Solo Travel Destination: Atlanta, Georgia

We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Sheri, a member of the Solo Travel Society on Facebook. Sheri is from the United States, and submitted the following report about Atlanta, Georgia. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!

Solo travel rating: (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult. Please see chart below)

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Cityscape view from Piedmont Park.

Reasons to go:  Atlanta is a composite of fabulous people from around the world. ATL is a perfect balance of urban flair and slow living charm. You can enjoy yourself with as much or as little as you like.

I recommend eating and shopping in Virginia Highlands and Inman Park. Stop by Cacao Chocolate Co. in Virginia Highlands and balance out the chocolate later at Kale Me Crazy Juice Bar in Inman Park. Stroll around Piedmont Park and Centennial Olympic Park. Take in the museums – the High Museum of Art, the Coca Cola Museum plus countless small “local museums”.

If time permits, venture to the North Georgia Mountains (45 minute drive) to the Georgia Wineries (Wolf Mountain and Three Sisters are my recommendations). Also see the many waterfalls – Anna Ruby is a favourite. There are a number of falls near the wineries.

We love to eat in Atlanta, so head over to Ormby’s (it can be difficult to find if you’re driving, so park in the area and walk to the restaurant) or The Optimist. Thumb’s Up Diner is a local institution, and great for breakfast. There are so many great options, you really can’t go wrong.

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North Georgia Mountains.

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Wheatgrass shot at Kale Me Crazy.

Solo Travel Destination Rating System

Safety – 2 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)

Language – 1 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)

Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)

Culture – 1 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)

Average Rating – 1 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult)


  • Janet Jubilee

    I live in Atlanta and find it to be a bit boring and there is too much traffic. I always take my relatives to Stone Mountain park when they visit.

  • leelaurino

    have to amend an earlier review. after YEARS in atlanta i cant wait to finally leave.
    yo can not go most places without a car and you sit in traffic for that………..sports, eating and shopping are the top and sometimes only intown activities.
    i am in small cities all over europe and NEVER get tired of them, but they have downtowns that do not close at 5 and are not as unsafe as Atlanta……. glad you enjoyed your trip

  • Crif Johnson

    Amazing destination.

  • Tom

    Atlanta, Georgia is fascinating the area is steeped in history. We where there for a short visit earlier the year on our tour to Nashville. We got a great fly drive with Tour America. Would like to go back and spend more time here.

  • leelaurino

    Atlanta also has a great food truck park…..wide variety of food, open 6 days a week
    the city is know for sports, shopping, eating and TRAFFIC
    if you can take public: marta or walk
    visit the historic neighborhoods and dont get on the expressway between 4 an d6 pm…