What you must do

I met someone the other day who has lived in Atlanta for only 3 weeks. Of course, I, a native, decided to expound on how wonderful all of Atlantaland is (particularly the bit inside the perimeter). So I was trying to come up with some absolute must-do things for an Atlanta newbie. I pushed the Braves, of course, because I am such a huge fan. Also, the High and Martinis and IMAX. And Oakland Cemetary.

What are somethings that you, dear reader, think every newbie must do in Atlanta to really experience the city?

12 Comments so far

  1. honk (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2005 @ 12:14 pm

    Sit in traffic for a few hours. every day.

  2. True Believer (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2005 @ 12:17 pm

    I always take everyone to the Cyclorama. Afterwards I like to walk around Inman Park pointing out where everything happened on the ground. Degress is a particularly good street to do this on because it has some very interesting houses and is the central point of the scene from the Cyclorama.

    I’ve only lived here for three months myself, so I can say definitively this is interesting to some transplanted northerners.

  3. Tony Mc (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2005 @ 12:45 pm

    Being an Atlanta native, I give them excellent directions to Hartsfield.

  4. jehad (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2005 @ 12:59 pm

    – a tour of the mlk district i think is always relevant. while people outside atlanta are often aware of the civil war battlegrounds in and around atlanta they are sometimes unaware of the civil rights battleground …that atlanta isn’t just a red neck southern town but was a major force in the battle for civil rights, and now, also for gay rights. (see also Tupac’s Peace Park).

    – go to breakfast on sunday at the restaurant with the longest line and wait in the queue like cattle…or skip that and go to where i get breakfast, which is the best in town, but i won’t share because i like the short wait.

    – dodge falling trees in a thunderstorm is a new pastime of mine here in Atlanta (yes i am aware of the oxymoron here – new pastime – as well as possible perceived insensitivity). on a more serious note, i think any of atlanta’s tree lined communities is worth the tour…highlands, loring, lake claire, decatur, inman park…we are the city in the trees)

  5. Amber (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2005 @ 1:32 pm

    Just travel around and see the different neighborhoods. There is some really interesting, unique stuff hiding in this city – and that’s one of the reasons why I love it.

  6. Amber (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2005 @ 1:33 pm

    a tour of the mlk district i think is always relevant.

    The first, oh, 5 times I read that, I read it as “the milk district,” and I was very confused, yet very interested to know what this elusive milk district was all about (and why it would be called that).

  7. jehad (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2005 @ 1:43 pm

    too funny…it does look like milk

  8. mae (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2005 @ 4:04 pm

    go sit in ‘the “cheaters” booth’ at the ritz-carlton


    going up the sundial to see your house

  9. Mander (unregistered) on September 24th, 2005 @ 5:23 am

    Well, I am a native as well, but have just recently discovered Piedmont Park and the surrounding area. It all comes down to what y’all enjoy. If picnics or dog-walking is a hobby, go for it. If people watching is a favorite, it works as well.
    If either of you appreciate a cool breeze with intersting mexican food and THE BEST Margarita’s I have ever tasted, try Zocalo’s in the same area. You can get a front row seat to the best dog-walkers and i’m-gonna-show-off-how-many-months-back-rent-I-owe-due-to-my-29″-spinners show ever. It is outdoors, covered if it rains, and the customers are as cool as the employees.

  10. Oliver (unregistered) on September 24th, 2005 @ 11:38 am

    As far as eating goes the Cheater’s Booth (at the Atlanta Grill – inside the Ritz) is an awesome recommendation, but for Southern food I’d also go with Mary Mac’s Tea Room on Ponce or the Collonade on Cheshire bridge. For non-elitist fun dancing late night, I’d hit the Star Bar on Tuesdays or the Clermont Lounge on Saturdays both after midnight. Get some bikes and ride the path around Freedom Parkway, you’ll go through, Inman Park, Candler Park, right by L5P and the Jimmy Carter center. Stop and explore wherever you wish.

  11. Lori (unregistered) on September 24th, 2005 @ 1:30 pm

    Seriously? Zocalos has the worst margaritas.

  12. tomitron (unregistered) on September 24th, 2005 @ 5:04 pm

    Wren’s Nest, Silver Grill, Varsity, Capitol, Druid Hills, the finger-bowl district around the Gov. Mansion, Tullie Smith house, Swan House, Little Five Points, East Atlanta, CNN . . . .

    is that enough for right now?

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