Written by: Karly Helton
We’re going on a road trip! Follow along with me on my road trip along Interstate 75 in Georgia’s beautiful Historic High Country! Along this journey you will experience local food favorites, one of a kind museums, and historic sites that you can’t find anywhere else. Let’s go!
Begin your road trip in Ringgold, Georgia with breakfast at our favorite farm to table restaurant, Farm to Fork. With a plethora of delicious morning starters, the breakfast menu offers many local favorites such as the Sasquatch biscuit.
After breakfast head over to the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park for a morning full of civil war history. The 8,000 acre park includes a museum, hiking/biking trails and hundreds of monuments to tour. Climb Wilder tower to see a beautiful overlook of Georgia’s Historic High Country!
Next, stop in to see our friends at the first farm winery in Georgia, the Georgia Winery in Ringgold! They offer free tastings of fresh wines made right here in North Georgia!
After your tasting, hop back on the interstate and travel down I-75 to Calhoun, Georgia for lunch at Dub’s High on the Hog. Here you’ll find some good ‘ole Georgia bar-be-que and delicious side items to try. My favorite menu item is the BBQ Sundae, layered with baked beans, coleslaw, juicy pulled pork, and topped with fresh pickles. Mix in some of their homemade BBQ sauce and you are sure to have to roll yourself out the door!
After lunch, stop by the Calhoun Premium Outlets to get some shopping done at discounted prices. With stores from Tommy Hilfiger to the Nike Outlet, you are sure to find all of your upcoming holiday needs!
Enjoy an evening at one of Calhoun’s premier hotels such as the Fairfield Inn & Suites or the Country Inn & Suites just down the road from the mall.
Begin your day in Cartersville, Georgia at the award winning Booth Western Art Museum. Experience beautiful displays of art by over 200 artists. If you’re traveling with the kids this is a great stop for them to get some energy out in the children’s area downstairs! You will find fun for all ages at this Smithsonian affiliate museum.
Spend time outdoors at the Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site in Cartersville.
These mounds were home to several thousand Native Americans from 1000 A.D. to 1550 A.D. You can climb to the top of the 63 foot mound and get a beautiful view of all 6 earthen mounds. Rain or shine, the historic site will show you what it was like to live like the natives did!
For lunch stop by the Swheat Market in downtown Cartersville for many fresh soup and sandwich options. Enjoy a fabulous lunch or just sit and relax with your favorite magazine!
After a little lunch break, continue down I-75 to historic downtown Woodstock, Georgia. In this quaint southern town you can visit several local shops, parks, and the Visitor Center at the historic Dean’s store. The visitor center will have Woodstock merchandise and other tourist information for your next trip in the Historic High Country!
For dinner, cross the railroad tracks to eat at the Freight Kitchen and Tap at the depot. Choose between a delicious hamburger, shrimp and grits, or several other plates with loads of flavor! Before you end your road trip, drop by the Reformation Brewery in Woodstock after dinner to enjoy a locally made cold beer. Take a tour of the brewery and relax with a beer in their family friendly atrium.
I hope you enjoyed your I-75 road trip in Georgia’s beautiful Historic High Country! When planning your next trip, stop in at your state Visitor Information center on I-75 South to get more information on attractions, restaurants, and accommodations in Georgia!