Travel the world without ever leaving Georgia

ATLANTA — With the price of gas and airfare skyrocketing, traveling the world may be a bit harder on your wallet.

Luckily, there are some amazing things to see right here in Georgia that may make it feel like you’re traveling the globe.

Georgia’s ‘Little Grand Canyon’

It is hailed as the Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon.” Providence Canyon State Park is about two hours southwest of Atlanta and makes for the perfect day trip to see something really extraordinary.

The canyon was formed by bad farming practices, causing the ground to erode away to the massive gullies that now make up the canyon.

The park includes more than 10 miles of hiking trails along the canyon floor and around the rim of the canyon itself; there are spectacular views of the red, white and orangish soil that make up the canyon walls.

“The rare Plumleaf Azalea grows only in this region and blooms during July and August when most azaleas have lost their color,” the park’s website said.

There is $5 parking fee.

Read more about the park here.

Visit a massive Hindu temple

Enjoy hours of beauty, peace and discovery at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Lilburn. The temple is a masterpiece of exquisite Indian design and workmanship. Marvel at the intricate marble carvings, participate in Hindu rituals or learn about the world’s oldest living faith – Hinduism.

Check out some more photos here.

Visit the White House – well, sort of

Built in the early 2000s, the Atlanta White House is three-quarter replica of the actual White House in Washington, DC.

The house sits at 3687 Briarcliff Road NE. It includes an “Oval Office,” a movie theater and a “Lincoln’s bedroom.”

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the current owners aren’t interested in giving tours, but the home is still very visible from the road.

Georgia’s version of Stonehenge

The Georgia Guidestones can be found in a remote field just north of Elberton, about a two-hour drive northeast of Atlanta. The monument consists of four strategically placed rectangular stones standing 19-feet-3-inches tall and a capstone slab atop the installation. More than 4,000 characters in several languages are inscribed throughout the piece, which debuted March 22, 1980, after months of construction.

Robert C. Christian is the credited mastermind behind the guide stones, but his true identity and motives remain unknown to this day.

Amicalola Falls

It’s not quite Niagara Falls, but definitely just as beautiful.

Located just northeast of Dawsonville, Amicalola Falls is found within the state park of the same name.

Amicalola Falls is the third highest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River, dropping about 729 feet.

You have a couple of options to view the falls. There are viewing areas at the top and bottom of the falls at which you can drive and park .

The other option is to walk up the falls using the path made up of pavement and staircases that crisscross the falls and have several spots to stop and view the falls as well as the spectacular view of the Appalachian Mountains.

Views are particularly stunning in the fall when the leaves charge.

There is a $5 fee to get into Amicalola State Park.

Visit Bavaria in the North Georgia Mountains

Tucked away in the North Georgia Mountains is the small German-themed town of Helen.

In 1969, several businessmen in the town came up with a way to spruce up the town and reinvent the dying lumber community as a tourist attraction.

“Over the last (50+) years the town has grown dramatically adding new ventures, shops, and venues with varying amounts of success. The story of Helen’s reinvention is one of local entrepreneurship and civic cooperation that changed a dying lumber town into Georgia’s third most visited city,” the city of Helen says on its website.

From ziplining, tubing, hiking and chasing waterfalls, Helen has a lot to offer if you need a bit of a retreat.

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