Search for a place or activity
Sculpture of a goddess in the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Itineraries for Your Trip to Atlanta

Atlanta locals share their perfect days.
Find your Atlanta itinerary

2 Days in Atlanta for First Timers

Curated by Jen Rose Smitha writer who covers adventure, remote places, and food.

With two days in Atlanta, you can pick off a few of the city’s landmarks and soak up the high-frequency energy. Go from classic Southern sites to the cutting edge of Atlanta culture in a flash, then circle back for some civil rights era history. Here’s how to make the most of two days in Atlanta.

Day 1: Morning

Ready to roll? Start by finding the places that catapulted Atlanta onscreen, whether that’s blockbuster films, Stranger Things, or The Walking Dead. Scouts are famous for picking the coolest spots in the city, so even if you’re not a movie buff it’s a great way to get your bearings.

Day 1: Afternoon

Pick one of the city’s two world-class wildlife destinations for an afternoon with the animals. With giant pandas and an African rain forest, Zoo Atlanta is a longtime favorite, while the Georgia Aquarium brings beluga whales right into downtown—consider snagging your tickets in advance to save time.

Day 1: Night

Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, dive into local food culture, which includes down-home cooking and cutting-edge cuisine. A food tour is a great way to get a little bit of everything.

Day 2: Morning

If you’re visiting during the hot summer months, take advantage of the cooler morning hours with an Atlanta history tour, visiting landmarks that stretch from the Civil War to the civil rights era. True history buffs should consider a private tour, as it’s a great way to start one-on-one conversations about events that interest you most.

Day 2: Afternoon

Choose another of Atlanta’s headlining attractions for an afternoon in the air-conditioning: The CNN world headquarters are fascinating for news hounds, while the World of Coca-Cola tells the intriguing story of Coke’s secret formula.

Day 2: Night

With one more night in Atlanta, dabble in the city’s searing nightlife—opt for a pub crawl or bar tour for an insider’s look at the scene.

See more things to do in Atlanta