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15 Best Weekend Trips from Atlanta Georgia

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Looking for a weekend getaway from Atlanta? Here are the best spots to go!

I was born and raised in Atlanta and can’t say I’ve spent that much time exploring Georgia or even outside Greater Atlanta. If you live somewhere for so long, it’s easy to take a place for granted and assume you’ll just get to it later. We’ve been there.

To give you some inspiration to get out and explore, we’ve put together a list of best weekend trips from Atlanta. Just a short drive away, you can find yourself surrounded by lush, green forests, small historic towns, and even beaches. 

If you are really limited on time, check out our  15 Most Popular Day Trips from Atlanta , which are even closer. You can always make them weekend getaways too!

15 Amazing Weekend Getaways from Atlanta GA

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Last Updated: March 8, 2024

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More resources, 1. chattanooga, tennessee →.

Distance:  118 mi / 1 hr 46 min ( map ) What to Do / See:  Ruby Falls, Rock City Garden, Tennessee Aquarium What to Eat:  Maple Street Biscuit Company ,  Public House Where to Stay:  Find hotels in Chattanooga

Chattanooga has a ton of charm. We visited often when I was a kid, and I have fond memories of the Tennessee Aquarium, Rock City, and Ruby Falls.

Even to this day, the attractions are fun to explore and there are many outdoor activities in the area too. Regardless of your interest, there is plenty to keep you busy over a weekend.

See More: 17 Fun Things to Do in Chattanooga TN

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2. Asheville, North Carolina →

Distance: 208 mi / 3 hr 25 min ( map ) Can’t Miss Attractions:   Biltmore Estate , Looking Glass Hike, Foundation Walls What to Eat:   49 Best Places to Eat in Asheville Where to Stay:  The Best Places to Stay in Asheville

Asheville has a bit of everything! There’s an amazing food scene, craft breweries to quench your thirst, beautiful outdoor landscapes, fun murals and art to track down. Our last family trip was to Asheville during the holidays.

See More: 101 Things to Do in Asheville NC

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3. Augusta, Georgia

Distance:  145 mi / 2 hr 10 min ( map ) What to Do / See:  Augusta Canal, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, Augusta Museum of History What to Eat:  Frog Hollow Tavern ,  Jackie M’s & Son ,  Abel Brown Where to Stay:  Search hotel deals in Augusta

Most well known for The Masters, Augusta is Georgia’s second oldest city. It definitely draws golfers from all over the world but is a great spot for weekend getaways.

With plenty of food options, eat til you can’t walk anymore, check out the growing arts and theater scene or catch a concert.

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4. Blue Ridge Parkway

Distance:  164 mi / 2 hr 55 min ( map ) What to Do / See:  Fall Foliage, Tons of Stops Along the 469-Mile Road What to Eat:  Haywood Smokehouse ,  Buttered Biscuit ,  The Sweet Onion Where to Stay:  Find hotels near the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is an amazing spot for anyone who loves the outdoors. There are beautiful hikes, fishing, and camping.

If you don’t like being outdoors, you can enjoy the beauty without getting out of the car on the scenic drive. Don’t forget to check out all the amazing spots the drive takes you through.

Blue Ridge Parkway Asheville NC + 15 Best Weekend Trips from Atlanta GA

5. Charleston, South Carolina →

Distance:  305 mi / 4 hr 40 min ( map ) What to Do / See:  Our Charleston Bucket List What to Eat:   49 Best Places to Eat in Charleston Where to Stay:  Hotels in Charleston

Charleston is one of my favorite cities close to Atlanta. It’s the oldest and second largest city in the state. I love the cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, and beautiful architecture. On top of that, there are amazing rooftop bars and delicious seafood!

See More: 101 Things to Do in Charleston SC

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6. Destin, Florida →

Distance:  315 mi / 5 hr 10 min ( map ) What to Do / See:  Henderson Beach State Park, Destin Harbor Boardwalk, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park What to Eat:  McGuire’s Irish Pub ,  Boshamps Oyster House , Louisiana Lagniappe Where to Stay:  Hotels in Destin

If you’re looking for clean, white sand beaches, Destin is your spot! Spring Break will bring party-ers to town but much less than some of the neighboring beaches. Though I prefer to stay longer when we drive down to the panhandle, we’ve done it for a weekend before.

See More: 17 Unforgettable Things to Do in Destin FL

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7. Great Smoky Mountains NP / Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Distance:  196 mi / 3 hr 50 min ( map ) What to Do / See:   Great Smoky Mountains NP , Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park, Sky Life What to Eat:   Crockett’s Breakfast Camp ,  Delauders BBQ ,  Pancake Pantry Where to Stay:   Search for nearby Hotel Deals

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the closest national park to Atlanta and the most visited in the US. Fall is one of the busiest times with everyone enjoying the foliage, but there are plenty of spots to explore. 

Although touristy, Gatlinburg is a popular spot to set up home base and also gives you more options for attractions and restaurants.

See More: Complete List of National Parks by State

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg TN

8. The Golden Isles: Jekyll Island, St Simons, Little St Simons, Sea Island

Distance:  322 mi / 4 hr 40 min ( map ) What to Do / See:  Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Driftwood Beach, Fort Frederica National Monument What to Eat:  Southern Soul Barbeque , Driftwood Bistro , Halyards Restaurant Where to Stay:  Search for Hotels in the Golden Isles

Located on the Georgia coast are four beautiful islands: St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island. Pristine marshlands fill the landscape accompanied by beautiful beaches. Each island brings its own character. On one hand, Jekyll Island is popular with families, on the other, Little St Simon is privately owned and only 32 people can stay there at a time.

Driftwood Beach Jekyll Island + 15 Best Weekend Trips from Atlanta GA

9. Greenville, South Carolina →

Distance:  145 mi / 2 hr 15 min ( map ) What to Do / See:  Swamp Rabbit Trail, Greenville Zoo, Liberty Bridge What to Eat:   Takosushi ,  The Trappe Door ,  Thomas Creek Brewery Where to Stay:  Greenville Hotel Deals

Find waterfalls, hike beautiful trails, or fly down a zip line in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Greenville has something to offer year round. You can also find one-of-a-kind shops, art galleries, museums, and attractions for the whole family.

See More: 13 Absolutely Amazing Places to Eat in Greenville SC

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10. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Distance:  281 mi / 4 hr 5 min ( map ) What to Do / See:  Coastal Discovery Museum, Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, Hunting Island State Park What to Eat:  Lucky Rooster ,  A Lowcountry Backyard ,  Skull Creek Boathouse Where to Stay:  Hilton Head Island Hotels

Look for starfish, sand-dollars, and sea turtles at the beach, or spend your day on the golf course, biking, or kayaking. There are beautiful resorts and hotels set amongst spectacular scenery.

Hilton Head Lighthouse - Harbour Town Lighthouse

11. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Distance:  362 mi / 5 hr 30 min ( map ) What to Do / See:  Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, Myrtle Beach State Park What to Eat:  Johnny D’s Waffles and Bakery , Eggs Up Grill , Simply Southern Smokehouse Where to Stay:   Search Myrtle Beach Hotels

Myrtle Beach has sixty miles of beautiful sandy beaches. Bask in the sun or play in the water. If you need a break from the sun, there are a ton of live shows, endless shopping, a lot of great restaurants.

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12. Nashville, Tennessee →

Distance:  250 mi / 3 hr 45 min ( map ) What to Do / See:  9 Awesome Things to Do in Nashville What to Eat:  Peg Leg Porker ,  Hattie B’s Chicken ,  Biscuit Love Where to Stay:  Nashville Hotel Deals

Nashville is the country music capital! Catch an amazing live show on Broadway, see the Country Music Hall of Fame, or try some Nashville hot chicken. Also, there’s a full-sized replica of the Parthenon in Centennial Park.

See More: 9 Awesome Things to Do in Nashville Tennessee

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13. Savannah, Georgia

Distance:  248 mi / 3 hr 30 min ( map ) What to Do / See:  Savannah Historic District, Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Fort Pulaski National Monument What to Eat:  The Olde Pink House ,  Savannah Seafood Shack , Treylor Park Where to Stay:   Hotel Deals in Savannah

Explore Savannah on a kayak, ride a carriage around town, or hop on a historical bus tour. If you’re a bit more daring, take a walking ghost tour. Savannah is a quintessential southern town with so much southern charm.

Wormsloe Historic Site Savannah Georgia + 15 Amazing Weekend Trips from Atlanta

14. Birmingham, Alabama

Distance:  147 mi / 2 hr 15 min ( map ) What to Do / See:  McWane Center (Aquarium and Science Exhibits), Birmingham Museum of Art, Ruffner Mountain Nature Center What to Eat:  Bamboo on 2nd ,  El Barrio ,  Saw’s Soul Kitchen Where to Stay:   Search for Hotels in Birmingham

Birmingham is currently the largest city in Alabama and is where history meets present day. Even though the city is relatively young, it has a lot of historical significance that you can learn more about in their museums.

If you’re a sports fan, be sure to check out the nation’s oldest baseball stadium. If you’re looking for colorful photo spots, check out the rainbow-lit tunnel ( map ).

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15. Orlando, Florida →

Distance:  442 mi / 6 hr 15 min ( map ) What to Do / See:   101 Things to Do in Orlando What to Eat:  Cafe Tu Tu Tango ,  Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster ,  Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa Where to Stay:  The Best Hotels in Orlando

Our parents own a timeshare down in Orlando, so we’ve been going at least once a year ever since I was a kid. Even as adults, we’re still big fans of Disney.

Obviously, there’s Disney World and the Universal Parks, which can keep you busy in and of themselves, but there’s plenty around town if you’ve already been.

See More: The Ultimate Orlando Bucket List

Mead Botanical Garden + Free Things to Do in Orlando with Kids

Map of the Best Weekend Trips from Atlanta

More Weekend Trips from Atlanta

  • Adairsville, GA (61 mi / 55 min /  map )
  • Lake Oconee, GA (77 mi / 1 hr 20 min /  map )
  • Pine Mountain, GA (78 mi / 1 hr 10 min /  map )
  • Suches, GA (80 mi / 1 hr 30 min /  map )
  • Americus, GA (143 mi / 2 hrs 25 min /  map )
  • Cherokee, NC (161 mi / 2 hrs 45 min /  map )
  • Tybee Island, GA (265 mi / 4 hrs /  map )
  • Winston-Salem, NC (320 mi / 4 hrs 50 min /  map )
  • Alys Beach, FL (300 mi / 5 hrs 10 min /  map )
  • Pensacola, FL (324 mi / 4 hrs 55 min /  map )
  • Oxford, MS (331 mi / 4 hrs 55 min /  map )
  • Amelia Island, FL (356 mi / 5 hrs 15 min /  map )
  • Durham, NC (382 mi / 5 hrs 45 min /  map )
  • Memphis, TN (391 mi / 5 hrs 45 min /  map )
  • Raleigh, NC (405 mi / 6 hrs 5 min /  map )
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A lot of these are within a workable travel distance from DC, too, so we’re excited about trying some of them out! We usually stop in either Atlanta or Savannah when we’re driving back to DC from Scott’s folks’ place in Florida, and I would love to extend our path out to one of these awesome spots!

Ooh that would be a fun trip! When’s the next time you’re thinking you’ll be in the area? :)

This is great!

Maybe you could actually find things to do closer by or actually in the state of Georgia? Warm Springs? Call away Gardens? Any of half a dozen places in North Georgia mountains? Okefenokee Swamp?

We actually included many of those on our day trips article which is linked at the top of the post :)

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15 small towns near Atlanta you need to visit right now

Here's a mapped checklist of 15 great (little) destinations to get you going in 2020

Let’s face it: Sitting in traffic jams and dealing with road rage (either your own or that of fellow drivers) can wear on ITP folks. Sure, we choose to live here—just look at the selection of restaurants, shopping, cultural destinations, etc.—but not surprisingly, lots of small towns around the state offer the same.

If all that separates you from a laidback day trip in a cool small town is a hundred miles of highway (give or take), why not put the pedal to the metal and visit one this weekend?

Here’s an updated, mapped list of 15 great little destinations to get you exploring beyond the limits of ITP in 2020.

Cartersville

Hit Interstate 75 north for about an hour, and you’ll encounter this community filled with Smithsonian-affiliated museums, a lively dining and entertainment district, and more outdoor recreation that any one weekend can accommodate.

These include the Booth Western Art Museum, home to collections that rival or even outshine museums in many larger cities, cuisine ranging from diner food to international fare, and chances to explore the great outdoors at Red Top Mountain State Park and beyond.

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Glass-walled museum with statue of cowboy on horse in front.

For small-town enthusiasts who really don’t mind taking a good, long, scenic drive, Blue Ridge is the place to go.

The thing about a two-hour trek to Blue Ridge? It justifies renting a nearby cabin and staying the night for a full-on mountain adventure that’s sure to include beautiful vistas, fresh air, and if you’re (un)lucky, bears. The vibrant downtown area (full of art galleries and surprisingly good dining) is enough to warrant a trip to the tiny town alone.

A blue train on a train track. There are people standing and walking next to the train. In the distance is a train station building with a red brick facade.

Head west on Interstate 20, and you’ll soon find yourself at this small but thriving city. Not to be outdone by Atlanta’s Beltline, Carrollton is home to the Carrollton Greenbelt, an 18-mile, closed loop paved bike and walking trail that’s ideal for exploring the area. It’s a showcase of diverse topography and landscapes, from historic neighborhoods to idyllic marshes.

Downtown, find a growing mix of shopping and dining and an outdoor amphitheater, along with a calendar full of entertaining events. And that’s before you include all there is to see and do at the University of West Georgia. 

Picture by Melanie Boyd Posted by Main Street Carrollton Georgia on  Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Milledgeville

One of Georgia’s other college towns, former Peach State capital Milledgeville offers more than enough to fill a day-trip itinerary or even a full-fledged weekend getaway schedule.

Tour the Old Governor’s Mansion, and see where state business used to occur. Or enjoy the miles of nature trails at Lockerly Aboretum, which also makes for a fantastic picnic spot. Tip: save time to check out the many shops, bars, and restaurants that line the streets of downtown.

Two women with shopping bags walking down sidewalk in front of stores.

It’s not a traditional small town with the old-school, historical vibe one finds in other places mapped here, but Suwanee has all the amenities you’ll likely seek for escaping the ATL for a day: parks, shopping, a town green, an impressive multi-use trail system, and real Southern accents.

The city hosts concerts on the Town Green throughout the year as well as Food Truck Fridays during the summer. Also, their beer fest (coming in March) rocks.

A row of stores on a street. There are various racks of clothing and other wares outside of the stores on the sidewalk.

This Walking Dead mecca boasts all the right ingredients for a quaint, small-town escape. Senoia has museums, bed and breakfast spots, gardens, covered bridges, sightseeing for fans of post-apocalyptic zombie bloodbaths … yeah, it’s pretty much got it all.

Located in Coweta County—roughly an hour and 10 minutes away—the city’s website describes the town as “the perfect setting for life.” Ahh...

Two people walk in front of a red brick building. There is a sidewalk in front of the building and trees.

Aside from ghost tours, antique stores, antebellum homes, and Civil War monuments (for history buffs), there’s something else about Covington that sets it apart. Give up? It’s known—apparently?—as the Hollywood of the South.

Covington has played host to production crews filming Vampire Diaries , The Dukes of Hazzard , In the Heat of the Night , and more than 60 other film productions. Curious? They’ve got tours, of course.

People sit at tables outside of a restaurant that has a green facade and a tan awning. There is a sign on the building that reads: Mystic Grill.

A thriving city in the northwest corner of the state, Rome is built around the meeting of three rivers. The charming downtown area is ripe for shopping and dining, while the Town Green along the riverfront is home to family fun, annual events, and relaxing views of the flowing waters.

More than 13 miles of the Downtown Heritage Trail System provides the perfect opportunity for biking, jogging, and walking. Beyond downtown, there’s much history to explore at nearby Berry College, the Chieftains Museum & Major Ridge Home, and the Duke Museum of Military History. 

A path with a fence on both sides. A group of people are riding bicycles down the path. In the distance is a large red brick building and trees.

Downtown Buford

Sure, it’s close to the Mall of Georgia (gasp), but venture a few miles farther and you’ll find Buford’s roots downtown. With the sprawling 9,000-square-foot Bona Allen Mansion—the 1911 European-style home of a local tannery tycoon—just a stone’s throw from the many shops and restaurants in the historic district, the City of Buford offers a unique take on charmingly preserved small-town life.

A row of buildings. The middle building has a black awning with the word Sperata on it. Another building has a sign with the words: Bank of Buford. There are cars parked in front of the building.

Sure, it’s a bit kitschy, but Helen remains a fun destination for a day trip or a weekend getaway.

Kick back and relax at one of the German restaurants or breweries (make sure you grab a baked good at Hofer’s Bakery!), float down the Chattahoochee River on a brightly colored tube, or take in some fresh air along the Helen to Hardman Trail, a one-mile long, in-town jaunt through the woods and along the river.

Extend your stay at a local B&B, the adults-only Valhalla Resort Hotel, a Unicoi State Park cabin, or one of the many other accommodations available.

People walking along a sidewalk in front of shops on the left and flower beds on the right.

This is a well-known historical destination and a no-brainer for any day-tripper seeking a step back in time. And they’re proud of it.

According to the city’s website, Madison “retains its small-town character and remains the heart of the community.” For those who've been, it’s hard to deny Madison has something special going on, including some of the state’s most gorgeous historic homes and a thriving, walkable downtown. Take a guided tour through the available house museums, or check them out at your leisure during a self-guided walking tour.

In the foreground is a fountain in a courtyard. There is a large building in the distance that has many white columns surrounding its entryway. There are people walking next to the fountain.

Found near the northernmost end of Ga. Highway 400, the Lumpkin County seat known as Dahlonega (that’s “duh-lon-eee-guh”) has roots in gold. This mountain city was the site of the first major U.S. Gold Rush (take that, San Francisco) and now boasts a “wine trail” leading visitors on a tour of local vineyards and a wealth of natural beauty. Don’t skip the beautiful historic downtown area.

A house with a yellow exterior and multiple balconies. There is a brick sidewalk and tree outside of the house. People are walking on the sidewalk.

Serenbe is “a utopian experiment in new Urbanism being molded out of Georgia Red Clay.” The New York Times had that to say about the progressive community, which is immersed in nature about 40 minutes southwest of Atlanta.

It’s made up of acres and acres of preserved forests, meadows, and well-maintained nature trails. With good food. And thoughtful architecture. Yep, sounds pretty darn utopian.

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Fayetteville

Established in 1823, Fayetteville also fancies itself a cultural small-town destination, housing the Old Courthouse Art Show and Main Street Festival in October (it wouldn’t be a small town without a good, old-fashioned fall festival).

It’s about 35 miles south of Atlanta, so you can get there in about an hour if you hit traffic. Save time for a stop at nearby Pinewood Forest, a new small town tied to Georgia’s TV and film industry that’s starting to materialize now.

Multi-story courthouse with clock tower.

Whether strolling the Riverwalk along the Chattahoochee, tackling the 2.4-mile urban whitewater run, or exploring the city’s more than 500 restaurants, you’ll find more than enough entertainment during a Columbus visit. (As Georgia’s second most populous city, it’s technically not a small town, but it feels like it downtown, relatively speaking.)

Military fans can explore years of history at the National Infantry Museum and the National Civil War Naval Museum, while adventure seekers can take to the air on the dual zip-line over the river. You also don’t want to miss the farmers market and craft fairs that happen every week in Uptown.

View of riverfront streets at dusk.

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Best Road Trips From Atlanta

Top road trip destinations from atlanta.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Scenic Sunset near Gatlinburg

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

🚗 160 miles ⏱️ 3 hours

On this stunningly scenic road trip, you will visit America's most visited national park, the Great Smoky Mountains, and discover a wonderland of wildlife, hiking trails, and breathtaking mountain views.

The drive itself is dotted with pretty landscapes such as Don Carter and Tallulah Gorge State Parks . Make sure to stop by Dillsboro Chocolate Factory if you have a sweet tooth.

Niagara Falls Hornblower Cruise Boat Approaching Waterfall Under a Perfectly Arched Rainbow

Niagara Falls

🚗 1,080 miles ⏱️ 19 hours, 30 minutes

The majestic Niagara Falls is a world-famous natural wonder straddling the border. You can witness the sheer power and beauty of the falls through seasonal boat tours and observatory decks.

There is never a dull moment on this adventure - on the way you can visit Ruby Falls near Chattanooga, Honky Tonk Highway in Nashville , Mammoth Cave National Park and many other amazing places.

Guitar statue outside the famous venue in Nashville on a sunny day

🚗 430 miles ⏱️ 8 hours, 10 minutes

Nashville, the heart of country music, is rightfully famous for its lively music scene, historical landmarks, and Southern hospitality. Make sure to visit the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

You will have plenty of new places to discover on this drive, such as Bryson City , Great Smoky Mountains National Park , Gatlinburg , Dollywood , and Knoxville .

Flat Iron building facade, with NYC Fifth Avenue and taxi cabs

🚗 870 miles ⏱️ 13 hours

New York City, the city that never sleeps, is home to iconic sites like Times Square, Central Park, and the Statue of Liberty. This is an amazing destination to experience world-class museums, theater, and dining.

On your way to the Big Apple, you can visit Kings Mountain National Military Park , Charlotte , Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond and Washington DC .

Boston Public Garden. George Washington Statue surrounded by tulips, tourists and beautiful spring colors.

🚗 1,160 miles ⏱️ 20 hours, 30 minutes

Boston is a beautiful and historic city where you can enjoy the Freedom Trail, which connects 16 historic sites, visit Harvard University, and explore world-class museums.

Make sure to plan your time accordingly, because you will have plenty of places to visit en route, such as Bryson City , Asheville , Blue Ridge Parkway , and Shenandoah National Park.

Elvis Presley's white mansion in Graceland

🚗 480 miles ⏱️ 8 hours, 10 minutes

Memphis is synonymous with blues, soul, and rock 'n' roll. While here, add iconic sites like Graceland, and the National Civil Rights Museum to your list of places to visit and catch a live gig at Beale Street.

On your way to Memphis, you can expand your road trip to visit Talladega Superspeedway , Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Elvis Presley Birthplace in Tupelo.

Street cars in New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans

🚗 680 miles ⏱️ 11 hours

Explore the busy streets of New Orleans, a melting pot of French, African, and American cultures. You will enjoy its world-renowned jazz music, Mardi Gras festivities, and delicious cuisine during your stay.

On your way to the Big Easy, we recommend visiting Cheaha State Park , Birmingham , Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson and Baton Rogue .

The United States Capitol building with the dome lit up at sunset

Washington DC

🚗 780 miles ⏱️ 11 hours, 20 minutes

Explore the nation's capital, Washington DC, and discover its rich history through landmarks like the White House, Capitol Hill, and numerous museums of the Smithsonian Institution.

On the way, you can stop in Asheville and Roanoke and enjoy the scenic views on the Blue Ridge Parkway as well as visit the stunning Shenandoah National Park .

Asheville, North Carolina, USA at twilight

🚗 300 miles ⏱️ 6 hours, 10 minutes

Immerse yourself in the beating heart of the arts scene and historical architecture of Asheville. Don't miss the iconic Biltmore Estate and the thriving craft brewery scene during your visit.

On the way, you can make stops at the beautiful Lake Blue Ridge , Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City and Dollywood in Pigeon Forge .

Birmingham, Alabama, USA downtown city skyline on a sunny day.

🚗 150 miles ⏱️ 2 hours, 10 minutes

Journey to Birmingham and explore its important civil rights history, which you can learn more about at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, world-class culinary scene, and the renowned Birmingham Zoo.

On your way there, you can visit Sweetwater Creek State Park , International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum to make the best of this relatively short road trip.

Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA taken at the downtown riverfront as an aerial view on a  sunny day with rocks in the foreground.

Chattanooga

🚗 120 miles ⏱️ 2 hours

To explore Chattanooga's stunning scenic beauty, visit in the fall when the weather is great and the trees begin to turn golden. You will also get to visit the Tennessee Aquarium and Lookout Mountain.

This short but scenic drive to Chattanooga will take you to Red Top Mountain State Park , Tellus Science Museum and Dalton Little Theatre before you reach your destination.

Savannah, Georgia, USA at Forsyth Park.

🚗 250 miles ⏱️ 3 hours, 50 minutes

Savannah is possibly the most well-known for its historic squares, Spanish moss-covered trees, and antebellum history. Make sure to book a ghost tour before your visit to see the city from a different perspective.

On your way to Savannah, stretch your legs at the High Falls State Park and spare some time to visit MAS (Museum of Arts and Sciences) and Tubman Museum in Macon .

A scenic road with fascinating old buildings in pink, orange, green, and powder blue at twilight in the historic downtown of Charleston, South Carolina

🚗 350 miles ⏱️ 5 hours, 20 minutes

History and architecture lovers are in for a treat in Charleston. The city is known for its well-preserved architecture and cobblestone streets that date back to the 17th century when the city was founded.

As you make your way to the Atlantic Ocean from inland, you can visit Macon , and spend some time at Cathedral Basilica of St. John The Baptist and Forsyth Park in Savannah .

Beautiful Crandon Park Beach in Miami. Florida.

🚗 815 miles ⏱️ 14 hours, 20 minutes

Miami offers a stark contrast to Atlanta's urban landscape. Here, you will love the beautiful beaches, lively nightlife, and colorful neighborhoods like Little Havana and different cuisines.

Just before you reach Florida, you can visit Savannah on this road trip. Make sure to spend some time in Jacksonville , Daytona Beach , Orlando and Cape Canaveral before you reach your destination.

Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando at a water park with a volcano and pool in the foreground on a sunny day.

🚗 540 miles ⏱️ 10 hours, 10 minutes

Orlando, the theme park capital of the world, offers endless fun for all ages with attractions like Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld.

You might be in a hurry to reach the amusement parks of Orlando, but we recommend taking the drive slow to visit Savannah , St Augustine , Palm Coast and Daytona Beach on the way.

footbridge to the beach - Florida Key West

🚗 960 miles ⏱️ 16 hours, 30 minutes

Escape to Key West, the southernmost point of the continental US! Enjoy its laid-back atmosphere, colorful historic homes, and stunning sunsets at Mallory Square.

This sizeable drive will allow you to discover amazing new places such as Macon and Savannah , as well as Florida gems such as St Augustine , Orlando , Cape Canaveral and Miami before you reach Key West.

Skyline of downtown Dallas on a sunny day

🚗 920 miles ⏱️ 14 hours

Dallas is a great destination if you are looking for the perfect mix of cultural attractions, such as the historic Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and genuine Texan hospitality and cuisine.

