Georgia on my mind? Hell yeah! Who’s ready for a down-home southern-inspired ride?

From historic homes to sports teams, Atlanta has it all. When it comes to some of the most phenomenal sights to see in the South, this area has more than its fair share of unique locations. You’re going to find tons of things to do in this hotbed of American culture. Atlanta and its surrounding areas are filled with history, diversity, and southern charm. This ride won’t disappoint when you want a ride that will encompass it all. Let’s get ready to take in the famous ATL in all its glory, ending up in one of Georgia’s most beautiful state parks, known for its 12,000-acre lake, 15 miles of hiking trails, and awe-struck views. Fire up your Thirsty Biker apps, riders, because, in episode 21 of the Thirsty Biker Chronicles, we’re ridin’ through the ATL to Red Top Mountain State Park.

Must-See Stops

inside Vortex bar

We start our journey off in the heart of downtown Atlanta on Peachtree Street at The Vortex Bar & Grill. The Vortex got its start in the early 90s by Los Angeles artist Michael Benoit. Since then, it has become a hotspot for locals, visitors, and all walks of life to congregate and have a good time in the city. Serving up burgers and bar food, as well as liquor and other refreshments, The Vortex hosts many events throughout the year, including brunch, trivia, stand-up comedy, and more. So, if you’re passing through the ATL, be sure to stop off at The Vortex and try out one of their legendary burgers and chat with the locals.

Next up, we’re flying down the road to Red and Terry’s Timbers in Smyrna for a casual yet memorable dining experience. Delicious food, cold drinks, and fair prices greet you at Red and Terry’s. When you want to unwind, participate in various activities, like cornhole tournaments, karaoke, poker, and more. There’s always something going on at Red and Terry’s Timbers. If you’re in the mood for a good dive bar, head over to Mulligan’s in Marietta, where every hour is happy hour. Eat, drink and make friends in this casual, no-nonsense establishment. When you want some good, old-fashioned sarcasm, Mulligan’s won’t let you down.

We end our trip at Red Top Mountain State Park, situated on Lake Allatoona, a popular destination for swimming, hiking, water skiing, exploring, and more. Rent a cottage or camp out at one of the campgrounds, and make a weekend out of your stay there. Hike the various trails and take in unmatched views of the lake, foliage, and the surrounding wilderness. When you want to get away from your busy schedule, a trip to Red Top is always a good idea.

The Ride

map of the ride

The cool part about this ride is that it starts out in the bustling city of Atlanta but then seamlessly makes its way into rolling hills and vast expanses of the highway. As you make your way out of the city, you’ll find the peacefulness of your ride to Red Top is exactly what you need. If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, you’ll find it with this trip, so open up your Thirsty Biker app and add this ride to your bucket list.

Thirsty Biker is available for iOS and Android.

Download on the App Store button Get it on Google Play button