Planning a short weekend getaway to Atlanta, Georgia? You can see plenty of the city’s top attractions even in just a couple days! Check out this perfect 2 days in Atlanta travel itinerary to find the best things to do, places to eat, and places to stay.
There are so many amazing things to do in Atlanta that planning a short trip can be difficult! You obviously can’t see it all in just a weekend trip, but I’ve put together the perfect 2 day itinerary that will give you a taste of what Atlanta has to offer. After this, you’ll definitely want to return!
With all the exciting things to do in Atlanta, you’ll have no problem planning a weekend getaway to the city.
There are so many fun ways to spend a couple days in Atlanta! Now, let’s get to the itinerary!
Where to Stay for a Weekend in Atlanta
One of the most important parts of planning a weekend trip to Atlanta is deciding where to stay.
For this 2 day itinerary, I recommend staying in Downtown Atlanta.
Top 5 Downtown Atlanta Hotels
Here are my top picks for the best hotels in Downtown Atlanta:
- Glenn Hotel — boutique 1920s hotel for sophisticated Southern hospitality
- Westin Peachtree Plaza — modern skyscraper with the best views in the city
- Omni Hotel at CNN Center — hotel right in the heart of Downtown Atlanta
- Hyatt Regency Downtown — comfortable hotel with a revolving rooftop restaurant
- The Candler Hotel — glamourous and historic art-deco hotel
Read more: Top 10 Hotels in Atlanta, Georgia
Once you’ve decided where to stay for your weekend in Atlanta, it’s time to plan out your itinerary!
2 Perfect Days in Atlanta Travel Itinerary
This perfect 2-day itinerary will showcase Atlanta’s diverse attractions, mouthwatering culinary scene, and captivating cultural landmarks. Get ready to immerse yourself into the heart and soul of Atlanta on this unforgettable journey through Georgia’s capital city.
Atlanta Day One: Breakfast at the Atlanta Breakfast Club
A perfect day in Atlanta starts with a perfect breakfast.
The Atlanta Breakfast Club serves classic Southern comfort dishes like chicken and waffles, peach cobbler French toast, smoked bacon and scrambled eggs, and breakfast tacos.
Their prices are typically just under $10, making this a great budget-friendly breakfast spot.
Atlanta Day One: Take in the Views from the Westin Peachtree Plaza
I fully believe that every city should be viewed from above as well as from below. So let’s start this Atlanta itinerary off at the top!
The Westin Peachtree Plaza is an iconic Atlanta hotel with 73-stories and a mirror-glass façade. It’s one of my favorite places to stay in Atlanta, but you don’t have to stay here to be able to see the views. The hotel has an observation deck, restaurant, and bar on the top level that are open to the public.
Take the glass elevators up to Level 72 to The View at the Sun Dial Restaurant. You can choose to make a reservation at the bar or restaurant, or you can just head to the observation level.
From this high-up perch, you can take in the 360° panorama view of Atlanta. This is my favorite way to enjoy the city.
Atlanta Day One: Explore Centennial Olympic Park
Centennial Olympic Park is a 21-acre public park built as part of the city improvements for the Centennial 1996 Summer Olympics. The engraved bricks represent all the donors who paid for the park. My grandparents actually have a brick in the park, so I always make sure to find it when I’m downtown.
The park has playgrounds, a fountain, paved pathways, and a concession stand. This is the center of Downtown Atlanta’s most popular attractions like the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Centennial Olympic Park is free to visit. In the summer, you can find families playing the the Fountain of Rings.
Related Tour: Atlanta Downtown Segway Tour
Atlanta Day One: Tour the World of Coca-Cola
The World of Coca-Cola gives you an inside look at the history of Atlanta’s most famous beverage.
You get to see tons of Coca-Cola memorabilia, take a picture with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear, and learn about the drink’s history from its pharmaceutical beginnings to its status as a soda giant today.
At the end of your tour, you’ll even get to taste Coca-Cola drinks from around the world! The tasting room is one of the best parts of visiting this museum. (Don’t forget to try the infamous Beverley drink from Italy!)
