A 2,799-acre park in the delta between Birmingham and Atlanta, Cheaha State Park contains the highest point in Alabama as well as a cliffside restaurant, cabins, chalets, a gem mine, waterfall trails, a bike trail, fishing, swimming, rock climbing, and lots of other activities for day trips or getaways.
Just slightly south of Interstate 70, these "chalk pyramids" are sedimentary rock formations deposited by a river long since gone and piled high with shells, fossils, and other artifacts not typically found on the plains — a bit of pale beauty in an otherwise flat and featureless land. It isn't a shabby place to watch the sunset for a romantic date night.
Cape Cod is fine, but Cape Ann is an underrated stretch of coastline increasingly popular in recent years. Most folks know it for Rockport and the oft-photographed Motif No. 1 fishing shack. But the fishing city of Gloucester has become a tourist destination all its own, with the cove shoreline at Good Harbor Beach serving as its centerpiece. Ringed with bed-and-breakfasts such as the Blue Shutters Beachside and Samarkand Inn, Good Harbor Beach offers ocean views, fishing, and proximity to the city's eateries and events, including its annual St. Peter's Fiesta in late June and early July.