Looking for exciting weekend getaways in Georgia? We’ve got you covered from romantic spots to outdoor adventure, and historic sites to family fun. These are some of the best weekend getaways in Georgia!
Georgia seems to have it all. With mountains, beaches, quaint southern hospitality, and big-city entertainment; there’s bound to be an adventure in Georgia waiting to be your best weekend ever.
We’ll take you from the coastal plains where the famous peaches are grown, all the way up to the rocky terrain of the Blue Ridge mountains. All you have to do is pick your favorite spot; hop in a car, bus, plane, or train to get there; and enjoy a weekend to remember.
16 Fabulous Weekend Getaways In Georgia
Go Hiking in Providence Canyons State Park
Put on your hiking boots and get ready to go exploring through the massive gullies in Providence Canyons State Park, better known as Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon.” It’s one of the best weekend getaways in Georgia.
There are 9 gullies are as large as 150 ft. deep and 300 ft. wide. There are two recommended options. One is the 2.5-mile loop which takes about 2 hours and is rated easy to moderate with a guided walking trail. For the more experienced hikers, you can explore the 7-mile backcountry trail which veers away from the moderate trail taking you through river birch and steep grade, rugged terrain.
While hiking you can marvel at the geological layers of Georgia that have eroded over the last 200 years from poor farming practices in the 1800s. If you want to fully immerse yourself in nature you can stay at the campgrounds in the backcountry areas of the trails.
Where to stay near Providence Canyons State Park:
Charming Country Home near Providence Canyon check rates at Airbnb.com
Explore the historic sites of Savannah
Savannah, Georiga is rich with history, haunted sites, gorgeous natural landscapes, and more making it one of the best weekend getaways in Georgia! We highly recommend your trip includes a walking tour through downtown to get well acquainted with the city. Many of these tours are available for free.
Forsyth park is also a must see in Savannah, the gorgeous landscape is full of the mossy oaks Savannah is famous for and it’s a hub of activity with a playground, sports courts, and green space for events.
If you’re looking for a fun spot to grab lunch or dinner, make sure to take a cruise on Savannah’s riverboat to enjoy a see many of the historic sites like Old Fort Jackson.
Once the night rolls in, make sure you schedule a ghost tour to get a glimpse of the paranormal activity that rolls though the city including the famous Bonaventure Cemetery.
There’s so much to see and do in Savannah, if you’re planning more than a weekend getaway in Georgia make sure you check out our full list of the coolest things to do in Savannah, Georgia.
Where to stay in Savannah:
The Golden Fox off Forsyth check rates at Airbnb.com.
Enjoy a Five Star Experience The Cloisters At Sea Island
If you’re looking for romantic getaways in Georgia, this is it! Enjoy a weekend of luxury in this elegant private island resort with the finest accommodations. This resort is located on 50 acres of a private island surrounded by the river, salt water marshes, and the sea.
Activities on the island include 3 exclusive golf courses, Sea Island dining, a luxurious spa, tennis, shooting school, fishing, hunting, paddleboarding, and more.
The Cloister is one of 5 accommodation options on Sea Island and offers a variety of spacious rooms with exquisite suites.
Sea Island is also home to Georgian Room, Georgia’s only Forbes Five-Star restaurant. This restaurant offers an elegant dining experience known for incredible culinary creations and a world-class wine list.
If you’re looking for a weekend of luxury and time outdoors with a little romantic vibe, you’ll certainly want to book a stay at The Cloisters At Sea Island.
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Escape reality in the Alpine Village in Helen and take a float down the Chattahoochee River
Being just about 2 hrs from the city, Helen, Georgia would be great for weekend trips from Atlanta. Take a break from the busy city life and transport to what feels like a whole different country with a re-creation of a Bavarian Alpine village. It’s charm comes from a mix of history with Cherokee Indians and early settlers.
You can explore more than 200 specialty shops with unique items like hand made candles, glass blowing, cuckoo clocks, and quilts.
The heart of the city is inspired by the villages of Germany and is also filled with outdoor adventures making this one of the best weekend getaways in Georgia!
