Atlanta Ranked Fourth for Destination Vacations

Atlanta Ranked Fourth for Destination Vacations

Atlanta is the place to be for tourists...and locals, as it turns out. Read on to find out more about Atlanta's premeire staycation destinations.

Sasha Heller is the Web Editor and Copy Editor for the Atlanta Jewish Times

The Georgia Aquarium is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city.
The Georgia Aquarium is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city.

They don’t call it Hot-lanta just because of the humidity.

Having evolved into a tourism hotspot, Atlanta was recently ranked No. 4 for Spring Break destination vacations by Sixt, a Germany-based mobility services provider, according to Urbanize Atlanta. The Georgia Aquarium was the biggest draw cited in the Sixt study, and the aquarium’s appeal helped push Atlanta’s overall ranking into the top five.

The cultural capital of the Southeast has garnered praise from travel publications over the years due to the city’s multitude of diverse tourist attractions located throughout the metro area and beyond. And while that’s great for tourists, it’s even better for local Atlantans looking for a quick getaway without having to leave town.

Seth Watson, owner of the Distillery of Modern Art, has created something special in his new venture, combining in-house distilled spirits with Atlanta-area artists.

The first stop on the staycation tour is the Distillery of Modern Art, located in Chamblee, and one of the hottest spots anywhere in Atlanta. Owner Seth Watson has curated something special with his new endeavor which combines in-house distilled spirits and Atlanta-area art. Watson and his team of spirit producers offer a selection of gins, ryes, bourbons and delightfully flavored vodkas.

The facility also doubles as a community space and regularly hosts social gatherings, private parties, shows and festivals. The Distillery of Modern Art truly is a feast for the eyes and the spirit, so make your way over there if you’re looking for a lovely way to spend an afternoon in the suburbs.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium isn’t just the home of the Atlanta Falcons. It’s an engineering marvel filled with nearly 200 pieces of gorgeous artwork, including statues and original works from local artists. The stadium also boasts the highest level of environmental sustainability, having been awarded LEED Platinum status and TRUE certification. The stadium also features an urban garden that is often utilized by area schools and community groups.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium offers specialty tours, covering the facility’s art, technology, architecture, and sustainability programs, that would make for an entertaining and educational day.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons, is an engineering marvel and offers specialty tours that focus on the facility’s art, technology, architecture, and sustainability programs.

For the history buffs in the family, there may not be a better way to spend a staycation afternoon than riding the civil rights tour with Tom Houck. Guests can learn about Atlanta’s rich history of civil rights activism, including a Jewish connection with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The tours, which seat 30 guests at a time, begin in front of the King Center and follows several important locations throughout Dr. King’s lifetime, including Ebenezer Baptist Church and Southview Cemetery. So, if you’re looking for something to do, and history is your thing, the civil rights tour may just be your ticket to a fun, educational day.

The Booth Museum is a fantastic option for community members looking for an artistic afternoon on their staycation. The world-class Western art museum currently features, among others, the work of local artist Eric Strauss, who created outsized pieces of steel art, particularly horses.

Strauss has also created a moving tribute to Ukraine using metal and incorporating sunflowers, a symbolic nod to the war-torn country. The exhibition, “Many Metals, Many Fires: Strauss, Ivy, Rogers,” is at the Booth Western Art Museum through Aug. 27.

If you simply can’t get enough art in your life, make your way over to the Michael C. Carlos Museum on the Emory University campus. This little-known gem of a museum offers the largest assemblage of ancient art and artifacts in the Southeast, including sculptures, friezes, statues, currencies, and jewelry from Africa, ancient Egypt, Nubia, the Near East, ancient Greece and Rome, the Americas, and South Asia.

The Carlos Museum is ideal for families with children with special needs as the Carlos is a sensory-inclusive museum, with a quiet area, headphone zones, and sensory bags. Museum tours are available and offer Smarty Packs, which can enhance the learning experience of visiting each exhibit.

The SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film features an array of exhibits dedicated to some of the industry’s most impactful fashion designers.

For the fashion-forward folks in the family, check out SCAD FASH, a 100,000-square-foot, premier showroom for locally created fashion styles. The museum, located in Midtown, is part of the Savannah College of Art and Design and features an assortment of exhibits dedicated to world-renowned designers, like Oscar de la Renta, Madame Gris, and so much more.

If you’re a fashionista or just looking for a colorful way to stay-cay your way through the city, check out SCAD FASH. Maybe you’ll find your next new look!

Source: Sixt Study —

Other Top Atlanta Staycation Destinations

Georgia Aquarium
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Zoo Atlanta
High Museum of Art
Center for Puppetry Arts
Piedmont Park
Stone Mountain Park
Tour the evolving BeltLine
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta

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