Head South this week with us for Four Days in “Hotlanta” with an awesome Atlanta Vacation:
Day One: You land at Hartsfield International Airport, pick up a convertible rental car and make the quick, 15-minute drive to your home-away-from-home for the next several days: the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. One of only several Marriott hotels in the country to be designated a “Marquis,” there’s a stylish vibe here, and the central location is absolutely ideal. Once settled in, you’re in for a unique treat on your first evening in town. Nearly every city in America once featured at least one drive-in theater; but these days, just a few great ones remain. And Atlanta’s Starlight Six Drive-In is one of best. Throw the top down, sit back and enjoy a double-feature under the stars. This is going to be a fun trip.
Day Two: The Georgia Aquarium is definitely the largest attraction of its type in the country, and is home to more than 500 different species of marine life. A day here will include encounters with dolphins, whales, sharks, manta rays, colorful tropical fish, sea turtles, alligators and much, much more. It’s an amazing place, filled with staff members dedicated to educating visitors on the aquarium’s various “residents,” and the important of protecting them. As late-afternoon arrives, head over to the Jackson Street Bridge, which has become a popular gathering place to watch the sun set over the Atlanta skyline. Snap a selfie with the downtown high-rise buildings in the backdrop, and continue to Peachtree Street for dinner to finish off a wonderful day.
Day Three: This morning you’re going to what has become the state of Georgia’s most-visited destination: Stone Mountain Park. The park has been built around the world’s largest chunk of exposed granite, and offers a wide variety of activities for visitors of all ages. Take a trip up the Summit Skyride for a bird’s eye view of the entire area, make your way across suspended rope bridges and trek through the treetops on the “adventure course.” Then take a leisurely hike on one of the trails near the lake. On your way back to the hotel, stop by Atlanta’s Living Walls, which challenge perceptions about street art with a large collection of brightly-colored, wall-size works. Spend a little time here and it’s easy to recognize that works of art can be beautiful even if they’re not hanging in a gallery.
Day Four: It’s your final day in Atlanta, and after breakfast at the hotel’s Sear restaurant, you’ll make one more stop before dropping off the car and boarding the flight home. The new Center for Civil and Human Rights is an engaging addition to Atlanta’s downtown area, connecting America’s civil rights movement of 50 years ago to today’s global human rights movements. The exhibitions include the Human Rights gallery, the Civil Rights gallery, and the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, where guests have the chance to view the personal papers of Dr. King. It’s an inspiring conclusion to the trip, and the Greater Atlanta area promises much more to do and see the next time around.