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Hit the road this Labor Day: Southeast road trips

ATLANTA – With Labor Day fast approaching, there is a great opportunity to hit the road and check about any number of Southeastern destinations. Here are five worthy destinations to check out this holiday weekend:

Athens, Ga.

— Amelia Island: On first glance, it might seem possible to dismiss Amelia Island as another beachfront town. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find plenty of history and culture. Located near Jacksonville in northeastern Florida, Amelia Island is a roughly six-hour drive from Atlanta.

— Chattanooga: What’s so intriguing about Chattanooga – nicknamed “The Scenic City” for a good reason – is the sheer number of attractions. A weekend is not enough time to take in all the sights. Still, a couple of days here will no doubt make for an exceptional getaway, no matter how many attractions you end up seeing.

— Asheville: With its unique architecture and quirky downtown vibe, Asheville offers plenty to see or do inside or out, but the city is probably best known as the home of the Biltmore. And, it’s as good of a place as any to start.

— Athens: Athens is home to a lot more than the University of Georgia. “The Classic City” is a wealth of attractions, culture and history. What’s more, Athens is the perfect one-tank trip from Atlanta, if the mood calls for a weekend getaway rather than a full-fledged vacation.

— Walt Disney World: Walt Disney World is itself a classic and an old standby when it comes to vacations. Generation after generation has grown up walking right down the middle of Main Street U.S.A., roamin’ the Wild West and waltzing with storybook characters in Fantasyland.

IF YOU GO: To Amelia Island: Take I-75 south to I-16 east. Take Georgia Highway 19 south, and continue on U.S. Highway 1 south through Folkston. In Callahan, Fla., take Florida Highway 200 east to Amelia Island. To Chattanooga: From Atlanta, take Interstate 75 north to the Georgia-Tennessee line. Then, follow the signs into downtown. To Asheville: From Atlanta, take I-85 north to I-985. Continue north on U.S. Highway 23 to I-40 east. To Athens: Take I-85 north to Georgia Highway 316. To Walt Disney World: Take I-75 south to Florida’s Turnpike. Then, take Western Expressway south to Western Way. In addition, a number of airlines – including Delta and AirTran – offer direct flights between Atlanta and Orlando.

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