Things to do in Atlanta

Motor sports

Adrenaline junkies should head to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Richard Petty Driving Experience (www.drivepetty.com/race-tracks/atlanta-motor-speedway). Either drive yourself or ride along with a pro driver at speeds of up to 160mph on one of the fastest tracks in NASCAR. For those less adventurous, Andretti Indoor Karting & Games (www.andrettikarting.com) gives the feeling of driving a race car without the high speeds. Hit the Superkart track to test your driving skills against friends and family. Road Atlanta (www.roadatlanta.com), one of America’s best courses, hosts the Petit Le Mans race, amongst others and has a driving school.

Hiking

Hiking is abundant throughout Atlanta because of its proximity to the Appalachian Mountains (www.atlantatrails.com/category/hiking-trails). Around 24km (15 miles) east of the city, an easy 2km (1.3 miles) hike up Stone Mountain is rewarded with a view of Atlanta’s skyline in the distance. About 32km (20 miles) west of Atlanta, Sweetwater Creek State Park has several scenic trails. Northwest of the city is 551m–high (1,808ft) Kennesaw Mountain. The peak’s most popular trail, the paved trail, is open to hikers daily and to vehicles on weekdays. The short but steep Kennesaw Mountain Trail with its rocky ascent is recommended for experienced hikers.

Canoeing

The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is a short drive north of Atlanta. Visit the park to hike, walk, or kayak. For the more adventurous, Chattahoochee Outfitters (www.shootthehooch.com) offers kayak, tube, paddleboard and canoe rentals for a range of different distances, from 2.5 km (1.5 miles) to a day-long, 10km (6 miles) adventure.

Cycling

Cycling is increasingly popular in and around Atlanta. In town, the Eastside Trail (www.beltline.org/trails/eastside-trail/) is just over a 3km (2 miles) stretch of the BeltLine, Atlanta’s ambitious redevelopment of historic former railway lines that will eventually encircle the city. The 30km (19 miles) Stone Mountain Trail (www.pathfoundation.org/trails/atlanta-dekalb-system/stone-mountain/ connects Downtown Atlanta with Stone Mountain Park. For the more ambitious, the Silver Comet Trail (www.silvercometga.com) is over 96km (60 miles) long and ends at the Georgia/Alabama border. Check for rentals at www.atlantabike.org/rentals.

Zip-lining

Speed through the air on the longest and largest zip-line canopy tour in the world, over a hidden gorge and the ruins of Banning Mills (www.historicbanningmills.com), an hour’s drive west of Atlanta. The site has over 16km (10 miles) of zip-lining and includes The Screaming Eagle tour and the Amazing Flight of the Falcon, a 1,036m (3,400ft) headfirst Superman-style flight above the trees.

Wine tasting

Wolf Mountain Vineyards (www.wolfmountainvineyards.com) is the best of several vineyards in the foothills of the Appalachians in North Georgia. Known for its award-winning wines, it is set in beautiful grounds just over an hour north of Atlanta. The patio overlooks stunning scenery - a great spot to enjoy their Sunday brunch with accompanying live music or to sample wines and take a vineyard tour.

Golfing

Cuscowilla (www.cuscowilla.com), one of several golf courses on scenic Lake Oconee, is a resort course open to the public between Tuesdays and Thursdays. Located halfway between Atlanta and Augusta, it’s a popular spot for golf lovers visiting The Masters tournament in Georgia. The resort also offers jet ski, boat and cycle rentals and has a swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts, a fine dining restaurant and spacious villa and cottage-style accommodation.

Edited by Tina Banerjee
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