Atlanta is a wonderful travel destination, but if you’re looking for a less touristy experience, you may want to book your stay outside of Midtown. Check out these four roads less taken and discover something new about this southern gem.
If shopping is on your to-do list, Buckhead should be your top destination. Just 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta, this town is known for its upscale shopping options, such as Gucci, Prada, and Cartier, at the famous Lenox Square Mall. If you’re looking for a calmer but still unique shopping experience nearby, Phipps Plaza is just the ticket. Don’t end there, though, Buckhead is also home to some wonderful breweries and parks, too. A stay in Buckhead guarantees a luxurious, delightful vacation.
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About 30 minutes from downtown, Marietta is known for its family-friendly atmosphere. But don’t let its suburban atmosphere fool you; there’s plenty to do in this gorgeous town. Looking for some thrills for the family this summer? Stop by Six Flags White Water, a massive water park featuring slides, rides, and dives—the perfect place to cool off in Atlanta. Marietta is also home to many historic destinations, such as the William Root House Museum and Garden—take a tour and learn all about this 1850s merchant and his family. If you’ve got a Scarlett O’Hara fan in tow, be sure to spend an afternoon at Marietta’s Gone With the Wind Museum. Choose Marietta, and as God is our witness, you’ll never be bored again!
Just a short 30-minute drive from downtown Atlanta, Roswell is a fantastic destination for the history or nature lover. Take a tour of the Archibald Smith Plantation Home or Barrington Hall to get your taste of the Antebellum South. Looking to take in some more natural features? Hike through the scenic Chattahoochee Nature Center or stop by the Vickery Creek Waterfall in Old Mill Park. Vacation like a local in this town off the beaten path.
- College Park
If you’re looking to book your stay outside of downtown but still close to public transit and the bustling Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, College Park is a fantastic option, especially if you don’t want to be dependent on a car. Just 15 minutes on public transit puts you in the heart of Atlanta. College Park has much more to offer besides its easy access to the wonders of downtown Atlanta, its grand convention center, and an impressive airport. Tour historic aircraft and experience interactive exhibits at the nearby Delta Flight Museum. Stroll along historic College Park’s main street and visit some of the local shops and restaurants, or make a special trip to view some of the breathtaking public art on display. With over 8,000 hotel rooms to choose from, College Park is an excellent option for the savvy traveler.
Downtown Atlanta is home to many excellent attractions for the modern traveler, but should you look just outside the city, you’ll find so many hidden gems just waiting to be discovered!