Halloween is a favorite holiday in many cities and not just for the kids. Adults love the excuse to get together with friends, dress up (maybe) and simply have a good time. However, in a city like Atlanta, Halloween is a major event. With the city’s rich and often bloody history, its popularity as a filming spot for some blockbuster movies and its wide variety of attractions, there’s a Halloween experience that is guaranteed to curl your toes, whether you’d like your scare extreme or a bit more sedate.
“The Big Peach.” “Hotlanta.” “New York of the South.”
Whatever you call it, there’s no denying that Atlanta is one of America’s most happening cities. With its legendary nightlife, massive aquarium, and wealth of museums and dining, Atlanta is an urban destination completely unto itself. Even for all of its charms, however, it’s always nice to escape the city and explore the surrounding region; embark on a classically American quest of an adventurous summer road trip. For travelers passing through Georgia’s capital—or residents in need of retreat—here are a couple of our top picks for best road trips from Atlanta.
Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (destination code ATL) is one of the largest–and busiest–passenger airports in the world. With six concourses funneling an average of 230,000 people per day to their destinations, Hartsfield-Jackson can be intimidating the first time that you walk its concourses due to the sheer size and bustle. However, navigating ATL can be a breeze if you follow these tips.
Originally imagined as a Master’s thesis by a Georgia Tech student, the Atlanta BeltLine is one of the largest urban redevelopment projects in the country. Much like the High Line in New York, which utilizes part of an old railroad spur, the BeltLine utilizes an old 22-mile rail corridor that encircles Atlanta and will ultimately have 33 miles of multi-use trails. While it’s not entirely completed, there are portions of the BeltLine that are open, creating a destination for recreation as well as enjoying art and family-friendly activities.
Atlanta is a city that is constantly evolving. Embracing its history yet looking to the future, Atlanta is a booming metropolis that boasts an eclectic music scene, a wide variety of culinary superstars and, in the past few years, a growing craft beer scene.
Where can you go to find a charming, Bavarian-inspired town in the South? It’s closer than you think. Helen, Georgia, located about 70 miles (113 km) north of Atlanta, is a quaint and kitschy town that looks like it would be more at home in the Alps than the Appalachians. What it’s most famous for, though, is its Oktoberfest.
There’s nothing like the steady grind of an uphill climb and the thrilling release of the downhill descent for a mountain biker. Mountain biking is a very popular activity in the U.S., with nearly 40 million participants annually. Though Atlanta is a metropolitan city, there are plenty of opportunities get out on the trail and satisfy your desire for dirt on some of the best mountain biking trails near Atlanta.
We are not strangers to Atlanta; we’ve passed through dozens of times, yet never really saw the city beyond the airport or interstate. Now we had the chance to change that and really experience all this unofficial capital of The South has to offer. But how? We flew in and didn’t have a car or anyone to show us around. We needed a plan. Then it hit us – let’s take a tour!
Springtime means a lot of things in Atlanta—blooming dogwoods, an increased number of folks on the Silver Comet Trail, outdoor brunch—but perhaps the most iconic is the start of baseball season. Before opening day, fans are busy discussing the roster and wondering if this is the year that the Braves will make it all the way to the World Series (the last time the Braves won was in 1995). Atlanta is passionate about its sports teams and the Braves are no exception, with massive crowds attending games at Turner Field throughout the summer.
When the topic of southern cuisine is raised, there are several staples that come to mind: grits; greens; fried chicken; sweet tea. While these traditional favorites can still be found, in abundance, Atlanta’s culinary scene is maturing and growing. From Top Chef stars to James Beard Award-winning chefs, a host of nationally acclaimed chefs are calling Georgia’s capitol their home and “typical southern fare” is anything but. From farm-to-table creations to unique fusion experiments, dining in Atlanta is an adventure in and of itself. Come hungry.