain, where nature adventures and landscaped gardens provide activities for all ages in summer, and holiday lights touring in winter.
Brunswick & Golden Isles of Georgia
No matter your age or interest, the Golden Isles of Sea Island, Jekyll Island, St. Simon’s and the surrounding towns provide outdoors fun and animal adventures for your next vacation.
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