One of the most overlooked cities in the Southeast for a wonderful weekend getaway is none other than the capital of Georgia, Atlanta. ATL, or Hotlanta, as it is lovingly referred to by locals, boasts incredible shopping, absurd amounts of delicious and one of a kind food, and outdoor excursions available within minutes of the city limits. So, if you have 48 hours to getaway to the A, where should you go? What should you eat? Where should eat or drink? Look no further! This is 48 hours in Atlanta, GA.
THINGS TO DO :
1. PIEDMONT PARK
Atlanta is one of America’s greenest cities. Amidst the city is the enormous Piedmont Park, America’s 2nd largest city park. Piedmont spans 189 acres of trails, paths, tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer fields, and much more. The Atlanta skyline serves as a magnetic photo op after your excursion. Too, food trucks, food festivals, and art fairs frequent the grounds and make for an amazing time out from the bustle of the city.
2. Ponce City Market
Ponce as it's affectionately referred to is a crown jewel of ATL. Ponce is a market that offers a huge variety of food, from Vietnamese, to seafood, to southern fare and much more, and many local and posh designers, boutiques and plenty of places for coffee. We were easily absorbed with Ponce, and with so many things to do, we stayed the entire day, having both lunch and dinner.
3. THE BELTLINE
Looking to enjoy some of Hotlanta's sunshine? The Beltline is a paved path through downtown. The path begins at the market and ends at the one and only Piedmont Park. The Beltline is a perfect afternoon activity that allows you to enjoy the outdoors without leaving the hustle of the city.
4. ATLANTA BRAVES
Enough Said. America's past time. Enjoyment of the game of baseball: optional. Good times will ensue either way. While this a photo from The TED, Suntrust Park is an incredible place to take in a baseball game. Go BRAVOS!
5. CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK
Located in the heart of ATL is Centennial Olympic Park, your one stop shop for all things tourist. World of Coke, CNN, Georgia Aquarium, and the Phillips Arena are hot attractions.
Where to eat when in the A...
1. ANTICO PIZZA ( 2 Locatoins, downtown and Avalon)
For the most authentic Italian pizza experience in perhaps the entire southeast, head to Atlanta’s own Antico Pizza. With truly fresh ingredients brought in from Italy, this restaurant offers several made to order pizzas in a relaxed environment that serves both Italian sodas, beer, and wine and allows for you to BYOB as well. I hesitantly admit that I have driven over 4 hours for this pizza. It’s that darn good.
2. W.H. Stile Fish Camp (in Ponce City)
The Treehouse is a local ATL favorite, especially for their spectacular brunch offerings on the weekends. The treehouse literally has trees that span throughout the restaurant. It is a casual restaurant with unique takes on traditional dishes. Treehouse features bomb.com burgers, tacos and quesadillas. Try the tequila lime hummus after a long saturday night. It’s fantastic and original.
3. EastPole Coffee
Is coffee food? You decide. EastPole is easily one of the coolest coffee shops I've ever been to. Enormous, simple, modern decor and a fledging growth in the area makes EastPole a worthwhile destination for coffee. Oh, and the coffee is extremely rich and delicious, too.
4. Dancing Goats Coffee
The "goat" of all coffee shops. Located in Ponce, this open, modern coffee joint is a must. Enjoy the unique ambiance after a long walk on the Beltline.
Thanks for jet setting with us. More to come from all over the US. In the words of Usher, Peace Up A Town Down!
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