80 MIN­UTES IN: Stone Moun­tain Park

Where Atlanta - - EDITOR’S ITINERARY -

Known of­fi­cially as a gran­ite mon­ad­nock, or an iso­lated rock hill, Stone Moun­tain is al­most two hours away from the North Ge­or­gia moun­tains, which makes its ap­pear­ance on the hori­zon some­what un­usual. The gran­ite dome and sur­round­ing nat­u­ral area are com­ple­mented by a fam­ily-friendly theme park, Stone Moun­tain Park, where you can take a Ride the Ducks tour and climb an in­tri­cate ropes course, among many other ac­tiv­i­ties. On short time, we rec­om­mend hik­ing the one-mile trail to the peak. Skip the hike by rid­ing the Sum­mit Skyride, a high-speed ca­ble car, to the top. Once you reach the sum­mit, you'll be taken aback by breath­tak­ing views of At­lanta's glim­mer­ing sky­line. In clear weather, you may even see the Appalachian Moun­tains to the north. www.stonemoun­tain­park.com

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