A Newcomer’s Guide to Atlanta: 3 Days to Get to Know the City

Home to Coca-Cola headquarters, the world’s largest aquarium, and the world’s largest drive-in restaurant, Atlanta hosts a myriad of unique destinations sure to impress travelers of all backgrounds. The classic southern hospitality alone is sure to charm any newcomer, while the history, beauty, and endless food destinations only offer more reasons to stay and explore.

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Exploring Atlanta

If you’re worried about how you might get around, Falcon Charter Bus provides transportation to groups of all types, from wedding guests to business travelers to senior citizens and more. We specialize in finding the perfect bus accommodations based on each group’s specific needs, so you’re always paired with the best bus for your group and a professional, experienced driver.

Though you can’t see it all in just 3 days, we’ve tried to combine our passengers’ favorite Atlanta destinations into one sample itinerary. Check off all of the “tourist traps” that still make the city unique with some of the suggested stops below, plus some food recommendations that you’ll only find in Atlanta.

How to Get Around:

MARTA, Uber, and Lyft are at your disposal, but when you’re traveling with a large group of people, you risk splitting up your group or stressing over lost members when you use public services. A coach from Falcon Charter Bus will allow everyone to travel together to every stop, ensuring that you’re always on the same page. With minibuses, full-sized charter buses, and multiple sizes in between, we’ll find one that suits your group perfectly so that you can comfortably travel to any Atlanta destination.

As a plus, you’ll be able to set your own itinerary ahead of time based on what you want to see. We’ll send your itinerary to your driver so that you’ll always have a ride when it’s time to move from one stop to the next.

Where to Go:

Check out the sample itinerary below to get an idea of the best Atlanta destinations for first-time visitors. We’ve covered all the bases so that you can experience all of the classic attractions that make Atlanta unique:

Day 1

Morning:

The Georgia Aquarium

Phone: (404) 581-4000

Address: 225 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

As the second-largest aquarium in the world, these 10 millions gallons of water filled with whale sharks, manta rays, beluga whales, and thousands of other aquatic species are sure to wow visitors of all ages.

Afternoon:

The World of Coca-Cola

Phone: (404) 676-5151

Address: 121 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Just next door to the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coke showcases the history of the world-famous soda through unique exhibits. Finish your visit by sampling Coke products from around the world in the popular tasting room.

Evening:

A show at the Fox Theatre

Phone: (404) 881-2100

Address: 660 W Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308

The historic “Fabulous Fox” Theatre can’t be missed on your first trip to Atlanta. From a casual summer movie night to a formal Christmas-time viewing of the Atlanta Ballet’s yearly “Nutcracker” production, there’s always something exciting happening at the Fox.

Day 2

Morning:

Center for Civil & Human Rights

Phone: (678) 999-8990

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

As the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr., the city of Atlanta played a key role in the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-20th century. This new museum highlights the achievements of the movement and brings attention to broader issues regarding human rights worldwide.

Afternoon:

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Phone: (404) 876-5859

Address: 1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30309

Located in Midtown’s Piedmont Park, the Botanical Garden offers 30 acres of beautiful gardens and unique plant life, including a Japanese garden, a rose garden, and woodland areas. If the weather’s nice, head over to Piedmont Park to enjoy a nice stroll or a special event.

Evening:

SkyView Atlanta

Phone: (678) 949-9023

Address: 168 Luckie Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Enjoy a beautiful nighttime view of the skyline from within a comfortable, climate-controlled gondola. It’s more than just a simple ferris wheel ride, though-- the wheel also offers special field trip opportunities, event hosting, and VIP gondolas for special occasions.

Day 3

Morning:

High Museum of Art

Phone: (404) 733-4400

Address: 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

With a permanent collection of 15,000 works spanning across 7 exhibits as well as yearly traveling special exhibitions, the High is one of the top art museums in the U.S. and a must-see for all Atlanta visitors. They even offer free admission on the second Sunday of every month!

Afternoon:

Zoo Atlanta

Phone: (404) 624-9453

Address: 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30315

As one of only four U.S. zoos to house giant pandas, Zoo Atlanta can’t be missed. You’ll also find gorillas, a komodo dragon, naked mole rats, tigers, orangutans, and more, making the Zoo a fascinating stop for visitors of all ages.

Evening:

Ponce City Market

Address: 675 Ponce De Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Spend an evening shopping, eating, and strolling at Ponce City Market, built in a refurbished Sears, Roebuck & Co. building. With plenty of upscale shops and opportunities to taste local beers and wines, PCM is a great place to relax and knock out some souvenir shopping.

What to Eat:

Don’t miss out on these iconic Atlanta restaurants while you’re here! Whether you’re in the mood for traditional Southern cuisine or classy upscale dining, the city has endless options sure to please every member of your group. Here are 3 of our top choices for Atlanta newcomers:

The Varsity

Phone: (404) 881-1706

Address: 61 North Avenue NW, Atlanta, GA 30308

The Varsity is a staple of Atlanta restaurants and one of the most-recognized landmarks in the city. Treat yourself to a hot dog, a bacon cheeseburger, fries, or a classic frosted orange at this historic 90-year-old restaurant. Although it’s known as the world’s largest drive-in restaurant, there’s plenty of room inside for everybody in your group.

Mary Mac’s Tea Room

Phone: (404) 876-1800

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

Get a taste of classic Southern cuisine at Mary Mac’s Tea Room in Midtown. Some of Atlanta’s best fried chicken, country-fried steak, fried okra, cornbread, black-eyed peas, and macaroni and cheese are just a few of this historic restaurant’s delicious offerings.

Sun Dial Restaurant

Phone: (404) 659-1400

Address: 210 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Located atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza, the Sun Dial offers a gorgeous 360-degree rotating view of the city of Atlanta. Enjoy a splurge with either their permanent or seasonal menu while you take in the scenery from 72 stories above the street.

Reserve a Charter Bus for Your First Atlanta Trip

Falcon Charter Bus specializes in transportation arrangements for groups of all types. Rely on us to make your first trip to Atlanta an unforgettable one with the perfect bus rental, an efficient booking process, and a team of dedicated reservation specialists available 24/7 to help secure your bus. With service extending to Charlotte, Nashville, Tallahassee, Miami, and more, it’s easy to travel into the city from anywhere in the Southeast.

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