Helen, Georgia already has all the charm in the world. This bustling North Georgia town attracts thousands of visitors annually, but there's a new reason to plan a road trip here. The Bavarian-styled wonderland is now taking things to new heights (literally) with the addition of an alpine coaster that takes you on a crazy ride through the mountains.
An alpine coaster is basically a miniature rollercoaster. Don't let the miniature part sway your interest. It is a tiny cart, but it has the same level of excitement as any amusement park. Unlike a rollercoaster, riders have more control over their experience. You can choose to control the speed or ride with the brakes off. You can hit 25 mph, which is pretty fast when you're aimlessly flying down an open track.
Georgia Mountain Coaster is the first of its kind in Georgia, so you're guaranteed a completely unique experience. You'll be surrounded by lush greenery as you hit the up and downs of the Helen hillside.
If you're a screamer, you can opt to ride solo. If you need moral support, you can ride with only one other buddy.
You can experience this thrill on a budget because tickets are only $15. You also get your second ride for half-price. This experience is about one-mile-long, so you'll definitely want to get your second round in.
If you want to elevate your adventure, you can take a ride at night. On weekends, the coaster is open until 10 p.m., so you can shoot through the night sky, which could be both frightening and exhilarating.
Georgia Mountain Coaster is open seven days a week, so Helen is waiting on you any day now. Rides keep going rain or shine, so there's really nothing holding back.
There's still so much to see in town, even after your second or third ride. We suggest conquering this adventure before you stuff yourself with Helen's famous Bavarian pretzels and pitchers of beer.
Georgia Mountain Coaster
Address: 8409 S Main St, Helen, GA 30545
Why you need to go: This thrill-ride gives you the best of both worlds - an adrenaline rush and sick views.