There’s a good reason why people who know Atlanta call it the Empire City of the South. Now, the capital of Georgia is ready to prove that claim once and for all.
While the city was once known for little more than being a buzzing transportation hub, a new change is sweeping across Atlanta like no other. Thanks to new attractions, accessible public transportation, incredible food halls and shopping districts; tourists and travel experts are starting to pay close attention.
So what has so many people setting their sights towards Atlanta when booking their next adventure? Follow along as we explore all the reasons why Atlanta may be on your travel bucket list before you know it.
Atlanta: The Millennial’s City
One of the biggest drivers of Atlanta’s tourism revival is the millennial generation. In a recent survey, travelers between the ages of 18 and 44 were the most likely to add Atlanta to their list of vacation destinations.
Surprisingly enough, the youngest group of travelers (ages 18-24) were the most likely to include Atlanta on their list of vacation destinations, with over 25% of respondents feeling that the Georgia capital should be on their list of places to see.
Redefining Urban Cool with Boutique Accommodations
So what’s driving Atlanta’s youth travel movement? One of the biggest factors driving new tourists to the city is the availability of boutique accommodations in Atlanta.
As downtown’s only independent boutique hotel, the Ellis Hotel is leading the charge. Unlike other hotels in the area, the Ellis’s intimate size makes it possible to take up residency in the heart of downtown Atlanta, leaving you minutes away from some of Downtown’s best attractions whether you get there by foot or you hop aboard the Atlanta Streetcar.
A premier location isn’t the only benefit to booking Atlanta accommodations at the Ellis either. Thanks to our small size, we offer the perfect alternative to cookie-cutter chain hotels. Our luxury accommodations blend classic Southern charm with contemporary Atlanta culture to provide our guests with a true experience of downtown Atlanta flavor.
Our incredible location and luxury accommodations aside, it’s our personalized service and friendly staff that truly set us miles ahead of any other Atlanta hotels. Our intimate size means that every staff member greets you by name, knowing exactly what you like and how you like it while anticipating your every need to ensure that your stay is as enjoyable as can be.
Bring on the Attractions
In years past, many of Atlanta’s biggest attractions were outside the city limits. All of that has come to change in recent years. From the Georgia Aquarium to the High Museum of Art, there is plenty in town to keep travelers occupied.
Nowadays, Georgia’s capital is buzzing with hip new restaurants, innovative cocktail bars and new cultural attractions that have travelers coming to the city. Don’t take our word for it. Here are some of the newest attractions you won’t want to miss during your visit to Atlanta:
Take A Walk Along the BeltLine
While parts of the multi-use trail and greenspace are still in development stage, the historic railway corridor known as the Atlanta BeltLine will connect Atlanta like never before. Once completed, the trail promises to bridge the gap between 45 distinctive neighborhoods in Atlanta. Already popular among local joggers, dog walkers and bikers, the BeltLine is the perfect place for newcomers to the city to get familiar with all that Atlanta has to offer.
A Booming Film Industry
Lights. Camera. Action. The Film industry is booming in Atlanta. Since 2008, over 150 films and TV Shows have had their backdrops set in Atlanta, and the exploding production industry is doing wonders for the city. Atlanta Movie Tours is among the most popular ways to sample Atlanta’s little slice of Hollywood, taking locals and tourists to some of the industry hotspots with never before heard, behind-the-scenes stories.
Ponce City & Krog Street Markets
While New York may be famous for their mixed-use retail and food space markets, Atlanta is quickly catching up thanks to the Krog Street and Ponce City markets. Ponce City Market is the largest adaptive reuse project in Atlanta history – featuring over 300,000 square feet that house retail, residential, and restaurant space. Just two miles south of Ponce City Market, Krog Street Market features over a dozen food and beverage outposts and was recently named one of the World’s Best New Food Halls by Travel + Leisure.
Shop til you Drop at Buckhead Atlanta
What happens when six blocks of prime real estate in the heart of Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood finally comes to life? Buckhead Atlanta is just what the neighborhood needed. Sporting dozens of high-end shops, boutiques and world famous eateries, Buckhead Atlanta is quickly becoming one of the city’s go-to tourist destinations.
While plenty of travelers have skipped over Atlanta in favor of Nashville or Charleston, that’s no longer the case. So stop waiting around to take your next vacation. See what all the fuss is about for yourself and book a stay at the Ellis Hotel. Our Atlanta accommodations are unlike any other, combining a historic exterior with modern luxury chic in a way that sets us apart from other Atlanta hotels. What are you waiting for? Take advantage of our incredible special offers & packages by booking your Atlanta getaway today!