If you’re traveling in the warmer months, a float down the Chattahoochee river is an absolute must do. The Helen Tubing and Waterpark offers tubes as well as a pick up at the end of the 2 hour float. There’s also a fun water park with rides, cabanas, and places to change.
If you’re feeling even more adventurous, go ziplining at Nachoochee Adventures and take flight though the Chattahoochee National Forest for the most spectacular views in nature.
If you’re traveling with children (or maybe just a kid at heart) you won’t want to miss the Babyland General Hospital, where the famous Cabbage Patch Kids are “born.” Admission is free, but the gift shop is full of Cabbage Patch Kids waiting to be adopted.
You also wont want to miss a chance to marvel at the Anna Ruby Falls waterfall. It’s accessible by a trail and made up of two gorgeous water falls.
Where to stay in Helen:
For the whole family: Helen, GA North Georgia Mountains Cabin check rates at Airbnb.com.
For a romantic getaway: Gorgeous dog-friendly cabin w/mountain views, hot tub, sauna, pool table & more! check rates at Airbnb.com
Relax and unwind at the Château Élan Winery & Resort
The Château Élan Winery & Resort is one of the most luxurious weekend getaways in Georgia. It’s tucked into the North Georgia hillsides and is the perfect blend of elegance and southern hospitality.
The golf courses offer 45 holes of golf with each course being unique for a new experience. For more outdoor time you can also enjoy the pool and tennis courts.
If you’re seeking romantic weekend getaways in Georgia, Château Élan offers an expansive spa mansion, a culinary studio for exquisite cooking classes, and it’s most well known for it’s winery.
The winery offers both tours and tastings open to the public even if you’re not staying at the resort. Enjoy a tour of the entire process from grapes to glass and then sample the wines with a tasting.
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Connect with Nature in the Blue Ridge Mountains
If you’re looking for weekend getaways in Georgia that truly allows you to get away, you’ll want to visit the gorgeous mountain towns in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
During your stay you can take in the fresh mountain air with a hike to the waterfalls, or make a splash in the Toccoa River when you go tubing or kayaking.
This is the perfect place for a guys fishing trip with Toccoa River, Lake Blue Ridge and the Lake Blue Ridge Dam, and Fightingtown Creek all near by.
Or make it a girls weekend and head down Main Street in downtown Blue Ridge for antiques, art and unique gifts. There’s also a Serenity in the Mountains Day Spa perfect for unwinding and relaxing.
There’s a variety of gorgeous cabins in Blue Ridge perfect for both romantic getaways or for large groups and gatherings.
Where to stay in Helen:
For the group trip: Brand New Cabin! 3 Miles from downtown Blue Ridge! check rates at Airbnb.com.
For a romantic getaway: Restore // Little Rustic Mountain Retreat-Blue Ridge check rates at Airbnb.com
Hit the beach at Tybee Island
If you’re looking for weekend getaways from Atlanta, the 4 hour trip to Tybee island is worth it. This small coastal community offers something for everyone.
Tybee Island features two big icons, the Tybee Lighthouse on the north end of the island, and the Tybee pier on the south end of the island. The light house is great for learning about the history of the island at the attached museum. The pier is popular for fishermen and also a well-known spot for local events.
Of course one of the most popular things to do is enjoy the shoreline, go for a swim and explore the beach town shops and sea food cuisine.
Where to stay on Tybee Island:
Ocean Front Resort Villa check rates at Airbnb.com.
Explore the busy city of Atlanta
A list of weekend getaways in Georgia would not be complete without of the heart of the state, Atlanta.
If you’re looking for a full weekend, or maybe even a long weekend you certainly won’t fall short of things to do in Atlanta. Some of our favorites include visiting the Centennial Olympic Park, home to World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, and the iconic Skyview Atlanta Ferris wheel.
You can also connect with nature at the Atlanta Botanical Garden or at Zoo Atlanta, one of only 4 zoos in the United States that’s home to Giant Pandas!