You can get discounted admission to the World of Coca-Cola by using the Atlanta CityPASS! This attraction pass also gets you discounts at 4 other top attractions in Atlanta as well, some of which are in this itinerary, helping you save a lot of money.
Or you can buy your skip-the-line World of Coca-Cola ticket here.
Atlanta Day One: Lunch at The Food Shoppe
The Food Shoppe is a great counter-serve restaurant within walking distance from Centennial Olympic Park and the surrounding tourist sights.
On the menu, you’ll find Creole and Cajun classics like shrimp jambalaya, gumbo, shrimp and grits, and red beans and rice.
Their famous Walk and Eat Bowls are perfect grab-and-go meals for your busy day in Atlanta.
Atlanta Day One: Dive into the Georgia Aquarium
The Georgia Aquarium is one of the world’s largest aquariums. This marine giant is home to hundreds of aquatic species in more than 10 million gallons of water.
They’re known for their exhibits containing California Sea Lions, Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins, Beluga Whales, and Whale Sharks.
When you visit the Aquarium, you’ll get to see the largest indoor aquatic habitat in the world and one of the world’s largest viewing windows in their Ocean Voyager exhibit. This is where you can view the Aquarium’s Whale Sharks and Manta Rays and even SCUBA dive with them!
You can get discounted tickets to the Georgia Aquarium by using the Atlanta CityPASS.
Or you can buy your skip-the-line Georgia Aquarium ticket here.
If you find yourself with some extra time on day one to explore more, check out some nearby attractions. The SkyView Ferris Wheel, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the College Football Hall of Fame are located within walking distance of today’s itinerary.
Some of these attractions are also discounted with the Atlanta CityPASS.
Atlanta Day One: Dinner at Meehan’s Public House
Try their classic Irish pub fare, like the fish and chips or shepherd’s pie.
You’ll also want to grab a pint and enjoy some late night fun!
Atlanta Day Two: Breakfast at Grant Park Coffeehouse
Grant Park Coffeehouse is the perfect neighborhood coffeehouse located in Downtown near the GSU campus.
This coffeehouse serves light breakfast fare, sandwiches, in-house-made baked goods, and plenty of coffee.
Atlanta Day Two: Visit Zoo Atlanta
Zoo Atlanta is one of my favorite places in Atlanta, mostly because they have two different species of bears!
The Zoo houses more than 1,500 animals from 220 different species, so you can expect to spend a lot of your day exploring their exhibits. At the Zoo, you can see lions, tigers, sun bears, giraffes, orangutans, birds, reptiles, and more.
Zoo Atlanta is most known for its Giant Pandas (two adults and two twin cubs) and its gorillas (21 gorillas have been born here since 1988). They’ve also recently expanded their elephant habitat.
You can get discounted tickets to Zoo Atlanta by using the Atlanta CityPASS.
Or you can buy your skip-the-line Zoo Atlanta ticket here.
Atlanta Day Two: Photo Opp at the Jackson Street Bridge
Now known for The Walking Dead promo, Jackson Street Bridge is one of the best spots for the quintessential Atlanta view.
The skyscrapers of the Downtown Skyline line up along Peachtree Street in the perfect silhouette. You’ll definitely want to stop to get some pictures for your Instagram!
The bridge is easy to get to and doesn’t have a ton of traffic. Just don’t park blocking the bike lanes on the bridge! There is plenty of street parking in the surrounding neighborhood.
And best of all, it is absolutely free to get the best picture of Downtown Atlanta. Go ahead and get a selfie at one of the most picture-perfect spots in the city!
Related Tour: The Walking Dead Private Filming Locations Tour
Atlanta Day Two: Lunch at Souper Jenny
For lunch, head to Souper Jenny, located at your next attraction — the Atlanta History Center. Souper Jenny has been serving the Atlanta community fresh and delicious food since 1999.
Try their delicious homemade soups or have a fresh and healthy salad or sandwich to refuel you for the day.
Atlanta Day Two: Learn the History of Atlanta at the Atlanta History Center
The Atlanta History Center is the best place in the city to learn about, well, the history of Atanta. History-buffs will love spending time here, and you should set aside an entire afternoon to be able to fully explore the museum.
