If you just can’t wait for spring break, these off-the-beaten-path destinations close to Atlanta will satisfy your craving to get off your beaten path and explore—without too much of a time or money commitment. Buckle up for an adventure at a local Stonehenge, a little White House, or a general hospital for Cabbage Patch Dolls, and more. Who knew Georgia was so weird, or wonderful?
Hunt for Bigfoot Evidence
Expedition Bigfoot in Blue Ridge is dedicated to providing evidence for the existence of Bigfoot (aka Sasquatch). Either from personal experience and encounters to witness testimony and evidence, this mountain museum leaves the question of Bigfoot's existence up to you. Whether you’re a skeptic, believer or “knower,” all are welcome.
1934 Hwy. 515
Visit an Alpine Model Railroad Museum
Charlemagne’s Kingdom, an Alpine Model Railroad Museum in the Georgia Mountains, features HO Scale German Model Railroads in a 50-foot exhitbit that depicts the various terrain and architecture of Germany. While you're in Helen, don't miss out on other fun Bavarian-inspired activities to round out your visit.
8808 North Main Street
Georgia Guidestones, Elberton
Giant slabs of stone with different languages written on them standing upright in the middle of the countryside? Stonehenge, right? Nope! Elberton. A mysterious person under the name of R.C. Christian hired Elberton Granite Finishing Company to build the structure, which has 10 guidelines or rules in 8 different languages. You'll find these guidelines in English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian. To the left of the stone there is a tablet that states the astronomical features of the tablet and an apparent time capsule buried 6 feet below the monument. Also, on the tablet, it says “Let these be guidelines to the age of reason” and around it has 4 different ancient writing languages including Babylonian, Greek, Sanskrit, and Egyptian. So go. Check it out. You'll leave scratching your head but it's certainly a fun mystery to experience.
1031 Guidestones Rd.
Elberton, GA 30635
Old Car City
Old Car City is “the largest open-air classic car museum in the world” which started as a car dealership in 1931 and is now a post-apocalyptic forest of rusting vehicles. While it doesn't sound classically beautiful, the mixture of rust, reforestation, and occasional surprises of vibrant vinyl or car paint combines to make an altogether unusually pretty (and cool) environment to explore. You can also find funky signs and a large styrofoam cup art gallery. Definitely head here if you're in the mood for a little bit of quirk, but expect to pay a bundle. Guests can be charged up to $30 to enter, depending on your age and whether you want to take a photo while there.
3098 Hwy. 411 NE
White, GA 30184
Little White House
In Atlanta, there is a house that is exactly identical to the White House in Washington D.C. Built buy Fred Milani, this 3/4-scale model of the White House was his tribute to democracy and the United States, his adopted home after fleeing from Iran in 1979. With a replica of the Oval Office, a movie theater, a replica of Lincoln's bedroom, and a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, this real-estate novelty was foreclosed upon in 2011 but still stands in Druid Hills.
3687 Briarcliff Rd NE
Atlanta, Georgia, 30345
Babyland General Hospital
Head to North Georgia to see the hospital where all Cabbage Patch Dolls get their starts. Babyland General Hospital was created when doll creator Xavier Roberts converted a former clinic into the original hospital space. Now, you can meet the hospital staff, watch a cabbage patch doll be born in the patch, and adopt your own doll during your visit.
300 NOK Dr.
Cleveland, GA 30528
The Rock Garden, Calhoun
This volunteer-build roadside attraction offers 50 structures made out of tiny stones, shells, and fragments of pottery for visitors to marvel at behind the Calhoun Seventh Day Adventist Church. You'll find Cinderella's castle, the Coliseum, Notre Dame cathedral, houses, and more. It's a lot like seeing a sandcastle, but off the interstate, and made out of rocks.
1411 Rome Rd. SW
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