1 - 9 Best Weekend Trips from Atlanta Georgia

9 Best Weekend Trips from Atlanta Georgia

When you are born in one city and have stayed there all your life, it is safe to assume that you took that city for granted. It is very rare that we explore our hometown because we always think that we’ll get to it later. It is only natural to think so. 

 

To give you some motivation to explore more, we have put together a list of the best weekend trips you can go to in Atlanta. Just a short drive and you will enjoy a weekend of lush greenery, beaches, and historic towns. 

 

Here is the list with 9 best weekend getaways you can take from Atlanta, Georgia:

1. Chattanooga, Tennessee

Distance: 1 hour 46 min/ 118 miles

Ruby Falls, Rock City Garden, and the Tennessee Aquarium are the places you must visit in this charming area. You can find good rooms in the Hampton Inn & Suites Chattanooga Downtown or the Mayor’s Mansion Inn. There are lots of fun outdoor activities that are bound to keep you engaged all through the weekend.

 

2. Augusta, Georgia

Distance: 2 hours 10 min / 145 miles

Augusta Canal, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, and the Augusta Museum of History are the tourist spots. The best food is available at the Frog Hollow Tavern, the Abel Brown, or the Boll Weevil. Augusta is the second oldest city in Georgia and attracts golfers from all over the world. You can find accommodation at The Hyatt, Ecco Suites, or the Hampton Inn & Suites. The city has an art and theatre scene for you to explore as well.

 

3. Blue Ridge Parkway

Distance: 2 hours 55 min / 164 miles

You can view exquisite fall foliage and there are tons of stops along the 469-mile road. Haywood Smokehouse, Buttered Biscuit, and The Sweet Onion are some restaurants that you must visit. It is an amazing spot for anyone who loves the outdoors. There are beautiful hikes, fishing, and camping spots too. You can stay at the Red Leaf River Inn or at the Brookside Mountain Mist Inn.

 

4. Destin, Florida

Distance: 5 hours 10 min / 315 miles

It has the Henderson Beach State Park, the Destin Harbour Broadwalk, Gulfarium, and the Marine Adventure Park. The Courtyard by Mariott Sandestin or the Henderson Beach Resort would be an ideal location to stay and you can find the best food at the McGuire’s Irish Pub, the Louisiana Lagniappe, and the Beach Walk Café. Destin has clean, white sand beaches and is the best spot to go to if you want to party all weekend. 

 

5. Great Smoky Mountains NP/Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Distance: 4 hours / 196 miles 

The Great Smoky Mountains NP is the obvious sight to visit along with the Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park and Sky Life. You can find delicious breakfast and brunch at the Crockett’s Breakfast Camp, the Cherokee Grill, and the Pancake Pantry. You can find good hospitality at the Old Creek Lodge, the Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel, and the Gatlinburg Inn. The Great Smoky Mountains are the most visited in the US and is most crowded during the fall. Gatlinburg is also a great place to set up a home as well.

 

6. Jekyll Island, St Simons, Little St Simons, Sea Island (Golden Isles)

Distance: 4 hours 40 min / 322 miles 

The Georgia Sea Turtle Centre, Driftwood Beach, the For Frederica National Monument are the must-visit tourist spots. You can find delicious meals at the Driftwood Bistro, Palmer’s Village Café, and the Half Shell. Georgia coast has four beautiful islands: St. Simons Island, Little St. Simons Island, Sea Island, and Jekyll Island. Some islands are big enough for families while some can hold only 30 people. You can stay at the Cloister ay Sea Island or at the Jekyll Island Club Resort.

 

7. Greenville, South Carolina

Distance: 2 hours 15 min / 145 miles

Greenville is a quaint place with beautiful waterfalls and trails. You should visit the Bacon Brothers, The Trappe Door, or the Jianna for some good food and beverages. The Swamp Rabbit Trail, Greenville Zoo, and the Liberty Bridge are some of the famous tourist spots in the city. You can stay at the Pettigru Place Bed & Breakfast or the Aloft Greenville Downtown. Greenville has something to offer in every season, from shops to galleries, this place has attractions for the entire family.

