Hotel at a Glance: Wyndham Garden Duluth
Just a half-hour drive outside Atlanta, this hotel offers a convenient jumping-off point to explore the charming, historic town of Duluth. Here you can catch the latest flick at Venture Cinema next door or explore the shopping scene at Gwinnett Place Mall, about 2 miles away.
- Where you’ll stay: a renovated room with flat screen TV, pillow-top mattresses, and free WiFi.
- Splash around in the outdoor pool or relax on the deck.
- Grab a bite from the on-site cafe, which dishes out casual American and Caribbean fare for breakfast and dinner.
- Keep in shape while on the trip at the fitness center.
Duluth, Georgia: Historical Town on Chattahoochee River Just Outside Atlanta
A few years after the Civil War, a railroad came to Duluth, infusing the small town with a newfound vitality. Duluth’s Southeastern Railway Museum chronicles the history of Georgia’s railroads with exhibits of century-old Pullman cars and restored cabooses, as well as special events for kids. The town’s rich past is also evident at the Duluth Historical Society, which is housed in the stately former home of Georgia’s first female mayor.
The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is about 30 minutes outside of town and is well suited for kayaking, rafting, and hiking. The park is known for its colorful wildflowers, including lady slipper orchids and rare Georgia asters. The latter show off brilliant purple blooms in October and November.
Duluth is about 30 miles from Atlanta, where you can tour the CNN headquarters and World of Coca-Cola. You can also explore the Georgia Aquarium—one of the world’s largest aquariums—and the High Museum of Art, where works by Monet and Toulouse-Lautrec hang alongside historic photographs of the civil rights movement.