5. Blue Ridge, Georgia
Blue Ridge, Georgia, projects a tranquil aura that makes it a popular spot to unplug and unwind from the bustle of everyday life. It’s the perfect getaway, whether you want to bask in the glory of nature or enjoy easygoing pastimes, like a vista-viewing railway on the popular Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Located about halfway between Atlanta and Knoxville (roughly a two-hour drive from each), the town was described in a 1939 magazine ad as “The Switzerland of the South” for its gorgeous scenery, nice climate, and holiday atmosphere. Blue Ridge has everything from top-notch restaurants and eclectic shops to hiking trails and exciting annual events.
Accommodations run the gamut from multi-bedroom cabins to traditional hotels. Hiking, boating, jeeping, rafting, and trout-fishing await outdoor enthusiasts. Festivals also fill the community calendar, including the biannual Arts in the Park, Blue Ridge Mountains Wine and Jazz Festival in late spring, Fourth of July extravaganza, and the Blue Ridge Blues & Barbecue Festival in September. Immerse yourself in the energetic arts scene by visiting various markets on East and West Main streets.
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