 

8. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Distance: 5 hours 30 min/ 362 miles

Myrtle Beach has sixty miles of beautiful beaches. You can bask in the sun and visit the Broadway, the SkyWheel and the Myrtle Beach State Park. The Fire and Smoke Gastropub and Mr. Fish are two restaurants you must visit. You can stay at the Sheraton Broadway Plantation or the Anderson Ocean Club and Spa and enjoy tons of live shows and go crazy shopping.

 

9. Savannah, Georgia

Distance: 3 hours 30 minutes / 248 miles

You can explore this town on a kayak or go on a guided bus tour. The Oatland Island Wildlife Centre and the Fort Pulaski National Monument showcase the southern charm. You should visit the Olde Pink House or the Treylor Park for good food and stay at the Andaz Savannah or the Marshall House for a comfortable weekend. 

 

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Travel Gooru Blogs - Top 10 Islands in Europe

Top 10 Islands in Europe

When someone talks about Europe, you might think of it as the smallest continents in the world, but when it comes to the historical and cultural legacy, it definitely is one of the greatest. Thus, it would be prudent to mention that traveling through Europe during the summer is an adventure that offers a mix of amazing activities, like hanging out at the beach, swimming, partying late nights, and also exploring numerous historical sites and understanding about the local culture. 

If you feel like going on a vacation to Europe right away, make sure to add these island destinations in your places to visit list because you absolutely wouldn’t want to miss out on them when in Europe. 

 

Korcula, Croatia 

This island is one of the must-visit destinations on Croatia’s South Dalmatian Coast. The Korcula Town is popularly known as “Little Dubrovnik” because of its churches, medieval squares, and places, while the dense forest and beaches offer incredible scenery. 

 

Corsica, France 

Corsica Island has the stunning charm to attract all its tourists to its sandy shores from all the corners of the world. With its diverse terrains, geographical features, and a plethora of breath-taking attractions, Corsica always has something to offer to its visitors. 

 

Crete, Greece 

This heavily populated island is a must-visit if you desire to take a peek at the ancient world of Greece. This island was the former focal point of the golden Minoan civilization, who were considered to the earliest settlers that have been recorded. And the best part is that their relics are still there, especially is you visit Knossos and Heraklion, which was said to be the place of the mythical creature Minotaur.  

 

Majorca, Spain 

This island is regarded as one of the best islands in Europe for vacation and is so spectacular that even the Spanish Royal Family chooses to spend their summer vacation here. The superb coastline is inundated with numerous beach resorts with varieties of water sports. 

 

Capri, Italy 

This popular island was established centuries ago by the Ancient Greeks. It has been well-known for its stunning beaches and blue sea, but sites like the rock formation Faraglioni, the footpath Via Krupp, and the Gardens of Augustus should not be underestimated. 

 

Santorini, Greece

With its whitewashed buildings, volcanic sheer cliffs, domed churches, and Cycladic-style houses, Santorini is regarded as one of the best honeymoon island destinations in Europe. Full of museums, wineries, beaches, scenic spots, Santorini offers a superb stay that you will cherish for a lifetime. 

 

Madeira, Portugal

The island is home to numerous stunning churches and palaces, such as the Town Hall and the Cathedral, and to many species of fauna and flora is Laurel forest. The particular island is a little further than most of the other islands, so you can easily enjoy fewer crowds and a more laid-back feel. The island is also popular for its rich cuisine and exquisite wine. 

 

Azores, Portugal 

This island is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is an archipelago of nine islands. It’s popular as one of the largest whale sanctuaries in the world. Explore the hot thermal waters, volcanic lakes, and the geysers. 

 

Hvar, Croatia 

The Hvar coastline is regarded as one of the most enthralling in the entire Adriatic Sea. Apart from all the alluring beaches that it has, the island is definitely a treasure trove of history and culture. It has been a part of Venice for manifold times in the past, and that’s the reason why one can see a lot of paintings by Tintoretto and Veronese in different churches of Hvar. 

