Centennial Olympic Park

Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta

Fast, Affordable and Fun Pit Stops Along I-75

Add some excitement to your road trip with these four easy stops that won't break the bank.

Carrying travelers from Georgia's northwest tip to the center of its southern border, I-75 is one of the most popular routes from Tennessee to Florida. In between the exits extolling gas and food are some fun pit stops where you can stretch your legs and have a little fun. Here are four easy stops just a few miles off the highway that won’t break the bank.

Red Top Mountain State Park, Cartersville

Exit 285: Red Top Mountain State Park, Cartersville

Stop at Red Top Mountain State Park just 1.5 miles off I-75 for a refreshing hike on the paved trail behind the park office and see how many deer you can spy. The trail goes to a reconstructed 1860s homestead, adding a bit of interest for kids. If you have more time, try the 4-mile Iron Hill Trail with views of Lake Allatoona.

Centennial Olympic Park fountain

Exit 249C: Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta

Less than a mile off the highway, this park was built for the 1996 Summer Olympics, and now, it is the epicenter of tourism in Atlanta. If you stop around mealtime, you will find several options, including Googie Burger within the park, and the nearby food court inside CNN Center. You will have to pay for parking, but you can find it easily with this handy interactive map. Along the park are several museums, including the Center for Civil and Human Rights, as well as the College Football Hall of Fame, Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, The Children's Museum of Atlanta and Inside CNN Studio Tour. For a quick thrill, ride the Skyview Atlanta ferris wheel, or just walk around and read the memorial bricks throughout the park. For more about SkyView, check out 365 Atlanta Traveler.

Fried green tomatoes and ice tea at The Whistle Stop Cafe in Juliette, Georgia

Exit 186: The Whistle Stop Cafe, Juliette

Stop by for some pictures in the town made famous by the 1991 movie "Fried Green Tomatoes." Be sure to time your trip so you arrive at the The Whistle Stop Cafe between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., so you can try the cafe's signature dish along with other Southern favorites like seasonal vegetables, country fried steak and peach cobbler.

Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village

Exit 63B: Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village, Tifton

If you don't have much time, just visit the Country Store for some authentic South Georgia merchandise. (Note: The store is open Monday – Saturday from 9 – 5 p.m.) If you have a little more time, stroll through the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village, which has more than 35 structures that have been relocated to showcase rural life in 19th century South Georgia. (Note: The Historic Village is not open on Sunday and Monday.)

Published: July 2015
Written by: Sue Rodman