The Center presents exhibits on the people, culture, and history that have shaped the city of Atlanta. The museum’s exhibits cover the 1996 Olympics, Atlanta’s railroad history, stories of Atlanta, golfer Bobby Jones, Native American history in Georgia, Civil War history, and the cyclorama painting The Battle of Atlanta.
The Atlanta History Center also has historic buildings on the premises that you can explore. The Smith Family Farm is Atlanta’s oldest farmhouse; the Wood Family Cabin explores life dating back to the settlers; and the Swan House depicts Atlanta in the Jazz Age.
The Swan House is one of the most photographed landmarks in Atlanta. You may recognize it as President Snow’s mansion in The Hunger Games.
Atlanta Day Two: Dinner at Eclipse di Luna
End your day in Atlanta with tapas at Eclipse di Luna.
This Buckhead restaurant serves authentic Spanish tapas, an extensive wine list, craft cocktails, and an amazing Sangria.
Top Atlanta Tours
With so much to see, Atlanta can be overwhelming for any first-time traveler. To take some of the stress out of planning your visit, opt for a guided tour! Check out this list of the top Atlanta tours to help you make the most of your time in Georgia’s capital city.
- 90-Minute Guided Sightseeing Tour by E-Car
- Atlanta’s Black History and Civil Rights Tour
- Midtown Atlanta Food & Cocktail Tour
Top 5 popular tours in Atlanta
- See the highlights of Atlanta on this bus tour that includes stops at key sites such as the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park, Centennial Olympic Park and others
- Feel the thrill of skydiving without the stress in this indoor skydiving simulation with an accredited instructor
- Explore the history of the world’s most famous beverage brand at the World of Coca-Cola—the dynamic, multimedia home of Coke’s secret formula with this ticket
- Luxuriate in Atlanta’s thriving foodie scene on a gourmet walking tour with a small group and try a variety of cuisines as you eat your way through a 4-course meal and try craft alcohol pairings over the duration of the tour
- Atlanta is known as ‘the Black Mecca’ for its wealth of African-American culture and history — and this small-group tour offers a comprehensive introduction to the city’s key neighborhoods, landmarks, and more
Mapping Out Your Weekend in Atlanta
Ready to explore Atlanta’s top attractions and hidden gems? Use the map below to help plan out your 2-day itinerary exploring Atlanta, Georgia.
With its diverse attractions, mouthwatering culinary scene, and captivating cultural landmarks, this vibrant city is sure to enthrall you.
I hope this 2-day itinerary helps you plan the perfect trip to Atlanta!
Still have some time left in Atlanta?
Maybe you flew through all the stops on this itinerary and you still have time left to explore. That’s great! I have plenty of other Atlanta resources to help fill your time here. Check out more amazing things to do in Atlanta:
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- The Best Rooftop Bars in Atlanta, Georgia
- Atlanta on a Budget: 10 Tips for a Cheap Trip
I hope you enjoy your amazing 2 days in Atlanta, Georgia!
Visiting Atlanta FAQ
The must-visit attractions for a 2-day weekend trip to Atlanta are the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta, and the Atlanta History Center.
To make the most of your limited time in Atlanta, get the Atlanta CityPASS which will help you save money and time accessing 5 of Atlanta’s top museums and attractions.
The best time of year to visit Atlanta for a short tip is in the spring when the weather is nice, accommodation prices are low, and there aren’t a ton of crowds.
It is absolutely worth visiting Atlanta’s museums in a short timeframe! You can fit at least two museums into your itinerary per day, and maybe more if you just see the highlights. Plan for one museum in the morning and one museum in the afternoon to make the most of your time.
Ready to visit Atlanta, Georgia? Plan your trip with these tips.
- Get Familiar With the City: Check out my Ultimate Guide to Atlanta to help plan your trip!
- Book Your Flight: Find the cheapest flights using Skyscanner, my favorite flight search engine.
- Find Accommodation: You can find top hotels in Atlanta using Booking.com.
- Save on Attractions: Save 44% on admission to Atlanta’s top attractions using the Atlanta CityPASS.
Have you spent 2 days in Atlanta, Georgia? Let me know about your visit in the comments!