48 Hours in Atlanta: A Perfect Itinerary for a Fun, Food-Filled Weekend Getaway

Spoiler: Impulse eating is on the menu.

If you're doing a weekend in Atlanta right, it's going to be packed with adventures big and small. The city can admittedly feel like a challenging sprawl for visitors to navigate, but this potential itinerary packed with 48 hours of fun (give or take a Friday-night fly-in) will ensure that you’ll enjoy seeing the unexpected along the way even if you get lost — or especially if you get lost. Go with it!

Friday

4:30 p.m.: You may be tired and hangry, especially if you’ve flown across the country and dealt with Hartsfield-Jackson, the busiest airport in the freaking nation. But a quick stop for a bite and drinks at Spondivits, rappers' favorite fried seafood shack that’s right near the airport, should charge you right up.

6 p.m.: The High Museum often has lively Friday evening activities. First Fridays, which are free with admission, often include film screenings, DJs, and drop-in art making, while Friday Jazz on third Fridays brings in live music.

Saturday

10 a.m.: It's a bit off the beaten path for typical tourists, but Your DeKalb Farmers Market is a permanent world market with the variety to impress even the most jaded of food fanatics.

Noon: The Atlanta Botanical Garden doubles as a time for art appreciation, with frequently changing sculptures and other works on display throughout grounds you can explore at your leisure. You can even have lunch at a beautiful restaurant called Linton's inside the garden.

2 p.m.: Many of your favorite television series are filmed in or near Atlanta and our Jet Set guide has many ideas on where to go in the greater area to see some familiar sights from the screen. Stay local or take a short outing. If you’re into The Vampire Diaries, for instance, you can drive to the nearby town of Covington, which serves as the visual backdrop for the fictional town of Mystic Falls.

6 p.m.: Score a table at Gunshow, home of Top Chef finalist Kevin Gillespie. His service style of having carts roam the dining room to hawk impulse bites borrows from the Chinese dim sum tradition, but the inventive food here is Gillespie’s own.

8:30 p.m.: Disco nap it at your hotel — you’re on vacation after all, and field trips are tiring.

11 p.m.: You’ve gone to the event page for legendary underground club venue MJQ Concourse and seen that something exciting is popping off tonight in the teeny shack that has seen a who’s-who of revelers for eons and is still cool. Get in the middle of it and dance like there’s no tomorrow.

Sunday

Noon: Staying out late and sleeping in has made it a bit of a challenge to get going today, but food is going to help a lot. Hit up the Atlanta Food Truck Park for hangover relief. It’s the first permanent gathering space in the city for mobile food vendors.

1:30 p.m.: Park hop over to Stone Mountain Park, a 3,200-acre playground that's home to attractions, entertainment and camping. If you're visiting before the end of February, you can take advantage of the seasonal Snow Mountain and tube down a 400-foot hill — wheeee!

6 p.m.: The Atlanta Moms blog figured out that there are six movie theaters in and near Atlanta that serve dinner while you watch your flick. What better way to wind down the perfect weekend in the city?

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