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25 Best U.S. Vacation Cities On the Cheap

Kayla Baxter, Alice Handley and Jill Hare

June 02, 2009

#18: Atlanta, Georgia



Atlanta is the biggest airport in the U.S. so flights to the ATL are frequent and cheap. It’s a great place to take kids — you can take in the Coca-Cola Museum (pictured) and the nation’s largest aquarium all in the same block. While you’re in the area, cool off by walking through the fountains at Centennial Olympic Park. If you want some outdoor adventure, you can rent a canoe and sail right through town on the Chattahoochee River. Travel just a few minutes east of the city and you’ll encounter Stone Mountain, the Mount Rushmore of the South. Ride the tram to the top and see all of Atlanta on a clear day.

Pockets empty? Not to worry, there’s lot to do for free in Atlanta. Explore the Fernabank Science Center or the Governor’s Mansion. Take in a little bit of history with free tour of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birth home or the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum.

Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen! Summers in Atlanta are steamy and great weather is pretty much guaranteed.

Don’t Miss: Sublime Doughnuts. Their gourmet repertoire includes the strawberries and cream, the Orange Star, the A Town Mocha, the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, the Oreo Cookie… and it’s cheap! We’re gaining weight just thinking about it.

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