Atlanta is the perfect relocation destination for travelers. Not only is it home to the busiest airport in the world, but its also a great jumping-off point for weekend road trips complete with scenic southern routes. Whether you want mountains or the beach, check out these great adventures that are four hours or less away from the city.
Distance: 150 miles
Drive time: 3 hours 45 minutes
[caption id="attachment_8663" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Take a stroll around downtown Asheville, one of the most quirky cities in the U.S. Photo Credit: ExploreAsheville.com[/caption]
Located in the Smoky Mountains, Asheville is full of unique shops and vendors from vintage clothing to arts and crafts, not to mention all of the great local eats. Tour the illustrious Biltmore Estate, former winter home of the Vanderbilts, that features an onsite winery. Get some fresh air in the great outdoors on one of Asheville’s many hiking trails and celebrate your return by cracking open a locally brewed cold one from one of the city's many breweries.
Distance: 231 miles
Drive time: 4 hours
[caption id="attachment_8499" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Visit the Mercer House on the historic streets of Savannah.[/caption]
Head southeast to Savannah for a weekend of quaint southern streets and historic strolls under a dripping canopy of trees. Tour the intricate parks and squares in the hunt for the perfect picnic spot, and visit the many cemeteries or take a tour of the city's most haunted places. Visit the Telfair Mansion and Art Museum, the expansive Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and end the day with a walk down the enchanting Savannah Riverfront. If the beach is calling your name, it’s just a half hour’s drive to Tybee Island where you can watch the sunset over the dunes.
Distance: 90 miles
Drive time: 2 hours
[caption id="attachment_8608" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Chattanooga is nestled in the mountains and on the Tenessee River, making it a perfect place for outdoor adventures.[/caption]
See Rock City and Ruby Falls on Lookout Mountain above the city of Chattanooga, where you can view seven different states. Lake Winnepesaukah provides theme park fun, while the Tennessee Aquarium, situated right on the riverbank, is home to fish and wetland mammals from around the southeast region and an IMAX theater. This city is a great choice for those who love the outdoors with opportunities for hiking, rafting and even hang gliding.
Distance: 203 miles
Drive time: 4 hours
[caption id="attachment_8609" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Nashville is the perfect town for live music lovers. Photo courtesy of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation.[/caption]
If you’re in the mood for bright lights and big stars, then Nashville is the city for you. Home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Johnny Cash Museum, the city offers countless opportunities to see live music at historic venues like the Ryman Auditorium, home to the Grand Ole Opry, and the Ascend Amphitheater. Explore Broadway downtown and peruse the many shops and restaurants in the Gulch. on the ride home, whiskey lovers should make a quick detour to the Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee.
Distance: 145 miles
Drive time: 2 hours 45 minutes
[caption id="attachment_8607" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Bike your way across Birmingham on your next road trip. Photo Credit: Ed Hall[/caption]
Dubbed “The Magic City” after the steel industry boom led to a remarkable population growth around the turn of the century, this thriving metropolis is just a short westbound drive down Highway 20. Birmingham is home to the McWane Center for Science, an exciting an educational adventure for the kids, and a number of local breweries for grown-up fun. Stop by the original Steel City Pops location in Homewood to get a taste of one of their homemade popsicles. Later this year, the popsicle purveyor plans to open its first Atlanta storefront in Decatur. Hike up the Vulcan for the best view of the city and immerse yourself in civil rights history at the Civil Rights Museum and neighboring 16th Street Baptist Church.