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Gainesville is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Hall County, northeast Georgia. As of 2009, the population was 35,750. The town of Gainsville lies along the shore of Lake Lanier, which is one of the state's most popular recreational lakes. The city is the 19th largest in the state and is sometimes called "The Chicken Capital of the World," due to the large number of chicken processing plants in the area. Downtown Gainsville has a beautiful historic area filled with over fifty unique shops and restaurants. Gainsville is a friendly city, small enough to retain a hometown atmosphere, yet large enough to offer modern businesses, services and culture. Plus, it's just a short drive to the city of Atlanta. Gainsville offers 19 city parks with over 443 acres of parkland. Lake Lanier is a boaters' paradise, which sees over seven million people each year. The rowing and sprint canoeing events were held at Lake Lanier in the 1996 Summer Olympics and hosted the 2003 Canoe Sprint World Championships. Several marinas are located around the lake and its home to the Lake Lanier Islands Waterpark. Each year from mid-November through December, the Lake Lanier Islands are decorated with over six miles of holiday lights, which makes it one of the largest light shows in the world. In addition, there are carnival rides, Santa Shop, a live nativity, and bonfire.

Surrounding areas: Ada Creek, Georgia (4.6 mi), Lake Sidney Lanier, Georgia (9.8 mi), Chestatee, Georgia (10.0 mi), Two Mile Creek, Georgia (11.4 mi), Lake Lanier, Georgia (14.2 mi), Dahlonega, Georgia (18.6 mi), Dawsonville, Georgia (18.9 mi)

Gainesville Vacation Rentals

Gainesville Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Gainesville400 Ee Butler PkwyGainesville, GA (800) 782-8966
Days Inn Gainesville520 Queen City PkwyGainesville, GA (770) 535-8100
Hampton Inn450 Jesse Jewell PkwyGainesville, GA (770) 503-0300
Quality Inn & Suites Conference Ctr726 Jesse Jewell PkwyGainesville, GA (770) 536-4451
Ramada Limited766 Jesse Jewell PkwyGainesville, GA (770) 287-3205
Suburban Lodge Of Gainesville1115 Jesse Jewell PkwyGainesville, GA (800) 951-7829
Super 8541 Doresey StGainesville, GA (770) 533-9009
Comfort Inn3469 Branch RdFlowery Branch, GA5.7 mi.(770) 287-1000
Comfort InnI-985 At Exit 16Oakwood, GA6.0 mi.(770) 287-1000
Jameson Inn Oakwood3780 Merchants WayOakwood, GA6.0 mi.(770) 533-9400
Comfort Inn127 Beartooth PkwyDawsonville, GA13.0 mi.(706) 216-1900
Emerald Pointe Resort & Conference Center7000 Holiday RdBuford, GA13.4 mi.(770) 945-8787
Best Western Dawson Village Inn76 N Georgia AveDawsonville, GA13.4 mi.(706) 216-4410
Lake Lanier Islands Hilton Resort7000 Holiday RdLake Lanier Islands, GA13.4 mi.(404) 945-8787
Renaissance Pineisle Resort9000 Holiday RdLake Lanier Islands, GA13.4 mi.(770) 945-8921
Holiday Inn Express At Chateau Elan2069 Hwy 211Braselton, GA13.5 mi.(770) 867-8100
American Inn Of Buford4267 Hwy 20Buford, GA16.0 mi.(770) 932-0111
Comfort Inn & Suites Near Lake Lanier5961 Bristol Ind WayBuford, GA16.0 mi.(678) 730-5050
Country Inn & Suites1395 Mall Of Ga BlvdBuford, GA16.0 mi.(770) 271-1441
Holiday Inn Exprtess Hotel & Suites2499 Satellite BlvdBuford, GA16.0 mi.(678) 318-1080
Hampton Inn Mall Of Georgia3240 Buford DrBuford, GA17.7 mi.(678) 546-1200
Springhill Suites By Marriott- Mall Of Georgia3250 Buford DrBuford, GA17.7 mi.(678) 714-2150
Days Inn Dahlonega1065 Chestatee StDahlonega, GA18.1 mi.(706) 864-2338
Holiday Inn Express835 S Chestatee StDahlonega, GA18.1 mi.(706) 867-7777
Howard Johnson Dahlonega1010 MTN DrDahlonega, GA18.6 mi.(706) 864-4343
Super 8-dawsonville205 N CTR LnDawsonville, GA18.9 mi.(706) 216-6801
Sun Suites Of Cumming555 Lake Center PkwyCumming, GA19.0 mi.(770) 781-5550
Comfort Inn4880 US 129 NJefferson, GA19.0 mi.(706) 693-4582
Hampton Inn Atlanta/Cumming Ga915 Northside Forsyth DrCumming, GA19.1 mi.(770) 889-0877
Comfort Suites905 Buford RdCumming, GA19.4 mi.(770) 889-4141
Holiday Inn Express835 Buford RdCumming, GA19.5 mi.(770) 889-4600
Best Western Commerce Inn157 Eisenhower DrCommerce, GA20.8 mi.(706) 335-3640
Super 8158 Eisenhower DrCommerce, GA20.8 mi.(706) 336-8008
Days Inn ClevelandHwy 129Cleveland, GA21.0 mi.(706) 865-4079
Hampton Inn153 Hampton CTCommerce, GA21.0 mi.(706) 335-6161
Travel Inn1573 Willingham AveBaldwin, GA21.6 mi.(706) 778-2186
Comfort Inn177 W Athens StWinder, GA21.8 mi.(770) 868-5303
Comfort Inn CommerceI-85 & US 441Commerce, GA21.9 mi.(706) 335-9001
Holiday Inn Express30747 Hwy 441 SCommerce, GA21.9 mi.(706) 335-5183
Howard Johnson Commerce148 Eishhower DrCommerce, GA21.9 mi.(706) 335-5581
Bed & Breakfast
Grand Oaks Manor6295 Jefferson RdAthens, GA28.3 mi.(706) 353-2200

