Doing the tourist thing in Atlanta can be great fun, but the thing about popular tourist destinations is that they are extremely well-known, and they don’t always give you the true flavor of the place because they have been “sanitized” to appeal to the largest number of people possible. That’s why it can be fun to get a bit off the beaten track and explore some of the sprawling city’s more hidden gems…
Chamblee Antique Row
Chamblee Antique Row is kind of like a mini antique district that is tucked away in the Chamblee suburb of the city. There you will find a cluster of very interesting antique stores and unique retail units that offer up a vast array of products you won’t find anywhere else. Whether you’re a local looking for a unique gift, a tourist looking for a cool souvenir or you’re simply someone who’s looking to have an interesting few hours out in Atlanta, it’s a great place to be.
If you’re looking for a great place to eat in Atlanta, avoid the tourist traps and head to the Havana Restaurant on Clairmont Road where you will find the best Cuban sandwiches outside of Cuba. While you’re there, be sure to try one of the tastebud-wakening Latin drinks that are so different from the beverages you’ll find elsewhere in the city.
The East Palisades Trail
The East Palisades Trail runs right along the banks of the Chattahoochee River – Atlanta’s most beautiful body of water. Many of the locals visit regulars to walk their dogs in what is an extremely four-legged friendly area, but even if you don’t have a dog of your own, you will be blown away by the peaceful seclusion and beauty of the environment, especially if you spend some time in the bamboo forest, which is a favorite of photographers in Atlanta, GA. If you’re looking for something a bit more action-packed, there are even opportunities to try out rock-climbing on the trail.
Millenium Gate is a great Atlanta attraction, so it’s weird that it doesn’t get more attention in the guidebooks and tourist information. On the other hand, the fact that it has not been overexposed also means that you can explore it without having to push through huge crowd. Situated in the Atlantic Station District, this interesting museum has a distinctly Roman style and contains over 12,000 square feet of Georgian history that will keep you enthralled for an hour or three.
Dekalb Farmers Market
If you like fresh produce, bright colors, vibrant people, and intoxicating aromas, there are no two ways about it – you need to pay a visit to Dekalb Farmers Market – a place that too many Atlantans are still unaware of. There you will find the finest organic and international foods and a great cafeteria that will set your senses alight.
Atlanta has so much to offer that you can only really do it justice by getting out there and exploring every inch of the city. The above attractions are great places to start, but don’t stop there – get out and explore! Here’s a list with even more hidden gems!