On your way there, make a stop at scenic Chattanooga , listen to some amazing live music in Nashville , stroll on Beale Street , and enjoy some BBQ in Memphis .

Perfect Afternoon in Destin Florida, white beaches and clear waters

🚗 360 miles ⏱️ 7 hours

The best way to enjoy sunny Florida is by relaxing on the white sand beaches of Destin, famous for its stunning Gulf of Mexico views, excellent fishing, and family-friendly water activities.

As you make your way to the Gulf of Mexico, you can visit the National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus and then go beach hopping at beautiful Panama City .

Austin, Texas, USA with the city skyline in the evening and blue hour taken as a panoramic shot.

🚗 990 miles ⏱️ 15 hours

Austin is known as the "Live Music Capital of the World" and is home to annual festivals like SXSW, amazing eateries, and beautiful outdoor spaces like Zilker Park.

Make sure to put aside some time to visit the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery , as well as Mobile , New Orleans , Baton Rouge and Houston on the way.

Baltimore, Maryland, USA with Mount Vernon Historic District in the foreground, pretty flowers and a tree, taken on a sunny day.

🚗 790 miles ⏱️ 16 hours

Visit Baltimore to explore its historic Inner Harbor, the National Aquarium, and unique neighborhoods like Fells Point, where you will get to experience the city's maritime history firsthand.

This scenic road trip will take you past Asheville , parts of the legendary Blue Ridge Parkway , Luray , at the doorstep of the Appalachian Trail , and Washington, DC .

Chicago, Illinois, USA with the skyline aerial drone view from above, lake Michigan and city of Chicago downtown skyscrapers cityscape bird's view from park, Illinois, USA

🚗 860 miles ⏱️ 13 hours

See Chicago's easily recognizable skyline in person, and treat yourself to some deep-dish pizza. The city is home to iconic landmarks like Willis Tower, Millennium Park, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

This northerly drive will take you through beautiful Chattanooga , the music city of Nashville , Gateway Arch , and the National Blues Museum in St Louis .

An autumnal display of red and orange hued trees surrounding historic buildings in Downtown Detroit

🚗 760 miles ⏱️ 13 hours, 30 minutes

Detroit is known for its automotive heritage, which you can learn more about at the Henry Ford Museum. You are in for a treat if you are a music lover; the city is home to the one and only Motown Records.

This drive will take you through one of the most scenic national parks in the country, the Great Smoky Mountains , and past Gatlinburg , Dollywood in Pigeon Forge and Knoxville .

Panama City Beach, USA with a beach and ocean view from edgewater taken just before sunset.

Panama City Beach

🚗 500 miles ⏱️ 8 hours, 35 minutes

Panama City Beach, known for its crystal-clear waters and white sand beaches, is a premier destination for sun-seekers and families looking for a fun-filled vacation.

Before you hit the beach, you can spend some time at Talladega Superspeedway and visit Birmingham , Montgomery and Destin en route, if you have the time.

Cherry blossom trees surrounding a stone fountain in the downtown area

🚗 80 miles ⏱️ 1 hour, 20 minutes

Macon is a great antidote to the hustle and bustle of the big city. The city is known for its music with Otis Redding and The Allman Brothers Band both calling Macon home.

You can make this drive to Macon the perfect day trip by adding Clayton County International Park and High Falls State Park to your itinerary.

Aerial view of the many islands on Lake Lanier in Georgia

Lake Lanier

🚗 50 miles ⏱️ 55 minutes

Discover the beauty of Lake Lanier, with its jagged coastline and beautiful islands dotted throughout, making it a perfect escape from Atlanta. This is a premier destination for boating, fishing, and water sports.

You can extend this short drive by making a detour to the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth or spending some time in the charming small town of Suwanee .

Old wooden water mill by lake with green trees

Stone Mountain Park

🚗 25 miles ⏱️ 25 minutes

Stone Mountain Park is one of Georgia's most visited attractions and is a great place as a weekend getaway. The park is also home to paths surrounded by lakes such as Stone Mountain Lake and Venable Lake.

The park is only a short drive from the city center, but you can spend some time in Sc ottdale and Clarkston before you reach your destination.

View across Lake Oconee, a short road trip from Atlanta, Georgia

Lake Oconee

🚗 85 miles ⏱️ 1 hour, 25 minutes

Escape to Lake Oconee for a peaceful treat. You can play golf, enjoy kayaking on the still water of the lake or hike the tens of miles of trails. There's plenty to do here on a day road trip from Atlanta.

Seeing that this is a shorter drive, you might want to explore places en route, such as Covington , Hard Labor Creek State Park or the city of Madison .

Athens, Georgia, USA downtown cityscape with a stunning sunset.

🚗 70 miles ⏱️ 1 hour, 20 minutes

Athens is a charming Southern town that is home to the University of Georgia and is known for its excellent food and live music scenes. Pretty Watson Mill State Park is also a short drive from here.

On your way to Athens, consider a stop at Fort Yargo State Park , near Winder, with its 260-acre lake, which is great for fishing, swimming, and watersports.

Aerial photo of Augusta, Georgia and the Savannah River at dusk, with an orange hued sky above

🚗 145 miles ⏱️ 2 hours, 20 minutes

The city of Augusta is Georgia's second oldest after Savannah and hosts The Masters golf tournament. It is also home to the scenic Augusta Riverwalk and the Morris Museum of Art.

If you are not in a hurry to reach Augusta, we recommend visiting the charming towns of Covington , Madison and Thomson on the way.

Providence Canyon State Park, Georgia, USA landscape at dusk with tree covered canyons in the foreground.

Providence Canyon State Park

Explore Georgia's “Little Grand Canyon” at Providence Canyon State Park. A hidden secret in Southwestern Georgia, the Providence Canyon State Park is little known outside Georgia.

On your way to the state park, we recommend exploring Newnan and LaGrange , as well as visiting the National Civil War Naval Museum and National Infantry Museum in Columbus .

Historic campus with a pool in the front during twilight hours

One of the most beautiful small towns in Georgia, Rome is where three rivers meet with a backdrop of pretty landscapes. The town also has a Victorian downtown and an ancient mound complex.

En route, you can also visit Gone With the Wind Museum in Marietta , Red Top Mountain State Park and Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville .

The exterior of the old state capital building during a sunny day

Milledgeville

🚗 100 miles ⏱️ 1 hour, 40 minutes

Milledgeville was once the capital of Georgia and is known for its antebellum architecture and historic sites, including the Old Governor's Mansion and a picturesque downtown.

You can also visit Covington and Madison on your way to Milledgeville, and enjoy a picnic at the beautiful Hard Labor Creek State Park en route.

Tulips growing in spring in Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia

Callaway Gardens

Callaway Gardens features a trail that connects different parts of the gardens, including the world's largest man-made beach around Robin Lake and a butterfly center with over 1,000 butterflies.

This is a short drive, which is great for a day trip but seeing that Newnan and LaGrange lie near the route, you can choose to extend your trip to visit them.

Customers buying flowers from a blue-colored truck during a festival with sun setting in the background

🚗 35 miles ⏱️ 50 minutes

Suwanee is a beautiful small town known for its high quality of life, busy and lively Town Center, and extensive park system with interactive public art installations and popular community events.

The drive from Atlanta to Suwanee is quite short, so you can make a detour to Duluth to visit the Southeastern Railway Museum if you have the time.

Longer road trips from Atlanta

The rocky cliffs and coastline of Acadia National Park, Maine.

Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park

🚗 1,400 miles ⏱️ 22 hours, 30 minutes

Discover the rugged beauty of Acadia National Park and the charming coastal town of Bar Harbor. Enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and whale watching.

Denver skyline at sunset with Rocky Mountains in the background.

🚗 1,410 miles ⏱️ 21 hours

Denver, the Mile High City, offers an array of outdoor activities with a backdrop of the stunning Rocky Mountains. Enjoy its vibrant arts and craft beer scenes.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada at sunset with the city skyline in the distance and the vast sea in the foreground.

🚗 1,430 miles ⏱️ 22 hours

Explore Toronto, Canada's largest city, known for its dynamic multicultural environment. Enjoy landmarks like the CN Tower, vibrant markets, and diverse neighborhoods.

Panorama of Grand Canyon National Park at Mohave Point at sunset

Grand Canyon National Park

🚗 2,000 miles ⏱️ 31 hours

Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Grand Canyon National Park, a marvel of geology with its dramatic vistas, hiking trails, and the powerful Colorado River.

The grand prismatic geyser in Midway Basin, Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone National Park

🚗 2,040 miles ⏱️ 31 hours

Experience the natural beauty of Yellowstone National Park, the first national park in the U.S. Explore its geothermal features, wildlife, and vast wilderness.

San Diego skyline and Waterfront

🚗 2,225 miles ⏱️ 33 hours

San Diego is famous for its idyllic climate, 70 miles of pristine beaches, and attractions like the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, and USS Midway Museum.

Beautiful sunset of Los Angeles downtown skyline and palm trees

Los Angeles

🚗 2,690 miles ⏱️ 41 hours

Explore Los Angeles, a sprawling Southern California city known for its film and television industry. Visit Hollywood, enjoy the beaches, and explore diverse neighborhoods.

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31 Best Things To Do in Atlanta

Sure, Atlanta is a commercial hub, but it's also a sightseer's dream. Lovers of the arts can catch an award-winning performance at the ornate Fox Theatre or peruse one-of-a-kind sculptures at the High Museum of Art. Meanwhile, history buffs

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Atlanta History Center Atlanta History Center

U.S. News Insider Tip: Buckhead (like all of Atlanta) is known for its abysmal traffic. Avoid the roads from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for the best shot at avoiding the gridlock. – Elizabeth Von Tersch, Senior Editor

Spread across 33 acres in Atlanta's trendy Buckhead neighborhood, the Atlanta History Center seeks to explore Georgia's past through comprehensive exhibitions, historic homes and miles of gardens and trails. The center's primary facility is the Atlanta History Museum, which showcases exhibits that span the region's history, from the culture of the Muscogee and Cherokee Indians' ancestors to life in the antebellum South. 

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Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park free

U.S. News Insider Tip:  If you are a lover of Marvel movies, the last scene of "Black Panther" was filmed just two blocks away (at the intersection of Auburn Avenue and Jackson Street). – Lawrence Phillips, founder and CEO of Green Book Global

Walk in the footsteps of one of history's most important figures with a visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park. You can head over to the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King was once a pastor. Fire Station No. 6 offers insights into the desegregation of Atlanta's Fire Department. And at the Visitor Center, you'll find engaging exhibits on the civil rights movement and the D.R.E.A.M. Gallery, featuring additional exhibits. Next door to Ebenezer Baptist Church stands the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. It has even more exhibits, as well as the tombs of King and his wife, Coretta Scott King. Note: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birth home is also on-site, but it is closed through November 2025 for refurbishment. 

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Piedmont Park Piedmont Park free

Adjacent to the Atlanta Botanical Garden  in Midtown, Piedmont Park is the perfect place to spend a lazy – or active – afternoon. Sprawling 200-plus acres, the park has no shortage of things to do, including walking and jogging paths, dog parks, picnic facilities, playgrounds, tennis courts, a public swimming pool and a Saturday farmers market (from late March to early December). Thanks to its size, Piedmont Park also hosts a variety of Atlanta's top events, including the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival, the Atlanta Jazz Festival, Atlanta Pride and Music Midtown.

Previous travelers highly recommended visiting this park, calling it one of Atlanta's best parks. Some even said that it reminded them of New York City's   Central Park . Many loved picnicking, swimming and playing tennis at Piedmont Park, but some visitors warned that parking spots can be sparse, especially on weekends. Consider taking public transportation. Also, the park can get crowded, especially during special events. Finally, parkgoers say they felt less safe strolling through the park after dark.

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Atlanta's Fox Theatre Atlanta's Fox Theatre

U.S. News Insider Tip: Go to Poor Calvin's before or after your visit to the Fox Theatre. It has amazing cocktails and delicious Asian fusion dishes. – Lawrence Phillips, founder and CEO of Green Book Global

The Fox Theatre is more than a performance venue – it's one of the city's most iconic landmarks. And luckily, you don't need to have tickets to a show to take in its ornate interior. Originally conceived by Atlanta's Shriners organization, the theater's design was inspired by the  Karnak Temple Complex  in Luxor, Egypt , and the Alhambra in Granada, Spain . You'll get a tutorial on the building's iconic architectural details and more during a tour. Tours guide visitors through more than 10 locations within the building. Plus, you'll see Mighty Mo, one of the world's biggest theater organs.

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Atlanta BeltLine Atlanta BeltLine free

The Atlanta BeltLine is an in-progress, citywide network of 22 miles of streetcar rails, 33 miles of trails (for walking, biking and more), 5,600 units of affordable housing and more than 1,000 acres of greenspace that is either new to the city or has been cleaned up (including removing contaminants from soil). The city is opening the BeltLine in phases and plans to finish the entire system by 2030. As of winter 2023, visitors are welcome to enjoy 10 parks and 8 trails (as well as some unfinished but accessible ones) along the BeltLine. Some of the parks include Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark, Atlanta's first public skate park, which offers obstacles for skateboarders of all abilities; the similarly named Historic Fourth Ward Park, which has 17 acres of greenspace and amenities like a splash pad for kids; Gordon White Park, which hosts music events, temporary art installations and offers free fitness classes; Perkerson Park, which boasts tennis courts, softball fields and a disc golf course; and 280-acre Westside Park, featuring a playground and a pavilion for events. The paved trails are perfect for bike riding, taking a stroll through nature or walking by places like Ponce City Market and Piedmont Park . You can also take walking or bike tours of the Atlanta BeltLine to learn more about the network and the communities surrounding it.

Travelers appreciate the BeltLine paths that are currently open, saying that it is an excellent place to get out and exercise. Visitors particularly enjoy the Eastside Trail for its easy access to bars, restaurants and abundant street art.

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National Center for Civil and Human Rights National Center for Civil and Human Rights

For an in-depth look at the American civil rights movement and ongoing human rights struggles across the world, check out the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. This 42,000-square-foot complex offers both temporary and three permanent exhibits, including a collection of Martin Luther King Jr. artifacts. Featured in the "Voice to the Voiceless" exhibit, travelers will view papers from King's life as well as "Fragments," a metal art piece that showcases King's thoughts and writings.

Though the museum recommends allotting about two hours for its exhibits, most past travelers said you can easily spend several hours exploring the center's vivid and informative displays. Many were especially impressed with the lunch counter experience at the attraction's "Rolls Down Like Water" exhibit.

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Georgia Aquarium Georgia Aquarium

Considered one of the world's largest aquariums , the Georgia Aquarium boasts thousands of animals from hundreds of species represented in eight different galleries. Housing everything from freshwater animals in its "Southern Company River Scout" gallery to a humongous whale shark tank (it holds more than 6 million gallons) in its "Ocean Voyager" gallery, it's safe to say the aquarium runs the gamut in terms of its marine life. Its newest gallery is the "Sharks! Predators of the Deep" exhibit, which involves multiple shark species (such as hammerheads and tiger sharks) in a 20-foot tank holding 1.2 million gallons of water.

This facility (especially "Ocean Voyager") is a popular tourist attraction, so expect crowds when you visit. Also be prepared to spend a considerable about of time taking it all in. Previous visitors raved about the property's free dolphin show and recommend paying to swim or dive with the aquarium's whale sharks, but some warned that these experiences quickly fill up. In addition to ordering general admission tickets online in advance, the aquarium recommends that visitors reserve seats for the dolphin and sea lion presentation and the 4D theater the morning of the date they'll be attending.

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Zoo Atlanta Zoo Atlanta

What sets Atlanta's zoo apart from other wildlife exhibits is its panda population: Zoo Atlanta is one of only three zoos in the U.S. housing giant pandas. The rare bears are a favorite among recent visitors, but the zoo also boasts more than 1,300 animals from more than 220 species. While here, you'll spot lions, giraffes, zebras and plenty of reptiles. Apart from the animals, the zoo offers a train ride, a carousel and a ropes course, among other attractions. Keep in mind: The cost of these activities is not included with admission. In addition to the on-site attractions and exhibits, visitors can check out the property's gift shops, eateries and wildlife presentations, which are available at select times.

Travelers (especially those with kids) offer mostly favorable reviews for the zoo, saying it's easy to navigate and of a manageable size. But many agree that the property can get crowded on warmer days, so consider arriving early.

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Atlanta Botanical Garden Atlanta Botanical Garden

The Atlanta Botanical Garden should be every plant lover's first stop in the city. It covers a magnificent and beautiful 30 acres in the northwest corner of Midtown's  Piedmont Park . There's lots to see here, including the Lou Glenn Children's Garden, the Edible Garden, the Tropical High Elevation House and one of the few remaining mature hardwood forests in Atlanta. Plus, you can't miss a pass through the Fuqua Orchid Center, which features a variety of unique high-elevation orchids never grown before in the Southeast. The garden hosts the annual Garden Lights, Holiday Nights extravaganza in winter.

Visitors highly recommend a visit to this beautiful spot. However, some lament the cost of admission and the high fees for snacks and meals at the on-site eateries. A few travelers also suggest avoiding fall and winter visits, since some of the outdoor gardens are not in bloom during the colder months. But don't despair if you can only visit in the winter; reviewers say the Garden Lights, Holiday Nights display is worth the visit.

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World of Coca-Cola World of Coca-Cola

As its name suggests, World of Coca-Cola is a museum dedicated entirely to the famous soda. Visits to the two-level facility begin with exhibits on the drink's history, its role in pop culture and the bottling process. A Portrait Wall documents the brand’s global impact. In addition to the regular Coca-Cola Theater, the museum boasts a 3-D Theater. The older generations in your group will likely enjoy the museum's attention to the company's past, but the kids will probably be most excited for the Taste It! area, where multiple varieties of Coke can be sampled. You can also purchase various Coke memorabilia at the on-site gift shop.

Soda enthusiasts find this place fascinating (though those with no affinity for the brand may be underwhelmed). Some visitors lament that the museum can get crowded and its lines long.

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Oakland Cemetery Oakland Cemetery free

U.S. News Insider Tip: On sunny days, head to the cleverly named Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House and sit on the upper patio, which overlooks the cemetery. – Elizabeth Von Tersch, Senior Editor

Situated less than 2 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta and spanning 48 acres, Oakland Cemetery reflects the city's role in both the Civil War and the civil rights movement. Among its winding paths, trees and flower shrubs, you'll find elaborate mausoleums, intricate statues and an impressive collection of art and architecture. Amidst the 70,000 graves, you'll spot some well-known Atlantans, including legends like golfer Bobby Jones, author Margaret Mitchell and musician Kenny Rogers. About 7,000 Confederate soldiers have been laid to rest in the Confederate burial grounds while Potter's Field has about 7,500 interred in its grounds. People buried in Potter's Field are those who could not afford a burial and several are unknown; they come from various different races and religious.

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Centennial Olympic Park Centennial Olympic Park free

Located across the street from the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta is Centennial Olympic Park, a 22-acre patch of land that features lush sections of grass, artwork, pools and fountains. The park was originally built for the 1996 Olympic Games and was a centerpiece of the festivities; now, it's one of the most visited areas of the city. One of the park's most well-known elements is the Fountain of Rings, which is made up of 251 water jets. Every day, four water shows choreographed to various songs take place. The park also hosts several special events each year.

Recent visitors noted the fountains were a hit with families, especially young children, and advised bringing a change of clothes if you know your kids will want to splash around in the water. Past travelers also appreciated the park's proximity to must-see sights like the Georgia Aquarium , SkyView Atlanta Ferris wheel, World of Coca-Cola and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights . Others caution that the park will close to prepare for or host events with limited notice; you may want to call the park in advance to make sure it will be open before you arrive. The administration office can be reached at 404-223-4000. The park is also a featured stop on several of the best Atlanta tours .

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Fernbank Museum of Natural History Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Explore the prehistoric and present-day natural worlds at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Visitors can immerse themselves in exhibits featuring dinosaur fossils, wildlife native to Georgia, cultural garments and more. Travelers can also enjoy a movie at the museum's Giant Screen Theater or some light fare at the Fernbank Cafe. Plus, the museum boasts multiple outdoor experiences, which are accessible from the terrace. WildWoods features two scenic viewing platforms; it also hosts special exhibits throughout the year. Fernbank Forest features more than 2 miles of paved paths that allow visitors to explore a 65-acre forest. When walking along the paths, keep your eyes peeled for animals, as hundreds of species call the area home. Other outdoor elements are the Dinosaur Plaza and adjacent Rain Garden.

The outside areas get especially high praise from visitors, some even say they spent almost as much time outside as they did inside. Inside, museumgoers were wowed by the dinosaur exhibit, while others found the additional exhibits were designed mainly for kids. Some say the fare in the cafe is subpar.

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Children's Museum of Atlanta Children's Museum of Atlanta

If you're traveling in Atlanta with youngsters up to 8 years old, the Children's Museum of Atlanta is a must-visit. The venue was specifically designed to educate and entertain children through a variety of daily programs and fun exhibits. These include the Gateway to the World exhibit, where children can explore the Earth's layers and launch a rocket; the Fundamentally Food exhibit, which features a pretend farm, delivery truck, grocery store and cafe; and the Leaping into Learning exhibit, where children can climb into a treehouse and spot animals in a make-believe forest. Kids can also learn more about engineering and problem solving with the Innovation Station program or get inspired at the Art Studio program. Cultural programs that involve singing, dancing, puppetry and storytelling are also held year-round.

Most recent visitors had high praise for the museum, saying it was a great spot for kids to have fun and burn off energy. However, some noted it was small compared to other children's museums and thought classifying it as a museum was a bit misleading, as it felt more like an indoor play area.

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Ponce City Market Ponce City Market free

Once home to a Sears, Roebuck & Co. retail store and warehouse distribution center for the South, the Ponce City Market is now a massive mixed-use facility featuring offices, education centers, coffee shops, restaurants, boutique shopping and more. The building's roof is also an attraction itself, home to unique draws such as Skyline Park, where visitors can play games like Skee-Ball and mini-golf or go for a ride down a three-story slide, and 9 Mile Station, a rooftop restaurant. Foodies will want to sign up for one of the best Atlanta tours , which visit the market.

Visitors generally enjoy Ponce City Market, saying they appreciated the varied and delicious food options. The roof and its attractions also earn high praise from travelers. Others were not impressed with the difficult-to-navigate complex and complained of overpriced food and expensive parking. 

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The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum

The nearly 70,000-square-foot Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum houses millions of pages of material and hundreds of hours of audio and video recordings related to the 39th U.S. president. The museum displays some of those documents and videos as well as gifts from world leaders and other objects. It also features a full-size replica of the Oval Office and a reproduction of the cabin used for Camp David meetings. The facility is situated between two lakes on 30 acres of land.

Visitors generally find this to be a quite interesting place. In addition to reporting finding the exhibits very informative about Carter's life and career, they praise the museum's parkland as attractive and tranquil.

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Stone Mountain Park Stone Mountain Park

Spread across 3,200 acres, Stone Mountain Park boasts a variety of attractions. The Confederate Memorial Carving is the most famous (some might say infamous) part of the park. (As calls for the removal of Confederate monuments around the country have intensified in recent years, the carving has become an object of controversy.) The largest high relief sculpture in the world, this carving depicts Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, and Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. For a little perspective, the entire carved surface measures 3 acres, which is larger than a football field. If the carving doesn't prompt you to drive 18 miles northeast of the city, then consider the park's other attractions.

Additional facilities include a songbird preserve, a cable car ride, a scenic railroad, a miniature golf course and two full-size 18-hole courses, a seasonal outdoor park with life-size dinosaur replicas and a seasonal indoor dinosaur-themed play area. A group of homes built between 1793 and 1895 are open to tour. If the wilderness is more your style, you could easily spend all day exploring the grounds' hiking trails, picnic areas and recreational attractions. You should consider staying until the evening in the summer, when the Lasershow Spectacular blazes the mountain's carving and the night sky with images representing the South.

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Krog Street Market Krog Street Market free

Krog Street Market is a food hall housed in a former stove factory (which later became studios for Tyler Perry's films and TV shows) in Atlanta's Inman Park neighborhood. Restaurants' fare ranges from Chinese-style dumplings to soul food to pizza. Specialty retailers purvey small-batch chocolate, ice cream, craft beer and more. The market also has various retailers selling items for home and garden as well as vintage clothing.

Visitors often succumb to the market's charm, and they frequently rave about the food options.

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High Museum of Art High Museum of Art

U.S. News Insider Tip: If you visit on the second Sunday of the month, admission is free from noon until 5 p.m. You can reserve your ticket in advance through the museum's website. – Christina Maggitas, Editor

The High Museum of Art's aesthetics begin with the physical structure itself. The Richard Meier-designed building is covered in white porcelain that is mirrored on its interior, which also features winding walking paths and an interesting light system at the top. The Renzo Piano-designed expansion features white aluminum panels that echo Meier's original façade as well as a roof that filters sunlight inside. One noteworthy part of the collection is the 19th- and 20th-century American art, including pieces by Mary Cassatt, John Singleton Copley, Frederick Kensett, Harriet Hosmer, Edmonia Lewis, John Singer Sargent and Henry Ossawa Tanner. The museum also houses an impressive collection of European works from the 1300s to the 1900s and masks, figurative sculptures, ceramics and more from Africa and the African diaspora.

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Michael C. Carlos Museum Michael C. Carlos Museum

The Michael C. Carlos Museum on Emory University's campus has an extensive permanent collection of artworks from ancient Egypt, Greece, Nubia, Rome and the Middle East; Africa; the Americas and Asia as well as a works dating from the Renaissance to the current day. It also hosts special exhibits on a wide array of subjects, such as printing techniques, religious imagery and slavery in the ancient world. Its collection of ancient Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern artifacts features 7,500 objects, including coffins, funerary masks and the oldest Egyptian mummy in the Americas. Its assemblage of Greek and Roman art is also impressively sizeable with more than 6,500 pieces.

Visitors report that the museum isn't particularly large, but its collections are exceptionally fine. The Egyptian items, especially the mummies, are especially popular with visitors.

