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Plan Your Gourmet Getaway to Atlanta

Follow this foodie itinerary for an epic weekend getaway in Atlanta that includes some of the best restaurants in the city: Lure, Yeah! Burger and Sun Dial Restuarant.

Plan an epic weekend getaway to Atlanta filled with food and fun. Just follow this itinerary to nosh your way through Taste of Atlanta, explore this sizzling Southern city and relive its riveting history.

DAY ONE

Loews Atlanta Hotel
The Loews Atlanta Hotel offers 414 luxurious guest rooms. (Courtesy Loews Atlanta Hotel)

Check into the glamorous Loews Atlanta Hotel in the heart of Midtown, Atlanta’s arts and entertainment district. This modern hotel proves that opposites attract by combining sleek, futuristic design with old-school Southern hospitality. The hotel offers 414 guest rooms, free Wi-Fi, free chauffeur service within a three-mile radius of the hotel, a restaurant, bar, business center and fitness center.

Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia
The active loop at Piedmont Park is set against Midtown's stunning skyline. (©James Duckworth/AtlantaPhotos.com)

The Loews is just blocks from Atlanta's own Central Park, Piedmont Park. This expansive park encompasses 182 acres of greenspace, lakes, active fields and much more. You're likely to stumble upon a festival during warm-weather months. For even more urban exploring, hop on the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail from the park, and wind through some of the city's most charming neighborhoods.

Lure, Atlanta, Georgia
Lure's open dining room balances rustic decor with fine-dining food and service. (Courtesy Lure)

A nice walk is the best way to work up a nice appetite, so make your way to Lure for dinner. This superb seafood restaurant is only a few blocks from the Loews, so you can either walk or enlist the hotel’s free driver service. Lure’s ambiance excels by combining the approachability of a classic seaside fish house with the glamor of a fine-dining coastal restaurant. What better way to end your first day in Atlanta than with fresh oysters, perfectly cooked fish and a long list of hand-crafted cocktails?

DAY TWO

Taste of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia
Sample everything from food to cocktails to private barrel spirits and everything in between at Taste of Atlanta. (Courtesy Taste of Atlanta)

Your second day in Atlanta has only two objectives: eat and drink—and Taste of Atlanta makes it easy to accomplish both. Your tickets to this culinary wonderland give you access to over 90 tasting tents, including many of Atlanta’s favorite restaurants, plus four live cooking stages, a kitchen workshop, the Family Food Zone, live music and entertainment.

Yeah Burger, Atlanta, Georgia
Load up on delicious, all-natural burgers, fries, shakes and more at Yeah! Burger. (Courtesy Yeah! Burger)

After a day of sipping and savoring, we’re sure the last thing you’ll want to do is eat. Just kidding, this is the South, y’all! We never stop eating and drinking here, so it’s time to make your way to boutique-lined Virginia-Highland or industrial-chic Westside for dinner. In either of those neighborhoods, you’ll find cool and creative Yeah! Burger with a menu that reimagines America’s classic foods. Here, you’ll find eclectic pre-concocted burgers (like our favorite, the fig and goat cheese burger), all-natural hot dogs, fresh salads, hand-spun shakes, sundaes, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options, and a full bar.

DAY THREE

Corner Cafe, Atlanta, Georgia
Corner Cafe has been a Buckhead breakfast staple for over 20 years. (Courtesy Corner Cafe)

It’s already your last day? Time flies! Check out of the Loews before heading to Buckhead for breakfast at Corner Café. A heavenly aroma of specialty coffee and freshly baked goods will greet you at the door as will a friendly host. Dig into Southern classics like the corned beef hash and farm poached eggs or opt for something more decadent like the white chocolate French toast. Grab something from Buckhead Bread Co. next door for a freshly-baked treat you can save for later.

Make your way downtown using MARTA, Atlanta’s rail system, a cab or an app-based car service like Uber or Lyft. You’ll arrive at the city’s tourism district where 10 major attractions, Centennial Olympic Park and hundreds of restaurants sit within blocks of each other.

SkyView, Atlanta, Georgia
SkyView sits next to Centennial Olympic Park in the middle of Downtown Atlanta's tourism district. (©MFer Photography/Flickr)

Take in sweeping views of downtown and the city beyond on SkyView, Atlanta’s 20-story Ferris wheel. With a general admission ticket in hand, you’ll soar in a climate-controlled gondola for 15 minutes and four full rotations of the wheel. At night, the ride lights up with millions of LED lights, bathing Centennial Olympic Park in a quilt of multicolored light.

Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, Georgia
The main entrance to the Center for Civil and Human Rights features murals by Paula Scher (first floor) and Platon (second floor). (©Albert Vecerka-Esto)

Next stop: the new Center for Civil and Human Rights, a landmark museum that tells two complex stories in a magnificent way. The 43,000-square-foot museum includes three galleries: a collection of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s handwritten manuscripts, documents and personal effects; a series of multisensory galleries about the American Civil Rights Movement; and a human rights gallery that details past and ongoing struggles from around the world.

Sun Dial Restaurant, Atlanta, Georgia
The Sun Dial offers breathtaking, 360-views of Atlanta and surrounding cities. (Courtesy Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View)

It’s time for a sky-high lunch break at Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View. An 85-second ride in a glass elevator takes you up 71 stories to Atlanta’s only tri-level dining complex. The Sun Dial features a rotating restaurant, revolving cocktail lounge and stationary viewing level atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza, the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere. The view isn’t the only thing that impresses at this Atlanta staple—the food and cocktails are equally exquisite.

World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta, Georgia
Taste over 100 Coca-Cola Company beverages from around the globe in the World of Coca-Cola's famous Taste It! room. (Courtesy The Coca-Cola Company)

Finally, make your way to the World of Coca-Cola to “open happiness.” Here, you can explore the story of the world’s best-known brand in an extraordinary way. This high-tech attraction features the world’s smallest functioning bottling line, the mysterious Vault of the Secret Formula, a wild 4-D movie and the famous Taste It! room, where you can sample over 100 Coca-Cola Company beverages from around the world.