Making the Best of Your Trip - Atlanta Edition

Atlanta - home to great artists and musicians alike, history and quite a few gems hidden. I travel frequently to Atlanta and have for years. It is one of my favorite cities to visit for a day or weekend and throughout this blog I’ll tell you why and HOW to make the best of it yourself!


TO DO

There are the obvious things to do that a google search will give you but if you want to be boring then do the google search because I will only be talking about the GOOD stuff - some known and some never heard of.


The Known (& actually worth visiting)


SkyView Atlanta

Just that - a sky view at the top of a ferris wheel that gives you all those gorgeous views of the big city. Pro Tip - go at night.


Atlanta Botanical Garden

If you are about flowers and Japanese tea ceremonies, this one actually rocks.


Legoland Discovery Center

If you have a kid or even if you want to be a kid for a day - GO HERE.


Take a Hike

Arabia Mountain

Nestles outside of ATL, this mountain has gorgeous red flowers that pop up in the winter ON the rock. It is amazing.

Sawnee Mountain - Indian Seats Trail

The end game of this trail is a spectacular view.

Victory Creek Trail

If you like waterfalls, there is one here that is definitely worth the day trip.

I could go on and on about trails in and around the Altanta area but these are at the top of my list and are a bit less known than the more obvious - Stone Mountain.


ART

Obviously, there is the High Museum of Art and yes, it is glorious BUT here are some other cool things that aren’t as talked about and will totally tickle your art fancy.

Cabbagetown Street Art Murals

Huge murals that occupy most of the street will captivate you.

Tiny Doors ATL

These tiny cuties pop up all over the downtown Atlanta scene and would be a fun scavenger hunt!

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

This art center is super cool because it features coming up and newer artists instead of famous artists you may know!


Comedy

I will say this once - HIT UP A COMEDY CLUB - thank me later. Two of my favorites are Punchline Comedy Club and Laughing Skull Lounge.


Shop Til You Drop

This is a popular one but DO NOT leave Atlanta without hitting up Ponce City Market. Aside from that, IKEA and allllll the thrift stores are where you should go and trust me - ATL has the best thrift stores: Dixon Rye, Highland Row Antiques, Atlanta Used Furniture & Foxglove Antiques.



TO EAT

Finding a cool place to eat is actually quite easy in Atlanta. The city is known to have a good mix of culture and cuisine. I’ll share a few of my personal favorites!


From the first photo to the last:


Bartaco

The yummiest tacos in the world and the coziest vibes.


O-ku

Feeling fancy? Think sushi.


Social Fox Brewery

Where all the cool kids go to drink brewskis.


Wood’s Chapel BBQ

this one is my hubs personal fave but I'm all about the aesthetic.


Hawker’s Asian Street Food

Authentic Asian foods in a places that feels like you've gone across the world.


SoBa

If you're in the mood for Pho, SoBa has some of the best I've ever had.


Savage Pizza

Savage is the grungy pizza place we all need in our life.




TO STAY

How about my first tip be to STAY away from hotels. Not only are they grossly expensive but they lack a certain cool factor that other options may provide. If you are like me, when traveling you want to feel like a local. Home away from home, You can achieve that feeling in a trendy AirBnb or even some cool Furnished Apartments Atlanta has to offer. Specifically, I know of some very high luxury apartments that you can rent here: extended stay apartments in Atlanta


Atlanta is more than just sky high buildings and traffic. It is one of the only big cities you can go to and still get that “small town” vibe! I hope this blog helps you make the most out of your trip and feel like you’ve lived there all your life!


Ashton Forzley

Your avid reading, writing, thrill-seeking local enthusiast. When I'm not at home being a mother or styling, catch me on the trails or in a tavern. I'm the force behind a Forz of Nature.

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