With mountain ranges, plateaus, rolling hills and bustling metropolises, Georgia’s varied topography also is home to nearly 550 diverse municipalities, each with its own personality. This town east of Atlanta grew into a creative hub thanks to the founding of the University of Georgia. Today, Athens is far more than a college town; it brims with quaint boutiques, locally owned restaurants, acclaimed breweries and renowned music venues. Athens is also home to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Georgia Museum of Art, Bear Hollow Zoo and Georgia Theatre. Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains are known throughout the world for their striking beauty, including 106,000 acres of Chattahoochee National Forest, wooded landscapes and snowcapped peaks shooting into a hazy blue sky. This province of the Appalachian Mountains is surrounded by Blue Ridge, Georgia, a small-town community with plenty of cultural activities to complement the area’s outdoor offerings. Georgia’s fourth-largest metropolis lies on the banks of the Chattahoochee River and shares a border with Alabama. The city’s centerpiece is the Chattahoochee RiverWalk, a 15-mile linear park along the river. The city’s downtown area, known to locals as Uptown, is vibrant and energetic, and offers a variety of restaurants and nightlife. This small area 80 miles southwest of Atlanta is a bit of a conundrum: it is home to an itty-bitty town with just over 1,300 residents as well as the sprawling Callaway Gardens, massive Wild Animal Safari and a handful of other attractions. The winding trip from Atlanta to Serenbe will make you feel like you’re entering another world. Only a 40-minute drive from the city, this 900-acre conservation- and wellnessfocused community replaces Atlanta’s towering buildings with wooded trails, organic farmland and star-studded skies.