Atlanta’s mix of Southern hospitality and big-city appeal make it the ideal location for a solo trip. With the city’s vast amount of greenspace, food halls and entertainment options, it provides the perfect setting for being alone without feeling lonely.
To kick off a relaxing weekend, hike up nearby Atlanta landmark Stone Mountain to enjoy a peaceful backdrop of green scenery and views of the city skyline in the distance. The mountain, which is the world’s largest piece of exposed granite, is surrounded by 3,200 acres of greenspace, historic sites, an adventure course and resort, providing plenty of options to wander off on your own or enjoy the company of others visiting the park.
A step closer to the heart of the city sits Atlanta BeltLine, an urban redevelopment project dedicated to turning 22 miles of former railroad corridor into multi-use parks and trails. The first completed portion of the BeltLine, the Eastside Trail, is dotted with art installations, restaurants and photo spots to experience while taking a walk or jog. Events and classes are also held along the trail and include yoga, group tours and volunteer opportunities.
Acting as bookends to a portion of the Eastside Trail are two of Atlanta’s newest food halls, Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market. Krog Street Market houses food stalls offering everything from barbecue to cold pressed juices to Asian dumplings. The market’s cafeteria-style tables allow anyone to take a seat where available and make it possible to join a group or just people watch. Unique craft shops fringe the market and welcome visitors to take their time browsing handmade art and goods.
At the other end of the Eastside Trail sits a 2.1 million square-foot brick structure called Ponce City Market. The building, once housing Sears, Roebuck and Co., was transformed into a multi-use space featuring food stalls serving international fare, specialty clothing stores and greenspace. The size of the market permits time for wandering the shops, sipping a beer or enjoying freshly-made desserts. For some vintage fun, Skyline Park crowns the building with old-fashioned carnival games, mini putt-putt and a two-story slide.
To be in the middle of the action, Atlanta’s Downtown neighborhood is where many of the city’s world-class attractions are found. Georgia Aquarium, College Football Hall of Fame, Center for Civil and Human Rights and World of Coca-Cola each offer a different experience and impression for visitors. Traveling solo through the city allows the freedom of exploring these attractions at any pace without worrying about a strict schedule.
Whether looking for time to spend away from crowds or to meet new people, Atlanta has it all.