If you're looking for a springtime roadtrip to take from the Atlanta area, you're likely aware of many of the better-know attractions, such as Callaway Gardens, Stone Mountain and Civil War attractions.
So, let's take a look at something different...how about some fun, fascinating, educational and even rugged adventures that await those ready to explore the less-traveled path:
- Adorable Spring Babies and Herds of Fun!
Here's a great chance for the whole family to get out of the city and enjoy a little down-on-the-farm fun. Spring is the perfect time to visit Pettit Creek Farms in Cartersville, GA to enjoy the adorable excitement of all the baby lambs, goats, a brand-new baby calf named Petunia and a baby zebra and baby camel who are expected any day! Get up-close and personal in the petting zoo and see an eclectic herd of camels, emu, ponies, buffalo, donkeys and more. Established in 1945, this family-owned 80-acre farm delights visitors with hayrides, cowboy cookouts, nature walks and plenty of camera-worthy moments. Only about an hour northwest of downtown Atlanta and open 7 days – call ahead to schedule your visit.
Who hasn't dreamt of finding buried treasure? Well, here's your chance...did you know that about 1-1/2 hours northeast of downtown Atlanta is the site of the first authentic gold rush in the entire US? It's true. They actually found so much gold in Dahlonega, GA that they built a U.S. Mint to hold it all! And now, you and your gang of prospectors can dig in for yourself. Visit Consolidated Gold Mine to experience a 40-minute guided underground mine tour and discover the history and techniques of turn-of-the-last-century mining, then try your hand at panning for gold or grubbin' for gemstones to take some treasures home. Education disguised in lots of fun awaits kids and grown-ups alike. Open 7 days, rain or shine.
- Rugged "Little Grand Canyon" Adventure
If you're looking for a true connection with nature and some rugged adventure but a trip out west to the Grand Canyon is a bit of a stretch this spring, just head 2-1/2 hours south of downtown Atlanta to Lumpkin, GA and our very own "Little Grand Canyon" in Providence Canyon State Park. Well-marked hiking trails through river beds and beautifully-colored earth varying from red and rusty orange to bright white await and a film in the visitor's center will explain the geology of the area. Springtime dogwoods add to the experience and photo opportunities. Overnight backpack camping is allowed in certain backcountry areas and camping, cottages and efficiency units can be utilized at nearby Florence Marina State Park. Check websites for details, hours and fees.
There are many great attractions within a few hours of the hustle and bustle of the City, so jump in the car and hit the open road for some of the Best Springtime Roadtrips from Atlanta, Georgia. And wherever you decide to roam, to add even more fun to your trip check Roadsideamerica.com for some quick and quirky roadside attractions to see along your way.