Atlanta, the Gate City, is a mix of southern charm and modern sophistication. The city is brimming with historic sites, museums and art galleries, history, outdoor activities, and other great attractions. Explore the A-town in 48 hours through this guide-
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Day 1: Map Guide of the Best Attractions of the ATL!
9:00am- Partake of Breakfast at West Egg Cafe!
Kick start your day at the West Egg Cafe that serves Southern fare. The decor is beautiful, while the menu has southern specialities. Enjoy a hearty breakfast at this spot.
Address: 1100 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318, United States
Phone: 1 404-872-3973
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 7:00am-10:00pm; Saturday 7 Sunday: 8:00am-10:00pm
10:00am- An hour with the whales at Georgia Aquarium!
Head to the Georgia Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium. The aquarium features beluga whales, sharks, crabs, octopi, jelly fish, penguins and other animals of different species in fresh and marine water. Swim in the tank with the whales at the Georgia Aquarium.
Address: 225 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States
Phone: 1 404-581-4000
Distance from West Egg Cafe: 1.8 miles or 6 minutes drive
11:00am-Tour the World of Coca-Cola!
Head over to the World of Coca-Cola and know the history of the world-famous soft drink-Coca-Cola. This spot has interesting exhibits that showcases the Coca-Cola story. It also has a 4-D theatre and a bottling station. Sample the products of Coca-Cola from across the world.
Address: 121 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States
Phone: 1 404-676-5151
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 10:00am-5:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am-5:00pm
Distance from Georgia Aquarium: 0.3miles or 2 minutes drive
12:00pm- Walk in the Park!
Head over to the Centennial Olympic Park (265 Park Avenue West NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States) that hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics. The park has the famous Fountain of Rings. Many events, music performances, concerts and other programmes are also held at this park year-round.
Distance from World of Coca-Cola: 1 minute
After spending some time in the Centennial Olympic Park, head over to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights that provides an interesting insight into the civil rights movement. It was a key arena in the fight for equality and freedom. The center has artifacts from the Civil rights movement period.
Address: 100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States
Phone: 1 678-999-8990
Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm
Distance from Centennial Olympic Park: 0.4 miles or 2 minutes drive
1:00pm- Lunch on the Run!
It’s refueling time! Head over to The Optimist (914 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30318, United States) that serves delectable seafood. Or you can go to Bacchanalia (1198 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30318, United States) that serves farm-fresh food, or head to the Miller Union (999 Brady Avenue North West, Atlanta, GA 30318, United States) that serves farm-fresh Southern fare.
2:00pm- Discover the news at CNN Studio Tour!
Get behind-the scene tour of the newsroom at the CNN Atlanta Studio Tour. Know the working process of the news channel; check out how the news is broadcasted, learn about the on-screen graphics and weather map functioning, meet the correspondents and anchors, and also see the worldwide news in the making.
Address: 190 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA 30303, United States
Phone: 1 404-827-2300
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 11:00am-11:00pm; Sunday: 4:00pm-9:00pm
3:00pm-Explore the Story of the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King at Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site!
Head to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, and know about the early years of the United State’s first civil rights activist. Next to the center is the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. preached. Then stroll to the King Center, where he was buried and is the site of Dr. King’s tomb. Then a short walk to the Martin Luther King Jr. home where he was born, and other memorabilia.
Address: 450 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30312, United States
Phone: 1 404-331-5190
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Distance from CNN Studio Tour: 1.3miles or 7minutes drive
4:00pm- Explore the ATL History at Oakland Cemetery!
Head over to the Oakland Cemetery where some of the well-known figures are buried- Margaret Mitchell, the author of Gone with the Wind; Ivan Allen Jr. and Maynard Jackson, the Atlanta mayors; and Bobby Jones, the golfer. Stroll around the brick pathways among the attractive gardens, monuments and mausoleums.
