Planning the Perfect Weekend in Atlanta

Many travelers visit the South for its charming towns, down home cooking, and historical attractions. Atlanta might not be the first Southern destination that comes to mind, but this city offers plenty of adventure and excitement as well as its own distinct lifestyle. When you’re planning a trip to Atlanta, have a perfect weekend in the city with these five tips.

Choose a Hotel With Great Amenities and Rooftop Views

When you stay in Atlanta, choose a hotel with a view that makes you love the place that you call home during your trip. Hotels with rooftops, such as the Renaissance Atlanta Midtown, offer gorgeous views of downtown and a chic setting for cocktails and mingling. Before booking your hotel, check for amenities like a special happy hour to enjoy before you head out for the night. Other amenities that will enhance your hotel experience include outdoor pools, on-site spas, and lounges that offer live jazz in the evenings.

Explore the Downtown Area

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You can’t visit a city without experiencing its central core, and Atlanta is no exception. Walk or bike the Atlanta beltline, which extends for miles. See the many sights like the Fountain of Rings at Centennial Olympic Park. Nearby, sports fans can tour the College Football Hall of Fame or catch a game at the Georgia Dome. Other downtown attractions include the Georgia Aquarium, which is the largest aquarium in the world, and the World of Coca-Cola.

Experience the Live Music

Atlanta is home to over 100 jazz venues and other clubs with live music. Combine dinner with music or go solo and enjoy the music. If you truly love jazz, book tickets to the Atlanta Jazz Festival, a three-day event at the end of May. Other annual musical events in Atlanta include the Shaky Knees Music Festival, the Sweetwater 420 Fest, and Tunes from the Tombs.

Try the Food

Don't leave Atlanta without dining at some of the many renowned restaurants in the city. Try traditional Southern favorites like fried chicken and homemade macaroni and cheese, and wash it down with a glass of sweet iced tea. If you go out for brunch, sample the biscuits and gravy. Grab dinner at one of the restaurants in the Underground, sign up for a food tour, or create your own bar crawl to experience the many eats on offer in Atlanta.

Don’t Miss These Free Attractions

To complete your visit to Atlanta, visit the many free attractions in the city. As you experience the culture, you'll also be able to fill your days with activities and sightseeing. Visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and take a self-guided tour of the Carter Center. Go for a trek in Stone Mountain Park or bike the legendary Silver Comet Trail. View the graffiti at Krog Street Tunnel or play at one of 85 disc golf courses, which are all free.

Whether you visit Atlanta on a weekend or during the week, you’ll appreciate the liveliness of this Southern city.

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