Atlanta - Sightseeing in Georgia's Big City
Updated: Sep 2, 2019
This past spring, I had the opportunity to spend a few days in Atlanta, Georgia. I was there attending a temporal bone course at Emory. It was my first trip without my husband or son. I missed them so much and maybe spent a little too much of my free time on video calls, but I was able to do some sight-seeing, get some alone time, and most importantly, relax.
Atlanta is bustling with activity and lots of things to do. I stayed at the Hyatt Place Atlanta Downtown. It was cozy, suite style, and walking distance to Emory and all the sights I visited. It was very convenient.
Spring in Full Bloom
Springtime in Atlanta is beautiful! One of my favorite features of Atlanta is just how early it bloomed. It was only March and was already so warm and beautiful, unlike Michigan at that time of year.
Centennial Olympic Park
During my stay, I frequented this beautiful park, located in the heart of downtown. It is large (21 acres) and was built for the 1996 summer Olympic Games. There is so much to do here and definitely a top of the list stop for anyone visiting Atlanta.
My favorite features in Centennial Park were the Fountain of Rings, a computer controlled interactive water fountain and splash pad, and the several sculptures in the park, especially the one of Pierre de Coubertin, the father of modern Olympics.
Right across the street from centennial park is SkyView Atlanta, a 200-foot-tall Ferris wheel. It offers great views of the park and the city. They even have a night-time light show!
Atlanta has some cool architecture! I enjoyed walking the streets and just taking in the sights. A cool building that was close to my hotel and on my daily walk home from Emory was the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Mary Mac's Tea Room
For great food, this is the place to go. The locals eat here. A word of caution - the portion sizes are huge at surprisingly affordable prices. The food is delicious and the restaurant has a very welcoming and homey feel.
Ponce City Market
This is a fun shopping, residential, and office area that was designed in the historic Sears, Roebuck & Co. building in Atlanta. It is heavy on the stylish industrial design, which I love. During my visit, I spent too much time at Anthropologie and Madewell. There are lots of trendy stores here.
World of Coca Cola
The World of Coca-Cola is a museum and store located just off the Centennial Olympic park. It showcases the history of The Coca-Cola Company.I didn't know this existed until I visited Atlanta but I am glad I stopped here. It was a unique and fun place. You can pick up cool souvenirs here.
I had a great time in Atlanta. Most of my travels are for pleasure so it was refreshing being in Atlanta for work and taking in the sights at a slower pace, in between my work responsibilities. It is a cool city that I recommend visiting and I am sure I'll visit again.