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BEST SPOTS: Labor Day Staycations
BEST SPOTS: Labor Day Staycations

ATLANTA -- Due to recent instability in the United States economy, many people are opting to stay in town for the Labor Day holiday. Vacations like these or “staycations” have become more popular since high oil prices have forced gas prices to top out at, sometimes, more than $4.00 per gallon.

According to an article by CNNMoney, the steady decline of gas prices could result in an increase in “last-minute” holiday travel. However, for those who want to stay in town and get their most “bang for their buck” there are plenty of choices near the Atlanta area to "take a load off" and relax.

Some Atlantans will choose to head out to the lake, Laek Lanier, for their Labor Day vacation. Travelers can stay in hotels like the County Inn and Suites, Wingate by Wyndam, Holiday Inn Express, Springhill Suites, America’s Best Value Inn and the Country Inn and Suites for less than $150.00 per night.

Vacationers can choose from a number of different activites, on the island. Local boat rental shop, Aqua Sport Adventures offers wave runners, runabouts and deckboats for rent for under $200 for two hours of use. Lake Lanier visitors can, also, hang out at the lake and water park for $30 per day. The waterpark has eleven water slides and is home to Georgia's largest wave pool.

After a day at the beach, visitors have lots of great restraurants to choose from. Skogies, Big Creek Tavern and Dockside Grill are among the best restaurants near the lake.

Another popular Georgia staycation destination is the Blue Ridge Mountains. Blue Ridge is a very popular tourist destination in Georgia. The area is surrounded by mountains, Lake Blue Ridge and the Toccoa River which is attractive to the outdoorsy-type or those who just want to get away for the weekend.

Visitors have the choice of booking a cabin or staying in a value hotel like the local Comfort Inn and Suites. Hotels like the Comfort Inn are offering double-occupancy rooms for under $140 per night.

Many vacationers enjoy rafting with one of the oldest rafting companies in the area. Ocoee Rafting is only about fifteen to twenty minutes from Blue Ridge and rafters can purchase Full River rafting experiences between $80 and $90.

Also, those who frequent the Blue Ridge area enjoy tubing. Many visitors enjoy the cool, spring water on the Toccoa River. Toccoa Valley Campground provides tube rentals and transportation to pick you up at the end of the ride for $10 per tube.

There is also a fine dining selection in Downtown Blue Ridge, restaurants like the Toccoa Riverside Restaurant, Harvest on Main, Christy Lee’s Courtyard Grille and Serenity Garden serve up southern favorites with a twist.

For those who live in the outskirts, Atlanta is a popular destination for the Labor Day holiday. The city is full of great restaurants, bars, museums and parks; there isn’t ever a shortage of things to do in Atlanta.

Some of the most popular hotels in Atlanta include the W: Midtown, the Four Seasons, the Georgian Terrace, The Ellis and The Glenn. Although these hotels get pretty booked on holiday weekends, visitors can get good rates by booking, at least, a week in advance.

Many of these hotels are home to some of the best bars in Atlanta. The Livingston Bar and Restaurant, which is located in the Georgian Terrace hotel, is an award-winning Midtown Atlanta restaurant. Park 75, which is located in the Four Seasons Hotel, is known for their southern cuisine and steaks.

Of course, Atlanta is never short on things to do, on the weekend, Dragon*Con and Dragon*Con parade, the Decatur Book Festival and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Race will all be held during Labor Day.

Check out the Where U Live Events Calender for events happening in Atlanta on Labor Day weekend.