Clean Getaways

by Sarah Tuff


Leave from: Atlanta

The jaunt: With all due respect to air conditioning, nothing beats the Atlanta summer heat like drifting down the 320-mile-long Chattahoochee River as it flows from the Blue Ridge Mountains. After all, who writes songs about built-in AC? In less time than it takes to fight crosstown traffic, Atlantans can be lazily floating the Hooch on an inner tube, shaded by mountain laurel and hemlock trees. The slightly more active set can choose from canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, and water bikes, all available from Chattahoochee Outfitters, a rental company with two riverside shops and five pick-up/drop-off points along the river. Rentals are available by the hour or by the trip; it takes about four hours to cover the six and a half miles between Johnson's Ferry and Paces Mill.

Your chariot: A tube, a canoe, or anything that's buoyant

Check into: The Twelve Centennial Park is right next to the Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta's other can't-miss waters.

Chattahoochee Outfitters
Tel: 770 650 1008

Twelve Centennial Park
Tel: 404 418 1212
Doubles from $200

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