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How many days do I need to experience Atlanta?

Planning on taking my girl to Hotlanta next year and was wondering if you could suggest how many days would be best for us to experience the city.  Weekend trip?  One week trip?  We're not really sure what to see or what part to stay in either so we'd love some help on that too.  Thank you!

8 Answers

top answer by
Sam from Atlanta

Hi there! You could probably knock it out in 3-4 days. You can knock all the main attractions (Georgia AquariumCNN CenterWoCC Coca-Cola StoreCentennial Olympic ParkSkyView Atlanta, and Martin Luther King Jr. Birth Home) In a day or two (soon, thanks to the new Streetcar!) and experience the neighborhoods like Little Five PointsDecatur, and Midtown Atlanta the other days. If you want, see Stone Mountain but it's a bit of a drive. If you have kids, Stone Mountain is great for them. Stay on the Westside or near Piedmont Park! Lots of people have Airbnb listing you should check out. Hotels can run a bit high. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Georgia Aquarium (attraction)
  2. CNN Center (attraction)
  3. WoCC Coca-Cola Store (attraction)
  4. Centennial Olympic Park (attraction)
  5. SkyView Atlanta (attraction)
  6. Martin Luther King Jr. Birth Home (attraction)
  7. Little Five Points (neighborhood)
  8. Decatur (city)
  9. Midtown Atlanta (attraction)
  10. Stone Mountain (attraction)
  11. Piedmont Park (attraction)
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answered first by
Clément from Paris

Hey Nathan,

I went on my own for a day in August. I'd say that downtown is pretty dead except a few streets such as  The Westin Peachtree Plaza. You can also check the  World of Coca-Cola, the  Centennial Olympic Park and the Georgia Aquarium.

Other than that, cools places are located outside of downtown. Midtown is pretty with the  Piedmont Park. You can also check Virginia Hilghland where you'll find bars and restaurants.

If you want a fancy restaurant or hotel to impress your girl you can head to Buckhead !

You can also check Stone Mountain outisde of the city if you have some time.

I'd say a weekend would be enough.

Have a good time!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. The Westin Peachtree Plaza (hotel)
  2. World of Coca-Cola (attraction)
  3. Centennial Olympic Park (attraction)
  4. Georgia Aquarium (attraction)
  5. Stone Mountain (attraction)
  6. Piedmont Park (attraction)
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answered by
Carolyn from Nashville

I would recommend an extended weekend trip: Thursday until Monday. Some of my favorite areas to stay are in Midtown Atlanta, Buckhead, or Downtown Atlanta. One thing to note is that these areas typically require you to pay for parking. However, they are the closest to the local attractions.

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  1. Midtown Atlanta (attraction)
  2. Buckhead (neighborhood)
  3. Downtown Atlanta (neighborhood)
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answered by
David from Atlanta

I would think two days would be enough to see the main sites in Atlanta, which include  CNN Studio Tour World of Coca-ColaGeorgia Aquarium, Centennial Olympic ParkAtlanta Botanical GardenStone Mountain, and a few others. If you really want to explore the city in depth, then you could make the trip extend over several days, but you might run out of things to do. 
As far as where to stay, I would recommend Midtown Atlanta. If you're not renting a car, stay near a MARTA station (subway), which will get you to the main attractions, but don't count on it getting you all over the city (it's very poorly designed).

There are hotels at various price points in Midtown, but just to name a few in good locations: The W Atlanta - Midtown, Hyatt Atlanta Midtown, Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel. Hope this helps!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. World of Coca-Cola (attraction)
  2. Georgia Aquarium (attraction)
  3. Centennial Olympic Park (attraction)
  4. Atlanta Botanical Garden (attraction)
  5. Stone Mountain (attraction)
  6. Midtown Atlanta (attraction)
  7. W Atlanta - Midtown (hotel)
  8. Hyatt Atlanta Midtown (hotel)
  9. Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel (hotel)
  10. CNN Studio Tour (attraction)
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I'd suggest staying in the Midtown Atlanta or Buckhead area so that you're close to shopping and restaurants.  Four days or so should be enough time to visit High Museum of Art and Center for Civil and Human any great places for food -- Murphy'sBocadoBartaco West MidtownThe Capital Grille, etc.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Midtown Atlanta (attraction)
  2. Buckhead (neighborhood)
  3. High Museum of Art (attraction)
  4. Center for Civil and Human Rights (attraction)
  5. Murphy's (attraction)
  6. Bocado (restaurant)
  7. Bartaco West Midtown (restaurant)
  8. The Capital Grille (restaurant)
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answered by
Rockie from Atlanta

A long weekend would be good.  Don't forget to hit up the Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site. While there, you can also get free tickets to tour Martin Luther King Jr. Birth Home.

Two Urban Licks is a great upscale restaurant that has a beautiful view of the ATL skyline.

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  1. Martin Luther King Jr. Birth Home (attraction)
  2. Two Urban Licks (restaurant)
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Depends on what you're interested in. I think a week is best just to take it all in. There's always the typical tourist spots like the World of Coca-Cola or the Atlanta Botanical Garden, but there's a lot of gems in many of the neighborhoods inside the Perimeter Center. I suggest a stay in Midtown Atlanta or West Midtown. Both are nice in many places and are easily accessible to the hot spots like Little Five Points, Edgewood Ave, Atlantic Station, and East Atlanta Village.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. World of Coca-Cola (attraction)
  2. Atlanta Botanical Garden (attraction)
  3. Midtown Atlanta (attraction)
  4. Perimeter Center (attraction)
  5. West Midtown (attraction)
  6. Little Five Points (neighborhood)
  7. Edgewood Ave (attraction)
  8. Atlantic Station (attraction)
  9. East Atlanta Village (attraction)
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answered by
cj from Atlanta (Illinois)

Consider an extended weekend visit for your first ATL trip. maybe Thursday thru Sunday.

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