Ultimate guide to Atlanta during the Super Bowl

Kristine Tarbert
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

It’s almost time for America’s largest sporting event of the year, the Super Bowl.

This year the sporting spectacle is being held in Atlanta, Georgia, and there are plenty of other things to do if you are lucky enough to be heading over there for the big game.

With world-famous attractions, diverse neighbourhoods, rich history, arts scene and award-winning restaurants you will want to make sure you give yourself time before and after game day to see it all.

Heading to Atlanta for the Super Bowl? Photo: Getty

Where to stay

Hotel Clermont

Originally built in 1924, Hotel Clermont was a defunct property for many years before reopening as a stylish boutique hotel. It has a rooftop bar, French restaurant, and a casual cafe.

Having had the chance to stay at Hotel Clermont we can definitely recommend the rooftop bar, which has one of the best sunset views over Atlanta.

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Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center

Set in the building with the worldwide news leader’s headquarters, the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center is in the heart of it all for downtown museums and sporting events. It’s also the city’s only four-diamond convention hotel with more than 1,000 renovated rooms.

Solis Two Porsche Drive

At the Solis Two Porsche Drive in Hapeville, rooms have a view of runways at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and driveways at the Porsche Experience Center. The hotel’s decor is inspired by the luxury vehicle company that has its North American headquarters next door.

Photo: Porsche experience centre

The American Hotel

Another historic spot is The American Hotel, which was built in the 1960s downtown as a desegregated hotel where guests like Elvis Presley, Martin Luther King Jr, and James Brown stayed over the years. Stylish rooms have a mid- century style and the hotel has a bar and restaurant.

What to do

World of Coca-Cola

Dedicated to the world famous soft drink the multimedia building houses the 125-year old secret formulas and allows you experience a fully functioning bottling line up. Don’t forget to treat your taste buds with 60 beverages from around the world.

Photo: World of Coca-Cola

Center for Civil and Human Rights

Located in Centennial Olympic Park, the centre interprets both the Civil Rights Movement and
modern human rights struggles for immigrants, women and the LGBT community.

Georgia Aquarium

Within the same area is the Georgia Aquarium, one of the world’s largest and home to regional species as well as whale sharks, beluga whales, and river otters.

Hike Doll Head Trail

Sound creepy? Well that’s because it kind of is. Just a few miles from downtown Atlanta is a trail covered in a crazy collection of outsider art. This trail is created for and to found art. The trail lies on an abandoned 19th century brick factory and has an intriguing history.

Photo: Doll Head Trail

Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame

The Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame captures the passion, pageantry and traditions of college football with interactive exhibits personalised to each fan. This is a must visit for sports fans.

Atlanta Movie Tours

The city has rapidly become the Hollywood of the South for the many television and film productions, and Atlanta Movie Tours brings visitors to the notable and lesser-known locations from ‘The Walking Dead’, ‘The Hunger Games’ and the Marvel franchise.

What to eat

Being a Southern state means that friend chicken is high on the list of must try food in Atlanta.

Paschal’s Restaurant

Located downtown Atlanta, in the Castleberry Hill Arts District, Paschal’s is an historic and soulful dining experience, featuring Southern specialties such as fried chicken, braised short ribs, smothered pork chops and our famous peach cobbler.

Paschal’s Restaurant became the “meeting place” for some of the most notable entertainers, politicians, and business people, including Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Andrew Young, Maynard Jackson, Vice President Al Gore, and Dr. Martin Luther King.

Sweet Auburn Curb Market

The Sweet Auburn Curb Market pays homage to the various foods of the south. You will find produce stands offering peeled and cut fruits and vegetables, and meat stands offering whole pigs, half pigs and every part of the pig in between.

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