Taking in Georgia’s Highest Point at Brasstown Bald

This highest place in Georgia allows you to look out toward four states from the 360 view from the observation deck across the Chattahoochee - Oconee National Forest to Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Take the half-mile trail up from the parking lot at Brasstown Bald or catch the bus, but the views at 4,784 feet of the Chattahoochee - Oconee National Forest are well worth the trek either way. Here are the details you need for the best day trip from the Atlanta area.

Purple Flowers at the State Botanical Garden in Athens, Georgia

Visiting the State Botanical Garden of Georgia – Athens, Georgia

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens has something for everyone. With the tropical conservatory, formal garden, international garden, native garden, and food garden, there are favorites to explore no matter the type of garden you love, and hikers will find miles of forest trails. If you have your kids in tow, plan to stay for hours in the amazing wooded play area. Associated with the University of Georgia, this ever-changing experience is a lovely place to visit over and over again. 

Yellow and Pink Tulips over the Chilhuily Fountain at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

The Atlanta Botanical Garden: How to Make the Most of Your Visit

With thirty acres of outdoor gardens to explore, the beautiful oasis of the Atlanta Botanical Garden is one of my family’s favorite destinations in the heart of midtown Atlanta. Towering trees cover the Canopy Walk, children giggle through the Children’s Garden, and the orchids never fail to impress in the Fuqua Conservatory. With these tips, know what to expect and make your trip even better!

Looking Up Through the Stories of the Ark

Ark Encounter: Kentucky’s Biggest Museum

The Ark Encounter in Kentucky is a Bible-based museum inside a full-sized reproduction ark -- but it's a lot to plan! Associated with Answers in Genesis, this experience is based around Noah building the Ark as per the specifics in the Book of Genesis. With three floors of museum, it’s a beautiful, state-of-the-art museum full of science and learning opportunities as the realities of living on the ark come to life. With the proper planning and knowing what to expect, this is a trip you will continue thinking about for a long time afterward.

Considering Dinosaurs in the Garden of Eden at the Creation Museum

Creation Museum: Everything You Need to Know

The Creation Museum in Kentucky is a Bible-based museum associated with Answers in Genesis based around six-day creation leading to the story of the Fall, Christ, and our world as it is today. It's a beautiful, state-of-the-art museum full of science and learning opportunities that will challenge and strengthen your beliefs concerning creation, Evolution, geology, the Flood, and even dinosaurs. This is a trip you will continue thinking about for a long time afterward.

Walking the Etowah Trail to the Plaza and Mounds

Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site – Cartersville, Georgia

just north of Atlanta at the Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site. With six earthen mounds, this 53 acre historic site protects the land used from 1000 to 1550 AD by several thousand Native Americans. Start your visit to Etowah at the visitor center and prepare to walk around the site after this introduction to the plaza and three mounds which once held the priest's home, temples, and burial sites.

National Civil War Naval Museum – Columbus, Georgia

Did you know there are only four ironclad from the Civil War left? And one of right here in Georgia! Designed around the artifacts, this building houses the CSS Jackson, the largest surviving Confederate warship.   At more than 200 feet long, it’s remains are especially impressive when you step back to see the frame built to show its original size. Also present is other salvaged ship wreckage and replicas as well as weapons and equipment from the time. Leave time to explore the wall of detailed timeline of the Civil War; it’s enough in its own.