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The travel issue

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Need to get away, but don't want to spring for a hotel? Enter the day trip. Here are a few places to visit that are within about an hour and a half drive from Gainesville, but far enough away to feel like a bit of a vacation.

Cartersville

How far (estimated from Gainesville according to Google maps): One hour, 35 minutes

Booth Western Art Museum
Where: 501 Museum Drive, Cartersville
How much: $8 adults, $6 seniors 65 and older, $5 students, children 12 and younger and active military free
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays
Contact: 770-387-1300

Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic site
What: Most intact Mississippian Culture site in the Southeastern United States
Where: 813 Indian Mounds Road, Cartersville
How much: $5 adults, $2.50 children
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturdays
Contact: 770-387-3747

Tellus Northwest Georgia Science Museum
What: The Weinman Mineral Gallery, The Fossil Gallery, Science in Motion, The Collins Family My Big Backyard and planetarium
Where: 100 Tellus Drive, Cartersville
How much: $12 adults, $8 children ages 3 to 17, $8 students, $10 seniors 65 and older, active military free
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Contact: 770-606-5700

Decatur

How far: 54 minutes

Waffle House Museum
Where:
2719 E. College, Decatur
Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment.
Contact: 1-877-9-WAFFLE

Walking tours
What:
Six self-guided tours; maps available at the Decatur Recreation Center, the Downtown Development Authority office, some local shops and on the official Decatur Web site
Contact: 404-371-8386

Madison

How far: One hour, 30 minutes

Heritage Hall
What:
19th century home
Where: 277 S. Main St., Madison
How much: $5 adults, $2 children and students
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturdays and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sundays
Contact: 706-342-9627

Madison-Morgan Cultural Center
What:
Museum, galleries and theater
Where: 434 S. Main St., Madison
How much: $3 adults, $2.50 seniors, $2 students
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturdays and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays
Contact: 706-342-4743 or 877-233-0598

Morgan County African American Museum
Where:
156 Academy St., Madison
How much: $3 adults, $2 students
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturdays
Contact: 706-342-9191

Rogers House & Rose Cottage
What:
19th century homes
Where: 179 E. Jefferson St., Madison
How much: $3 adults, $2 students
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturdays and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays
Contact: 706-343-0190

Stone Mountain Park

How far: 59 minutes

What: Family adventure course, train rides, miniature golf, hiking
Where: Interstate 20, Exit 8, Stone Mountain
How much: $8 parking; $26 adults, $21 children ages 3 to 11 and $23 seniors and military members
Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Aug. 9
Contact: 770-498-5690 or 800-401-2407

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