Plus there’s a rich amount of history in Atlanta with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta History Center, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park, and of course the Birth Home of Martin Luther King Jr.
Where to stay in Atlanta:
Luxury Skyview Apartment in Atlanta check rates at Airbnb.com
Hop on a golf cart and explore Peachtree City
At just a 45 minute drive away, Peachtree City is a must-do for weekend trips from Atlanta! The whole city can be explored in a golf cart with 100+ miles of paved golf cart paths. Enjoy the fresh air and scenic views as you unwind and relax during this weekend getaway in Georgia.
Geocaching is very popular in Peachtree and they even offer a Geocaching tour that leads players to local historic sites, nature parks, athletic fields, and popular filming locations, so while you’re picking up little treasures, you’re also exploring the city in a surprising way! You can pick up a brochure from the Visitor Center to get started.
While you’re outdoors you may also want to explore Lake Kedron or Lake Peachtree for hiking, fishing, and canoeing.
Or you can take a film tour for popular locations from “The Walking Dead,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Joyful Noise,” “Sweet Home Alabama” and much more. More on film tours next!
Where to stay in Peachtree:
Stunning Lake Peachtree 5 bed, Walk to Lake! check rates at Airbnb.com
Take film tour in the Hollywood of the South
Did you know Georgia was known as the Hollywood of the south? If you’re a movie buff, this just might be one of the most exciting Georgia weekend getaways! Big-name shows like “The Walking Dead” and “Stranger Things”, and famous movies like “Forest Gump,” “Hunger Games,” and “Black Panther” were partially filmed in Georgia.
Senoia, Georgia is one of the most popular film tour locations, home to “The Walking Dead,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Pet Sematary II,” “Drop Dead Diva” and more.
Savannah also has tours for “Forrest Gump,” “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” and “Something to Talk About.” You can do your research and plan your own self-guided tour, or hop into walking tours with The Georgia Tour Company and hear from the experts to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
Where to stay for film tours
In Senoia: Your Walking Dead Home base check rates at Airbnb.com
In Savannah: Garden Home at the Magnolia House in Downtown check rates at Airbnb.com
Take in the Mountain Air at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa
One of the best Georgia romantic getaways is in the very northern mountains at the Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa. Surrounded by gorgeous greenery and plenty of fresh mountain air, this is the perfect place to disconnect and spend some quality time with your significant other.
Enjoy a championship golf course, a luxurious spa, and dinner with a gorgeous mountain view. Plus, it’s the only full-service resort and conference hotel to offer horseback riding in the north Georgia mountains. Explore 5 miles of trails by horseback with a guided tour.
Book a stay in the comfy cottages for the perfect amount of seclusion in the woods with all the luxurious comforts. Watch a sunrise on the deck with a cup of coffee, or cozy up to your sweetie at the wood-burning fireplace for a quiet evening.
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Expirence a Yurt at the Cedar House Inn & Yurts
Just an hour away from Atlanta is the quiet and cozy Cedar House Inn & Yurts. This eco-friendly bed and breakfast offers a unique experience for one of the most memorable weekend trips from Atlanta.
You can choose between a cozy room at the Inn or unique yurt lodging. If you love the outdoors then you may consider one of the yurts which are round, tent-like structures with electricity, but no water, a queen bed, seating, and a composting toilet. They do offer a private bath house up the hill from the yurts with a flush toilet, shower, sink, towels, body wash, and shampoo.
If the outdoor accomdations aren’t quite your thing, you can also stay at the Inn which offers a mountain cabin vibe.
Any stay at the Cedar House Inn includes a full organic breakfast each morning to get your fueled and ready to go explore the beautiful vinyards, mountains, waterfalls, and hiking trails in the area.
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Bar hop in Athens, Georgia Bulldog Country
Athens, Georgia is home to the University of Georgia Bulldogs! If you’re a Bulldogs college sports fan, this city should certainly be on your list for weekend getaways in Georgia.
