Experience Authentic Atlanta and Explore the Local Scene
Atlanta is an urban oasis that exudes Southern hospitality. The city serves as a multi-cultural haven for residents and visitors alike with a landscape made up of nearly 45 intown neighborhoods. Each locale brings a unique flavor to the community and adds personality to the city. With more than 300 parks, Atlanta is known as the city in the forest and has the largest tree canopy of any metropolis in the country. Visitors can easily transition from neighborhoods and greenspaces all while experiencing Atlanta’s diverse culture.
- Centennial Park District
- Castleberry Hill
- Sweet Auburn
Downtown is comprised of several districts within the neighborhood.
Centennial Park District is home to Atlanta’s walkable convention and entertainment area, offering an array of hotels and dining options. Centennial Olympic Park is a 22-acre greenspace that serves as a lasting legacy to the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. The park is surrounded by world-class attractions, making it the perfect starting point for visitors.
Castleberry Hill, one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The city’s first horse-drawn trolley line served Castleberry Hill and its converted warehouses are now full of galleries, eateries and public art.
Much of Atlanta’s civil rights history is discovered in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood that served as birthplace to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and pays homage to his life and legacy. This historic district showcases Atlanta’s culinary story at The Municipal Market and some of Atlanta’s Black-owned businesses throughout the community.
- West End
- West Midtown
Atlanta’s Westside highlights history and heritage, while incorporating designer districts and dining in refurbished industrial spaces.
The community of West End features some of Atlanta’s storied Black history through Hammonds House Museum, The Wren’s Nest and nearby Atlanta University Center (AUC). AUC is the largest concentration of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the country. The Atlanta BeltLine system is a transformative trail redevelopment project taking place across the city. The first completed segment was West End Trail, connecting West End, Mozley Park and Westview.
Atlanta’s West Midtown was once largely industrial and is now experiencing a development boom. From shopping and dining districts to multiple art centers, West Midtown showcases the city’s history as a rail hub with modern innovations. Westside Park is Atlanta’s newest greenspace and also the largest. Meandering trails for pedestrians and cyclists lead up to the overlook providing panoramic views of the Atlanta skyline.
Beneath a canopy of trees, Midtown is known as Atlanta’s “heart of the arts” district and sits along the famed Peachtree Street. This neighborhood boasts the largest concentration of cultural and arts venues in the Southeast.
Midtown’s largest greenspace, Piedmont Park, provides nearly 200 acres as an urban oasis in the city with hiking and biking trails throughout. Piedmont Park plays host to some of Atlanta’s largest music festivals and events.
As the LGBTQ capital of the South, Atlanta is a diverse and progressive city with an iconic rainbow crosswalk located in Midtown at the intersection of 10th and Piedmont.
- Grant Park
- Inman Park
- Little Five Points
- Old Fourth Ward
Atlanta’s Eastside blends together some of Atlanta’s most hip, eclectic and historic intown neighborhoods, many connected by Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail.
Greenspaces that date back to the 1890s are located in Grant Park, with Victorian-style homes lining the streets across from the 130-acre namesake park. Historic Oakland Cemetery is where some of Atlanta’s most famous residents are laid to rest and provides views of the Downtown skyline in one of the city’s oldest parks.
Inman Park is Atlanta’s first planned suburb and contains classic residential architecture along former streetcar routes. Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail has brought many developments to the neighborhood with new greenspaces, food halls and markets.
Little Five Points is a hip neighborhood for live music, vintage clothing and diverse eateries. Named after the intersection where five streets and multiple trolley lines met, this neighborhood was an alternative to Downtown’s Five Points district and is a bohemian epicenter.
Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood has risen from the ashes not once, but twice and remains a historic district of Atlanta. Vibrant nightlife is found on Edgewood Avenue and is a block away from Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park, the civil rights leader’s final resting place.
Virginia-Highland is another original streetcar suburb with shops, restaurants and watering holes along the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare. Atlanta staples in the culinary scene are located here along with the city’s oldest bar.
North of Midtown is Buckhead, Atlanta’s stylish and elegant neighborhood with architecture and dining experiences found only here. Buckhead has some of the best shopping locales in the Southeast. The culinary scene provides visitors some of Atlanta’s renowned chef-driven concepts with multiple hotel bars and rooftop lounges.
The greenspaces in Buckhead include PATH400 for biking, jogging and walking, while more than 260 acres at Chastain Park provides additional outdoor activities and hosts traveling musical acts.
Atlanta History Center showcases the destination’s stories through gardens, installations and exhibits, including treasures from the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games and Civil War.
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