Recharge With A Weekend Getaway
Need a change of scenery from the hustle and bustle of life? Want the kids to unplug from their devices for a while and connect together as a family? Enjoy an easy scenic hike, go apple picking or antiquing, pitch a tent, or explore the local shops along a charming Main Street.
We’ve chosen 7 destinations, all within a 4 hour drive from Atlanta, where you can experience a fantastic weekend getaway, whatever the season, whatever the reason.
7 Destinations Your Family Will Love
Each of these destinations offers something different- whether you're looking to escape to a fun 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.
We've Made It Easy For You
Need some destination ideas? Too busy to read through a million blogs and guidebooks to plan a family trip? Don’t worry, it's already been done for you. Simply Awesome Trips offers family trip itineraries to destinations near and far. Everything you need to know: where to sleep, eat, and play! All organized into detailed day-by-day plans.
Where To Stay, Eat, and Play!
--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 a such a fun outdoor town and possibly the most underrated. Its downtown is filled with quaint shops and restaurants, and the Great Smoky Mountain Railway train depot is right in the heart of it. Take the kids on a scenic train ride through the North Carolina mountains along the Nantahala and Tuckasegee Rivers, across valleys, and through tunnels.
Within a 20 minute driving radius of downtown, you have lakes to canoe, rivers to raft, and hikes to waterfalls. Plus, a brewery, a fantastic pizza place and good restaurants, a bookstore, and an excellent outdoors store- 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 apple orchards ripe for picking. 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
Visit a national park and enjoy all of the activities while the kids earn their Junior Ranger Badges. 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.
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 and leading to fun food stops along the way. 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."
Need A Snow Fix This Winter?
Time to start planning your winter ski vacation!
Show the kiddos some real snow! Check out Bozeman, MT and Big Sky Resort for your next family ski trip.
You will almost always enjoy good powder and groomed trails at Big Sky. It is a family friendly, laid back, fun ski resort with consistently good snow. It's all about the snow, so it is unpretentious and surprisingly less crowded than many large, western ski resorts. It is no surprise that it has been voted the "Most Family-friendly Ski Resort." Big Sky also has a reasonable altitude. The base of the mountain (Mountain Village) is 7,500 feet, so you can acclimate quickly.
Hop On A Plane Destinations
Atlanta is fortunate to have direct flights to wonderful destinations around the world. Have a full week and feel like adventuring out west to Yellowstone National Park or Zion National Park? Perhaps a bucket list trip to Paris or Amsterdam? We've got it covered. You'll find more destinations on our website. Many itineraries are free and all are less than $10.