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5 Ways to Explore Outside Downtown

Posted August 29, 2016 by Georgia's Rome in Life in Rome, Things to Do

While downtown may be full of activity, there is even more to explore beyond!

Learn About Cherokee History in Rome at the Chieftain’s Museum & Major Ridge Home

Chieftains Museum

The Chieftain’s Museum & Major Ridge Home

The Chieftains Museum & Major Ridge Home is a National Historic Landmark and one of only a few private entities to be certified by the National Park Service as a site on the Trail of Tears. Major Ridge, whose old home Chieftains now occupies, was one of the signers of the Treaty of New Echota, which resulted in the forced relocation of the Cherokee people.

Go on a Tour of Gardens at the Oak Hill and Martha Berry Museum

Oak Hill

Oak Hill

One of the Georgia’s most prized attractions, the Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum opened in 1972 as a historic house and history museum. Our mission is to tell the story of Martha Berry and Berry College through exhibitions, events and educational programming. Tours begin at the Martha Berry Museum where guests can tour the permanent exhibition that traces the evolution of the Berry Schools into Berry College. The Martha Berry Museum also includes an art gallery and temporary exhibitions.

Experience Berry College and the World’s Largest Campus

Berry College

Hermann Hall at Sunset

Berry’s stunning campus is great for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers, with multiple hiking trails and a rich history, all complete with breathtaking visuals. Berry is also one of the most photogenic destinations in Rome, with some of the best places being the Ford Buildings, Old Mill, House of Dreams and Roosevelt Cabin.

Explore the Family Friendly Cave in Cave Spring

Cave Spring Cave

Cave Spring Cave Interior

Just 20 minutes away from Rome, this charming little village is home to gorgeous Rolater Park, the always delicious Linde Marie’s Steakhouse and Vann’s Cabin, which is a newly discovered Cherokee Nation landmark. Explore Cave Spring’s namesake cave, which supplies the drinking water for Floyd County and check out Rolater Lake which is shaped like the state of Georgia. You could even embark on one of the ghost tours!

Play a Set at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College

rome tennis center

Rome Tennis Center at Berry College Clubhouse

The newest addition to Rome, the tennis center is the nation’s largest hard court facility and is the go-to destination for any tennis enthusiast.

Paddle or Float on the Rivers

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Whether you prefer to tube or kayak, paddleboard or canoe, Rome’s rivers offer a relaxing experience complete with astounding views no matter where the current takes you and is a great way to see Rome’s fall foliage.

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