Perhaps the first thing you will notice about Atlanta is its natural beauty -giving it its “City in a forest” nickname- but the real wonder of it lives beneath the obvious. Maybe you’ve never thought of the capital and largest city in Georgia as your top-of-mind vacation destination. Well, today we’d like you to think twice, by giving you some of the best kept secrets this vibrant city has to offer its visitors.
Birthplace of Marthin Luther King Jr, Atlanta has been the ideological
home of Civil Rights in America for decades. Proud of its African
American heritage, but also of its continuous fight for equality
across the country, you can learn about this critical moment in US’s
modern history by visiting the
National Center for Civl and Human Right
–its location is not merely a coincidence-
You’ll find activities aimed to honor and raise awareness of the massive contribution of the black community in the city and the country all year long, that will make you improve and change your perspective about the importance of equality in the times being. Even if you’re in the city for vacation, there’s always a great chance to learn while you visit Atlanta.
Atlanta’s rich heritage is deep, progressive, and continuously evolving. Atlanta supports a bold expression of Black heritage and contemporary aspirations that spark Black excellence and pride. It is the heartbeat of the Civil Rights Movement, the largest collection of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), several historic churches, popular Black-owned restaurants, trendy lounges, and legendary art galleries.
Come explore and learn at Georgia Aquarium, the nation’s largest and
most magical aquarium! With 10 million gallons of fresh and salt
water, the GA houses the largest single aquarium habitat in the world
and more aquatic life than any other aquarium in North America.
Georgia Aquarium offers shows, interactive animal interactions, animal
encounters, Behind the Seas tours and more.
Over 1.000 species can be spotted here: sharks, beluga whales, penguins, jellyfishes, manta rays, alligators, sea otters… the list keeps going for long, and you’ll wish to have more time to explore this massive place, where you will both be thrilled and will learn about the major importance of the seas in our daily lives, even if we live miles away from them.
Creative as it is, Atlanta boasts some of the most amazing murals in
the country, scattered all around the city and being the perfect
excuse to walk along its lively streets. Honoring its black history,
being an Olympic city and some of its most beloved locals, from Martin
Luther King to iconic rappers, having a
street art tour in Atlanta
is an experience full of color, uniqueness, and fun.
Starving for all the walking? Visit The Varsity at downtown. This enormous restaurant sitting on 2 city blocks can accommodate up to 800 diners inside. Opened in 1928, this famous Georgia chain quickly gained the reputation of being "the world's largest drive in". Offering amazing burgers and hot dogs, The Varsity is one of those Atlanta snacks you can’t miss.
Atlanta’s vibe can easily be experienced through its lively
neighborhoods, ready to show you its own way of living the energetic
Southern culture. The city’s famous Peachtree Street runs through
Atlanta’s most representative districts: Downtown, Midtown and
Buckhead, where you will find a myriad of things to see, do and eat.
The most spots in the city are located just blocks ahead from
Peachtree Street, from the World of Coca Cola, LEGOLAND, the Botanical
Garden, and the Centennial Olympic Park.
If you’re looking to explore a more intimate, off-the-book face of the city, visit the trendiest areas on the Eastside and Westside, where you will have a more exciting, unexpected view of the city.
Pick one major league in the US and you can be sure Atlanta has its
own team. From the MLB’s Braves to the NBA’s Hawks, the NFL’s Falcons
and the MLS’s Atlanta United FC, the city is proud of its pro
athletes, and you will usually find crowded stadiums and arenas during
the season -or eventually they will, once COVID restrictions are
Even if you’re not that of a sports fan, taking a tour through one of its iconic venues is a wonderful experience, especially the ultramodern Falcons’ Mercedes Benz Stadium, featuring one of the largest indoor screen systems in the world, a delightful visit for tech and architecture enthusiasts.
A history tells that 3 top food critics were tasked to find the top 50
restaurants in Atlanta and ended up with 75, being unable to lower the
list any further. The truth is undeniable: the city’s food scene is
alive and kicking, and it gets better every day.
From farm-to-table experiences, amazing BBQ joints, uprising Asian food spots and even some dishes inspired and created during the major days of the Civil Rights Movement, you won’t be indifferent about the exciting and underdog-ish food scene in the city.
Did we change your mind? We’re sure we did. With most of its major attractions open -but still following health care procedures- Atlanta welcomes its visitors with its unique urban, progressive vibe. Book your ground transportation in Atlanta with Elife and don’t miss any of its amazing hotspots.Book now