📷 Gene Phillips, AtlantaPhotos.com

📷 Gene Phillips, AtlantaPhotos.com

Why You Should Plan A Vacation to Atlanta

Everyone is buzzing about Atlanta—the progressive culture, the rich history, the eclectic dining experience, music and its dynamic culture. The natural beauty. The energy. Georgia’s capital city is a hub of diversity and community, with no shortage of things to do and see. A visit to Atlanta will unveil the passion that drives it. If you’re looking to travel and are planning your next weekend getaway, staycation, or vacation, here’s why you should visit Atlanta.

See how Atlanta does everything on a different level.

Community & Vibrant Neighborhoods

Friendly, welcoming, diverse – In Atlanta, y’all means ALL. Atlanta is diverse and inclusive. Black-owned businesses are celebrated. We’re proud to be a top destination for LGBTQ travel.

📷 Melissa McAlpine

Whether you arrive in Atlanta by plane or on a road trip, Atlanta’s neighborhoods are the best way to experience the city, many of which are walkable and accessible with public transit. Experience funky Little Five Points, Midtown cool, historic Downtown and Buckhead sophistication. The Atlanta BeltLine connects many in-town neighborhoods along the Eastside and Westside trails to start. Here’s an Atlanta BeltLine itinerary to get you started.

City Parks & The Great Outdoors

There are green-space gems tucked into nearly every neighborhood in Atlanta.

Atlanta is known as the “City in the Forest” and anyone flying into Atlanta easily sees why. Get to know the city by exploring iconic parks like Piedmont Park in Midtown but also hidden gems like the many urban parks, creeks and trails that meander throughout the city. In the summertime, ‘shoot the hooch” and go tubing or canoeing on the Chattahoochee River. Hike one of the many local trails or take a day trip to the North Georgia Mountains, where you’ll find the Southernmost edge of the Appalachian Mountains. If bike riding is more your speed, head to the Atlanta BeltLine or Discover Atlanta with Bicycle Tours of Atlanta. See our guide for outdoor things to do in Atlanta year around.

Rich Progressive History

📷 Kent W. Johnson, @kentwjohnson

Atlanta was the center of the Civil Rights Movement. Civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis paved the way in Atlanta and it is here where you can visit the places where history was made then and today. Here’s our guide for visiting Sweet Auburn district, which includes the MLK National Historic Park and The King Center—a great place to get immersed in the movement. Here are more ways to explore Atlanta’s role in the Civil Rights Movement.

Atlanta is also home to two Nobel Peace Prize recipients, MLK Jr. and the 39th President, Jimmy Carter. Plan your visit to the Carter Presidential Library and Museum.

The Food & Dining Scene

A scroll on the ‘gram through the hashtag #Atlantaeats will have you salivating. Small neighborhood restaurants serving innovative, creative dishes with locally-sourced ingredients from nearby farms. Atlanta serves both a taste of home and the opportunity to travel through your tastebuds. Enjoy favorites like Atlanta BBQ and local breweries. Try vegan fast food. For a culturally diverse experience visit one of the hundreds of International dining options along the famed Buford Highway. Here’s to Atlanta’s culinary scene.

Music & Culture

A3C Conference and Festival, 📷 DV Photography

Atlanta influences everything in pop culture. It’s likely you’ve seen something recently that was filmed right here in the A. Atlanta not only birthed the likes of Tyler Perry and Julia Roberts but its home to up and comers like Civil Rights artist, Fahamu Pecou and Top Chef alumni, Kevin Gillespie. And there is no question that the music scene thrives here. Artists like Jermaine Dupri, Usher, Ciara, Outkast, CeeLo Green, T.I., Ludacris, Migos, Monica, Lil’ Baby and Childish Gambino all got their start here. Get a sampling of Atlanta hip-hop at the Trap Music Museum.

Cool Attractions

Kids love the interactive games at College Football Hall of Fame. 📷 365AtlantaTraveler

We’ve got that too. Top ranked museums, aquarium and zoo… some of which are truly only in Atlanta. In addition to Zoo Atlanta, Georgia Aquarium, and the High Museum of Art, there’s World of Coca-Cola, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame, and so much more. Stroll through the Historic Oakland Cemetery or visit Margaret Mitchell House, which is part of Atlanta History Center. Not to mention a thriving sports scene no matter where you’re from. Here is a run-down of top Atlanta must-see attractions and more importantly, how you can have a safe experience with your family now.

Georgia on Your Mind

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With so much to offer in the way of dining, attractions, neighborhoods and culture, Atlanta is the perfect place to plan your vacation. Want to expand a bit further? Hit the road and explore Georgia. Just two hours away are the North Georgia mountains and a four hour drive will bring you to the Georgia Coast, with cities like Savannah, full of Southern charm.

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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