Atlanta, Georgia seems to have as many nicknames as it does things to do, see, and taste… The A is the perfect example of the history, charm, and sophistication of the south. Every year millions use the Big Peach simply as a major stop on the way to U.S. and international destinations, but the locals know that in order to truly appreciate the Empire City Of The South, you have to stay awhile. Limitless activities and sights include Centennial Olympic Park, the Georgia Dome, and the Georgia Aquarium, all offering world-class experiences. But a Staycation in Atlanta will have you uncovering more than the major attractions…it may be the macaroni hot dog in the Atlanta Food Truck Park that has you remembering why staying home in Hotlanta was a trip you had to take.
Things to Do in Atlanta
Built for the 1996 Olympic Games, Centennial Park is a great spot for Atlanta natives to hang out and enjoy live music in the heart of downtown. Don’t miss the Fountain of Rings show, which happens four times daily. The fountains can spray up to 30 feet high!
If you’ve never been to the World of Coca-Cola or avoid it due to the tourist factor, you should definitely make the trip during your staycation. The museum is the original World of Coca-Cola, and Coca-Cola was created in Atlanta, which makes this location even more interesting! Take the kids to explore the Vault of the Secret Formula and have their photo taken with the beloved Coca-Cola Polar Bear.
The largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere, the Georgia Aquarium houses tens of thousands of animals and 10 million gallons of fresh and marine water. With various events and activities, you’ll need to block off a whole afternoon for this – the kids will be in awe.
For the media junkie, the CNN Center will be heaven on earth. It houses many of the main newsrooms and studios for several of CNN’s news channels. During your tour, you’ll get an up-close and personal look into global news in the making.
See where a leader was created. Get a glimpse of our nation’s history at the Martin Luther King Jr. National History Site. Visit the home where he grew up, hear his sermons at Ebenezer Baptist Church and pay respects to Dr. and Mrs. King at their tomb.
Where to Eat in Atlanta
Serving as a staple in Atlanta since 1928, The Varsity is a must-try. The original Varsity is located in Downtown Atlanta and has grown from a 70’ by 120’ lot to the largest drive-in fast-food restaurant in the world.
Start your night at the new signature sports bar with an extensive list of beer and wine on tap. Enjoy the view of Centennial Olympic Park with a lively atmosphere that’s sure to spice up your evening.
Having been in business for about 25 years, this fine-dining leader still lives among the top in Atlanta. Thanks to its unparalleled hospitality and five-course selections, Bacchanalia remains a go-to luxury dining experience.
Atlanta Food Truck Park is the first permanent food truck site in Atlanta. It offers a variety of food trucks for lunch and dinner as well as a weekend farmers market, live music and an artist farm. There can be up to 15 food trucks onsite at any given time with options ranging from Mexican soul food to sweet auburn barbecue.
Where to Shop in Atlanta
An uptown district occupying northern Atlanta, Buckhead Atlanta is the ultimate luxury shopping destination. With designers such as Christian Louboutin, Alice and Olivia and Jimmy Choo and enviable boutiques like Intermix and Scoop NYC, you are sure to find you’re next must-have item at this lavish outdoor shopping district.
Originally a small group of antique shops, Shops of Miami Circle now encompasses an array of shops to satisfy your interior design and retail needs. You can find amazing home décor no matter what your style is – modern, traditional, antique or contemporary – Miami Circle has it all.
Shops Around Lenox is a charming outdoor shopping center that has all of your go-to places. Take a stroll through the shops, clear your mind at CorePower Yoga and fuel up with a fresh pressed juice from Roots Juices. Don’t forget to admire the fascinating art scattered along the way.
Where to Stay in Atlanta
With a prime location near all of the attractions in downtown Atlanta, Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center provides a seat right in the center of the action. The hotel provides guests with the perfect combination of style and comfort and spectacular views of the city.