As one of the nation’s premier destinations for culture, nightlife, culinary delights, entertainment and so much more, it’s no surprise that the city of Atlanta, Georgia attracts nearly 40 million visitors each year. No matter what you are looking for or where your interests lie, you are sure to discover the vacation of a lifetime in Atlanta.
No matter if you stay for a week or make it out for the weekend, there is seemingly no end to all that you can see and do in the city. Of course, the best way to immerse yourself in all that the city has to offer is to book your Atlanta accommodations smack dab in the middle of downtown Atlanta. Hotels in downtown Atlanta allow you to stay in the center of the action, placing you footsteps away from the city’s top attractions.
From unique attractions to world renowned entertainment to exquisite culinary delights, you would be hard-pressed to fit all there is to see and do in just one visit. Check out our suggestions for some of the most essential Atlanta attractions to enjoy over your weekend stay, and discover for yourself just what makes the city of Atlanta so great.
No matter if you’re a first-time guest to the city or return year after year, the Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Site is a must-see stop for your trip. Comprised of two full blocks, the historical site allows guests to relive Dr. King’s dream and experience first-hand some of the most important moments of the Civil Rights Movement.
After gaining some historical perspective to start off your day, hop aboard Atlanta’s newest form of transportation, the Atlanta Streetcar, and spend the afternoon in the famous Centennial Olympic Park, which includes the World of Coca-Cola, Center for Civil & Human Rights, the Georgia Aquarium, a Ferris wheel called ‘Skyview Atlanta,’ and an outdoor grill which serves the tastiest burgers around!
Today’s activities are all just east of I-85, so an easy drive can get you to all the featured attractions on the list. Start your day off with a trip to Atlanta’s legendary Fox Theater. This National Historic Landmark was built in the 1920s, and its interior furnishings have been preserved in close to original condition. Each year, hundreds of diverse performances take place featuring everything from operas and ballets to rock and jazz concerts. Plan ahead to catch a performance while you’re in town.
After your time at the theater, take historic Peachtree St. to 10th St. and head north on Piedmont Avenue and take in the spectacular Atlanta Botanical Garden, an urban oasis that contains more than 30 acres of flowers, statues and fountains. While your stroll through the garden is sure to help you work up an appetite, stop in at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for some genuine southern barbecued ribs and live blues music.
Today we start our day by heading eastward on Route 10 away from the city, to Stone Mountain, the magnificent tribute to fallen Civil War soldiers located about 15 miles east of downtown Atlanta. The Stone Mountain display itself is a massive tower of exposed granite, 863 feet tall and a staggering five miles in circumference. There is a famous equestrian relief carved into the eastern face of the hill, which depicts Confederate Generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, along with President Jefferson Davis.
After the inspiring trip 150 years back in time, head north on Insterstate-285 to The Perimeter Mall, where we can enjoy hours of shopping, entertainment, fine food and a contemporary atmosphere. The Perimeter Mall has absolutely everything, and recent renovations have only added to the mall’s modern atmosphere and upscale feel. While in the mall, be sure take a trip to the much-loved Goldfish, featuring a menu chalked full of American chophouse favorites and seafood classics.
While seeing all that the city has to offer in one weekend is nearly impossible, the itinerary above can help you hit some of Atlanta’s most popular destinations. Of course, no trip to Atlanta can be quite complete without the proper accommodations. When booking your downtown Atlanta accommodations, make sure to choose the best when it comes to service, luxury and amenities by booking a stay at the Ellis Hotel. As downtown Atlanta’s only independent boutique hotel, their staff goes above and beyond the norm to ensure your stay is extra special no matter if you stay for a weekend or come for the week. Experience the city of Atlanta like never before and book your accommodations at the Ellis Hotel today.