Quick Guide to Atlanta, Georgia

Quick Guide To Atlanta, Georiga

Atlanta, Georgia is an urban playground. With exciting things to do and amazing restaurants, it is a city to discover. I went with my boyfriend and sister for my birthday and we had a unforgettable time. Although our time in the city was short, we did get to experience enough to want to go back. Be sure to check out my other Atlanta post if you haven’t already.

Eat

Highland Tap – You’ll be filled up with their huge breakfasts. Great place to brunch and drink. It’s under the ground too which makes it even cooler.

Verde Taqueria – Tacos for everyone. Their Sweet Chili Shrimp taco was my favorite, I’ve never had shrimp that tasted so delicious! Another amazing choice is the Barbacoa. If you’re a taco lover, this is your place.

Sublime Doughnuts – I had the Oreo Doughnut, which was filled with cream like an Oreo, and it was as good as everyone makes this place out to be. However, pass on the ice cream. It’s alright but nothing to walk an hour for, just get the doughnuts. Their Reese’s doughnut is spectacular too. Sublime makes for a sweet treat after exploring Georgia Tech’s campus, which is what we did!

Max’s Coal Oven Pizza – Pizza in Atlanta? Max’s is it. Get their margarita pizza, it’s the perfect amount of burnt to make it like no other pizza you’ve had. The atmosphere is pretty cool as well.

CNN Center – If you want something quick and familiar, go here. It’s a whole food court with a Starbucks, BurgerFi, Moe’s, and more. I do suggest skipping it and going to a local restaurant instead though.

Park Bar – A good place for drinks and a fun atmosphere.

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Do

Georgia Aquarium – MUST! This is the whole reason we went to Atlanta, to do the whale shark swim. It’s around $250 per person after taxes and you get to do a 30 minute swim in their largest tank, get a printed photo, water bottle, and a t-shirt. You can also purchase the video that’s professionally taken of your group on your swim for $50 too since you can’t bring your own camera into the tank. I am so glad that we did this swim, it’s something I’ll never forget. The whale sharks and manta rays swim right underneath you, sometimes touching you. Just keep in mind the water is freezing! As for walking around the aquarium, it was so packed when we went it was hard to take in everything slowly which made us feel rushed. It is amazing to see everything though. If you do go to Atlanta just for the aquarium, I would definitely do the swim with the whale sharks. I feel like it wouldn’t be worth it to make the trip for just walking around the aquarium unless you go at a time that has zero crowds.

Georgia Tech Campus – Have a picnic or just walk around to see the campus. It’s so beautiful in the fall.

SkyView Ferris Wheel – Grab a Groupon for this one to save some money. We didn’t actually go on this when we were in Atlanta but it’s something we would have done if we had more time.

World of Coca-Cola – We did not do this when we went. I’ve heard mixed things about it being something you shouldn’t waste your time at but also it being a really cool place to go. It’s something to do downtown if you have some time to kill.

College Football Hall of Fame – This was actually connected to our hotel. I wish we would have went because it looked pretty cool from the outside. It’s something to do if you love football and have the time.

Apple Picking – I SO wanted to go apple picking in Georgia! All of the orchards are about an hour and a half drive north from downtown Atlanta, which is where we were staying. Located in Ellijay there is B.J. Reece Orchards, R&A Orchards, and Hillcrest Orchards. I would have loved to go to any of these apple orchards but our limited time in Atlanta didn’t coincide.

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See our swim in the aquarium tank on my YouTube channel HERE.

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Stay

Omni Hotel at CNN Center – This is where we stayed on our most recent trip. Check-in was easy, our room was clean, beds were comfy, and we were in the perfect location. I highly recommend staying here since it is close to everything. Be sure to get a room up high. We stayed on the 15th floor and it was an amazing view of Centennial Olympic Park, SkyView, and so much more. On top of that, we got to see fireworks from our room! It was perfect. Another cool feature is that the Omni is attached to the CNN Center so you don’t even have to venture outside to get to it. There is an indoor walkway that connects the two.

