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The 10 Best Areas of Metro Atlanta

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Atlanta is a large and diverse city. Many people who visit Atlanta only experience the downtown core, but the metropolitan area has so much more to offer. If you’re planning a trip to the Atlanta region, be sure to spend some time in these ten districts.

1.     Conyers
Conyers is just east of Atlanta, and is home to almost 15,000 people. In Conyers you’ll find The Georgia International Horse Park, which was the site of the Equestrian Games during the 1996 Summer Olympics. The park is still a popular destination with locals and tourists alike. If you will be in the area in March, then you should try and make it out to the Cherry Blossom Festival, one of the cities favorite annual events.

2.     Douglasville
West of Atlanta, you’ll find Douglasville, home to 30,000 residents. When visiting, plan to grab some dinner downtown and then wander around the O’Neal Plaza, a prime spot for people watching. Coaster enthusiasts will want to visit Six Flags Over Georgia and ride the Georgia Scorcher.

3.     Duluth
Voted by NewsMax Magazine as a top ten city for ‘Best American Values’, Duluth is a suburban dream. The downtown area is home to only local businesses, which helps to evoke classic Southern charm.

4.     Gainesville
Gainesville is situated in a prime spot at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and on Lake Lanier.  Lake Lanier is a stunning waterway, and was the site of the rowing and kayaking events during the 1996 Olympic Summer Games. If you visit Poultry Park, be on the lookout for the chicken on top of the 25 foot tall obelisk, which is made to honor Gainesville as one of the biggest poultry producers in the country.

5.     John’s Creek
This region is one of the largest metro areas in Atlanta. Outdoor enthusiasts love getting out on Chattahoochee River, which is famous for its trout fishing. Every December, the town holds a Founder’s Day festival, a weeklong celebration of the cities recent founding (it was only officially incorporated in 2006!)

6.     Kennesaw
Kennesaw is named for the Kennesaw Mountain, the highest point in Atlanta. The area was originally developed as a railroad town, and you can learn about its evolution at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. The town has a large population of students, who attend the Kennesaw State University, one of the largest collages in the state.

7.     Norcross
As with many places in Georgia, it was the Cherokees who first lived in the area. The district is now a quiet suburban Utopia that’s easily reached by all major highways. The downtown has a small town feel with many quaint shops and cafes – the perfect place for when you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Downtown Atlanta.

8.     Peach Tree City
While Peach Tree City may serve as the backdrop for many scenes on The Walking Dead, in real life the city has a relaxed, resort lifestyle feel. Peach Tree City is famous for having miles of golf cart paths as collectively, the city’s residents own over 9,000 golf carts.  Most of the area’s lakes, parks, shops and restaurants are easily accessible via golf cart paths.

9.     Roswell
Even though Roswell is a part of the Atlanta Metro Area, it is also the state’s 8th largest city in its own right. Stop by the Archibald Smith Plantation Home and admire the gorgeous architecture. Many of the areas other historic mansions are purported to be haunted, and can be toured on nightly ghost walks. If you enjoy cycling, you’ll be happy to know that Roswell is the first bicycle friendly city in Georgia! The area has miles of safe, biking trails to explore.

10.   Sandy Springs
Sandy Springs is the largest city in the metro area (after Downtown Atlanta) and is home to almost 100,000 residents. If you’re in town, be sure to visit the recently opened Heritage Sandy Springs Museum, which explores the rich history of the local area. News buffs will want to visit the CNN Center, where behind the scenes tours are given. Is Coke your favorite soft drink? Then you’ll want to visit to The World of Coca Cola – where you can learn all about one of the world’s most popular beverages and even sample Coke from dozens of countries all over the world.

How to See Nashville on a Budget

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Whether you’re here for business or pleasure, Nashville is a great city to visit. The area has lots of affordable options for dining, drinking, accommodations, attractions and more. You can see and do a lot in Nashville without breaking the bank. Here are some ways to save money when traveling to the Country Music Capitol of the World.

Accommodations
If you need a place to stay in Nashville for a week or more, book a room at one of our newly renovated Extended Stay locations. The rates start at only $239.99 a week – that comes to less than $35 a night – much more affordable than your average hotel room! Our extended stay properties come will full kitchens and free high speed internet providing even further value.

Attractions
Nashville is a country music lover’s paradise. Unlike many major cities where concerts cost hundreds of dollars, in Nashville you can often attend high quality music venues for next to nothing. The Bluebird Café has hosted some of the most famous singers and songwriters in Country music from Garth Brooks to Taylor Swift, and yet there is still no cover charge for the early shows. All you need to do is spend at least $7 on food or drink -it’s hard to beat dinner and a show for $7! The Grand Ole Opry is the longest running live radio performance in America. Eight or more artists preform at each show, which runs over 2.5 hours, but you can get a ticket for as little as $35 dollars.

There is more to Nashville then music though. The Tennessee State Museum (one of the largest state museums in the nation) and the State Capitol are both open to the public, free of charge. Vanderbilt University, one of the best collages in the country is located in Nashville and the campus often hosts free events, concerts and exhibitions that are open to the public.  To score a good shopping deal, head to the weekly Farmer’s Market, which is also home to a weekly Flea Market on Saturdays.

Dining
If you stay at an extended stay property, you can save money by cooking your own meals, but if you’d still like to go out and explore Nashville’s eats, you can find lots of delicious and inexpensive meals. The Arcade is a popular spot for lunch – the Arcade is full of small family restaurants that cater to the 9-5 lunch crowd. The best spots typically have the longest lines! Food Trucks are also a great way to dine out on a budget. Nashville has over a dozen food truck options to choose from. Some of the most popular trucks include Biscuit Love, The Grilled Cheeserie and The Trailer Perk.  

One of Nashville’s most popular meal choices is also one of the most cost effective. Many Nashville restaurants offer “Meat and Three” plates where you choose your protein and then pick three side dishes. Usually a Meat and Three will fill you up for less than $10 dollars.

Drinks
Nashville is home to many Honky-Tonk bars that play country music. Most of the Honky-Tonks can be entered with no cover charge and they typically offer drink specials earlier in the evening. When visiting a Honky-Tonk, you could be listening to a country music star in the making.

The Jack Daniels Distillery is only a short drive from Nashville. The Distillery provides free tours of the facility and at the end of the tour you can even sample some of their famous lemonade – unfortunately since it’s a dry county, you won’t find any liquor in it.