3-Day Atlanta Itinerary

Plan the Perfect Long Weekend Getaway

From outdoor adventures and thrilling attractions to luxury shopping and delectable cuisines, here are just some of the ways you can spend an incredible three days in Atlanta. Whether you’re planning a staycation or just visiting from out of town, you’re sure to enjoy this long weekend getaway in Atlanta, packed full of fun, dining, culture, shopping and just hanging out.

To see and do as much as possible during your 3-day Atlanta getaway, you’ll start in Downtown for day one, spend day two in Midtown, and day three will be spent in Buckhead.

DAY ONE: DOWNTOWN AND AROUND

Atlanta Downtown Centennial Olympic Park
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Atlanta Breakfast Club

Start the day at one of the city’s best breakfast spots, the aptly named Atlanta Breakfast ClubChoose from delicious dishes such as salmon croquette, breakfast tacos, crispy fried chicken and waffles, or the Southern breakfast with eggs and grits. Another must-try dish is their biscuits with chicken sausage gravy.

Address249 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Georgia Aquarium

Just a three minute walk and you’re at Georgia Aquarium, where you can see more than 100,000 animals of 500 different species in more than 8 million gallons of marine and freshwater. The aquarium is also home to the world’s largest fish — whale sharks. From dolphin and sea lion shows to unique animal encounters and behind-the-scenes tours, you’ll find something for everyone! Make sure to check out the aquarium’s newest gallery experience, Sharks! Predators of the Deep®, one of the largest sharks exhibits in North America and a must-see for visitors of all ages.

Address: 225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Atlanta World of Coca-Cola Gallery
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World of Coca-Cola

The next stop is World of Coca-Cola, where the famous soft drink’s story is told through fascinating exhibits, classic ads and an imaginative replica of the bottling process. Featuring a multi-sensory 4-D theater where viewers can join the “Search for the Secret Formula” and an opportunity to taste more than 100 beverages from all around the world, the World of Coca-Cola entices visitors of all ages.

When exploring, be sure to step inside the Vault of the Secret Formula. This immersive experience showcases the legend and lore surrounding one of the world’s most-beloved beverages. Highlights include the Virtual Tastemaker, a full-body interactive game and mobile storytelling option created with QR codes.

Address: 121 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Lunch Options

For casual cuisine, head to nearby Ted’s Montana Grill, created by Atlanta mogul Ted Turner, for bison burgers. Lunch on classic American fare like a rock star at Hard Rock Cafe while surrounded by authentic rock memorabilia.

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Experience the American civil rights movement firsthand at the new interactive National Center for Civil and Human Rights. The center’s theatrical and high-tech exhibits use motion, sights and sounds to immerse visitors in the American civil rights movement and current human rights issues.

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

Atlanta United Soccer Game Crowd at Mercedes-Benz Stadium
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Catch a Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

If you’re a sports lover, you probably already know that Atlanta offers several options. There’s Georgia Tech and Georgia State University sports right downtown as well as the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United. Walk over to the spectacular Mercedes-Benz Stadium to enjoy fierce gridiron battles during an Atlanta Falcons game or to cheer on Atlanta United during a passionate soccer match.

Address125 Ted Turner Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Dinner Options

You can enjoy some great food in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, but there are so many other options nearby. After the game, walk to the historic Castleberry Hill neighborhood and enjoy the colorful murals, knowing that countless television shows have been filmed here.

Tempt your tastebuds at some of the city’s best restaurants. In addition to its mouthwatering Mexican cuisine, No Mas! Cantina boasts an expansive patio and surrounding gardens perfect for outdoor dining and special occasions.  Enjoy a scrumptious Southern dinner at Paschal’s Restaurant. Try their famous 1947 fried chicken with a side of macaroni and cheese and collard greens, and then finish it off with Georgia peach cobbler.Explore even more great bars and restaurants near Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

DAY TWO: GET CULTURED IN MIDTOWN

Atlanta Midtown Peachtree Sunrise
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High Museum of Art

Visit the Midtown Arts District and gaze at more than 12,000 works in the High Museum of Art, a division of the Woodruff Arts Center. The permanent collection includes pieces from 19th- and 20th-century American and decorative, modern, contemporary, African and folk art, plus photography. Also at Woodruff Arts Center, you’ll find the Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre.

Address1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Museum of Design Atlanta
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Museum of Design Atlanta

Just across the street, Museum of Design Atlanta presents unique, urban exhibitions that examine the effects of design on day-to-day life. This boutique gallery is a work of art itself with its naturally lit exhibition space.

Address1315 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Lunch at The Varsity

For an authentic Atlanta treat, try a chili dog and Frosted Orange milkshake at The Varsity, the world’s largest drive-in restaurant. The restaurant has become one of Atlanta’s biggest tourist attractions, as well as serving several presidents like Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama, and movie stars such as Clark Gable. No trip to Atlanta is complete without a stop at The Varsity!

