Lately, Tony has been traveling for work to Atlanta, GA. We decided to celebrate his last trip by spending the long Easter weekend in Atlanta together exploring the area. Although this was Tony’s 4th time in the city his busy schedule kept his wanderings strictly between his office and hotel across the street – so this would basically be a new city for both of us! After mapping it out we found that Atlanta is only about 6 hours from Tampa, FL – totally doable in our new van! So, we had our plan. Tony would fly to ATL and work Monday-Friday, and Chewy and I would drive up in the van on Good Friday (since I had that day off) to meet him!
After picking Tony up from work we spent the evening walking around Krog Street Market. If this destination was a reflection of how our whole trip was going to be, we were not prepared for how quickly we would fall in love with this city. Our evening was spent walking the streets lined with beautiful graffiti murals, eyeing the eclectic variety of food stalls, and discovering old buildings that were repurposed as lofts, office buildings, and art structures. We found a residential neighborhood nearby to park the van and settled in for the night eager to explore more of this fun city.
Saturday we woke up bright and early, dropped Chewy off at a Rover daycare (a great alternative if you’re traveling with pets and want to see some indoor sights one day), and set out on our bikes to explore the Atlanta Aquarium, Oakland Cemetery, Centennial Park, and some shops. It’s not too common for us to visit an Aquarium (or Zoo), but EVERYONE we spoke to said we should stop by the Atlanta Aquarium so we gave it a shot. Was it cool? Pretty cool, yeah. Was it neat to see a Whale Shark up close and personal? Sure. Did we end up feeling bad for the animals stuck in captivity? Always. Was it worth the $40/person ticket? To us, no. But that’s just us. The best part of our day was just being outside exploring the city by bike. After picking Chewy up that evening we headed up to the Piedmont Park area to settle in for the night in another neighborhood within walking distance from the park and anticipated more fun the following day.
Although we were bummed to leave, Sunday turned out to be our favorite day! We started the day on bikes, again, stopping by an Airstream for breakfast. Afterwards we explored Piedmont Park, the most beautiful and expansive park I have seen in a long time. We stumbled upon an impressive dog park and let Chewy make some ATL friends before discovering the glory that is the Atlanta Beltline. These dedicated walk/bike trails are GOLD in this city. Sprinkled with large bright murals, metalwork, and abstract art it was the perfect way for us to end our trip.
The 6 hour drive home with all 3 of us was much more pleasant than my solo ride up with Chewy – as he is really no help when it comes to driving. We left feeling like we had conquered a big van milestone surviving our first long weekend and are so looking forward to visiting Atlanta again – a city that really surprised us and left us wanting more.
Can you recommend any other places we should visit next time we’re in ATL??