Summer in Georgia is the perfect time to roll your windows, sit back, and enjoy a scenic drive. Marietta and Metro Atlanta may be known for the cityscape and heavy interstate traffic, but there are plenty of beautiful scenic routes that you can take advantage of this summer. Here are a few drives that are less than two hours from Atlanta, making for the perfect day trip.
Appalachian Foothills Parkway
If you have never ventured past the point where I-575 ends and I-515 begins, you are missing out. This route leads you to such natural treasures as the Blue Ridge Mountains and Amicalola Falls as well as a few local vineyards. This drive is beautiful not only during the spring and summer but in the fall as well.
Gone with the Wind Driving Tour
This may not be a drive that focuses on Georgia’s natural beauty, but if you are a movie buff or just a fan of antebellum architecture, there are plenty of resources online to make your own Gone with the Wind inspired driving tour. From the house where Margaret Mitchell wrote the iconic novel to the Gone with the Wind Museum here in Marietta to antebellum homes in the area that inspired the looks of Tara and Twelve Oaks, everything is right here in the Metro Atlanta area. All it takes is a little research to create the perfect site seeing tour.
If you love driving through small downs and seeing historic architecture, this is the drive for you. While the historic roads in Monticello are definitely the highlight, you will pass through rolling hills and more than one charming small town. And it isn’t that far off the beaten path.
Ridge Valley Scenic Byway
This drive out of Armuchee, just outside of Rome, is filled with hiking and fishing spots including ones that are accessible by adventurers of all ages. Along the way, you will see mountains, farmland, and even lower-elevation forests. This is one that is not to be missed.
Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway
This scenic trip will take you through the gorgeous Chatahoochee-Oconee National Forest. Ending in Helen, it takes you by Brasstown Bald and past multiple waterfalls and canyons.
Living in Marietta, we are surrounded by accessible beautiful scenic drives. Before you set out on your road trip, come by True Automotive for a vehicle inspection and service appointment to get your car road-ready.