The Perimeter & Beyond

For those who want to expand their exploration of Atlanta to the perimeter and beyond, 10Best has compiled a list of can't miss things to do and places to see. Heading that list are Stone Mountain Park and Six Flags Over Georgia which are both among our favorites.

Pine Mountain
Callaway Gardens
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Located a little more than an hour's drive southwest of Atlanta, Callaway Gardens is a stunning resort. It features a handful of high-end lodging choices, highly regarded Mountain and Lake View golf courses, a world-class tennis facility, a wide...  Read More



Be on the lookout for things spooky and scary on this easy walking tour. See some historical spots along the way.

Stone Mountain
Stone Mountain Park


This 3200-acre park surrounds the world's largest granite monolith – you can walk to the top or take a chairlift both ways. A park highlight (and its telltale feature) is a carving on the sheer rock mountainside that honors Confederate...  Read More



This great amusement park offers fun for the entire family. With more than 100 rides and shows, it provides enough distractions for a day or even a whole weekend. The Mind Bender, the world's first triple-loop roller coaster, is a main...  Read More

Lake Lanier Islands
Lake Lanier Islands
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This marvelous cluster of islands in the middle of Lake Lanier is home to Emerald Pointe Resort and Renaissance Pine Isle. Although Atlanta holds a wealth of opportunities, you may want to make the islands your headquarters for fun! Camping,...  Read More

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield


This site near Marietta is where the historic Battle of Kennesaw Mountain was fought. Over the course of two weeks in the summer of 1864, more than 67,000 men died, were wounded, or were captured during Sherman's Atlanta Campaign. Ultimately,...  Read More

Chattahoochee Nature Center
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This 127-acre reserve – a natural oasis amid Atlanta's ever-expanding urban landscape – features forest trails for hiking, a river boardwalk that traverses wetland areas, live animal exhibits, a wildlife rehabilitation clinic and educational...  Read More



Southern Appalachia's charm and culture are just an hour's drive from the heart of Atlanta. Quaint Dahlonega, located just off Highway 409, offers beautiful scenery, fresh air and good hikes. The town itself seems untouched by time thanks to...  Read More

Château Élan Winery and Resort
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Look just north of Atlanta for this little gem. A top choice for meetings or getaways that require the utmost in sophistication and elegance, Château Élan Winery and Resort has been entertaining visitors for almost 20 years. The winery offers...  Read More

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Home of the UGA "Dawgs," launch-pad for bands REM and Widespread Panic, college town par excellence – Athens certainly doesn't suffer from a lack of versatility. Platted around the venerable University of Georgia – whose alumni include former...  Read More