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If you are planning a road trip through Georgia, you’re in for a beautiful journey through thick forests and charming Southern towns. The Peach State is the perfect place to book a car rental and check out travel destinations in a comfortable ride like an SUV or minivan. When you rent a car, Georgia offers open roads and beautiful scenery. Enjoy exploring the Appalachian foothills or trying the best peaches in the world along the way. And if you want to cut the guesswork out of planning a road trip, check out our road trip itinerary to give you a taste of all the best places to visit in Georgia.

#1. Rock City Gardens


1400 Patten Rd, Lookout Mountain, GA 30750

From the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport head northwest (~2.5 hours)  to see Rock City Gardens, one of the top travel destinations near Chattanooga, Tennessee, on the Tennessee-Georgia border. The giant (we mean truly GIANT) rock formations of this outdoor destination will fill you with wonder. Set atop Lookout Mountain, Rock City Gardens is perfect for families with young children, who will be delighted by Fairyland Caverns and the Mother Goose Village. With holiday lights, a great cafe, and ever-changing scenery, any season is a good time to visit Rock City Gardens.

#2. Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest


Suches, GA 30572

If you want to see more of the best outdoor experiences Georgia has to offer, head onward to Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. The name may be a mouthful, but you’ll love getting a glimpse of almost 867,000 acres of forests and foothills. Along the way, you’ll find picturesque streams and rivers, with opportunities to hike, camp, and learn about the history of the area. Mountain bikers will love hitting the trails in the spring and summer. Fall is another spectacular time to visit the Chattahoochee National Forest, as the leaves turn magnificent shades of orange, red, and gold. 

#3. Tallulah Gorge State Park


338 Jane Hurt Yarn Rd, Tallulah Falls, GA 30573

You’ll be making your way back east when you make your next stop at Tallulah Gorge State Park. This popular destination attracts thousands of people every year to see the two-mile-long gorge and the beautiful Tallulah Falls. Outdoorsmen of all kinds can find something to do at this state park, including archery, fishing, swimming, and even geocaching. Rock climbers will want to secure a permit ahead of time. While you’re in the area, check out the alpine village of Helen, Traveler’s Rest State Historic Site, or Lake Russell.

#4. Six Flags Over Georgia


275 Riverside Parkway Southwest, Austell, GA 30168

After seeing the natural side of Georgia, it’s time to experience some man-made thrills at Six Flags Over Georgia. This famous amusement park has fun for all ages, marking it as one of the best places to visit. Adrenaline junkies will love the Twisted Cyclone, a unique wood and steel hybrid roller coaster. Young kids will be delighted by Marthasville Railroad Station train and Looney Tunes Adventure Camp. Break up the rides with some time at the water park inside of Six Flags, or give your feet a rest and watch live entertainment at the Bad Bob Humbug comedy show.

#5. Providence Canyon State Park


8930 Canyon Rd, Lumpkin, GA 31815

Finish up your road trip at Providence Canyon State Park. Known as Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon,” this park is full of curious geological formations. The unique terrain came about after the erosion of the Coastal Plain. Take time to check out the gorgeous views on the rim trail, or hike miles of other sandy nature trails. Backpackers can take the backcountry trail on a multi-day trip through the canyons and forest. If you’re searching for lodging nearby, stay in a cottage at the nearby Florence Marina State Park.