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Introduction

Dahlonega is a short drive from Atlanta and is one of the first cities in the USA during the first major gold rush in 1829. The city has transformed itself into a tourist town because of the vineyards, mountain view and arts community.

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Sights and Activities

Consolidated Gold Mine - The roots of Dahlonega come from gold mining so there are plenty of gold mines and areas to pan for gold. The Consolidated Gold Mine is an excellent visit for families letting you of back in time to the late 1800s and early 1900s and experience the gold rush.
Wolf Mountain Vineyards - Beautiful views and great wine. Sit on the back deck close to the tasting room and you’ll be in heaven.
Dahlonega Gold Museum - The museum will walk you through the history before the 1849 gold rush to California, where thousands of people looking for gold came to North Georgia.

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Getting There

By Car

Short drive from Atlanta. It’s about 100 kilometres north of the city. Try to avoid rush hour traffic if you are coming from the airport because you will have to go through Atlanta by highway.

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Getting Around

By Car

There isn't much for public transportation so if you aren't staying within walking distance to the downtown you will have to bring your own car or rent one.

By Foot

The downtown is very walkable but to get to the wineries and some of the other attractions you will have to have a car or take an Uber. Uber might not have a lot of drivers there since it is a smaller town.

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Drink

Montaluce Winery & Estates - Winery, hotel and restaurant with some of the most amazing views in the area. Definitely worth a visit.

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Sleep

The Smith House - Built in 1899 from a old gold mine shaft and now converted into a Bed and Breakfast. Not far from the Dahlonega Gold Museum.

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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