Georgia has major cities, such as Atlanta, that many travelers flock to, but Georgia is also full of many small towns and suburbs that are rich with history and activities. From museums to hiking to restaurants, Georgia’s small towns and suburbs are a definite travel destination.
Marietta is a suburb located 15 miles northwest of Atlanta. It boasts many activities, including museums, an amusement park, and a national historic site. One of the most popular museums is the Marietta Museum of History, located in historic Marietta Square. The museum’s galleries feature artifacts and antiques dating to the mid-to-late 1800s. The Marietta Museum of History also has an Aviation Wing that showcases a variety of aircraft that has been manufactured in Marietta since the 1940s.
Six Flags White Water is located in Marietta. This 69-acre water park is open from May through September and features numerous water slides and other attractions that are suitable for the whole family.
Marietta is also home to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. This site preserves the grounds where an 1864 Civil War battle took place. This 3,000-acre park has over 22 miles of maintained trails. The park also has a museum where visitors can watch a documentary about the Atlanta Campaign and the Battle of Kennesaw.
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Jekyll Island is a barrier island off the southeast coast of Georgia. This island is great for travelers who love the outdoors. The eroded north end of the island has a trail that hikers can use to explore the driftwood beach. In addition to the beach, visitors to Jekyll Island can go kayaking, boating, birdwatching, and horseback riding.
Jekyll Island is also home to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, the only sea turtle rehabilitation site in Georgia. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center empowers visitors to protect the environment, both locally and globally. The center hosts several daily feedings and educational programs.
Helen is a small town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the northeast corner of Georgia. Helen’s unique architecture was adopted in the late 1960s to bring more tourism to the declining town. The town boasts that it has “the charm of Bavaria in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.” The Bavarian architecture and cobblestone streets make Helen a top Oktoberfest location.
In addition to its special appearance, Helen is an ideal base for your Blue Mountain activities, including hiking, camping, fishing, and kayaking. Visitors can explore the nearby Anna Ruby Falls, Unicoi State Park, and the Chattahoochee River. The Anna Ruby Falls trail is paved and perfect to bring your family and pets along to take in the spectacular views.
Cartersville should be on the “must see” list for any museum lover. Located approximately 40 miles northwest of Atlanta, Cartersville boasts several museums and historical sites. The Booth Western Art Museum is home to several permanent and temporary galleries that feature works such as Civil War art and presidential letters and portraits. The Tellus Science Museum has a mineral and fossil gallery as well as a “science in motion” exhibit that explores over 100 years of American transportation history.
With so many small towns and suburbs to choose from, think outside the skyscraper next time you’re in Georgia!