Econo Lodge Stone Mountain
1820 Mountain Ind. Blvd.
Tucker, GA 30084
Phone: (770) 939-8440
Fax: (770) 934-1575
Just east of Atlanta, this 3200-acre (1300-hectare) park centers on the world's largest exposed granite mountain. Sky lift gondolas whisk visitors 825 feet (251 meters) to the top, where commanding views of the Georgia countryside await them. The north face's 90x100-foot (27x30-meter) bas-relief memorial to Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson is the world's largest. An antebellum plantation, an antique auto museum and a petting zoo are all located within the park, as are camping, dining and lodging accommodations. During the summer, there are evening laser light shows on the mountain.
Touted as one of the largest Hindu temples outside India, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a beauty to behold. Dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan, it is constructed from Italian Carrara marble, pink sandstone and Turkish limestone. It consists of a sanctum-sanctorum surrounded by five pillars symbolizing the Himalayan mountains. The architecture has a fine detailing. Many community activities are organized here.
Despite its small size, this park in the heart of the city, sees a fair amount of people throughout the day. The park gets busy right from the morning thanks to its popular jogging track. Kids can enjoy in their own little play area. For those into sports, the park offers four well-maintained tennis courts. A large playground occupies much of the park. There's also a rental space for hosting functions. Check website for more.
Prepare for a spine-chilling rendezvous with zombies, ghouls and other monsters at this creepy haunted mansion, located a little away from downtown Norcross. The haunted house as two main attractions, The Dead Ones and The Boogeyman, replete with live actors and heart-stopping special effects to give you the chills. The on-site store offers creepy souvenirs. Check website for more.
Located near the Avondale Train Station, Wild Heaven Brewery is a fine example of Georgia's beer expertise. Established by Nick Purdy, in association with Eric Johnson, this awesome brewery offers skillfully designed handcrafted brews. Innovation is a strong point at this brewery - although it continues a time-tested European tradition of brewing, these creators infuse a dash of zesty American innovation to it. Big on flavor, beers such as Invocation - an earthy, vanilla oak Belgian golden ale, Let There Be Light, a citrusy and light American pale ale and Civilization, a tart English barleywine are refreshing and delightful, to say the least. Try their tasting tours - if you're a beer fanatic, you'd love this place!
Yellow River Game Ranch is home to General Beauregard Lee, a celebrated groundhog who is known to accurately predict the coming of spring each year. He has received honorary doctorates from the Georgia State University and the University of Georgia for the same. A state hero, his "supernatural" talent has been recognized by four governors of State as well. Other indigenous species of the ranch include the white-tailed deer, buffalo, black bears, prairie dogs and goats. In all, more than 25 species are represented, although the number changes from year to year. A mile-long trail winds through the children's petting zoo, and special events like Sheep Shearing Saturdays usually draw crowds.
The Decatur Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in the region and is surrounded by a lush forest. The graves date back to 1823. Today, one can find a fish pond and a migratory reserve for Canadian geese. Ducks, swans and turtles also abound. To glean more regarding the rich history of the site, enroll yourself for a cemetery tour held regularly.
This non-profit organization brings world leaders to Georgia each year in order to promote positive awareness of Atlanta and the state to the rest of the world. Since its inception in 1962, the GVIC has brought more than 17,000 future and current world leaders to Georgia. The organization also hosts eight-week seminars on foreign policy and provides speakers on this topic around the metro area. Membership helps foster the mission of GVIC and enables its members to familiarize themselves with a global community by attending functions with foreign dignitaries. See website for events calendar and more info on the organization.
Decatur is a small city located almost 6 miles away from the buzzing city of Atlanta. It has maintained its distinct identity, in spite of its proximity to this capital city. Today, Decatur is known for its numerous historical sites and the different cultural events that take place here. The town has become popular with young families, the gay/lesbian/transgender community and local artists. Hip bars and restaurants flourish in this funky community and there is liberal vibe to the culture and its inhabitants.
Located on the banks of the Candler Lake at the Emory University, Lullwater Park is an expanse of green that offers stimulating trails across the dense countryside. A popular spot for jogging, it also functions as a beautiful picnic site for families. There is a quaint foot-over bridge, a mini creek and waterfall that give a countryside feel. Enjoy fishing by the lakeside too.
Agnes Scott College is a women's-only college that imparts education with the aim of empowering women for the changing times. It offers courses in Humanities. Established in 1889 by the Presbyterian Church, it is affiliated to the Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology among others.
Spread across five acres (2.02 hectares), this urban park is named after the city's mayor. Lillian Webb Community Park is nestled in the historic downtown and features sports fields for volleyball and baseball, restrooms, water fountains, swings and an interactive splash pad. To appease your hunger, there are several restaurants dotting around this beautiful park.