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If in Atlanta you can't miss these hot spots!!

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Welcome to "Hot-lanta"! That's how we call Atlanta here in the South. Why so? Because of its weather: mild in the winter, hot in the summer, but never really too cold, except for those few "wind-chilled" days, when freezing temperature blow really bad from up North. Lucky us, they are not many. If you like outdoor activities, such as hiking, riding a bike or a motorcycle, skating, running, jogging or flying fishing, this is your town. Atlanta offers in fact a variety of activities! In the summer, always remember to take a bottle of water out with you and sunscreen as well: here it gets very hot. If instead you love shopping, the Buckhead area is for you: Lenox Mall and Phipps Plaza are the best malls in town. From Gucci, Versace, Chanel, D-Squared, Burberry or Guess… Atlanta can fit all wallets! I love to visit Marshall's and TJ MAXX… You can find good deals at very good prices too! The best way to get around in Atlanta is by renting a car. First of all, here you will never have a problem to find a parking spot: it is plenty of them everywhere. If you are planning to stay at a hotel in the Buckhead area, and are only interested in shopping, it is ok to walk around (daytime only though.. don't venture at night, especially in Downtown Atlanta. It is risky indeed). If you are planning to visit the surrounding (Atlanta city) take a taxi. They are not expensive and you can make a deal: fix a price for few hours. Avoid rush hours (10 AM-3PM). You may get stuck in traffic. But remember: Atlanta is not a town for pedestrians: distances from one place to another are quite far distant. If you are planning to visit different places, rent a car with your travel agency before you fly into town. I found that renting through my travel agency I saved 33% more, compared to what I paid renting at the airport. The best restaurants are in Buckhead and in Virginia Highland. If you are a group of 8 people or more, gratuity may already be included in the restaurant bill. Check it out, before you pay it twice! If not, it's appropriate to tip 15-20%. CityPASS is the best deal in Atlanta containing actual tickets to these premier attractions: Georgia Aquarium-Deepo Pass with Expedited Entry, AT&T Dolphin Tales Show*, Deepo’s 3D Wondershow and admission to special exhibitions* World of Coca-Cola Inside CNN Studio Tour Choice Ticket 1: Zoo Atlanta OR Center for Civil and Human Rights Choice Ticket 2: Fernbank Museum of Natural History (includes special exhibitions and IMAX film) OR College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience CityPASS has done all the work so you can save time and money. Each ticket booklet is packed with useful information, such as a map, hours of operation, transportation information, contact information and insiders' tips so you can get the most out of your vacation - yet it is so compact it will fit into your back pocket. It's all you need to see the best of Atlanta! The MARTA rail system operates between approximately 5 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 6 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays.Service does not cover all town though. History buffs should make the Atlanta History Center their first stop. The center’s collections of photographs, maps, books, newspaper clippings, and decorative arts tell the history of Georgia, Atlanta, and the Southeast. In fact, the center has one of the largest collections of Civil War artifacts in the world. The Center itself is surrounded by 32 acres (13 hectares) of woodlands, including walking trails and five gardens. Inside the Atlanta History Museum, hands-on discovery areas, displays, and photographs trace Atlanta’s history. Part of this permanent exhibit includes a fire engine used in Atlanta’s great fire of 1917 and a rare 1920 Hanson Six touring car. Another exhibit, the “Shaping Traditions: Folk Arts in a Changing South” shows the development and attributes of Southern folk art. It includes both traditional and modern forms ranging from clothing and food to singing and storytelling. Also on the grounds of the Atlanta History Center are two must see historic homes. The Swan House, an immaculately restored 1928 house/museum, is filled with eclectic furnishings, decorative arts, and a swan emblem in every room. The Tullie Smith Farm, an antebellum mansion, evokes what life was like in Georgia in the mid-19th century.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveler

14 Places

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14 Places

Day 1

Atlanta History Center

History Museums, Gardens

Swan House

Historic Sites, Gardens

Pricci

Restaurants

High Museum of Art

Specialty Museums

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Gardens

Little Five Points

Neighborhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Day 2

Georgia Aquarium

Aquariums

World of Coca-Cola

Specialty Museums

Underground Atlanta

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Shopping Malls

Piedmont Park

Parks

CNN Studio Tours

Movie & TV Tours

Margaret Mitchell House

Specialty Museums

Day 3

Stone Mountain Park

Nature & Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Hiking Trails

Baraonda Bar

Bars & Clubs

Eli2361's City Tips

  • Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site: you can not miss this one!
  • Atlanta Sightseeing Tour by Segway: THE TOUR takes 2 h. 30 minutes. To give a try!
  • THE ACQUARIUM' 8 million gallons of marine and fresh water is home to more than 100,000 animals representing 500 different species. IT IS a MUST SEE.
  • Set in the northwest corner of Piedmont Park, the Atlanta Botanical Garden is a stunning 30 acre garden composed of winding paths and a number of smaller themed gardens.
    Day 1
  • Atlanta History Center
    History Museums, Gardens
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    Eli2361 Says:

