By Shannon Hill
This capital city may be known for its sweltering summers, but the best things in Atlanta make bearing the heat worth it.
Foodies, sports fiends, history buffs: Atlanta has you covered.
Of course, we couldn’t write about Atlanta without the help of Atlanta resident, Shannon Hill. Shannon is behind the Instagram account @tramontanetravel and she not only knows the ins and outs of Atlanta, but she also happens to be a flight attendant. Being a flight attendant has definitely has given her a unique perspective on traveling. So, who could be better to help us write an Atlanta travel guide?
We fell hard and fast for the city’s unique combination of big city feel and Southern charm. It’s a rapidly growing city experiencing an exciting urban reawakening that both reflects and serves as a model for the urban renaissance taking place throughout the country.Shannon
What is Atlanta known for?
Atlanta is home to the world’s busiest airport, a title it has earned every year since 2000. Over 107 million passengers pass through it every year and locals like to joke that whether you’re going to heaven or hell you’ll have to connect through Atlanta. It’s also home to Delta Air Lines, making it a great home base if you’re a frequent traveler because you can hop on a plane to almost anywhere in the world.
Atlanta is also home to some of the Southeast’s largest urban redevelopment projects, including the trendy Ponce City Market, a towering mixed‐use property in the newly renovated 1920s Sears building, Krog Street Market, and the BeltLine, a 22‐mile mix of trails and parks in Atlanta’s old railway corridor.
Finally, Atlanta is known as the “cradle of the Civil Rights movement.” There’s a ton of landmarks and historic sites related to the civil rights movement, including Martin Luther King Jr. National Park. There’s also the relatively new National Center for Civil and Human Rights, featuring powerful exhibits on both past and present human rights issues.
What are the best things to do in Atlanta?
Ask any in‐town resident of the ATL what their favorite thing to do is and they’ll almost always say the BeltLine. This 22‐mile mix of trails and green spaces occupies what was once Atlanta’s railway corridor and is lined with great restaurants and bars, like: Ladybird, New Realm Brewery, Krog Street Market, and Ponce City Market.
Ponce City Market, conveniently located on the BeltLine, is also a go‐to favorite. The sprawling complex features everything from CorePower Yoga and classic stores like West Elm and J.Crew to smaller indie shops and some of the hottest restaurants in the city. Hit up Minero for margaritas and queso fundido, The Mercury for craft cocktails (go on Monday when they’re half off!), and Honeysuckle Gelato for local, artisan gelato.
Atlanta also got its first MLS soccer team in 2017, the Atlanta United FC, and the city has gone absolutely crazy for the team. If you’re in town for a game, join what feels like the rest of Atlanta’s population for a game at the absolutely beautiful Mercedes‐Benz Stadium. It’s a relatively inexpensive way to get a glimpse inside the new stadium and, as a bonus, also offers some great local food favorites, like Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand, at a very affordable price.
If you’re interested in history, head to the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Park, and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. All of them highlight, in different ways, the city’s rich civil rights history and offer thought provoking exhibits on civil and human rights. You can also stop by the Margaret Mitchell House to see where the author penned Gone With the Wind.
What’s Shannon’s favorite packing hack for Atlanta?
Include as many details as possible. Atlanta is hotter than a pepper sprout in the spring and summer so pack light! I like to wear the easiest, breeziest outfit I can get my hands on and then throw a jean jacket inside my backpack for when I head inside and get blasted with AC. If you’re heading to the BeltLine pack comfortable walking shoes so you can make the most of being outside.Shannon