Begin your day in Midtown at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, where you can learn about the Civil Rights Movement and the current Global Human Rights Movement. Head across the lawn to the World of Coca-Cola, an entire museum dedicated to the iconic soft drink. Year after year, the Georgia Aquarium is voted one of the nation’s best aquariums. Before you leave the area, stroll through Centennial Olympic Park. Then learn more about the Civil Rights Movement on a Martin Luther King Jr. History Walking Tour, which takes you to the neighborhood where he lived and worked, Ebenezer Baptist Church, the King Center, and Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park. The Atlanta History Center features historic homes, gardens, and timely exhibits on its 33 acres. And if you’re traveling with kids, playing in the LEGOLAND Discovery Center and seeing the pandas at Zoo Atlanta are musts.
Dancing Goats Coffee is the place to go for freshly roasted, ethically sourced coffee. Dancing Goats has four locations in the city and a roastery and training lab if you want to know more about the coffee process. Do good while kickstarting your day by getting a cappuccino at Refuge Coffee Co., which helps support the refugee community. Slutty Vegan is a popular lunch spot with an extensive menu of vegan burgers and dogs. If you’re looking for Southern cooking, South City Kitchen serves up fried chicken and shrimp and grits. Georgia native and James Beard Award winner Steven Satterfield oversees Miller Union, an Atlanta staple for the past decade. For something more casual, head to Nina and Rafi for the famous Detroit-style pizza. And gastropub Argosy offers an extensive selection of tap beers, most of which are local to Georgia, as well as sandwiches and wood-fired pizza.
Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, the Glenn Hotel takes Southern hospitality to a new level. Rich colors and exposed brick give this historic Neoclassical Revival style building a stately feel. From the rooftop bar, the Skylounge, you can enjoy craft cocktails while taking in expansive views of the city. Built in 1924, Hotel Clermont has been renovated to with bold wallpaper, art, clawfoot tubs, and whimsical details while keeping the same historical entrance. The hotel’s location on the historic Ponce De Leon Avenue provides quick access to the Beltline. And when you check in at Moxy Atlanta Midtown, you’re handed a cocktail with your room key. The hotel is anything but conventional, with large colorful murals, oversized Jenga games, and pillows with punchy sayings.