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Explore Stone Mountain Park In Georgia
by By Iris Dean, a Feature and Travel Writer for USA Travel Magazine

Travel just 16 miles east of downtown Atlanta and you'll find the perfect vacation destination among the 3,200 stunning acres filled with outdoor entertainment and recreation. Once known as "Rock Mountain" or "Rock Fort Mountain," Stone Mountain is the world's largest mass of exposed granite.

The heart of the Stone Mountain Park is the world's largest high relief carving, depicting three heroes of the American Confederacy, considered as the "eighth Wonder of the World."

Step into the Mountaintop Skylift's Swiss cable car and take a trip up 825 ft. above the surrounding area to the top of the mountain for a breathtaking view of the Confederate Memorial carving. While at the top enjoy a guided tour during the summer and catch an incredible view of Atlanta, the Appalachian Mountains and surrounding countryside. For scenic views around the base of the mountain hop on the open-air train cars at Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad. The train departs from a scale replica of the Main Train Depot found in downtown Atlanta in the late 19th century on a five mile trip around the mountain. Live shows are performed on the train during the summer season. Stops along the way include the Confederate Hall/Walk-up Trail.

Nearby, at the Antebellum Plantation & Farmyard visitors experience the lifestyle of antebellum Georgians. The Plantation includes original buildings, built between 1790 and 1845, representing an authentic, pre-Civil War Georgia plantation. Children will adore the Plantation's Farmyard, where they can learn about and pet animals roaming about the shaded yard.

The Great Barn may look like any other country barn from the outside, but step inside and you find Atlanta's newest and most exciting children's attraction. Kids have a blast exploring four floors of fantastic 21st century fun! Along with rope nets to climb, mazes to explore, and super slides that whisk you from ceiling to floor, the main attraction is the world's coolest computer game. Visitors actually become characters in Harvest Quest and once they earn enough points their name appears in lights on the huge scoreboard in the center of the Barn.

Visit the 1870's community of Crossroads

Meet fascinating townsfolk and skilled crafters in the 1870s Southern town of Crossroads®. With the help of skilled craftspeople and artisans in period cloths, visitors become a part of the 1870's community in Crossroads. Scents and sounds of the 1870's like demonstrations of blowing glass, dipping candle tapers, and the pouring peanut brittle make the experience memorable journey through time.

Don't forget to visit Stone Mountain Park's all-new Treehouse Challenge, located in Crossroads. This one-of-a-kind outdoor attraction is Atlanta's Ultimate Kids' Adventure. Groups of boys and girls work together as teams and compete against the opposite gender for bragging rights is the two dueling tree houses.

There's so much to experience at the Stone Mountain Park that each visit is a unique and memorable experience.

About the Author
Iris Dean is a Feature and Travel Writer for USA Travel Magazine where you can Explore America's Backyard at: http://www.usatravelmagazine.com.



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