Atlanta, the Capital of the South
Atlanta, the capital of Georgia, has a sprawling urban landscape and is also known as the “Capital of the Sout.” It has its great share of breathtaking sights and landmarks as it has played a major role in the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. If you are visiting or you are a native, there are plenty of reasons to love Atlanta city. We have listed some reasons you could fall in love with this city if you haven’t already.
Lifestyle in Atlanta
This city is quite welcoming to migrants and tourists alike. It has a diverse population of both local and foreign residents. It has many pockets of close-knit communities and maintains a small town feel. The locals love the slow pace of the city. The cost of living is comparatively lower, and the city offers a good quality of life. The moderate climate allows you to enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle and there are plenty of open-spaces of forests and parks.
Neighborhoods in Atlanta
- East Atlanta Village
A trendy area on the east side, this village defines cool. You could experience alternative live music, chill in coffee shops, get a tattoo or stroll around admiring the cool graffiti on walls all around.
- Old Fourth Ward
This place is home to the civil war roots and has always remained historic. You could take up yoga at the Old Fourth Ward Park, visit the Ponce City Market, or access the Atlanta Beltline.
- Castleberry Hill
Close to Downtown Atlanta, this historic district is filled with large industrial lofts, bars, art galleries and plenty of restaurants. You could participate in Castleberry Hill art strolls, or hang out in any of the famous dive bars.
- Virgin Highlands
One of the most expensive neighborhoods to live in, you can find a mix of historic early 1900 bungalows and English cottage style designs. You could stroll around to visit the bars, boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops.
Things to Do
- Have a Local Beer on the Atlanta Beltline
You could choose from New Realm on the Eastside Trail or go for the Monday Night Garage on the Southwest Side. Both of them have award-winning breweries and are a great place to people-watch.
- Watch Atlanta United Play
If you are a soccer fan, you definitely need to include this in your travel plans. Atlanta United is the hottest thing in US soccer and we would not want you to miss out.
- Get lost in the world of Coca-Cola
Experience the fascinating story of Coca-Cola, wander through bottle-works and watch the bottle-line at work. You could even see the vault where the secret formula of Coca-Cola is kept and end the tour with a 4-D show about the brand.
Places to Go
- Georgia Aquarium
The largest indoor aquarium in the western hemisphere, it has more than 10 million gallons of fresh and saltwater housing more than 100,000 creatures.
- Atlanta Botanical Garden
With more than half a million people visiting this garden each year, it is a 30-acre oasis in the heart of the town. You could visit the orchid house, the edible garden of native plants or stop for a meal at Longleaf.
- Stone Mountain Park
This park encompasses more than 3,200 acres of thick forests and natural vegetation. It is for this reason and more that Stone Mountain Park features in the bucket-list of many tourists. It also has the world’s largest piece of exposed granite, the Stone Mountain.
- Martin Luther King Jr. Center
If you are a history buff, you would want to visit Dr. King’s birth home, the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the Freedom Hall.
Areas Surrounding Atlanta
Around two and a half hour drive from Atlanta lies South Carolina’s Greenville. You could rent a bike to explore and head to Swamp Rabbit Trail. There are plenty of unique shops in Greenville to visit.
Filled with southern charm and hospitality, Chattanooga is just a two-hour drive from Atlanta. You could visit one of the world-class museums, check out a concert at the Finley Stadium or head to the Tennessee Riverpark to fish, canoe, boat or just walk around the trails.
- Pine Mountain
Less than an hour’s drive south of Atlanta, you could consider Pine Mountain for a peaceful weekend getaway. Take a horseback tour at the Roosevelt stables or visit the wild animal safari. You could get a historical overview of the place at the Chipley Historical Center or spend some time amidst the beautiful florals and walk among butterflies at the Callaway Gardens