Unique Atlanta Attractions
Atlanta has tons of popular tourist attractions, including the Georgia Aquarium (the world’s largest), The World of Coke and art museums. But sometimes you are looking for something a bit more unique. Want to know where the locals go when they want to show off their city? Check out some of these off-the-beaten-path tourist destinations in Atlanta for a unique perspective on the city.
Little Five Points
Little Five Points is just east of downtown, and it’s one of Atlanta’s most eclectic neighborhoods. It used to be a bit rough, but these days I’d just say its a tad rough around the edges. On the weekends you’ll find it quite crowded – and while there are still some characters to be found, there are also a lot of young people and families.
It is a very walkable neighborhood (and you can find street parking down side streets, so don’t bother with the pay lots unless you aren’t comfortable driving around a bit), so park the car and explore on foot. The neighborhood has great shopping (mostly boutiques and vintage shops), plus several restaurants and bars.
The area is also accessible by Marta, via the Inman Park station. Simply exit Marta on the north side, walk up Hurt Street and hang a left on Euclid. You’ll be in Little Five Points in just a few minutes. The major intersection that defines Little Five Points is Euclid and Moreland.
Krog Street Tunnel
Located at the convergence of Old Fourth Ward, Inman Park and Cabbagetown, the Krog Street Tunnel is a distinct Atlanta landmark. The tunnel itself is always covered – inside and out – with graffiti. While there is no legally sanctioned graffiti zone in Atlanta, the tunnel is typically left alone as public art by the authorities.
More things to do near the Krog Street Tunnel:
- Check out the beautiful Victorian homes in Inman Park
- Indulge at the nearby Rathbun’s/Rathbun’s Steak
- Grab a beer at one of Cabbagetown’s neighborhood bars (try Estoria or Milltown Arms).
The Krog Street Tunnel is located at the intersection of Krog Street and Dekalb Avenue.
If you’re an adventurous eater, you might want to take a trip over to Buford Highway. Located on the northeast side of Atlanta, Buford Highway is an ethnic melting pot. Driving down the road, you’ll find yourself passing from one distinct neighborhood to another, indicated by the language on the signs around you. From killer, authentic tacos to Chinese that’s more than orange chicken to Korean BBQ, there are restaurants to suit all tastes. The area also has several markets and Asian grocery stores that stock hard-to-find ingredients. Wondering where to start? There’s a local blog on Buford Highway spots, and you can click around by cuisine.
Atlanta is currently taking on a mega-project known as The BeltLine. It is a circular path around the city – mostly built along old rail lines – that will connect some of Atlanta’s best neighborhoods and be a new way for walkers and bikers to get around. If you’re interested in that sort of thing, or you just want a cool way to tour Atlanta, you can hop on a BeltLine tour each Friday and Saturday.