Atlanta is somewhere that is so close by, I forget about it sometimes. Usually, it has been a destination we cruise through(or sit at a standstill in depending on if it’s rush hour traffic or not) on our way to Florida when we go to the beach. It’s about a 3 hour drive from Knoxville, so it makes a great day trip or weekend getaway.
My husband and I stayed in Atlanta this past week for a convention, but also got to run around. Here are some things I recommend anyone should do, followed by a list of things we like to do because we like to do more weird/obscure stuff sometimes that may not be everyone’s cup of tea:
Traditional Atlanta Itenerary:
1. World of Coca-Cola Museum
I remember going as a kid to The Coca Cola Museum, which is worth a trip even if you’re not a huge Coke fan. We stood out in the sweltering, August heat in a mile long line to get in, and once in, we got to learn about the bottling process, the history of Coca Cola (Cocaine was an ingredient, in some form or another, in the original formula. 😱) and test sodas from around the world in a testing room with sticky, checkered floors. Coca-Cola is a part of Atlanta’s history, so you should definitely check this out!
2. The Dwarf House/Original Chicfila
461 N Central Avenue, Hapeville, Georgia 30354
The original Chicfila, though I’ve heard that disputed by some locals. In any case, this weird restaurant is worth a visit! Chicfila was founded in Georgia, so make the pilgrimage and do not pass go. Whatever you get, get some Chicfila sauce to go with it because that stuff is the bomb. ✌🏻
3. Piedmont Park or Olympic Centennial Park
Get your park fix by going to one of these parks! Also, nearby to Piedmont Park is The Atlanta Botannical Gardens, which are beautiful. If you go to Olympic Centennial Park, you can catch a carriage ride through downtown or check out Skyview, a ferris wheel that gives you a beautiful view of the skyline, especially at night. (For romantic points, Groupon Skyview and get the VIP experience, which includes a private car + chocolates. ❤️)
4. Jackson Street Bridge
Jackson Street Bridge is one of the best places to get a view of the Atlanta skyline. It is actually where they took promotional pictures that are depicted on the first seasons of The Walking Dead. 💀 Go at sunrise or sunset for the prettiest views.
Untraditional Atlanta/Surrounding Areas Itenerary:
1. See Alexandria and Woodbury from AMC’s The Walking Dead
Senoia, Georgia, a hidden little gem of a town, is also the set of The Walking Dead! Since we live so close, I thought, why not?! We have to go and see this! Senoia itself was used as the fictional town of Woodbury, where The Governor reigned supreme in Seasons 3-4. You can actually see Alexandria from Woodbury a/k/a Senoia. Senoia is about a 2 hour drive from most parts of Atlanta, but worth the trip if you’re a fan of the show.
Unfortunately, you can’t get as close to the walls of Alexandria since they are still filming, but just looking at them makes the series come even more alive and you keep expecting Negan to show up and ask for a tribute from the community or see walkers roaming around!
2. Thrifting (You knew this was coming, right?)
My husband and I love us some Goodwill. ✌🏻 And lucky for us, Atlanta has like 30+ stores. I have found designer brand clothing and some really cool stuff, so if you like to thrift like us, here are some of my favorite locations to thrift:
1460 Northside Drive NW Atlanta, Georgia 30318
3906 Roswell Road, NE Atlanta, Georgia 30342
2585 Chantilly Drive, NE Atlanta, Georgia 30324
The first two are Goodwills and the last one is an LGBT thrift store which has some of the coolest stuff!
IKEA, because IKEA. I love looking here because we don’t have an IKEA, which is such a bummer, because their lighting department and room setups are a-m-a-z-I-n-g.
So, if you find yourself in Georgia, do some of this stuff that’s touristy or off the beaten path!