Day trips: how to get out of town

Are you looking forward to spending the weekend and want to break up with a monotonous routine in Auburn? There are plenty of places outside of Auburn to do this that are only a short drive away.

Here are some recommendations for day trips Auburn students can take.

Atlanta, Georgia

Less than two hours away, Atlanta is an entertainment hotspot. From the Georgia Aquarium to indoor skydiving, Atlanta is full of endless options to explore for the day. Attractions such as Centennial Olympic Park, World of Coca-Cola, Skyview Atlanta Ferris Wheel, CNN Center, College Football Hall of Fame and more are all located in downtown Atlanta. You can also celebrate the 2021 World Series champions, the Atlanta Braves, at Battery Park.

With all of this and more, Atlanta is worth the trip.

Columbus, Georgia

The Chattahoochee River Walk is Columbus’ main attraction. However, if a river ride isn’t appealing, try rafting or kayaking on the Chattahoochee River.

To vary the pleasures, there is even a zip line above the river.

“I went to Columbus with some friends one weekend, we had lunch at one of the restaurants in Uptown and then walked around and looked at some of the stores,” said Raeha Berbert, senior speech pathologist. and auditory science. “I would definitely recommend it to Auburn students who have never been there. It’s a great way to explore the different cities around us.

Near River Walk is Uptown Columbus. This destination includes restaurants, shops, ice cream parlors and ax throwing. Uptown Columbus is alive with the many art centers located throughout the city. Discover what Columbus has to offer just 45 minutes from Auburn.

Montgomery, Alabama

Montgomery is the capital of Alabama and home to much of the state’s history. It is considered the place where the civil rights movement began, and because of this, Montgomery is full of museums.

This includes the Rosa Parks Library and Museum, the Alabama State History Museum and Archives, and the Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum. For an outdoor activity, visit the Civil Rights Memorial to honor those who lost their lives in the civil rights movement.

After touring the museums and soaking up all the history of Montgomery, take a trip to The Shoppes at EastChase to end the day.

“When I go to Montgomery, I like to go to the EastChase mall,” said public relations manager Katharine Green. “They have lots of outdoor areas to hang out in, but also plenty of shops that I could spend hours in.”

Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham is another historic and must-see destination. Known as the Magic City, Birmingham offers endless activities to fill the day. Birmingham has everything for everyone, including art exhibitions, museums, parks, historic sites, restaurants and shops.

“I really like doing the day trip to shop in Birmingham,” said senior nursing officer Jane Wickett. “They have the great Summit Mall which has some of my favorite stores that Auburn doesn’t have.”

According to the Birmingham Zoo website, the zoo is an ever-evolving adventure and a must-see attraction in Alabama. Spend the day roaming around the house with hundreds of animals or take a ride on the Red Diamond Express train.

Cheaha State Park

Take a break from your studies and hike at Cheaha State Park in Delta, Alabama. Cheaha State Park is located at the highest elevation in the state. According to the state park’s website, for a five-dollar entrance fee, the park offers beautiful scenic views, including waterfalls or trails that overlook Alabama.

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