We all love the holidays, but sometimes a break from all the hustle and bustle of the season is just what Santa ordered. Where can one take a break and get away for the day or a weekend close to Atlanta? Take a look at these holiday escapes. They are all special in their own way. When you return from your escape, your holiday spirit will be renewed and refreshed.
These tips are ones that those from Atlanta use to have a stress-free and memorable holiday season in their own hometown.
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For a vision of some of America’s most preserved historical and architectural treasures, a getaway to Charleston, S.C. is the perfect place. Charleston played a huge role in American history, but it’s also a focal point for those interested in art and refined behavior. Named America’s most mannerly city, expect to leave here feeling nothing like a tourist and everything like a pampered, worldly American.
If a vacation to far away lands just isn’t happening this year, a little almost staycation to Pine Mountain, Ga., may be just the ticket. The Wild Animal Safari is just a tank of gas and a little more than an hour away from Atlanta. Enjoy plenty of playtime in the area for a weekend away the family won’t soon forget.
When the ocean breeze is calling your name, few area getaways could beat Pensacola. As deep as the nearby ocean with culture, it boasts 450 years of rich history and all of the wet, wild, sun-soaked fun you could hope for.
As Georgia’s first city, Savannah has inspired residents and visitors for more than two-and-a half centuries with its Old South hospitality. In fact an old adage states “In Atlanta, they ask where you work. In Macon they ask where you go to church. In Augusta, they ask who your grandparents were; but in Savannah they ask what you want to drink.” Savannah’s riches don’t stop with its hospitality. It also includes parks with trees dripping with Spanish moss and air scented with azaleas and camellias.
Part pilgrimage, part road race, Peachtree is truly a tradition for many Atlantans. Whether this is your thousandth road race, your first competition or just a day’s diversion, the Peachtree Road Race is a must for any Atlantan. This year, the race anticipates 150,000 spectators, so pick your spot early for prime viewing real estate. Spectator spots vary from mile one the Buckhead shopping district to mile six where competitors reunite with their support teams. Camp out on Cardiac Hill to watch the racers really struggle, or enjoy art curve, but don’t miss this amazing annual display of Atlantan talent.
Georgia and gulf shore vacations have gone hand in hand as long as the state’s been inhabited. Atlanta’s natives of today grew up packing the family into the station wagon for summer vacations on these white sand beaches on the Gulf of Mexico in Alabama. This laid back area is perfect for a relaxing summer retreat, especially near Perdido Pass.
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