• Katrina Julia

One Day In Atlanta: Itinerary to Transform and Travel in Atlanta. GA

Updated: Jan 12

You love to travel and have new experiences. You want to get away, recharge, and stay healthy while traveling. Traveling helps you release stress, reinvent yourself, increase happiness, and enhance creativity. You want fun, food, and fitness when you come visit to Atlanta, GA. Maybe, you want to come with your family too? You want to transform and travel.


It's easy to see why Atlanta is ranks in Travel + Leisure's most charming, friendliest cities, and most cultured cities. The city combines fun, food and fitness in every way.


There's plenty to experience one day in Atlanta, GA to transform and travel whether you come solo or with family. After you read this, you may want to stay in Atlanta, GA longer.


Follow this One Day in Atlanta, GA: Itinerary to Transform and Travel. It will help you make the best of your trip even it's a short one. These are my recommendations for the top sights and fun, fitness, and food for your one day in Atlanta. My intention for you is that you choose happy.



Atlanta, GA Original Selfie Museum



Eat Flower Child: Atlanta, GA
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My Experiences With Atlanta, GA

If you are connecting with me and us for the first time with FIT Life Creation, I live in Atlanta.

Since I live here I thought it would be great to do our first one day guide on Atlanta.


For a few years, Atlanta was on my radar to visit. In between life and other travel, I hadn't gotten to it yet. When I first came here for an interview, I loved it right away. It really is the city beneath the trees.


The second time I came here I took the train out of the airport directly to Buckhead. Anytime I travel, whether domestically or internationally, I love having convenient public transformation.


I've lived here since 2010. I moved to Atlanta when I was promoted with an energy company to be their Chief Audit Executive in Buckhead in Atlanta. I chose to stay when I became a full-time entrepreneur in 2011 because of the innovative, eclectic, and diverse energy here.


It really was love at first sight for me with Atlanta, and then we got married.

I've gotten to experience most if not all the Top Atlanta sights like Centennial Park, CNN Center, Civil Rights Center, and Ponce City Market. For the foodies, my yummiest moments with friends and family include Two Urban Licks, Mary Mac's Tea Room, Eat Flower Child, and True Food's Kitchen.


I've moved and grooved at fitness studies and danced the night away at Atlanta's dance clubs too. Even though I live here, I love get a ways and having a staycation in the city too.



Fun Facts About Atlanta, GA

There are over 400,000 people living within the city limits. Atlanta is great city to live in, as well as visit and explore.


Atlanta is known for its culture, history, and entertainment. It is a city that rises from the ashes.

During the Civil War, Atlanta was the only city in all of North America to be destroyed in an act of war. The city later adopted the phoenix as the city symbol. Two of Atlanta’s sons won the Nobel Peace Prize – Martin Luther King in 1964 and President Jimmy Carter in 2002.





Beyond its history, Atlanta has risen to be one of the most world reknown cities in the world. Atlanta is home to CNN - Cable News Network, Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium and the National Center for Civil & Human Rights - some of my favorites.



One of best places to capture sunset in Atlanta is the Jackson Street Bridge.


The city continues to risk in the ranks for its footprint with entertainment. It's called "Hollywood of the South", it's home to Tyler Perry Studios, and the movie Bad Boys was filmed here too.



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Centennial Park pictured in the GIF.


It's hosted two Super Bowls (I've been to a Atlanta Falcon's game in 2010), home to Atlanta Hawks NBA Team (I've been to 2 games), and home to Atlanta Braves MLB (I went a game when my friend, Isabel came to visit in 2010, and I volunteered at a game once for Leukemia & Lymphoma's Society: Team In Training!).



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The city has many diverse neighborhoods. I love living in Buckhead because I walk everywhere or jump on the train. I take Lyft or Uber maybe 2-4 times a month. It's that walkable here in this part of the city (and others), and public transportation friendly.



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I ended up leaving Atlanta, GA in 2020 for a year to travel the world full-time. I thought I wouldn't even think about coming back before 2+ years. So, it surprised me when I found myself back in the USA in Houston, Oklahoma, and Atlanta the end of 2021. I discovered a new found appreciation for the US and Atlanta as well.


