The city began in what is now known as Downtown Atlanta. As railroads merged, terminating in a city once (appropriately) known as “Terminus,” a rough-and-tumble town emerged—transforming eventually into the Capital of the South. Now, Downtown Atlanta is the city’s tourism hub thanks to an impressive mix of attractions, restaurants and massive venues, like the Georgia World Congress Center and Philips Arena, all within walking distance of each other. Get your downtown day started by visiting any of the must-see stops below, including everything from attractions to historical sites and more things to do in Downtown Atlanta.
Upon entering this high-tech attraction, visitors come face to face with a wall of 768 college football helmets. Exploring this massive college football shrine’s three stories lands visitors on a 45-yard indoor football field and sitting in Georgia’s only 4K movie theater, among many other interactive activities.
The 20-story Ferris wheel takes passengers on a 15-minute ride up and over the city. At night, the ride lights up with millions of LED lights. Open Su-Th noon-11 pm, F noon-midnight, Sa 10 am-midnight. Tickets: adults $13.89, seniors and military $12.50, ages 3-12 $9.26, plus tax. VIP $50 per person.
This downtown area dates back to the 1800s, and is where Atlanta began as a railroad town. Today, the area teems with restaurants, retail, entertainment and nightlife. Visitor center's open Monday-Saturday 10 am-6 pm, Sunday noon-6 pm. Check website for hours of indivudal stores.