Searching for your next destination to visit?  Destination Cherokee GA “Where Metro Meets the Mountains” in Northwest Georgia should top your list! Check out this Historic Half Day Jaunt which is just one of the many family-friendly itineraries for Cherokee County.  You’ll find history, revitalization, and charm plus unique coffee shops to fuel your day of exploration.

Morning: Coffee and History

Bizarre Coffee




Start your day with a refreshing cup of coffee at Bizarre Coffee, located in downtown Canton. Allow the energy and color in the café to revitalize your soul and the “Good Mood Juice” to delight your tastebuds. Savor their locally roasted brews and indulge in a freshly baked pastry to kickstart your morning.

Location: 121 East Marietta Street, Canton, GA 30114

Cherokee County History Museum





After fueling up, head over to the Cherokee County History Museum. Delve into the rich history of the area and enjoy six interactive exhibits. The exhibits showcase the heritage of Cherokee County, from Native American beginnings to the development of local communities. Currently, teachers visit for FREE for Teacher Appreciation month in July.

Location: 221 East Marietta Street, Canton, GA 30114

Midday: Lunch at The Mill on Etowah or Local Eatery

The Mill on Etowah




Next, venture to The Mill on Etowah, a historic landmark built in 1900, it has been transformed into a vibrant community space. One of Metro’s hottest adaptive re-use developments offers a brewery, retail marketplace, restaurants, and co-working space. Stroll along the riverwalk and learn about the mill’s significance in Canton’s industrial past. Enjoy the event green, stage, and screen during events. View art such as the bronze Creek chieftains or historic photographs of the mill.

Location: 225 Reformation Parkway, Canton, GA 30114

Lunch at Local Eateries


Just as your legs are tiring, stop at one of Canton’s charming local eateries. Whether you crave southern comfort food or a fresh salad, there are plenty of options to satisfy your appetite at The Mill on Etowah or within walking distance in downtown Canton.  The food scene ranges from bakeries, ice cream, pub food, barbecue pitmasters, and southern specialties to a world of international inspirations. Whether you prefer a fine dining experience or a laid-back atmosphere, Canton offers a variety of culinary delights to suit every taste.

Afternoon: Boutique Shopping

Shopping Extravaganza


After lunch, explore Canton’s downtown area and indulge in some retail therapy at the boutiques and specialty shops lining Main Street. Discover unique gifts, stylish clothing, and artisan crafts that reflect the flair and creativity of Canton and the local arts scene.

Add these fun activities to extend your visit:


Canton blends history, culture, and small-town charm seamlessly, making it a perfect destination for a day trip or weekend getaway. From sipping coffee at sunrise to exploring local history and enjoying a satisfying meal, every moment in Canton promises to be memorable. Come discover the heart of Cherokee County and create your own unforgettable experiences in this hidden gem of Georgia. In addition, outdoor activities abound (golf, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, boating, kayaking, and more) – find out more on our website at

Plan your visit to Canton today and immerse yourself in its rich tapestry of heritage, flavors, and community spirit. Happy exploring!