Because so many people are still apprehensive about getting on an airplane, we’ll also share MarketWatch’s picks for Georgia’s surrounding states — places you can drive to.
Alabama: Cathedral Caverns State Park
Just three hours from Atlanta, Cathedral Caverns State Park in Marshall County has resumed tours of its caverns. The best part? It’s about 60 degrees there all year round. Originally called the Bat Cave, the cavern’s 126-foot-wide and 25-foot-high entrance is large enough for Batman to get any of his vehicles in. The park itself is 493 acres with marked hiking trails if you prefer to walk above ground. And when you want to stay put for a while, try your hand at gemstone mining.
Florida: Lion Country Safari
The best part about Lion Country Safari, according to MarketWatch? “It’s drive-through, so you don’t have to come in contact with any other people. Stream the convenient audio tour in your car and wind through seven sections of the wildlife preserve where you’ll see animals like ostriches, water buffalo, zebras, lions, and even the endangered Southern White Rhinoceros.”
Lion Country Safari is on nearly 600 acres of natural area and home to more than 1,000 animals. It is open seven days a week, so you don’t have to wait until the weekend.
North Carolina: Blue Ridge Parkway
“Experience the best of what North Carolina has to offer without leaving your car on the 60-mile stretch of the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway,” MarketWatch wrote. “Begin just outside of Asheville at I-26 exit 33. Along the winding drive there are plenty of overlooks, hikes and waterfalls to enjoy. A few highlights: Mills River Valley Overlook at mile 13.4 for the best sunrise views, the seriously fun Sliding Rock at mile 27.1, and the roadside Looking Glass Falls at mile 29.2.”
South Carolina: Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve
“Head to the breathtaking Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve on Edisto Island in South Carolina to experience some of the state’s most beautiful and undeveloped beachfront,” MarketWatch wrote. “Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the 4,600-acre preserve and explore the whole bay without running into hoards of Myrtle Beach tourists. Erosion has led to a unique view of dead trees on the sand, and because shell collecting is prohibited, visitors can spot all kinds of shells that have washed ashore.”
Tennessee: Roan Mountain State Park
Close to the Tennessee-North Carolina border in the Appalachian Mountains, Roan Mountain State Park is one of the Tennessee’s best-kept secrets.
As MarketWatch wrote: “The cool, crystal clear Doe River winds through the center of the park’s 2,000 acres and is the home of several species of trout year-round, so bring your fishing gear. Get away from it all and stay at one of the park’s cabins or rough it a little more and camp under the stars.”