BLUE RIDGE— Enjoy beauty, nature and outdoor fun in Georgia’s Blue Ridge, only 90 miles north of Atlanta via I-575 and Highway 515. With 106,000 acres located in the Chattahoochee National Forest, Blue Ridge offers hiking, fishing, biking and other outdoor pursuits, plus shopping, antiquing and more. Visitors can rent a cozy cabin or a luxury mountain home, or stay in a bed and breakfast inn or hotel. www.blueridgemountains.com. Fannin County Chamber of Commerce and Welcome Center, 152 Orvin Lance Dr., Blue Ridge, 800.899.6867. BOOTH WESTERN ART MUSEUM— Western American art as well as presidential, Civil War and movie poster collections. Plus, a children’s gallery, a gift shop, theaters, a cafe and a research gallery. Closed M. Adults $10, seniors $8, students $7, military and children under 13 free. www. boothmuseum.org. 501 Museum Dr., Cartersville, 770.387.1300. Map2/B2 COLUMBUS— Georgia’s third-largest city lies on the banks of the Chattahoochee River; the centerpiece of the town is the 15-mile Chattahoocheee RiverWalk. Attractions include the Springer Opera House, Port Columbus Civil War Naval Center, the National Infantry Museum, The Columbus Museum and Callaway Gardens Resort. www.visitcolumbusga.com. Columbus CVB, 900 Front Ave., Columbus, 800.999.1613. LAKE OCONEE— Lake Oconee boasts a rich NativeAmerican history, plus many historical buildings, museums, and more. Explore the beautiful lake country and drink in the culture and history that makes Lake Oconee so unique. Peruse the shops that let you bring some of Georgia’s lake country home. www.visitlakeoconee.com. Greene County Tourism Office, 1034 Silver Drive, Ste. 201, Greensboro, 706 453-0380. MADISON— Stroll along clean streets framed by myriad flower beds and picturesque homes. A one-hour drive from Atlanta, Madison’s attractions include the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, Steffen Thomas Museum of Fine Art, Rogers House and Heritage Hall. www.visitmadisonga.com. Welcome Center, 115 E. Jefferson St., 706.342.4454. MCDONOUGH— Established in 1823, this picturesque town is the country seat of Henry county. It was named a “National Main Street City” and “City
of Character.” Don’t miss Nash Farm Battlefield, several parks and the annual Geranium Festival on May 21. www.mcdonoughga.org. McDonough Welcome Center, 5 Griffin St., 770.898.9311. SERENBE— Only a 40-minute drive from Atlanta, this charming conservation- and wellness-focused community offers a historic farm-turned-inn, boutique shops, fine dining, horseback riding, hiking trails and an immersive theater group. www. serenbe.com. 9110 Selborne Ln., Chattahoochee Hills, 770.463.2609.