 

Isle of Wight, UK 

The island receives a lot of tourists when the weather is warm and the day is clear. A lot of historical sites can be noticed here, such as the remains of the Palaeolithic era. The island took a forward step in its reputation when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert built the world-famous Osborne House. 

 

With this list of Top 10 islands in Europe, you now have a small base for an itinerary. If you desire to see all of these amazing places in Europe, connect with us at Travel Gooru today. We help clients search for cheap hotels and rental cars at their vacation destination. We instantly compare prices and provide precise details to make it easy for our clients.

37 - 4 Must-Haves for Your Hiking Trip

4 Must-Haves for Your Hiking Trip

Hiking can be a really fun activity when you wish to unwind a little bit after overworking yourself at home. If you are feeling very overwhelmed by the day to day chores of your life and want to beat these blues by exploring nature’s many wonders, hiking can be a great activity. But at the same time, going into the wild requires you to be properly prepared. This is why we at TravelGooru have curated this detailed article for you to be well prepared when you head out into the wild. So here are the four essentials you need to keep in mind when you plan a trip to hike. 

 

1. Headlamps 

Now, this is one item that should top your priority list when planning for a hike. A headlamp will make sure that you are not lost in the great unknown. Sometimes unforeseen events may lead up to you getting lost into the place that you are hiking at, headlamps will make sure that you are never lost in such a case. Buy one with adjustable straps for more comfort and make sure they are in perfect working condition when you purchase them. 

 

2. Waterproof Binoculars 

When hiking you must always know where you are going and make sure that you are on track. A good companion to a map is binocular that will make sure that you can also find your way back to the path that you had to undertake. So, binoculars are a must. Now as we recommended for first aid kits, if your binoculars are waterproof it will just add to the utility of them. Therefore, if you are going to pack a pair, make sure they are waterproof. 

 

3. Emergency First Aid Kit 

Well, the terrain can be much different from what you are used to when you step out in the wide unknown. To that end, you must make sure that you are prepared for all the injuries that you might sustain in accordance with the threats that you can conceive. Make sure that you keep these supplies in a waterproof bag or a zip lock so that in case of humidity or rains you are protected.  

 

4. Multi-Sport Fitness watch 

Many people find that a multi-sport fitness watch is an excessive expenditure that will just burn a hole in the pocket. But we assure you that a multi-sport fitness watch will serve all your day to day purposes as well, apart from being very handy during hiking. Hiking trips as we mentioned before require you to navigate your way through the trail you pick. Therefore, you must make sure that you buy a new brightly colored watch that helps you during your hiking trip. Trust us; it will be a valuable item in your closet. 

 

We work by the motto to help you make your travel easy. We keep reading interesting posts about traveling and expand our horizons to meet your expectations. At TravelGooru we will help you with all the logistics that precede international travel. We search, compare, and save on your travel expense. If you wish to take a hiking trip anytime soon and are scared of the process you can simply contact us. We will make sure that your trip is one filled with pleasure bereft of the stress of planning.

31 - The 8 Best Old Towns in Europe

The 8 Best Old Towns in Europe

Europe brings with itself a rich and deep-rooted heritage, narrating the tales of an era where things worked differently leaving an eternal historical significance for us to unravel. Europe offers some of the world’s best-preserved old towns that are placed within a modern city, although being distinct and historical in its own way.

 

If you are a history connoisseur, this old town will entice you for sure. To help you decide what all places to visit in Europe, here are a list of some of the best old towns in Europe, for to you narrow it down:

 

  1. Edinburgh, Scotland

Home to an old and a new town, Edinburgh has history and tales cobbled in every corner of every street. The Old Town has to offer the Royal Mile and one of the most colorful, hilly and happening market places, called Victoria Street. The best part about this good old town is that you can locate the Edinburgh Castle from almost anywhere, looking upon the picturesque city. Scotland is a must-visit and the archival satisfaction is to the fullest. 

