Atlanta Insider’s Guide Part 1: Top ATL Attractions
Natalie Kandul and Gaby Delliponti | Georgia DECA
It isn’t just the southern hospitality that draws people to Atlanta. There are so many unique activities and attractions that add to the everyday hustle and bustle. Whether you appreciate authentic art and rustic cityscapes or you like to get active and play outdoors, this city has something for everyone! Later this week, more than 20,000 DECA members, advisors, staff and volunteers will head to ATL for ICDC. A few Atlanta-based members of our @tlantaLive Social Media Team have created an Insider’s Guide to help you get the most out of your trip! Check out their Top ATL Attractions as you are planning your time in their home city.
Stone Mountain: Not only is this probably the biggest piece of granite you’ll ever see, but this mountain park offers a variety of outdoor activities. You can hike up the mountain for a stunning view of Atlanta, visit the water parks, fly high on the ropes courses and even catch a night time laser show. During the show, the Civil War generals carved into the side are viewed in screaming colors by spectators on the open lawn!
Ponce City Market: This rejuvenated Sears, Roebuck and Co. building is home to some of the trendiest places in the city. (Read: that perfect brick wall for your next Insta post.) The historically significant structure houses flats, a food hall and various shops. Take a minute to appreciate the inside before stepping on the freight elevator to Skyline Park on the roof. Once up top, enjoy carnival slides, mini golf, boardwalk style games, cuisine and most importantly – the incredible views!
The Beltline: This former railway corridor has been transformed into one of Atlanta’s favorite attractions! Grab a bike or your walking shoes and go for a spin around the trails and tracks to become fully submerged in Atlanta’s unique culture.
Lenox and Phipps: Shoppers: this one’s for you! Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza are located in Buckhead and offer the retail experience of a lifetime. With everything from local brands to high end designers, these shopping hubs do not disappoint.
Best of Atlanta Film Tour: Some would say Atlanta is truly becoming the “Hollywood of the South” and us locals can confirm that is a fact! This attraction takes you on a tour of the spaces that are used as sets for some of America’s most popular movies and shows. Some sets include Baby Driver’s get away and the African Market from Captain America: Civil War. Grab your popcorn and take a seat on the bus… this tour is sure to keep you entertained.
Centennial Olympic Park: Located in the heart of Atlanta, this greenspace is filled with beautiful fountains, walking trails, pieces of architecture, memorials and even Atlanta’s very own Skyview ferris wheel! Formerly the site of the 1996 Olympic Games, it is now the center of a thriving tourist district with neighbors that include the College Football Hall of Fame, the Center for Civil & Human Rights, the World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, CNN Center and Imagine It! The Children’s Museum. Come on down to Centennial for a relaxing night with your chapter and take in the beauty surrounded by some of the cities coolest buildings.
CNN Center: The walking tours inside the CNN Center are undoubtedly one of the most interesting tours in the city…and that is not fake news. Take a trip with some of America’s most beloved anchors, like Anderson Cooper, around this facility to see what a day in the life at CNN is really like. At the end, you can try your skills by participating in the broadcast simulation or just grab a drink and enjoy the live broadcast from huge screens located around the main plaza.
High Museum of Art: Experience a diverse art collection with modern architecture within the city limits. The High Museum is the perfect place to take pictures outside and wind down after competition.
This article is part of the Atltanta Insider’s Guide series, written by @tlantaLive Social Medita Team members (and Georgia natives) Natalie Kandul and Gaby Delliponti. Follow them on Twitter (@nataliedeca and@gedelliponti) and Instagram (@nataliekandul and @gedelliponti) for live updates from #DECAICDC.