The Perfect 3-Day Weekend in Atlanta
Atlanta is consistently ranked as one of the most visited cities in the country, with over 35 million visitors per year. It’s the kind of city that has everything, for every kind of traveler. We’ve put together the perfect 3-day weekend itinerary in Atlanta to help you make the most of your trip without the added stress of planning. From the Georgia Aquarium to Piedmont Park, here’s how to pack the best of Atlanta into a short trip.
Friday: Buckhead District
Get the weekend started by checking into The Burgess Hotel in the heart of Atlanta’s Buckhead district. The 102-room boutique hotel was elegantly transformed and outfitted with custom furniture, original artwork, and found objects from Asia and beyond. The Burgess offers intimate spaces for work and play and the on-site Fia Restaurant, one of Atlanta’s most buzzed-about eateries. After you’ve gotten your bearings of the neighborhood, it’s time to hit the town.
Begin your 3-day weekend with a relaxing evening to recover from your travels. Buckhead is one of Atlanta’s trendiest districts, consisting of beautiful parks, upscale shopping, and some of the best dining options in the city. Explore the neighborhood with our guide and join Fia Restaurant for wood-fired fare inspired by the rustic cooking of the Western Mediterranean. Fia is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner service.
Saturday: Georgia Aquarium, Centennial Olympic Park, Piedmont Park, and more
Day two is all about exploring the most iconic destinations in Atlanta. After a quick breakfast of baked goods, creamed oatmeal, and fresh squeezed juice at Fia, begin your sightseeing tour at the Georgia Aquarium in Pemberton Place. The world’s largest aquarium is home to thousands of aquatic animals which reside in more than 10 million gallons of water. Pemberton Place is also the site of the World of Coca-Cola and is within walking distance of Centennial Olympic Park, Mercedes Benz-Stadium (home of the Atlanta Falcons), State Farm Arena (home of the Atlanta Hawks), and the CNN Center.
After spending the morning with the whale sharks, belugas, and manta rays, walk across Baker Street to Centennial Olympic Park. The former site of the 1996 Olympic games is filled with walking paths, water gardens, and the iconic Fountain of Rings. Want to add more stops to your Saturday? Atlanta's City Pass is a great option for travelers who are planning a fast-paced vacation and want to see as many attractions as possible. Save big on tickets for the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, CNN Studio Tours, Zoo Atlanta or the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the Fernbank Museum of Natural History or the College Football Hall of Fame.
As you make your way north to Buckhead, make a brief stop at Ponce City Market. The historic Sears, Roebuck & Co. building now functions as an exciting community hub with a multitude of boutique and specialty shops. A mile north of the market, catch the sunset from Piedmont Park. Home to the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the 185-acre park is the perfect place to watch the sun dip behind the Atlanta skyline.
Sunday: Atlanta History and the MLK Jr. National Historic Site
Capture the history of Atlanta in one day beginning at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site on Auburn Avenue. After browsing the exhibitions and a brief orientation at the visitor’s center, work your way around the three main sites of the historic park. Visit the home in which the leader of the Civil Rights movement was born, the church where he preached, and the memorial site where he is buried.
Ranked the number one attraction in Atlanta by the U.S. News and World Report, the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead features award-winning exhibitions, historic houses, miles of enchanting gardens and trails, interactive activities, and a variety of year-round programming. Discover Atlanta’s history, from Native American culture to life in the antebellum South. Toast to your time in Atlanta with a drink at Mr. B. Bar, located adjacent to Fia Restaurant within The Burgess Hotel. Mr. B’s sleek interiors and sophisticated ambiance is the ideal setting to sip on a vintage inspired cocktail that honors the history and craft of bartending.
The Burgess Hotel is proud to offer complimentary transportation to our guests to the Atlanta History Center and more destinations within two miles, daily from 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. We also provide Concierge services to help you make the most of your Atlanta stay, whether it be securing tickets to the Georgia Aquarium, printing your boarding passes, or directing you to some of the most exciting attractions in the city.
Get to your exciting plans faster when you book your stay with The Burgess Hotel, located in the heart of Atlanta’s Buckhead district.