History, Arts & Culture
Welcome to the District
It's where every Atlanta adventure begins
The ATL Airport District is the sweet spot between Downtown Atlanta and the world’s busiest airport. Come and experience the easy, quirky, laid-back side of the A, where the atmosphere is one-of-a-kind—and the hotels cost 30% less.
Any one of the ATL Airport District’s 8,000 hotel rooms (conveniently located just south of downtown Atlanta!) is the perfect home base for your ATL adventures.
Start your morning at The Breakfast Boys, a charming and chic all-day breakfast café located right on Main Street in College Park. We recommend the jerk chicken and sweet potato waffles, oatmeal brulee, and a passion fruit mimosa – the perfect combo to fuel your day.The Thing To Know
Though new in town, this place is something of a social hub—which is ideal if you’re looking to get the low-down from a local. Grab a spot on the pink gingham bench up front and scope out a friendly face.
After breakfast, visit the Hapeville Depot Museum where you’ll learn the history of Hapeville, and its connection to Ford Motor Company, Delta Airlines, and the world’s busiest airport.The Thing To Know
Continue your tour of Hapeville history with a delicious “Lime Ricky” from Chapman’s Drug Store and Soda Fountain, locally owned and operated since 1921—just steps away from the Hapeville Depot Museum.
Lunch time calls from across the railroad tracks at Corner Tavern. An Atlanta staple, this neighborhood favorite is a laid-back pub with food that is full of high-energy flavor.The Thing To Know
The smoked wings. That’s it. That’s all you need to know.
After lunch, take MARTA into town. Starting from College Park MARTA Station, head north on the red line and get off at the Arts Center Station.
First stop: High Museum of Art (but beware if it’s the Second Sunday of the month, when admission is free and the place gets packed). You can opt to check out one of their current exhibits or explore their entire collection – or do both! The High has a downstairs café where you can grab lunch without breaking your stride, and then head on to the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), located on Peachtree Street & 16th Street, right behind The High.The Thing To Know
Visitors who walk, bike, or use public transportation to the museum receive 20% off MODA admission!
Now that you’re steeped in a day’s worth of art, enjoy the evening Atlanta air on the walk back to the Arts Center MARTA Station. Take the red line south to the College Park Station and cross the street for a divine dinner at The Corner Grille. That’s right—this is a completely different place from Corner Tavern where you had lunch. You’ve now dined at both Corners of the District.
Make it an early night, because you’ve got a big day tomorrow!
Grab a light breakfast from the family-owned Kupcakerie in downtown East Point. Their coffee and tea drinks are second to none. Select a fresh, delectable pastry from legendary local bakery Holeman + Finch—or make your own rules and try one of Kupcakerie’s own signature cupcakes for breakfast! The proprietors bake them fresh every morning in mouthwatering flavors, ranging from original (like Peanut Butta Have My Money; Jazzy Jane with bourbon vanilla frosting; and the cinnamon-cayenne Hot and Bothered) to classic (like the triple-chocolate Tall, Dark and Handsome).The Thing To Know
Small but mighty, Kupcakerie has a second space in the back where you can chill by their East Point mural.
Cross the street to the East Point MARTA station and hop on the red line going north. Change trains at Five Points and head east to the CNN Center, where you can enjoy a CNN Studio tour.
Enjoy lunch next door at Hudson Grille on Marietta Street (they do a great $10 lunch combo, plus mix-n-match mac ‘n cheese bowls) and enjoy a stroll across Centennial Olympic Park and Pemberton Place on your way to The Center for Civil and Human Rights.The Thing To Know
Children under six get in free.
Then walk over to the World of Coke to experience the lighter side of history and culture by tasting sodas from across the globe.The Thing To Know
Some of Coke’s international flavors are—how can we put this—not designed to appeal to the American palate. But when in Rome…
After your sugar immersion, dinner is a must, so take a quick walk back through Pemberton Place and treat yourself to an upscale-but-fun dinner at The Sun Dial Restaurant. You’ll dine on the 72nd floor of The Westin at Peachtree Plaza while taking in the breathtaking 360-degree view of the Atlanta skyline from 723 feet above.The Thing To Know
Book your table ahead of time to guarantee a front row seat to the city’s best, and most unique, sunset view. Can you spot the ATL Airport District from up there?
Exhausted and full of the knowledge that you have taken in as much of Atlanta as possible in your short time here, you can relax on the MARTA ride back to the District. Safe travels tomorrow!