 

  1. Krakow, Poland

Rich in history and the remarkable architecture makes Poland a hotspot for ancient culture. The delightful sight of the ancient buildings are bets enjoyed in the day when the light hits the beautiful surroundings. This entire old town is encircled by a park and you’re sure to fall in love with the place. Don’t forget to visit the Jewish area of Kazimierz and how it has changed over the years. 

 

  1. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Won’t you kill for a melodious drive down the Montenegrin coast just to find the wonderful city of Dubrovnik appears before you? That is a definite yes. Popularly known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, it truly is a phenomenal town with a rich history and the exciting tales of the famous HBO show, Game of Thrones. 

 

  1. Tallinn, Estonia

A walled city with appeasing pastel buildings, church steeples almost everywhere and cobblestone streets. This town has everything you can expect out of a European old town. Tallinn will also most likely be your cheapest trip given the easy access and friendly neighborhood. 

 

  1. Prague, Czechia

The colorful candy houses of Prague have a story to tell about the richness and the ethnic climate of the old town. The locals opted to let the invaders march in instead of fighting them and thus was destroyed by many. Yet, this piece of land has managed to go on to become one of the most wonderful sights in all of Europe. 

 

  1. Florence, Italy

Being home to more than 50 percent of the art treasures worldwide, Florence has more to it than its artistic buildings and world-class museums. Also known as Centro Storico, the place is filled with warm colors and tones of art.

 

  1. Stockholm, Sweden

The Gamla Stan, the old town of Stockholm is utterly breathtaking. Their multi-colored substations, maritime museum having a mysterious history from the seventh century and exquisite cuisine are the highlights of the pretty old town.

 

  1. Kotor, Montenegro

Placed on the Bay of the Kotor, Old Kotor is a small walled town giving you all the fairy tale feels. Set in a spectacular natural setting, it is engulfed by lush mountains and blue waters. The climb to the San Giovanni Fortress offers beautiful views of both the Bay of Kotor and the city and the magnificent fortress itself is tons of fun as well. 

 

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30 - How to Travel the World Living Out of a Backpack

How to Travel the World Living Out of a Backpack

Whoever came up with the phrase ‘travel light’ had probably never envisaged a person travelling, and the world no less, so light that they end up living out of a backpack. But no matter what anyone says, travelling the world out of a backpack is definitely a huge learning experience – one which takes a lot of courage. A lot of experienced backpackers recommend that everyone must have this experience at least once in their lifetime.

So, if you are looking for some adventure in your life which involves travelling the world living out of a backpack but have not the first clue as to how to go about it, then don’t worry since that is exactly what we are going to be talking about – how to travel the world living out of a backpack. So, read along and start jotting down the important points!

Prepare a List of Things

First things firsts, it is very important that you prepare a list of all the basic essentials which you will be needing to have a proper ‘living out of backpack’ experience. Typically, your list should include the following:

  • Getting yourself a bag!

The very first thing that your list should mention is getting yourself the right bag. Remember, when buying the right bag for backpacking, it needs to be the right combination of light yet sturdy

  • Recognize all the gadgets you will need

Depending on where you are travelling, you must carry all the necessary gadgets. This may include the universal travel adaptor, locks for your luggage etc.

  • Clothes and other items 

When deciding what clothes to keep, your mantra should be ‘less is more.’ During this process, it is best to ask yourself the question ‘will I even look at it during my travels?’ if your answers range from no to maybe, then that article of clothing should not make your list.

Rules to follow when you live out of a backpack

  • Best to leave space

When travelling out of a backpack, it is highly recommended that your backpack isn’t full to the brim. It is best to travel light and leave space for all the things you may collect during your travels.

  • Remember to have a ‘day bag’

Always keep a small day bag with you handy, just in case you feel like exploring the town you are staying in without having the weight of your travel backpack weighing you down.

  • Be organized

This is the most important rule of backpacking around the world – be extremely organized. Your organization skills will be the only things that will help you during your globetrotting travels.

If you want access to reviews about all the places you can visit, the hotels you can stay in or the cars you can rent – all of which available at a budget friendly – then Travel Gooru has all this and much more! So, go check out Travel Gooru right away!