No matter where you might be visiting, the same questions are always asked upon arrival. Such as, ‘What are some good restaurants?‘ or ‘Where do I do some shopping?‘ or ‘Are their some sites I should see?‘  Visiting Gwinnett is no different.

So whether you’re just passing through or staying in Gwinnett for an extended period of time, this guide should make organizing your stay a bit easier.

About Gwinnett

Gwinnett County is metro-Atlanta county located to the northeast of Atlanta.

It exemplifies the concept of a “Live, Work, Play” county.

Live

Over the past few decades, Gwinnett has experienced a massive population growth, due to its close proximity to Atlanta while still remaining a nice community to raise children.
The Gwinnett Public School System is one of the largest school systems in the US, and won the prestigious Broad Prize in 2010 for being an Outstanding Urban School System.

Work

Gwinnett remains a popular suburban county because many of its citizen can travel to their jobs in Atlanta on I-85. Even though many Gwinnett residents are Atlanta commuters, Gwinnett is also home to several types of business of all size. Several startups call Gwinnett their home, along with large corporations such as  NCR, Primerica, Waffle House, and America Megatrends.

Play

Gwinnett County is set among beautiful scenery with rolling hills and forest covering its landscape. Lake Lanier, a 37,000 acre lake, sits in Gwinnett’s northwest corner providing plenty of lake activies, such as fishing, camping or water skiing. Just south of Gwinnett sits Stone Mountain, the world’s largest granite foundation, that can be climbed and provides ample entertainment from its Stone Mountain Park.

The Gwinnett  County Parks and Recreation system maintains over 8,000 acres of parks. The parks in Gwinnett won the Gold Medal award from the National Recreation and Park Association. View and learn more about Gwinnett County Parks.

Many big city attractions, such as sporting venues, music amphitheaters, and large mall shopping centers can be found in Gwinnett, making it a popular living location for those wanting to live a suburban life without forgoing some the big event attractions often found only in larger cities.

This overview is just a small glimpse of what Gwinnett contains. Further information can be found by browsing the Gwinnett Information pages.

How to Get to Gwinnett

Gwinnett is accessible via several main road and one major interstate.

I-85 runs northeastward through Gwinnett and connects it to Atlanta and Greenville, NC.
Route 316 branches off of I-85 in the middle of Gwinnett and runs westward connecting Gwinnett to Athens.
I-985 also splits off of I-85 and run north towards the North Georgia Mountains.
HWY 78 runs along the southern portion of Gwinnett.
HWY 20 runs adjacent to I-85 and through the middle of Gwinnett. It connects with 400 in the north, and runs all the way down to I-20 in the south.

Get further driving directions to Gwinnett

Where to Stay in Gwinnett

Gwinnett’s hotels aren’t the architectural wonders found in most major cities. Most of the hotels are simple establishments meant to house road-weary travelers, not to be status indicators and social hubs.

However, there are a few resort locations if you want to experience the finest Gwinnett has to offer.

Lake Lanier Island Resort

The Lake Lanier Island Resort is a 1,100 acre facility on the lake that boasts of being the most visited lake resort in all of Georgia. The resort’s main facility is the Legacy Lodge & Conference Center that provides almost 300 guestrooms along with several meeting rooms for conference events.

Lake Lanier is also surrounded by cabins for rent of various sizes that make for either a romantic weekend or a fun family vacation.

Chateau Elan

Chateau Elan is a resort as well as the largest winery in Georgia. Along with the winery tours and tastings, the resort features a spa and golf course to help relax and rejuvenate its patrons. Although not located within Gwinnett, Chateau Elan is so close and easy to reach, visible directly from I-85 heading north,  that I’d be remiss not to mention it.

If you’re going to need a place to stay, then check the Location Listing for all of the Gwinnett Hotels and Lodging currently listed.

What to See in Gwinnett

Historic Places

Downtown Lawrenceville

The city of Lawrenceville was chartered as the county seat of Gwinnett in 1821. The location was chosen because the land was geographically the closest to the center of the county.

Downtown Norcross

Several of its buildings were originally constructed in 1890, and over time have been home to mercantile stores, livery stables, restaurants and churches and even a theatre.

Downtown Buford

For more than 60 years, Buford was the largest city in Gwinnett. While many small southern towns were characterized as sleepy agricultural villages, Buford was Gwinnett County’s industrial heart. The town became famous for its leather tanning and the manufacture of saddles, collars, harnesses, and other related goods. In the not too distant past, Buford was known internationally as “The Leather City”.

Downtown Duluth

Originally named Howell’s Cross Roads, the city was renamed when a railroad was built that connected it to Duluth, Minnesota. The grandson of the city’s namesake saw fit to rename it Duluth, so that the train could run from Duluth to Duluth.

Elisha Winn House

The Elisha Winn House was built in 1812, making it the oldest surviving building in Gwinnett and one of the oldest in the metro-Atlanta area.

Much of the early planning to establish Gwinnett County was held here, and it was the site for the county’s earliest government functions.

Southeastern Railway Museum

The Southeastern Railway Museum occupies a 35-acre site in Duluth, Georgia, in northeast suburban Atlanta. In operation since 1970, SRM features about 90 items of rolling stock including historic Pullman cars and classic steam locomotives.

Scenery

Lake Lanier

Lake Lanier is a 38,000 acre lake with almost 700 miles of shoreline that began construction in 1950. There are islands within the lake of various sizes and shapes that make for some beautiful vistas around the lake.

Architecture

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Temple

It’s not every day in normal suburbia that you come across an immaculate,  $19 million Hindu temple directly across from a Subway. Even though the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Temple might be incongruous to its surroundings, the splendor of this architectural marvel cannot be denied.

It is largest Hindu temple in the US, and is constructed out of hand-carved Italian carrara marble and Indian pink sandstone pieces. Tour times and dates can be found on their website.

Hui Tz Temple

Well, maybe it isn’t too odd to drive past Asian worship epicenters if you live in Gwinnett. The Hui Tz Tao temple is a spiritual center that looks like as if it were dropped in from ancient China.

The temple features all the hallmarks of a Chinese temple. The roof is comprised of thousands of terra cotta tiles; the surrounding structures are engraved with Chinese characters. The temple has several statues, ranging from Chinese holy animals to a statue of Buddha.

The temple is open to the public. More info can be found at their website.

What to Do in Gwinnett

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Where to Shop in Gwinnett

Mall of Georgia
Location: Buford
Type: Indoor shopping mall
Movie Theater: yes
Discover Mills
Location: Lawrenceville
Type: Indoor Shopping Mall
Movie Theater: Yes
The Avenue at Webb Gin
Location: Snellville
Type: Outdoor Shopping Mall
Movie Theater: No
The Forum
Location: Norcross
Type: Outdoor Shopping Mall
Movie Theater: No
Location: Duluth
Type: Indoor Shopping Mall
Movie Theater: No

Where to Eat in Gwinnett

This is a condensed version of another guide that features the Best Restaurants in Gwinnett. Below you’ll see some the be best and most unique restaurants that Gwinnett has to offer.

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Coffee

Deli

Burger

Pizza

International

Fine Dining

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