20 Perfect Summer Getaways
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Nothing says summer like driving out of the city and feeling the wind rush past you. We've rounded up some of the best summer getaways from major cities around the U.S.—for a budget-friendly trip, or a splurge.

Atlanta: SAVE

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Where to Go: Amicalola Falls State Park, Georgia.

Distance: 70 miles from Atlanta.

Where to Stay: Hike five miles on a moderate trail (with five more-strenuous hills) through Amicalola Falls State Park and Chattahoochee National Forest to Georgia’s only backcountry eco-lodge, the LEED-certified Len Foote Hike Inn, which has 20 simple rooms, each with two bunks. (Hot showers are in a bathhouse.) Most guests pass their time hiking, chatting, reading, or playing board games in the Sunrise Room or rocking in an Adirondack chair on the wraparound porch.

What to Do: Stroll along the gorgeous one-mile Cove/Fire Break Interpretive Trail loop to look for native wildflowers: fire pinks and brilliant orange Turk’s cap lilies, as well as stunning butterflies like the blue- and orange-dotted spicebush swallowtail. If you’re really ambitious, hike 4.5 miles to Springer Mountain, the southern starting point of the Appalachian Trail-and then 4.5 miles back to the inn.

Price: Doubles from $170; $117 per single adult occupancy; includes large family-style dinner and breakfast.

Insider Tip: Before hitting the trail to the lodge, check in at the Amicalola Falls State Park visitor center for information about the private trail.

20 Perfect Summer Getaways

Atlanta: SAVE

Where to Go: Amicalola Falls State Park, Georgia.

Distance: 70 miles from Atlanta.

Where to Stay: Hike five miles on a moderate trail (with five more-strenuous hills) through Amicalola Falls State Park and Chattahoochee National Forest to Georgia’s only backcountry eco-lodge, the LEED-certified Len Foote Hike Inn, which has 20 simple rooms, each with two bunks. (Hot showers are in a bathhouse.) Most guests pass their time hiking, chatting, reading, or playing board games in the Sunrise Room or rocking in an Adirondack chair on the wraparound porch.

What to Do: Stroll along the gorgeous one-mile Cove/Fire Break Interpretive Trail loop to look for native wildflowers: fire pinks and brilliant orange Turk’s cap lilies, as well as stunning butterflies like the blue- and orange-dotted spicebush swallowtail. If you’re really ambitious, hike 4.5 miles to Springer Mountain, the southern starting point of the Appalachian Trail-and then 4.5 miles back to the inn.

Price: Doubles from $170; $117 per single adult occupancy; includes large family-style dinner and breakfast.

Insider Tip: Before hitting the trail to the lodge, check in at the Amicalola Falls State Park visitor center for information about the private trail.

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