From historic attractions to festivals to food, Atlanta boasts some of the nation’s best travel experiences.
Best months to visit
Tourists are advised to visit during the early months of spring: March through May. During these months, they can enjoy a milder average temperature than the ones of summer. Additionally, they can enjoy the myriad, newly blooming dogwoods and azaleas. Of course, autumn offers an equally enjoyable time to visit. As the temperatures descend from the summer highs, the autumnal colours paint the tree line as a multitude of Atlanta’s famed fall festivals get underway.
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park
Tour the childhood home of one of the nation’s iconic heroes. Walk the route from Martin Luther King Jr’s home to the church where he was first baptized and later served as pastor. Surrounded by an area now peppered with gift shops, the park offers a genuine glimpse into the life of this leader. One of the park’s most popular attractions is The International Civil Rights Walk of Fame. This walk offers visitors the ability to walk and reflect on the cultural changes that took place in the early 1960s.
Japanfest takes place during mid-September. For two days, visitors can explore and celebrate Japanese culture. Prices are reasonable, ranging from $10 - $12. With ticket in hand, attendees can partake in a festival noted by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the nation’s top attractions. From authentic sushi and kushiyaki to sake to schochu, the authentic Japanese cuisine will satisfy tourists as they take in cultural music and dance performances.
Han Il Kwan
Fusion dining is the practice of integrating one or more ethnic cuisines, and one of the best examples of fusion dining is Han Il Kwan. This famed restaurant merges authentic Korean cuisine with—wait for it—barbecue, one of Atlanta’s staples. Tourists with adventurous palates will find the Korean-style barbecue a delicious experience. Han Il Kwan’s most unique option, however, might very well be the “hot-pot” that allows diners to cook their own food at their tables. Open until midnight, Han Il Kwan offers a variety of ethnic cuisine, comfort foods, and vegetarian dishes.
C&S Seafood & Oyster Bar
Atlanta does seafood pure and delicious. Owned by chefs Clark and Schwenks, C&S Seafood elevates traditional seafood fare to an exquisite level. Prices vary but remember: high prices are worth the investment. Enjoy crispy calamari appetizers for $13 before digging into 16 ounces of King crab. Renown, the King crab dish is available for a worth-every-penny $80 investment. C&S is open seven days per week until 11 pm on weekdays but closes earlier on weekends.
Grindhouse Killer Burgers
When it comes to fusion dining, Atlanta excels. However, nothing satisfies quite like a burger. For a top-ranked Atlanta burger, Grindhouse Killer Burgers is the place. Enjoy “dirty south trivia” on Mondays over a plate of hand-cut corn-meal “dusted” onion rings alongside a half-pound cooked-to-order burger overrun and dripping with cheese. Not only can visitors experience some of the best burgers in the country, but they can also submit their own burger ideas for possible inclusion on the menu.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg! I didn’t even mention the Coca-Cola Museum, the Georgia Aquarium, or the brand-new Mercedes-Benz Stadium (they’re awesome, but there is plenty of info out there already about these spots). Hopefully, this will be enough to get everyone started, and who knows, maybe after visiting you’ll realize Atlanta is the place for you! If you need any more information on Atlanta, my friends at Suddath know the area better than anyone. Happy travels!