This isn’t your typical suburb. Think of it as an “urbanburb.” In 2013, Forbes magazine named Alpharetta the sixth-fastest growing city in the U.S. A 22-mile drive north of Atlanta’s downtown unveils a charming and stylish city that’s home to a handful of hotels, unique dining and luxe shopping.
ATLANTA AIRPORT DISTRICT
Home to the world’s busiest and most efficient airport, this area-including the rising cities of College Park, East Point, Hapeville and Union City-is one of the South’s most convenient destinations for business meetings, large and small. While you’re there, explore Arches Brewing, Delta Flight Museum, Chick-fil-A Home Office Backstage Tour and the Porsche Experience Center.
Luxury, couture and gourmet cuisine reign supreme in Buckhead, located just north of Midtown. Phipps Plaza, Lenox Square Mall and Shops Around Lenox sit across from each other amid some of the city’s most high-end hotels. Just down Peachtree Street, The Shops Buckhead Atlanta combines six blocks of haute couture stores such as Hermès, Dior, Etro, Tom Ford and more.
EAST ATLANTA & LITTLE FIVE POINTS
Just south of Moreland Avenue and Interstate 20, East Atlanta Village sits at the intersection of Glenwood and Flat Shoals avenues. The area is packed with quirky eateries and clubs, such as Argosy, Mary’s and Emerald City Bagels, and live music venues The Earl and 529. Little Five Points-the city’s alcove of the eclectic and funky-is lined with essential local institutions, such as Variety Playhouse, Wrecking Bar and The Porter.
DOWNTOWN & OLD FOURTH WARD
In the heart of the city is a diverse mix of attractions, restaurants and massive venues, like the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Woodruff Park and State Farm Arena-within walking distance of each other. Visit the must-see stops surrounding Centennial Olympic Park, including Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, the College Football Hall of Fame and the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Just a mile away sits one of Atlanta’s oldest and most historic neigh- borhoods, Old Fourth Ward, home to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. When the sun goes down, the area is a nightlife hot spot along eclectic Edgewood Avenue.
Once characterized by its curved, tree-lined streets filled with restored circa-1800s Victorian houses and open green spaces, the area now brims with new lofts, public art and trendy restaurants along Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail.
MIDTOWN & WESTSIDE
Metropolitan Midtown gleams with skyscrapers, museums and nightlife. Visit the Woodruff Arts Center, which includes the Alliance Theatre and High Museum of Art. A former industrial district, the Westside has retained its artistic sensibility and brick- and-mortar charm. On Howell Mill Road, Westside Provisions District and Westside Ironworks curate a mix of creative institutions that attract discerning diners and style scouts.
SANDY SPRINGS & DUNWOODY
Sitting just north of Atlanta, these affluent areas are home to the Anne Frank in the World exhibit, Perimeter Mall, and the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. In this natural oasis, visitors can take a scenic trip down the “Hooch” by kayak, stand-up paddle- board or canoe. Nantahala Outdoor Center and High Country Outfitters offer rentals for a serene experience.
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