By: Chandni Jaggi – 2nd year – Epidemiology
One of the great things about Atlanta is it close to so many cool cities! Living in Atlanta gives you the opportunitiy to explore many different cities and states in a short (or longish) car ride. I would highly recommend taking the time to go on a few trips to explore other parts of Georgia and the states surrounding it. Here are a few recommendations for daytrips or three-day weekend trips.
North Georgia – North Georgia is wine country! North Georgia is beautiful with mountains, wooded area and small town charm. Travel to Germany by visiting Helen, GA, an town with artcheticture from South Germany. The town makes you think you are visitng an old German town with little German restaurants and different activities. There are also several wineries in the area that are fun to visit and do wine tastings. The entire area is beautiful, and an easy 1.5 hour drive from Atlanta, making it an ideal day trip.
Savannah – Savannah is on the east coast of Georgia on the Atlantic Ocean. The picturesque and historic town is a four hour drive from Atlanta, making it the perfect weekend get-a-way when you need to escape the gracement. Theres plenty to do in the historic town, including going to the beach and touring haunted homes in the oldest city in Georgia.
Nasheville – Nasheville is the hot spot to be right now and good news for you it is also an easy four hour drive from Atlanta. There are plenty of buses that also run from Atlanta to Nasheville so you can get homework done on the rides there and back. Cool things to do in Nasheville include the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame, going to a Predators game and Hattie B’s Hot Chicken! They have a great nightlife scene and tons of restaurants with great food.
New Orleans – New Orleans is a little more of a commitment, however my friends and I went there during a long weekend and it was the perfect amount of time to see New Orleans. It is a seven hour drive to New Orleans so absolutely doable from Atlanta. There’s so much to take in from the old French town including trumpet players on every corner and beignets that are to die for (check out the legendary Café Du Monde). This year is also their 300th birthday so there are lots of festivities all year!