Southern Travel Guide: Atlanta

Atlanta’s a big city, and it can be overwhelming to navigate for first-time (or even seasoned) visitors. We're breaking down the city's best hotels, restaurants and attractions to take some of that pressure off.

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Atlanta is considered to be the gateway to the south. Its airport is the busiest in the world. Plus it's within driving distance of many other cities. It makes the perfect weekend trip. Atlanta has some of the most sophisticated eating in the south. It's also home to some of the most eclectic shopping. Drive about five miles south to Westside Provisions to browse shops like Billy Reid and Ann Mashburn. Or pick up a picnic lunch at Star Provisions. Stop at Buckhead's Onward Reserve where you can purchase leather flasks and polo shirts under the watchful gaze of deer antlers. And if you're looking for a truly local souvenir check out Atlanta Made. The space that brings together crafts for more than 70 local artisans. When you get hungry, options abound. So we've whittled it down to a few of our favorites. Miller Union offers modern farmstead cooking. For something a little less expensive, check out The General Muir for breakfast and lunch. It's essentially an updated Jewish deli. Offering smoked salmon with latkes with sour cream and apples, and giant pastrami sandwiches. Finally, it's worth the 15 minute drive east of Decatur for dinner at Cakes and Ale, which features deft southern and Mediterranean flavors. If it's your first visit to Atlanta, head to the Georgia Aquarium, a 600,000 square foot facility with more than 10 million gallons of water. [MUSIC] Be sure to reserve tickets online, so you'll get a prime spot to see the Beluga whales. Or check out the Center for Civil and Human Rights. An expansive museum that contains a large exhibit on Atlanta native, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There are a number of places to stay, each special in its own right. We recommend Stonehurst Place, a restores 1896 mansion that serves as a beautiful luxury bed and breakfast. Or, try the Georgian Terrace a member of the Southern Living Hotel Collection. Built in 1911, it hosted Clark Gable and other stars when Gone With the Wind premiered. Finally, if you're looking for a drink visit Kimball House for eponymous cocktail. Tail which includes gin, Cocchi Americano, French vermouth and orange bitters.
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