(WGNO) - If you’re stuck in a summer slump, maybe it’s time to get away for a few days! The best part about living in our corner of Louisiana is that there are plenty of great cities just a short drive away!
Travel pro Stephanie Oswald shows you all kinds of things to do when you hit the road for hot-lanta!
Sometimes a change of scenery can help you beat the heat, even if your destination of choice also is suffering from temperatures that call for fans, sno-balls and turning up the AC.
The Georgia capitol is just a 7-hour drive from New Orleans or if you’re lucky enough to snag a deal on airfare, the hop to “hot”lanta will only take about an hour.
Once you’re there, here are 3 ideas for cooling off.
- Nothing beats the great outdoors, even in the summer: Sweetwater Creek State Park. From kayaking, to moonlight hiking, to stand up paddleboard instruction, there’s plenty of recreational fun to be had at this Georgia treasure.
[Sweetwater Creek is only minutes from downtown, but you'll forget how close the skyscrapers are, when you're hiking nine miles of trails that take you into the woods, through fields of wildflowers, and up on rocky bluffs.]
Rent a fishing boat and explore the George Sparks reservoir. In addition to casting your lines, you can feed the ducks or enjoy a picnic.
Here’s a Travelgirl pick for August: the full moon hike on August 9th will cost you $11, which includes parking. Register in advance at 770-732-5871.
- For anyone on a girlfriend getaway or maybe a ‘man-cation,’ big city fun can be had by all at the W Hotel in midtown Atlanta.
Now through October, head to the fifth floor any Friday or Sunday. The W’s rooftop pool, the ‘wet deck,’ is open to the public on those days, from noon to 8 p.m., so anyone willing to pay the $25 food and beverage minimum can join the sleek scene, while taking in sweeping views of the city skyline.
Take it up a notch and rent your own cabana, complete with top-shelf alcohol, towel service, and plush robes. Unwinding in this fashion is a Travelgirl splurge at $300, plus tips!
- This last Atlanta attraction has a name that won’t really sit well with anyone from these parts, but someone must have thought it was a good idea.
Thrill seekers, put on your swimsuit and head for Hurricane Harbor, the new multi-million dollar water park at Six Flags Over Georgia.
You’ll find a maze of plunging water slides, a giant wave pool and the world’s first hybrid zero-gravity drop slide, called the Tsunami Surge which sends groups of four riders at a time, down a 5-story drop, and then spinning down an enclosed tube to a whirlpool bowl.
This new attraction is included in six flags admission, which is $62 for adults, $42 for kids, for a one-day ticket.
Whether you opt for the state park, the hip pool scene or the thrill rides, you`re sure to feel relief from the heat on this cool getaway.
I’m Travelgirl Steph and I`ll see you next time!