America's First Tourist destination, Lookout Mountain is still a great place to go with or without kids! Rent a room at the Chattanooga Choo Choo then See Rock City. There are plenty of hiking opportunities along the mountainside, our favorite being a late afternoon hike from Point Park (that's actually in Tennessee) to Sunset Rock. While you're in Tennessee, make the short hop to Ruby Falls. Don't forget to stop by Cloudland Canyon State Park.
8. Lake Lanier
Think Lake Lanier is just a good boating destination? You're half-right. This vast resource has just about everything around its shores. Championship golf, four star hotels, an excellent history museum, and plenty of outdoor recreation, especially camping. We like the Emerald Point Resort (InfoRooms) in Lake Lanier Islands. This upscale facility has just about everything you need on premises. Our tip: If the area around the dam is open, the Laurel Ridge Trail is a great way to see it!
7. Stone Mountain
Sure, you could probably only go to see the carving or the fireworks, but you would be missing a lot. Start early at the antebellum plantation, ride the sky lift, loop the mountain on a locomotive, ride the riverboat, check out the auto museum and then take in the laser show. Book a room at Stone Mountain Inn (a Marriott hotel) (InfoRooms) and do it all again the next day. Our favorite: is a five and a half mile trail that loops the mountain. All you have to do is find it!
Highest point in a spine of mountains known collectively as Wolfpen Ridge, Brasstown Bald is a great place to find outstanding scenic views. It's a beautiful drive any time of year, but be careful in the winter. Once you've worn yourself out on the trail to the top, cozy up with that special someone in a hot tub at Enota, one heck of a great place to stay (we recommend the Seneca). You'll find something for everyone, whether the kids want to ride a bike or you want to hike to one of the area's five remote waterfalls. Nearby is the alpine village of Helen, Georgia, Vogel State Park, and a section of the Appalachian Trail.
The bloodiest two days in the history of the United States occurred here on September_19, 1863 and September_20, 1863. The creation of this, the country's first National Military Park was a form of closure for thousands of American veterans, North and South. Today the places where the heaviest fighting occurred are connected by trails, the best way to see the park, or by a driving tour, also interesting, but you will miss some key places. Stop by the visitor's center to see the Fuller Gun Collection and to get more information on the tour. Once you've finished in the park, head north on Lafayette Road to Fort Oglethorpe. Then tour Barnhardt Circle, visit the Sixth Cavalry Museum.
2. Dahlonega Although not the site of the first discovery of gold in North Georgia, Dahlonega and nearby Auroria were the center of the Georgia Gold Rush of 1829, the first "rush" in America. Dahlonega is Cherokee for gold and is one of the centers of Georgia's second great Gold Rush, tourism. Stop by the old courthouse and visit the Dahlonega Gold Museum. Take a few minutes to view the unique film presentation. Then cross the traffic circle to the Chamber of Commerce. Visit the downtown shops and stop for lunch at the Smith House. Visit Auroria, (follow Highway 9 to Auroria Road. It goes straight ahead when Highway 9 turns right). Book a cabin at Cavender Creek then hike one of the many nearby hiking trails
Site of the first major environmental battle in the world, Tallulah Gorge became a state park ten years ago. Under the direction of the state and Georgia Power the gorge has once again become a popular tourist stop. Within its boundaries are hiking trails, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, camping, a beach, and the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center. Eat some of the internationally famous food and rest up at Glen-Ella Springs Inn (Info) just minutes from the state park. On the second day head to Clayton, then east on Highway 76 to Southeastern Expeditions. This is one for adults and older children and it's the ride of your life. Six hours of heart pumping excitement that you will never forget. Deliverance Rock, Raven's Cliff, Sock-em' Dog Rapids, Decapitation Rock. Then try one of the many hikes that make Rabun County an outdoor paradise. The only bad thing -- you'll have to wait until March to try the whitewater rafting.