01 Jun THE HOSPITALITY HIGHWAY SUMMER DAY TRIP GUIDE
Continue the fun this summer with a daytrip to one of the seven cities on Georgia’s most adventurous highway. For travelers seeking a memorable vacation that doesn’t require too much planning, Hospitality Highway has an eclectic assortment of places to visit that offer everything from outdoor to social distancing approved activities that are sure to appeal to everyone. All you need to do is hop in the car and go!
Discover a hidden natural gem, tucked away in the middle of towering skyscrapers, by venturing to Blue Heron Nature Preserve in Buckhead. The Preserve stretches for 30 acres, with a 3-mile walking trail stretching throughout. It’s the perfect place to take in the beauty of nature in the heart of a bustling city. Different sections of the trail represent different natural ecosystems, ranging from wetland habitats to meadows. Each not only provides a relaxing environment to explore, but also offer a first-hand glimpse at the various natural landscapes where Blue Herons thrive.
With the summer heat here to stay, people are looking for the best ways to stay cool while still enjoying the great outdoors. There’s no need to lock yourself inside with the AC on full blast when you have 20 miles of the Chattahoochee River to enjoy in Sandy Springs. On this iconic river, visitors can spend time of the water floating, paddling, fishing and more.
While making your travels up, be sure to stop by Roswell to dive into the local artistical masterpieces and beautifully kept outdoor spaces. Spend the day exploring ArtAround Roswell, a sculpture trail throughout town taking you to Canton Street, the parks and down by the Chattahoochee River. Download the free Otocast app to hear about the inspiration for each sculpture right from the artist! You can bike, walk, or drive to see each of the 19 sculptures.
Spend the day exploring Alpharetta’s beautiful downtown area. Immerse yourself in the history of the city with a walking tour of the 25+ historical markers spread throughout the city or experience Alpharetta’s creative side on the city’s art walking tour. The Downtown Alpharetta Arts Walking Tour celebrates the city’s rich music scene with beautifully sculpted statues and vibrant art pieces. Stroll the streets, take in unique art, and kick off the weekend a little early!
In search of wide-open spaces and fresh air? Then head over to Sawnee Mountain Preserve, a great hike for any skill level. Hit the trail to the top of the picturesque Indian Seats and take in the breathtaking views of the distant rolling ridgeline of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Sunsets from the mountain’s towering overlook are simply spectacular!
Head over to Dawsonville to hike to Georgia’s tallest waterfall. Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge is set in the rolling, vibrant-green southern Appalachian Mountains and is one of the most popular of Georgia’s State Parks. This immense waterfall spills down a towering bluff into a boulder-filled forest. It is the perfect end to a long, yet scenic hike on the Appalachian Trail.
There’s a reason that the town of Dahlonega consistently makes national ‘best of’ lists. Dahlonega is a picture-postcard, authentic Appalachian Mountain town, known for being the “Heart of Georgia’s Wine Country.” Whether your perfect day involves wading knee-deep in the river panning for gold at one of Dahlonega’s two gold mines, strolling through outdoor sculpture exhibits, or sipping on delicious Georgia wine at one of Dahlonega’s six beautiful wineries and eight tasting rooms, Dahlonega is guaranteed to please.