Address61 North Avenue NW, Atlanta, GA 30308

Atlanta Midtown Lake Clara Meer Skyline Piedmont Park
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Piedmont Park

Grab your chili dog to-go and sprawl out a blanket for a picnic lunch at Piedmont Park. The park encompasses more than 180 acres of lush lawns, Lake Clara Meer, a public swimming pool, scenic walking and jogging paths, playgrounds, athletic courts and an off-leash dog park. It’s also home to many seasonal events such as Atlanta Dogwood FestivalAtlanta Jazz FestivalAtlanta Pride and Music Midtown. Piedmont Park is also connected to the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail, a three-mile path that runs south through the city to Kirkwood Avenue.

Address1320 Monroe Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Atlanta Botanical Garden
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Atlanta Botanical Garden

Adjacent to the park is Atlanta Botanical Garden, an urban oasis of seasonal blooms and mesmerizing water features. Wander through the treetops on the Canopy Walk, a 40-foot-high suspension walkway offering a birds-eye view.

Address: 1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Dinner Options

One of the city’s favorite neighborhood hangouts, 5Church, is a two-tier restaurant with an expansive outdoor patio that serves an eclectic, global fusion menu of the city’s favorite foods. Just two streets over, South City Kitchen is the go-to for sophisticated Southern dishes. For fresh food concepts and historic architecture, head to West Midtown. This newly revitalized district offers decadent dining and tons of walkable shopping. At The Consulate, sample an array of global flavors in an artistic setting, with a bit of a James Bond feel.

Atlanta Fox Theatre Exterior
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Fox Theatre

The Fox Theatre is one of the best live entertainment venues in Atlanta. Enjoy a full menu of live performances ranging from dance to Top 40 concerts to Broadway productions by Broadway in Atlanta. 

Address: 660 Peachtree Street NE

DAY THREE: SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP IN BUCKHEAD

Atlanta Buckhead Skyline Park Ave
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Highland Bakery

Day three starts off at the Highland Bakery for sweet potato pancakes, with made-from-scratch cinnamon rolls, SOYsage and a steaming hot cappuccino. Braced with nutritional energy, it’s time to walk a few blocks and do a little shopping. 

Address3353 Peachtree Rd NE #130, Atlanta, GA 30326

Buckhead Shops Southern Gentleman
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Lenox Square & Phipps Plaza

From luxury stores to unique boutiques, Buckhead has everything for the chic, savvy and fabulous. At Lenox Square, visit more than 200 stylish stores on four levels, including Henri Bendel, Bulgari and Louis Vuitton. Across the street at Phipps Plaza, get the season’s hottest trends from another 100 plus stores such as Tom Ford, Versace, Kate Spade and more.

Lenox Square Address:3393 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326

Phipps Plaza Address: 3500 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326

Buckhead Village District

Make your way a little further down Peachtree Street to stroll through the Buckhead Village District. With ultra-luxe retail options such as Christian Louboutin, Hermès and Helmut Lang, along with delicious dishes for every palette, you can shop, drop and shop some more.

If all that shopping has made you a bit hungry, it’s time to grab a snack. A red velvet cupcake from Georgetown Cupcake is the perfect treat for a boost of energy as you walk a few blocks to your next stop.

Address3035 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305

Atlanta History Center Swan House Exterior

Atlanta History Center

Set on beautiful grounds, the Atlanta History Center showcases the city’s history including special exhibits on the Civil War, traditions and the Bobby Jones Story. New to the center is “Cyclorama: The Big Picture,” featuring the fully restored cyclorama painting The Battle of Atlanta, a 132-year-old hand-painted work of art.

Of course, no trip to the Atlanta History Center is complete without going to the Swan Coach House restaurant and experiencing Southern charm at its finest. A must-order is the Swan’s Favorite, the restaurant’s signature chicken salad served with a creamy frozen fruit salad.

Address130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia

Visit one of the Buckhead design and cultural areas that include Miami Circle, Peachtree Decorative Arts Plaza, Galleries of Peachtree Hills and Bennett Street, where the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia permanently houses more than 600 works by local artists in contemporary mediums.

Address75 Bennett St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

Dinner Options

Charm your guests at South City Kitchen Buckhead with elevated Southern food, and when the weather is nice the patio is a great option, with plenty of room for all your guests. Enjoy a top story view of the Buckhead Atlanta shopping district at The Southern Gentleman, where the menu and the atmosphere boast a modern take on Southern flavors. Southern Art and Bourbon Bar, located in Buckhead’s InterContinental Hotel, features dishes that were inspired by family recipes and loaded with southern classics.

Johnny’s Hideaway

After dinner, it’s time to party and what better way than to cut a rug at another Atlanta institution, Johnny’s Hideway. Johnny’s Hideway features some of the city’s best DJs spinning hits from the ’50s, and it doesn’t matter if your favorite dance is the shag, disco or the electric slide… Johnny’s will play it. Or amp up your night with salsa, merengue, house or EDM at Havana Club and Tongue & Groove.

Address3771 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30342

We hope you have an incredible three days in Atlanta! It’s impossible to see and do everything in one trip, so a repeat visit will be a must!

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