Thanks to its proximity to the world's busiest airport, plane spotting in the ATL Airport District is as easy as looking up. For those searching for a list of specific locations in the District that take the experience of plane watching to soaring heights, we've got you covered. Whether you're a seasoned aviation admirer or simply enjoy the thrill of observing flight, read on to discover the best places to watch planes coming and going from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Airport View Restaurant

A popular lunch spot among locals and Delta employees, Airport View Restaurant is a casual cafeteria-style eatery that serves Southern comfort foods, such as crispy fried chicken, meatloaf, collard greens and macaroni and cheese. Grab a window seat in the dining room to enjoy views of planes taking off from the runway right across the street. 

Atlanta Airport Marriott HotelAAM Plane Room

Offering rooms with views of the airport's runways, the Atlanta Airport Marriott Hotel is an excellent choice for a plane enthusiast's getaway. Select rooms have balconies with sliding doors for those who enjoy the complete sensory experience of hearing the roar of jet engines.

District Patios

When you're in the District, all you have to do is look up to spot a plane soaring across the sky! Many of our restaurant's patios are fantastic places to sit back and watch life go by, including planes. In College Park, the rooftop dining area at Nouveau Bar & Grill and the back patio at Aye Tea Elle are prime flight path locations. From the outdoor seating area of the restaurants on College Park's "restaurant row," including Johnny's Chicken & Waffles, Virgil's Gullah Kitchen & Bar, and The Real Milk & Honey, planes on the ascent put on a show for diners. 

Man putts on golf course as plane flies overhead.

Historic College Park Golf Course

Add an exciting twist to your golf game by teeing off at the Historic College Park Golf Course. Enjoy a scenic round on the 9-hole course with stunning views of aircraft in flight.  The elevated fairways and greens make it one of the most challenging courses in the Greater Atlanta Metropolitan area. 


Phoenix TrailPhoenix Trail Plane

Incorporate movement into your plane watching on the Phoenix Trail. The 2-mile rail-trail is a paved walking & running path in College Park that skirts the western edge of Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which presents prime opportunities for spotting planes.

Porsche Experience Center

The Porsche Experience Center offers a chic and modern setting with breathtaking views of two test tracks and the bustling airport. If you have a need for speed, opt for a driving experience where you'll test your mettle behind the wheel of a Porsche on the nearly 3 miles of test track with the backdrop of jets soaring overhead. Or leave the driving to the professionals and reserve a table at Restaurant 356 for lunch or dinner for a memorable meal complete with thrilling views. 

Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport HotelRenaissance Concourse View

A stay at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel is a treat for aviation aficionados and is a favorite among those in the plane spotting community. Book a room overlooking the runway and unwind in comfort with a front row view of planes taxiing right outside your window. You don't have to stay the night to take advantage of this hotel's unique proximity to the airport. Grab a seat at the Concorde bar for something to sip or nibble on as you take in the action on the other side of the triple paned floor to ceiling windows. 

Rooftop Plane Pinch

The Rooftop at the Overland

The Rooftop at the Overland, located on the 8th floor of the Kimpton Overland Hotel in Hapeville, offers an unparalleled vantage point for watching jets take off and land from the runways of neighboring Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Open Thursday - Saturday from 5 pm - 10 pm, the covered open air lounge is the ultimate destination for plane fanatics to enjoy craft cocktails and savor delectable bites. While you do not need to be an overnight guest to visit the rooftop lounge, the hotel is a fabulous option for plane loving out-of-towners and stay-cationers alike. Book a room with a view of the Porsche Experience Center test tracks right next door to watch cars zoom around the tracks while planes soar overhead.

With so many places to explore, you’ll have to keep coming back for more! Whether you’re seeking a serene retreat or an exciting adventure, there’s a perfect spot for every aviation enthusiast to enjoy the thrill of watching planes in action.  

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