During my 3+ weeks in Atlanta the end of 2021, I ended up spending time with friends, working from home, visiting Atlanta Botanical Gardens Garden Lights, City Nights, Original Selfie Museum, and Delta Flight Museum right before taking off from Atlanta!




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One Day In Atlanta: Itinerary to Transform and Travel in Atlanta. GA

So let's explore the fun, fitness, and food I recommend for One Day in Atlanta, GA.

Depending on when you arrive in the city, and where you stay, feel free to modify your experiences!


I'm sharing here a full 24 hours for your one day in Atlanta. I'm giving you more reasons to stay longer. I may be biased LOL.



Centennial Olympic Park

I recommend you start your day bright early here. It opens at 7 am the majority of the year.

Make sure and check before you go.



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Centennial Olympic Park first opened in 1996 with the Summer Olympics. It was the world's gathering spot. I may only imagine how amazing it was to be here then. It now hosts festivals, live entertainment, and various activities for children.


I love the dancing fountain especially when they play music. I went recently on a Monday to enjoy the city. I’ve taken my mom and friends here when they come to visit!


It's right by the Marta Line Station State Farm Arena/Mercedes Benz Station/Centennial Park, Skyview Atlanta, Georgia World Congress Center, and Georgia Aquarium, Civil Rights Museum.


Estimated time to walk, run through the fountain, and take some pictures for Instagram:

<2 Hours



Centennial Olympic Park
Centennial Olympic Park

Tip to Save Money:

Depending what sites, you plan to visit, you may want to get Atlanta's City Pass to save money.

The Atlanta City Pass is good for 9 consecutive days. It covers CNN Tour, Georgia Aquarium, and National Center for Civil and Human Rights. It also offers options. Keep in mind, some of these attractions may be closed or limited due to COVID. As of December 2019, the CNN Tour is closed.


You may want to plan what sights you will visit and add up the admission fees. If the pass saves you money, get it. I recommend you wait till the day of when you start your one day in Atlanta to buy it just in case life or travel delays happen.



Skyview Atlanta

After you visit Centennial Park, you may want to see one of the best views at Skyview Atlanta.

It's right across the street and will see it everywhere you turn while you are in the park.


I went on it once one of the times my friend, Angela came to visit me in Atlanta.


Estimated time to visit, take pictures, and post on Instagram: <30 Min

*If you go on weekends or heavy travel times e.g. Summer, times may be longer.



CNN Studio Tours

You will love the 50 min exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to the world headquarters of CNN with this tour experience. You will get an inside look at how a live broadcast is produced and more!


They offer a VIP tour and a HLN Morning Express Thursday's at 8:30 am with Robin Meade.


Keep in mind, the CNN Tour is impacted by COVID. In December 2021, the general tour is stopped indefinitely. Be sure to visit their website.



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She's the longtime anchor of HLN's "Morning Express with Robin Meade", a New York Times best selling author & a singer-songwriter with 2 albums to her name. She's also known for covering the inaugurations of President Obama (2013) & President Trump (2017) on location, and hosting "Ask Oprah's All Stars" at the mogul's request to help kick off the OWN network (2011).


I've been to the CNN Center twice for a tour. Once with my friend, Janelle McCalla when she visited in 2010 before she passed away in 2013. The second time with my mom. I recommend the tour. It's interesting to learn about CNN and have the exclusive behind the scenes tour.


Photo Tips:

Make sure you take a picture going up the escalator with the CNN sign and globe in the background


Take a picture by the CNN walls either outdoors outside the food court at the ground level, and/or facing Centennial Olympic Park by Omni Hotel.


Estimated time to visit, take the tour, post on Instagram:

and eat lunch at Chick-fil-A at the food court: <2 hours


*If you go on weekends or heavy travel times

e.g. Summer times may be longer.

*Chick-fil-A is closed Sundays



CNN Center
Inside CNN Center


National Center for Civil and Human Rights

If you walk back across Centennial Olympic Park, you will see the complex with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Georgia Aquarium and the Coca-Cola Museum all next to one another.


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When you visit the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, bring tissues.

The center is designed with the heart of humanity at its core. You will explore the fundamental rights of all human beings. You will leave empowered to join the conversation in your community. Most importantly, make an impact to transform our world.


