Distance from Atlanta: 117 miles Northwest; 1.75-hour drive
Why it made our list: With museums, river cruises, and a plethora of city tours available, Chattanooga rocks, but the city’s Riverwalk is not to be missed. Chock-full of shops, parks, restaurants, bars, and more, we’d say it’s endless fun, but it’s actually 13 paved miles.
Pro tip: If you’re staying overnight, book a spot at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Once the terminal station for the Southern Railway line, you can sleep in style in a gorgeously restored, authentic sleeper car once available only to the mega rich.