Golden Isles (St. Simons, Little St. Simons, Jekyll, and Sea Islands)
Distance from Atlanta: 280 miles; four hours
Baller alert: the four barrier islands floating in the Atlantic just off the border of Brunswick -- St. Simons, Little St. Simons, Jekyll, and Sea Islands -- were once basically restricted to Illuminati-level rich folks. Now, aside from The Lodge on Little St. Simons, which is upwards of $950 per night and only allows 30 guests at a time, it’s much easier to reserve a villa or rental house, unless you really want to book one of the five-star resorts. St. Simons is the largest and easiest for the public to access, with a public pool, golfing, sand that’s whiter than Bill Gates, and summer events. Jekyll is another step up, while Sea Island is known for The Cloister resort, which isn’t cheap, but is spectacular. Start saving now... for next summer.