Atlanta is one of the most popular travel destinations in the southern U.S., and it’s no wonder why. The city is a center for both work and play, offering visitors of all types a dynamic mix of history, culture, arts and entertainment for endless entertainment. Boutique hotels in Atlanta add luxury and local flavor to an eclectic atmosphere while Atlanta’s restaurants, amongst some of the most iconic in the South, cater to even the most devout foodie’s appetites.
With the recent unveiling of the new Atlanta Streetcar, touring the city is easier than ever with a 2.7-mile long route through downtown. From hotels on Peachtree in Atlanta, visitors can simply walk the short distance to the Peachtree Center and hop on for a ride that connects Centennial Olympic Park all the way to Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. To enjoy this new, fun and bike-friendly form of transportation, check into your downtown Atlanta accommodations and catch a ride on the Streetcar to visit the following sites day or night.
Attractions Around Centennial Olympic Park
The first stop on the Atlanta Streetcar is Centennial Olympic Park is a must-see area for any visitor. Upon arrival at the park, visitors can walk to any of the ten nearby attractions or enjoy a self-guided tour of the park, which plays host to a number of local events including music and family activities.
Check out the undersea world at the Georgia Aquarium and brave snorkeling with sharks. Find out everything there is to know about the world’s most popular drink at the World of Coca-Cola. There’s also the CNN Center, the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, the Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum, and the College Football Hall of Fame. Centennial Park has something for everyone, where you’re in downtown Atlanta on business or vacationing.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Site
Another must-see attraction in Atlanta, that can now be easily accessed from the Streetcar, is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Site. This tribute to one of the most influential civil rights leaders in the U.S. and the world, consist of 35 acres of interesting, family-friendly monuments and facilities.
Pay homage to this truly remarkable man by visiting Dr. King’s original gravesite and current tomb, touring his boyhood home, visiting the Ebenezer Baptist Church and strolling along the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame. For more information and historical insight, head to the King Center where educational and inspiration material is available in a number of exhibits, including audio and video media.
Auburn at Piedmont for Shopping
If you’re looking to get your shopping on, then take the new Atlanta Streetcar to Auburn at Piedmont where you’ll find a series of one-of-a-kind boutique shops. These unique storefronts are the offspring of a 2014 campaign in downtown Atlanta to encourage pop-up shops. Here’s the perfect place to find souvenirs or gifts, with plenty of specialty boutiques selling everything from loose-leaf teas to handmade goods and beyond.
Sweet Auburn Curb Market Stop
Close to Auburn is Edgewood Avenue where you’ll find a local favorite, the Sweet Auburn Curb Market or simply “The Curb Market.” Located at the original site of the Municipal Market, which opened in 1924, this long-standing Atlanta mainstay is now home to more than twenty individual businesses that offer everything from freshly made bread to produce and meat. Visitors can stop by to enjoy a quick lunch at one of the many popular eateries, serving up a variety of tasty treats, or peruse through the interesting shops and storefronts that line the street.
Edgewood Avenue at Hillard
Edgewood at Hillard is abuzz in the evening so if you’re looking for a night out on the town, this area is for you! When the sun sets, it comes to life, with neon signs shining down on groups wandering the three-block strip of restaurants, bars and clubs while searching for the famous Edgewood Speakeasy.
Rialto Center for the Arts on Luckie at Cone
Those wishing to take a closer look into Atlanta’s art scene can take the Streetcar to Luckie at Cone where they’ll find Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts. The venue features many events showcasing a spectrum of arts with programs including the best of national and international jazz, world music, dance, and more.
Broad Street at Woodruff Park
Get off the Atlanta Streetcar at Woodruff Park and make your way to Broad Street. This is another hotspot for foodies that caters to everyone from the fast-casual food college students to the more formal first date and business meeting sit-down restaurants. Chow down at local favorites like Dua Vietnamese, NaanStop, and Rosa’s Pizza!
Since opening in late December, the Atlanta Streetcar has transformed the way travelers and locals are getting around downtown Atlanta. Make the most out of your next trip to the city by booking your stay at the downtown Ellis Hotel. Located merely footsteps away the Peachtree Center stop on the Atlanta Streetcar route, the Ellis Hotel gives guests the opportunity to explore the city like never before to make the most out of every minute. Start planning your next getaway for either work or play by booking your downtown Atlanta accommodations with the Ellis Hotel!