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Mercedes-Benz Stadium Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Atlanta has more sports arena offerings than just Truist Park , home to the famous Braves. At the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, soccer fans can watch Atlanta United while football fans can catch the Falcons. Featuring a massive circular video display, three separate concourses for food like burgers, salads, pizza, beer and tacos (plus a food truck that operates on most game days) and a distinctive roof that appears to rotate when it opens and shuts, it's no wonder this stadium was picked to host the 2019 Super Bowl. If you can't catch a game, don't pass on the stadium: Guided tours of the facility, which could include stops at the locker rooms, the Skybridges and the field, are available year-round, and the stadium sometimes hosts other events like concerts. Notably, the stadium boasts a sports-related art collection curated by the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Recent visitors rave about the stadium's guided tour, saying that it gives a truly in-depth look at the building, including a view of the stands from the field. Others say that the stadium is impeccably designed and a great place to catch a game. However, travelers warn future visitors that parking is sparse and expensive. 

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Truist Park Truist Park

Since Truist Park's opening in 2017, thousands of fans have ventured to the stadium to cheer on their favorite Major League Baseball team, the Atlanta Braves. The baseball stadium (formerly known as SunTrust Park) can seat up to 41,000 people, and each spot provides a sweeping view of the field. But you don't need to watch a game to explore the park: Daily tours run year-round to share the Braves' long history. During the tour, you'll see Monument Garden's historic displays, the dugout and the press box, and visit the Braves Clubhouse Store, among other stops. After your tour, head over to the Atlanta Battery, adjacent to the park, for dining, shopping or a manicure.

Baseball fans were impressed with the park, saying it is clean, well-designed and an improvement on the Braves' former home, Turner Field. Visitors repeatedly applaud the park for its family-friendly atmosphere and describe the tour guides as friendly and knowledgeable. Despite these perks, travelers lament the stadium's large crowds, traffic and awful parking experiences.

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Six Flags Over Georgia Six Flags Over Georgia

Known as the "Thrill Capital of the South," Six Flags Over Georgia offers plenty of roller coasters for adrenaline junkies. Notable rides include Twisted Cyclone, Georgia Scorcher, Pandemonium and Goliath, which sends guests flying at 70 miles per hour and features a 12-story drop. If those seem too daunting, there are also plenty of family-friendly rides, such as the Dahlonega Mine Train and Riverview Carousel. Plus, you can always enjoy live shows and entertainment like the Looney Tunes meet-and-greet. And if you're visiting during the notoriously hot summer months, you can cool off at Hurricane Harbor: the on-site water park that features a wave pool and lazy river, among other attractions.

Recent guests appreciated the variety of rides but complained that some of them, along with a number of the restaurants and shops, were closed when they visited. Several travelers recommended visiting in winter to experience the Holiday in the Park event where the park is lit up with millions of Christmas lights.

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Delta Flight Museum Delta Flight Museum

The Delta Flight Museum offers a variety of interactive, aviation-focused exhibits, including the country’s sole full-motion flight simulator open to the public. It displays several airplanes, including a 1928 Northwest Airways Waco 125 biplane and a restored 1931 Curtiss-Wright 6B sedan as well as more contemporary models. The museum also has a 747-400 that visitors can enter to examine close-up. Rounding out its collection of aircraft is a hot air balloon. The hangers that house its holdings also have exhibits centered on the propeller age and the subsequent (and ongoing) jet age as well as Delta's company history. Its gift shop sells Delta-branded items.

Aviation enthusiasts enjoy this museum. Would-be pilots recommend trying the challenging flight simulator (if you can afford the $390.27 fee). Some visitors note that seeing everything here entails a lot of walking. Given its proximity to Atlanta's airport, the museum might be just the right thing if want something to do during a layover between flights.

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Margaret Mitchell House Margaret Mitchell House

Margaret Mitchell House is currently closed. It is expected to reopen in the summer of 2024.

The Atlanta History Center offers tours of the Margaret Mitchell House, where the namesake author penned her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "Gone with the Wind." Actually, Mitchell and her husband occupied not the whole house but merely a first floor apartment, which the writer dubbed “the dump.” Despite her derision, travelers find a short visit worthwhile. Note: This attraction is in Midtown, not on the grounds of the Atlanta History Center itself.

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Center for Puppetry Arts Center for Puppetry Arts

Recognized worldwide for its theatrical and programming ingenuity, the Center for Puppetry Arts preserves and celebrates puppets. At the center, visitors can attend puppetry workshops and live shows. The center's main feature is its museum. The collection catalogues the history of puppetry across the world and boasts an entire collection dedicated to Jim Henson's work. Travelers can visit with Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, characters from "Fraggle Rock" and several residents of Sesame Street. In addition, the museum hosts rotating special exhibits. The center also features a museum store, where visitors can purchase puppets, books, postcards and other educational gifts.

Though the center is small, recent travelers enjoyed their visits, saying that it is an absolute must-do for Jim Henson and Muppets fans. While visitors were pleasantly surprised with the depth of information available on Henson, others said that the international collection was somewhat cursory. In addition to visiting the museum, travelers highly recommend seeing one of the puppet shows and describe this destination as fun for the whole family.

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Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

U.S. News Insider Tip: For a fun hike in the recreation area, try Vickery Creek Trail at Roswell Mill. The hike showcases remnants of the historic Roswell Mill, which was destroyed during the Civil War, and Vickery Creek Falls, one of Atlanta's best waterfalls. - Christina Maggitas, Editor, Travel

This massive national recreation area is actually 15 individual land units connected by 48 miles of the Chattahoochee River. In addition to being fun to say, the park offers an abundance of activities for all kinds of adventurers. Those who wish to relax outside can opt for a tube or raft to float down a stretch of the river; more active travelers can kayak, canoe or paddleboard down the Chattahoochee. If water sports aren't your thing, you can hike the miles of trails that wind through the park. Bikers have access to 7 miles of trails, while anglers can fish for bass, catfish and trout during all park operating hours.

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Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame

Located just south of the Georgia Aquarium and across the street from Centennial Olympic Park , the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame offers more than 50 interactive exhibits dedicated to its namesake sport. Inside the 95,000-square-foot facility, visitors can look for their team's helmet on the three-story Helmet Wall, admire Heisman and National Championship trophies, experience the high-definition Game Day Theater, kick a field goal at the 45-yard indoor football field and more.

If you're a fan of college football, travelers say you'll love exploring this attraction. According to many visitors, the Hall of Fame does a great job of engaging kids of all ages, though some felt the property's interactive activities did not justify its high entrance fees. Others caution that this hall of fame is hard to enjoy when it's crowded. The staff are frequently described as friendly.

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Porsche Experience Center Atlanta Porsche Experience Center Atlanta

Car aficionados, this one's for you. The Porsche Experience Center is a shrine to all things Porsche and lets fans get in on the action. Visitors can choose from a fleet of the latest models to hop into and race down world-renowned tracks. And if you want to see just how much the vehicle can do, you can move to the passenger seat and let the professional drivers take the wheel. Off the track, the Heritage Gallery showcases historical Porsche vehicles and Restaurant 356 provides fine dining with a view. There are also virtual simulators that allows all ages to get in on the action. 

Past visitors raved about their experience, saying the cars and facility were striking. Unsurprisingly, the best part to many was taking one of the vehicles out for a spin. Visitors also report the staff were helpful and incredibly knowledgeable about the cars and building.

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StarLight Drive-In Theatre and Flea Market StarLight Drive-In Theatre and Flea Market

For more than 70 years, StarLight Drive-In Theatre has provided a place for guests to enjoy their favorite movies under the stars. Four outdoor screens are available, which feature a digital projection system that ensures a clear picture, and the movie's audio is broadcast through your car's radio. Bathrooms and a snack bar offering drinks, candy and a selection of Mexican food can be found on-site. On the weekends, the lot hosts a flea market where visitors can peruse various vendors. Anyone interested in setting up a booth can rent a space for the day or for the month.

Past visitors enjoyed the vintage vibe of the drive-in and reasonable price for the experience. However, some wished there would have been staff walking through the lot telling people to turn their headlights off so there wouldn't be a glare on the screen. Those who visited the flea market appreciated the variety of sellers and interesting array of offerings.

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Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

U.S. News Insider Tip : While you can't take any leftovers home, you can snag a few freebies (think: koozies, hand fans, matchboxes and stickers), so you might want to bring a small bag to carry things in. – Christina Maggitas, Editor

Spanning multiple days in September each year, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is one of the city's (and state's) most notable foodie events, featuring a smorgasbord of gourmet bites, high-quality wines and innovative cocktails from more than 150 unique vendors. Different tasting tents are set up so you can sample the delectable offerings while learning more about the flavors from esteemed chefs, sommeliers and mixologists. What's more, live cooking demonstrations and competitions add to the immersive culinary experience. More intimate, in-restaurant happenings are also hosted throughout the duration of the festival at various spots in the city.

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Athens (1 hour 20 min Day Trip from Atlanta)

Chattanooga (2 hours), stone mountain park (30 min day trip from atlanta), blue ridge (1 hour 30 minutes from atlanta).

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Athens (1 hour 20 min Day Trip from Atlanta)

Chattanooga (2 hours)

Stone Mountain Park (30 min Day Trip from Atlanta)

Blue Ridge (1 hour 30 minutes from Atlanta)

Birmingham (2 hours 10 min)

Birmingham (2 hours 10 min)

Dahlonega (1 hour 30 min)

Dahlonega (1 hour 30 min)

Dahlonega’s quaint downtown is listed in the Historic Register, and the community celebrates its history with a number of museums and tours. It is also known for its many festivals, which are dedicated to its rich past and fortunate place among the surrounding nature. Next read: Romantic Weekend Getaways from Atlanta

Romantic Lake Lanier (1 hour)

Romantic Lake Lanier (1 hour)

Several parks are located just off the lake, and there are also a number of forest hiking trails nearby. Thrill seekers can try jet skiing out on the water or zip lining through the trees above, while those looking for a more laidback afternoon can try fishing or soaking up some rays on the sandy banks. More beaches near Atlanta, GA

Mableton (20 min)

Mableton (20 min)

Another attraction is the Silver Comet Trail, a hiking trail that runs along the route of the old Silver Comet railroad line all the way out to the Georgia-Alabama state line. Mableton also has a wide selection of restaurants with both home-style and contemporary menus for visiting foodies to enjoy.

Callaway Gardens (1 hour 20 min)

Callaway Gardens (1 hour 20 min)

17800 US Hwy 27 Pine Mountain, GA 31822, Phone: 800-852-3810

Romantic Day at Toccoa Falls (1 hour 40 min)

Romantic Day at Toccoa Falls (1 hour 40 min)

Toccoa , GA 30577, Phone: 706-886-8451

Brasstown Bald (2 hours 20 min)

Brasstown Bald (2 hours 20 min)

Georgia Spur 180, Blairsville, GA 30512, Phone: 706-745-6928

Providence Canyon State Park (2 hours 10 min)

Providence Canyon State Park (2 hours 10 min)

Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites Headquarters, 2600 Highway 155 SW, Stockbridge, GA 30281, Phone: 770-389-7286

Nashville (4 hours)

Nashville (4 hours)

Nashville also has many smaller, intimate venues where future stars of the genre perform for local audiences. This Tennessee gem is divided into several distinct neighborhoods, each of which has its own personal vibe. It has a growing culinary and arts scene and is quickly developing into a beloved tourist destination for Americans and foreigners alike. Things to Do in Nashville

Chattahoochee National Forest (2 hours)

Chattahoochee National Forest (2 hours)

Suches, GA 30572, Phone: 770-297-3000

Gatlinburg (4 hours)

Gatlinburg (4 hours)

The area contains an impressive diversity of wildlife and is one of only a few International Biosphere Reserves across the world. Some well-known natural Gatlinburg attractions within the park include Cades Cove, a popular biking area, and Roaring Fork, the site where two stunning waterfalls meet. The town abounds with historical cabins and mills that give a glimpse of what Smoky Mountain life was like many years ago. Things to Do in Gatlinburg

Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge (1 hour 10 min)

Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge (1 hour 10 min)

718 Juliette Road, Round Oak, GA 31032, Phone: 478-986-5441

Consolidated Gold Mine (1 hour 20 min)

Consolidated Gold Mine (1 hour 20 min)

185 Consolidated Gold Mine Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533, Phone: 706-864-8473

Andersonville National Historic Site (2 hours)

Andersonville National Historic Site (2 hours)

760 POW Rd, Andersonville, GA 31711, Phone: 229-924-0343

Anna Ruby Falls (2 hours)

Anna Ruby Falls (2 hours)

3455 Anna Ruby Falls Road, Helen, GA 30545, Phone: 706-878-1448

National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force (3 hours 30 min)

National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force (3 hours 30 min)

175 Bourne Avenue, Pooler, GA 31322, Phone: 912-748-8888

Museum of Aviation (1 hour 35 min Day Trip from Atlanta GA)

Museum of Aviation (1 hour 35 min Day Trip from Atlanta GA)

1942 Heritage Blvd, Robins AFB, GA 31098, 478-926-6870

Rock City Gardens (2 hours)

Rock City Gardens (2 hours)

1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, GA 30750, Phone: 706-820-2531

Mercier Orchards (1 hour 40 min Day Trip from Atlanta)

Mercier Orchards (1 hour 40 min Day Trip from Atlanta)

8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513, Phone: 706-632-3411

Amicalola Falls State Park (1 hour 30 min)

Amicalola Falls State Park (1 hour 30 min)

280 Amicalola Falls S.P. Rd, Dawsonville, GA 30534

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park (1 hour 50 min)

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park (1 hour 50 min)

3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742, Phone: 706-866-9241

  • 1. Athens (1 hour 20 min Day Trip from Atlanta)
  • 2. Chattanooga (2 hours)
  • 3. Stone Mountain Park (30 min Day Trip from Atlanta)
  • 4. Blue Ridge (1 hour 30 minutes from Atlanta)
  • 5. Birmingham (2 hours 10 min)
  • 6. Dahlonega (1 hour 30 min)
  • 7. Romantic Lake Lanier (1 hour)
  • 8. Mableton (20 min)
  • 9. Callaway Gardens (1 hour 20 min)
  • 10. Romantic Day at Toccoa Falls (1 hour 40 min)
  • 11. Brasstown Bald (2 hours 20 min)
  • 12. Providence Canyon State Park (2 hours 10 min)
  • 13. Nashville (4 hours)
  • 14. Chattahoochee National Forest (2 hours)
  • 15. Gatlinburg (4 hours)
  • 16. Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge (1 hour 10 min)
  • 17. Consolidated Gold Mine (1 hour 20 min)
  • 18. Andersonville National Historic Site (2 hours)
  • 19. Anna Ruby Falls (2 hours)
  • 20. National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force (3 hours 30 min)
  • 21. Museum of Aviation (1 hour 35 min Day Trip from Atlanta GA)
  • 22. Rock City Gardens (2 hours)
  • 23. Mercier Orchards (1 hour 40 min Day Trip from Atlanta)
  • 24. Amicalola Falls State Park (1 hour 30 min)
  • 25. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park (1 hour 50 min)

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12 Cute Towns Near Atlanta – Best Small Towns In Georgia Near Atlanta

Experience Southern charm and hospitality while exploring quaint streets lined with historic architecture in these small towns near Atlanta (cute towns near Atlanta). 

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Discover unique cultural attractions, outdoor adventures, and a slower pace of life, offering a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Let’s check some of the best cute towns near Atlanta with things to do, overnight stays, why to visit and distance from Atlanta. 

Serenbe, Georgia

Location:  Serenbe is 30 miles southwest of Atlanta.

Serenbe is known for its sustainable living community, farm-to-table dining options, and emphasis on arts and culture.

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Things to do :

  • Explore Serenbe Farms.
  • Go hiking in the Serenbe Trail System.
  • Visit the Serenbe Playhouse for outdoor theater performances.

Overnight hotel stay:   Serenbe Inn offers charming accommodations with a rustic ambiance.

Tours to book:  Serenbe Trail Riding offers horseback riding tours through the scenic countryside.

Serene, nestled amidst picturesque countryside, offers visitors a tranquil escape with charming accommodations, outdoor recreational opportunities, and a thriving arts community. It is an idyllic destination for those seeking a harmonious blend of nature, culture, and relaxation. 

Dahlonega, Georgia

Location : Dahlonega is 65 miles north of Atlanta.

Dahlonega is famous for being the site of the first major gold rush in the United States. Its picturesque setting in the North Georgia mountains makes it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

Things to do:

  • Visit Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site.
  • Explore the historic downtown area.
  • Go wine tasting at local vineyards.

Overnight hotel stay:  The Smith House offers cozy accommodations and Southern hospitality.

Tours to book:  Dahlonega Walking Tours offers guided walks through the town’s history and architecture.

Dahlonega is one of the best cute towns near Atlanta for its rich history, stunning natural beauty, and vibrant cultural scene. As the site of the first major gold rush in the United States, Dahlonega boasts a charming downtown filled with historic landmarks, quaint shops, and cozy cafes. With its welcoming atmosphere and diverse attractions, Dahlonega offers a delightful escape from the city, promising unforgettable experiences for all who visit.

Helen, Georgia

Location : Helen is 90 miles northeast of Atlanta.

Helen is a charming alpine village in the Blue Ridge Mountains, known for its German-inspired architecture, festivals, and outdoor recreational activities. Helen is one of the best cute towns near Atlanta for its charming Bavarian-inspired architecture, scenic location in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and abundance of recreational activities. 

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  • Experience Bavarian culture in downtown Helen.
  • Go tubing or kayaking on the Chattahoochee River.
  • Visit Anna Ruby Falls.

Overnight hotel stay:   The Heidi Motel offers Bavarian-style accommodations in the heart of Helen.

Tours to book:  Habersham Winery offers wine tastings and tours of their vineyard.

Strolling through its streets feels like stepping into a European village, complete with cobblestone pathways, timber-framed buildings, and flower-filled window boxes. With its picturesque setting and diverse attractions, Helen offers a delightful escape that transports visitors to a world of quaint charm and natural beauty, making it a must-visit destination near Atlanta.

Blue Ridge, Georgia

Location:  Blue Ridge is approximately 90 miles north of Atlanta.

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Blue Ridge is one of the best cute towns near Atlanta for its enchanting mountain vistas, welcoming community, and abundance of outdoor adventures. Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this picturesque town boasts a charming downtown filled with artisan shops, cozy cafes, and local galleries

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  • Ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway.
  • Explore the shops and galleries in downtown Blue Ridge.
  • Go hiking in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

Overnight hotel stay:  The Blue Ridge Inn Bed & Breakfast offers comfortable accommodations with mountain views.

Tours to book:  Blue Ridge Mountain Kayaking offers guided kayak tours on area rivers and lakes.

Blue Ridge is a quaint mountain town known for its scenic beauty, outdoor adventures, and vibrant arts community. It’s also home to the southern terminus of the famous Appalachian Trail.

With its serene natural surroundings and small-town charm, Blue Ridge offers a quintessential mountain getaway, inviting visitors to unwind, reconnect with nature, and create cherished memories in Georgia’s scenic wilderness.

Madison, Georgia

Location:  Madison is approximately 60 miles east of Atlanta.

Madison boasts one of the largest and most well-preserved collections of antebellum architecture in the American South. Its picturesque streets and historic sites make it a popular destination for history enthusiasts and architecture buffs.

  • Tour the historic homes and gardens in Madison’s National Historic Landmark District.
  • Browse the shops and art galleries on Main Street.
  • Visit Hard Labor Creek State Park for outdoor activities.

Overnight hotel stay:   The James Madison Inn offers luxurious accommodations in a restored 19th-century building.

Tours to book:  Madison Morgan Cultural Center offers guided tours of historic homes and landmarks.

Madison is one of the best cute towns near Atlanta in Georgia for its timeless elegance, rich history, and vibrant cultural scene. With its welcoming Southern hospitality and picturesque surroundings, Madison offers a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life, inviting visitors to step back in time and experience the timeless beauty of Georgia’s historic heartland.

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Roswell, Georgia

Location:   Roswell is approximately 20 miles north of Atlanta.

Roswell earns its reputation as one of the best cute towns near Atlanta in Georgia for its blend of historic charm, cultural attractions, and picturesque surroundings. With its tree-lined streets, historic homes, and vibrant downtown area, Roswell offers visitors a delightful mix of small-town ambiance and urban amenities.

  • Explore the historic Roswell Mill.
  • Visit Bulloch Hall and Barrington Hall historic homesand.
  • Stroll through the Chattahoochee Nature Center.

Overnight hotel stay:  The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Atlanta – Roswell offers comfortable accommodations in a convenient location.

Tours to book:  Roswell Ghost Tour offers guided tours of the city’s most haunted locations.

Roswell offers visitors a delightful mix of small-town ambiance and urban amenities. With its welcoming community, diverse dining options, and unique shopping experiences, Roswell provides a perfect retreat just a short drive from the bustling city of Atlanta.

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Decatur, Georgia

Location:  Decatur is approximately 6 miles east of Atlanta.

Decatur offers visitors a charming blend of Southern hospitality and urban sophistication. Decatur is known for its vibrant arts scene, diverse culinary offerings, and a strong sense of community. Its walkable downtown area and historic neighborhoods give it a charming and welcoming atmosphere.

  • Explore the eclectic shops and restaurants in downtown Decatur.
  • Visit the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
  • Stroll through Decatur Square.

Overnight hotel stay:  The Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory offers modern accommodations with easy access to downtown Decatur.

Tours to book:  Decatur Ghost Tour offers guided walking tours of the city’s haunted history.

With its emphasis on sustainability, walkability, and community engagement, Decatur provides a welcoming retreat just minutes from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta, making it a must-visit destination for locals and tourists alike.

Marietta, Georgia

Location : Marietta is approximately 20 miles northwest of Atlanta.

Marietta is one of the best cute towns near Atlanta in Georgia for its rich history, picturesque downtown, and vibrant cultural scene. With its charming town square surrounded by historic buildings, Marietta exudes a timeless Southern charm that captivates visitors. 

  • Explore the Marietta Square and Glover Park.
  • Visit the Marietta Museum of History.
  • Take a tour of the Marietta National Cemetery.

Overnight hotel stay:  The Hilton Atlanta / Marietta Hotel & Conference Center offers comfortable accommodations near downtown Marietta.

Tours to book:  Marietta Trolley Company offers guided trolley tours of the city’s historic sites and landmarks.

 With its friendly community, welcoming atmosphere, and proximity to Atlanta, Marietta offers a perfect blend of small-town allure and big-city amenities.

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Senoia, Georgia

Location:  Senoia is approximately 45 miles southwest of Atlanta.

Senoia emerges as one of the best cute towns near Atlanta in Georgia for its unique blend of small-town charm and Hollywood glamour. As the filming location for popular television shows like The Walking Dead, Senoia has garnered international attention while maintaining its quaint Southern character. 

  • Explore the charming downtown area featured in TV shows like The Walking Dead.
  • Visit the Senoia Area Historical Society Museum.
  • Take a walking tour of filming locations.

Overnight hotel stay:  The Veranda Historic Bed & Breakfast Inn offers elegant accommodations in a historic setting.

Tours to book:  Georgia Tour Company offers guided tours of Senoia’s filming locations and behind-the-scenes insights.

The town’s welcoming atmosphere, vibrant arts scene, and friendly community make Senoia a captivating destination for fans of film and television and those seeking a charming escape just a short drive from Atlanta.

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Jackson, Georgia

Location : Jackson is approximately 40 miles southeast of Atlanta.

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Jackson is home to one of the oldest state parks in the United States, Indian Springs State Park, known for its mineral springs and historic significance.

  • Explore Indian Springs State Park.
  • Visit the historic Butts County Courthouse.
  • Go fishing or boating on Jackson Lake.

Overnight hotel stay:  The Days Inn by Wyndham Jackson offers convenient accommodations near downtown Jackson.

Tours to book:  Indian Springs State Park offers guided tours of the park’s natural and historic features.

Jackson is esteemed as one of the best cute towns near Atlanta in Georgia for its serene ambiance, rich history, and abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities. Nestled amidst scenic countryside, Jackson offers visitors a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. 

Jackson provides a perfect getaway just a short drive from Atlanta, making it an ideal destination for relaxation and exploration.

Cumming – Small Towns In Georgia

Location : Cumming is approximately 40 miles northeast of Atlanta.

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Cumming offers easy access to the recreational opportunities of Lake Lanier while also providing a range of cultural and outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy. Cumming is one of the best cute towns near Atlanta in Georgia for its picturesque setting, family-friendly atmosphere, and wealth of recreational activities.

Things to do:  

  • Visit Sawnee Mountain Preserve for hiking and scenic views,
  • go boating or fishing on Lake Lanier,
  • Explore the Cumming Playhouse for live performances.

Overnight hotel stay:  The Hampton Inn Cumming offers comfortable accommodations near Lake Lanier.

Tours to book:  Lanier Sailing Academy offers sailing lessons and tours on Lake Lanier.

With its charming downtown area featuring shops, restaurants, and community events, Cumming provides a quaint retreat just a short drive from Atlanta, making it an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts and families seeking a peaceful getaway.

Pine Mountain – Small Towns In Georgia Near Atlanta

Location : approximately 80 miles southwest of Atlanta.

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Pine Mountain earns its reputation as one of the best cute towns near Atlanta in Georgia for its breathtaking natural beauty, abundance of outdoor activities, and charming small-town atmosphere. Nestled in the scenic foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Pine Mountain offers visitors a tranquil retreat surrounded by lush forests and rolling hills.

Things to do : 

  • Explore Callaway Gardens for botanical gardens and outdoor recreation, 
  • Visit the Wild Animal Safari for a safari adventure, 
  • Hike or bike the trails at F.D. Roosevelt State Park.

Overnight hotel stay:  The Lodge & Spa at Callaway Resort & Gardens offers luxurious accommodations surrounded by nature.

Tours to book:  Callaway Gardens offers guided tours of the gardens and unique behind-the-scenes experiences.

With its welcoming community, unique attractions, and opportunities for outdoor adventure, Pine Mountain provides a perfect escape just a short drive from Atlanta, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

These cute towns near Atlanta offer diverse experiences, from historic charm to outdoor adventures. These towns provide locals and tourists alike with endless opportunities for exploration and relaxation, all within a short distance of the vibrant energy of the city. 

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Whether you seek a quaint getaway, cultural immersion, or outdoor escape, these charming destinations cater to various interests and preferences, making them irresistible for memorable day trips or weekend retreats.

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21 Top-Rated Attractions & Places to Visit in Atlanta, GA

Written by Bryan Dearsley & Barbara Radcliffe Rogers Updated Jan 24, 2024 We may earn a commission from affiliate links ( )

Atlanta is in almost all respects the principal center of the American South. Originally a military outpost, it later became an important commercial town before being reduced to rubble during the Civil War. Now a major financial and cultural center, Atlanta is also well known as an important hub for air traffic, with easy connections for travelers making it an increasingly popular US travel destination.

