North Georgia, comprising 20 cities situated north of Atlanta, is known as a recreational haven, famous for its fly fishing, water sports, golf courses and public parks. Chief among these are the city of Dalton and Lake Lanier. (The lake, in fact, attracts more than 7.5 million visitors annually.) North Georgia event venues range from state parks to restored mansions, while accommodations can be found in the form of luxury resorts to cozy cabins.
North Georgia is accessible via the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport and Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport serves eight nonstop U.S. destinations, providing worldwide connections, with four major airline carriers. The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport also features several ground transportation options to North Georgia. The region is also served by Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Known as a major global air hub, Hartsfield-Jackson International serves 151 U.S. destinations and more than 80 international destinations in 52 countries.
Located just 87 miles outside of Atlanta and 28 miles outside of Chattanooga, the city of Dalton features a walkable downtown area and access to several historical sites, attractions and other North Georgia venues. Dalton's Northwest Georgia Trade & Convention Center, nestled in the foothills of the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, features a wide range of flexible and functional meeting spaces, including a 40,500-square-foot exhibit hall, 10,800-square-foot ballroom, 3,500-square-foot outdoor exhibit area, 13 meeting rooms and a 220-person lecture hall. Meeting amenities include on-site audio-visual and catering services, as well as a cyber lounge and 1,000 free parking spaces.
Additional attractions and meeting venues in North Georgia include Dalton's Walnut Hill Farm, an 85-acre converted farm with formal and informal gardens, orchards and a serene pond. The Rose Lawn Museum, located in Cartersville, is a restored Victorian mansion and house museum, while Dalton's Hamilton House Museum is a beautiful antebellum structure.
For a taste of North Georgia's adventurous, recreational side, meeting participants can gather at the Vogel State Park in Blairsville, which offers plenty of hiking, backpacking, swimming and relaxing along its lakeside beach. Private groups may rent out picnic shelters and facilities at Vogel State Park, as well as shelters at the Unicoi State Park in Helen and the Tallulah Gorge State Park. While visiting the Tallulah Gorge State Park, meeting participants can hike to several overlooks along the 1,000-foot-deep canyon or even walk across the suspension bridge stretched 80 feet above the canyon's rocky bottom.