I-65 S/7 hrs 15 mins / 469.11 miles/Est. Fuel Cost $81.03
Take the Megabus all the way to New Orleans (NOLA). Leave from the Atlanta Civic Center via Marta (rapid transit) and you will be in NOLA in 8hours for $22. Once you get to New Orleans you will not need a rental car or transportation. I cannot stress enough to take a coat or sleeping bag so that you will be warm and comfy on the bus and able to sleep all night and wake up refreshed in New Orleans. Stay at the Hotel Monteleon for $232 a night for a real New Orleans experience or go for a budget hotel like The French Market Inn (French Quarter) for $106 per night.
Places to visit in New Orleans
- Café Du Monde-Coffee & Beignets
- Central Grocery for Muffalata
- The George Rodriguez (Blue Dog) Gallery-Art
- The Zoo-They have an albino alligator
- Jackson Square
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
6 hrs 44 mins / 386.60 miles/Approximate fuel cost at 21 mpg $70.50
My in-laws go for the dinner shows. Apparently Myrtle Beach is becoming like Branson and they swear that Myrtle Beach offers something for everyone. I would go for the great sea food. Many locals recommend Inlet Crabhouse and Raw Bar in Murrells Inlet a small town just 10miles south of Myrtle Beach. The ferris wheels light up the night skyline along the powder white sand beach. It is a fun place for the kids and adults alike.
Welcome to Alpine Helen—A fun trip from Atlanta
1 hour 49 mins / 87.29 miles/Approximate fuel cost $16.01
Step back into Bavaria, Germany and back in time by visiting this cute little German Themed village. The little shops and houses have the gingerbread trim and the streets and alleys are cobblestone. Stay in a cabin with a hot tub and sounds of the Chattahoochee River trickling by. Go hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia and rid yourself of the daily stressors of the big city. Some of the annual events that take place in Alpine Helen are:
A hot air balloon race, Volksmarch, Winefest, Oktoberfest and Christmas parades, Fourth of July fireworks, and Bavarian Nights of Summer. From mid-September through October, Helen hosts the longest Oktoberfest in the South. Alpenfest offers entertainment during the Holiday season from Thanksgiving through December.
Via I-16 E/3 hrs 56 mins / 248.38 miles/Est Fuel Cost $42.19
Drive the short 4hours from Atlanta south on I-75 to Macon and then on I-16 East which goes right into downtown Savannah.
Places to visit in Savannah
- Lady and Son’s Restaurant
- Bonaventure Cemetary
- The Historic Distric
Ashville, North Carolina
3 hrs 47 mins / 198.19 miles/Approximate fuel cost $36.59
Biltmore Estates in Ashville North Carolina is thre and a half to four hours outside of metro Atlanta. But it is worlds away. Ashville is full of galleries, artist, great restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. It is quaint, small and cozy. Those who haven’t visited Asheville owe it to themselves to spend a day at the Biltmore as a summer home to the elusive Vanderbilt Family. Asheville offers stunning mountain peaks, great weather, hiking and much to do for a quick Atlanta get away. For $35.00 you can get a tour and audio guide to Biltmore Estates and Winery. You can stay overnight at the Inn at Biltmore Estates, The Grove Park Inn, The Hayward or how about a historic bed and breakfast?
Get out there and explore the great state of Georgia and its neighbors. The south has much to offer so take the whole family out for some fun.