Whether you have a few hours or a few days, you'll find the endless list of interesting places to visit in Atlanta will keep you coming back for more. Tourist attractions here range from the arts to sports, and along the way, you'll also discover numerous historic sites, and state-of-the-art museums, as well as beautiful parks and gardens to explore.

Don't expect to find a quiet, romantic, pedestrian-friendly Southern city like Savannah when you visit Atlanta. Instead, you'll find it a rather large, always busy city of close to half a million souls. That said, Atlanta is certainly not without its Southern charm, you just have to dig a little deeper to find it. Whatever your interests, you'll easily be able to plan your visit to this vibrant city with our list of the top tourist attractions and things to do in Atlanta, Georgia.

1. Visit the Georgia Aquarium

2. take a stroll through the atlanta botanical garden, 3. tour the martin luther king, jr. national historical park, 4. center for civil and human rights, 5. explore the "real thing" at world of coca-cola, 6. see a movie or performance at the fox theatre, 7. enjoy a walk or jog through piedmont park, 8. atlanta history center, 9. have fun at legoland discovery center atlanta, 10. take the kids to zoo atlanta, 11. the jimmy carter presidential library & museum, 12. high museum of art, 13. college football hall of fame, 14. historic oakland cemetery, 15. truist park tours, 16. fernbank museum of natural history, 17. watch the dancing fountains at centennial olympic park, 18. ponce city market, 19. michael c. carlos museum, 20. play outdoors at stone mountain park, 21. center for puppetry arts, where to stay in atlanta for sightseeing, atlanta, ga - climate chart.

Georgia Aquarium

While the Georgia Aquarium complex is one of the most popular things to do with kids, it's also a great place to visit as an adult.

The aquarium features a wide variety of marine life and some very interesting interactive activities for visitors. One of the world's largest aquariums, it houses more than 100,000 aquatic creatures, including the largest sharks in the ocean: whale sharks . These impressive sea creatures can grow up to 30 ft in length and are a thrill to observe in the aquarium's long walk-through acrylic tunnel.

You can also see rare albino alligators and watch as trainers interact with California sea lions. One unique option offered by the Georgia Aquarium is the opportunity to dive or snorkel with the fish. To participate in the dive program, however, you must have SCUBA diving certification.

For the truly adventurous, consider the shark cage experience . This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will get you up close to these awe-inspiring creatures, all the while, though, safely tucked away behind safe, secure steel bars... just in case!

Address: 225 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta Botanical Garden

The Atlanta Botanical Garden offers a lovely space through which to stroll and spend a few hours of your time. Highlights of this must-visit Atlanta attraction include a variety of well-designed gardens, including formal flowerbeds and majestic trees that frame the urban landscape of Midtown Atlanta.

The botanical garden is a great place year-round, with something always in bloom. That said, spring is, of course, an amazing time to visit, with a riot of colors. Other notable features include the Orchid Display House in the Fuqua Orchid Center, the Winter Garden, the Japanese Garden , the Conservation Garden, and the Desert House.

Two of its major specialties are the Rose Garden and its hydrangeas, each of which comprises the largest such collections in the southeast. A special garden area is designed for children, and an elevated boardwalk gives visitors tree-top views down into the forest, another popular activity for families.

Ultimately, what you see here at this splendid garden attraction will depend on the time of year you visit. While there are numerous events and exhibits to experience throughout the year, the always-beautiful indoor gardens are reason enough to visit, whatever the weather.

Address: 1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park

Just 2 miles from Georgia Aquarium, two entire blocks of Auburn Avenue are now protected as a National Historic Site . They include the birthplace of the civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King Jr. at 501 Auburn Avenue, which dates from 1895; and the Ebenezer Baptist Church at 407-413 Auburn Avenue, in which he and his father were ministers.

Admission to the historic site is free , as are the half-hour tours of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth home . These informative tours offered by the National Park Service are well worthwhile to get a better understanding of the man and his times. However, as one of the most popular Atlanta attractions, it does get busy. To avoid line-ups, consider an early morning visit or go on Sunday mornings when church service is in progress.

There are several other related places to visit within the historic site, too. Immediately adjoining it, in the Freedom Hall Complex, is King's grave. Between his birthplace and Ebenezer Baptist Church is Fire Station No. 6, which played a role in the life of the neighborhood and where volunteers tell stories of life here when King was growing up.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change is also in the area. Usually less crowded, it's worth a visit for its displays related to this undeniably influential man and the movement he so inspired.

Address: 450 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, Georgia

Center for Civil and Human Rights

Atlanta's place in the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s is marked by a beautifully conceived interpretation center/museum that places this epic struggle into the greater worldwide movement for human rights.

The Center for Civil and Human Rights explores the history of Jim Crow laws with actual television newscasts, speeches, photos, videos, personal accounts, and interactive experiences that bring visitors into the struggle. Portraits and stories of their work honor men and women who lost their lives in the struggle.

The Human Rights Movement gallery carries the story into the broader picture of human rights worldwide: Apartheid in South Africa, women's rights, the rights of children, and others, inspiring visitors to think about the rights of humans everywhere.

Address: 100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, Georgia

World of Coca-Cola

In 1886, a chemist named Dr. John Pemberton devised a syrup designed, or so he claimed, to relieve headaches and other perceived maladies. A friend of his mixed the glutinous liquid with water and carbonic acid, and the result of the mixture soon became the world's most popular soft drink.

The World of Coca-Cola illustrates the history and triumphal progress of the world-famous drink in entertaining ways that will please all ages. A new exhibit, Scent Discovery , explores the sense of smell and the origins of various fragrances, testing your sense of smell and exploring the sources of different aromas.

World of Coca-Cola is located directly opposite the Georgia Aquarium and the Center for Civil and Human Rights. You can park in any one of the nearby parking garages for the day and make the most of their handy proximity to each other. From here you can also easily explore Centennial Olympic Park , home to the impressive SkyView Atlanta Ferris Wheel ; and the College Football Hall of Fame, to name just a couple of nearby attractions.

Address: 121 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia

Dome of the Fox Theatre

The historic Fox Theatre was built in the 1920s as the Yaarab Temple Shrine Mosque, with an extremely posh Arabian-themed design. It has had a varied history including facing problems during the Great Depression that almost saw it torn down, but has always been a much-loved landmark building since its construction. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The interior of the theater has seen considerable restoration work over the years in an attempt to maintain its original elegance, including the repair and restoration of the furniture collection to preserve its 1929 appearance.

Performances at the Fox include diverse entertainment options such as operas, ballet, rock concerts, and movies, with hundreds of performances each year. In addition to the theater, two ballrooms, the Egyptian Ballroom, and the Grand Salon, have been beautifully restored and are available for special events.

Address: 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia

Piedmont Park

Located a 15-minute drive or 45-minute walk northeast of downtown Atlanta, Piedmont Park is the oldest and largest park in the Atlanta metro region. Consisting of 180 acres of lovingly cared-for grounds and gardens, it can take a while to explore, so allow plenty of time.

The miles of walking and running trails through its gently rolling meadows and shady groves include a four-mile loop that passes the park's scenic highlights, natural areas, gardens, and historic sites. Or for an intense workout, join fitness fans on Piedmont Park's Active Oval running track.

In addition to providing walking and running trails, the park has off-leash dog parks, gardens, sports fields, a lake with fishing piers, children's playgrounds, a huge swimming pool at the Piedmont Park Aquatic Center , and a splash pad for children at the Legacy Fountain.

Local farmers and artisans gather on Saturdays at the Green Market, where you may find everything from fresh peaches, handmade soaps, and smoked meats to biscuits, Irish pancakes, sheep cheese, and sheep milk caramel. Look for chef demonstrations every Saturday from 11 am until noon.

On Saturday mornings from April through November, at 11 am, you can learn about the park's history on a free guided walking tour . And, on the first Saturday of every month, Piedmont Park Conservancy partners with the Atlanta Audubon Society for bird walks that explore the park's many different habitats.

The park also hosts various events, from musical entertainment to fitness programs. Plenty of on-site multi-story parking is available.

Address: 1071 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia

Swan House, Atlanta History Center

The Atlanta History Center is a large complex that comprises the Atlanta History Museum, Centennial Olympic Games Museum, Swan House, Smith Family Farm, and the Kenan Research Center, along with a number of historic gardens.

The History Museum features changing exhibitions and a permanent collection with topics such as the American Civil War, Folk Art of the South, and various other exhibits related to the history of Atlanta.

The historic houses range in age from the 1860s to the 1920s and offer a glimpse of life during these time periods. Are you a fan of American literature? If so, the Margaret Mitchell House is a must-visit and contains the apartment where Mitchell wrote Gone with the Wind . The guided tour includes a look at this room as well as a brief film and exhibition on Margaret Mitchell.

The six historic gardens are certainly fun to explore, too, and include both natural areas and formal gardens. The Frank A. Smith Rhododendron Garden , is at its best in spring when the rhododendrons and azaleas are in bloom. You should also plan on visiting the 1860s-style garden at the Smith Farm, a small former plantation from the 1860s.

Address: 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, Georgia

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta

Who doesn't like LEGO? One of the city's top family attractions, the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta gives fans young and old a great excuse to indulge their passion for these little plastic building blocks.

Located in the high-end Phipps Plaza, a ritzy shopping mall to the north of downtown Atlanta, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta opened in 2012 and offers plenty of fun activities. Highlights include a LEGO scale model of the city featuring top points of interest, including the Georgia Aquarium and the Fox Theatre, constructed from no less than 1.5 million bricks.

Kid-friendly, LEGO-themed rides are also available, and there's also a 4-D cinema showing related movie adventures. Age-appropriate workshops are frequently held, and the on-site shop offers a chance to stock up on the world's most popular building toy. A café is also located on the premises.

Address: 3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia

Giant panda at Zoo Atlanta

A visit to Zoo Atlanta is another fun family activity to add to your travel itinerary. Founded in 1889, the zoo has, in recent years, undergone a major transformation that has seen it propelled to the top of lists of animal attractions in the USA.

Also known as Atlanta Zoo, its central location in Grant Park makes it easy to get to, with the addition of new parking facilities making for a seamless visitor experience. Among its most popular exhibits is an African rainforest area complete with gorillas and monkeys. Other cute creatures include giant pandas in the Asian rainforest section, as well as an aviary, lemurs, and bears.

A number of unique animal experiences are also offered. These include fun after-hours visits, safari camps, and guided tours. A behind-the-scenes animal encounter is also offered and lets you get up close to a variety of creatures in the zoo's care.

Address: 800 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta, Georgia

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum

Located in a beautiful park-like setting in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood near Freedom Park, the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum is a must-visit, whatever your political affiliations.

Opened in 1986 and recently renovated, the site is a repository for more than 27 million pages of official papers, as well as large collections of photos and videos related to the 39th US President's tenure. There are also numerous documents and memorabilia related to his personal and family life.

Other highlights include a display showcasing Carter's Nobel Peace Prize, as well as an authentic reproduction of the Oval Office as it was during his time there. The 30-acre grounds and museum can be visited as a self-guided tour. Be sure to check out the excellent views over the city of Atlanta while you're here.

Address: 441 John Lewis Freedom Pkwy N, Atlanta, Georgia

High Museum of Art

Designed by architect Richard Meier and enlarged with three new buildings designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the High Museum of Art is noteworthy both for its architecture and its extraordinary collections, With a focus on art from the Renaissance to the present day, it is particularly well-known for its works by 19th-century French masters and an extensive collection of 19th- and 20th-century American art.

There is also a significant collection of European paintings and decorative art to explore. Newer additions include modern and contemporary art, photography, and African art. The museum forms part of the Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center and hosts an annual film series featuring foreign, independent, and classic cinema.

Address: 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia

College Football Hall of Fame

Established in 1951, the College Football Hall of Fame is a must-visit for sports enthusiasts when visiting Atlanta. It's located adjacent to Centennial Olympic Park, close to the Georgia Aquarium, ensuring you'll be able to scratch more than one great attraction off your list with a single visit.

The Hall of Fame's unique football-shaped location only opened in 2014 and features a variety of fun interactive displays and activities suitable for all ages. Almost 100,000 square feet in size, it even includes an indoor football field big enough for kids to run around and blow off some steam.

Greeting you when you enter the building, though, is perhaps its most impressive feature, The Quad's helmet wall. This huge three-story-tall wall features helmets from 775 college teams, with visitors being able to press a button to have their favorite team's headgear illuminated, so they can spot it.

Address: 250 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia

Historic Oakland Cemetery

The Historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta began as a six-acre burial ground in 1850 and was originally designed as a garden cemetery. Over the years, particularly during the time of the Civil War, the site grew, accommodating those killed on the battlefield.

Eventually, the cemetery came to encompass 88 acres, and in 1884 stopped selling plots. In the ensuing years, this once lovely cemetery fell into disrepair, as those tending the plots moved away or died.

Historic Oakland Cemetery

Fast forward to 1976, and the Oakland Cemetery was declared a National Historic Landmark, and the Historic Oakland Foundation was established. In combination with the city, the organization has done much work to maintain the cemetery. Today, it's promoted as a historic cemetery and parkland with gardens, sculptures, and wildlife.

There's even a Visitor Center and Museum Shop, and free parking is available directly opposite the main gate. It can get busy here though, so if you can visit on a weekday morning, you're pretty much guaranteed parking and a quieter visit.

Address: 248 Oakland Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia

Truist Park

Another must-do for visiting sports fans is taking a tour of Truist Park . Famous as the home of the Atlanta Braves baseball team, this state-of-the-art stadium opened in 2017 and can be visited not only on game days but as part of a fun tour.

Starting at the Right Field Gate, these must-do tours last around an hour and take in a number of important stadium features. These usually include the press box, some of the VIP lounges and seating, as well as the Monument Garden. Afterward, be sure to visit the Braves Clubhouse Store for a little souvenir shopping.

While tour tickets can be purchased at the gate, they do sometimes fill up, so plan ahead and book yours online in advance if you can. A VIP tour option is also available on game days.

Address: 755 Battery Ave SE, Atlanta, Georgia

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Opened in 1992, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History portrays the nature and environment of Georgia, as well as technical and scientific phenomena with the aid of modern techniques. Some of the most eye-catching exhibits at the museum are the huge dinosaur statues that greet you at the entrance and the dinosaur skeletons in the Great Hall.

Perhaps more entertaining are the interactive displays of the "Sensing Nature" exhibit. There are many other interesting exhibits on the natural history of the local landscape and cultures from other parts of the world. Even the floors are attention-getting, made of limestone tiles with embedded fossils.

A huge gallery is dedicated to temporary and traveling exhibits, and an IMAX theater shows nature-related films.

Address: 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia

Fountains at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta

Built for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, Centennial Olympic Park in central Atlanta is located near the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola. It is the venue for weekly free concerts and for seasonal events, including the Christkindl Christmas Market and the Chinese Lantern Show .

The most popular thing to do in Centennial Olympic Park is watching the dancing fountain, with its choreographed program of water spouts and colored lights set to music. Officially known as the Fountain of Rings , its design is based on the Olympic rings symbol. When it's not "performing," the fountain becomes a splash pad for children to play in. It's also a popular place for joggers to cool off in the summer.

Centennial Olympic Park offers great views of the Atlanta skyline, especially from the SkyView Ferris wheel , rising almost 20 stories above the park.

Address: 265 Park Avenue West NW, Atlanta, Georgia

Ponce City Market

For a change of pace after all that Atlanta sightseeing, head over to Ponce City Market . Set in a former Sears warehouse, this site has been the subject of much urban renewal and redevelopment in recent years, resulting in it becoming one of the city's top shopping and entertainment venues.

In addition to its many boutique shops and galleries, the market houses a wide variety of food experiences, from casual cafés to elegant fine-dining restaurants. One of the best places to visit for a coffee or meal is The Roof at Ponce City Market.

This vast rooftop area features patio seating, event space, and an arcade-style attraction reminiscent of traditional fun fairs. It also offers superb views over the city and makes for the perfect place to watch the sunset over this dynamic Southern city. It's a particularly stunning vista when observed as the sun is setting, just have your camera ready!

Address: 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, Georgia

Michael C. Carlos Museum

The Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University has one of the largest collections of ancient art in the Southeast. Its extensive collection includes 17,000 artifacts from ancient Egypt, the Near East, Greece, Rome, Asia, Africa, and the pre-Columbian Americas. The ancient Egypt exhibits are particularly outstanding.

In addition to these beautifully displayed and interpreted examples of pottery, goldwork, and ancient art in all media, the museum also has exceptional collections of works on paper from the Renaissance to the present, opening a window into world cultures expressed through their art.

Address: 571 South Kilgo Circle NE, Atlanta, Georgia

Stone Mountain Park

One of the most popular places to visit near Atlanta is Stone Mountain Par k, 16 miles east of the city center in DeKalb County. At its center is Stone Mountain, an 863-foot-high mass of exposed granite with a circumference of five miles.

On the east flank of the hill is a now-controversial relief of the three Confederate leaders, President Jefferson Davis and his two generals, Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, hewn from the rock between 1923 and 1970.

But there is much more to do here. You can climb to the top of the hill or ascend by cable car, and around it runs a 1940s locomotive on a five-mile circuit through the park. There are endurance courses of suspended rope walks and bridges through the treetops, a petting farm for small children, and a land/lake tour on a 1940s Army DUKW that includes some local history.

Other highlights include a fully restored antebellum plantation and a museum with Native American artifacts and exhibits. A dinosaur park features 20 life-size prehistoric creatures that move and roar, one of the most popular things to do for families at Stone Mountain Park.

Center for Puppetry Arts

Inviting you to rethink everything you know about puppets, the Center for Puppetry Arts is a hands-on museum with a large collection of puppets from around the world. The Global Collection Gallery traces puppetry through four continents, and through displays as diverse as Chinese hand puppets and African rod puppets, you'll discover the five main types of puppets and learn about some of the world's major puppetry traditions.

The Jim Henson Collection Gallery will delight Sesame Street fans of all ages, with the world's largest collection of Jim Henson puppets, props, and costumes. Many of the puppets from Sesame Street and The Muppet Show are here, along with figures from The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth , and others created by Henson's imaginative mind.

Live shows, workshops, exhibits, and events are designed for all ages and include the New Directions Series performances, designed for teen and adult audiences. Programs for younger audiences include themes such as Stories of Color, exploring African folktales through music and puppets.

Address: 1404 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia

For first-time visitors to Atlanta, the downtown area is the best place to stay. Many of the main sights are located here, including the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium. Below is a list of highly-rated hotels in convenient locations :

Luxury Hotels:

  • The Candler Hotel Atlanta, Curio Collection by Hilton has a prime location overlooking Peachtree Street, in a landmark building that is on the National Register of Historic Places. In its conversion to a stylish modern hotel, the artistic features, including carvings and a marble lobby have been preserved. Kids stay free.
  • One of the top hotels in the city is the Ritz-Carlton . This is a five-star property, with live jazz in the evenings, just a short stroll from the Georgia Aquarium.
  • Just a bit north of downtown, in artsy Midtown, the Loews Atlanta , in a sleek glass tower, offers commanding views of the downtown buildings and outstanding dining option

Mid-Range Hotels:

  • Across the street from the Ritz Carlton is the historic Ellis Hotel , with concept floors that include some exclusively for women and Fresh Air floors where the air is purified to be allergen-free.
  • The Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown Atlanta includes breakfast and features large suites with full kitchens, refrigerators, and a sitting area.
  • The Sheraton Atlanta Hotel has recently been renovated and features a beautiful outdoor pool and patio area.

Budget Hotels:

  • Budget hotels in the city center are difficult to find, and the best option is to stay a short distance outside the downtown area, such as La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Atlanta Ballpark/Galleria in Paces Ferry/Vinings. The relatively new property is about 10 to 15 minutes by car from downtown.
  • A little farther away, in the Northlake area, the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Northlake features recently renovated rooms and an outdoor pool.
  • The Red Roof Plus Atlanta Buckhead in trendy Buckhead, about 10 minutes by car from the city center, is another good option. There is a MARTA rail station nearby with service to downtown.

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Where to Go Nea r Atlanta : Visitors to Georgia will certainly not want to miss romantic Savannah , with its lovely parks and streets of antebellum homes. Not far north of Savanna is historic Charleston , in South Carolina , where you can also relax on the beautiful sands of Myrtle Beach .

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More Places to Visit in the South: To the west of Atlanta and only about three hours by train, Birmingham is in the neighboring state of Alabama . South of Atlanta are the long sandy beaches of Florida ; the theme parks of Orlando ; and Tampa , with all the beaches and water attractions of the Gulf Coast.

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17 Best Things to Do in Atlanta

By Jennifer Bradley Franklin and Lia Picard

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Atlanta is a city that’s simultaneously known for its rich history and influence on the future. A city of transformation, it's the birthplace of Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., and remains a political hotbed in today's national discourse. And while its designation as a Hollywood of the South has allowed the city to develop quickly and in exciting ways, it's also wrapped in forest, with natural beauty woven into the urban landscape. Recent years have brought chic hotel openings , exquisite retail options, and beautifully designed green spaces. Atlanta’s dining scene has long been focused on locally grown food, and continues to shine with options ranging from no-frills to sophisticated. There’s a lot to explore; before you get lost in everything the Big Peach has to offer, start with our list of the best things to do in Atlanta.

Read our complete Atlanta travel guide here .

This gallery has been updated with new information since its original publish date.

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What started as an idea for a Georgia Tech graduate thesis has become one of Atlanta’s best-loved outdoor attractions. Atlanta was once called “Terminus” because of the railroads that converged in the city before the Civil War, and this project repurposes the historic 22-mile railway loop around the downtown area into a multi-use paved path lined with native plants and art installations. While only the Northside Trail, Westside Trail, Eastside Trail, and West End Trail are fully complete, the other sections are hike-able. When it’s finished (estimates say 2030) it will connect 45 in-town neighborhoods, include 33 miles of multi-use trails and 2,000 acres of parks, and become one of the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment programs in the United States. If you've got limited time, pick an entry point and a destination and make your own shorter loop. For instance, park at Ponce City Market and walk north to Piedmont Park before heading back, a trip that should take less than an hour at an easy pace.

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This downtown attraction, opened in 2014, celebrates the American Civil Rights Movement and the global Human Rights Movement. The airy, modern building was designed to inspire positive action with lofty architectural elements like a clear glass front and two bold, curved walls. Conceived by design firms HOK and Perkins+Will, the architects in charge said they were inspired by Washington, D.C.’s National Mall , Cairo’s Tahrir Square, and Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Inside, the museum includes three levels of galleries and event halls: A walk through the exhibit on American Civil Rights starts in the 1950s, illustrating the impact of Jim Crow laws and legalized racism on America. It explores communities' fights for equality, and raises questions about the systems Americans have yet to challenge.

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If “Atlanta is the cultural capital of the New South," as Marian Liou, founder of We Love BuHi, is fond of saying, then "Buford Highway is its multicultural heart.” Along this bustling street, you’ll find every manner of international cuisine, including Vietnamese, Peruvian, Chinese, Malaysian, Korean, Cuban, and Mexican. Use Lee’s Bakery—one of the few places where you can find equally fantastic pho and banh mi in a combo—as your jumping off point for exploration. It's emblematic of many of the gems along the road: Not fancy, but darn good. We say, go for the combo while you're there (that's half banh mi, half small pho for the uninitiated)—you just can't go wrong with the crunchy French bread baked daily and fragrant broth. And if you find yourself craving something else from an equally far-flung part of the world, just take a drive; Bangladeshi at Panahar, some of Atlanta's best sushi at Sushi Hayakawa , and Korean at Sokongdong Tofu House are all within striking distance.

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Clocking in at a whopping 2.1 million square feet, this is the Southeast’s largest brick structure, and is home to big retailers, local boutiques, gyms, and more than 20 varied restaurants and food stalls (including multiple James Beard Award-winning chefs). Ponce City Market is somewhere you come for a good time, whether it's shopping at a small boutique, gallery, or larger store, or for a meal or drink in the central food hall (featuring three James Beard Award winners). Management does a great job of hosting fun events like cooking classes, art and candle making workshops, wine tastings, and more. You also can pay a small fee to take a freight elevator to the rooftop and play vintage carnival games and get some of the city's best skyline views.

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Adjacent to Atlanta’s verdant Piedmont Park , it’s easy to see why this 30-acre oasis in the heart of Midtown welcomes more than half a million visitors each year. In 2010 it nearly doubled its size when it opened the Canopy Walk, a 600-foot walkway suspended in the trees. Guests can visit the steamy orchid house, walk through the edible garden of native plants (though they are edible, resist the temptation!), and stop for an upscale meal at Longleaf, one of the few restaurants in the world to be housed in a botanical garden. In addition to being a serene place for a stroll, ABG leads a number of nationally recognized conservation efforts, including the Orchid Conservation Institute, the Conservation Greenhouse for endangered plants, and a program to save rare frogs, so there’s an educational element here too.

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There are a few places in Atlanta where freak flags fly, and proudly so—but chief among them is Little Five Points. The quirky neighborhood around the five-corner intersection of Euclid, Moreland, and McLendon Avenues on Atlanta's east side is home to Variety Playhouse (their solid roster of indie concerts is the stuff of legends), alternative clothing boutiques, vintage record shops, and plenty of off-color restaurants, but for a microcosm of what makes L5P unique, head to the Junkman’s Daughter, an emporium of novelties. There, shoppers will find gifts, clothing, and art for folks of all persuasions, from goth to hippie to punk.

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Founded in 1889, Zoo Atlanta is one of the city’s oldest cultural destinations and one of the great zoos in the country under continuous operation. The 40 acres it occupies in the Grand Park neighborhood are home to more than 1,000 animal residents representing over 200 species, so there’s a draw whether you’re into being outdoors or seeing a particular kind of animal, whether passing through on a solo trip or here with your family. While you’ll find unique habitats and the typical zoo inhabitants (elephants, lions, giraffes, bears, alpacas, tortoises, and flamingos), it’s known for being one of only three U.S. zoos to have giant pandas and for having one of the largest populations of great apes in North America.

Atlanta History Center

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One of Atlanta's best museums , the Atlanta History Center was originally founded in 1926 by a group of Atlantans dedicated to, well, preserving their city's history. The Center, as we know it today, came to fruition in the 1990s as a way of highlighting the political and cultural history of Atlanta and the surrounding region. Unsurprisingly, there's an impressive collection of Civil War art and artifacts here (including Cyclorama: The Big Picture , a painting that measures 49-feet tall by 371-feet long), along with written commentary on the Native American history of Georgia and lighter, more pop-culture-adjacent topics like Folk Art. The 33-acre campus of historic homes, exhibitions, and archives is unto itself a treat, especially the epic Swan House, former home to one of the wealthiest families in Georgia.

