A Visitor’s Guide to Atlanta Neighborhoods

Downtown – the urban center of Atlanta features numerous skyscrapers, the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Inside CNN Studio Tour, and The Children’s Museum, plus many of the nicer hotels.

Midtown – the center of Atlanta’s cultural scene, with art galleries, colleges and architecture. Highlights includes the Fox Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center, the High Museum of Art, the Museum of Design Atlanta, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Center for Puppetry Arts, and the 14th Street Playhouse, plus Georgia Tech, John Marshall Law School, and the Atlanta division of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).

Buckhead – wealthy uptown district centered along Peachtree Road just north of the “V” formed by I-85 on the east and I-75 on the west. Buckhead is a major commercial and financial area full of high-rise office buildings, hotels, and condominiums. Surrounding the core are rolling hills full of large single-family homes. Go for shopping at Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square, as well as many stylish boutiques and galleries.

Virginia Highland – just northeast of downtown, this historic neighborhood was originally a streetcar suburb formed around the intersection of Virginia Avenue and North Highland. It’s now a destination for a mix of stylish and eclectic restaurants, nightlife and boutique shopping. Very walkable, with beautiful, old homes.

Little Five Points – eclectic, bohemian, hipster area just east of downtown. Full of nightlife, music, bars, alternative culture.

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