Getting out of the United States and going global is something many may dream of doing. Escaping abroad to see all the awe-inspiring architecture, indulging in fantastic foods, and even just learning about different cultures are among the plethora of reasons one might have the travel bug. While traveling overseas isn't always easy or affordable, Georgia has a few "fakecation" destinations to make you feel like you've crossed the pond and they deserve a spot on your bucket list.

Georgia, especially Atlanta, has many different destinations that'll make you question if you're in the state anymore. From restaurants to exotic tourist destinations, you can go on a mini vaycay abroad passport-free and all without ever leaving The Peach State.

There are a few places that'll make you feel like you're in Asia, England, France, and even on a tropical island miles away from it all.

Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, you might be stoked to find that these locations won't break the bank β€” a handful are even free to visit. 

So get ready to feel like you've been whisked away with these six fakecation destinations in Georgia that feel like another country.

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir β€” India

Price: Free

Address: 460 Rockbridge Rd NW, Lilburn, GA

Why You Need To Go: This beautiful spot will make you feel like you've flown to India to see the Taj Mahal. You can explore the Mandir and take in the culture and artifacts that can be seen throughout the building. They even have Indian food and snacks you can enjoy here.

Millennium Gate Museum β€” France/Europe

Price: πŸ’Έ

Address: 395 17th St. NW, Atlanta, GA

Why You Need To Go: This spot will remind you of the Arc de Triomphe in France. It houses Georgia history, culture, art, and philanthropic heritage. There are various galleries you'll walk through that'll teach you all about The Peach State too. 


Hawkers Asian Street Fare β€” Japan

Price: πŸ’Έ

Address: 661 Auburn Ave NE UNIT 180, Atlanta, GA

Why You Need To Go: This authentic Asian restaurant, inspired by hawker stalls in Japan, will make you feel like you've stepped right onto the streets of Asia. From the decor to the food, you won't be disappointed. 


Dr. Bombay's Underwater Tea Party β€”  England

Price: πŸ’ΈπŸ’Έ

Address: 1645 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA

Why You Need To Go: This cute and quirky little tea shop cafe is known for its high tea parties and delicious tea that'll take your mind to London, England.


Lula Lake and Lula Falls β€” Caribbean/Australia

Price: πŸ’Έ

Address: 5000 Lula Lake Rd., Lookout Mountain, GA

Why You Need To Go: After you get your permit to travel to the bottom of the falls, you'll notice how beautiful and clear it is. It feels like you've traveled to the Caribbean or to an island off the coast of Australia.


S.O.S. Tiki Bar β€” Indonesia

 Price: πŸ’ΈπŸ’Έ

Address: 340 Church St., Decatur, GA 

Why You Need To Go: Be transported to Bali or the Polynesian when you step into this unique tiki bar. They have themed cocktails and even a huge punch bowl that has a whole bottle of liquor in it.


Where to first? Happy fake-cationing!


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