Originally built as the merging point between the Western & Atlantic Railroads, the city quickly established itself as a transportation hub and a national center of commerce. Well over 150 years later and Atlanta has remained the beating heart of the South. Aside from being the largest, most vibrant city in Georgia, Atlanta is also home to hundreds of world-renowned chefs, entrepreneurs, entertainers and media moguls. Still, the city manages to bridge past and present unlike any other. Just step outside your Atlanta accommodations and you’ll quickly catch a glimpse of Atlanta’s robust history & heritage all around you, from the antique facades that line the streets to the landmarks that signify some of the biggest moments in our nation’s storied past. Atlanta continues to experience explosive growth. With downtown Atlanta’s ever-changing skyline, new attractions, delicious culinary scene and so much more, here are just a few reasons why visiting Atlanta is a peachy idea. It’s More than Just Southern BBQ While barbecue joints may remain as the staple of Atlanta’s culinary scene, there is much more to rave about all throughout the city. With more than 300 restaurants in the downtown area alone, there is something for everyone on Atlanta’s menu. No matter if you’re looking for a classic counter-service burger or dishes worthy of a James Beard Award, here are some local eats that will satisfy your appetite for the entirety of your stay in Atlanta hotels.
- Take a Trip to an International Burger Empire at Shake Shack
Located along historic Peachtree Street in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood, you’ll find the some of the most internationally renowned countertop burgers money can buy at Shake Shack. Inside this two-story Shack, you’ll find all of your Shake Shack favorites made with local ingredients from H&F Bread Co. and Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Co.
- Atlanta’s Go-To for BBQ
If you walk up to a local and asked for their favorite BBQ joint in the city, it’s likely they’ll lead you to a small cramped space near the northern intersection of I-75 and I-285. It may not look like much based on first impression alone, but just one taste of the Heirloom Market BBQ’s Korean-inspired take on Southern barbecue classics will turn you into a believer.
- Casual Dining Worthy of an Award
For a modern day twist on casual dining, check out one of Atlanta’s hottest new restaurants, Staplehouse. If their heartwarming story isn’t enough to get you in the door, then perhaps a tasting menu worthy of a James Beard nomination will. A Great Chance to Get Outside With its mild winters, refreshing springs, robust fall foliage and spectacular summers, the Peach City is lucky enough to boast consistently nice weather for much of the year. That said, it’s no surprise that many of the most popular attractions live out in the open air.
- Discover Where Atlanta Comes Together
If you want to explore the city, there is no better way to do so than making a journey along the Atlanta Beltline. Connecting 45 neighborhoods, this rail-to-trail conversion project has been transforming the city one mile at a time. Along the way, you’ll find plenty of chances to exercise and explore some of Atlanta’s most treasured attractions.
- Explore the City on Two Wheels
Thanks to the city’s new bike share program, getting across the city is easier than ever! With over 100 bicycles located in downtown alone, the Relay Bike Share presents a new fun way to get from place to place as you explore the city for the first time!
- Check Out Our Parks!
Atlanta is home to two of the largest urban parks in the country – Piedmont Park and downtown’s Centennial Olympic Park. Encompassing over 189 acres, there is a ton to see and down within Midtown’s Piedmont Park. Be sure to check out the Atlanta Botanical Garden with hundreds of plants and foliage you’ll see nowhere else. A trip to downtown’s Centennial Olympic Park allows you to take in incredible skyline views while enjoying any number of daily events that take place all across the park’s grounds. And if that’s not enough, the park is home to many of the main attractions that Atlanta has to offer including the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, the CNN Center and the Center for Civil & Human Rights. Award-Worthy Attractions No matter when you make your Atlanta hotel reservations for, there is no shortage of things to do among the myriad of attractions, museums, and entertainment options. Here is a simple list of attractions that are perfectly suited for any first-time visitors!
- For Families
If you’re traveling with children, the Georgia Aquarium should be on top of your list of things to see and do in the city. Inside not only will you find thousands of species of marine life and plants, but you’ll also be treated to hundreds of interactive exhibits like live dolphin shows, a brand new sea lion exhibit, a beluga whales habitat, stingray pools and up-close-and-personal animal encounters.
- For Art Lovers
If the arts are what you’re after, the High Museum of Art features paintings by Van Gogh, Cezanne, and Manet among the hundreds of works throughout the museum’s expansive and expertly-curated collections. If urban art is more what you’re after, check out the city’s infamous Living Walls collection, a constantly evolving display of urban art that sprawls across several neighborhoods near downtown.
- For History Buffs
We briefly mentioned Atlanta’s rich history and heritage above, but nothing can capture the history of the city quite like its many museums and landmarks. The Center for Civil and Human Rights in Centennial Olympic Park and the MLK Jr. National Historic Site take guests behind the Civil Rights movement, documenting some of the most important events in human rights history. For a broader look on history, the Atlanta History Center brings history to life unlike any other within its 32-acre campus. It’s easy to see why the capital of Georgia is often heralded as the capital of the Southeast. From its crackling culinary scene, major tourist attractions to expansive trailways all beneath a beautiful city skyline, it’s about time you get down to Atlanta, Ga. Book your reservations today at a hotel as unique as the city itself by reserving your Atlanta hotel room at the Ellis Hotel. As downtown’s sole remaining independent boutique hotel, our accommodations offer an alternative to the cookie-cutter hotel experience. Modern amenities mix with classic design and décor for a hotel experience unlike anything else in the city, and our friendly staff is always on hand to anticipate your every need. Don’t settle for lackluster accommodations on your stay in Atlanta. Get something more by booking your stay at the Ellis Hotel.