Address: 248 Oakland Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30312, United States
Phone: 1 404-688-2107
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am-8:00pm
Distance from Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site: 1.0mile or 5minutes drive
5:00pm- Retail Therapy Time!
It’s Shopping time! Head over to the Underground Atlanta (50 Central Avenue SW #007, Atlanta, GA 30303, United States) that offers a unique shopping experience, a great piece of Atlanta history and some entertainment as well. This spot has many shopping stores.
Distance from Oakland Cemetery: 1.1miles or 7minutes drive
7:00pm- Catch a game!
Catch a baseball game with the Braves at Turner Field (755 Hank Aaron Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30315, United States), soccer at DeKalb Memorial Stadium, Hawks and Thrashers game at the Philips Arena (1 Philips Dr, Atlanta, GA 30303, United States).
8:30pm- Dinner and Drinks at The Sun Dial!
Head over to the Sun Dial, the rotating bar on the top of the Westin. With spectacular panoramic views of the city, tantalizing fare, drinks and live jazz music, this is the perfect spot to spend a beautiful evening.
Address: 210 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, United States
Phone: 1 404-659-1400
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 11:30am-2:30pm, 6:00pm-10:00pm; Friday-Saturday: 11:30am -2:30pm, 5:30pm-11:00pm; Sunday: 11:30am-3:00pm, 6:00pm-10:00pm
10:00pm- Experience the dazzling nightlife of ATL!
Dance the night away at the Opera Nightclub (1150 Crescent Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, United States). Sip cocktails and groove to the music at the Halo Lounge (817 West Peachtree Street NW E-100, Atlanta, GA 30308, United States).
12:00am- Nightcap at CosmoLava!
Sip on cocktails and enjoy the music that ranges from 80s to hip-hop to industrial beats and house music at the CosmoLava.
Address: 45 13th Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, United States
Phone: 1 404-873-6189
Opening hours: Thursday-Saturday: 9:00pm-3:00am
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9:00am-Breakfast at Flying Biscuit Cafe!
Start the morning off at one of the A-town’s fav breakfast haunts, the Flying Biscuit Cafe that serves delicious southern meal and biscuits that keep you coming back for more.
Address: 1001 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, United States
Phone: 1 404-874-8887
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 7:00am-10:00pm
10:00am- A walk in the park!
Head to the Piedmont Park. Many events are held throughout the year at this park. Stroll around and enjoy the natural beauty! It has a lake with paved trails, and many activities for kids. Serene spot to relax!
Address: 1342 Worchester Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, United States
Phone: 1 404-875-7275
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 6:00am-11:00pm
Distance from Flying Biscuit Cafe: 1.3miles or 7minutes drive
11:00am-Explore the Nature at Atlanta Botanical Garden!
Head over to the Atlanta Botanical Garden that features tropical orchids, Fuqua Conservatory, outdoor garden and many endangered desert and tropical plants. The garden also has a children’s garden with carnivorous plants, butterfly pavilion and fossil digging.
Address: 1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30309, United States
Phone: 1 404-876-5859
Opening hours: Tuesday & Wednesday: 9:00am-7:00pm; Thursday: 9:00am-10:00pm; Friday-Sunday: 9:00am-7:00pm
Distance from Piedmont Park: 2.0miles or 8minutes drive
12:00pm-Explore the art at High Museum of Art!
Head over to the High Museum of Art that features American and European paintings, twentieth century art, African and southern folk art, and photography.
Address: 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, United States
Phone: 1 404-733-4400
Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday: 10:00am-5:00pm; Friday: 10:00am-9:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm
Distance from Atlanta Botanical Garden: 1.1miles or 6minutes drive
1:00pm- Lunch at Varsity!
Head for lunch to Varsity that serves American fare. It has been a national hotspot and been visited by many celebrities. It’s the Atlanta’s popular drive-in restaurant. Place your order from your car or sidle up to the counter and order your fav dish.
