While we hold Atlanta on such a high pedestal, sometimes you deserve a getaway. They say you don't learn to appreciate something until you leave, so hitting the road for a spontaneous trip is needed for your mental well-being (and to alleviate some of the traffic). For the ultimate refresh, you can use this guide because this Atlanta travel itinerary takes you to awesome places 3 hours away from the city.

There are way too many hidden gems scattered around the South. These destinations will take you in and out of Georgia borders, so you can uncover the best of The Peach State and our neighbors without burning too much gas. 

Falls Park on the Reedy | Greenville, SC

Price: Free

Address: 601 S Main St., Greenville, SC 29601

Why You Need  To Go: This 32-acre park is adjacent to downtown Greenville. Not only is it home to an abundance of nature, but it's also a hub for festivals and incoming fall colors. 

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Ruby Falls | Chattanooga, TN

Price: $21.95+

Address: 1720 Scenic Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37409

Why You Need To Go: This enchanting underground waterfall is just one reason to visit. While you're here, you can also conquer the zip-lines and climbing towers. 

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Blue Sky Cabin Rental | Ellijay, GA

Price: $125/night+

Address: Ellijay, GA

Why You Need To Go: Whether you're planning a romantic getaway with your S/O or hosting the ultimate boozy game night with friends, these cabins offer privacy and incredible views of the North Georgia mountains. 

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Callaway Gardens | Pine Mountain, GA

Price: $24.95+

Address: 17800 US Highway 27, Pine Mountain, GA 31822

Why You Need To Go: A surprise awaits you every time you enter this resort (especially Fantasy in Lights). You can stay overnight to explore the plethora of attractions or simply get a day pass. 

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Paradise Gardens | Summerville, GA

Price: Free

Address: 200 N Lewis St., Summerville, GA 30747

Why You Need To Go: Creatives and art lovers, this place is for you. This folk art paradise isn't just a home, it's a haven where you can discover thousands of pieces of eclectic art and even stay overnight

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Cathedral Caverns | Woodville, AL

Price: $19

Address: 637 Cave Rd., Woodville, AL 35776

Why You Need To Go: This cave system is a gorgeous feat of nature. You can tour the ins and outs of it and mine for rare gemstones. 

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The Lost Sea | Sweetwater, TN 

Price: $21.95

Address: 140 Lost Sea Rd., Sweetwater, TN 37874

Why You Need To Go: This underground cave has a bonus factor at the end of your tour - the massive lake. You can cruise atop the waters to see hues of blue you've never witnessed before. 

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Little River Canyon | Fort Payne, AL

Price: $15/vehicle 

Address: 4322 Little River Trail NE Fort Payne, AL 35967

Why You Need To Go: Even with the weather cooling down, you can still have an incredible trip experiencing the views of the canyon from the Overlooks. 

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Rock Island State Park | Rock Island, TN

Price: Free

Address: 82 Beach Rd., Rock Island, TN 38581

Why You Need To Go: We encourage chasing waterfalls, especially at this destination. This massive 883-acre park is known for its numerous water features. 

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