The ATL, Hot-lanta, “The A”, or just…Atlanta. No matter what you call it, this sprawling southern metropolis is a not-so-hidden gem that’s great to visit any time of year. Atlanta has no shortage of things to do, including the Georgia Aquarium, the CNN Center, or catching a Falcons game at Mercedes Benz Stadium. Apart from the more well-known attractions , Atlanta has tons of charming neighborhoods to explore, like Virginia-Highland and Decatur. The city is a bit spread out, so you’ll definitely need to rent a car to get the most out of your trip. Here are our top picks for things to do in Atlanta.
Sure, a soda museum seems like it might be a bit drab, but World of Coke is the exact opposite. See how Coca-Cola has changed throughout its hundred-year history, watch the bottling process, and get a glimpse of how much the soda brand has impacted American society. Oh, and the best part: samples of 100 different Coca-Cola products from around the world. Every country’s cola is just a little bit different. Trust us: you’ll always remember visiting this museum. It’s pretty easy to find, located on the northern end of Centennial Olympic Park next to the Georgia Aquarium, CNN Center, and more.
Located 23 minutes west of Atlanta is the beautiful Sweetwater Creek State Park. Explore over 15 miles of trails along a scenic creek and the rolling hills of northwest Georgia. The park offers opportunities for camping, fishing, and picnicking as well. Summer and fall are the most popular seasons to visit, especially as the leaves are beginning to change color.
Know before you go – check out the Sweetwater Creek trail maps to find the hike that best fits your style and mood.
A can’t miss for American history fans, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park is the birthplace of the iconic civil rights leader.. The park includes several buildings and points of interest, including King’s boyhood home, gravesite, and Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King and his father were both pastors. Just 15 minutes west is Morehouse College, the historically Black university where King and many other famous Americans, attended.
Atlanta has no shortage of Soul Food, southern treats, and hole-in-the-wall diners. If it looks good, it probably is good. Our top picks: Rising Son and Busy Bee Café. Rising Son has an excellent brunch and serves up fresh and modern takes on classic southern dishes like Shrimp and Grits, Fried Trout, and biscuit breakfast sandwiches. Busy Bee Café is a Soul Food spot that has rotating specials every day of the week, including turkey wings and cornbread dressing, and their signature chicken plates. Busy Bee’s chicken and waffles are also a must-try dish for foodie fanatics. Want to sample all that ATL has to offer? Check out some of the best food in Atlanta.
Atlanta’s main thoroughfare, Peachtree Street stretches from downtown Atlanta and becomes Peachtree Road as it traverses through famous Atlanta neighborhoods like Little Five Points and Buckhead. Peachtree is also lined with historic architecture and other notable southern landmarks, like the "Fabulous” Fox Theater. Peachtree isn’t hard to find, but make sure you are looking for Peachtree STREET or ROAD. Atlanta has are over 71 different roads with variations of “Peach” or “Peachtree” in the name.