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Get out of town—and slow down—at these choice Georgia destinations within an easy drive

Let's face it, we all occasionally need a break from Atlanta.

For all its splendors and limitless options, the ATL’s traffic, urban noise, and heat-island affect invariably take their toll. But as Georgians in need of quick escapes to slower and simpler environments, we’re all in luck, as the Peach State offers a diverse and accessible slate of day-trip (or long-weekend) options within a tight radius of the big city.

With warmer temps here to stay, it’s a good time to consider small-town sojourns to study up on history (Madison), sip vino in cool mountain breezes (Dahlonega and Blue Ridge), or discover nearby villages with much to offer (Porterdale). Here’s a list of 10 noteworthy small towns to get your adventures started, but feel free to drop recommendations for any little treasures we may have missed.


5 Milledgeville

Milledgeville is a town of many monikers, including “the First Lady of Georgia,” Georgia’s antebellum capital (factually true), and simply “Milly.” The home of Flannery O’Connor is also steeped in history and MIlledgeville is considered to be the only surviving example of a complete Federal-period city. Take a trolley tour and behold magnificently preserved Victorians.

Old Capitol Building



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