What makes a destination great? Quite simply, it’s the food, art, history, entertainment and, of course, the accessibility. Atlanta is served by almost 40 airlines from around the world and it is the hub for Delta, America’s largest airline.
Whether you are going for a weekend alone or a week with your family, Atlanta has plenty to offer. Here are Travelmath’s 5 things to do in Atlanta:
1. Atlanta Food Walking Tours
The Atlanta Food Walks and Peachtree Food Tours are the best walking tours in Atlanta. Both tours will bring you to different neighborhoods and restaurants. If you have the time, we recommend going to both tours and learning more about the history, culture and southern food in Atlanta.
The Atlanta Food Walks offers 15 delicious tastings at seven food stops in Atlanta’s historic downtown neighborhoods. It’s a 3 ½ hour walking food tour to restaurants, markets, food vendors and local hangouts. You get a taste of Low-country cuisine, Creole-style candies and eat fried chicken where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ate. Also learn about the stories of the Civil Rights Movement, the food culture in the neighborhoods and more.
For a fun day of eating, listening to stories of Midtown Atlanta, join Peachtree Food Tours with John. John has been living in the neighborhood for almost 20 years and has plenty of stories to tell and top recommended places to eat and drink.
Your tour includes coffee and cakes in Intermezzo Café, a European coffee house just like the coffeehouses in Vienna, Austria.
2. Art Museums and Galleries
Atlanta is nicknamed the Empire State of the South and it is the hub for world-class art museums and galleries in the southern region of the United States.
Some of the top art museums and galleries include: 760 Westside Cultural Arts Center, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, High Museum of Art, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) and September Gray Art.
Apart from its renowned collection of classic and contemporary art, the High Museum of Art building is one of the most outstanding buildings in Atlanta. At the High Museum of Art, the Los Tropos, Robinson Atrium and Roy Lichtenstein’s House III are among the many displays, objects and architecture that will inspire you.
3. Tours in Atlanta
The best ways to discover Atlanta is to join a tour conducted by the locals. Here are 15 tours listed by Atlanta.net:
Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- Atlanta
ATL Civil Rights Tour
Atlanta Movie Tours
Atlanta Preservation Center
Atlanta Specialty Tours
ATL-Cruzers Electric Car and Segway Tours
Bicycle Tours of Atlanta
Chick-fil-A Home Office Backstage Tour
Civil Rights Tour
Historic Marietta Trolley
Red Brick Brewing Company
VIP Southern Tours
SweetWater Brewing Company
These days brewing tours and Atlanta Movie tours are some of the most popular. Atlanta’s Hollywood presence is strong, and the city has been dubbed Hollywood of the South. Tours to film sites are available with Atlanta Movie Tours.
4. Landmarks of Atlanta
If you don’t like joining group tours, you can visit Atlanta’s landmarks on your own. Here are top the 10 landmarks to visit:
1. Atlanta BeltLine
2. Centennial Olympic Park
3. Ebenezer Baptist Church
4. Georgia Aquarium
5. Georgia Dome
6. Inside CNN Studio Tour
7. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
8. Stone Mountain Park
9. Woodruff Arts Center
10. World of Coca Cola
Atlanta offers plenty of shopping opportunities. Check out the Ponce City Market, Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, Buckhead Atlanta, Little Five Points and Atlantic Station for footwear, luxury women and men clothing, bargain buys and local treats.
Georgia.net recommends five local treats to take home:
Naturalmond Almond Butter
Doux South Pickles
Shortstacks Pancake and Waffle Mix
Have you been to Atlanta? What are your favorite things to do?