Address: 61 North Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30308, United States
Phone: (404) 881 1706
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 10:30am-10:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 10:30am-11:30pm; Sunday: 10:30am-10:30pm
Distance from High Museum of Art: 1.5miles or 7minutes drive
2:00pm- Tour the house where “Gone with the Wind” was written!
Head over to the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum where Margaret Mitchell penned down the famous novel "Gone with the Wind." The museum has exhibits that showcases Margaret Mitchell’s story beyond the novel. It has a great memorabilia of the novel as well as the making of the movie.
Address: 990 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, United States
Phone: 1 404-249-7015
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00am-5:30pm; Sunday: 12:00pm-5:30pm
Distance from The Varsity: 1.0mile or 4minutes drive
3:00pm- Tour the Georgia State Capitol!
Head over to the Georgia State Capitol, a neoclassical structure. A Statue of Freedom atop it and the dome is covered in gold leaf. It houses the governor’s office, and the fourth floor has the Georgia Capitol Museum and legislative galleries.
Address: 206 Washington Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30334, United States
Phone: 1 404-463-4536
Distance from Margaret Mitchell House and Museum: 2.5miles or 9minutes drive
4:00pm-An hour with animals at Zoo Atlanta!
Head over to the Zoo Atlanta that features 1,500 animals from over 200 species. It is popular for its enormous panda exhibits. It also houses orangutans, lions, rhinos, giraffes, gorillas, gazelles, elephants and many African animals.
Address: 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30315, United States
Phone: 1 404-624-5600
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 9:30am-5:30pm
Distance from Georgia State Capitol: 2.5miles or 8 minutes drive
5:00pm- Catch a show at Fox Theatre!
Catch a movie, comedy show, ballet or opera performance, and Broadway musicals at the Fox Theatre. It’s a classic 1920s movie palace. Check out the schedule at the official website.
Address: 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, United States
Phone: 1 404-881-2100
Or evening alternative-
Wander along the Virginia Highlands, the ATL’s most popular spot for dining, shopping and nightlife. The area is peppered with trees, antique shops, spas and salons, restaurants, boutiques, bars and pubs, and art galleries. This area is fun and hopping!
7:00pm- Drinks at Porter Beer Bar!
Head over to the Porter Beer Bar, a local’s fav brew house. Grab a beer and have the pub grub at this brew house. The menu, beer and its funky setting make it a popular spot among the locals.
Address: 1156 Euclid Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, United States
Phone: 1 404 223 0393
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 11:30am-12:00am; Friday & Saturday: 11:30am -2:30am; Sunday: 11:00am-12:00am
9:00pm- Dinner at Fontaine’s Oyster House!
Head over to the Fontaine’s Oyster House that serves fresh southern seafood. The Creole dishes and crab cakes remoulade will be the best you've ever had.
Address: 1026 1/2 North Highland Avenue North East, Atlanta, Georgia 30306, United States
Phone: (404) 872 0869
Opening hours: Monday: 11:30am-1:00am; Tuesday-4:00pm-2:30am; Wednesday to Saturday: 11:30am-2:30am; Sunday: 12:00pm-12:00am
10:00pm- The night has just started in the A!
Listen to the blues, and loosen up with a few drinks at the Blind Willie’s (828 North Highland Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, United States), or enjoy the music that ranges from reggae and hip-hop to house and old-school music, dance to the top-notch DJs music and sip a few cocktails in the hopping atmosphere of MJQ Concourse (736 Ponce De Leon Place NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, United States). Tap your feet to the hottest music at Sutra Lounge (1136 Crescent Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, United States).
12:00am- Nightcap at Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium!
Head over to the Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium for late night drinks and eats. Drink the bar’s signature drinks, belt out the song you like at karaoke, or a play a ping-pong game.
Address: 466 Edgewood Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30312, United States
Phone: 1 404-522-8275
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 5:00pm-3:00am; Sunday: 5:00pm-12:00pm