Atlanta is a town with a million possibilities to keep you busy. From the nightlife to the food scene to the live music events, it would seem there is little reason to leave the city at all. Why go OTP when you have everything you need right here? (For those non-Atlantans, OTP means “outside the perimeter”, or outside the loop of the I-285 freeway)

But Atlanta Metro has a lot more to offer and with less than an hour in the car, you can get to some amazingly fun locations. Here are a few adventures that await you just OTP.

Stone Mountain

You might ask, “what’s so special about a big rock?” But if you have never experienced Stone Mountain, you are missing out on something truly awe-inspiring. It is often the largest exposed piece of granite in the world, and it looks like no other mountain you’ve likely ever seen. While it has a long and controversial past (including being the birthplace of the new Ku Kux Klan in 1915), it is nonetheless a stunning combination of natural beauty and human artistic endeavor. On the North face of the mountain is a carving that is truly impressive. It displays the (again) controversial figures of the leaders of the Confederacy, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis. While the subject matter may be under scrutiny in today’s climate, the carving itself is nothing short of amazing. It was overseen by Gutzon Borglum, the same sculpture who brought about the faces of Mount Rushmore. Visitors can get to the top of the mountain by hiking up the west side or by sky tram. And the view from the top does not disappoint. You can see for miles and miles, including the beautiful skyline of Atlanta.

Six Flags Over Georgia

Who doesn’t love amusement parks? They are fun, thrilling, scary, and exciting all at once! And nobody does amusement parks like Six Flags. Plus, being that we’re in the warm South, we also get Six Flags White Water! At least seasonally we do. Take advantage of the roller coasters, water slides, go-karts, tidal wave pool, immersive 4-D rides, and concerts that make up the Six Flags family of parks.

Lanier Lake

For the ultimate in rest and relaxation, you can’t do better than a day on a lake. And in the Atlanta area, there’s only one lake worth mentioning: Lake Lanier. This man-made body of water came about in the mid-1950s with the completion of the Buford Dam, which stopped up the Chattahoochee River and created a massive reservoir. And when Americans build a lake, they are definitely going to get the most out of it! Whether you are in the mood for boating, swimming, tubing, kayaking, fishing, or any number of other activities, Lake Lanier has you covered. It can either be a day of adventure or one of peace and quiet depending on where you go. All this is waiting for you just under an hour drive away.

When you are ready to venture OTP, you have options. Check one of these places out and share your adventure with us on Facebook and Instagram. And follow our blog here for more Atlanta recommendations!

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