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You might recognize this park from television show "The Walking Dead." The former Bellwood Quarry has been converted into this 280-acre park with beautiful skyline views. Westside Park is a thing of beauty for nature lovers and photographers alike. A sculptural gateway that resembles dinosaur ribs, designed by Portman Architects, leads you into the spacious park with two and a half miles of paved trails that loop around a reservoir. There's a playground for kids and plenty of green space for those who want to have a picnic or just sprawl out. Bring your sneakers, as it's hilly.

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Something of a one-stop-shop for pleasure seekers that you can make a day out of, this mixed-use development in the heart of West Midtown is anchored by the 161-room Bellyard Hotel. At Drawbar, an industrial-glam vibe and an inviting lobby restaurant, sit on the terrace overlooking the skyline for maximum enjoyment of happy hour, which is held Monday through Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. (with snack specials on top of drink discounts). The Interlock happens to have an open container license, so you can visit the other venues such as indoor mini-golf experience Puttshack, and open-air coffee and cocktail spot Holiday Bar. Head to St. Germain, the French bakery on the ground floor of the Interlock, and indulge in a couple of pastries that look too pretty to eat—almost. A rooftop bar and pool are also forthcoming. 

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When Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened its doors in 2017 it became an eye-catching star in Atlanta's skyline. The unique roof's design hearkens to a falcon wing (appropriate given the football home team) and the retractable roof transforms in just a few minutes. The venue is impressive thanks to its stunning windows that give an amazing view of the city as you descend and ascend the escalators. You can visit for a football game or live music performance, but the thrill of an Atlanta United soccer game (typically occurring February through October) is unbeatable.

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Prepare to be inspired on the King Historic District Tour, which is meticulously researched by company founder and historian Akila McConnell. On the two-and-a-half-hour walking tour—at about 1.5 miles, the pace is leisurely—you’ll get an up-close look at some of the city’s most important Civil Rights locations and learn little-known stories in the neighborhood. With a maximum of 14 guests—there's no minimum, so it’s possible you could have the guide’s undivided attention—the experience feels intimate, even when it's at capacity.

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The High is one of the biggest and best museums in the Southeast, the kind of place Yayoi Kusama might bring her Infinity Mirrors , alongside a permanent collection of some 17,000 works. The campus stands out in Midtown, Atlanta's arts district, with buildings by bold-faced names like Renzo Piano and Richard Meier. Inside, you'll find a bit of everything: photography; decorative arts; classic European and American works; photographs by Dawoud Bey. It's a day well spent. You won’t want to miss the newest collection, given to the museum in 2019. The Doris and Shouky Shaheen Collection, displayed in a gallery named in the couple’s honor, includes works from legendary artists such as Eugène Boudin, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Amedeo Modigliani, and Henri Matisse. If you only have time for one gallery, this is a heavy-hitter.

Atlanta Oakland Cemetery

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Oakland Cemetery, a 48-acre public park, is the final resting place for more than 70,000 souls and one of the city’s oldest public parks. Established in 1850 with just six acres near downtown Atlanta, it’s grown over the years and now includes miles of walking trails spread among the headstones, decorative sculptures, and mausoleums. Some of the most popular graves here include "Gone With the Wind" author Margaret Mitchell ( her house is another Atlanta landmark ), golfer Bobby Jones (co-founder of the Masters Tournament and the first golfer to win golf’s Grand Slam), and Maynard Jackson (Atlanta’s first first African-American mayor, and namesake of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport ). It's also free to visit.

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Lee + White is an adaptive reuse development in the West End neighborhood that consists of former warehouse spaces transformed into destinations like Best End Brewing and ASW Distillery, with a food hall addition on the way. The specialty here is anything quaffable: Beer lovers should hit up Monday Night Garage, where Monday Night Brewing dreams up sours and barrel-aged brews in a spacious, funky tasting room. Even those who don't drink can enjoy a trip to the development with a stop at Honeysuckle Gelato, or Cultured South for a glass of kombucha. If you're hungry, try Boxcar, an American cuisine restaurant with splashy art and an extensive beer list (it's owned by the team behind Hop City, one of Atlanta's most iconic craft beer shops).

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Virginia-Highland District

A visit to the Virginia-Highland neighborhood (named for the intersection of Virginia and North Highland Avenues) is like a mini city break, within the city limits. Just 10 minutes from downtown Atlanta, historic craftsman homes and cottages line the streets of the picturesque neighborhood that's a lovely spot for a morning or afternoon stroll. There’s also a booming retail district that includes Atlanta institutions like George’s, a bar established in 1961, and brunch go-to Murphy’s. Exciting newcomers are Kinship Butcher & Sundry and Academy Coffee; the latter is known for its cocktail-like coffee drinks (think lattes with bitters and fanciful syrups). Other must-visit spots include Doughnut Dollies and Virginia Highland Books, an independent bookstore with a cushy seating area to sit and read over a coffee.

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The word ‘charming’ comes to mind when you picture Decatur Square. Decatur is a city known as an "in-town" suburb thanks to its close proximity to downtown Atlanta. The town's square itself is a nice space to hang out (you may recognize it from the television show "Watchmen") with a rich scoop of local ice cream from Butter & Cream. There are plenty of things to do here, and it's a food-enthusiast's wonderland: Several of the city's top restaurants are Leon's Full Service (seasonally-driven fare in a former gas station) and the Iberian Pig, a tapas institution. Decatur is a city driven by a love for all things local, so you won't see many chains here when it comes to food or retail; instead hit beloved businesses like Squash Blossom Boutique, Wild Oats & Billy Goats art gallery, B-Side bagels, and Little Shop of Stories bookstore.

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57 Best & Fun Things To Do In Atlanta (Georgia)

By: Author Jerric Chong

Posted on Published: July 28, 2020  - Last updated: October 16, 2023

Things To Do In Atlanta

Atlanta is one of the most important cities in the south.

It’s been at the center of everything from military conflicts to wide-reaching cultural movements; it’s hosted the Olympic games.

It’s also a hot spot for tourist attractions.

Whether you’re looking for glamorous resorts or down-home country restaurants, Atlanta has a little bit of everything.

Are you ready for a trip to one of Georgia’s ripest peaches?

Here are just a few unforgettable things to do in Atlanta.

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Table of Contents

1. Centennial Olympic Park

Centennial Olympic Park

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Centennial Olympic Park is the tourist attraction of Atlanta.

Built for the 1996 Olympic Games, it’s a sprawling urban space that’s surrounded on all sides by shops, restaurants, malls, museums, amusement parks and everything else that visitors could want for an exciting and fun-filled vacation.

The centerpiece of the park is the Fountain of Rings, an interactive water fountain that shoots musical, computer-controlled jets in elaborately synchronized displays.

There are also flags, sculptures and light towers scattered around the area, so it’s a sightseeing delight.

In the summer, there are fireworks and festivals.

In the winter, there are holiday lights and shows.

An amphitheater hosts everything from rallies to outdoor concerts; open, grassy fields are free for picnics, sports games, nature tours and more.

Are you tired of the park?

Since it’s centrally located, you can use it as a gateway for other Atlanta attractions nearby, including the Georgia Aquarium, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the SkyView Atlanta Ferris Wheel.

No matter why you’re coming to the city, Centennial Olympic Park is one of the best things to do in Atlanta.

It doesn’t matter if you’re working, honeymooning or taking a vacation with the kids.

This is a stop that everyone should make at least once.

Address:  265 Park Ave W NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States

2. Atlanta Botanical Garden

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Brimming with roses, orchids, camellias, azaleas and magnolias, the Atlanta Botanical Garden might just be one of the most beautiful places in the US .

Not only does it have a stunning collection of flowers, but it’s also home to things like edible gardens and canopy walks in the treetops!

There’s always something fun to do at this art/nature center.

For example, if you love the wilderness, there are several rainforest areas where you can walk through dense vegetation and watch birds and tree frogs dart around.

If you prefer a tidy, well-maintained landscape, you might try the oriental gardens with their smooth rocks and peaceful koi ponds.

Outdoor enthusiasts can try the canopy walk, a 600-foot-long pathway that skims the top of oak and hickory trees.

Kids can play on the whimsical statues and sculptures of the children’s area.

If you’re wondering where to go in Atlanta, you won’t want to miss the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

From its plant-covered roofs to its fresh-blooming exhibits, it’s a must see destination in the city.

Check details, prices and reviews here.

Address:  1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, United States

3. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park

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You can’t talk about Atlanta without mentioning its significance to the Civil Rights Movement, and Martin Luther King Jr. played a major role in that.

His “park” celebrates his legacy with museums, monuments, archives, resource centers and other important and informative places of interest regarding his life and his cause.

The centerpiece of the park is the tomb of Dr. King and his wife.

It’s located in the center of a reflecting pool with an eternal flame burning nearby.

You can also visit his childhood home and the church where he was ordained as a pastor.

A rose garden blooms in his memory, and a visitor’s center shares knowledge of his trials and tribulations during the Civil Rights Movement.

There’s also a hall of fame for other important figures of the time, including Rosa Parks.

If you’re interested in African-American history, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park is one of the best places to visit in Atlanta.

It tells an important, far-reaching story, and it’s comprehensive enough that it can teach everyone a thing or two.

Address:  450 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312, United States

4. Mary Mac’s Tea Room

Mary Mac's Tea Room

Mary Mac’s Tea Room

Tea rooms used to be a southern staple.

Atlanta had more than a dozen!

Today, however, they’ve become a relic of the past, and only holdouts like Mary Mac’s Tea Room remain.

Mary Mac’s Tea Room specializes in good old country-style food.

From crispy fried chicken and gravy-smothered biscuits to piping hot cornbread served with okra and collard greens, you’ll feel like you stepped back in time to a genuine southern kitchen from the ’40s and ’50s.

Drinks include lemonade and sweet tea.

Desserts include pecan pie, banana pudding and peach cobbler.

Everything is homemade. Everything is delicious.

Mary Mac’s Tea Room is the very last of Atlanta’s tea rooms, and even though it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere, you can never be sure what tomorrow will bring.

Visit it while you have the chance and enjoy classic southern fare in the heart of a classic southern city.

Address:  224 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, United States

5. Tiny Doors ATL

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Tiny Doors ATL is one of the most unique attractions in Atlanta.

Like its name suggests, it’s devoted to tiny, doll-like doors, but it isn’t an art project by just one person.

It’s a grassroots effort by artists all around the city.

The doors range from simple paintings on bricks to elaborate plastic or stone constructions that include fences, gardens and mailboxes.

Everything is in miniature, and everything is scattered around various places in Atlanta, so it’s almost like a scavenger hunt to find them all.

Some people even leave offerings at the doors.

They have an almost legendary reputation among travelers, artists, creatives and other free-spirited types.

Are you looking for fun activities in Atlanta that will take you off the beaten path?

Hop on a bike and try to find all of the Tiny Doors ATL.

Even if you don’t succeed, you’ll get to explore cool, off-kilter destinations that aren’t on travel guides, so you’ll see the city like tourists typically don’t.

Address:  14100 Atlantic Dr Suite 14100, Atlanta, GA 30363, United States

Visiting other parts of Georgia? Be sure to check out our lists of things to do in Savannah, GA  & things to do in Helen, GA !

6. World of Coca-Cola

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Did you know that Coca-Cola was invented in Atlanta?

It was the brainchild of a morphine-addicted pharmacist who wanted to kick the habit by inventing a painkiller without any toxic or addictive substances in it.

After much experimentation, Coca-Cola was born.

The World of Coca-Cola is a tribute to the fun, fizzy drink, and it’s currently one of the largest tourist attractions in Georgia .

Activities range from cola-making stations where you can create your own drinks to factory tours where you can see how the real stuff is bottled.

There’s also a 3D theater, a pop culture gallery, a “vault” dedicated to the secret recipe and a taste-testing site filled with strange and exotic Coca-Cola samples from all over the world.

When you’re done with all of the exhibits, snap a selfie with the Coca-Cola polar bear.

He’s a life-sized figure that’s always ready for a photo op!

If you’re looking for cool things to do in Atlanta, you should definitely stop by the World of Coca-Cola.

Its iconic red walls are home to all kinds of treats, and only some of them are drinkable.

Others are experiences that you won’t want to miss!

Address:  121 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States

7. Piedmont Park

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As a busy, bustling city, Atlanta doesn’t have a lot of green places, but Piedmont Park is an exception to the rule.

It’s a beautiful park located just outside of the gleaming skyscrapers and shopping malls of the greater Atlanta area, and it offers fun stuff to do for visitors of all types.

Joggers can work up a sweat on the trails.

Kids and families can rent bikes, have picnics and clamber on playgrounds.

There are numerous sports fields if you want to toss around a pigskin, and depending on the day, there might be camps or classes hosted on the grass.

Piedmont Park gets a lot of special events, too.

From farmer’s markets to music festivals, there’s always something going on, so you’ll definitely want to check their schedule.

A little planning today can result in tons of entertainment this weekend!

You don’t have to say goodbye to fresh air and sunshine when you visit Atlanta.

Just swing by Piedmont Park.

It’s proof that Georgia still has lovely sights to sigh over.

Address:  400 Park Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, United States

8. Andretti Indoor Karting and Games

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games

Georgia receives more than double the average rainfall in the United States, so there’s a chance that it’ll be drizzly during your vacation.

Fortunately, there are plenty of Atlanta attractions that aren’t hampered by bad weather.

One such place is Andretti Indoor Karting and Games .

Offering everything from rope courses to virtual reality games, it’ll provide non-stop fun for visitors of all ages.

Kids will love the arcades, go-karts and flight simulators.

Mom and dad will enjoy the bowling lanes and interactive zombie movies.

The whole family can play laser tag together, and when you’re all wiped out, the on-site grill will provide burgers and pizzas to fuel you back up for round two.

Are you wondering what to do on a rainy day in Atlanta?

Try Andretti Indoor Karting and Games.

It’s one of the best places to go when you need indoor entertainment, and it offers so many fun activities that you might just plan a return visit even when it’s nice and sunny outside.

Address:  1255 Roswell Rd, Marietta, GA 30062, United States

9. High Museum of Art

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The High Museum of Art lives up to its name by serving as one of the elite art destinations of Atlanta, Georgia.

Not only does it have a highly sculptural building with white concrete wrapping around atriums and cutaway cubes, but its hallways are filled with a gorgeous natural light that only adds to the majesty of its exhibits.

As for the exhibits themselves, you’ll be amazed at some of the famous works that the museum has managed to snag.

From Monet’s water lilies to Sirlin’s abstract swirls, you’ll walk through the collections thinking, “I’ve seen that before!”

Such is the power of the High Museum of Art.

It’s easily one of the best places to visit in Atlanta, so even if you wouldn’t consider yourself an “art person,” give it a try.

You might be surprised at how much you’re able to appreciate beautiful paintings in a beautiful setting.

Address:  1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, United States

10. Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta

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Zoo Atlanta is one of the coolest zoos that you’ll ever visit.

Not only is it home to hundreds of different species, but it also offers educational entertainment in the form of shows, demonstrations, animal feedings, summer camps, yoga classes and more.

There are even happy hour events for adults who’d like to sip a cocktail and snap a selfie with a lizard!

Most of the animals are divided by geographic region.

For example, the “African Savanna” has lions, elephants, rhinos and naked mole rats, and the “Asian Forest” is filled with pandas, tanukis and Komodo dragons.

There’s a rainforest where gorillas and lemurs roam; there’s an aviary with twittering birds of every color; there’s a reptile world where snakes slither and alligators snap.

The giant pandas are one of the biggest draws of the zoo.

Only four states in the U.S. have them, so Georgia is quite proud to be on that list.

Whether you’re into kangaroos or cockatoos, however, Zoo Atlanta is one of the top things to see in the city.

It will provide all-day fun for visitors of all ages, so the whole family will find something to “ooh” and “aww” at while they’re walking the trails!

Address:  800 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30315, United States

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11. Center for Puppetry Arts

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Puppets get a bad rep.

For every Slappy, there’s a Miss Piggy.

For every Chucky or Annabelle, there’s an Elmo or Tom Servo.

The Center for Puppetry Arts is dedicated to this misunderstood craft.

It’s one of the largest museums of its kind, so not only is it unique to Georgia, but it’s unique to the entire world.

You literally can’t find puppet collections on this scale anywhere else.

Exhibits include famous faces from puppetland such as Sesame Street and Mystery Science Theater 3000.

There’s also a gallery for well-known puppets and puppeteers throughout the ages, and there’s a workshop area where visitors can make their own puppets to take home.

Are you wondering what to do with your kids while you’re touring Atlanta?

Give them an unforgettable experience at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

It might be an unusual place, but that’s why it’s also one of the coolest Atlanta attractions.

Address:  1404 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, United States

12. Georgia Aquarium

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Pumping more than 10 million gallons of water through its pools, tanks and tunnels, the Georgia Aquarium is a site to behold.

Not only is it the largest aquarium in the United States, but it’s the third-largest in the entire world.

Thousands of animals call it home.

From dolphins to manta rays to fire eels, you can see all kinds of amazing creatures here.

They even have whale sharks!

It’s the only collection of whale sharks outside of Asia, and their importation from Taiwan was a huge deal back in the day.

Other species include jellyfish, sea lions, fire eels, puffins, penguins, otters and seadragons.

A special emphasis is placed on cool and unusual breeds, but since there are literally thousands of creatures located within the aquarium, you can find a little bit of everything here.

The George Aquarium is a must see destination in Atlanta.

Even if you aren’t normally excited about marine life, the sheer size of the place will take your breath away, and its fun, exotic specimens might just awaken a new interest in you.

Address:  225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States

13. Margaret Mitchell House

Margaret Mitchell House

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Gone With the Wind is a big claim to fame for Georgia.

Not only did the author, Margaret Mitchell, live and die there, but large parts of the book are set right on Peachtree Street in Atlanta.

The Margaret Mitchell House is a celebration of the women who created one of the world’s most enduring classics.

Part museum and part home tour, it will take you on a journey of both book and writer, and it will broaden your understanding of history, literature and southern culture.

Additionally, here’s an eerie fact for you: Margaret Mitchell died on Peachtree Street when she was struck by a drunk driver in 1949.

She was just a few miles from where Scarlett O’Hara lived.

You can’t make up stuff like this.

Address:  979 Crescent Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, United States

14. Atlanta Glass Treehouse

The Atlanta Glass Treehouse is an architectural marvel.

Like its name suggests, it’s almost entirely made out of glass; the only metal components are the steel beams that hold the panes together.

You can’t even see it from the street.

The sun-dappled leaves hide it from view, so despite its floor-to-ceiling transparency, there’s also a certain degree of concealment.

This privacy is a good thing since the Atlanta Glass Treehouse is a locally-owned residence that’s available for overnight rental.

You can’t just walk up and tour it; you have to be an interested party looking for lodging.

If you are seeking a place to stay, however, the Atlanta Glass Treehouse will provide a fun and memorable night in the treetops.

It’s certainly one of the best ways to get a good story from your vacation.

Anyone can book a hotel, but how many people say that they rented a treehouse?

Address:  865 Berne St SE, Atlanta, GA 30316, United States

15. The Basement

The Basement

The Basement

Atlanta has plenty of glitzy, neon-colored nightclubs.

But what if you’re looking for something different?

What if you like exploring little-known places that function as hidden gems within the city?

The Basement might be right up your alley.

It’s a slice of Atlanta nightlife that breaks all of the usual rules and offers a fun, fresh experience for locals and tourists alike.

For starters, it has a hole-in-the-wall location that lives up to the name “The Basement.”

Its decor is also very plain and understated, so don’t expect any strobe lights here.

The music is also eclectic.

Some nights have live bands; others have DJs spinning records or hosting dance parties.

Music from the ’90s is very prevalent, but contemporary artists get their chance to shine as well.

The Basement is basically a playground for adults.

It’s a little bit spooky, a little bit nostalgic and whole lot of fun.

If you’re looking for the best places to see in Atlanta this weekend, you should definitely hit it up.

Address:  1245 Glenwood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316, United States

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16. Buckhead

Buckhead

Buckhead is a swanky neighborhood that’s just a short walk from downtown Atlanta.

It gleams with office buildings and high-rise hotels that tower over the streets, but its real appeal is located down below.

It’s a mecca for upscale shopping.

Retailers include luxury brands for clothes, shoes and jewelry.

Businesses range from fancy restaurants to trendy museums and art galleries.

There are several different shopping malls either on or near the main streets, so you’re never more than a few minutes away from your favorite brands.

If you don’t want to blow all of your money at Buckhead, you can just window-shop or people-watch.

Some tourist companies even schedule tours of the neighborhood since it has such a chic atmosphere.

It’s almost like something out of a movie.

Check out the sites of Buckhead if you’re looking for the most fun things to do in Atlanta.

It’s always open, so you don’t have to worry about fitting it into a tight itinerary.

You could be walking the streets like Carrie Bradshaw as early as this week!

Address: 3060 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305, United States

17. CDC Museum

CDC Museum

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the top names in medicine, and at this museum, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at what it studies and how it operates.

Exhibitions cover a wide range of topics, including pollution, disease control, germ theory, water sanitation and emergency responses to global health issues.

You can tour collections of hazmat suits; you can watch informative videos about everything from HIV to the Ebola virus.

Admission is free, so you don’t have to worry about budgeting a trip here.

They won’t even charge you for parking.

If you’re wondering what to do on a trip to Atlanta that won’t break the bank, this is a good option.

You don’t have to be a science nerd to be fascinated by the CDC Museum .

It offers a lot of relevant, real-world information, and best of all, it’s completely free.

Sign up for a tour and get to learning!

Address:  1600 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329, United States

18. Children’s Museum of Atlanta

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You can’t miss the Children’s Museum of Atlanta .

Its front door is flanked by a colorful, larger-than-life book stack that stretches all of the way to the top floor, and its cheerful signage really stands out against the dull gray of the surrounding office buildings.

Inside, the museum is even more vibrant.

Its open floor plan has given it the nickname “The Museum Without Walls,” and every direction has something flashing, whizzing, whirring or buzzing.

As you might have guessed, the Children’s Museum of Atlanta isn’t an ordinary museum.

It’s a fun, interactive place where kids can learn through playtime.

There are robots to program; there are tree houses to climb; there are workstations filled with blocks, circuits and scientific goos.

There are even musical numbers from costumed actors!

If you’re wondering what to do in Atlanta with kids, consider the Children’s Museum of Atlanta.

Rain or shine, it’s one of the best travel destinations in the city.

Address:  275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States

19. Atlanta Symphony Hall

Atlanta Symphony Hall

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If you’re a person of taste and class, you won’t want to miss the Atlanta Symphony Hall.

It’s home of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra , an award-winning group, and it’s easily one of the top things to do when you’re in the city.

Its biggest draw is its classic concerts where amazing instruments and harmonies come together.

However, they also offer something called “Movies in Concert” where they project blockbuster hits on a 40-foot screen while the orchestra plays the live score right below it.

Visit them tonight if you want to catch a cool flick told in an unconventional way.

Visit them next week if you want to book a ticket for an upscale experience in the heart of Atlanta.

The Atlanta Symphony Hall is a must do for music and film lovers.

It’s rare that a symphony hall has such crossover appeal, but like many things in Atlanta, Georgia, it’s full of surprises.

20. Georgia State Capitol

Georgia State Capitol

With its gigantic golden dome, the Georgia State Capitol is impressive inside and out.

It’s much more than a place where politicians work.

While it’s true that you can see everyone from governors to state legislators scurrying about, you can also explore halls, offices, galleries and collections of historically significant artifacts.

There are Native American displays, for example, that honor the original residents of Georgia, and there are informative exhibits that showcase state birds and flags.

There’s even a touch of nature in the Georgia State Capitol.

From mineral samples of local rivers to fossils that date back centuries, it covers every inch of the region’s sky, earth and water.

Do you want to learn more about Georgia during your trip to Atlanta?

The Georgia State Capitol is one of the best places to visit for a historical education.

If you’re lucky, you might even bump into a congressman while you’re there!

Address:  206 Washington St SW, Atlanta, GA 30334, United States

Going on a road trip around Georgia? Why not check out some of the things to do on Tybee Island  & some of the fun things to do in Athens, GA ?

21. College Football Hall of Fame

College Football Hall of Fame

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How many passes were thrown by Tim Tebow?

What year marked the end of the record-breaking winning streak of the University of Oklahoma?

If you don’t know the answers to these questions, it’s time to visit the College Football Hall of Fame .

Located in downtown Atlanta, this attraction was shuffled throughout the country before finally finding its home in Georgia.

It offers all kinds of photos, documents and memorabilia in more than 90,000 square feet of space, so depending on your interest in sports, it could take you hours to get through everything.

Its most impressive feature is its gigantic wall of helmets from hall-of-famers, but there are also things like jerseys and footballs to admire, and there are countless information stations to feed your trivia hunger.

Maybe you’re a casual fan of your alma mater.

Maybe you’re obsessively dedicated to all sports on the collegiate level.

Either way, if you love college ball, you won’t want to miss the College Football Hall of Fame.

Address:  250 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States

22. Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain Park

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Located a few miles north of Atlanta, Stone Mountain Park offers breathtaking views of lakes, mountains, forests, cliffs and canyons.

It encapsulates all of Georgia’s rugged natural beauty in a single destination.

Visitors can hike the trails, climb the summits, boat on the waters and camp under the stars.

There are golf courses and movie theaters; there are fishing holes and biking paths.

There’s even a cable car if you want to ride to the top of the mountain without getting sweaty!

Another big draw of the park is its laser shows.

It projects them onto the side of the mountain, and it’s an amazing juxtaposition between old rock and new tech.

Many travel guides have it as a “must do” for vacationers.

Are you looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for awhile?

Take a deep breath at Stone Mountain Park.

Atlanta isn’t usually known for its natural landscapes, but when you’re surrounded by birds and pines, you might forget where you are for awhile.

Address:  1000 Robert E Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain, GA 30083, United States

23. Ponce City Market

Ponce City Market

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Ponce City Market isn’t really a market.

It’s a big commercial playground that was converted from an old, unoccupied Sears building, and it offers everything from food courts to film events to mini-golf courses on the roof.

From the outside, it looks like one of the plain factory buildings of Atlanta.

Once you venture indoors, however, you’ll have dozens of paths to fun.

Are you feeling hungry?

Hit up the Central Food Hall to enjoy a crazy mishmash of bars, cafes, restaurants and street food stalls from over the world.

Whether you’re in the mood for spicy Brazilian pork or delicate Japanese sushi, you can find it here.

Do you want some entertainment for the evening?

