Whether you are taking a road trip to a destination a few hours away, or one that is less than an hour away, they are always a fun time. There is just something about getting out of your city and getting away from reality for just a few hours, or even a few days. Atlanta is surrounded by many little cities and they are great places to visit if you hate city traffic and business. Marietta and surrounding cities have the cutest and most fun road trip destinations near Georgia for couples, besties or even a solo trip.

It is hard to believe that some of these locations are just right outside of Atlanta, yet there is a sense of calm and quietness. As the new season approaches, these are some pretty great spots to go and visit. 

Sope Creek Park 

Price: $3 for parking

Address: Brook Hollow Circle, Marietta, GA 30067

Why You Need To Go: The Paper Mill & Creek Trail is a one-mile hike that will take you through Civil War ruins and to Sope Creek where you can sit and relax. 

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Marietta Murals

Price: Free!

Address: Around Marietta, Georgia

Why You Need To Go: These make perfect photo ops and they are beautiful art pieces. Each mural is different and has its own story. They are also very fun to find around the city. 

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Kennesaw Mountain Drive

Price: Free!

Address: 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30152

Why You Need To Go: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is filled with history and is beautiful to just walk around. You must see the top of the mountain and you can actually drive up to it. You can take in the views without breaking a sweat. 

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Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Price: $10

Address: 2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw, GA 30152

Why You Need To Go: You can observe thousands of beautiful flowers and exhibits and easily get lost for hours by stepping away from reality. 

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Palisades West Trail 

Price: $3 for parking 

Address: 932 Akers Ridge Drive SE, Atlanta, GA 30339

Why You Need To Go: This trail is far off the road so you can feel a sense of tranquility when hiking through. You will pass through the famous Chattahoochee River and cross over old creaking bridges. 

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Taylor-Brawner Park for a picnic

Price: Free!

Address: 3180 Atlanta Rd SE, Smyrna, GA 30080

Why You Need To Go: This 10-acre park has so much green it is just calling your name for a picnic. There are even a few paved trails in the park that you can walk after your meal. 

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Treetop Quest Dunwoody

Price: $49-$52

Address: 2341 Peeler Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338 

Why You Need To Go: At this adventurous location, you can go through 60 different obstacles and zip lines. It will test your friendships and relationships to see how well you work together. 

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