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A Safe Guide to Spring Vacations in Atlanta

With Georgia being one of the first states to emerge from lockdown last year, Atlanta has a lot to offer.

According to the Georgia Government website, there are currently no travel restrictions to or from Georgia; however, information on travel and safety guidelines can be found here.

Top ATL Spring Break Options

With a wide variety of activities, places to visit, and cuisines to try, there are many ways to spend your spring break safely in and around Atlanta. 

Atlanta Skyline at Night Atlanta, Georgia | WhereTraveler
Atlanta Skyline at Night (©Joey Kyber)

Affordable Flights

With the busiest hub on the planet, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport currently has flights from almost every part of the country, with a list of airlines that continues to grow. Primarily a Delta hub, you can find flights from the west coast during spring break months for under $175 roundtrip on the Atlanta-based airline. Low-cost carriers are currently offering flights for under $150 from cities like Los Angeles. If you’re hoping for more space on whatever flight you choose, make sure to check the airline’s Covid safety guidelines to see if they are still offering distanced seating on your flight.

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Atlanta, Georgia | WhereTraveler
Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (©Miguel Angel Sanz)

New Hotels Procedures

There’s certainly no shortage of hotels in and around Atlanta. If you’re hoping to stay right in the city, large chains like Marriott and Hilton offer rates around $100-120 for dates in March and April. Both brands are following CDC guidelines and new health and safety recommendations. Marriot’s Cleanliness Council has instituted new cleaning protocols, including food handling regulations, while Hilton has partnered with RB (the makers for Lysol) as part of their Hilton CleanStay Program. You can find a number of hotels from either chain right in the heart of the downtown area (like the Atlanta Marriott Marquis). If you’re hoping to venture out of the city for a quieter stay, rooms north of the city-run a little lower in price and are still accessible by MARTA.

Atlanta Marriott Marquis Atrium Atlanta, Georgia | WhereTraveler
Atlanta Marriott Marquis Atrium (©Upal Patel)

Public Transportation 

If you are looking to take public transportation and are within the service limits, MARTA is easily accessible all over the city (it can also take you to and from the airport). MARTA is currently requiring masks for all passengers (they are handing out free masks, and customers who refuse to wear a mask will be banned for 12 hours) and has limited some of their route options. Rental cars are easy to get at any budget inside Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport upon arrival- the rental car center hosts big and small car rental brands, and the facility is even the size of some airport terminals. Car rentals are best if you are hoping to explore outside of the MARTA service areas.

MARTA Station Atlanta, Georgia | WhereTraveler
MARTA Station (© Dogancan Ozturan)

Outdoor Attractions

If you’re traveling with family, there are a number of great outdoor attractions in Atlanta that are perfect for all ages. The Atlanta Botanical Garden is fun and educational while also offering numerous photo ops throughout the property. New Covid safety guidelines are in place, such as one-way traffic, distancing, and mask requirements. 

Atlanta Botanical Garden Atlanta, Georgia | WhereTraveler
Atlanta Botanical Garden (©Melanie Lee)

A great spot for animal lovers, Zoo Atlanta, has long been a favorite local attraction. With animal encounters (elephants, tortoises, and a special virtual panda encounter that you can enjoy from home), a panda cam, and over 70 different animal species, Zoo Atlanta is a perfect family outing. Masks are required at Zoo Atlanta for everyone over the age of 2, including those who have already been vaccinated. Animal encounters require a special health screening. Tickets at both the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Zoo Atlanta are currently timed to manage capacity. 

Panda at Zoo Atlanta Atlanta, Georgia | WhereTraveler
Panda at Zoo Atlanta (©Jonathan Meyer)

Classic Atlanta Attractions

In the heart of downtown Atlanta, you can’t miss Pemberton Place. Here, you’ll find two of the city’s biggest attractions- the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca Cola. Once the largest aquarium in the world, the Georgia Aquarium enables visitors to view a variety of aquatic species in a fun, educational environment. The aquarium and research facility also has multiple animal encounters for a more in-depth experience. For those who are exploring from home, the Georgia Aquarium offers virtual tours along with a number of webcams that allow you to view the animals anytime. 

Georgia Aquarium Exhibit Atlanta, Georgia | WhereTraveler
Georgia Aquarium Exhibit (© Yuan Yue)

The World of Coca-Cola has been a staple attraction in Atlanta for decades. The location at Pemberton Place opened in 2007 and breathed new life into the classic attraction. Learn about the bottling process, view exclusive memorabilia and collectibles, and sample Coca-Cola products from around the world (this experience has been adjusted for Covid safety). Both the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola require advanced purchase tickets with timed entry to ensure capacity limits. Masks are required for everyone 3 and over at the Georgia Aquarium and for everyone 2 and over at the World of Coca-Cola. 

Pemberton Place Atlanta, Georgia | WhereTraveler
Pemberton Place (©Akhil Yerabati)

In addition to the many attractions in the downtown area, Atlanta has a lot of great outdoor options. Bike the Atlanta Beltline to get a feel for the city. Soak up the sun at Lake Lanier or try your luck at some fishing for a fresh-caught dinner. If you’re renting a car, take a trip up to Helen for some fantastic nature walks and waterfalls then enjoy the festive vibes of the little German town (make sure to hunt for some strudel). Hike to the top of Stone Mountain for an amazing view of the Atlanta skyline. No matter your trip style, you’ll find numerous safe, fun options in and around Atlanta. 

City View From Stone Mountain Atlanta, Georgia | WhereTraveler
City View From Stone Mountain (©Chad Madden)

Atlanta Restaurants To-Go

If you’re hoping to enjoy some of the Atlanta food scene without dining in, many great local eateries offer pick-up and delivery (through select apps) in addition to their dine-in options. Start your day with pastries from Highland Bakery or delicious donuts from Sublime Doughnuts. Grab some of Atlanta’s best burgers from The Vortex (The Zombie Apocalypse is a killer entree) or try a classic Frosted Orange from a true Atlanta Institution, The Varsity. Top off your meal with a selection of cake slices from Cafe Intermezzo. There's definitely something for every appetite in Atlanta. 

The Varsity in Atlanta Atlanta, Georgia | WhereTraveler
The Varsity in Atlanta (©Christopher Alvarenga)