    Atlanta History Center is where history comes alive. If want to have a taste of the Civl War here is the place to visit. Located on 33 acres in the heart of historic Buckhead, the Atlanta History Center invites you to explore Georgia’s past through award-winning exhibitions; two historic houses including 1928 Swan House and 1860s Smith Family Farm; Centennial Olympic Games Museum; the Goizuetta Gardens, featuring 22 acres of historic gardens and trails; and the Kenan Research Center. The all-inclusive admission ticket includes tours of the Margaret Mitchell House, birthplace of Gone with the Wind, located just five miles away at our midtown campus.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Plan 1 hours visit here.There is a lot to visit, including the Plantation and the Slaves' house.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 257 things to do in Atlanta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Much to see 03/22/2019
    • Fabulous and educational 03/20/2019
    • Atlanta History Center
    Address:
    130 W Paces Ferry Rd NW
    10 St Nw
    Atlanta, GA 30305-1380
    Phone:
    +1 404-814-4000
    Price range:
    $21 - $21
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    Other:
  • Swan House
    Historic Sites, Gardens
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    Eli2361 Says:

    The mansion, designed Philip T. Shutze, provides a glimpse into the lifestyle of this Atlanta family during the 1920s and 1930s.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You will spend here 1 hour. Enjoy the beauty of the house, unique indeed!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 257 things to do in Atlanta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • History 03/20/2019
    • Fabulous experience! 03/20/2019
    • Swan House
    Address:
    130 W Paces Ferry Rd NW
    Atlanta, GA 30305-1380
    Phone:
    +1 404-814-4000
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    Other:
  • Pricci
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    Eli2361 Says:

    Pricci is one of my favorite Italian restaurants in Atlanta. Being Italian when I dine out I want to be in an environment where I can really feel al home. Piero Premoli, the Master Chef and co-owner of this restaurant is an authentic Itlalian can really take care of you, making you taste the real flavors of Italy in a city like Atlanta. Make sure you let him know that Elisabetta told you to go there. He will be happy to take care of you! Every thursday night live music. Buon Appetito!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • This is an elegant restart where dress code is required. A jacket and long pants are a must. No shorts of tank top.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 2,844 restaurants in Atlanta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Perfect Evening 03/20/2019
    • Great Birthday Dinner 03/14/2019
    • Pricci
    Address:
    500 Pharr Rd NE
    Atlanta, GA 30305-3427
    Phone:
    +1 404-237-2941
    Price range:
    $22 - $55
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Mon - Fri
    11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    Fri - Sat
    5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • High Museum of Art
    Specialty Museums
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    Eli2361 Says:

    Are you an art Lover? The HMA offers various collections and a showcase of masterpieces from allover the world.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • A permanent collection is also displayed here. No need to buy tickets on advance but during summer season because of the high volume of visitors.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 257 things to do in Atlanta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Art Lovers Delight 03/20/2019
    • Membership really pays off! 03/20/2019
    • High Museum of Art
    Address:
    1280 Peachtree St NE
    Atlanta, GA 30309-3549
    Phone:
    +1 404-733-5000
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Tue - Thu
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Fri
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Atlanta Botanical Garden
    Gardens
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    Eli2361 Says:

    The Atlanta Botanical Garden is a 30 acres (12 ha) botanical garden located adjacent to Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Incorporated in 1976, the garden's mission is to "develop and maintain plant collections for the purposes of display, education, conservation, research and enjoyment. Blockbuster summertime exhibitions began in 2003 with TREEmendous TREEhouses. Chihuly in the Garden opened in 2004, while in 2005 Locomotion in the Garden featured G-scale model trains. In the winter the Garden has a holiday light show. "Garden Lights, Holiday Nights" began in 2011 featuring displays created with more than 1 million lights, most of them LED. The following year, the show grew to more than 1.5 million lights and attracted more than 160,000 visitors. I love to visit it during the spring season when all the azaleas are blooming. It also hosts a variety of activities: The Garden of Eden Ball is the largest annual fundraiser in support of the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The black-tie gala features a spectacular evening of dinner and dancing on the Great Law. Saturdays & Sundays, May - September noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Join the the Garden Chef for cooking demos every weekend in the Edible Garden Outdoor Kitchen.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Sunscreen..take a lot of it with you… You will be walking outside and before you realize your skin will turn reddish.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 257 things to do in Atlanta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful well kept gardens! 03/24/2019
    • Natural treasure in big city 03/22/2019
    • Atlanta Botanical Garden
    Address:
    1345 Piedmont Ave NE
    Atlanta, GA 30309-3366
    Phone:
    +1 404-876-5859
    Price range:
    $24 - $24
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Little Five Points
    Neighborhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Eli2361 Says:

