10 Places Outside The Atlanta Perimeter You Must Visit This Summer

10 Places Outside The Atlanta Perimeter You Must Visit This Summer

Just because you're at home doesn't mean you have to be bored.

Summer is finally here!!! With summer comes pool days, late nights with friends, and, yes, that inevitable boredom that makes you (almost, but not quite) wish for school to come back. Not all of us are globetrotting this summer, so if you are bored at home and are looking for something to do that doesn't involve sitting in Atlanta traffic for three hours, don't stress. There are plenty of things to do outside of the perimeter that are still well within driving distance.

1. Tubing in Helen

First of all, Helen itself is a super cute town built to model a Bavarian village, and it offer the best tubing experience in Georgia. You can tube down the river right through the main street of town and look up at people eating lunch! It may get a bit crowded so call ahead before driving up there.

2. Find an Arts Festival

Here is a great list of arts and crafts shows all over the state, and I highly recommend finding one and going. Nowhere else will you find such a unique blend of food, art and (usually) live music to just walk around in, observe and purchase. And talk to the people - they're super cool.

3. Historic Banning Mills

Guinness World Record for longest zipline and biggest freestanding rock climbing wall? Why not! If you're bringing the family, there is a lodge and everything, but this makes just a fun day trip as well.

4. Six Flags Over Georgia/Whitewater

Has there ever been a bad day at an amusement park? Both Six Flags and Whitewater are running ticket and season pass specials all summer, so grab your friends and hop in the car. Just don't forget your water bottles.

5. Chattanooga Riverwalk

Chattanooga is about a two hour drive up I-75 from Atlanta, so it really isn't too far, but the city offers plenty of cute things to do along the riverside, from eating to shopping to just enjoying the view. Drive over the Walnut Street Bridge on your way as well for beautiful views.

6. Berry Picking

Instead of waiting until the apple harvest is ready in October, get your fruit fix now! Strawberry season lasts through June and blueberry season starts in July, and there are many farms available for you to PICK from (get it? haha?).

7. Braves Game

Well, you can officially see the Atlanta Braves as an "outside the perimeter" experience! The new stadium is AMAZING, and tickets are coveted. If the drive over there or any part of it seems too much, don't forget the Gwinnett Braves in Lawrenceville, whose stadium is much smaller and allows for a more personal connection with the players and the game (and fireworks after!).

8. Arabia Mountain

Take the hike to the top to see what honestly looks like the surface of the moon. This heritage area is relatively new, but the area is teeming with cool paths, animals and plant life. Swing around I-285 and stop off at this beautiful escape from city life.

9. Swan Drive-in Movie Theatre

The drive up to Blue Ridge alone could make the list because it is an adventure in and of itself (but a scenic one), but bring some popcorn and blankets and pull up to watch a movie old style!

10. Tanglewood Farms

Who doesn't love baby animals?? Um, nobody. If you want a fun outdoor adventure that, yes, makes you feel like a little kid again but also lets you cuddle puppies, kittens, and baby rabbits, head over to Tanglewood Farms in Canton.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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6 Reasons Traveling Is Good For Your Mind, Body, And Soul

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.


Have you ever traveled to a new destination and felt your mood instantly improve? Are you like me and feel happiest when you're on vacation? This is because traveling is a way for you to renew your soul and step out of your comfort zone. It keeps you happy and allows you to experience new things.

Visiting new destinations can open your mind to experiences you didn't even know were possible. You can meet new people, fall in love, try new foods, and see remarkable sites all while traveling. There are no limits to the places you can visit, and the things you can see. Currently, I am on a mini weekend trip to Arizona, and being here has opened my eyes and made me realize how impactful traveling really is on your mind, body, and soul. Traveling should be something you do as often as possible and whenever you get the chance. Here's why:

1. Traveling makes your heart happy 

Traveling is something that most people enjoy. It keeps the heart young and childlike. Traveling brings people joy because they get to experience new things that they love with the people they love.

2. It teaches you to embrace every moment 

Traveling can be unpredictable, especially because you are experiencing new things. Although it can be challenging, we learn best from these unpredictable moments. When we travel we learn to embrace every situation that is thrown at us.

3. Traveling relieves stress and improves mental health 

Traveling reduces stress and allows you to relax. More often than not, you take off work when you go on vacation and you focus on renewing your self. You get away from all the crazy things going on in your life, and you can just relax and focus on your own happiness.

4. It broadens your horizons 

Traveling lets you branch out and experience different cultures. You can try new foods, new activities, and meet all different types of people. You learn diversity, and you learn respect for other people and their culture's. Traveling helps you learn other perspectives around the world and lets your mind think in ways it never has before.

5. It keeps you healthy 

Traveling actually plays a big part in your physical health as well. During vacations, you often walk a lot to destinations and participate in calorie burning activities like hiking and swimming. Activities like these are often why you still are able to get your workout in while on vacation.

6. Traveling reminds you what is important 

Most importantly, traveling reminds you of the important things in life. We live day by day forgetting that every moment is remarkable. Sometimes, we get stuck in the same old boring routine and take for granted the life we have been given. Traveling reminds us that memories are valuable and that our lives should be cherished.

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