8 Atlanta places to add to your bucket list
A short list of my Atlanta favorites
When I moved to Atlanta I was so happy to be in a city with such iconic history. Every summer since I moved here I made a bucket list of history to learn more about, restaurants to dine at or events to attend. I decided to put together a short list of places that I want to explore or that I've already explored so far to share. This is not all but just a few of my favorite spots. I will be updating individually as I explore more unique places. The amount of bucket list items in Atlanta are endless because there's something for even the most niche interests.
1. Vickery Creek in Roswell Mill - I've posted about Vickery Creek here on my blog. It's a park with scenic nature trails and a hidden waterfall, which makes it a perfect place to visit when the weather is warm and dry. The views are amazing, I was surprised at the beauty of something right here in Georgia.
2. The World of Coca-Cola & Georgia Aquarium - Atlanta is the birthplace of Coke and I couldn't be here without visiting and learning more about one of the biggest brands in the world. The World of Coke is separated into exhibits and my favorite part was tasting all the different Coke flavors from across the world. The Georgia Aquarium and World of Coke are located right next door to each other in one of the most popular areas of Downtown Atlanta.
3. Atlanta Beltline - The beltline was once a railway but is now a paved 3-mile trail connecting some of Atlanta's most historic neighborhoods. Along the trail, visitors will find street art and murals, restaurants and quaint little shops. Ponce City Market serves as one entrance to the Eastside trail . Ponce Market and the surrounding area is also good to check off a bucket list too as it's one of Atlanta's points of interest equipped with everything that would be of interest to someone exploring the area for the first time (shopping, dining and even rooftop mini-golf!). I enjoy the inside of Ponce City Market especially with the mess hall style food court!
4. The High Museum of Art - The High is one of many museums in Atlanta. It's my favorite so far because of the diversity in featured exhibits and art. I went for a Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibit and there was also a Sneaker Culture exhibit highlighting the history of sneakers from the beginning and its rise in popular culture over the years.
5. Starlight Drive-In Theater - I had never been to a drive-in before I lived here! To be honest, I didn't even know any still existed. In this age of Netflix and steaming on-demand people rarely get to the movie theater anymore, let alone a drive-in. This is the most nostalgic experience for me every time I go. I love that I can take my own snacks (ok maybe a whole meal) with me and eat it while watching the movie. My girlfriend originally took me and I was so shocked that I had to tune my radio to listen to the movie audio. If you're ever in Atlanta, please go to the drive-in!
6. Polaris - This was a very special date night 22 stories above the city with an eye level view of the skyline. Polaris is a rotating restaurant located at the top of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The design of the hotel gives me 1970s vibes but once I was inside the decor is very much modern and futuristic. The restaurant doesn't rotate as fast as people think and they also get five stars for serving one of my favorite cocktails: The Bee's Knees!
7. Castleberry Hill Art District - I haven't been yet but I have heard good reviews of the Castleberry Hill art stroll. On the second Friday of every month the art galleries in Castleberry Hill open up to showcase artwork and creative work to spectators who stroll along the district on a FREE self-guided tour.
8. Little 5 Corner Tavern - This place is a gem to me specifically because I have never been disappointed by the food. Well, one time I was disappointed because they ran out of brunch food completely but I took this as a good omen. I have always enjoyed my boozy brunch at this location and walking out into Little 5 Points after makes for a Sunday afternoon well spent.