Home to the world’s busiest airport, you might find yourself here. In the event that you have a layover or choose to spend a couple of days, Atlanta, Georgia has a lot to offer. Here are some of the highlights.
Atlanta has “sections” of town, just like any large city.
1. Downtown – Georgia Aquarium, Centennial Olympic Park, Coca Cola Museum
2. Midtown – Georgia Tech, Atlantic Station, Ansley Park, Botanical Gardens
3. West Midtown
4. East Side – Candler Park, Decatur, Edgewood, East Lake, Inman Park, Virginia Highlands, Krog Street Market, Ponce City Market, Zoo Atlanta, 5 Points
5. Buckhead – Chastain Park, Lenox mall, Phipps Plaza
How to Get Around…
You are going to need a car. If not, be prepared to Uber/Lyft. Atlanta is not walking friendly and the public transit is not efficient unless there is a huge event going on downtown at the World Congress Center or at the Mercedes Benz Stadium. In that case, just check beforehand to see how long it will take. Might be worth just taking Uber/Lyft.
Birds are also on basically every corner. They are electric scooters you can rent using an the “Bird” App. It’s $1 to start and then charges you every additional minute approximately $0.08.
Here are some things that are integral to the South…so if you haven’t heard or experienced these things, be sure to at least incorporate one while you are here:
1. Chick-fil-a … Order a #1 with Chick-fil-a sauce
2. Waffle House … Order biscuits n’ gravy or an all-star special. Get creative with your waffle by adding chocolate chips or peanut butter and with your hash browns – topped, covered, chunked, diced, capped, etc.
3. The Varsity … either drive-in or dine-in. Order a hotdog with an Orange float.
4. Sweet Tea … McDonald’s has great sweet tea … the sweeter the better.
Downtown & the Battery Itinerary
Georgia Aquarium and World of Coke
College Football Hall of Fame
Centennial Olympic Park
SkyView Atlanta ferris wheel
Sundial – Ride the elevator to the top and get a panoramic view of Atlanta
Uber/Lyft to the Battery
Catch a Braves Game or eat dinner at Antico’s
The Battery has great nightlife for families and young people any day of the week.
East Side Itinerary
Five Points – Little Azio’s, Zesto’s Ice Cream, Vortex (21 and up), vintage shopping, Rag o Rama, Front Page News, Savage Pizza
Grant Park – miles of walking, Atlanta Zoo, festivals, Farmers Market on Sunday
Virginia Highlands – Dark Horse Tavern
Ponce City Market – walk belt line, Krog Street Market, King of Pops
Save it for a Rainy Day…
Ice skating in Centennial Olympic Park in the winter
Jimmy Carter Museum
College Football Hall of Fame
Phipps Plaza – Lego Land and movie theater
Atlantic Station – shopping
For the Granola in you…
Stone Mountain. A Stone Mountain sunrise hike is always a great idea. They also have trails, campgrounds, amazing laser shows, Snow Mountain (snow tubing in the winter), a gondola if you don’t want to hike the mountain, petting zoo, and a mini adventure park for kids! You could literally spend all day here and is only 30 minutes outside of Atlanta.
SHOOT THE ‘HOOCH! Tube down the Chattahoochee. There are several places along the river to do it, so just google the closest place to you! It’s cheap and feels perfect on a hot, sunny day.
Arabia Mountain. This is fun National Heritage site about 30 minutes outside of Atlanta- kind of like a small version of Stone Mountain (and a lot less crowded). You can hike, bike, and/or visit the Monastery nearby. The Monastery is so cool to walk around, and they have a cool bakery and gift shop with incredible Bonsai materials.
Another low-key option (in comparison to Stone Mountain) just 30 minutes outside of Atlanta is Kennesaw Mountain. They have a ton of hikes, and it’s close to the Marietta Square which is fun to explore and grab a bite to eat.
Athens. This is home to the University of Georgia, and is my favorite city in all of Georgia. Check out my blog post dedicated to this lovely city where I spent four of the best years of my life. It is only about 1.5 hours outside of Atlanta.
“Welcome to Atlanta where the players play..”
I wish you a lovely stay in Atlanta – filled with Southern hospitality, fried foods, and warm weather.