With attractions like the Georgia Aquarium, CNN and various historical sites, a first time visit can be a little overwhelming. It’s hard to decide where to begin when choosing the best deals, food and areas to stay. Here are the top 3 tips and advice to get you started with planning your first trip to ATL.

Tip #1. How to Save on Big Attractions

If you are planning on visiting major attractions like the Georgia AquariumWorld of Coca Cola and the CNN Studio, consider the City Pass. It is $73.24 for adults and $59.35 for children 3-12 years old. The City Pass not only gives you access to five Atlanta attractions but City Pass tickets are valid for nine days and pass holders get to skip the line.

Skipping the line may not seem like a big incentive right now but during peak hours this can save you more than 45 minutes waiting in line for just one attraction alone. If you plan on packing a lot of activities into a small window, skipping the line with the pass is a great way to save some time.

If you are only looking to go to one attraction, try going early or later in the day. There are often deals going on for the Aquarium where these options can save you money. Getting in before the crowd will also help to really enjoy your trip without feeling rushed.

Tip #2. Where to Eat

The Flying Biscuit Cafe is a local Atlanta restaurant serving unique breakfast items all day. The small Midtown space is the original location and is always busy during lunch but they do a good job of getting people seated quickly. If you do have to wait, be prepared to do so outside until you are seated. On a nice day, try to sit in the outer area of the restaurant where they open large windows for a nice breeze. There is parking behind the building, but not much so you may have to park on the street or a lot nearby. Their grits are a must and don’t forget to ask for apple butter with your biscuit!

JCT Kitchen & Bar is a farm-to-table restaurant that should definitely be on your list of restaurants to visit. With entrées ranging from $18 to $30, it is worth every penny for both food and service (ask for Ramona if you can!). You might want to make a reservation, especially if you are planning to go during the weekend, to ensure a table. The menu changes seasonally and is perfect to taste something new each time you visit. I enjoyed the “Little Havana,” but all of their cocktails seemed delicious, with natural elements like strawberries, lavender, cucumbers, etc. The fried chicken and “meat and potatoes,” a hanger steak with house fries and JCT steak sauce butter are great choices. The bar upstairs includes a nice patio area lit with candles and tables and a lounge area to relax and enjoy live music.

Tip #3. Where to Stay

Downtown, Midtown or Buckhead…depends on what you want to do. You will hear this from almost anyone giving advice on Atlanta but it is 100% true.

Staying downtown is perfect if your goal is to visit the Georgia Aquarium or World of Coke and you want to be close. Really want to enjoy restaurants, walking around and exploring, but don’t want to be far from those big attractions? Then Midtown is the place to be. Buckhead is the farthest from downtown but perfect for those wanting to add to their wardrobe with shopping attractions like Lenox Square Mall.

This article was originally published by Hilton Suggests.

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