W Downtown – The decor looks very cool and chic. Seems like a fun place to stay too.

Westin Peachtree Plaza– With a rotating restaurant at the top of this skyscraper, you’re sure to have dinner with a view. I’d love to stay here next time I’m in Atlanta.

All of the photos below were taken at the Omni hotel.

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16 Comments

  1. October 26, 2016 / 11:10 am

    Hey Jenny ,
    What a great post . I felt like I was in Atlanta , Georgia once agin . I haven’t been to sublime doughnuts so thats on my list now . Glad you had a great time . Look forwards to your next post .
    Hira
    http://www.hirascabin.com/

    • Jenny Bess
      November 2, 2016 / 9:26 am

      Hi Hira! Thank you so much. Sublime Doughnuts is definitely worth stopping by. 🙂

    • Jenny Bess
      November 2, 2016 / 9:27 am

      Thank you Charlotte! Hope you have fun on your next Atlanta trip!

  2. November 29, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    You had me at donuts! Germany just doesn’t do donuts quite like American style crazy ass donuts! #CityTripping

    • Jenny Bess
      December 2, 2016 / 11:51 pm

      The donuts were great!

  3. November 29, 2016 / 2:06 pm

    Fireworks? When did you come?

    I’ve only had one donut from Sublime; it was the orange cream(sicle?). Idk. Someone brought it to me. It was ok, but I’d love to visit Sublime for myself at some point. I just haven’t yet.

    As for pizza, I’ve never heard of Max’s, but the one you probably should have visited is Antico. They import all of their ingredients from Italy. Of course, you have to get there early (and preferably on a weekday) since once they sell out for the day, they close. You eat at shared picnic tables in the kitchen where you can watch your pizza being cooked and you bring your own drink (beer, wine, whatever). The pizza is phenomenal!

    I’m jealous of your stay on such a high floor at the Omni. Even though I’m from Atlanta, that hotel is on my bucket list. 🙂

    As for World of Coke, it’s not really worth it. You pay to get advertised to. And the Georgia Aquarium is always packed. I’ve never been when the crowds are thin. Probably best to go during the week in the winter when school is in session. You can get in free on your birthday though, so that’s pretty cool! 🙂

    Enjoyed reading your post. Maybe next time you’ll get to go apple picking! 🙂 #citytripping

    • Jenny Bess
      December 2, 2016 / 11:50 pm

      I went in the beginning of October. They were having some kind of event in Centennial Park, don’t know what it was.

      Wow, Antico sounds really cool! I wish we would have went there during our stay. I’ll have to go next time for sure. 🙂 Thank you for the tips!

  4. November 29, 2016 / 11:14 pm

    Went to Atlanta many years ago. I know the city has changed a lot since my visit. Would love to go back and explore the food and street art scene. #citytripping

    • Jenny Bess
      December 2, 2016 / 11:48 pm

      I’d love to go back and experience more of the food scene, I hear it’s amazing.

  5. December 1, 2016 / 1:20 pm

    Swimming with whale sharks would be just amazing, I would love to do that one day. I knew so little about Atlanta bar the airport and being the home of Coke so this is a great introduction. #citytripping

    • Jenny Bess
      December 2, 2016 / 11:47 pm

      Yes, it was amazing! I would love to do it in the wild sometime, that would be even more amazing.

  6. December 2, 2016 / 12:23 pm

    I’ve wanted to visit the Georgia Aquarium for a while, but I didn’t realize there was a whale shark swim. That’s pretty cool! Thanks for the tips. #citytripping.

    • Jenny Bess
      December 2, 2016 / 11:46 pm

      The whale shark swim is the best part! You should do it! 🙂

  7. December 5, 2016 / 4:29 am

    I had no idea there was so many fab things to do in Atlanta. Thank you so much for the education. The shark swim is such a cool and unforgettable experience to do. Thanks for linking #citytripping

    • Jenny Bess
      December 7, 2016 / 11:03 am

      It’s definitely worth visiting. 🙂 Thanks for checking out my post!

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