    Earning it's name from the location where five main MARTA lines came together, Little Five Points is known as the more “alternative” neighborhood in Atlanta. So it comes as no surprise that it earned the #16 ranking of American's Best Hipster Neighborhoods according to Forbes. While Little Five Points is more of a day destination, there is enough dining, shopping and music to keep you entertained. If you are in Little Five Points during the summer, the festivals and live music draw crowds of locals and tourists alike. This neighborhood is not like most, but it will leave a lasting impression.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Go there by car and wander around.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 257 things to do in Atlanta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Place to hang out with your friends. 02/17/2019
    • Cool area with great stores and vibe 01/23/2019
    • Little Five Points
    Address:
    299 Moreland Ave NE
    Atlanta, GA 30307-2011
    Phone:
    +1 404-577-0873
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Georgia Aquarium
    Aquariums
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    Eli2361 Says:

    The Georgia Aquarium is a public aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. It houses more than 100,000 animals, representing 500 species, all of which reside in 10 million US gallons (38,000 m3) of marine and fresh water, and is the largest aquarium in the western hemisphere. It was the largest aquarium in the entire world from its opening in 2005 until 2012, when it was surpassed by Marine Life Park in Singapore. Businessman Bernard Marcus credits his 60th birthday dinner, held at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, with inspiring him to build a great aquarium for Atlanta; his subsequent $250 million donation provided the bulk of the money needed to build and stock the new facility. The Aquarium's notable specimens include four young whale sharks, three beluga whales, thirteen bottlenose dolphins, and four manta rays.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This is a half a day visit. Open 10-5 every day.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 257 things to do in Atlanta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice aquarium 03/24/2019
    • Expensive but worth seeing the Whale shark 03/24/2019
    • Georgia Aquarium
    Address:
    225 Baker St
    Atlanta, GA 30313-1809
    Phone:
    +1 404-581-4000
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • World of Coca-Cola
    Specialty Museums
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    Eli2361 Says:

    The World of Coca-Cola is a permanent exhibition featuring the history of The Coca-Cola Company, including its well-known advertising, as well as a host of entertainment areas and attractions. It is located in downtown Atlanta, at Pemberton Place , named in honor of John Pemberton, the inventor of Coca-Cola. 20-acre (81,000 m2) as part of Georgia's museums. The complex is located across Baker Street from Centennial Olympic Park that is home to the Georgia Aquarium and the Center for Civil & Human Rights. It opened to the public on May 24, 2007, relocating from and replacing the original exhibit. Opened every day 9-5pm. You will get a chance to taste a varieties of drinks all reduced by the Coca-Cola company. Tasty!!!

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Children will love this museum especially the 4D movie!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 257 things to do in Atlanta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun time 03/24/2019
    • This museum left me feeling... bubbly! 03/23/2019
    • World of Coca-Cola
    Address:
    121 Baker St NW
    Atlanta, GA 30313-1807
    Phone:
    +1 404-676-5151
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Underground Atlanta
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Shopping Malls
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    Eli2361 Says:

    Underground Atlanta is a shopping and entertainment district in the Five Points neighborhood of downtown Atlanta, Georgia, United States, near the intersection of the Blue and Green MARTA rail lines. First opened in 1969, it takes advantage of the viaducts built over the city's many railroad tracks to accommodate later automobile traffic. Each level has two main halls, still called Upper and Lower Alabama and Pryor Streets.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Drive to downtown, park in one of the many nearby parking and walk there.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #213 of 257 things to do in Atlanta
    • Struggling 03/06/2019
    • Underground Mall -CLOSED 02/19/2019
    • Underground Atlanta
    Address:
    50 Upper Alabama St SW
    Atlanta, GA 30303-3192
    Phone:
    +1 404-523-2311
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Piedmont Park
    Parks
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    Eli2361 Says:

