A staycation is defined as a period in which an individual or family participate in leisure activities within driving distance of their homes that do not require overnight accommodations. With that wonder tidbit in mind lets explore what we can do here in the good ol’ Peach State. If you’re like me and you’re based in the Atlanta area sometimes you want to escape the city for more for more relaxing views and a little R & R. Just a mere four and a half hours drive you can find yourself over looking the Atlantic Ocean on the beautiful and majestic Saint Simons Island. Beaches, marshes, fine dining, a lighthouse and a historical fort. There is plenty to do in this little slice of heaven. You can spend some time touring Fort Frederica built by Georgia’s founding father James Oglethorpe or listen to the wave crash along the shore on East Beach. If you have children Neptune Park is the local waterpark attraction.
Did you know that Georgia has its own version of the Grand Canyon? Providence Canyon State Park located in Lumpkin, Georgia in the Southwest corner of the state. Considered to be one of the state’s most treasured natural wonders Providence Canyon boast gullies of up to 150 ft. Beautiful rock formation in orange, red, pink and purple offer picturesque setting worthy of a postcard. A favorite amongst hikers and rock-climbing enthusiast the trails and rim of the canyon offer magnificent and awe-inspiring views.
If you’re on the search for something a little more family friendly then Helen, Georgia is just a hop, skip and a jump away from the metro Atlanta area. Just a two-hour drive north and nestled into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Helen, is a Bavarian themed town that has an old-world flavor. This mountain community has a wide variety of natural attractions. Whether sightseeing on the Blue Ridge Mountains, visiting the beautiful Anna Ruby Falls, hiking the Appalachian Trail, or tubing down the Chattahoochee River, jewel of Northern Georgia has something for everyone.
Take in some history, culture and soul in Augusta. Located on the border of Georgia and South Carolina, Augusta is most famously known as the home of the Masters Golf Course and tournament which is held every spring. Culturally the city offers tours through the home of Lucy Craft Laney, who founded the first school for African Americans in 1833, or you could tour the childhood home of Woodrow Wilson the nations 28th President of the United States. Want to feel good well then head over to the James Brown exhibit at the Augusta History museum which has the largest collection of memorabilia of the “Godfather of Soul.” I hope this tour through the 4th state in the Union.