If you ask the locals, one of the best things about living in Smyrna, Georgia, is that there are so many other great places to visit nearby. In fact, you are never more than a couple of hours away from some of the coolest attractions that Georgia has to offer. This makes it really easy to find a hotel near Smyrna to use as your home base, and take day trips to any of these great little jaunts.
Dahlonega is a good spot for those looking to escape the fast pace of the city and wander back into the past for a little while. Tucked into the Blue Ridge Mountains, Dahlonega is near the center of Georgia’s wine country and is home to five vineyards and about a dozen spots for wine tasting. But if wine isn’t your thing, you might want to visit Dahlonega for its ties to the past. Settled during the Georgia Gold Rush of the 1820s, the little town is on the National Register of Historic Places, and even offers an opportunity for visitors to pan for gold just like the original settlers did!
When the Chattahoochee River was dammed in 1956, Lake Lanier was the result. The man-made reservoir is a favored spot for boating, swimming, and other water sports, and prides itself on being a great place to spend a lazy afternoon or a more adventurous weekend. Since it’s only about an hour outside of the city, you can easily pass a day here, and still make it back to your hotel at night.
Providence Canyon is a big, happy accident, and an incredible sight to see. The picturesque views and lush landscapes are owed to bad farming techniques that were used in the 1800s, but even so, Providence Canyon might be one of the most beautiful things you see while visiting Georgia. At just over two hours outside of the city, you should definitely make the trip to see why visitors compare Providence Canyon to the Grand Canyon.
Just under two hours outside the city, Toccoa Falls has often been called the most beautiful waterfall in Georgia. Located on the serene campus of Toccoa Falls College, the falls are an inviting and beautiful way to spend an afternoon. The main waterfall towers at 186 feet, making it one of the tallest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River, and definitely a sight to see.
While all of the other spots on this list take you to the great outdoors, Athens is simply a town that you should definitely visit if you have the chance. Home of the University of Georgia, Athens boasts a cool college-town vibe, complete with great restaurants and an awesome indie music scene. If you’re only going to visit one other town during your stay in Smyrna, Athens is the place to go, not only for the thriving cultural center but also for all of the history that the city offers.
With all of these options for day trips, you can’t go wrong. So, if you’re visiting the Atlanta area, make sure to get out and see one or more of these nearby towns or attractions.