Head up to the roof to tour a beer garden or play a few rounds of mini-golf.

You’ll enjoy panoramic views of Atlanta from every angle, so the sightseeing will be just as nice as the drinks.

Ponce City Market is one of the top things to do in Atlanta.

Its name doesn’t really convey all of the amazing things to see and do on the property.

You’ll have to check it out for yourself to see what all of the fuss is about!

Address:  675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, United States

24. Oakland Cemetery

Oakland Cemetery

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Oakland Cemetery isn’t your usual cemetery.

For starters, it’s filled with elaborate tombs and headstones that make use of plaques, statues, sculptures, fountains and gardens.

It’s a wonderful place for scenic photography.

It’s also a popular destination for gatherings.

Tours go through it; classes and workshops are hosted within it; festivals use it as a backdrop for everything from music concerts to scavenger hunts.

There are even people who get married here!

As for the graves, you’ll find many of Georgia’s most noteworthy citizens buried here, including authors, athletes, scientists and politicians.

Some were residents of Atlanta itself; others were brought here to lay them to rest in a place of honor.

Oakland Cemetery isn’t one of those somber graveyards where people tiptoe around and never speak above a whisper.

It’s a lively place where flowers bloom and children play, so it’s a celebration of life just as much as a testament of death.

If you’re looking for cool things to see in Atlanta, Oakland Cemetery should definitely make your list.

Address:  248 Oakland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312, United States

25. CNN Center

CNN Center

Have you always wanted to see where the news is made?

Have you secretly wondered if studios are really full of people waving clipboards and yelling into mics?

The CNN Center will let you tick this desire off your bucket list.

As the headquarters of one of the largest news corporations in the world, it’s always hustling and bustling, and the cool thing is that it isn’t closed off to the public.

You can take a tour right into the heart of the action.

They even make it easy for you with a gigantic escalator.

It’s the longest freestanding escalator in the world, and it will give you a bird’s eye view of anchors, cameras, newsrooms, teleprompters and wall-to-wall TV screens.

If you’re looking for unique things to do in Atlanta, look no further than the CNN Center.

How often do you get the chance to see breaking news delivered in real time?

Address:  190 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, United States

26. Porsche Experience Center

Porsche Experience Center Atlanta

Porsche Experience Center Atlanta

Have you always dreamed of getting behind the wheel of a 911 Turbo?

At the Porsche Experience Center , you can turn this vision into an adrenaline-soaked reality.

It starts with a tour of the facility and a look at all of the gleaming luxury cars that you can buy in Atlanta.

You can also test yourself with driving simulations or go exploring in a museum that showcases famous Porches throughout history.

Most people, however, are there for the test drives.

You can book 30 – 90 minute “experiences” on a mile-long track.

This is your chance to put the pedal to the metal and fly across the asphalt at more than 100 miles per hour!

When planning your trip to Atlanta, you’ll definitely want to check out the Porsche Experience Center.

It’s one of the top destinations for car lovers, but even if you aren’t an aficionado, it’ll be hard to resist the speed and power of an Accelerated GT3 or 718 Boxster S.

It’s so much fun that you’ll be as giddy as a child behind the wheel!

Address:  One Porsche Dr, Atlanta, GA 30354, United States

27. Switchyards Ping Pong Stadium

Switchyards Ping Pong Stadium

Switchyards Ping Pong Stadium

The Switchyards Ping Pong Stadium declares itself “Atlanta’s only subterranean ping pong stadium,” and that’s probably true.

Not many people would think to build an underground ping pong arena.

For its club, however, the Switchyards Ping Pong Stadium is a place of pride.

It’s also pretty fun as a tourist attraction.

Hanging lights will lead you down the steps to the holy grail of the central ping pong table, or an elevated platform with a railing will allow you to watch games from the top of the street.

Atlanta natives can point the way if you get lost.

Only members of the club are allowed to play, so you’ll have to keep your paddles in your travel bag.

You really just go for the novelty of the experience.

When you’re done, there are plenty of neighborhood locales for drinking, dining, shopping and further entertaining yourself.

Consider a trip to the Switchyards Ping Pong Stadium if you’re looking for fun and unique destinations in Atlanta, Georgia.

It isn’t a major tourist attraction, but it’ll provide some cool pictures and a nice story to tell when you’re home.

Address:  151 Ted Turner Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, United States

28. Atlanta History Center

Atlanta History Center

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From the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, Atlanta has been at the epicenter of many different battles, campaigns, migrations and cultural shifts.

The Atlanta History Center chronicles them all.

It starts with a Native American collection.

The Creeks and the Cherokees were the original inhabitants of Georgia before European settlers arrived, and selected pieces of art, music, pottery and folklore showcase the complexity of their civilizations.

More modern exhibits include photos and artifacts from the Civil War and World Wars I and II.

There’s also a restored, life-sized train to go along with the history of locomotives and how they influenced the growth of Atlanta.

Last but not least, the Civil Rights collection documents the struggles of the African-American community during the turbulent years of segregation.

You don’t have to be a history buff to appreciate the wide-ranging scale of the Atlanta History Center.

It’ll provide an interesting, thought-provoking look at everything that made this city one of the biggest and most important locations in Georgia.

Address:  130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305, United States

29. Atlantic Station

Atlantic Station

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Atlantic Station is a central hub for shopping, dining and sightseeing within the city.

It was designed with pedestrians in mind, so everything is laid out in a very walkable, grid-like pattern, and it offers shops, cafes, restaurants, museums, movie theaters and more.

Are you feeling peckish?

You’ll have your choice of gourmet meals or guilty pleasure street foods.

Is your money burning a hole in your pocket?

Shop ’til you drop with everything from well-known retailers to local mom and pop vendors.

Summertime activities include fairs and festivals.

Wintertime is marked by the opening of an ice skating rink.

Georgia is a state that takes advantage of every season.

Long story short, there’s always fun stuff to do at Atlantic Station.

If you’re looking to kill some time between tourist attractions, just visit this neighborhood for awhile.

You’ll probably hear the music or smell the meat skewers before you actually see it, so follow your instincts until you’re near!

By the time that you arrive, you’ll be ready for one of the coolest locales in Atlanta.

Address: 1371 Market Street, Atlanta, GA 30363, United States

30. Videodrome

Videodrome

Videodrome might be one of the last remaining video rental shops in the United States.

It’s certainly one of the last in Atlanta, Georgia.

How has it survived the age of streaming?

In addition to renting out videos, it also serves as a fun, quirky tourist attraction.

Its shelves are stocked with cult classics and indie oddities; its walls are covered with vintage posters.

Toys litter the counter tops.

A television is always playing something old and obscure.

Are you interested in Serbian war films?

There’s a section for that.

Do you want to dive deep into animation reels from the 1920s?

There’s a section for that, too.

Videodrome takes its name from the trippy ’80s movie Videodrome, and it’s pretty fitting.

The whole concept of the store is like a cult film that refuses to die.

If you’re looking for the best places in Atlanta for bizarre, genre-bending fun, make a stop at Videodrome.

Address:  617 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306, United States

31. SkyView Atlanta

SkyView Atlanta

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For aerial views of the city, it’s tough to beat SkyView Atlanta .

This gigantic Ferris wheel is more than 200 feet tall, so you’ll be able to soar in the clouds as you overlook everything from the gleaming office buildings of downtown to the green parks and trails of the outer regions.

Each gondola is enclosed and climate-controlled, so the ride operates rain or shine.

You can also upgrade to a VIP gondola that includes a glass floor and leather seats.

If you’re headed to SkyView Atlanta with a special someone, ask about their “Date Night” package that includes a horse-drawn carriage ride and a VIP lounge experience before you climb aboard.

SkyView Atlanta is one of the must dos of a trip to Georgia.

It offers incredible sights from incredible heights, so whether you’re getting romantic with a boo or looking for cool things to see with the kids, it’s suitable for all kinds of visitors.

Address:  168 Luckie St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, United States

32. The Tabernacle

The Tabernacle

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With a capacity of just 2,600 people, you might not expect the Tabernacle to be one of the hottest tickets in the Atlanta music scene, but looks can be deceiving.

This concert hall has hosted some of the world’s biggest and brightest acts, including Prince, Adele, Guns N Roses, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and more!

The Tabernacle started as a humble church in the early 1900s.

Over time, it became a House of Blues, and it was one of the major points of interest in downtown Atlanta during the 1996 Olympic Games.

Today, it serves as a cool, retro-style music hall for people who enjoy concerts in more intimate settings than arenas and stadiums.

It also hosts things like comedy shows, so if you’re a fan of Bob Saget or Lisa Lampanelli, this is the place to see them.

Are you coming to Atlanta next weekend?

Check the schedule at the Tabernacle.

You never know when a familiar face might be dropping by with a joke or a guitar!

Address:  152 Luckie St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, United States

33. Atlanta Electric Car Tour

Atlanta Electric Car Tour

As one of the premiere destinations of Georgia, Atlanta has so many amazing sights that you might be hard-pressed to see them all.

One way to cross off lots of destinations in travel guides is to take an Atlanta Electric Car Tour .

Hitting many of the major places of interest of the city, this tour is basically an all-in-one experience for folks who want to see the parks, museums, monuments and stadiums of Georgia’s crowned jewel.

It’s only 90 minutes, so you can easily fit it into a busy morning, and it’s eco-friendly to stave off any environmental concerns.

Another nice thing about this tour is that it can be private or semi-private, so you’re able to interact with your guide in a real, meaningful way.

You can ask questions.

You can get personalized recommendations for further sightseeing.

It isn’t like those crowded group tours where the guides can’t talk to people as individuals.

Are you looking for the coolest places to visit in and near Atlanta?

Take an Atlanta Electric Car Tour.

It’s a quick and easy way to get the rundown of the city, and when you’re finished, you can venture forth on your own for more fun!

Address:  The American Hotel, 160 Ted Turner Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, United States

34. National Center for Civil and Human Rights

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights offers another experience that you can only get in Atlanta.

While any museum can display texts and artifacts from the Civil Rights era, this one is actually located at the heart of the movement, and you can feel the weight of its history with every step.

Popular features include an interactive tour about segregation and a collection of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s papers and personal effects.

There’s also a recreation of a diner sit-in during the time of Jim Crow laws.

Visitors can actually put on a pair of headphones and listen to taunts and threats that were leveled at African-Americans who refused to budge from their stools.

Another nice thing about the museum is that it’s located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, so it’s easily accessible to tourists.

It’s also quite close to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park.

You could be there in five minutes.

Consider a stop by the National Center for Civil and Human Rights if you’re interested in history and unafraid of confronting the harsh realities that go along with it.

Atlanta was forged with blood, sweat and tears, and while it can be a difficult thing to look at, it’s also an important one.

Make it a necessary stop during your trip to Georgia.

Address:  100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States

35. Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

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The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is about a half-hour drive from Atlanta, so you’ll need to be comfortable taking a side trip outside of the city, but it’s very much worth the gas.

It has some of the most brilliant scenery in all of Georgia.

The river itself has calm, slow-moving waters where you can swim, raft, boat, fish and tube.

Ample trails wind around it for hiking and biking, and its groves are major points of interest for Georgia birdwatchers.

Other activities include touring the abandoned mills and factories that dot the river’s edge.

Some of the coolest are the charred ruins of a fabric mill that was burned to the ground during the Civil War.

The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is a top 10 destination in Atlanta.

It might not be quite within the city limits, but if you’ll be nearby, you won’t want to miss it.

Address:  1978 Island Ford Pkwy, Sandy Springs, GA 30350, United States

36. Peachtree Street

Peachtree Street

Running through downtown Atlanta and beyond, Peachtree Street is one of those iconic tourist places that everyone needs to see at least once.

Best of all, since it stretches for miles, it can be used as a jumping-off point for visiting many of the city’s bars, clubs, restaurants and museums.

Depending on which part of the city that you’re in, attractions on Peachtree Street range from gleaming glass office buildings to historic homes and vintage theaters.

You can go shopping at high-end malls; you can look for deals at thrift stores and consignment shops.

You can enjoy fine dining; you can score cheap eats at food trucks.

One important thing to know about Peachtree Street is that it’s commonly confused with similarly-named streets, including Peachtree Way, Peachtree Drive, Peachtree Road and so on.

It’s actually a joke in Atlanta that half of the streets are named Peachtree.

Let this be a travel hack that spares you from getting lost!

If you’re looking for the best things to do in Atlanta, Georgia, you’ll want to snap at least one selfie in front of a Peachtree Street road marker.

It’s a must see destination, but the good news is that it’s so ubiquitous in the city that you won’t have any trouble finding it.

37. Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

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The Fernbank Museum of Natural History is another one of those sites that will stop you in your tracks.

It has gigantic, fortress-like walls that are guarded by life-sized statues of dinosaurs, and when we say “life-sized,” we mean that they literally look like they could come to life and stomp on puny little humans at any moment.

There’s even more to gawk at inside of its walls.

Dinosaur skeletons face off in epic battles; fossil and gemstone collections stretch as far as the eye can see.

You can also venture outside into the “WildWoods” to see live animals and walk across aerial rope bridges.

Lest you think that it’s all fun and games, however, rest assured that the museum is also an educational experience.

In fact, if you’re wondering what to see in Atlanta that will enrich the lives of your children, this is one of the best destinations for the job.

Grab your excavation kit and head to the Fernbank Museum of Natural History if you’re looking for fun, family-friendly places to visit while you’re in Atlanta.

Between the dinosaur bones and the dangling bridges, you’ll be stunned that there are museums like this in Georgia!

Address:  767 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30307, United States

38. Municipal Market

Municipal Market

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Municipal Market is a bustling market where you can find everything from old books to fresh pastries.

Located in a large industrial building that’s part warehouse and part grocery store, it’s jam-packed with vendors selling bread, meat, fish, cheese, wine, produce, coffee and more.

It’s also known for its small eateries.

Many people sell their dishes to go, but there are some places where you can kick your feet up and enjoy a burger or a slice of homemade apple pie.

You might hear the market referred to as “Curb Market.”

This is commonly used by locals who remember when it was segregated, forcing African-American vendors to sell their goods on the curb.

Today, however, Municipal Market is a melting pot of races and cultures, especially where food is concerned.

You can travel the world just by walking down an aisle.

Whether you’re craving Ethiopian meat skewers or Vietnamese desserts, there’s a lot of international cuisines to be enjoyed here, so loosen your belt and get ready for some mouthwatering menus!

Address:  209 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30303, United States

39. State Farm Arena

State Farm Arena

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You might laugh a little at the name “ State Farm Arena ,” but once you see the awesome, state-of-the-art technology that the sponsorship has afforded, you’ll be singing the State Farm jingle with enthusiasm.

HD cameras catch every moment of the action.

Scrolling screens provide replays, slow-mos, stats, interviews and commentary.

There’s even free WiFi for visitors!

Countless games have been played here, including hockey from the NHL and basketball from the NBA and WNBA.

Concerts are also popular; the stadium has played host to everyone from Beyonce to Bruce Springsteen.

As for the amenities, you can enjoy all kinds of food, drink and entertainment, especially if you book a party suite!

The State Farm Arena is one of the most fun places to go in Atlanta.

Whether you’re making arrangements for the playoffs or planning a cross-country trip to see your favorite band, this is the place to find some action.

Address:  1 State Farm Dr, Atlanta, GA 30303, United States

40. Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse

Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse

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The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse is one of those Atlanta spots that you’ll be talking about long after your trip is over.

It’s so fun and unique that it’ll become a vacation memory to annoy your friends with time and time again.

What makes it so special?

For starters, it has a real tavern setting with wooden tables that get laden with hearty, pub-style food and drink.

You’ll be able to dig into a shepherd’s pie or sip a draft beer as you enjoy a theater performance.

The performances are also something to behold.

They’re the real works of Shakespeare, but they have a quaint, down-home kind of quality, so the costumes are handmade and the lines are delivered by actors that move among the audience.

Georgia might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think about Othello or The Tempest, but at the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse, the Bard is alive and well.

Don’t wait to buy your ticket!

Seats fill up fast at this small, intimate venue, so book early if you’re visiting Atlanta tonight or tomorrow.

Address:  499 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, United States

41. Atlanta BeltLine

Atlanta BeltLine

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The Atlanta BeltLine is a long series of parks and trails that connects more than 33 miles of greenery.

This would be impressive in its own right, but it gets even more amazing when you realize that it used to be a bunch of abandoned railroads.

You see, the Atlanta BeltLine is one of the largest reconstruction projects in Georgia history.

It took old, unwanted city space and transformed it into a thriving network filled with beautiful sights, fun activities and profitable local events.

You can walk or bike through nature.

You can attend fitness classes or sign up for races and marathons.

Kids can scamper in playgrounds; adults can browse outdoor art exhibits.

There’s tons of stuff to do on the Atlanta BeltLine.

It’s still growing, too!

The city of Atlanta has lots of ideas for further developments, including the “BeltLine Emerald Necklace,” a proposal for a dozen more parks that would be known as the “BeltLine Jewels.”

Maybe you’re visiting Atlanta this weekend.

Maybe you’re making plans for next year.

Either way, the Atlanta BeltLine will be waiting for you, and it’ll probably have something new and exciting to enjoy.

Georgia attractions don’t get better than this.

Check out these tours & activities around the Atlanta BeltLine.

42. Little Five Points

Little Five Points

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Known as the “bohemian center of the south,” Little Five Points is a fun, offbeat neighborhood where trendy fashion boutiques jostle for space with used bookstores and quirky coffee shops.

It’s definitely a place to put on your Atlanta bucket list.

Most of the businesses are locally owned.

In fact, rumor has it that the neighborhood routinely runs off big chains.

Shops sell everything from new-age crystals to old-school vinyls.

Eateries range from classic American burger joints to exotic fusion restaurants where you can sample fare from Japan, France, Senegal and more.

Even the streets are bursting with color and creativity.

Painted murals are a common feature on brick walls, and local stores get quite funky with their signage.

One restaurant even has a gigantic skull for a doorway.

Do you like traveling off the beaten path?

Are you looking for the most fun things to do in Atlanta, Georgia?

Let your feet carry you through Little Five Points.

You could spend all day exploring, and not a second would be wasted.

Address: 299 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, United States

43. Michael C. Carlos Museum

Michael C. Carlos Museum

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You might not expect rural Georgia to hold one of the world’s largest and most extensive collections of international art, but the Michael C. Carlos Museum does it.

It’s an absolute treasure trove of ancient cultures from around the globe, including Rome, Greece, Nubia, ancient Egypt, pre-Columbia America and more.

Some of the pieces are the old paintings and sculptures that you’d expect.

Others are more dynamic.

There are mummy urns and stone sarcophagus coffins; there are totems, pots, jewels, busts and incense burners.

One particularly noteworthy artifact was a headless statue of a Greek goddess.

The museum purchased the body from an auction, and after hearing the news, the owner of the head came forward and sold that to them as well.

After 150 years, the statue was finally whole again!

All things considered, the Michael C. Carlos Museum is one of the most fun things to do in Atlanta.

You could even say that the museum itself is a relic from the past: Built in 1876, it’s among the oldest museums in Georgia, so it has its own history to add depth and interest to its sightseeing potential.

If you’re intrigued by its possibilities, check it out at 571 South Kilgo Circle!

Address:  571 South Kilgo Cir NE, Atlanta, GA 30322, United States

44. Revolution Doughnuts

Revolution Doughnuts

Revolution Doughnuts

You probably know that Georgia is famous for its peaches, so it shouldn’t come as any surprise that these fruits are cut, baked, battered and fried in a million different ways in their home state.

However, Revolution Doughnuts is a rare location that’s managed to do something new and fun with peaches: peach sliders!

Simply put, peach sliders are sugar-coated doughnut halves with fresh peaches in the middle.

They’re both sweet and tart, and they make one of the best summertime snacks that you’ll ever try.

Other menu items are just as creative, so if you don’t like peaches, you can order something like bacon caramel doughnuts or vegan raspberry sprinkle pastries.

Are you traveling through Atlanta with a sweet tooth?

Make a pit stop at Revolution Doughnuts.

They’re always coming up with new ideas, so even if you’ve been there before, your second trip won’t be like your first.

They truly embody the ever-changing, ever-evolving spirit of Georgia!

Address:  745 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, United States

45. Fox Theatre

Fox Theatre

The Fox Theatre was built in 1929 during the craze for elaborate “movie palaces.”

It has lavish, oriental-style architecture that draws from both Islamic and Egyptian cultures, so it’s filled with domes, towers, archways, gold leaves and ablaq stone patterns.

It also boasts an Arabian courtyard with an artificial night sky that twinkles through the power of crystal stars.

How often do you see that in a movie theater?

There aren’t a lot of films shown at the Fox Theatre today, but it’s still in use as a performing arts venue for Atlanta creatives.

It hosts everything from plays to ballets, and it also offers weekly tours for people who just want to marvel at the building.

With its grand architecture and unique history, the Fox Theatre is one of the major points of interest in Atlanta, Georgia.

It’s also one of the most fun places to go, so it hits all of the essentials for an Atlanta bucket list item!

Address:  660 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, United States

46. Chastain Park

Chastain Park

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Chastain Park is one of the most well-known Atlanta attractions.

Its amphitheater has welcomed hundreds of actors, musicians and comedians to the stage, including Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, Adam Sandler and Idina Menzel.

While the amphitheater is its most famous feature, however, there are plenty of other exciting activities at this Georgia park.

Outdoor enthusiasts can hit the trails; animal lovers can visit the horse stables; fitness junkies can dive into the swimming pools or take a swing on the golf courses.

Something to note about Chastain Park is that certain activities have fees or member-exclusive days, so if you want to be absolutely sure that you can enjoy something during your trip to Atlanta, call ahead.

You don’t want any unpleasant surprises this weekend!

As long as you take the proper precautions, Chastain Park can be one of the most fun things that you can do in Atlanta, Georgia.

It’s beautiful; it’s centrally located; it’s filled with staggering amounts of entertainment.

What more do you need in a park?

Address:  4469 Stella Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30342, United States

47. Six Flags Over Georgia

Six Flags Over Georgia & Hurricane Harbor

Six Flags Over Georgia & Hurricane Harbor

The Six Flags logo brings out the kid in everyone, and Six Flags Over Georgia is no exception.

From death-defying rides to tongue-scalding carnival food, it’s sure to be a highlight of your trip to Atlanta.

Rides include roller coasters, drop towers, water slides and tilt-a-whirls.

Activities range from comedy shows to costumed performances by characters like Batman and Bugs Bunny.

Six Flags has a deal with Warner Bros, so they’re able to base rides, games, gifts and menus off a variety of famous faces.

Are you traveling with kids?

Wade into the water park for family fun.

Are you celebrating a honeymoon or anniversary?

Hold hands with your honey while you shop, dine and play to your heart’s content.

While it’s technically located outside of Atlanta, Six Flags Over Georgia is less than 15 minutes away in the neighboring county, so it won’t be a hardship to reach it.

All of the dashing, splashing and hair-raising fun is just a stone’s throw away.

You’ll definitely want to make time for it this weekend!

Address:  275 Riverside Pkwy, Austell, GA 30168, United States

48. Swan House

Swan House

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The grand old architecture of Georgia is one of its biggest selling points as a tourist destination.

Atlanta has its fair share of mansions as well, including the Swan House .

Built in the early 1900s, the Swan House is a beautiful estate sitting on top of a picturesque hill.

It has the thick white walls of classic Renaissance-style buildings, and it’s filled with opulent touches like terraces, gardens, fountains, staircases and hedge walls.

Inside, a swan motif can be seen in everything from doorknobs to bedposts.

Costumed actors wander the hallways to greet visitors.

Some play the roles of the rich homeowners; others are domestic servants.

If you think that the Swan House looks familiar, you might be right.

It’s such a beautiful location that it’s been used for everything from The Hunger Games to The Amazing Race.

It’s definitely one of Atlanta’s most famous places to visit, so if you want to walk the same path as Katniss Everdeen, make like a swan and fly!

49. Historic Fourth Ward Park

Historic Fourth Ward Park

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As far as Atlanta attractions are concerned, the Historic Fourth Ward Park tends to fly under the radar.

It isn’t a secret, but it isn’t as well-known as other parks near it.

This can be a good thing if you’re looking to avoid the crowds.

Atlanta is many things, but “quiet” isn’t one of them, so you might find yourself craving some time and space away from the commotion of the city.

The Historic Fourth Ward Park offers a nice balance between fun and peaceful.

There’s a lovely pond for walks and picnics; there’s an outdoor theater where musicians play. Georgia’s natural beauty is definitely on display here.

For outdoor enthusiasts, there are also places to play.

For example, there’s a skate park that was designed and funded by Tony Hawk himself.

The Historic Fourth Ward Park is one of the best spots in Atlanta to recharge your batteries.

If you’re tired of bumping elbows with other tourists, visit this vibrant green space for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Address:  680 Dallas St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, United States

50. 13 Stories Haunted House

13 Stories Haunted House

13 Stories Haunted House

The 13 Stories Haunted House is one of the top destinations in Atlanta for lovers of the grim and grotesque.

You don’t even have to wait for Halloween; it’s a haunted house that’s open all year long.

You have to sign a waiver to get in, and there are no refunds once you purchase your ticket.

Once you commit, there’s no going back.

The scares include both the typical and the non-typical.

There are evil clowns that dance through twisted perversions of carnivals; there’s a “hellevator” that descends into total darkness with monsters lurking behind every corner.

Some parts of the house have an interactive element, including zombies that you can shoot with lasers.

For thrills and chills, the 13 Stories Haunted House is one of the best destinations in Atlanta.

It might even be one of the best haunted house experiences in the entire state of Georgia.

There’s a reason why they insist on waivers, so if you think that you have what it takes to survive the horrors, sign up today!

Address:  320 Temple Ave, Newnan, GA 30263, United States

51. Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

It might be an unusual choice in Atlanta attractions, but the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta is more fun than its name implies.

Tours will take you through gleaming marble halls that end in steel vaults.

You’ll get to see how money is counted, tracked, transported and guarded within the bank.

Here’s a hint: It involves robots!

You might also want to visit the Monetary Museum, a small, on-site educational area that goes into the history of currency in the United States.

It’s a great place to learn some trivia about everything from bills to banks.

If you’re headed to Georgia, consider a stop by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

It might not be one of the most glamorous tourist attractions of the state, but it offers an interesting look at a rarely-visited subject, so it’s worth the trip.

Address:  1000 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, United States

52. Cator Woolford Gardens

Cator Woolford Gardens

Cator Woolford Gardens

One of the best things to do in downtown Atlanta is to take a stroll through the Cator Woolford Gardens .

