You don’t have to go far or take time off work to go on new adventures this summer. There is a trove of exciting destinations only a few hours away from Atlanta. Don’t be resigned to a vacation-less summer – learn about the beauty and culture of north Georgia with English For Internationals’ top day trips.
Lake Lanier is one of the most popular spots in metro Atlanta for swimming, boating, fishing, or any other water sports. You can rent a boat, go on a hike, or even zipline through the woods. There’s even a waterpark featuring thrillingly steep waterslides.
This historic town offers everything from educational tours of the Georgia gold rush to local scenic vineyards. Try panning for gold, shopping your way through the square, or sipping wine at one of 12 tasting sites, all with the gorgeous north Georgia mountains as your backdrop.
Climb your way to the top of the tallest waterfall in Georgia. You will wind your way through beautiful forests as you make the 730-foot ascent. But don’t worry, the mist from the falls will keep you cool! While you’re in the area, also check out the trail that leads to Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.
You don’t have to be a UGA fan to enjoy the college town of Athens. Not only is it known for its thriving nightlife, but it’s also the perfect spot to find great food, local breweries, historical buildings, and classic Southern charm.
A great option for the whole family is Callaway Gardens, a breathtaking outdoor resort just a short drive outside Atlanta. There are a number of lakes and natural exhibits to explore, plus a butterfly center where you can see over 1,000 butterflies first hand.
Come visit the Southeast’s best Bavarian Village and the third most visited city in Georgia. Helen is a little slice of Germany right in the middle of north Georgia with everything from delicious food and drinks to river tubing down the Chattahoochee River.
Experience Georgia folk art at Paradise Gardens. In 1976, Howard Finster received a vision from God to create 5,000 sacred words of art. He ended up creating almost 47,000 works before he died in 2001. Explore his monument to art and God, a place called Paradise Gardens in the sleepy rural town of Summerville.
Escape the bustle of the city and come to Blue Ridge. Here in the foothills of the Appalachians Mountains, you can find more than breathtaking vistas. Take the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway to see the views, shop at the unique boutiques on Main Street, or sip the local wine.
Need something to do this summer? Want to brush up on your English skills? English For Internationals provides flexible schedules year round, with two-month terms and accredited teachers who want to help you succeed. To learn more about our programs, reach out to us at 770-587-9640.