    Piedmont Park is a 189-acre (76 ha) urban park in Atlanta, Georgia, located about 1 mile (1.6 km) northeast of Downtown, between the Midtown and Virginia Highland neighborhoods. The park hosts several miles of paved paths suitable for walking, running, biking, and inline skating. Skate Escape across from the park at the 12th Street entrance rents both bikes and skates.On weekend afternoons, skateboarders and inline skaters often share the open, paved area inside the 12th Street entrance. Piedmont Park has picnic shelters located just to the East of the north soccer field. There are also various picnic tables and benches throughout the park. Many visitors choose to picnic on the expansive lawns as well. The first grill in Piedmont Park was erected for the 1895 Cotton States Exposition where the administrative offices now sit. There are 22 grills throughout the park. No portable grills are allowed. Free entrance. Recommended for family and children. Pets are welcome too!

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Rent a bike in one of the nearby shops and enjoy the view. Or take your roller-skates and have fun!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 257 things to do in Atlanta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful park 03/24/2019
    • view amazing 03/20/2019
    • Piedmont Park
    Address:
    1320 Monroe Dr NE
    Atlanta, GA 30306-3440
    Phone:
    +1 404-875-7275
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    Other:
  • CNN Studio Tours
    Movie & TV Tours
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    Eli2361 Says:

    Go inside CNN's world headquarters - the largest of its 48 bureaus worldwide. See and hear live video and audio feeds from the heart of CNN Take the Inside CNN VIP Tour for an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience with expanded access to the working studios at the Global Headquarters of CNN Worldwid

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • You will have an amazing experience seeing all the CNN people working live while you stroll around.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 74 Tours in Atlanta
    • Interested in how news is made, stop here! 03/22/2019
    • Superficial and Promotional 03/20/2019
    • CNN Studio Tours
    Address:
    1 Cnn Ctr NW
    190 Marietta Street, NW
    Atlanta, GA 30303-2762
    Phone:
    +1 404-827-2300
    Price range:
    $16 - $16
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 AM
    Other:
  • Margaret Mitchell House
    Specialty Museums
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    Eli2361 Says:

    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and operated by the Atlanta History Center, the Margaret Mitchell House is a turn-of-the century, three-story, Tudor Revival building where Margaret Mitchell lived and wrote her Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, Gone With the Wind. Make sure you take a guided tour. it is quite interesting to hear how the novel GONE WITH THE WIND came alive inside this very tiny tiny house.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • House Hours are Monday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM Sunday Noon - 5:30 PM
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 257 things to do in Atlanta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hidden gem 03/22/2019
    • A reproduction of her house 03/20/2019
    • Margaret Mitchell House
    Address:
    990 Peachtree St NE
    Atlanta, GA 30309-3901
    Phone:
    +1 404-249-7015
    Price range:
    $13 - $13
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Stone Mountain Park
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Hiking Trails
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    Eli2361 Says:

    Exciting outdoor challenges for the entire family including rock walls to climb, plus a low ropes course with multiple line bridges. Camp Highland Outpost is designed and built in partnership with the staff of Camp Highland in Ellijay, GA. Sacred ground, landmark, refuge, meeting place, home: Stone Mountain has been many things to many people. Discovering Stone Mountain Museum features artifacts and stories that span 12,000 years, from ancient civilizations that lived on the mountain to the present-day park. The Antebellum Plantation at Stone Mountain Park is a collection of original buildings from around the State of Georgia, built between 1783 and 1875. Each structure was moved from its original site and carefully restored to preserve its authenticity and historical value

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • History again… discover the real history of the South visiting this amazing place. You won't forget it.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 15 things to do in Stone Mountain
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lamest Park Ever 03/22/2019
    • Amazing outdoor experiences 03/21/2019
    • Stone Mountain Park
    Address:
    1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd
    Stone Mountain, GA 30083
    Phone:
    +1 800-401-2407
    Other:
  • Baraonda Bar
    Bars & Clubs
    Eli2361 Says:

    Are you a Pizza lover? Then visit Baraonda for a real Italian pizza like the one you can find in Milan or Rome. Say hello to Mario, the owner..tell him Elisabetta says hi!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Open every day and the owner is a real Italian!!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 119 Nightlife in Atlanta
    • Great Italian food 05/28/2018
    • Good food but the atmosphere is painful 04/01/2017
    • Baraonda Bar
    Address:
    710 Peachtree St NE
    Atlanta, GA 30308-1200
    Phone:
    +1 404-879-9962
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
    Mon - Thu
    11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
    Fri
    11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Sat
    11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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