Not only are they beautiful to behold, but since they benefit a local community for disabled children in Atlanta, you’ll be supporting a great cause with your visit.

The gardens themselves are filled with dazzling displays of roses, laurels, daffodils and dogwoods.

There are shaded tree groves where you can relax and stone staircases where you can climb to the top of a hill and gaze at the paradise below.

Photo opportunities are everywhere.

In fact, Cator Woolford Gardens is one of the most popular destinations in Georgia for “big event” photography like weddings and movie shoots.

If you’re traveling to Atlanta for work, it can also be a fine location for corporate gatherings.

It’s free to visit the Cator Woolford Gardens, but they accept donations, and there are large, pavilion-style tents that you can rent for special occasions.

Consider giving them a few bucks while you’re in Atlanta.

They run on the goodwill of visitors like you, and they help Georgia’s children with every blossom.

Address:  1815 S Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, United States

53. The Painted Duck

The Painted Duck

The Painted Duck

Calling itself a “gaming parlor,” The Painted Duck is definitely one of the most unique places to go in Atlanta.

It offers entertainment in a high-class setting that elevates it from your usual amusement centers.

It’s basically a play zone for adults who want to cut loose while they’re in Georgia.

The menu offers everything from duck phat fries to chicken Cobb salad.

The games include bowling, basketball, horseshoes and air hockey.

You can play by yourself or go with a group of friends or colleagues; you can also rent out private spaces for special occasions.

Are you eager to shoot some hoops?

Are you hungry for some crispy brussels leaves in a lemon aioli?

Either way, this unusual gaming parlor will satisfy.

A little bit of shuffleboard can improve any filet mignon.

If you want to experience a fun, uncommon evening in Atlanta, hit up The Painted Duck!

Address:  976 Brady Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, United States

54. Legoland Discovery Center

There are Legolands all over the world, but the Atlanta location is one of the best.

It offers a fun, immersive and all-day experience that will take your imagination to heights that you never thought possible.

Activities include rides, play zones, building stations, factory tours and virtual reality simulations.

There’s a cinema where you can watch movies and a cafe where you can grab a bite to eat.

Adults are just as welcome to goof around as the kids, so don’t feel self-conscious if you’re a grown person who still adores Legos.

There’s nothing like the pure, wholesome joy of racing Lego cars or shaking a Lego earthquake table!

Visit the Legoland Discovery Center if you’re looking for the best places in Atlanta to unleash your inner child.

Vacations are supposed to be times when you throw caution to the wind and enjoy yourself, so there’s no shame in loving Legoland.

Address:  3500 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, United States

55. Waldorf Astoria Spa

Waldorf Astoria Spa

Waldorf Astoria Spa

Pamper yourself at the Waldorf Astoria Spa .

It offers everything from pedicures to cucumber masks, so you’ll be able to relax all of the tired, aching muscles in your body as you surrender to its bliss.

The facilities include steam rooms, dry saunas, relaxation lounges and spa treatment centers.

There’s a fitness room decked out with state-of-the-art exercise equipment if you want to work up a sweat.

There’s a swimming pool if you want to take some leisurely laps in an indoor, climate-controlled setting.

Are you traveling with a special someone?

Book a couple’s massage.

Are you seeking an escape from the harsh realities of the world?

Relax into an essential oil bath or enjoy a body renewal treatment for your skin, hair and nails.

The possibilities are endless at the Waldorf Astoria Spa.

It’s one of the premiere destinations in Atlanta to get treated like royalty, so book a visit today to wash off the sweat of a Georgia summer tomorrow!

Address:  3376 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, United States

56. Kendeda Building

Kendeda Building

Kendeda Building

The Kendeda Building is the first “living building” to be certified in the state of Georgia.

It’s made with eco-friendly materials like wood and recycled glass, and it has many natural features like a green roof and a working collection of more than 900 solar panels.

There are truly living things in the Kendeda Building as well.

A blueberry orchard provides fresh fruit, and honeybee combs are tended and studied for ecological reasons.

The Kendeda Building is located at Georgia Tech.

Tours are free and open to the public, but their scheduling can be iffy depending on what’s happening at campus.

It’s a good idea to call before you go.

If you love the environment, however, or if you’re just curious to see a real-world example of sustainable architecture, the Kendeda Building is one of the best places to go in Atlanta.

You might even get some blueberries out of the trip!

Address:  422 Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States

57. Jackson Street Bridge

Jackson Street Bridge

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Say goodbye to Atlanta with the Jackson Street Bridge.

Overlooking the entire skyline, it’s one of the city’s best places to see a sunset or take long-exposure photos of the nighttime lights.

You might recognize the view from this bridge if you’re a fan of The Walking Dead.

It served as a backdrop for promotional photos of the first season.

The good news is that the zombies have all been cleared away, so you won’t have to worry about brain-eating monsters during your trip to Georgia.

Another great thing about the bridge is that it’s free.

There’s no toll to walk or bike it, so if you’re traveling to Atlanta on a budget, you can have fun here without spending a dime.

It’s hard to say farewell to a city like Atlanta, but a sweeping aerial view might soothe some of the sorrow.

You’ll be able to take in the whole skyline for one last look at a place that provided you with great memories.

Address:  Jackson St NE, Atlanta, GA 30312, United States

Start Planning Your Trip To Atlanta

These are just a few of the best things to do in Atlanta, Georgia.

Whether you’re headed there for a honeymoon, work trip, bachelor party or fun family vacation, there are certain things that you won’t want to miss.

Use this guide to hit all of the top spots in the area!

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10 Best Things to Do Near Atlanta, GA: Fun Places to Visit Nearby!

By: Author Anna Taylor

Posted on Published: July 5, 2020  - Last updated: September 29, 2023

So, you’re looking for the best things to do near Atlanta, GA?

Atlanta is more than just a city. 

It’s a gateway to a world of wonder and adventure. 

And I should know because I’ve been to some of the most amazing places near this vibrant metropolis. 

I’m talking about places that will make you and your family feel alive, inspired, and connected. 

Whether you’re into nature, history, culture, or fun, there’s something for everyone in this region. 

The best part is you don’t have to travel far to experience it all. 

In this guide, I’m going to share my personal picks for the best things to do near the city of Atlanta.

Believe me, your journey will be nothing short of extraordinary. 

And that’s just the beginning.

Brace yourself for an epic vacation by discovering my hand-picked selection of the best things to do in Georgia’s capital. 

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Best Things To Do Near Atlanta, GA Compared 

These family-friendly adventures will create memories that will last a lifetime. 

Read on for my carefully curated list of the best activities and spots near Atlanta, GA.

Editor’s Choice

Old Town Trolley Tour Of Nashville

Old Town Trolley Tour of Nashville

It lets you see dozens of remarkable landmarks, and even includes long pit-stops to some of the city’s most Instagram-worthy sights.

  • Family-Friendliness: 4/5
  • Affordability: 3/5
  • Accessibility: 4/5
  • Fun Factor: 3/5
  • Educational Value: 4/5

#2nd Best Choice

Birmingham Civil Rights Tour

Birmingham Civil Rights Tour

Every year, tons of families and tourists come to Birmingham to learn more about its civil rights history.

  • Family-Friendliness: 3/5
  • Affordability: 4/5
  • Educational Value: 5/5

#3rd Best Choice

Six Flags Over Georgia

Six Flags Over Georgia

With hundreds of family attractions, thrill rides and roller coasters, this theme park is absolutely one of the most exciting things to do near Atlanta, GA.

  • Family-Friendliness: 5/5
  • Fun Factor: 5/5
  • Educational Value: 2/5

Here are the top 10 things to do near Atlanta.

1. Old Town Trolley Tour of Nashville (Editor’s Choice)

201 Broadway Nashville, TN 37201 (629) 208-0200 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

I can’t think of a better way to see Nashville with the kids than a trolley tour.

There’s a live commentary onboard as well, for those who want to learn more about the city’s history and landmarks.

Ratings Criteria

  • Convenient and effortless sightseeing: The Old Town Trolley Tour of Nashville provides a convenient and effortless way to sightsee and explore the city’s top attractions. 
  • Engaging and knowledgeable guides: The tour guides provide insightful commentary about Nashville’s history, landmarks, and local culture. 
  • A short time at each stop: While the hop-on, hop-off feature allows flexibility, the limited time at each stop can be a disadvantage. 
  • Potential crowds and wait times: Depending on the season, the Old Town Trolley Tour of Nashville can attract large crowds, leading to wait times for boarding the trolley.

Why we recommend going here

This tour isn’t just a sightseeing experience.

With entertaining and knowledgeable guides, the tour highlights the current events and history of the city.

For moms and dads, you’ll love the cool places to go in this route, like the Ryman Auditorium and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Don’t rush when taking pictures of the tourist spots on this tour.

Keep in mind that you’ll have around 20 minutes to take photographs on every stop.

Recommended Hotel Near Nashville: The Hermitage Hotel

2. Birmingham Civil Rights Tour

Birmingham Civil Rights District Birmingham, AL 35203 205-240-3829 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Unfortunately, they usually have a difficult time matching the city’s landmarks to its civil rights significance since they’re only taking self-led tours.

That’s why we’re urging visitors to take a guided tour when exploring these historic landmarks.

  • Historical significance: The Birmingham Civil Rights Tour guides you through historical landmarks and sites, delving into the critical history of the civil rights movement.
  • Insightful guides: The tour is led by knowledgeable guides passionate about sharing the stories and experiences of the civil rights era. 
  • Time constraints: Due to the extensive history of Birmingham’s civil rights movement, it can be challenging to cover all the key sites and information within a limited timeframe.
  • Emotional impact: Exploring the history of struggles faced by activists during the civil rights movement can be emotionally challenging for some visitors.

To me, this tour is the perfect way to teach your kids about civil rights history.

You’ll be visiting important places, such as the location of the Freedom Riders 1961 attack and the Kelly Ingram Park.

As a bonus, you’ll have a knowledgeable tour guide who’ll give you in-depth nuggets information of every location you’ll visit.

The guides of these tours are pretty knowledgeable.

So, ask them as much as you want about Birmingham and its history.

Also, ask them if they know any hidden gem that’s worth visiting in the area.

Recommended Hotel Near Birmingham Civil Rights District: Hotel Indigo – Birmingham Five Points S – UAB

3. Six Flags Over Georgia

275 Riverside Pkwy Austell, GA 30168 (770) 739-3400 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Our kids just can’t get enough of Six Flags Over Georgia.

  • Thrilling rides and entertainment: Six Flags Over Georgia features exhilarating rides and attractions catering to adrenaline seekers and thrill enthusiasts. 
  • Family-friendly environment: The park provides a family-friendly atmosphere with attractions suitable for different age groups. 
  • Crowds and wait times: Long lines and wait times for popular rides are expected.
  • Additional costs: While admission grants access to the park’s attractions, some amenities require additional fees. 

Although it’s known for its adrenaline-pumping rides, the park has tons of child-friendly attractions.

The most captivating kid-friendly rides include the Hanson Cars, Looney Tunes Adventure Cap and Marthasville Railroad Station.

And, did we mention that it’s a host to some of the country’s best roller coasters?

Plan your visit before heading to the theme park, and check their show schedules using the Six Flags app.

Also, review their map, so you can familiarize yourself with the layout of the park.

Recommended Hotel Near Six Flags Over Georgia: Home2 Suites By Hilton Atlanta Lithia Springs

Related: Top Atlanta Attractions

4. North Georgia Wildlife Park & Zoo

North Georgia Wildlife Park & Zoo

2912 Paradise Valley Rd Cleveland, GA 30528 (706) 348-7279 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Looking for more fun things to do with kids in Atlanta ?

I suggest that you take a short trip to North Georgia Wildlife Park & Zoo.

Home to over 400 animals, this zoo is a paradise for kids who love zoo creatures.

Spot and pet different kinds of rare and miniature breed livestock, such as deer, donkeys, mini goats and potbelly piglets.

While there, let your kids take a fun-filled pony ride.

Moreover, the park offers exciting zebra and wagon rides for the whole gang.

Spend at least a couple of hours at the zoo, and explore its other attractions and exhibits.

Besides petting and rides, there are trained animal shows and guided wildlife walks here.

Recommended Hotel Near North Georgia Wildlife Park & Zoo: Country Hearth Inn-Toccoa

5. Providence Canyon State Park

Providence Canyon State Park

8930 Canyon Rd Lumpkin, GA 31815 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Colorful and breathtaking, this state park has views that will remind you of the iconic landscapes of Southwestern US.

In fact, a lot of people often call it “the little Grand Canyon of Georgia”, and rightfully so.

The views here are to die for, so it should be at the top of your list of places to see near Atlanta.

It’s picture-perfect. Trust me, you can’t resist the urge to snap hundreds of photographs of this park.

The canyon soil’s purple, red, orange pink hues make it a remarkable sight to behold.

There are also hiking trails suitable for all levels.

My advice is to take the Providence Canyon Trails since it’s short and easy for the kids.

The park is a year-round family destination.

But, in my opinion, it looks more heavenly and stunning in the autumn months.

Recommended Hotel Near Providence Canyon State Park: Hampton Inn Eufaula Al

Related: Best Things to Do in Atlanta

6. Chattahoochee Nature Center

Chattahoochee Nature Center

9135 Willeo Rd Rosewell, GA 30075 (770) 992-2055 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

No list of the best attractions near Atlanta, Georgia is complete without the inclusion Chattahoochee Nature Center.

Featuring wetland areas and forest trails, this nature trip offers a sweet escape from your hustle bustle city life. 

A natural oasis, this 127-acre reserve boasts miles of hiking rails, live animal exhibits as well as a boardwalk traversing the wetland areas.

Kids will also love the educational family programs and wildlife rehabilitation clinic.

Spend 4 hours or the whole afternoon exploring the center.

And, make sure to check out the must-visit attractions, like the Beaver Pond and the Raptor Aviaries.

Recommended Hotel Near Chattahoochee Nature Center: The Whitley, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Atlanta Buckhead

Related: Best Beaches Near Atlanta

7. Callaway Gardens

Callaway Gardens

17617 US Hwy 27 Pine Mountain, GA 31822 (855) 894-0420 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Callaway Gardens offers a perfect and pleasant family day trip from Atlanta.

For years, this nature escape has been one of Georgia’s most romantic places to visit, thanks to its serene atmosphere.

What’s more, it’s a terrific and diverse family-friendly spot with loads of delights for everybody.

Callaway Gardens has everything you need for a fun day out with the family.

Here, you’ll get to visit the largest man-made, white sand beach in the world.

Plus, it boasts a plethora of trails for biking and walking, making it an enticing playground for outdoor aficionados.

Other noteworthy attractions include Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center and Overlook Azalea Garden.

The garden has a few astonishing seasonal events.

The most magical one for kids is the Christmas light display called “Fantasy in Lights” in November and December.

Related: Best Family Resorts Near Atlanta

8. Lake Lanier

Lake Lanier

2875 Browns Bridge Rd Gainesville, GA 30504 (770) 536-5209 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Lake Lanie is a local’s favorite and one of the can’t-miss things to do and see near Atlanta .

From children’s playgrounds to swimming, the lake offers a plethora of free or cheap activities for the entire family.

Why we recommend going here 

The fun never ends in this lively and fun family-friendly destination.

You and your kids can even have a blast at this spot in winter, with frosty experiences like ice skating.

In summer, the lake impresses visitors with its outstanding natural scenery and aquamarine waters.

For adults, it also offers picture-perfect nature trips, like hiking the picturesque Sawnee Mountain.

For an epic family trip, I suggest that you visit LanierWorld.

Since it features a mini-golf and loads of water slides, it’s definitely a great way to spend a day in Lake Lanier with children.

Recommended Hotel Near Lake Lanier: Lanier Islands Legacy Lodge

9. Helen, Georgia

Helen, Georgia

Helen, GA (800) 858-8027 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Helen is a sightseer’s dream.

As soon as you set foot on this city, you’ll feel like you’ve been magically transported to a small old village in Germany.

Helen has a small population of around 430 residents.

Yet, surprisingly, it’s the 3rd most visited city in Georgia.

Known for its cobblestone streets and uniquely designed houses, this small city is a beautiful re-creation of a quintessential Alpine Bavarian village, Plus, it offers an array of attractions, including the Unicoi State Park, Anna Ruby Falls and river tubing.

Helen has a titillating collection of restaurants that serve delicious dishes, including Mully’s Nacoochee Grill and Big Daddy’s Restaurant & Tavern.

Recommended Hotel Near Helen, Georgia: SureStay Hotel by Best Western Helen Downtown

10. Stone Mountain Theme Park

Stone Mountain Theme Park

1000 Robert E Lee Blvd Stone Mountain, GA 30083 (770) 498-5690 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Introduce your little ones to the great outdoors with a visit to the famous Stone Mountain Theme Park.

Not only does it showcase the beauty of nature, but it also has over 3,000 acres of family-friendly attractions and entertainment.

Plus, it’s a short drive away from the best family hotels in Atlanta .

The park is home to the country’s largest family treetop adventure course: Sky Hike.

Also, we love the park’s Lasershow Spectacular, which is the longest running laser show on earth.

Other family-themed attractions we recommend include the Geyser Towers, Dinotorium, Scenic Railroad and Farmyard.

Don’t worry about the season or weather.

In winter, Stone Mountain turns into a winter wonderland, complete with Rudolph, Santa, tubing and snow.

Also, don’t forget to check out the park’s indoor attractions, such as museums, gift shops and glass blowing demos.

Recommended Hotel Near Stone Mountain Theme Park: Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort

Activity Guide 

Comparing attractions: which one is right for you.

When choosing the perfect activity for you, it’s essential to compare your options before making a decision. 

Let’s explore three fantastic choices near Atlanta and find the one that suits your budget and preferences.

First on the list is the Old Town Trolley Tour of Nashville. 

Embarking on this tour allows you to immerse yourself in the charm and history of Music City. 

As I hopped on and off the trolley, I discovered iconic landmarks and hidden gems while enjoying informative narration. 

It’s an excellent choice for those who appreciate a blend of entertainment and education.

Next, we have the Birmingham Civil Rights Tour. 

This profound experience takes you on a journey through the struggles and triumphs of the civil rights movement. 

Walking in the footsteps of brave activists and visiting the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute left me touched with a deeper understanding of our history. 

Lastly, Six Flags Over Georgia offers non-stop thrills and excitement. 

This amusement park is perfect for adrenaline enthusiasts, with its exhilarating roller coasters to refreshing water slides. 

As I laughed and screamed joyfully on the rides, I felt an infectious energy that made the day memorable.

Whether you’re looking for historical immersion, educational experiences, or heart-pounding adventures, there’s an option for everyone. 

Compare, evaluate, and pick the activity that resonates with your family’s interests. 

How I Picked The Activities

When planning the perfect family getaway, I always turn to personal experiences, thorough research, and insightful conversations. 

Living in the state has allowed me to explore the top attractions near Atlanta.

I ventured onto these adventures, experienced the thrills firsthand, and uncovered hidden gems perfect for families.

Additionally, I delved into extensive research, gathering information about each activity’s family-friendliness, affordability, accessibility, fun factor, and educational value. 

This research, combined with my personal experiences, forms the basis for the ratings and pros and cons I provided.

Our Rating Method 

I rate these attractions based on the following criteria: 

  • Family-Friendliness: I use this criterion to assess the family-friendly appeal of every activity. Is it suitable for families with kids? Is it safe, engaging, and fun for children? I ask myself these questions in order to rate family-friendliness. 
  • Affordability: This is used to evaluate the attraction’s affordability. Will visitors get a lot of bang for their buck? Is it free or cheaper compared to the other options? Does it offer discounted rates, special promotions, or free entry? I consider these factors when rating affordability.
  • Accessibility: This evaluates the activity’s accessibility. Is it easily accessible by public transportation? Are there plenty of parking spaces available? Is it wheelchair accessible? I ask myself these questions when assessing the attraction’s accessibility.
  • Fun Factor: I use this to evaluate how enjoyable the attraction is for visitors. Will it create positive and memorable experiences? Is it engaging, fun, and exciting? I use these questions to evaluate this criterion. 
  • Educational Value: This assesses the educational benefits of the activity. Does it provide learning opportunities to kids? Will it teach visitors lessons in science and history? I ask myself these important questions when rating educational value. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the number one attraction in atlanta, georgia.

There is no definitive answer to this question, as different attractions may appeal to different visitors. However, some of the most popular and highly rated attractions in Atlanta, Georgia are the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park, which commemorates the life and legacy of the civil rights leader; the World of Coca-Cola, which showcases the history and culture of the iconic beverage brand, and the Georgia Aquarium, which is one of the largest and most diverse aquariums in the world.

What Are Three Things Atlanta Is Known For?

Atlanta is known for many things. Some of the most distinctive ones are being the birthplace and home of Martin Luther King, Jr., being the headquarters of Coca-Cola, and being a hub of culture and entertainment with its vibrant music scene, a rich diversity of cuisines, and numerous festivals and events throughout the year.

Is It Worth Visiting Atlanta, Georgia?

It depends on your personal preferences and interests, but many visitors find Atlanta, Georgia, worth visiting for its variety of attractions, its historical significance, its cultural diversity, and its southern charm. Whether you are looking for history, art, nature, sports, or fun, you can find something to enjoy in Atlanta, Georgia.

How Many Days Are Enough For Atlanta?

There is no definitive answer to this question, as it depends on how much time you have, what you want to see and do, and how fast you want to travel. However, a general recommendation is to spend at least three to four days in Atlanta, Georgia, to explore its main attractions and neighborhoods. You can also extend your stay to visit nearby destinations like Stone Mountain Park, Savannah, or Chattanooga.

Conclusion 

We’ve explored the best things to do near Atlanta, GA, and I’m here to say that life is too short for anything but the best. 

Among all the heart-throbbing adventures and soulful journeys, my top choice is no other than the Old Town Trolley Tour of Nashville.

This tour is an exquisite blend of history and entertainment.

The engaging guides are like your personal GPS through Music City. 

The Birmingham Civil Rights Tour will touch your soul with its profound historical journey, and Six Flags Over Georgia provides adrenaline-pumping excitement.

But that trolley tour? 

Its convenience, effortless sightseeing, and engaging guides will make you feel alive, connected, and inspired.

So, get ready to make some sweet memories in Atlanta.

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Metro Atlanta attraction named one of the best places in U.S. to watch sunrise on summer solstice

A metro Atlanta location has been named one of the best places in the U.S. to watch the summer solstice.

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Website Mixbook conducted a survey of 3,000 places to watch the sunrise on the summer solstice, which is June 20. They whittled it down to 150 best places in the U.S. to honor the solstice tradition. The summer solstice is the day with the longest period of daylight of the year. The event happens twice year, once in the northern hemisphere and once in the southern.

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Georgia’s Stone Mountain came in at #4.

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“Just outside Atlanta, the summit of Stone Mountain offers panoramic views of the surrounding area,” Mixbook wrote. “Watching the sunrise from here provides a stunning perspective of the city and the natural landscape.”

Tybee Island on Georgia’s coast also made the list at #54. Nearby Jekyll Island came in at #103.

Stone Mountain joins other scenic destinations like Lake Tahoe, Utah’s Arches National Park, the Grand Canyon and Key West in the top 10.

Metro Atlanta attraction named one of the best places in U.S. to watch sunrise on summer solstice

9 best places to visit in Georgia

Tom Masters

Jun 21, 2024 • 7 min read

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From deeply significant religious sights, like Tsminda Sameba Church (pictured), to a rich winemaking tradition, Georgia packs a lot into its modest footprint © Pikoso.kz / Shutterstock

Where Europe and Asia grind up against each other, magical Georgia sits on the southern slope of the Great Caucasus mountain range, whose snowcapped peaks run from the Black Sea to the Caspian.

Though relatively small in terms of area, Georgia offers a huge variety of scenery and activities, and its mountainous landscape and limited transport infrastructure combine to make getting about more time-consuming than you might imagine. While there’s no need to limit yourself to just one region, you’re best off deciding what kind of trip you want to have, and then choosing a few parts of the country to focus on.

To help you do that, here are some of the very best places to consider including in any itinerary. 

Colorful traditional houses with wooden carved balconies in the Old Town of Tbilisi, Georgia

Best place for urban pursuits 

Quickly beguiling anyone who visits , the Georgian capital offers up a fascinating Old Town, a wealth of avant-garde Soviet architecture, traditional sulfur baths, and an extraordinary array of medieval churches. Spread out along the narrow valley of the Mtkvari River, Tbilisi is the kind of place you have to get up high to really appreciate – try taking the cable car to the Sololaki ridge where you’ll find the Narikala Fortress and iconic Mother Georgia (aka Kartlis Deda) . You can also take the funicular to the city’s highest point, Mtatsminda , where, on top of stellar city views, you also get a campy fairground and a huge Ferris wheel. 

Tbilisi is also the best place in Georgia to eat out, drink wine and go partying, with dozens of innovative menus available at establishments such as Barbarestan , Azarphesha , Alubali and Keto & Kote . This is also one of the best places in the country to sample a range of Georgia’s famous wines and take part in its thumping nightlife.  Tbilisi offers you plenty to keep you entertained for days, but can also serve as a base from which to do day trips to various other parts of central Georgia. 

Planning tip: Book at least a week ahead for the best Tbilisi restaurants in the summer months.

Crowds of people are relaxing on a pebble beach on a sunny day

Best city on the Black Sea

Batumi , Georgia’s second city, is the subtropical yin to Tbilisi’s yang, with its beachfront location, charming Old Town, seemingly endless seaside esplanade and an ever-growing number of glitzy skyscrapers – Georgia’s answer to Dubai, locals will tell you with a grin.

The city is built for pleasure, and functions as Georgia’s unofficial temporary capital during the height of summer, when most of Tbilisi's locals decamp en masse to the Black Sea’s beaches for sunshine, cocktails and partying on the seafront. Georgia’s best beaches can be found to the south of the city, between Batumi and the Turkish border. Inland, the autonomous Adjaran region offers wonderful rafting and hiking, as well as the famously rickety cable car in Khulo. 

A group of people are paddling a raft along a blue-green river in a canyon

Best base for exploring nature

Sleepy Kutaisi  has found itself relegated to Georgia’s third-largest city in recent years as coastal Batumi booms. But this ancient town, which may once have been home to the golden fleece of Greek legend, has nonetheless managed to establish itself as the center of Georgia’s burgeoning tourist industry . 

The nearby David the Builder Airport brings dozens of low-cost airline flights to Kutaisi from all over Europe each week, and there are dozens of hostels and a competitive short-term apartment rental market. Not only is Kutaisi bang in the center of the country (making it a more obvious base than either Tbilisi or Batumi), but it’s also surrounded by a wealth of sights, natural wonders and diverse attractions including the Martvili Canyon , Okatse Canyon , the Gelati Monastery and two astonishing relics of communism, the towns of Tskaltubo and Chiatura.  

