Atlanta, Georgia, also known as the Black City, of America is full of culture, music and history.
I stayed in the affluent uptown residential area called Buckhead filled with beautifully kept gardens and long driveways to luxurious mansions.
Travelling around Atlanta, Georgia, is mainly by car, so tourists either use Uber or Lift (America’s more popular version of Uber) or rent a car for their trip.
The places to check out are as follows:
The Mercedes stadium is the main venue for any major urban music concerts/events happening in Atlanta, and they are taking place almost every day, so you are guaranteed to find something you’ll like. I was fortunate enough to attend the Jay-Z and Beyonce ‘Everything is Love’ On the Run Tour 2 there. The people of Atlanta knew every lyric to every song, screamed from the top of their lungs and danced like they were members of the Beyonce entourage. To witness the crowd in an absolute frenzy over the performance – I found refreshing. How free they were with their excitement and admiration is something I think us Londoners could learn from.
The Sun Dial Restaurant at the Westin Peachtree Plaza
If an exquisite meal is something you’d like to experience in Atlanta, Georgia, we recommend The Sun Dial which stands 723 feet above Peachtree Street offering 360-degree panoramic views of the skyline. The Sun Dial serves contemporary American dishes, service is superb and the live jazz music is a beautiful touch.
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park
A trip down history’s lane anyone? Yes please! The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park celebrates the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement leader. The centre includes King’s birth home (photo above) and the Ebenezer Baptist Church (photo below), where both King’s father and grandfather served as ministers.
Stone Mountain is a must-visit for any outdoor activities in Georgia. Stone Mountain is a monolith that attracts thousands of people every month, both tourists and locals alike. Most people visit Stone Mountain to make their way up the rock, either by walking, or a five-minute cable-car ride, to take in the spectacular panoramic views of Georgia. The walk can take between 45 minutes to an hour and a half depending on your level of fitness.
The actual rock is surrounded by lakes and glamping/camping sites which house campers and kayakers all year round. The glamping and kayaking experience would definitely be something I’d want to do if another trip to Atlanta were to be planned.
Ponce City Market
Ponce reminds me of Camden High Street market, loads of really nice eateries from all over the world, independent retailers selling clothes, gadgets, home stuff, hair and beauty products etc.
The Cheesecake Factory
A casual place for a bite of good food to eat is The Cheesecake Factory. A perfect example of American food and their desserts.
Words : @TheRubyMaeMoore