While many of our guests stay in Atlanta for a week or more, they are often on business, are in the process of relocating or simply don’t have a lot of time to spend sightseeing in Atlanta even though they would like to. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite Atlanta spots that can be visited in a single day, in case you have the opportunity to squeeze in some sightseeing during a free day.
We recommend buying an Atlanta City Pass ahead of your day in Atlanta. Not only will it save you money, it will let you skip the lines and head straight into the attractions, which is extra important when your time is limited. Atlanta City Passes are $74 each, and in addition to the attractions mentioned below, you’ll also be able to visit the Atlanta Zoo and the Fernback Museum of Natural History.
Wake up early and start your day with a delicious breakfast at West Egg Café on Howell Mill Road. The café serves up delicious fare from 7am on weekdays and 8am on weekends. As their name suggests, you can’t go wrong with ordering eggs for breakfast. Don’t miss their homemade, southern-style biscuits either!
Now that you’re fueled up, continue down the Howell Mill Road until you hit Centennial Olympic Park. You’ll be spending the rest of the day in the area, so find a parking spot, you can see everything on foot!
Your first attraction is the Georgia Aquarium – it’s like no aquarium you’ve ever been to! This is the largest aquarium in the world, and among its many exhibits you’ll spot penguins, beluga whales, whale sharks, otters, dolphins, thousands of varieties of fish and so much more! There are plenty of options for animal encounters, including one of the newest attractions; the opportunity to SCUBA Dive or snorkel in the tanks with whale sharks and manta rays! Tickets for animal encounters are not included with a general admission ticket (or the Atlanta City Pass) and must be booked ahead of time, so make your reservations early!
There are lots of nice restaurants around, but for lunch, if it’s nice outside, we recommend swinging by Kwan’s Deli and Korean Kitchen to pick up some supplies for a picnic. Wander down to Olympic Park’s Reflecting Pool and enjoy the sights, and your food!
After lunch see how news is made, and broadcasted at the CNN Center. Atlanta is the headquarters of CNN International, and many of the CNN reporters you see on a daily basis work out of this building. Every day, CNN offers a 55-minute Inside CNN Studio Tour where you can get a behind the scenes peek at their inner operations. While reservations are recommended, tours depart every 10 minutes, so there is a good chance you’ll be able to get a walk-up ticket at the time you want.
Later in the afternoon, learn about one of America’s favorite beverages at The World of Coca-Cola. Along with being the international headquarters of CNN, Atlanta is also the international headquarters of the Coca-Cola Corporation. The World of Coca-Cola is an interactive tour, and the best part comes at the end of the tour, when you get to sample Coke products from all over the world. See how Coca-Cola in Japan compares to Coca-Cola in Mexico and at home!
For dinner, head over to the western edge of the park and pop into Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria to enjoy a slice, or a whole pie of some of the best New York style pizza in town!
If you’d like to catch one of Atlanta’s professional sports teams play but don’t want to pay for a ticket, next door to Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria is Stats, a large sports bar where you can catch the big game, on the big screen.
We guarantee that you’ll come back to your room from your day feeling like you got to experience the best that downtown Atlanta has to offer. You’ll be more than ready to crash on our comfortable beds. Our Atlanta Central property makes for a great home base.