Gainesville Weather & Climate

Northeast Georgia, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, has four distinct seasons, where temperatures rarely get too hot or too cold. The region does receive some snow, but winters are generally mild with average temperatures in the 40s and 50s during the day and upper 20s to mid 30s at night. Summer highs rarely exceed the mid 80s. With altitudes ranging from 1,800 to 4,784 feet above sea level, northeast Georgia has an average temperature of 69.3 degrees. Rainfall averages 57 inches per year, and snowfall averages 3 inches. This region is located on the northeast border of Georgia within the Chattahoochee National Forest in Blue Ridge Mountains.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 51°F 31°F 6.04 in. -
February 56°F 33°F 5.03 in. -
March 64°F 40°F 6.14 in. -
April 73°F 47°F 4.06 in. -
May 79°F 55°F 4.33 in. -
June 85°F 63°F 3.82 in. -
July 89°F 68°F 4.14 in. -
August 87°F 67°F 3.97 in. -
September 82°F 61°F 4.40 in. -
October 73°F 49°F 3.92 in. -
November 63°F 41°F 4.36 in. -
December 54°F 34°F 4.54 in. -

Gainesville Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Gwinnett County Briscoe Field (LZU) located about 23 miles southwest of Gainesville in Lawrenceville, Georgia, the Winder Barrow airport (WDR) located approximately 23 miles south of Gainesville in Winder, Georgia, the Athens Ben Epps airport (AHN) located roughly 37 miles southeast of Gainesville in Athens, Georgia, the Dekalb Peachtree airport (PDK) located around 39 miles southwest of Gainesville in Atlanta, Georgia, Fulton County Brown Field (FTY) located about 53 miles southwest of Gainesville in Atlanta, Georgia, the Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International airport (ATL) located approximately 57 miles southwest of Gainesville in Atlanta, Georgia, and finally the Cartersville airport (VPC) located roughly 59 miles west of Gainesville in Cartersville, Georgia.

