Itinerary for First-Time Visitors to Downtown Atlanta

So, you’re planning to visit Atlanta and you want to be at the heart of it all. Downtown Atlanta offers so much to do, see, eat and experience. 

Where to Stay in Downtown Atlanta 

Signia by Hilton Atlanta is the city’s largest ground-up development in four decades and promises to be an Atlanta landmark for years to come. It is conveniently located at Authority’s Championship Campus — also home to Georgia World Congress Center, Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Centennial Olympic Park.

Enjoy unique views of Atlanta from your room at Signia by Hilton. (Photo courtesy of Paul Beezley and Atlanta Event Photography)

In addition to comfort and great views, Signia features several dining options including the hotel’s signature restaurant, Capolinea, which offers Italian fine dining. Indulge at the Friendship Market with perfectly baked pastries and house-made gelato and sorbet. Watch the game from Nest on Four, the hotel’s modern sports bar. Enjoy a Southern breakfast at Homespun. Lobby Bar is the perfect spot for socializing at the end of the day, with cocktails and seasonal shareable plates or unwind poolside with a cocktail from Highball.

Spa Signia and the beauty bar offer an oasis of pampering and special treatments to have you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Treatments include massage, cupping therapy, cryo facial and more. Perhaps the most unique offering is the Wellness Rooms, featuring amenities centered around sleep, movement, nourishment, spa and mindfulness. If you’re looking to plan a retreat specifically for this purpose, check out our ultimate Atlanta wellness itinerary for more ideas.

Visit our hotel guide to find more places to stay in Atlanta.

Atlanta Attractions and Other Things to do Downtown

What brings you to Atlanta? A conference for work or a trade show at Georgia World Congress Center? Maybe you’re here to see your favorite artist at State Farm Arena or to watch a game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. While you’re here, be sure to schedule some time to explore and check out more of these downtown Atlanta attractions

Get a glimpse under the sea at Georgia Aquarium. (Photo courtesy of Georgia Aquarium)

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Where to Dine and Drink Downtown

You won’t want to skip breakfast with the delicious pastry options at Friendship Market. (Photo courtesy of Atlanta Event Photography)

There are more than 300 restaurants in downtown Atlanta to choose from, at every price point, from fast-casual dining to fine dining. Try something tasty and let the ‘gram eat first at one of these Instagram-worthy restaurants in downtown Atlanta. Take the guess work out of deciding where to dine with this delicious itinerary:

Or, hop on a short Uber ride to explore nearby neighborhoods with local favorites such as: Little Bear in Summerhill (Michelin-recommended and Best Young Chef award by Michelin, with an affordable and unforgettable tasting menu). Delbar is located off the Atlanta BeltLine in the Old Fourth Ward and offers MICHELIN-recommended Middle Eastern cuisine. Palo Santo on the Westside offers elevated Mexican food with an energetic rooftop for drinks after dinner and a great view of the city. Krog Street Market in Inman Park offers a variety of options in a casual setting to please everyone in your party. 

Getting Around Downtown

There are several transportation options for getting around Atlanta. You can ride share, splurge on a car service from the airport or travel via MARTA, the city’s public transit system, which carries passengers to Downtown, Buckhead and beyond.

Joleen Pete lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their son. On the weekends they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the family travel and lifestyle blogger behind Love, Joleen.

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