Stone Mountain


While Atlanta has a rail system, I recommend renting a car for getting to some of those destinations that MARTA simply can’t help you get to. Since you’re deep in the south, it’s only appropriate to start your day with a southern breakfast. Head toward downtown Atlanta for one of the city’s best breakfast spots, Ria’s Bluebird. For the price, charm, and delicious food, it doesn’t get any better than this. Ria’s bread and butter is their pancakes, which can include bananas or Georgia pecans.

It’s now time to hit some of Atlanta’s best attractions. Luckily, many are within a short walk of each other in downtown Atlanta. Begin at the Georgia Aquarium, which has established itself as one of the world’s best aquariums. The main tank features one of the most diverse displays of marine life, including whale sharks. Afterward, simply walk to the new and improved World of Coca-Cola Museum. The museum highlights the history of Coca-Cola, with features that include some of their best commercials over the years and paraphernalia to take back home with you. The highlight is sampling all the different Coca-Cola products. Before lunch, take a moment to enjoy a walk through Centennial Olympic Park.

By this time, you probably need a break for a late lunch. Simply follow the crowd and the smell of greasy burgers to The Varsity. The Varsity is an Atlanta landmark that has been around for decades. I recommend the chili cheeseburger and cheese dog with a frosted orange as your drink. Your diet can take a day off.

For the rest of the afternoon, make the drive north to Stone Mountain. On a longer trip, I would recommend hiking to the top, but since don’t have more time, take the cable car up to the top. On the right night, stick around for Stone Mountain’s famous laser light show. You may want to have a blanket or chair to sit on the lawn for the show.

Before turning in, you’ve got to take in some of Atlanta’s nightlife. You’re probably getting hungry again also. Why not combine both of these at Atlanta’s German beer garden: Der Biergarten. The downtown Atlanta beer garden is huge, featuring both indoor and outdoor seating. While it has an impressive German beer list, it also offers authentic German cuisine, highlighted by an array of sausage and cheese platters. It’s the perfect nightcap to a full day in Atlanta.

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