A monastery in Georgia sits atop a hill, with incredible snowy mountains in the background.

4. Stepantsminda

Best for easy access to the High Caucasus

The extraordinary Georgian Military Highway takes you to the town of Stepantsminda (still commonly referred to by its Soviet-era name, Kazbegi), on the border with northern neighbor Russia. Though the epic journey here has lost some of its charm in recent years (it's become a busy truck route for imports to Russia), there is no denying the incredible setting of the town, not least the iconic silhouette of the hilltop church  Tsminda Sameba against the glacier of Mt Kazbek. It's truly a sight that never ceases to amaze, despite its reproduction on a million postcards. 

Planning tip: Head to Tsminda Sameba Church first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon when the light is better, and – crucially – when you’ll not have to share this magical spot with the crowds.

A remote mountain village is surrounded by steep hills and mountains, and there's a variety of different buildings including unique stone towers.

Best mountain scenery  

Georgia’s mountains are extraordinary and jaw-dropping wherever you encounter them. But if you want to see the best scenery in the country, there’s nowhere that can compete with the ancient and mysterious region of Svaneti. As well as Georgia’s highest peak, Shkhara (5068m; 16,627ft), which towers over the wonderful highland village of Ushguli, there is almost limitless potential for hiking here, not least the now well-known Mestia to Ushguli four-day hike, which allows you to sleep each night in a different village. 

Planning tip: You can skip the taxing eight-hour drive to Svaneti from Tbilisi and get there in under an hour by taking one of the affordable daily flights to Mestia with  Vanilla Sky .

A mountain escarpment with caves, tunnels and dwellings carved into the rock. There's a river valley in the background.

Best monastery 

In a country with more than its fair share of staggering monasteries and churches in perilously remote places, Vardzia  is unquestionably the most magnificent of the lot. Its 13 floors are hewn into a cliffside and boast no fewer than 13 churches among its 400-plus rooms. The monastery’s jaw-dropping setting in a dramatic river valley makes it a real showstopper, and the undulating drive to get here from Akhaltsikhe is a wonderful treat to boot. 

A wine shop has shelves filled with different varieties of Georgian wine; the walls behind the shelves are covered in graffiti-style writing.

7. Sighnaghi

Best place to enjoy Georgian wine 

There’s magic in the air in Sighnaghi , and that’s not just down to its high altitude and the vertiginous views it affords into the vast valley below. This hilltop delight has more than a hint of Tuscany about it, with its terracotta roofs, cobbled streets and enviably slow pace of life. 

Take a walk along the incredibly well-preserved city walls and visit the town museum, which has one of the best collections of paintings by Georgia’s most famous artist, Niko Pirosmani. Then settle in at one of Sighnaghi’s many wine bars to sample the result of the grape harvest in the country’s premier wine-producing region. 

Planning tip: Call ahead to enjoy a delicious, organic lunch at the Lost Ridge Inn , just a few kilometers outside Sighnaghi.

An ancient monastery stands on a hilltop; two rivers meet in the valley below, and there's a town on the opposite riverbank.

8. Mtskheta

Best place for a spiritual experience

So close to Tbilisi that the sprawling capital’s suburbs threaten to engulf it, Mtskheta enjoys a magical setting at the picturesque confluence of two rivers. It was also the location of one of Georgia’s most important historical events – its conversion to Christianity at the hands of St Nino in the 4th century. That vital event, which still forms a huge part of Georgian national identity, is memorialized in the Jvari Church , Georgia’s holy of holies, which commands terrific views over the town from its soaring hilltop location. Meanwhile, down in the town itself is the stunning 11th-century Svetiskhoveli Cathedral , an architectural gem of Georgia’s early Golden Age. 

Planning tip: You only need a couple of hours to see Mtskheta, and its location just northwest of Tbilisi makes it an obvious pit stop on any journey up to Stepantsminda or west towards Kutaisi. 

A light-blue pergola over a spring water fountain in the spa town of Borjomi in Georgia

Best spa town 

There’s more than a little touch of the Russian empire about this glorious 19th-century spa town tucked away amid the thickly wooded hills of the Lesser Caucasus. Borjomi’s salty-sour mineral water is Georgia’s most famous export and is instantly familiar to almost anyone from the former Soviet Union. However, the elegant resort town that produces it is worth a visit even if you’ve never heard of its eponymous sulfurous water.

As well as visiting the sprawling Borjomi Central Park ⁠(once you get past the tacky rides and children’s entertainments it opens up into a gorgeous riverside walk that brings you to a trio of delightful thermal pools), you can use the town as an excellent base for hiking in the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park , and take the small gauge railway line to the nearby alpine resort of Bakuriani.

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Looking for a fireworks show? Here's where to celebrate Fourth of July in central Illinois

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Several cities and towns across central Illinois will be celebrating the Fourth of July with their own fireworks show, as well as many other festivities. Here's where you can find fireworks shows around the Fourth of July in central Illinois:

Fulton County

Canton 4th of july fireworks.

  • When: Dusk on July 4, 2024.
  • Where: Memorial Stadium at Canton High School, 1001 N. Main St., Canton, Ill.
  • Website: www.cantonillinois.org

Knox County

Galesburg big bang boom.

  • When: 9 p.m. on July 4, 2024.
  • Where: Lake Storey Park, 1572 Machen Dr., Galesburg, Ill.
  • Website: www.galesburg.org

More: Changes are coming to Peoria's July 4 fireworks show. Here's what to know

Peoria County

Chillicothe july 4th fireworks.

  • Date:   Dusk on July 4, 2024.
  • Where: Three Sisters Park , 17189 Illinois 29, Chillicothe, Ill.
  • Website: www.facebook.com/threesisterspark

Peoria Red White & Boom

  • Date:  9:30 p.m. on July 4, 2024.
  • Where: In Downtown Peoria along the riverfront on Water Street and in East Peoria on the riverfront.
  • Website: redwhiteandboom.us/

Tazewell County

Hopedale july 4th celebration.

  • When: Dusk on July 4, 2024
  • Where: Hopedale Park, near Hittle Road and Park Drive in Hopedale, Ill.
  • Website: www.facebook.com/HopedaleLions

Marquette Heights Fireworks Extravaganza

  • When: Dusk on June 29, 2024. Rain date is June 30.
  • Where: Independence Park, 600 Lasalle Blvd., Marquette Heights, Ill.
  • Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/997404661420660

Morton Community Independence Day Celebration

  • When: Dusk on July 3, 2024.
  • Where: McClallen Park, 401 N. Tennessee Ave., Morton, Ill.
  • Website: morton.recdesk.com

Pekin July 4th Celebration

  • When: Dusk on July 4, 2024. Rain date is July 5.
  • Where: Pekin Park Stadium, Red Bud Drive, Pekin, Ill.
  • Website: pekinchamber.com/honor-america-celebration/

Spring Bay American Legion Fourth of July Celebration

  • When: 9 p.m. on July 5, 2024.
  • Where: Spring Bay American Legion , 500 Legion Lane, Spring Bay, Ill.
  • Website: www.facebook.com/events

South Pekin Small Town America 4th of July Celebration

  • When: Dusk on June 28, 2024.
  • Where: South Pekin Park, Pekin, Ill.
  • Website: https://villageofsouthpekin.org/home/home/

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Woodford County

Eureka 4th of july celebration.

  • Where: Eureka Lake Park, 101 Lake Road, Eureka, Ill.
  • Website: www.facebook.com/eurekaeventscommittee

Minonk 4th of July Celebration

  • When: Dusk on July 6, 2024.
  • Where: Sutton's Park, North Chestnut St., Minonk, Ill.
  • Website: www.facebook.com/Minonk4thofJuly

Roanoke 17th annual Cruise-In

  • Where: Mt. Jumbo, near Mill and Randolph streets in Roanoke, Ill.
  • Website: www.facebook.com/VillageofRoanoke

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Where can I watch the debate? USA TODAY to livestream CNN's presidential debate

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USA TODAY is joining broadcast, streaming, and cable networks like Fox News and ABC to show the CNN Presidential Debate Simulcast next Thursday.

The first presidential debate of the 2024 cycle is breaking with tradition: Instead of being organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) and presented across different networks, the candidates decided to bypass the commission and instead participate in two network-produced debates.

Tune into the ‘ CNN Presidential Debate ’ on Thursday, June 27, at 9 p.m. ET on CNN, or watch it simulcast on USA TODAY via YouTube .

Fox News announced it would present “ extensive live coverage ” of the CNN presidential debate across all its platforms, including the “FOX News Democracy 2024: CNN Presidential Debate” from 9–11 p.m./Eastern Daylight Saving Time. ABC News announced it would be showing “‘Battle for the White House’ and ABC News’ Presentation of the CNN Presidential Debate” on ABC New Live and streamed on Hulu on Thursday from 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Other networks like  NewsNation  will also show the debate with pre- and post-debate analysis. 

While networks won’t be able to add their commentary during the debate, many plan to have programs before and after where they can provide their own color. Fox News, for example, has already taken a disapproving tone of the debate, with host Sean Hannity telling debate moderators and CNN anchors Jake Tapper and Dana Bash to “get their network in check,” referring to it as “Fake CNN.”

Prep for the polls: See who is running for president and compare where they stand on key issues in our Voter Guide

When is the presidential debate? Here's when the CNN hosted event is and how you can watch

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President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump will go head to head this week for the first presidential debate of the 2024 cycle.

The two frontrunners for the White House this year are two men who are well-known in the political and media arena alike. The two will participate in the 90 minute debate in Atlanta which will be a bit different from past presidential debates with the notable absence of a studio audience, according to host CNN.

The first in-person debate is still giving many 2020 deja vu. Here's when the debate will happen and where you can stream it.

When is the presidential debate? What time is the presidential debate?

The first presidential debate will take place Thursday, June 27 at 9 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. CT at CNN's studios in Georgia.

Where can I watch the first presidential debate between Biden and Trump?

If you have cable, you can watch the live debate on CNN, CNN International, CNN en Español and CNN Max

Where can I stream the presidential debate?

The debate will be  streaming on CNN.com . USA TODAY will also stream the debate via YouTube, which takes place on Thursday, June 27, at 9 p.m. ET. Find the link here .

Who are the moderators for the first presidential debate between Trump and Biden?

CNN’s Jake Tapper and Dana Bash will moderate the first presidential debate for 2024, according to CNN's pressroom.

What are the rules for the CNN presidential debate?

Along with not having a studio audience, both campaigns have agreed to have no interaction with campaign staff, no use of notes and not to interrupt each other during the debate, a ccording to a release from CNN .

Microphones will be muted except for that candidate's allotted time to speak. The moderators “will use all tools at their disposal to enforce timing and ensure a civilized discussion,” according to the network.

Who's running for president 2024?

Along with Biden and Trump, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is running as an Independent and Chase Oliver is running under the Libertarian Party.

Kennedy and Oliver will not be participating in the debate.

What are the qualifications to participate in a presidential debate?

To qualify for participation, CNN writes that presidential candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Fulfill the requirements outlined in Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution
  • File a Statement of Candidacy with the Federal Election Commission
  • A candidate's name must appear on a sufficient number of state ballots to reach the 270 electoral vote threshold to win the presidency prior to the eligibility deadline
  • Agree to accept the rules and format of the debate
  • Receive at least 15% in four separate national polls of registered or likely voters that meet CNN's standards for reporting.

Tennessee voting calendar

Here's some important dates to keep in mind as we head into the election season.

State and Federal Primary and State and County General Election

  • Voter registration deadline: Tuesday, July 2
  • Early voting for August general election: Friday, July 12 – Saturday, July 27
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Thursday, July 25
  • State and federal primary, state and county general election: Aug. 1

Important dates to remember for voting in the November general election

  • Voter registration deadline: Monday, Oct. 7
  • Early Voting: Wednesday, Oct. 16 – Thursday, Oct. 31
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Tuesday, Oct. 29

When do we vote for president?

The General Election is on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Have official candidates been announced for 2024 presidential race?

Trump and Biden are the presumptive Republican and Democratic nominees for president. The official nomination of these two as candidates for their respective parties is expected to come during each party's convention this summer.

Democrats will make an official presidential nomination either at a virtual roll call ahead of the  Democratic National Convention  or at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in August. Republicans will make an official presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in July.

Samantha Neely contributed to this report.

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Downtown atlanta things to do, downtown atlanta is filled with fun things to do.

Downtown Atlanta is filled with amazing experiences for families, friends and fans. Start with this list of can’t-miss things to do in   Downtown Atlanta  including major attractions, delicious dining, arts and culture, and, of course, sporting events. Many of these attractions are located within walking distance of Centennial Olympic Park, where you’ll also find the Atlanta Visitor Information Center and its colorful new mural as well as three  Tiny Doors .

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Alliance Theatre

Catch A Broadway Play Before It Hits Broadway

A Regional Theatre Tony Award Winner and leading producing theater in the Southeast, this is where hearts and minds expand on and off stage. Deeply community-rooted, Alliance Theatre offers productions for all ages.

Atlanta Beltline

The BeltLine is Devine

This 22-mile trail loops the city, connecting neighborhoods and showcasing why Atlanta is “The City in the Forest.” With everchanging artwork, unique shops, lively bars and restaurants, the BeltLine is the best way to explore the city on foot, on wheels or with your furry friends.

Atlanta Botanical Garden

A Day Of Re-Leaf

Enjoy 30 acres of stunning gardens and spectacular exhibits at this year-round family attraction. Learn more about the 25-foot tall Earth Goddess sculpture with flowing locks and a waterfall cascading from her hand. Every season, the ever-growing garden offers events on the lawn for visitors to experience.

Atlanta History Center

Your Very Own Time Machine

You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy one of the Southeast’s largest history museums. This 33-acre attraction in Buckhead features the re-imagined Cyclorama exhibit, memorabilia from the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games and the historic Swan House, which served as a backdrop for the Hunger Games movies.

Atlanta Rainbow Crosswalk

Walk the Rainbow

At the intersection of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue, the Rainbow Crosswalk symbolizes Atlanta’s acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community. These rainbow stripes were added to the neighborhood during an Atlanta Pride Festival, which makes its home in Midtown, where y’all means all.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Concerts and Crescendos

Pick your seat to hear the sounds of Atlanta’s Grammy Award-winning orchestra. Watch iconic movies while the Atlanta Symphony performs the score live. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra hits the right notes with the magic of the classics, concerts and engaging events.

Buckhead Village District

Savoring Luxury

An eclectic corner in one of Atlanta’s busiest communities, this district offers a charming and stylish haven to relax among cobblestone streets and outdoor communal spaces. Sip on coffee or champagne, eat an exquisite meal and shop for unique gifts along Buckhead’s Peachtree Corridor.

Center For Puppetry Arts

Who’s Pulling the Strings

The art form of puppetry takes a special place in Atlanta. Catch a performance or pay Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy a visit at the interactive museum. Learn about the influential legacy of Jim Henson, and reconnect with your childhood, making your puppetry dreams come true.

Chattahoochee Nature Center

Get Your Nature On

Zipline across a beaver pond, get up close and personal with hundreds of butterflies, take a hike or enjoy a concert by the river. There are infinite opportunities for fun with nature in the forest, on the river or in the wetlands. Paddle your way into wild memories here.

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Chattahoochee River

A Totally Tubular Time

This 48-mile river is one of Atlanta’s finest outdoor destinations just fewer than 10 miles from downtown Atlanta. With spectacular scenic river front views, the Chattahoochee River is also a place for cliff jumping, paddleboarding, rafting and fishing. Take a break from the water to enjoy a riverside picnic or hike along the trail.

Chick-Fil-A College Football Hall Of Fame

You’ll Get a Kick Out of This

With a 45-yard indoor football field, this is the place to kick it. Browse decades of memorabilia, learn about Hall of Fame football legends and interact with more than 50 state-of-the-art technology exhibits.

Children’s Museum Of Atlanta

Are You Kidding? This is Awesome!

Kids and families love all the playful possibilities in this world of discovery. Climb through the layers of the Earth, enter a magical forest, build giant sandcastles, deliver food from farm to table, then release your inner artist — all before story time.

David J. Sencer CDC Museum

Unravel the Sequence of Mystery Diseases

Wonder at the complexity of tools CDC scientists used to study, eradicate and solve mystery diseases. Interactive exhibits allow guests to get the story behind CDC’s pioneering work, historic efforts and neverending quest for public health.

Delta Flight Museum

We Love the Way They Fly

Housed in two original maintenance hangars from the 1940s, Delta Flight Museum traces Delta’s history and development of commercial aviation. Take part in a guided tour to see exhibits, experience simulator technology and behold massive planes like a 747 up close.

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Make Money Moves

The money machine exhibit consists of historical artifacts revealing the compelling. From barter to dollars and cents, this exhibit highlights the tumultuous past of banking in America. Interactive exhibitions include cash-processing operations and examples of rare coins and currency.

Fernbank Museum Of Natural History

A Dinomite World

Nothing says adventure more than dinosaurs, nature trails in a forest and a four-story movie screen. The immense science and nature museum has outdoor adventures and three stories of exhibitions. Daytime is a blast for the family, grownups socialize after hours.

Fox Theatre

Stars in Your Eyes

With stunning gold leaf details, Egyptian architecture and a gorgeous starry-sky, the Fox Theatre is a piece of art on its own. The ornately designed venue hosts top performances and events, including Broadway shows and movies. Whether you visit for a show or a tour, keep an eye out for the famed ghosts.

Georgia Aquarium

Sea It To Believe It

With more than 11 million gallons of water, 10s of thousands of animals and 500 species in more than 60 habitats, it’s the largest in the U.S. Whether you check out SHARKS! Predators of the Deep exhibit, take a peek at a puffin or grab a gift from the gallery, there’s so much to dive into.

High Museum Of Art

Where It’s Always Art O’Clock

The Southeast’s top art museum brings blockbuster art exhibitions to Atlanta by collaborating with world-renowned museums such as The Louvre and MOMA. Find artists from the American South and an exceptional collection of civil rights photography. The High has an annual line-up of fun special events to suit any audience.

Historic Cemeteries

Here Lies History

This is where Atlanta’s history lives. Get your ghoul on at ghost and goblin themed events at Oakland Cemetery or take in views that are to die for at the Westview Cemetery.

Historic Gems

Connect With Culture and Community

Get a glimpse of historic richness. 44th & 3rd Bookseller sits in the heart of Atlanta’s West End with books by authors from the African diaspora. The Hammonds House Museum features a 250-piece art collection focused on artists of African descent. The Wren’s Nest is the historic home of notable journalist Joel Chandler Harris with the tradition of oral storytelling at its core.

Illuminarium

Multi-Sensory Storytelling

Fall down the rabbit hole of immersive experiences at Illuminarium. The Waking Wonderland and Space exhibits engage the senses with 4k interactive projection, 360-degree audio, in-floor vibration and scent systems.

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum

Be Official in the Oval Office

Be the president for a day. Walk through a full-scale replica of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s White House Oval Office. Finish off your “term” by viewing the Nobel Peace Prize and walking in the gorgeous gardens.

Lenox Square And Phipps Plaza

Get a Degree in Retail Therapy

Luxury shopping lives at the intersection of Peachtree and Lenox Roads in Buckhead. Fashionistas and foodies find the 350+ iconic brands at Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza extraordinary. Lenox houses Nike and Apple flagships and Phipps features Nobu, a culinary market and green space for gathering.

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park

Live the Dream of a Civil Rights Icon

Honor the work and life of civil rights pioneer Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at this historic landmark. Leave feeling inspired after remembering notable moments while visiting King’s birth home, Ebenezer Baptist Church and The King Center, established by Coretta Scott King.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

This Place is Fan-Tastic

Home to Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United FC and high-energy concerts, there is always something to enjoy here. With the world’s largest 58-foot-tall HD video board and first-of-its kind retractable roof, fans get an exclusive all-senses experience.

Michael C. Carlos Museum

Mummies and Marvels

Spend the day a world away where true treasures rest. Get wrapped up in the marvelous mummy exhibit or check out ancient artifacts from Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Near East, Africa and Americas.

Millennium Gate

Arch You Glad You Stopped Here?

This classically styled 100-foot tall arch represents Atlanta’s historical name, “The Gate City.” The impressive work by artist Alexander Stoddart preserves Georgia history, art, culture and philanthropic heritage. Stop in The Millennium Gate Museum or take a stroll through the park.

Murals & Public Art

Picture Perfect

Vibrant, diverse street art and murals tell stories of Atlanta’s creative communities. Whether you’re moving through Midtown or cruising through Cabbagetown, you’re bound to see these incredible works of art by local and international artists all over the city.

Museum Of Design Atlanta

Imagine Art and Images of Inspiration

MODA is a creative force that is home to some of Atlanta’s most unconventional exhibits. You can see and celebrate the impact of design on everyday life with exhibitions on climate change, architecture, espresso, fashion and so much more.

National Center For Civil And Human Rights

Connect With Heroes Past and Present

Journey back to 1960 and feel the intensity of a lunch counter sit-in. Learn about and walk through pivotal moments in history. The center is an evolving attraction that connects the American civil rights movement to today’s global human rights movement.

Get on the Greenway

A step off the beaten path, this popular Buckhead trail is all the buzz as it connects to parks, walking trails, a bee habitat and neighborhoods. Ultimately leading to the BeltLine, PATH400 will have you feeling like a local.

Plaza Fiesta

Bienvenidos! No Passport Needed

Celebrate Latin culture on diverse Buford Highway. At Plaza Fiesta you can eat churros, get handcrafted imported art and buy a quinceanera dress. The vibrant plaza hosts free events year-round where everyone is welcome.

Plaza Theatre

Catch an Indie Film

With a unique, intact old-school charm, this is not your average movie theater. Open since 1939, Plaza Theatre is a neighborhood favorite and Atlanta’s oldest operating cinema. Catch independent, foreign, art house films, hard to find documentaries and quirky programming.

Porsche Experience Center Atlanta

Satisfy Your Need for Speed

Experience a $200K ride as you drive and drift away in a Porsche. This experience center allows you to test your driving skills then lose your stomach on the launch pad. Finish your ride by taking in the Heritage Gallery then grabbing a bite with a view of flights.

Skyview Atlanta

Sky-High Views You Can’t Resist

The view from this 20-story Ferris wheel is truly a must-see. Ride in style with a VIP experience that includes a glass floor, champagne and a perfect photo op. The climate-controlled gondolas provide a cool ride to catch the sunset or late-night views.

Starlight Drive-In

Drivin’ Back in Time

Lights, camera, action! This multiple-screen drive in theater provides a unique movie experience. Tucked away in a scenic location right outside of Atlanta, this theater has maintained its ode to greenery and classic art-deco style since opening in 1949.

State Farm Arena

A Shot You Won’t Want To Miss

Home to the Atlanta Hawks, State Farm Arena recently underwent the second-largest renovation in NBA history adding features including the largest sightlines from 360-degree concourses providing ample views. New venue entertainment options include Topgolf Swing Suites, Zac Brown’s Social Club and Killer Mike’s SWAG Shop for a modern fan experience.

Stone Mountain Park

This Rock Will Knock Your Socks Off

Spread across 3,200 beautiful acres, this 300-million-year old rock is Georgia’s most-visited attraction – and for good reason. Trek through the treetops on SkyHike, hike up the mountain for a scenic view or take a relaxing trip to the top with Summit Skyride year-round.

Sweet Auburn Avenue

A Walk Through History

The Sweet Auburn District is steeped in history, hip bars, street art and eateries. Iconic locations like the Auburn Avenue Research Library, Municipal Market and historic churches fill the area, along with must-visit stores such as For Keeps, a Black-owned bookstore.

The Roof At PCM

Your Atlanta experience will rise to new heights atop the iconic Ponce City Market. Vintage amusements, games, food and drinks with unparalleled views live here. Adjacent venues offer delicious bites and cocktails to enjoy with the view.

The Spectacular At Centennial Olympic Park

The Spectacular is Spectacular

The park’s Olympic rings, known as The Spectacular, pay homage to Atlanta’s Olympic legacy. The large sculpture sits at the east entrance of Centennial Olympic Park, just steps away from many of Atlanta’s attractions. While you’re there, splash around in the Fountain of Rings, enjoy a nice picnic or snap an Instagram-worthy photo.

A-Door-Able Artwork

Tiny works of art along Atlanta BeltLine inspire viewers to unlock their imaginations. Start a scavenger hunt at the visitor center in Centennial Olympic Park where you’ll find three of the 20+ seven-inch doors along with augmented reality murals made by local ATL artists.

Trap Music Museum

Do It for the Culture

You can’t come to Atlanta without finding out why it’s the Hip Hop Capital. This culture-centric museum is loaded with memorabilia, art and rooms where guests can experience hip hop culture at its finest. If the museum isn’t enough, embark on the interactive escape room experience.

Truist Park At The Battery Atlanta

Slide Into the Battery

This multipurpose development houses hotels, green space and the Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre – just steps from Atlanta Braves’ Truist Park. It offers restaurants, bars and shops, making it the perfect outing even on non-game days. Come for baseball, stay for unmatched entertainment.

Cliques and Flicks

Take a stroll down memory lane at Atlanta’s last video store. Just being there brings you back in time. The beloved film oasis puts streaming services to shame offering more than 40,000 titles and stocking anything from indie to obscure and cult international films.

Wax’N’Facts, Criminal Records, Moods Music

Notes of Nostalgia

In one of Atlanta’s hippest areas, Little Five Points, music is a mainstay. Move to your own beat as you dig through vintage vinyl at the record store. All within walking distance of each other, you’ll leave Wax n Facts, Criminal Records and Moods Music on a good note.

William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum

Where History and Culture Meet

The Breman offers understanding and appreciation of Jewish history culture and arts. It hosts a permanent Holocaust exhibition highlighting the resilience of local Georgia survivors plus comprehensive archives on Southern Jewish History, and much more.

World Of Coca-Cola

This Place Is Soda Kinda Awesome

Sip on the history of the world’s most famous soft drink, experience Taste It! tasting room with 100 flavors, learn about the anatomy of smell at Scent Discovery or watch the bottling process. The secret formula vault and photo op with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear are fan favorites.

Zoo Atlanta

Haven’t You Herd?

Home to more than 1,000 animals and 200 species from around the world, this is one of the 10 oldest zoos in operation in the U.S. Here you’ll find elephants, giraffes, zebras and the only giant panda twins in the U.S. It’s a yearround animal kingdom exploration that’s fun for all.

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