Have You Planned Your Summer Vacation?
Spring flowers are blooming, the days are getting warmer, and the kids are counting down to summer break--all signs that it’s time to start thinking about that summer vacation.
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7 Destinations Your Family Will Love
To minimize the number of times you hear “Are we there yet?" from the back seat, here are seven destinations within 4 hours driving distance of Atlanta.
Each of these destinations offers something different- whether you're looking to escape the heat in a cool mountain town, visit a national park, or simply take a day trip to a fantastic museum. No lodging research needed or activities to plan out- it's all covered in detail, saving you time and effort that you would rather spend on your vacation, not planning it.
--3 hours and 8 min. from Atlanta
Brevard, NC is a charming mountain town filled with shops (including a great toy store), restaurants, antiques, and art galleries. It’s also home to Dupont State Forest, which offers plenty of hiking and mountain biking trails to explore.
The Hunger Games movie was filmed in Dupont and you can visit Triple Falls, the most recognizable mountain scenery in the movie. View this itinerary.
Bryson City, NC
-- 3 hours from Atlanta
Bryson City is another fun outdoor town and possibly the most underrated. Its downtown encourages strolling with quaint shops and restaurants, and the Great Smoky Mountain train depot resides right in the heart of it.
Within a 20 minute driving radius of downtown, you have lakes to swim or canoe, rivers to raft, and hikes to waterfalls. Throw in a brewery, a bookstore, an outdoors store, and good restaurants-all downtown. You just can’t beat it. View this itinerary.
3 hours and 30 minutes from Atlanta
Asheville makes for a terrific family weekend. It is an architecturally appealing, fun, artsy town with great restaurants and what seems like a craft brewery on every block. It’s also surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains for scenic hikes and has a river perfect for floating. Make downtown your base camp so you can easily walk to interesting shops, breweries, and restaurants. View this itinerary.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
3 hours and 50 minutes from Atlanta
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park ("The Smokies") spans both Tennessee and North Carolina and is one of the most visited national parks in the country. Last year, the park saw approximately 11.3 million visitors. That being said, you can strategically visit this beautiful park and avoid many of these crowds. Visit a national park and enjoy all of the activities while the kids earn their Junior Ranger Badges.
In this itinerary, you'll find a selection of the best easy family hikes and other fun activities found in the Townsend, TN side of the park. Lodging and dining recommendations, maps, and more--everything you need to know for a fantastic family vacation. View this itinerary.
2 hours and 20 minutes from Atlanta
Calling all foodies and outdoor lovers! Greenville, SC has been on the trendy radar for some time, appearing in multiple travel magazines and blogs for its vibrant food scene and beautiful use of the riverfront downtown.
Take a hike or bike the Swamp Rabbit Trail, a 20 mile paved bike trail running through downtown. View this itinerary.
2 hours from Atlanta
Chattanooga has no shortage of things to do for kids AND adults. This is a unique city where you can climb in one of the largest climbing gyms in the country, walk across one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world, visit Civil War battlefields, admire a jellyfish exhibition, and squeeze through rock boulders alongside tiny gnomes statues--all in one weekend! View this itinerary.
Perhaps A Day Trip?
Tellus Science Museum
1 hour from Atlanta
Have you ever noticed this large, neat looking museum along I-75 when passing through Cartersville, Georgia? If you've ever thought about stopping to check it out, you should.
At the interactive and fun Tellus Science Museum, you can examine full-size replicas of the Wright Brothers' Flyer, Apollo 1 capsule, and Sputnik, admire large T. Rex replicas, mine for gems, dig for fossils, or watch a show at the planetarium, and more!
To learn all about this fabulous museum, view our blog post "Science And Fun? Yes Please. Both Can Be Found At The Tellus Science Museum In North Georgia."
A bonus destination!--Kiawah Island, SC
--5 hours and 20 min. from Atlanta
Is a beach vacation the ideal escape for your family? Kiawah Island is located about 45 minutes south of Charleston, SC. It is a developed island but has so much natural beauty and wildlife. No chain hotels or hi-rise buildings here!
You will see alligators and even possibly a bobcat on the dunes. It has a wide, 10-mile long beach and 30 miles of paved bike trails. It also has a pool, playground, disc golf, and a nature center that offers many programs such as kayak tours. You can be as lazy as you’d like or as active. View this itinerary.
Hop On A Plane Destinations
Feel like adventuring out west to Yellowstone National Park or Zion National Park? Perhaps a bucket list trip to Paris or Athens? We've got it covered. You'll find more destinations on our website. Many itineraries are free and all are less than $10.