Atlanta has changed quite a bit since Jermaine Dupre’s iconic song “Welcome to Atlanta” came out back in 2000, but don’t get it twisted: Atlanta is still very hot. If you’ve only got 48 hours to spend in Atlanta, try to fit as many of these fun things to do into your itinerary as you can.
Attend an Atlanta festival. There’s almost always a festival going on at any given time throughout the year, whether it’s the Chomp & Stomp Chili Cook-Off, the Atlanta Margarita & Taco Festival, the Doggy Con pet parade, the Decatur Beach Party, or Owlween’s annual ode to hot air balloons. Neighborhood festivals include the Summer Shade Festival, Inman Park Festival, Old Fourth Ward Festival, Dogwood Festival, and more.
Spectate a parade. The annual Dragon Con parade is in a league of its own, but other must-sees include the Little Five Points Halloween Parade, the Atlanta Gay Pride Festival & Parade, and the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade.
Explore Atlanta’s movie magic. You can’t visit “ATLwood” without checking out some awesome locations at which movies like Hunger Games, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, or TV shows like The Walking Dead, Ozarks, and Donald Glover’s show Atlanta, filmed. Here is a guide to Atlanta’s most iconic film locations.
Shop ‘til you drop. Atlanta, also known as the shopping capital of the southeast, has plenty of places for you to update your wardrobe. If you want to spend a pretty penny, head to Shops at Buckhead for brands like Jimmy Choo, Hermes, and Louboutin. If you like malls, Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza, and Perimeter Mall will have you covered. Atlantic Station is a great place to walk around outdoors and shop, and the Starlight Drive-in theater has a flea market on the weekends.
Zoom around Atlanta’s downtown. You’ve got lots of modes of transportation to choose from on your quest to learn about Atlanta, including segway tours, bike tours, food tours, bus tours, and even electric car tours.
Check out the nightlife. You want to dance until you’re sweaty? Head to MJQ, The SoundTable, 595 North, Drunken Unicorn, Center Stage, the Loft, Terminal West, The Earl, and Eddie’s Attic. Want to see and be seen? Try Gold Room, Compound, or Havana. Interested in strip clubs? Magic City is iconic, as is Follie’s, Strokers, and Clermont Lounge. Want to chill on a rooftop? Get great views at Clermont Hotel, Skyline Park, 9 Mile Station, SkyLounge at the Glenn Hotel. Want to play late night games? Hit up Ormsby’s, Joystick, Revery: VR Bar, or iSimu.
Eat quintessential southern food. Pascal’s is legendary, as is Mary Mac’s Tea Room. South City Kitchen, Poor Calvin’s, and Buttermilk Kitchen are also great choices. If you want fried chicken, JCT Kitchen and Gus’s World Famous have serious reputations! Read more about Atlanta’s foodie favorite spots.
Hit up Atlanta’s brunch spots. You really haven’t done brunch until you’ve done it in Atlanta. Slutty Vegan, Le Petit Marche, Homegrown, Ria’s Bluebird, Old Lady Gang, and Flying Biscuit are fab. Need more brunch ideas?
Check out Atlanta’s food trucks. Whether you visit them at the Atlanta Food Truck Park (open one day a week) or other places in downtown, midtown, and along the BeltLine, food trucks are great spots to grab a quick, delicious bite on the go.
Indulge your love of sports. Attend a live game for Atlanta United (soccer), Falcons (football), Hawks (basketball), Braves (baseball), or Dream (WNBA), or check out the College Football Hall of Fame. Read more in our sports fans guide to Atlanta.
Participate in a 5K. From the July 4th race to many others sprinkled throughout the year, if you like to participate in runs, you have lots of options in Atlanta, including the Atlanta Santa Speedo Run in which nearly nude Santas run for charity!
Browse unique markets. Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market are connected by the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine, so you can check all three of those places out at the same time. Other markets include pop-ups like the Indie Craft Market, as well as boutiques that sell wares from local artisans like The Beehive Collective.
Relax at a lounge. Spaces like Venkman’s, City Winery, and Little Trouble are chill vibe spots that are perfect to meet up with friends, enjoy cocktails, and dance if the mood strikes.
Give yourself a food tour of Buford Highway. Since it’s a great area in Atlanta to experience the food and culture of Vietnam, Korea, India, Taiwan, Mexico, and more, you might think you need a passport to explore it, but this kind of cultural immersion is available right in the city.
Check out Atlanta’s museums. Some local favorites include the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), the High Museum, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum, and the Center for Civil & Human Rights. Not a museum fan? Atlanta has monthly neighborhood art strolls that may better suit your interests.
Step back into history. Plan a visit to the Atlanta History Center, Herndon Home, the Wren’s Nest, the APEX Museum, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Center, and Rhodes Hall.
Get your namaste on. Atlanta’s got tons of yoga studios that can offer you a temporary home, including Nirvana Yoga, Tough Love Yoga, and Dancing Dogs are all great options.
Your 48 hours in Atlanta can be as action-packed as you want them to be!