Did you know you don't have to go any farther than Georgia for a quintessential weekend in a German alpine town? Or that the state's mountains are home to rentable treehouses for adults looking to relive their youth while on vacation?
In Helen, Ga., besucher (the German word for "visitors") can sample traditional Bavarian foods — and beer, of course, for those who are over 21. The charming town has a variety of zipline and water adventure options in the summer, so be certain to also plan a warm-weather trip that includes tubing down the Chattahoochee River. Anyone looking to make the most of the outdoors should also mark Hiawassee and Blue Ridge as destinations.
For those in search of small-town charm with a different vibe, cities like Dalton and Calhoun have more of a unique atmosphere and offer plenty of museum, shopping and antiquing opportunities. In particular, Calhoun's New Echota, once the capital of the Cherokee Nation, is a phenomenal place to learn about the area's rich Native American history.
Whatever you're looking for in a vacation, a short drive to any of the following Georgia towns will get you there.