Tank of Gas Getaways for Summer 2010

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Check out some places you can travel to and return on approximately one tank of gas.

For those looking to save money while still traveling to new places, check out the Rome News Tribune list of travel destinations close to home:

1The Georgia Agrirama is the state’s living history center. You will find restored and preserved farm communities, an industrial area and a rural town of the late 1800s on this 95-acre complex. The cost for a family of four is about $25. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 800-767-1875 or visit www.agrirama.com for more information.

2The Southeastern Railway Museum has been in operation since 1970 and is “Georgia’s Official Transportation History Museum”.  The museum has more than 80 other pieces of retired railway rolling stock including vintage steam and diesel locomotives, passenger coaches, private business cars, a World War II army troop kitchen, wooden freight cars, railway post office car and maintenance of way equipment. For more information phone: 1-770-476-2013 or check the museum’s Web site at www.srmduluth.org online.

3The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum will take passengers on the popular Hiawassee River Rail Adventure. Enjoy a 50-mile round trip up the beautiful lower Hiawassee River gorge. This 3-1/2 hour trip will take you to the top of the famous “Hiwassee Loop” where the tracks cross over themselves as they corkscrew up the mountain near Farner, Tenn. Visit www.tvrail.com or call 423-894-8028 for scheduling and ticket prices.

4The High Museum of Art – Atlanta, This midtown museum is a marvel for anyone with an art appreciation. Their current featured exhibition until the end of June is a car show of extremely rare luxury cars from the past century. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for students/seniors, $11 for children 6-17, and free for ages 5 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the museum, online at www.high.org or by phone ($3 surcharge) at 404-733-5000.

5Lake Winnepesaukah, an amusement park in Chattanooga, Tenn., has two roller coasters, a natural setting, family rides, water and kids’ rides and food. Now open weekends. Gate admission to the park is $5. Parking is free, and an unlimited ride pass is $20. Individual ride tickets are available. Visitwww.lakewinnie.com or call 877-LAKEWIN for more information.
Of course there are many other great things close to home that provide plenty of fun times for the whole family.  Simple click to visit each destination website: Callaway GardensGeorgia AquariumZoo AtlantaStone Mountain, and a host of national parks and campsites a few short miles from Rome.

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