September 27, 2019

City Spotlight: Atlanta

Why visit Atlanta, Georgia?

  • Home to the largest aquarium in the U.S.
  • Rich civil rights history
  • First-rate botanical garden
  • Many shopping and entertainment options
  • Great variety of dining and nightlife

Frontdesk welcomes you to Atlanta, GA! Atlanta is located in central/northwest Georgia and is the capital and most populous city in the state. Atlanta is most well known for being the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., the birthplace of Coca-Cola, and for having the “busiest airport in the world.” While Atlanta does have a rich history to explore, there are also many modern enjoyments from shopping to visiting the aquarium and botanical garden – not to mention, fantastic restaurants.

Atlanta Vacations

Atlanta makes a great choice for a vacation spot. Whether you’re taking a solo trip or traveling with friends or family, the city offers a wide variety of activities and attractions to enjoy, ranging from touristy to educational to just plain fun.

Atlanta Business Trips

Atlanta is a popular business destination and it’s no wonder – it has a large airport, is easy to get around with public transportation, and is more affordable than some other big cities. In fact, Atlanta was ranked #7 in the nation for top business meeting destinations. Just be sure to break away check out some of the top-notch entertainment and dining options while you’re in town!

What is there to do in Atlanta?

Atlanta is a bustling city and it’s hard to narrow down all of the options to just a few top picks. Whether you want to visit the top cultural attractions to learn and appreciate, or you’d rather spend your time focused on shopping, entertainment, and dining, the city will have something for you. Here are a few of the hotspots we recommend checking out while in Atlanta, GA.

Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta Georgia

Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium is the U.S’s largest aquarium (and was the largest in the world up until 2012), with tens of thousands of animals separated into seven galleries. Animals you will see include whale sharks, bottlenose dolphins, beluga whales, otters, penguins, and of course many species of fish.

Ponce City Market in Atlanta Georgia

Ponce City Market

Ponce City Market is a shopping, dining, and entertainment epicenter in a historic building. You can shop stores like Anthropologie, West Elm, Williams Sonoma, J. Crew, Madewell, and many more. The “food hall” is far from a basic cafeteria, with some of the city’s most well-known chefs serving up their dishes there. PCM even has a carnival-style amusement park on the rooftop.

Atlanta Botanical Garden in Atlanta Georgia

Atlanta Botanical Garden

The Atlanta Botanical Garden, located in Midtown by Piedmont Park, features over 30 acres of indoor and outdoor flowers and plants. The Garden also has special events and exhibits, including giant topiary-like plant sculptures in themes like Alice in Wonderland.

National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta Georgia

Civil Rights History

Atlanta has a rich history with the Civil Rights Movement. The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, a 42,000 square-foot museum dedicated to educating visitors on the bridge between the American Civil Rights Movement and the contemporary struggle for Human Rights around the world. You’ll also want to check out the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park, which includes several buildings such as a visitor center, the birth home of Martin Luther King Jr., and the King Center, as well as a rose garden, monument, and more.

Atlanta Neighborhoods

Downtown
Downtown Atlanta is a busy business district with lots to do. Downtown is home to the Georgia Aquarium, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Centennial Olympic Park, and lots of great restaurants.

Midtown
Midtown is the city’s cultural epicenter and is located just north of downtown. The neighborhood is adjacent to Piedmont Park and has many art and cultural offerings including the Woodruff Arts Center, Fox Theatre, and the High Museum of Arts.

Little Five Points
Little Five Points is a small, trendy neighborhood east of downtown. It is home to great restaurants like The Vortex and The Porter Beer Bar, plus a range of indie stores and vintage boutiques.

Virginia Highland
Virginia Highland (or VaHi) is close to the busy city while still maintaining small-community charm. The historic neighborhood is mostly residential with over 100-year-old homes from charming bungalows to beautiful Victorians. Virginia Highland is also adjacent to numerous attractions including the Ponce City Market and Piedmont Park. The neighborhood is also home to several popular restaurants.

Restaurants & Bars

Start off your day in Atlanta with brunch at the aptly named Atlanta Breakfast Club. Here you’ll enjoy soul food like shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, or bacon breakfast tacos. Later in the day, if you’re craving a burger or bar food, head to The Vortex, which has locations both in Midtown and Little Five Points. They serve up a variety of classic burgers as well as more unique ones like the “Fat Elvis” with peanut butter, bacon, and fried plantains. If you had something fancier in mind, Staplehouse is a reservations-only restaurant with an ever-changing 10-course tasting menu. All profits go to The Giving Kitchen, which helps restaurant workers in need. The renowned restaurant is notoriously hard to get into, so book your reservations far in advance!

In terms of drinks, we recommend checking out The Porter Beer Bar in Little Five Points for a very extensive beer list plus whiskey and cocktails.

Vortex in Atlanta Georgia

Frequently Asked Questions About Atlanta

The city was initially founded as a settlement called Terminus in 1837, then renamed Marthasville, and it was eventually incorporated in 1847 as Atlanta.

Atlanta is the feminine version of Atlantic, as in the Atlantic Railroad that ran through the city. However, some people speculate that it was named after the then-governor’s daughter, Martha Atalanta.

One of the best ways to get around the city is via Marta, the light rail. There is even a Marta app with maps.

Summers are hot and humid with temperatures reaching 80-90° or higher. Winters are generally dry and in the 30-50° range, although the occasional snow flurry can happen.

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