The Hospitality Highway Summer Day Trip Guide

The Hospitality Highway Summer Day Trip Guide

Continue the family fun this summer with a day trip to one of the seven cities on Georgia’s most adventurous highway. For family travelers seeking a memorable vacation that doesn’t require too much planning, Hospitality Highway has an eclectic assortment of places to visit ranging from outdoor activities to museums that appeal to all members of the family. All you need to do is hop in the car and go!


Candytopia Buckhead – Photo Credit: Atlanta Business Chronicle

If you’re in need of some adventurous kid-friendly activities to partake in while in Buckhead, make sure to add Candytopia to your list. If you have ever dreamed of nibbling your way through Candyland or scoring a Golden Ticket, then Candytopia is the perfect place for you. Candytopia is open for a limited time in Buckhead so this summer might be your last chance to experience the magic.

For those interested in history and nature trails, be sure to visit the Atlanta History Center. This 33-arce complex is comprised of various exhibits and offers folk arts, a restaurant, farm, trails and more.


Stand-up Paddle Boarding – Photo Credit: Visit Sandy Springs

With the summer heat here to stay, people are looking for the best ways to stay cool. However, there’s no need to lock yourself inside with the AC on full blast this summer when you have the Chattahoochee River located right here in Sandy Springs. On this iconic river, family and friends can float along the leisurely 48 miles of the Chattahoochee River on a canoe, kayak, tubes and motorboats. There is equipment available for rental at several authorized outfitters, including High Country Outfitters. Check out this nearby outfitter to rent stand up paddleboards, kayaks, canoes and more.

The pet friendly park at High County Outfitters is now open Thursday through Sunday so pack a cooler, grab your four-legged friend, and take a splash in Sandy Springs.


Dual Nature by Cecilia Lueza – Photo Credit: Roswell Arts Fund

While making your travels up, be sure to stop by Roswell to dive into the gourmet restaurants and local artistic masterpieces at one of the many art gallery’s and shops offered. Spend your summer 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.


Downtown Alpharetta – Photo Credit: Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Spend the day exploring Alpharetta’s beautiful downtown area. Pop into one of the 35+ unique boutiques and shops offered or immerse yourself in the history of the city with a walking tour of the 25+ historical markers spread throughout the city. The fun continues every Thursday night with Alpharetta’s Food Truck Alley. Enjoy a variety of 6-8 rotating food trucks and music each week. Stroll the streets, eat delicious food, listen to some great music and kick off the weekend a little early!


Sawnee Mountain Preserve – Photo Credit: Atlanta Trails

Grab the family and head over to Sawnee Mountain Preserve. Hike up to the picturesque Indian Seats and enjoy exploring breathtaking views of the distant rolling ridgeline of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Sunsets from the mountain’s towering overlook are simply spectacular! The Preserve Visitor Center is the ideal place to begin your summer visit. The Center features interactive exhibits on the natural and cultural histories of Sawnee Mountain and a resource library/lounge for visitors to relax and read.


Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge – Photo Credit: Dawsonville Convention & Visitors Bureau

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.


Frogtown Cellars – Photo Credit: Dahlonega Convention & Visitors Bureau

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 panning for gold at one of Dahlonega’s two gold mines, strolling through art galleries, shopping in one-of-a-kind boutiques, or sipping perfection expressed in Georgia wine at one of Dahlonega’s seven beautiful wineries and twelve tasting rooms, Dahlonega is guaranteed to please.

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