Family packages at Legacy Lodge include access to LanierWorld beach and water park at Lanier Islands. (Lanier Islands)

One-tank trips: Labor Day destinations

If recent years are any indication, there will be more than 35 million people on the road this Labor Day.

Fortunately, you don't have to travel far from metro Atlanta to find fun. 

RELATED: Labor Day things to do in Atlanta

Whether you're in the mood for sand and sun, a hike in the mountains or cultural attractions, there are options for everyone. 

And with falling gas prices, these nearby destinations are even more attractive:

• Lanier Islands: Tried, true and fresh off a $60 million face lift, the 1,500-acre resort offers a beach, water park, live entertainment and numerous dining options. [Read more]

• Golden Isles of Georgia: St. Simons Island or Jekyll Island? Throw mainland Brunswick into the mix and you’ll have more than enough go-and-do options for a fully loaded vacation. [Read more]

• 5 best lakes in GeorgiaFrom the anything-goes atmosphere of Folly Beach in Charleston, to the rugged elegance of Georgia's stately Golden Isles, these spots offer sunsets without months spent vacuuming sand out of everything you own. [Read more]

· 7 best lakes in Georgia: Lake beaches abound near Atlanta —from tiny secluded spots on Lake Lanier to the outsized spread that's part of Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain. [Read more]

• 10 often-overlooked beaches: From the pristine sands of Ossabaw Island in Georgia to the historic draw of Wilmington, North Carolina, discover new locations that shouldn't be overlooked. [Read more]

 5 beginner-friendly waterfall trails in North Georgia: Explore these easy hikes where streams, creeks and rivers wind through the mountainous landscape to create breathtaking waterfalls. [Read more]

• 7 must-see roadside waterfalls in Georgia: Longing for the tranquility of a waterfall, but can't commit to a long hike? Check out these seven must-see falls on relatively short hikes, all well under a mile. [Read more]

• 7 Georgia roadside attractions worth the drive: If you’re keen on oddities, rarities and one-of-a-kinds then you’ll want to pen an itinerary with these Georgia treasures. [Read more]

 11 free Georgia nature centers you need to visit: Exploring is made all the better when admission is free! These peaceful respites are beckoning. [Read more]

• Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge: Canoe or kayak vast wetlands among alligators, cranes and more than 400 other animal species. [Read more]

• Family getaways: These favorite family fun spots cover terrain from the mountains to the shore, each guaranteed to bring lasting memories. [Read more]

• Hostel in the Forest: Just west of Brunswick, Georgia, guests can sleep in treehouses and dine on meals prepared with organic vegetables grown on site at this eco-retreat. [Read more]

Montgomery, Alabama: The city doesn't try to hide its past. Memorials, tourist sites and a narrated trolley ride tell the stories. [Read more]

Dawson, Georgia: From nature to shopping to art to the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast, Dawson offers a wide range of excitement. [Read more]

• Winchester, Kentucky: Nestled between the rolling green Kentucky Bluegrass Region and the rugged Appalachians, the city entices visitors with rich history, natural beauty and easy access to Lexington. [Read more]

Staying in town for Labor Day? Why not chip away at that end of the summer bucket list?

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