48 Hours in Atlanta, GA

48 Hours in Atlanta, GA

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Atlanta, also known as Hotlanta, is the sprawling capital city in the state of Georgia.  You have two days in the ATL. That’s plenty of time to experience the history of the Old South, some great neighborhoods, eats and drinks and some of the most popular tourist attractions.
Here is my ideal way to spend 48 hours in the unofficial capital of the South:
Day 1
 
8:00 am Head over to the Grant Park neighborhood for some fuel or Octane Coffee. Hang out with a latte amongst the locals, selecting one of their many quiches, croissants and other sweet goodies to go alongside.  If you’re still in the area double back later in the day for a beer or cocktail at Happy Hour.

9:00 am Grab another cup of coffee to go at Octane and head right across the street to Oakland Cemetery. Beautiful gardens and sculptures will dot the landscape, with Downtown skyline views and so much southern history. You won’t want to put the camera down. It’s the final resting place for many historic Atlanta and southern residents.
12:00 pm Head back across the street to the Six Feet Under rooftop, for some skyline views and a relaxing seafood lunch with a side of hush puppies.  
 
1:00 pm Make the one mile jaunt over to Grant Park (I wonder where the neighborhood got its name from haha), the oldest park in the city.  Walk the park and checkout the Victorian homes around it and Zoo Atlanta that is within.
5:00 pm It’s Happy Hour and dinner time so head on over to the nearby Little Five Points neighborhood and The Porter Beer Bar. If you’re looking for a beer in the ATL, this is the place. Select from their enormous selection, making sure to grab some salt and vinegar popcorn. Grab a burger, also checking out their ever changing daily specials.
7:00 pm Explore the rest of the Little Five Points neighborhood which is known for its alternative culture, similar to the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in San Francisco. Also, make the short trek over to Virginia Highland, a neighborhood known for its nightlife.  Grab some drinks and hand out at Hand In Hand and the Dark Horse Tavern.
11:00 pm End the day nearby with a pizza pie and beer at Fellini’s Pizza in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood. With enormous toppings, your choice of New York or Sicilian style pizza, late night hours and outside seating, it’s the perfect place to spend some time at before getting some rest.

Day 2
 
8:00 am Yesterday was spent in some of Atlanta’s most popular neighborhoods outside of the Peachtree St. (Main Street of the ATL) corridor. Start your day right on Peachtree at The Corner Bakery in Buckhead. This establishment is all over the South and the US, but stopping here gives you the chance to sit outside amongst the skyscrapers and hustle and bustle of this neighborhood. Grab some scrambled eggs made to order, a fruit cup and a caramel flavored iced coffee.

9:00 am It’s time to walk off that breakfast and to check out the greenery and skyline views from the expansive Piedmont Park that sits right in the heart of Midtown. Piedmont Park and Central Park in New York City share the same designer.  Catch people walking and running on The Active Oval and others playing sports within. On the north and east ends is the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.
12:00 pm Grab a bacon cheeseburger, some fries and a Frosted Orange at the world’s larger drive-in restaurant, The Varsity, at their original location in Midtown. You might hear “What’ll ya have?” when it’s time to order. Eat your food in old-school style seating, literally, you’ll feel like your back in school.

1:00 pm Head over to Pemberton Place and take in ten million gallons of water and the largest aquarium in the world at Georgia Aquarium. Watch the sharks and other fish swim right over your head in The Ocean Voyager tunnel. You might catch a snorkeler or two within the 6.3 million gallon salt water tank.
3:00 pm Walk from Pemberton Place into neighboring Centennial Olympic Park built during the 1996 Summer Olympics. Checkout more great Atlanta Midtown and Downtown views while parked on the grass or watch the kids play in the Olympic ring fountain.
4:00 pm It’s time to head back to Pemberton Place to try dozens of Coca-Cola products from all over the world at the World of Coca-Cola. Hopefully you will feel good afterward haha.  Before the drinking commences, check out the history of this Atlanta-based iconic beverage through various exhibits.
6:00 pm Happy Hour, dinner, dessert and unwinding on this day should be experienced at Café Intermezzo, at their Midtown location. The food and beverage selection is out of this world.  Sip on an alcoholic coffee drink, making sure to check out the cheesecakes and the rest of the desserts in the display case. The chocolate cheesecake OMG.

9:00 pm End your stay in the ATL by capturing the views up-top the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel. Enjoy a drink at the revolving Sun Dial Restaurant Bar and View on the 73rd floor.  Checkout and wave at everything you have visited over the last two days. You’ll also get to experience the glass elevators, watching everything get smaller and smaller before your eyes.

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Aaron from elatlboy.com, who fell in love with travel and road trips at a young age, always having maps and an atlas in hand on one family trip after another. Check out his blog where he talks about his past, current and future travels from Atlanta, Detroit, New Zealand and beyond. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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One Comment

  • mccooltravel says:

    A have had a couple of whirlwind visits to Hotlanta. Little Five Points was a highlight (ate at Vortex).

    I was wondering about recommending a chain like Corner Bakery but, you are right, the outdoor seating looks like an oasis.

    And that cheesecake! Might be worth a trip to the ATL for that alone.

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