Happy first day of August!
Another Wednesday, another travel post! This past weekend I headed to Atlanta, Georgia, aka my first time in the South! I had originally wanted to go to Atlanta with my twin sister but she’s still abroad, so when I found out that a few other interns wanted to go, I agreed.
I flew out of Seattle on Friday night with the redeye, sleeping for about four hours before arriving in Atlanta at 5am. Once the other intern got to the airport an hour later, we headed straight to downtown to drop off our stuff at the The Westin. Our room ended up being on 60th floor (and there’s only 73 floors, the tallest building in Atlanta!) so the view was amazing.
Nothing’s really open on a Saturday at 7am, but we managed to grab some coffee at Cafe Lucia and just stroll the streets of downtown Atlanta. It actually really reminded me of downtown Seattle, except maybe even cleaner. We came upon a few blocked-off streets because there’s always something being filmed in Atlanta; this time, it’s for the Superintelligence movie coming out next year! Then we went back to the hotel to grab breakfast really quick.
Me and the other intern decided to then stop into the World of Coca-Cola, a must-see when in Atlanta. We got there at around 10am right when it opened (which was a good move since it got so crowded later in the day!). We enjoyed a lot of free Coca-Cola and even waited in line to take the most cringe-worthy photo with the polar bear (SO. SPOOKY). This was one of my favorite memories from the trip though, to be honest!
After that, we were kind of unsure of where to head to next. The intern was pretty ambivalent and flexible about what we did, and there was the other intern we could meet up with. We took an Uber to Underground Atlanta and then didn’t end up going under. Our Uber driver was rude but basically told us that the Underground is just like Penn Station in NYC with little markets and such. It wasn’t worth it – so we went to go find the other intern. The CNN Studio Tours are also in downtown Atlanta, so we went to the food court there and I succumbed to Arby’s curly fries 😂. I wasn’t particularly interested in going on CNN‘s tour, so me and the intern headed to Buckhead up north to see if we could find a place for drinks.
We ended up going to Lenox Square mall and window shopped for a bit before hopping over to the W Hotel‘s bar. It was nice chatting with the bartenders because I feel like I got a sense of what locals are like in Atlanta; apparently, everyone works hard and has a side-hustle. Around 5pm, we went upstairs to the rooftop bar, Blue Whiskey where we met up with the other intern once again and had a happy hour.
Thanks to Yelp, we settled on a dinner place in Buckhead: South City Kitchen. I know I wanted genuine southern food, and we heard South City is a modern rendition. I ordered shrimp & grits and it was to die for – the flavors were awesome and it was a really filling meal for sure. The service was also top-notch!
One of the main things I had wanted to do in Atlanta was explore Midtown and the Ponce City Market, but we didn’t really get around to doing it, unfortunately. We strolled through Midtown all the way back down to downtown and our hotel after dinner. We went up to the top to the Sundial (in the same building as the Westin) and got another round of drinks and just chatted. It was a solid way to end the night.
I had a great time in Atlanta; I feel like I could have more fully immersed myself in the city’s culture by getting out of downtown, so I’ll definitely have to make a trip back soon. For now, I’m exhausted but still so excited for my next trip this coming weekend! Hint: it’ll be on the East Coast again!!
Thanks for reading,