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Taking a solo trip this summer? 5 options near metro Atlanta

The Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking footpath in the world, according to the trail's website. It stretches from Georgia to Maine.

If you’ve never traveled by yourself, this summer could be the perfect time. As the coronavirus outbreak continues and Georgians navigate social distancing, taking a solo trip might offer the perfect option to go on an adventure while maintaining a safe distance.

And if you’re leaving from metro Atlanta, you’re in luck. There are plenty of ideal options — from the mountains to the beach —for solo destinations within driving distance. Here are five to consider.

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A trek to the beach

Maybe you're looking for new scenery while working remotely or just a weekend getaway. Either way, there are plenty of worthy options, and one is bound to suit your tastes. See five of the best beaches near Atlanta here.

While beaches have had varying degrees of success when it comes to maintaining social distancing, if you’re a party of one, you shouldn’t have a problem finding a stretch of sand all your own.

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A cabin the mountains

North Georgia has been a popular destination for people looking to get out of town this summer. According to Airbnb, the Blue Ridge Mountains are among the top trending destinations for travel for the Fourth of July weekend.

However, if you’re looking for a solo travel option any time of the year, a cabin in the mountains may offer just the thing. Staying in a cabin can offer a way to go off the grid without losing the luxuries you’re accustomed to.

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According to Airbnb, their customers are searching for places that are pet-friendly and have amenities like a pool, air conditioning and WiFi.

Go off the grid

Camping, road trips and getting outdoors are being heralded as the answer to a summer during which people are feeling hesitant about air travel.

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Georgia's state parks offer plenty of options for scenic camping options. Find a full guide to the state parks here.

If traveling alone, this offers the chance to get outside and connect with nature. But before you hit the road, here are some tips on staying safe while camping amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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An Athens day trip

Athens has been named one of the country's most underrated and overlooked travel destinations by experts. Whether you're a University of Georgia graduate looking to relive your college years or just looking for a small city to visit, Athens is an easy day trip from metro Atlanta.

And while Athens is, of course, known for its game day festivities, there is plenty to do if you're visiting solo. Find out more here.

Take a drive

Georgia is home to a lot of scenic byways. If you want to get out of the city for a bit, there are plenty of options. See seven of the state's most scenic drives here.

And while you're out on the open road, you may want to route your trip to include a stop at some of the state's roadside attractions: from folk art to a giant peanut, there are some quirky things to see in Georgia.