Everyone wants to get out of the city of Atlanta for at least a day every now and then. The city is filled with traffic and business, and sometimes you just need some serenity. If you are looking for some things to do out of the city but on a budget, we are here to give you the best spots. 

All of the best scenic locations are less than two hours away from Atlanta. Most destinations are very affordable, or even free. These locations will give you the Instagram aesthetic that you have been looking for, and also a great adventure for the day. 

Yonah Mountain

Distance from Atlanta: 1 hour & 35 minutes 

Price: Free! 

Address: Yonah Mountain, Georgia 30571

Why you should go: The views from the top of the mountain are incredible and unlike other summits in North Georgia. The hike is 4.4 miles, but the view is worth every step. There is a huge grassy area that you can sit on and enjoy the view, and it is free. 

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Raven Cliff Falls

Distance from Atlanta: 1 hour and 40 minutes 

Price: $5 

Address: 3000 Richard B Russell Scenic Hwy, Helen, GA 30545

Why you should go: This hike is one of the longer ones in the state, coming in at about 5 miles. The trail is easy to walk and shaded. The falls that you will reach before you end your trip, is one of the tallest in Georgia. 

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Toccoa Falls

Distance from Atlanta: 1 hour and 35 minutes 

Price: $2

Address: 107 Kincaid Dr. Toccoa Falls, GA 30598

Why you should go: This trail is only 0.4 miles. You will be led to a waterfall that is 186-feet and free-falling which makes for a sight you have to see. Toccoa Falls is said to be the highest drop waterfall, east of the Mississippi.

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Frogtown Cellars

Distance from Atlanta: 1 hour & 25 minutes 

Price: Call to get your rate

Address: 700 Ridge Point Dr. Dahlonega, GA 30533

Why you should go: Frogtown Cellars is a wine estate that sits on 57-acres of land. Forty of those acres are used for vineyards. Their tasting room is open daily. You can eat lunch and dinner while looking out at the vineyards.

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Tallulah Gorge State Park 

Distance from Atlanta: 1 hour and 35 minutes 

Price: $5

Address: 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive Tallulah Falls, GA 30573

Why you should go: Tallulah Gorge is known for its deep gorges that you can walk down to, as well as its 80-foot suspension bridge. The bridge is very long and moves with every step you take. If you get a floor pass early in the morning, the hike will lead you to the gorge floor where there are sliding rocks and swimming opportunities. 

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Bell Mountain

Distance from Atlanta: 2 hours 

Price: Free! 

Address: 220 Shake Rag Rd, Hiawassee, GA 30546

Why you should go: There is no hike to see the view, but you might have to take a few flights of stairs. Once you get to the top, you will see a 360-degree view of the area. You can also sit on the rocks at the top and relax or have a picnic. 

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Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Distance from Atlanta: 1 hour and 35 minutes 

Price: Starts at $45

Address: 241 Depot St. Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Why you should go: You will hop on this train and ride for about four hours while you explore different cities in North Georgia. You will have layovers in various cities. That break allows you to get out and explore. The trip is a 26-mile round trip. 

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If you are looking for a day thrilling adventure, you can zipline 100 feet above water in Columbus, GA. You will zip down to Alabama and then back during your adventure. 

If you find yourself wanting to get out of the city for a few hours, or even for the entire day, these spots are sure to relax you. You might even see a few views or sights that you never even knew existed. 

 

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