Houston is big. We all know that. But are you craving a trip somewhere different? A weekend in Atlanta may be exactly what you need. It’s not nearly as huge as Houston, but it’s packed with culture, and hidden gems throughout the city make a short trip worthwhile.
Whether you’re in the mood to explore downtown, get a taste of nature, or check out the Atlanta art scene, start with these must see destinations.
Tiny Doors ATL
Looking for the perfect way to explore the city with a little fun added into the mix? Atlanta is home to the art project called #tinydoorsatl where people install small imitation doors places like curbs, trees, and walls. Follow the map online to find them and maybe even create your own.
Providence Canyon State Park
Located a little over an hour’s drive from Atlanta, this 1,003-acre state park will satisfy any nature cravings. Hikers can hit the three-mile trail, and there’s a 7-miler for the brave (my legs did not thank me the day after). Hiking is free, but there’s a $5 entry fee per vehicle. Maps are provided, and there are nine different camp sites if you feel so inclined.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
If you want to get a taste of nature without driving outside the city, these 30-acres of outdoor gardens, which date back to 1973, will be the most relaxing part of your stay. Keep an eye out for the electric Uber scooters, which allow you to ride around the whole place, and if you find one, just follow the directions on it. Adult admission is $23.95 and children under 3 get in for free.
High Museum of Art in Midtown Atlanta
It’s one of the most popular museums in America, and its three floors house more than 15,000 works of art —enough to keep anyone happy. No matter your taste, there’s bound to be something for you. The High contains many American works from the 19th and 20th centuries as well as European paintings, African American art, and modern and contemporary art. General admission is $14.50. And FYI: the museum is closed on Mondays, so plan to fit this into your weekend itinerary.
- The Midtown Sign, with its brightly colored letters, is located in Colony Square.
- The iconic Jackson Street Bridge offers a panoramic view of the Atlanta skyline.
- Capture the best and brightest street art at Krog Street Tunnel.
- Food and drink abound at Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market.
From IAH, Spirit offers direct flights for as low as $89, Delta for as low as $159, and United for $188. From Hobby, Southwest offers direct round trip flights for less than $100 when you book using the low fare calendar.