The “Jewel of the South,” Atlanta is a beautiful, refined city, and you won’t find anything like it anywhere else in the South. With world-class restaurants and loads of electrifying attractions, festivals, and sporting events throughout the year, there’s something for everyone. Find out how to plan your trip to Atlanta while discovering everything that makes this city truly unique.

Early Morning: Get Ready for Your Day With Superb Breakfast Options

Whether you’re staying in downtown, Midtown, Buckhead, or one of Atlanta’s other inviting neighborhoods, you’ll have a nice selection of delectable breakfast hot spots. The Flying Biscuit is an Atlanta chain that’s known for its delicious southern cuisine and all-day breakfast. Fluffy biscuits, eggs, and the signature chicken sausage are all sure to hit the spot.

If you want authentic diner food, the Silver Skillet has served up the best in the city since 1956. Draped in ’50s vintage decor for an unbeatable ambiance, this diner serves up Southern favorites such as gravy-covered pork chops, country skillets, or classic biscuits and gravy. It’s a bit on the heavier side, so you may want to give yourself some extra time to get to your next destination.

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The Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta.

Mid-Morning: Check Out Pemberton Place

Once you’ve avoided the food coma of a tasty Southern breakfast, it’s time to check out Pemberton Place. Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta just footsteps from some of Atlanta’s top hotels, Pemberton Place is a 20-acre site that’s home to some of the area’s top attractions. With the Atlanta CityPASS, you can get admission to five attractions for just $75. This includes the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, and the Center for Civil and Human Rights, which are right in Pemberton Place. Other attractions you can access with the pass include the College Football Hall of Fame, Zoo Atlanta, CNN Studio Tours, and the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

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The Botanical Garden in Atlanta.

Noon: Hit Up Ponce City Market

Many Southern and Midwestern cities were hit hard by the Great Recession, but cities like Atlanta are showing that some blighted areas can rise from the ashes. That’s just the case of the Ponce City Market. Constructed in 1926, the Ponce City Market is a repurposed building that was once home to Sears, Roebuck, and Company. Today, it has many eclectic little shops, a giant food hall with dozens of restaurants for lunch, and even free yoga sessions. It also connects to Atlanta’s BeltLine, which is the next stop on your tour of Atlanta.

Early Afternoon: Grab a Bike and Hit the BeltLine

After grabbing a bite at Ponce City Market’s best eateries, such as El Super Pan for Puerto Rican sandwiches or Botiwalla for Indian street food, it’s time to grab a bike and hop on the Atlanta BeltLine. The Atlanta Bike Barn is the best place to head, as it’s located right on the BeltLine and charges $20 per bike each day. It’s a one-mile walk from Ponce, so if you’re struggling for some energy, you may want to consider a taxi or bus.

The BeltLine itself is a multi-use trail that covers 33 miles around Atlanta’s central business district. Once a railroad trail, today it provides access to neighborhoods, restaurants, murals, and other sites around the city center. The Victory Sandwich Shop is a must-do stop along the way, offering light bites or its famed Jack Daniel’s & Coke smoothie.

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The High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

Evening: Time for Dinner

After a long bike ride, you may want to hop in the shower and get ready for dinner. The best part is that Atlanta has a spot for every taste and budget. If you want to go the touristy route, head to The Varsity in Midtown. As soon as you walk in, the sounds of workers yelling “What’ll Ya Have?” and the smell of chili dogs will delight your senses.

For a kitschy spot that also happens to have great food and drinks, hop over to The Vortex. The burgers are downright delicious and massive and can be nicely topped off with a huge draft beer. Just make sure to read over the House Rules before you order.

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The Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta.

Late Night: Explore Atlanta’s Lively Nightlife

As one of the largest cities in the country, Atlanta has plenty of nightlife options for every taste. Blind Willie’s is an icon in the city, offering some of the top local blues artists and national acts from around the country. For something a bit weirder, hop over to Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium. Located in the city’s Old Fourth Ward district, this bizarre place has church robes for you to wear, ping pong tables, and some of the best sangria you’ve ever tasted.

Atlanta is a city unlike any other and the perfect place for you to take your next vacation. Now that you know where to go and what to do, it’s time to book your journey, and you can do it all here on GoDoTrip.