Georgia is home to beautiful mountains, cute and quaint towns, and a shimmering beach-covered coast. When you visit The Peach State, there's always something to explore and always something to do. Escaping to these enchanting Georgia destinations should be on your end of summer bucket list if they aren't already.

These spots will make you feel like you've taken a step right out of reality and deep-dived into the pages of your favorite fairy tale storybooks.

From staying the night in a treehouse in the middle of a lush green forest to swimming in waterfalls, paddling on a mirror-like lake, and even wandering whimsical miniature cities, this list has a little something for everyone.

These seven destinations are all pretty affordable too and the cost associated with places to stay can easily be split up between all your friends that you bring along for the journey.

They even make for a romantic getaway weekend for you and your boo if you're trying to do something to spice up the summer.

Whether you go it alone, bring your crew, or make it a romantic getaway with bae, these seven Georgia destinations will take you on enchanting escapes that feel like a real-life fairy tale.

Candlelight Forest

Price Per Night: $195+

Address: 9862 GA-193, Chickamauga, GA

Why You Need To Go: These cabins really look like they've come straight out of a modern-day fairy tale. Located on 200-acres of forest, there'll be plenty of places to hike and explore surrounded by nature during your stay.

The Rock Garden

Price: Free

Address: 1411 Rome Rd. SW., Calhoun, GA

Why You Need To Go: This unique roadside attraction has over 50 little buildings built out of rocks, pebbles, stones, and more. You can explore the little town and admire the whimsical creativity.


Blackbeard Island

Price: Free

Address: Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge, GA

Why You Need To Go: You can only get to this island by boat or kayak, so you know you'll be on an actually secluded island. There are miles of beach that make for a great spot to watch wildlife and plenty of lush forests covered in sweeping moss that feel like you've been transported to an island of magic.


Vickery Creek Falls 

Price: Free

Address: 95 Mill St., Roswell, GA

Why You Need To Go: There's just something about waterfalls that have an air of magic all their own. Located in the beautiful Roswell Mill, the waterfall makes for amazing photos and gives you a way to cool off, too.


Carter's Lake

Price: $4

Address: 575 Marina Rd., Chatsworth, GA

Why You Need To Go: This scenic North Georgia location is the perfect place to camp and wake up with a view. A bit of a floater's paradise, you can boat, kayak, tube, and paddleboard this lake.


George L. Smith State Park

Price: $5 for parking 

Address: 371 George L. Smith State Park Rd., Twin City, GA 

Why You Need To Go: This park has cypress trees with hanging Spanish moss everywhere. As you walk or kayak throughout the park's mirror-like waterways and tree tunnels, you might forget you're in Georgia for a while.


Jekyll Island Club Resort 

Price per night: $178+

Address: 371 Riverview Dr., Jekyll Island, GA

Why You Need To Go: This island resort is like stepping onto royal grounds. From the common areas, the rooms, and the outdoor areas, you'll feel like you're in a Disney Princess Dream during your stay. There's plenty to do here too, from indulging at delicious waterfront eateries to taking otherworldly photos on the driftwood beach and taking a cheap bike ride through the trails.


Which real-world fairy tale will you visit first?


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