I went last year for the first time on a weekday (I love to break up my days with fun activities). I loved my visit. I felt informed, transformed, and inspired. On one of their experiences, you sit down and put headphones on your ears (that's all I will tell you), I bawled like a baby and my heart broke.


I also connected deeply with the refugee wall as I was born in Poland, left Poland at 6 months old, and lived at a refuge camp for almost a year in Italy with my parents. As I read the stories, I imagined what it was like for my parents then.


The center share stories and immerses you in experiences that embody empathy.

They also inspire a call to action.


Photo Tips:

Take a picture in front of the building. The architecture is awesome.


Estimated time to visit, take the tour, post on Instagram:

90 minutes to 2 hours.


If you started by 8am, by now you are right around 3pm if you are following this guide step by step.




National Center for Civil and Human Rights
National Center for Civil and Human Rights


Georgia Aquarium

You will get to experience the world beneath the waves at Georgia Aquarium.

With 11 million gallons of water and over 100,000 speciesI, it is one of the largest aquariums in the world. Expect to spend anywhere from 2-4+ hours easily.



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I love anything to do with water and the ocean. I've been here several times. I went for the first time in 2010, when my best friend, Janelle came to visit. She passed away in 2013 from cancer. I share more about her in my transformation story. I love that I got to visit with her, my mom, and recently for a networking event last year.


They have a variety of experiences and encounters that you and the kids would love. I love to climb underneath the penguin portals, watch the shows, pet the starfish (two fingers only!). There is so much you will learn about the world beneath the waves. They have a behind the seas tour I just learned about, animal encounters, and a sleep under the sea experience. I plan on having an animal encounter in the next year or less.


I love the oceans and its incredible wildlife. I got to swim with dolphins in Jamaica a few years ago. They are so playful! We hugged and they picked me up with their noses so I surfed across the water so to speak! Did you know they can tell if a woman is pregnant well with their vision? The main reason why I became a certified scuba diver is I love the ocean, wildlife, and silence in the water. The Georgia Aquarium also offers a diving experience so who knows what the future holds.


You will get lost in the encounters and experiences when you visit.


Photo Tips:

Take a pictures of experiences and encounters.


Estimated time to visit, take the tour, post on Instagram:

2-4 hours


If you started by 8am, by now you are right around 6pm if you are following this guide step by step.



Janelle and I at Georgia Aquarium in 2010


Original Selfie Museum: Atlanta

If you are a content creator, online educator, and/or lifestyle entrepreneur, you will want to add the Original Selfie Museum in Atlanta to your list! Whether you start or end your day in the most Instagrammable place in the nation, you will love it.


With a location about a mile from Centennial Park, it is easy to fit in the Original Selfie Museum during your travels to Atlanta, GA.


You get an hour, unlimited outfit changes, 30+ backdrops, and get to bring your own camera! It is great for fun, creating content, a BFF day, and of course family time!



If you plan on visiting multiple times and/or destinations, or are a photographer shooting clients or hosting content creation workshops, you will definitely want to look into the membership!


I ended up connecting with their team in Atlanta in 2021, and they hosted me. In an hour, I shot enough content for Instagram for weeks, additions for the website, blogs, ebooks, and courses! I. hosted an interactive online workshops for content creation with HeyGo Live too!



Food

Atlanta has incredible places to eat. Here I'm sharing some of my favorites.


Two Urban Licks

If you want to explore Old Fourth Ward and the Beltine, I recommend Two Urban Licks. They are an Atlanta Staple with live music nightly. The outside looks like a warehouse when you pull up or park. The inside looks like a huge loft with a kitchen in the middle and a restaurant in the middle of it all.


They also have an incredible outdoor patio to enjoy the outdoors and on the Beltline. I've gone here countless times. I love their Salmon Chips (another Atlanta staple). Their veggie plate is amazing. I love their Salmon too. Honestly, everything I've ever had here is amazing.


I've taken my mom for Mother's Day, my friends Angela and Raqisha, Misty and Joe, Brisa and Jesse , and hosted my 27th birthday here once to name a few visits lol!


When I stopped in Atlanta in 2021, I made it a point to have dinner here with friends again!


You will love the vibe with the live music, outdoors, and lofty feel too.


Tip: If you are here on a weekend, you will want to book via