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Last week, we found ourselves in a very interesting predicament. It was the kids’ Spring Break and for the first time in a while, we had absolutely no plans for the week! None at all! Honestly, these past few months have been so extremely busy and hectic for our whole family – from the kids’ school and extra curricular activities, to me planning for ShiftCon, to hubby trying to keep up with work and our crazy schedules, we completely dropped the ball on Spring Break planning and came to regret that decision pretty early on.
Fortunately, I was approached by Megabus.com to partner on this campaign highlighting the “Joy of Little Journeys” and asked to try it out for a nearby getaway vacation with the family. Even still, I hesitated at first. As big of a proponent I am of the fact that sometimes you just have to stop and say “I need a break!” (and actually take it), I know that sometimes planning a vacation can be a long, detailed, expensive project to undertake.
However, I quickly realized just how easy and virtually stress it can be to plan a quick getaway or day trip from Atlanta. First of all, booking a ticket on Megabus.com is extremely simple and surprisingly inexpensive. They offer travel from city center to city center starting as low as $1! They offer countless routes and operate service to/from more than 120 major cities in North America. Along with being affordable, there were also several other features I appreciated about Megabus.com that helped make me feel very confident in our decision.
I hadn’t realized what a big priority safety was for megabus.com. On every bus, there is a “seeing machine” that zaps the driver’s seat any time they take their eyes off the road to ensure a safe ride in getting to point A to point B. The company maintains the highest (Satisfactory) safety compliance rating with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
2. Free Wifi Passenger Amenities
So, the one thing we know when traveling with kids is that there are some amenities we absolutely cannot live without for any extended period of time – Wifi is definitely among those things and I was excited about the fact that megabus.com offers passengers free WiFi and even power outlets if you’re lucky enough to get a great seat.
There’s also a FREE app megabusRIDE that allows riders to watch movies and TV shows on their smartphones or tablets aboard the bus.
Our Girls’ Only Day Trip to Chattanooga
We ultimately decided on Chattanooga, TN since I’d heard such wonderful things about the city and none of us had ever actually had a chance to spend time there. We actually spent the night there because we wanted a chance to explore the city and then just have some mother-daughter time in a hotel that night.
We caught the first bus ride out early that morning to Chattanooga from the Megabus station outside of the Marta Civic Center Station. I believe it was the first stop on the ride, so we had our pick of the seats we wanted – of course the kids wanted to ride on the top of the double decker! As for me, I just enjoyed the extra two hours of sleep I got to enjoy for once with someone else driving!
The bus dropped us off in the heart of Chattanooga, just a short Uber ride from downtown. From that moment on, our adventure began! We started off our day at the Tennessee Aquarium of course and from there, discovered the many fun things for families to do in Chattanooga!
The ride back the next day was equally as stress free. Only, instead of sleeping, I got to take part in an equally rare activity – pleasure reading – while the kids enjoyed soaking up the wifi. 🙂
If you’re planning a quick getaway or day trip from Atlanta, here are some great destinations to consider!
5 Easy Getaways from Atlanta for a Last Minute Family Vacation
Chattanooga,Tennessee (of course)
Chattanooga is only two hours away from Atlanta, so you can make the trip there and back in only a day with plenty of time to enjoy some of the attractions that the city has to offer – and there are many! We started of our trip on at the Tennessee Aquarium located right downtown, and just continued exploring from there. You can check out our entire guide to a Chattanooga Day trip on a budget here.
A couple of other places I still have yet to explore include the Songbird Guitar Museum, which is a known gem for music fans and Rock City Gardens.
While Nashville is a little farther away from Atlanta (it was the next stop on our bus trip), there’s so much there to do, you’ll want to stay there for days on end! Once you arrive, you can visit Adventureworks for a full day of fun and excitement. From their Zipline Forest to their challenge course, your family won’t run out of things to enjoy. It’s also perfect for first-timers, so even the kids can make a good experience out of it. When you get tired of being in the air, you can watch balls soar through it instead by watching the Nashville Sounds Baseball Team. You’ll want to check for tickets ahead of time though, especially if you’re traveling with some big sports fans.
Columbia, South Carolina
Columbia can also be a pretty simple last minute getaway from Atlanta. Every family loves a trip to the zoo, and Columbia has the amazing Riverbank Zoo and Garden. After the trip to the zoo, you can enjoy a nice stroll in the garden before starting off on your next adventure in South Carolina. If you’re lucky enough to make this trip on a weekend, spend the morning at Soda City Market. From 9am to 1pm, you can take a long walk through the market for anything you find interesting or make yourself a small breakfast on the go before heading out for your next adventure of the day.
Speaking of adventure, Columbia is home to EdVenture, a kids’ museum that your children will love. They can play and learn at the same time in EdVenture’s interactive exhibits, or even watch an educational movie for the whole family in the theater.
Another easy, last minute getaway – especially for a day trip – would be to Birmingham. It is also home to the amazing Birmingham zoo filled with some pretty interesting animals and attractions to experience. And if anyone in the family likes science, you can make a point to stop by the McWane Science Center for a day of learning and fun. This center is known for their events that teach you about certain branches of science, such as robotics and how nature works.
For those with more of a historical or cultural interest, a visit to the Civil Rights Institute is a must. Learn about local history and the impact of civil rights on the community at large through a tour of the institute.
Finally, Montgomery can also be a last minute option for a family getaway. Not far from Birmingham, you could even visit both areas in the same day at your leisure. For sports fans, visit the Montgomery Biscuits Baseball Team and watch them play if you plan your trip just right to get to see a game live as a family. You can also take a tour at the Hank Williams Museum to learn about the history of country music and the amazing impact that Hank Williams has had on it from the time he first began creating music up to now.
Wherever you decide to go for your day trip, keep in mind that Megabus.com is also an option for safe, inexpensive, and best of all, easy travel! Learn more about them HERE.