Whether you are heading in for a long vacation or quick weekend getaway, Atlanta is a unique and fascinating place to visit. There are plenty of activities, restaurants, and outdoor festivals to explore, perfect for solo travelers. This southern city is turning into the entertainment capital of the New South. Here are a few tips to enjoy your next solo trip to Atlanta (for more info check out these tips by Suddath).
When to Go
Atlanta has beautiful weather throughout the year. Any month is a great time to visit. The summer months are hotter with an average high of 89°F (32°C) in July. Those summer days do bring more humidity to the air. January is the coldest month of the year for Atlanta. These winter temperatures drop to an average low of 52°F (11°C) during the month so be sure to bring a coat and boots.
Where to Stay
Atlanta has a variety of accommodations to offer its female visitors. You can find a budget motel to a 5-star hotel on any given night. Some people are even opting to rent a room from places like Airbnb and VRBO home rentals. These sites can give you an affordable room for your trip. You should always think about safety when traveling alone. It is important to read reviews and book your accommodations from reputable sites and from renters who have hosted successfully in the past. When booking your room, you want to stay close to the Midtown area. This location will give you easy access to all the tourist sites in the city.
Getting Around Town
The MARTA transportation system services the metro Atlanta area. It is a pretty reliable way to move around town without the need to rent a car. Their buses and trains all operate on 10-20 minute schedule. The rides are budget friendly as well. Most tickets start around $2.50 for a one-way ride. Unfortunately, the MARTA only covers certain areas of the city. If you are looking to visit the suburbs or areas out of the city center, you should consider using Uber as a transportation option.
Atlanta is full of southern hospitality. With any big city, you need to stay alert when traveling solo. You should always be observant of your surroundings. Try to avoid isolated places at night. When traveling alone, you should be mindful of your liquor intake. Never leave drinks unattended and don’t accept drinks from strangers. There are kits on the market that can alert you to a spiked drink. When you are out, never show anyone your money. Some unscrupulous people may see you as a target for theft. You may want to familiarize yourself with the area. Get to know the locations of the closest police station and hospital. You may not need them, but it is important to know if an emergency does pop up. Finally, just trust your intuition. If a place feels uncomfortable, you should move to a different and safer location. Better safe than sorry.
What to Eat
Southern food is often called comfort food, and anyone that’s had it will know why. If you are visiting Atlanta, you want to eat like a local. This city is known for serving up plates of delicious barbecue and soul food. If you love fried chicken, collard greens, and cornbread, you are in luck. Atlanta is home to many southern cuisine restaurants. The Busy Bee Café claims to have the best fried chicken in the south. You can also grab a burger or chili dog at The Varsity, the largest drive-thru restaurant in the city.
What to See
If you are looking for a little history, Atlanta is the place for you. It played an important part in the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born and raised in Atlanta. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site includes the Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Freedom Hall, the birth home of Dr. King, and a visitor’s center. The visitor’s center showcases different events and exhibitions throughout the year. This is a popular spot for tour groups and visitors. You may want to leave early to get a free ticket to these sites.
Piedmont Park is the perfect place to enjoy a walk in the downtown area. This lush park is located in the middle of the city. There are plenty of locals and visitors that take advantage of the beautiful green space throughout the year. If you plan your visit at the right time, you may be able to enjoy one of the food or music festivals held at this location.
The Atlanta BeltLine is a former railway corridor. The city has revitalized the space as a multi-use biking and walking trail. The BeltLine features contemporary street art from a variety of local artists in the area. You can also stop by and grab lunch at one of the many cafes and restaurants.
The Georgia Aquarium contains over 10 million gallons of marine and salt water. This aquarium holds over a hundred thousand animals in the facility. It is also the home of over several thousand of marine species. You can enjoy watching the beluga whales, dolphins, whale sharks, and a variety of fish. Tickets for the animal encounters and shows do sell out, so you might want to reserve your passes online. The Aquarium is located in the heart of downtown. It is easily accessible by car or public transportation.
When you follow these tips, your next trip will be a breeze. You can enjoy the capital of the South without worrying about missing out on the city’s events, restaurants, and attractions. Have fun planning your next adventure in Atlanta!