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48 Hours in Atlanta: A Weekend Itinerary

What to Do in 48 Hours in Atlanta
Written by Staff Writer

This blog post was updated on August 2, 2021.

Got 48 hours in Atlanta? Lucky you. The city has enough to keep you occupied for weeks, but you can see the highlights during your short stay, as long as you’ve got a plan. Here’s how to make the most of your quick trip to the ATL.

Let’s go!

Day 1 in Atlanta

Get your most important meal of the day at the Flying Biscuit (we recommend anything that is served with their warm peach compote).

Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta

Take the plunge under the sea at the Georgia Aquarium — the largest aquarium in the world — which has plenty of magical exhibits and animals that’ll keep you enthralled for hours.

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For a filling lunch, we recommend The Varsity. It has been a favorite for classic drive-in fare since the 1920s and is the world’s largest drive-in.

Make your first afternoon stop the Millennium Gate Museum. The large gate monument signifies how Atlanta’s railroad was the gate to the West long ago, and is designed in classical Roman tradition. You’ll learn about Georgia’s rich history of art, culture and philanthropy there. When you’re finished, head to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. See hundreds of varieties of plants and flowers in a quiet setting, and if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to view some of the private exhibition gardens.

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Stop by South City Kitchen near the Botanical Gardens. You can eat there or pick up some sophisticated Southern soul food for the road (don’t miss their famous pineapple upside down cake!).

After a long day of sightseeing we bet you could use a drink, right? Perfect! Head on to the Porter Beer Bar, a hip setting with a variety of beer and pub food faves that will make sure you relax, unwind, and make some new friends.

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Want to have a little night cap? Head to The Sun Dial, a trendy bar and jazz club, where you can also get great panoramic views of the city.

Better rest up, because you’re going to need a lot of energy for Day 2!

Day 2 in Atlanta

Wake yourself up with pastries and coffee at Cafe Intermezzo. There are over 800 drink choices and over 70 pastry variations.

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No visit to Atlanta would be complete without a visit to the World of Coca-Cola. Learn about the beverage’s history, try samples, and see how it’s made. The pop culture gallery is a fan-favorite, with a special exhibit that highlights how fans have made the brand the icon it is.

Next, head on over to the Center for Civil and Human Rights, where you can learn not only all about Civil Rights in America but also about the fight for equality and freedom around the world. You’ll find serval excellent exhibits — a definite must-see.

Take a lunch break next at Six Feet Under. The menu is filled with fresh, tantalizing seafood. Enjoy your lunch with drinks at the pub or on the rooftop for a better view.

Your first stop after lunch is the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum. The main attraction is The Battle of Atlanta painting. Don’t miss out on learning about Atlanta’s part in the Civil War, with compelling artifacts and exhibits.

Now that you’ve experienced Atlanta from the ground, it’s time to see how spectacular it looks from above. Visit SkyView Atlanta to ride the 20 story Ferris wheel for a panoramic view of the city.

For your dinner option, if Latin-inspired Southern food sounds like the perfect combination, head over to Madre + Mason, where you can sample their mouthwatering sandwiches paired with a craft cocktail of your choice.

If you still feel adventurous after dinner, visit the Fernbank Science Center Observatory to stargaze. Admission is free on Thursdays and Fridays, and an astronomer is usually there to answer questions.

If you want to keep the good times rolling, then find your way to the Northside Tavern. Housed in a building that was originally a gas station, you’ll meet plenty of friendly people in a welcoming setting. Enjoy your drinks and the great live blues to wrap up your stay in Atlanta.

We hope you enjoy your action-packed 48 hours in Atlanta! Don’t forget to grab a special OneTravel flight deal to Atlanta by clicking here.

Bon Voyage!

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