With my most recent road trip in the books, here are some highlights (including things to do and see) from my weekend in ATL.
Oakland Cemetery. By now everyone knows I’m obsessed with all things gothic/spooky/horrific, so it’s no surprise a visit to the cemetery is first on my list. But whether you frequent these final resting places or not, this specific cemetery is a must. Not only is it a beautiful park, it’s also home to some of Atlanta’s most noted citizens, settlers and Confederate soldiers. I strongly suggest making your trip around the annual Sunday in the Park. The Victorian street festival is a delight for all ages, and whether you dress the part or not, there’s plenty to do and see during this all-day event. With a small entry fee (that goes directly to restoring and preserving the historic landmark), Sunday in the Park is a fun and affordable way to spend a few hours or an afternoon. If you don’t make it to the festival, you can still enjoy a serene visit to the cemetery for free. Either way, put it on your list. Near the top. Just do it.
The Jane. In its own words, the Jane is “a mixed use redevelopment in historic Grant Park.” Conveniently located across the street from Oakland Cemetery, it’s the perfect place to end up after a long stroll through the headstones. Pop into Six Feet Under or Republic Social House for a pint and bite and enjoy the view from the roof. You can thank me later.
Stone Mountain. Possibly one of the only mountains in Atlanta, Stone Mountain is a must for anyone with a love of nature (or at least a general liking of it). If you’re looking for a good workout, brave the steep, 825-foot trek up the side of the mountain. The view from the top makes the sweat and burn to get there totally worth it. Of course, if you’re feeling a little weak (or just especially lazy), you can take the Summit Skyride and get to the stunning view faster. The lift will also get you closer to the Confederate memorial carving on the side of the mountain. Along with the natural aspects of the park, there are plenty of family-friendly activities for everyone to enjoy, including rock climbing walls and ropes courses. If you have the opportunity, check out the laser show. My trip to Stone Mountain was only during daylight hours, so I haven’t yet seen the nighttime spectacular but I hear it’s fantastic (and free with your $10 parking fee).
Living Walls. I think anyone can have an appreciation for art, whether it’s their “thing” or not. Living Walls Atlanta is definitely the kind of artsy thing that’s perfect for non-artsy people to enjoy. Summer Hill has a high concentration of murals in one location, but there are others scattered around the city that are worth checking out, too.
There are, of course, a million other things to do and see in Atlanta, but I haven’t gotten to them yet, so you’ll have to figure it out for yourself.