For many people, Labor Day marks one of the last opportunities for a quick getaway from Atlanta. Some folks may even take a couple of days offer to stretch their vacation time. There are many things to see and do that are a three to four-hour drive away from Atlanta. And there are other exciting destinations that are even closer to home.
With so many vacation options, we here at Rick Case Hyundai Duluth, your local Atlanta Hyundai dealer, share 12 of our favorite Atlanta Labor Day getaway ideas.
Lake Lanier Islands, Georgia
Right in our backyard just a short 45 minutes from Atlanta, the Lanier Islands at Lake Lanier, Georgia’s Great Lake, offer an incredible array of fun things to see and do. You’ll find a variety of accommodations, restaurants, and more. The “splashtacular” Lanierworld Family Fun Park offers exciting water-themed rides and sandy beaches, restaurants, and more.
Tranquil and historic Savannah offers an array of cultural, historic, and fun activities for the entire family. Verdant tree-lined canopies cover wide cobblestone boulevards filled with history and excitement at every turn. The Savannah Music Festival is just one of the many well-known events occurring each year. And Savannah has justly earned its recognition as one of the “Top 10 Most Beautiful Places in America” by USA Weekend Magazine. River Street offers an array of shopping, dining, and welcoming hospitality.
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
This 12-mile by five-mile wide island off the South Carolina coast has long been a favored playground of the rich and famous. From kayaking, tennis, and bicycling to championship golf, Hilton Head has plenty to offer. In addition to being named one of the “top 10 beaches in the U.S.,” Hilton Head is awash with history, culture, and lots of dining and entertainment options.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
This immensely popular Spring Break destination draws thousands of college students to its more than 60 miles of broad sandy beaches. This coastal playground also offers an endless variety of fun, with several amusement parks, including the East Coast’s tallest observation wheel: The 200-foot SkyWheel. You can also enjoy offshore casino cruises, charter fishing tours, shopping, live entertainment, historic exhibits, and golf.
Music City USA is teeming with some of the best live entertainment in the country. Attractions like the legendary Grand Ole Opry, which launched the careers of so many Country and Pop artists, are a must. Nashville creates a thrilling and music-filled playlist of exciting happenings that will stir your soul and get your feet tapping. There’s an abundance of free live music and numerous music events and music festivals occurring throughout the year. The historic Ryman Auditorium is yet another of the world’s most famous concert venues this remarkable and rhythmic city has to offer.
Charlotte, North Carolina
The cosmopolitan and modern “Queen City” is always buzzing with exciting things to see and do. Racing fans are drawn to such attractions as the official NASCAR Hall of Fame and roaring Charlotte Motor Speedway. But that’s just the beginning. Charlotte is also home to the U.S National Whitewater Center, the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, Carowinds Amusement Park, the SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium, numerous golf courses, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, and the Billy Graham Library. The city also offers an array of exceptional fine dining choices, nightlife, shopping, and first-class hotel accommodations.
Once called the “Paris of the South,” this 300-year old city on Alabama’s sunny Gulf Coast offers a lively mix of arts, entertainment, and outdoor adventure. The city features one of the most extensive river delta systems in the country and dozens of events and festivals, including BayFest, one of the largest and longest-running music festivals in the country. As the home of the country’s first Mardi Gras celebration, this historic yet modern coastal destination knows how to party.
Dripping with sunshine, Jacksonville welcomes visitors with 840 miles of beaches and tons of fun in the sun. Kayaking, surfing, paddleboarding, SCUBA diving, snorkeling, and fishing are just some of the many waterborne activities in and around Jacksonville. As the home of the PGA, Jacksonville features more than 70 championship golf courses. It also boasts a lively cultural and nightlife scene with a variety of art galleries, restaurants, nightclubs, shopping, and entertainment venues; including the Times-Union Center for Performing Arts and the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
St. Augustine, Florida
Step back in time and experience the history and culture of the Nation’s Oldest City. Founded in 1565 by explorer Pedro Menendez, St. Augustine offers a treasure-trove of cultural and historical sights and activities. St. Augustine is home to “Castillo de San Marcos,” the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. But St. Augustine is also modern and inviting with white sandy beaches, restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and outdoor activities in abundance. And you’re just in time to celebrate St. Augustine’s 450th birthday happening this year.
For the ultimate Atlanta road trip destination, nothing beats spectacular Orlando. Home to Disneyworld, EPCOT, Universal Studios Florida, and SeaWorld/Busch Gardens, Orlando has an endless assortment of non-stop excitement. The area boasts dozens of first-class hotels, hundreds of restaurants, and a dizzying array of nightlife, shopping, golf, sports activities, and outdoor recreation. The new Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts also offers a complete playbill of Broadway shows and musical events.
Also known as “The Rocket City,” Huntsville is home to the Davidson Center for Space Exploration and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, which is the world’s largest space-themed attraction. While Huntsville is a hub for technology and research, the city is also steeped in history. There is a variety of museums, as well as historic areas dating back to the antebellum South.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Post-Katrina New Orleans is back and ready to party. From the French Quarter, Mardi Gras, and Bourbon Street to its many five-star dining establishments and legendary music venues, The Big Easy is more vibrant and exciting than ever. Whether it’s jazz or jambalaya, New Orleans not only is one of America’s most popular vacation destinations, it’s also one of America’s greatest cities.
Your Highway To Fall Savings Starts At Rick Case Hyundai Duluth
Whether it’s Labor Day or any day, a new 2015 Hyundai from Rick Case Hyundai Duluth is sure to get you to your destination in style, luxury, and comfort. Major consumer organizations like J.D. Powers rank Hyundai tops for quality and craftsmanship. From the spacious 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV and the versatile 2015 Hyundai Tucson SUV, to the refined and well-equipped 2015 Hyundai Sonata, you’re sure to find the perfect Hyundai for that perfect road trip at a price you’ll love.
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Happy Labor Day Weekend!