In late June, I had a quick business trip scheduled to Atlanta and to be honest, I wasn’t that excited to visit this southern city. People love to hate on the Atlanta heat, traffic and airport but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with my short but sweet excursion from Cleveland. If you find yourself briefly visiting ATL, take a look at this itinerary for 24 hours in Atlanta, GA (& don’t listen to all of the haters)!
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24 Hours in Atlanta, GA
- Eat breakfast at Atlanta Breakfast Club! This restaurant specializes in fried chicken and oh.my.gosh is it good. I stumbled upon this place as it was located right next to my hotel. It’s not fancy and it doesn’t honestly look amazing from the front entrance, but it’s 100% worth it. (Pictured below is the fried chicken salad. I didn’t get to eat breakfast here, but the menu looked drool-worthy.)
- After all that fried chicken, a walk is in order. Centennial Olympic Park is located downtown (close to ABC) and has gorgeous city views. Look! There’s even a ferris wheel downtown.
- Head to the World of Coca Cola (also located in walking distance from Centennial Olympic Park and ABC) and be dazzled by this interactive experience. You’ll start your tour with a Coke and hearing where everyone else in your group is from. People come from all over the world to this museum! You’ll see galleries of the history of this iconic beverage, watch videos of how Coke brings people together and even view the vault where the recipe is stored! The show-stopper is definitely getting to try Coca Cola beverages from around the world. Can ya say sugar high?!
- Embrace your inner child at the Georgia Aquarium! (Again, this is located in walking distance to the above mentioned items.) This is the coolest aquarium I’ve ever been to. The massive tanks are awe-inspiring and there are not one, not two but THREE whale sharks in their largest tank. I could’ve sat there and watched them swim by the manta-rays for hours. Don’t miss the dolphin show which only happens at certain times throughout the day. P.S. You get 30% off your ticket by entering the museum after 4 PM. It stays open until 9 PM.
- After spending a few hours at the Georgia Aquarium, take an Uber to the Ponce City Market. I am a big fan of local markets and this one didn’t disappoint! There was two stories of shops, individual restaurants and so much creativity everywhere! I tried Indian and Lebanese food, but had a really difficult time deciding where to eat because everything looked and smelled amazing. If I had more time in ATL, I would’ve gone there twice.
I’ve never had Atlanta on my must-visit places in the US list, but this quick trip changed my mind. ATL is an amazing and diverse city filled with tons of interesting places to visit. Give ATL a chance…if only for 24 hours!
Question For You:
When you visit a city, what is your #1 goal? See the major tourist sites? Eat at the most popular restaurants? Take a walking tour of the city? Tell me below!