A 3-Day Atlanta Itinerary for Beginners

In the heart of Georgia, Atlanta’s natural scenery, world-class museums, historical parks, and cultural art spots provide plenty of opportunities to explore for both locals and visitors. But if you’ve never been here before, how will you know where to start?

To help, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite Atlanta stops for first-time visitors. Check out the recommended destinations below, create your own itinerary, and when you’re ready to book transportation, Falcon Charter Bus will be here to make sure your group is paired with the perfect bus rental for your trip. To learn more about group transportation, call our 24-hour team at 404-400-3545 and get a free bus rental quote!

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Get Around with an Atlanta Charter Bus Rental

Atlanta offers an abundance of attractions for every type of traveler, and you'll want to be in charge of your time as you move from one destination to the next. If you’re exploring Atlanta solo, it’s easy to get around using MARTA or rideshares. But when you’re coordinating transportation for a larger group, these options can be stressful and expensive.

A reliable Atlanta charter bus tailored to your group's requirements will give you more control over your schedule and itinerary. Falcon’s bus rental team will provide you with the perfect charter bus outfitted with amenities to keep you comfortable as you traverse the city. Whether you need a small minibus or a full-size charter bus, every passenger will travel in comfort with air conditioning to combat the Georgia heat, WiFi and TVs for on-the-road entertainment, and plenty of overhead storage space for carry-on items and souvenirs you’re bound to pick up along the way.

Ready to head over to Georgia’s fun Capital? Plan your itinerary using our guide below, and call 404-400-3545 to receive a free bus rental quote from a live reservation agent!

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Where to Go in Atlanta

Newcomers can maximize each day in Atlanta by visiting neighboring sites in the same day. Here is a sample three-day itinerary that can serve as your guide to Atlanta’s favorite attractions.

DAY 1:

World of Coca-Cola

This 20-acre museum showcases the history of the Coca-Cola Company. The exhibits feature samples from around the world, artifacts, milestones, a glimpse into the Coca-Cola beverage bottling process, a 3D theater, and a Coca-Cola store where you can buy souvenirs and other merchandise. Group rates are available for advance bookings of 15 tickets or more.

Address: 121 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Georgia Aquarium

Just across from the World of Coca-Cola museum is the famous Georgia Aquarium. The second-largest aquarium in the world, this destination is well-loved by tourists of all ages. It displays thousands of species of aquatic creatures, including whales and sharks. Visitors especially enjoy the sea lion and dolphin presentations, as well as the aquarium’s various swim and dive programs.

Address: 225 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Between the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola is another local favorite: the Center for Civil and Human Rights. This museum plays an important role in inspiring visitors by Atlanta’s role in the history of the Civil Rights Movement. It includes dynamic, in-depth programs, modern art galleries, installations, and exhibitions. These pay homage to the contributions made by advocates who have fought for human rights issues and people empowerment.

If you’re interested in more Atlanta stops highlighting civil rights history, check out our Atlanta Civil Rights Itinerary!

Address: 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

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DAY 2:

Atlanta Botanical Garden

After a long and busy Day 1, you can unwind with a stroll or attend a morning event at this 30-acre garden filled with flourishing greenery. It offers art collections and installations; workshops; programs; and classes for all types of visitors.

Families, school tours, and other large groups can participate in interactive activities. Adult-guided visits for between 10 and 50 individuals are also available, so you can enjoy absolutely everything the garden has to offer.

Address: 1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30309

High Museum of Art

Located less than 10 minutes from the Atlanta Botanical Garden is the High Museum of Art. This unique Atlanta destination is one of the top art museums in the U.S., housing more than 18,000 artworks. Here, you can explore prehistoric and contemporary pieces; 19th century and 20th century art; American and European paintings; photography; and sculptures.

You can also enjoy summer interactive installations in the Piazza or special events for different group categories, such as Teen Art Afternoons, Toddler Days, and special group tours for ages 18 and up or ages 55 and above.

Address: 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

A park in Atlanta with the skyline in the background

DAY 3:

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park

Learn about Atlanta’s rich political history and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when you visit this 35-acre National Historical Park. Plus, just a short walk from the family’s home, you'll find featured exhibits, a fountain, the International World Peace Rose Garden, and the Behold Monument made in Dr. King's honor. 

We also recommend checking out nearby Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. King shared his Sunday sermons with the community, as well as Dr. King Jr.’s resting place at the King Center.

Address: 450 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Zoo Atlanta

A couple of miles from Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park is Zoo Atlanta, located on Cherokee Avenue. Zoo Atlanta is popular for being one of only four U.S. zoos that take care of giant pandas, along with its other animal attractions, including the Western Lowland gorillas, Bornean orangutans, African lions, and various bird species.

Fun-filled activities like the Safari Camp, Biomechanics Day, and annual 5K Run across the zoo also await you here. For more adventurous groups, Zoo Atlanta offers nocturnal trips, zoo sleepovers, and twilight treks.

Address: 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30315

Discover Where to Eat in Atlanta

What is great travel without good eats? As you explore the city, you can embark on an appetizing adventure, too. Whether you’re up for Southern traditions, casual dining fare, or an upscale meal, don't miss out on these popular culinary spots when you visit Atlanta for the first time.A plate of Southern food

The Varsity

The Varsity is a famous American landmark and an Atlanta dining staple. This 90-year-old, world’s-largest-drive-in restaurant is a popular stop for fast and enormous-quantity orders. It is the perfect place to collect delicious food for school trips, sports tours, team outings, or huge family gatherings.

Must-tries at The Varsity are the chili dog, bacon cheeseburger, onion rings, fries, and frosted orange shake. The dining location covers two blocks and has a seating capacity of 800 people. Servicing 30,000 visitors in a day, The Varsity can definitely satisfy massive groups with its great food.

Address: 61 North Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30308

Mary Mac’s

For a good dose of traditional southern comfort food, check out Mary Mac’s Tea Room menu, which includes fried chicken, country-fried steak, fried okra, cornbread, black-eyed peas, and macaroni and cheese. Since its opening in 1945, this eatery has served up countless made-from-scratch classics to grateful locals and tourists.

Mary Mac’s can accommodate groups between 20 to 200 people, from breakfast to dinner, in its six dining areas. You can also order delivery or catering services if you're hosting a private or corporate affair at a separate location.

Address: 224 Ponce De Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

The Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar, and View

Discover one of Atlanta’s finest dining experiences at Sun Dial. A spectacular view of the Atlanta skyline perfectly complements this upscale restaurant and bar lounge. Enjoy the breathtaking 360-degree panorama while staff serves you fresh, farm-to-table items. You can choose your meal from a seasonal or permanent menu.

Large party events of up to 550 guests and private events for groups of up to 220 people are also available for exclusive booking if you call and schedule ahead!

Address: 210 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Book Your Atlanta Charter Bus Rental with Falcon Charter Bus

Ready to head out on your first Atlanta adventure? No matter the size of your group—whether you're a local crowd or heading into town aboard a bus rental from Birmingham—Falcon Charter Bus is here to make sure you travel safely and comfortably to every stop on your custom itinerary. Give us a call today at 404-400-3545 to learn more about bus options, ask any questions you have about renting a bus in Atlanta, and secure your bus rental!