The 10 Best Areas of Metro Atlanta
Atlanta is a large and diverse city. Many people who visit Atlanta only experience the downtown core, but the metropolitan area has so much more to offer. If you’re planning a trip to the Atlanta region, be sure to spend some time in these ten districts.
Conyers is just east of Atlanta, and is home to almost 15,000 people. In Conyers you’ll find The Georgia International Horse Park, which was the site of the Equestrian Games during the 1996 Summer Olympics. The park is still a popular destination with locals and tourists alike. If you will be in the area in March, then you should try and make it out to the Cherry Blossom Festival, one of the cities favorite annual events.
West of Atlanta, you’ll find Douglasville, home to 30,000 residents. When visiting, plan to grab some dinner downtown and then wander around the O’Neal Plaza, a prime spot for people watching. Coaster enthusiasts will want to visit Six Flags Over Georgia and ride the Georgia Scorcher.
Voted by NewsMax Magazine as a top ten city for ‘Best American Values’, Duluth is a suburban dream. The downtown area is home to only local businesses, which helps to evoke classic Southern charm.
Gainesville is situated in a prime spot at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and on Lake Lanier. Lake Lanier is a stunning waterway, and was the site of the rowing and kayaking events during the 1996 Olympic Summer Games. If you visit Poultry Park, be on the lookout for the chicken on top of the 25 foot tall obelisk, which is made to honor Gainesville as one of the biggest poultry producers in the country.
5. John’s Creek
This region is one of the largest metro areas in Atlanta. Outdoor enthusiasts love getting out on Chattahoochee River, which is famous for its trout fishing. Every December, the town holds a Founder’s Day festival, a week-long celebration of the cities recent founding (it was only officially incorporated in 2006!)
Kennesaw is named for the Kennesaw Mountain, the highest point in Atlanta. The area was originally developed as a railroad town, and you can learn about its evolution at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. The town has a large population of students, who attend the Kennesaw State University, one of the largest collages in the state.
As with many places in Georgia, it was the Cherokees who first lived in the area. The district is now a quiet suburban Utopia that’s easily reached by all major highways. The downtown has a small town feel with many quaint shops and cafes – the perfect place for when you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Downtown Atlanta.
8. Peach Tree City
While Peach Tree City may serve as the backdrop for many scenes on The Walking Dead, in real life the city has a relaxed, resort lifestyle feel. Peach Tree City is famous for having miles of golf cart paths as collectively, the city’s residents own over 9,000 golf carts. Most of the area’s lakes, parks, shops and restaurants are easily accessible via golf cart paths.
Even though Roswell is a part of the Atlanta Metro Area, it is also the state’s 8th largest city in its own right. Stop by the Archibald Smith Plantation Home and admire the gorgeous architecture. Many of the areas other historic mansions are purported to be haunted, and can be toured on nightly ghost walks. If you enjoy cycling, you’ll be happy to know that Roswell is the first bicycle friendly city in Georgia! The area has miles of safe, biking trails to explore.
10. Sandy Springs
Sandy Springs is the largest city in the metro area (after Downtown Atlanta) and is home to almost 100,000 residents. If you’re in town, be sure to visit the recently opened Heritage Sandy Springs Museum, which explores the rich history of the local area. News buffs will want to visit the CNN Center, where behind the scenes tours are given. Is Coke your favorite soft drink? Then you’ll want to visit to The World of Coca Cola – where you can learn all about one of the world’s most popular beverages and even sample Coke from dozens of countries all over the world.