Atlanta, Georgia

My most recent trip overseas was to Atlanta, Georgia. Business brought me to this part of the world which I’m happy about as I’m not sure if there would have been a reason for me to visit otherwise. But that’s one of those great things in life, you never know where its going to take you. And on this occasion, it took me to Atlanta. One of the largest cities in the Southern States and the capital city of Georgia this place has a lot of history and attractions to see and learn more about.

Atlanta is the hometown of one of the most impactful leaders in the Civil Rights movement; Martin Luther King Jr. I have a personal interest in this subject and so I was most excited to visit the National Centre for Civil and Human Rights in Downtown, Atlanta. The museum educates you about the period of the civil rights movement in the US and also about how the work and dedication from Martin Luther King helped with the evolution of civil rights for people in the Southern States. Some of the images and video content are so powerful and heart-breaking at the same time. If you share the same interest I’d suggest that you visit this museum. It gives you the opportunity to educate yourself further on the subject whilst albeit a humbling experience.

The city boasts a number of parks to enjoy for a leisurely stroll and a chance to take in the sights. And, did you know? Coca-Cola was invented in Atlanta. Created by a man named John Pemberton in 1886. To mark this milestone, you can visit the museum ‘World of Coca-Cola’ in Downtown.

A long weekend trip to Atlanta would give you enough time to explore the city and sightsee everything on offer. If you choose to come for longer then I’d suggest visiting the surrounding areas of the city. They’re great to explore for hiking, walking and more outdoor based activities. Atlanta, Georgia…til’ next time Y’all…

Museums

  • National Centre for Civil and Human Rights
  • World of Coca-Cola
  • Atlanta History Centre
  • High Museum of Art

Restaurants

  • Fish restaurant: Chops Lobster restaurant located in Buckhead. Price point: High
  • Mexican: Superica located in Buckhead. Price point: Low
  • True American style Diner: Landmark Diner. Price point: Low to medium

Districts

  • Downtown: Perfect location to check out all of the main tourist attractions.
  • Buckhead: Situated in the North of the City, approximately a 10-minute taxi ride into Downtown. You’ll find a selection of local shops and restaurants to choose from.
  • Midtown: Close by to Piedmont Park and Peachtree Street. This is the vibrant arts hub of the city.

Hotels

  • Downtown: If you want to be in the heart of the action stay in DT. You’ll find many group hotels ranging in price from the W hotel, Marriott and The Hilton all within walking distance from local attractions.
  • Buckhead: If you’re looking for luxury I’d recommend the St Regis Hotel. You’ll be looked after like your royalty. The hotel offers rooms that make you feel at home, with a number of restaurants and bars to choose from.

Sight Seeing

  • National Centre for Civil & Human Rights
  • Atlanta History Centre
  • High Museum of Art
  • World of Coca-Cola
  • Georgia Aquarium
  • Botanical Garden
  • Downtown Atlanta
  • Piedmont Park
  • The Beltline
  • Inman Park
  • Martin Luther King Jr House
  • Ponce St Market
  • Centennial Park

Instagram Spot

  • Visit Piedmont Park or the Jackson St bridge to get the best view of the cities skyline.

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