Like many large cities, Atlanta has a lot to love about it — that it’s a foodie haven of great diversity, and that it’s not nearly as muggy in the summer as other Southern cities (think New Orleans, Memphis, Houston or Birmingham). For baseball fans, it’s the home of the Braves. You can also love the fact that it’s got an impressive music scene and that you can run into celebrities who live there like Usher, Julia Roberts or Shaquille O’Neil. But all that said, Atlantic traffic is probably not something you love. Getting outside the city gridlock for an awesome day trip can also be an attractive option.
Hop on a bus with a bunch of friends and family and head to some of the beautiful, thriving areas that are only a few hours away.
VacationIdea magazine pegs Athens as an hour and 20 minute drive outside of Atlanta. Athens is a small college town, where the University of Georgia makes its home. Its antebellum architecture is embodied in the 18th century house museums that you can tour, along with 16 historic districts.
Athens has a growing craft brewery scene and you’ll find that the live music scene is growing right along with it. A few well-known bands put Athens on the map, like the B-52’s, Pylon, R.E.M. and Widespread Panic. Hundreds of bands are now active in the area and more than 10 recording studios have emerged as well. It’s no wonder Rolling Stone magazine named it the “Number 1 College Music Scene in America.”
Located in Southeastern Tennessee near the Georgia border, Chattanooga is about a two-hour drive from Atlanta. The city has a lot to offer in the way of history, culture and striking attractions. You can get a glimpse of Chattanooga’s Civil War history when visiting the Battles for Chattanooga Museum on Lookout Mountain, which is a real treat for Civil War buffs. The Tennessee Aquarium takes you on a freshwater and saltwater journey of a wide array, from sharks and stingrays to gracefully moving jellyfish. At the Hunter Museum of Art you’ll enjoy seeing architectural collections that span colonial times to modern day exhibitions.
It’s worth taking a trip to Raccoon Mountain Caverns, which is situated a few miles west of Chattanooga. The immense limestone formations in the caverns are quite impressive, and the mapped passageways extend over five miles.
Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park is about a 30 minutes drive from Atlanta. It’s the most highly visited attraction in Georgia and lays claim to being the earth’s largest granite formation. The mountain contains huge stone relief carvings of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee and General Stonewall Jackson, and these relief carvings are purportedly the largest of their kind in the world.
People love the amusement park on Stone Mountain with its thrill rides and the fantastic laser show, which includes pyrotechnics. Throughout the year a number of festivals are held on Stone Mountain, like the Yellow Daisy and Pumpkin festivals, to name a few.
Dahlonega is about an hour and 30 minutes drive from Atlanta. Lying in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Dahlonega was the first major Gold Rush site in the United States. Its legacy of gold is still alive and even today people try their luck at panning for gold. Also known as the heart of Georgia Wine Country, Dahlonega has wineries that offer tours and wine tastings.
When you’re not panning for gold or sipping wine, you can stroll through the town’s art galleries, visit historic sites, shop in boutiques or enjoy the regional festivals.
Callaway Gardens is about an hour and 20 minutes drive from Atlanta. The garden is nestled in the Appalachia foothills and spans 14,000 acres. Just walking the gardens is a breathtaking experience. The Day Butterfly Center houses more than 50 species, totaling around 1,000 butterflies, which fly freely within the center. A variety of tropical plants and flowers provide nourishment for the butterflies. Boating, fishing, watersports facilities, lakes and beaches are a few of the other attractions that draw visitors to Callaway Gardens.
Charter a Bus Through US Coachways
Gather a group of friends or family and take a day trip to a location near Atlanta.
What are the reasons for making a bus charter your personal travel preference?
- Affordable travel. Bus rates are affordable to begin with but when a group chips in to pay the cost, it’s even better.
- Eco-friendly travel. Charter buses are the greenest form of transportation in the country.
- Safe travel. You can never put too much importance on safety, and charter buses are safer than any other form of ground transportation.
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