Discover Atlanta in 3 Days

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Melanie Pink

  • Atlanta

  • Active Travel

  • Arts & Culture

  • City Travel

  • Georgia

  • History

  • Local Culture

  • Foodie

  • Entertainment

Aerial view of Downtown Atlanta
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Visiting Atlanta and want to know what to do? Follow along to discover everything Atlanta has to offer!

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Day 1: Exploring Downtown Atlanta

The World of Coca-Cola is a museum showcasing the history of The Coca-Cola Company.

There are so many reasons to visit Atlanta; perhaps it’s a college weekend and you are in town for a game or concert or business. Atlanta, Georgia, is a city steeped in history, culture and hospitality. Whether you're a history buff, a foodie or just looking for a memorable getaway, Atlanta has something for everyone. In this three-day travel guide, you can explore the city's highlights.

Morning: Check-in at The St. Regis Atlanta

Start your Atlanta adventure by checking into the elegant St. Regis Atlanta, a 5-star hotel that exudes luxury and Southern charm. After a restful night's sleep, you'll be ready to conquer the city.

Late Morning: Georgia Aquarium

Dive into the underwater world at the Georgia Aquarium, one of the largest and most captivating aquariums in the world. Marvel at the awe-inspiring whale sharks, playful dolphins and colorful coral reefs.

Lunch: The Optimist

Savor a seafood feast at The Optimist, a top-notch seafood restaurant located in the heart of the city. Don't forget to try their famous oysters and craft cocktails.

Afternoon: World of Coca-Cola

Discover the story behind the world's most iconic beverage at the World of Coca-Cola. Immerse yourself in the history, culture, and, of course, taste the various Coca-Cola products from around the world.

Evening: SkyView Atlanta

End your day with a breathtaking view of the city at SkyView Atlanta. Take a ride in one of the climate-controlled gondolas for panoramic views of the Atlanta skyline.

Day 2: History and culture

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park encompassing King's birth home, Ebenezer Baptist Church & his final resting place.

Morning: Breakfast at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta

Indulge in a sumptuous breakfast at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta, where luxury meets Southern hospitality.

Late Morning: Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

Pay tribute to a civil rights icon at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Visit Dr. King's childhood home, the Ebenezer Baptist Church and the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change.

Lunch: Paschal's Restaurant

Enjoy a delicious Southern soul food experience at Paschal's Restaurant, a historic institution in Atlanta. Their fried chicken and collard greens are legendary.

Afternoon: The High Museum of Art

Feed your artistic soul at The High Museum of Art, known for its impressive collection of American and European art. Don't forget to explore the enchanting sculpture garden.

Evening: Dinner at Bacchanalia

For an unforgettable fine dining experience, book a table at Bacchanalia. This Michelin-starred restaurant offers a seasonal menu with a focus on locally-sourced ingredients.

Day 3: Nature and farewell

Atlanta Botanical Garden consists of thirty acres of display gardens and shady woodlands featuring plant collections.

Morning: Brunch at Canoe

Savor a delightful brunch at Canoe, a picturesque riverside restaurant known for its tranquil atmosphere and farm-to-table cuisine.

Late Morning: Atlanta Botanical Garden

Stroll through the enchanting Atlanta Botanical Garden and immerse yourself in a world of lush greenery, vibrant blooms and striking sculptures.

Lunch: Ponce City Market

Grab a quick and delicious lunch at Ponce City Market, a converted historic building with a bustling food hall featuring diverse culinary options.

Afternoon: Piedmont Park

Relax and soak in the beauty of Piedmont Park. Take a leisurely walk, have a picnic or rent a bike to explore the vast green space.

Evening: Farewell Dinner at Staplehouse

Staplehouse is celebrated for its inventive and seasonal dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant offers a tasting menu that showcases the chef's creativity and culinary expertise. It's an excellent choice for a special occasion or a memorable dining experience in a chic industrial setting.

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