Whether you’re visiting the city because you’re in town for a game, taking a college tour, visiting a friend in their college town, or just simply exploring the city for it’s history, Athen’s has so much to do and see.
Being a college town, this city has an exciting night life. If you’re into bar hopping, you’ll want to pay a visit downtown and pop into a few dive bars. If craft beer is more your style, make sure to tour the local breweries, Southern Brewing Company, Creature Comforts, and Terrapin.
After a night out, you can enjoy a more serene day at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia for some picturesque flowers and greenery, and if you’re lucky you may event catch one of the local events.
While you’re walking around town, keep an eye out for bulldog statues. There’s a total of 30 around the city all the same height but painted in different designs and colors.
Where to stay in Athens:
Near Sanford and downtown check rates at Airbnb.com
Go Camping in Stone Mountain
A great weekend trip from Atlanta would be camping in Stone Mountain, Georgia. You can escape the city and explore the massive monolith at the center with the famous Confederate Memorial Carving with Civil War generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, plus President Jefferson Davis.
One of the most popular attractions is the Summit Skyride which offers a bird’s eye view as you ride along past the carving and to the top of the mountain for breathtaking views of the Atlanta Skyline and Appalachian Mountains.
If you’re interested in learning a little history, hop aboard the giant 1940s locomotive with open air passenger cars for a secnic tour around the mountain.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can climb through the treetops at SkyHike which is a park of aerial obstacles with ropes, swinging bridges, and balance beams anywhere from 12 – 40 feet off the ground.
Stone Mountain is one of the most popular camping grounds in Georgia, but if you’re not so into camping, there’s plenty of amazing places to stay.
Where to stay in Stone Mountain:
Stone Mountain Retreat check rates at Airbnb.com
Enjoy Luxury and Charm at The Partridge Inn in Augusta, Georgia
Get the best of both worlds with 100 years of historic charm blended with modern comforts at the Partridge Inn in Augusta, Georgia. As part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, this Inn offers all the creature comforts of a major chain while still maintaining a boutique hotel experience.
The Partridge Inn should certainly be on your list for romantic weekend getaways in Georgia. The mix of luxury and cozy is the perfect spot for a couple to get away. You can enjoy the spacious balcony rooms to enjoy your morning coffee with a view, relax by the gorgeous pool, grab a drink at the rooftop bar, or enjoy a meal on the verandah.
One of the most popular features to this Inn is the famous Sunday brunch which happens every Sunday and features delicious brunch classics and southern staples.
If you’re a fan of golf, the Partridge Inn is well known for it’s connection to the Masters Golf Tournament and it’s the closest hotel to the Augusta National Golf Course. It’s also hosted many well known celebrities like Paul Azinger, Gary Player, Reba McIntyre, and James Brown.
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Learn the history of Marietta, Georgia
Get a taste of rich Georgia’s history in the quaint town of Marietta situated between the busy city of Atlanta and the mountains. This town offers a small-town vibe with a mix of the urban city experience.
You can explore the city and learn about the history in a Marietta Trolly tour which will take you from Antebellum Square, through grand antebellum homes, and to the battlefields at Kennesaw Mountain.
There’s also a variety of museums including the Marietta Museum of History, The Root House Museum, and the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square.
Make sure to take a food tour to enjoy anything from southern favorites to ethnic Columbian cuisine. If you’re traveling with children, you may also enjoy the Mountasia family fun center with go-carts, miniature golf, and 70 video games.
If you’re looking to do some unique shopping, you won’t want to miss Dupre’s Antique Market on Whitlock Ave. with a variety of unique finds for furniture, art, lighting, and collectables.
Where to stay in Marietta:
Historic Guesthouse & Gardens by the Marietta Square check rates at Airbnb.com
There’s so much to see and do, you might find yourself planning a few weekend getaways in Georgia! From quiet romantic spots in the mountains, to adventerous tours your vacation in Georgia is bound to be a memorable one. If you loved this list, make sure you check out our list of Interesting Weekend Getaways in the South.
If you have any questions or comments as you plan your weekend getaways in Georiga, feel free to let us know!