Though the Kennesaw Mountain National Park commemorates the Civil War, it is no tribute to the Lost Cause. Upon entering its museum, the first faces you see are those of Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant, and artifact displays give equal space to the North and South. But you don’t have to care about history to enjoy this fee-free park’s nearly 20 miles of trails. The most direct route to the peak is a challenging two-mile loop, but spectacular views stretching all the way to downtown are worth the effort (you can drive there on weekdays). The trail is well shaded, with occasional benches for rest breaks. The hike burns 302 calories; so, afterwards, reward yourself with a couple of spicy chili cheese dogs from the nearby Brandi’s World Famous Hot Dogs, a local institution for nearly 40 years (cash only; we can’t vouch for calorie counts). Brandi’s: 770-422-3681
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