Visiting Atlanta and have only 24 hours? This article is for you. Atlanta is rich in culture and history but the people that know Atlanta best are the locals. As with any large city, the tourist traps are everywhere. This list will spotlight some popular, but under-the-radar places and activities you can experience if you have “24 hours in Atlanta.”
Goldberg’s Bagel Company And Deli
4383 Roswell Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 256-3751
www.goldbergbagel.com

There are now nine Goldberg’s located in the metro area including three at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, but the one you want to start your 24 hours at is the one on Roswell Road in Buckhead. While the Po’ Boys and burgers are fantastic, you’ll want to start your day with one or two of the almost three dozen varieties of fresh bagels available. This is a real Atlanta deli as you will experience Southern hospitality with a little New York background. These bagels are made fresh everyday and the delicious breakfast is available all day. Don’t miss Goldberg’s when in Atlanta.

Piedmont Park
1342 Worchester Drive
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 875-7275
www.piedmontpark.org

Following your delicious breakfast, it’s time to work off some of those calories at Piedmont Park. Piedmont Park is a beautiful and vibrant green space right in the middle of Atlanta. Once you enter the iron gates, you can walk, run, bike, play sand volleyball and even reserve a tennis court. The park holds many festivals and concerts throughout the year, but the morning is the perfect time to just stroll and enjoy the landscaping and layout of this picturesque oasis.

The Varsity
61 North Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 881-1706
www.thevarsity.com

Since 1928, The Varsity has been serving up burgers, “naked dogs” and desserts by car hops and servers asking, “what’ll ya have?” This large drive-in can hold up to 600 cars and it’s packed on weekends and when nearby Georgia Tech has an event taking place. Come to The Varsity for lunch and to soak up the atmosphere and culture of Atlanta. The food is pretty good, but if you are there in the summer, make sure you order a “frosted orange.”

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Miller’s Rexall Drugstore
87 Broad St. S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 523-8481
www.millersrexall.com

Miller’s Rexall is more than just a drugstore in the heart of Atlanta, it’s a tourist attraction and a spot where locals go to get better and heal their ailments. Celebrating its 50th year, Miller’s offers the most unique remedies and curios on the planet. The stories about Miller’s are legendary. When Sir Paul McCartney was in town, he saw the product, Run Devil Run, at Miller’s and he then went on to write a song with that exact title. Run Devil Run is supposed to protect you and your family from Satan and evil spirits. You could spend hours walking around Miller’s looking at all of the products. Make sure you try and buy one. You never know unless you try and Miller’s Rexall’s staff is there to help.

The Georgian Terrace
659 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 897-1991
www.thegeorgianterrace.com

The Georgian Terrace is one of Atlanta’s oldest and most historic hotels. Some might say that it is haunted, while others say it has character. Located in Midtown, it’s a popular place for wedding and events and it’s the ideal place to spend a night. There are plenty of attractions and restaurants within walking distance, but try Livingston, right in the hotel. This is old world Atlanta with all the modern conveniences one would need to relax and unwind after seeing all the sights in the city.

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Rick Limpert is a freelance writer/photographer in Atlanta and he loves covering anything sports and tech-related. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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