Gainesville Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Stone Mountain ParkStone MountainGA39.2 mi.
American AdventuresMariettaGA47.9 mi.
Lakewood FairgroundsAtlantaGA49.8 mi.
Six Flags Over GeorgiaAustellGA57.3 mi.
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC86.3 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC86.3 mi.
Water Parks
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA14.5 mi.
White Water ParkMariettaGA47.9 mi.
Golf Courses
Chattahoochee Golf ClubGainesvilleGA 
Chicopee Woods Golf CourseGainesvilleGA 
Sugar Hill Golf ClubSugar HillGA7.6 mi.
Royal Lakes Golf & Country ClubFlowery BranchGA9.8 mi.
GreenWay Golf CourseMaysvilleGA15.4 mi.
Skitt Mountain Golf CourseClevelandGA15.4 mi.
Chestatee Golf ClubDawsonvilleGA18.4 mi.
Nicklaus Golf Club At Birch RiverDahlonegaGA18.4 mi.
Country Land Golf CourseCummingGA19.3 mi.
Hampton Golf VillageCummingGA19.3 mi.
Windermere Golf ClubCummingGA19.3 mi.
Eagle Greens At The ChimneysWinderGA22.1 mi.
Pine Hills Golf ClubWinderGA22.1 mi.
Bears Best AtlantaSuwaneeGA22.2 mi.
Laurel Springs Golf ClubSuwaneeGA22.2 mi.
Olde Atlanta Golf ClubSuwaneeGA22.2 mi.
Hamilton Mill Golf ClubDaculaGA22.3 mi.
Trophy Club of ApalacheeDaculaGA22.3 mi.
Deer Trail Country ClubCommerceGA22.4 mi.
Sandy Creek Golf CourseCommerceGA22.4 mi.
Piedmont Golf ClubDemorestGA24.3 mi.
Collins Hill Golf ClubLawrencevilleGA25.6 mi.
Chancellors Course At The Georgia ClubStathamGA26.9 mi.
Peachtree Family Golf CenterDuluthGA27.4 mi.
St Marlo Country ClubDuluthGA27.4 mi.
Apple Mountain ResortClarkesvilleGA27.7 mi.
Innsbruck Golf ClubHelenGA28.3 mi.
College Park Municipal Golf CourseCollege ParkGA29.0 mi.
Ski Areas
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC57.1 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC93.8 mi.
State Parks
Fort Yargo State ParkGA23.4 mi. 
Amicalola Falls State ParkGA29.8 mi. 
Unicoi State ParkGA29.8 mi. 
Vogel State ParkGA30.3 mi. 
Victoria Bryant State ParkGA37.9 mi. 
Moccasin Creek State ParkGA40.0 mi. 
Compulsory ArtsAthensGA34.5 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Georgia Museum of Natural HistoryAthensGA34.5 mi.(Science)
Georgia Museum of ArtAthensGA34.5 mi.(Art)
Kennesaw Civil War MuseumKennesawGA49.1 mi.(History)
Robert C. Williams American Museum of PapermakingAtlantaGA49.8 mi.(Technology)
Hammonds House Galleries & Resource Center OF African American ArtAtlantaGA49.8 mi.(Art)
Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia - MOCA|GAAtlantaGA49.8 mi.(Art)
Oglethorpe University MuseumAtlantaGA49.8 mi.(Art)
Oglethorpe University MuseumAtlantaGA49.8 mi.(Art)
Pasarya Museum of ArtAtlantaGA49.8 mi.(Art)
Atlanta History CenterAtlantaGA49.8 mi.(History)
Madison Museum of Fine ArtMadisonGA52.6 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Zoo AtlantaAtlantaGA49.8 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC89.9 mi.
Tennessee AquariumChattanoogaTN99.0 mi.
Warner Park ZooChattanoogaTN99.0 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN115.0 mi.
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC115.2 mi.

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