What girl doesn’t love a girls weekend?! My best friend, Melissa, and I decided to plan a weekend trip to Atlanta! She is working on her Master’s in Alabama so Atlanta was only a few hours away from her school. I was able to score a super cheap flight from Southwest. We just used Airbnb to rent a pretty awesome loft in the center of Atlanta at a super cheap price. Everything literally worked out perfectly!
I flew into Atlanta after work on Friday and Melissa was there to pick me up. We were so excited to be reunited that we spent the entire night catching up with each other at the loft.
We woke up pretty early on Saturday so we could get dressed and grab breakfast before we headed to Stone Mountain Park. Melissa and I had no idea what we were getting ourselves into… but I guess that’s the best part about adventuring, right?
We waited in line for over an hour at Rise-in-Dine for breakfast… It was ridiculous but we were too hungry to leave and go somewhere else. The food was good but not worthy of an hour long wait.
After breakfast, we drove to Stone Mountain Park! Luckily, they gave us a park map with our paid admission because we were so overwhelmed with the size of the park! After brainstorming for a few, we decided to hikeStone Mountain and reward ourselves with the skyride down. The hike itself was easy even with our questionable hiking shoes (Toms & Boots).
“Stone Mountain Park is Georgia’s most popular attraction and features a wide variety of family activities. Located on 3,200 acres of natural beauty, adventure awaits as you discover interactive family friendly attractions and many natural and historical sights.”
Ahh, nothing is more rewarding than the view from the top of a mountain knowing that you got yourself there.
“Stone Mountain is a quartz monzonite dome monadnock and the site of Stone Mountain Park in Stone Mountain, Georgia. At its summit, the elevation is 1,686 feet MSL and 825 feet above the surrounding area”.
We spent a decent amount of time taking photos and just giddying around with excitement! It was seriously so beautiful!
As promised, we decided to take the Summit Skyride down from the top of Stone Mountain. We literally boarded the skyride and the conductor made an announcement to inform us of the high winds and warn us about the swaying that was going to occur during our ride. Melissa and I laughed and said “Oh great, we hiked all the way to the top of Stone Mountain just to fall off the skyride on the way down”. Obviously, we survived the skyride… lol.
“The rock’s top attraction is The Summit Skyride. This high-speed Swiss cable car provides a stunning view of the Confederate Memorial Carving as it transports guests more than 825 feet above ground to the top of Stone Mountain. From the top, experience amazing views of the Atlanta skyline, the Appalachian Mountains and more up to 60 miles away.”
While walking to the carving on Stone Mountain, we passed by the scenic railroad and a few adorable shops! We didn’t have enough time to ride the train but we did stop at the photo booth for some glamour shots!
“Climb aboard our train with a full size locomotive from the 1940s with open-air cars that will take you on a lively five-mile excursion around the mountain. Marvel at beautiful views of Stone Mountain and the surrounding landscape.”
The carving on Stone Mountain is stunning! It measures 3 acres which is larger than a football field and Mount Rushmore. Can you imagine trying to carve something that size on the side of a mountain?! No thanks!
“Stone Mountain is well-known not only for its geology, but also for the enormous rock relief on its north face, the largest bas-relief in the world. The carving depicts three Confederate figures during the Civil War: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis.”
We probably could have spent the entire day at Stone Mountain Park but instead we decided to head to Helen, Georgia!
The Alpine Helen Chamber of Commerce was hosting the 46th Annual Oktoberfest! Every year the Helen Festhalle houses the event. German-style bands from around the country and around the world come to play. It is the longest running Oktoberfest in the country!
Beer, brats, bands, and Lederhosen- the Helen Oktoberfest has them all! The festive little town is all things German! The beer was great (just ask Melissa, lol) and the food was delicious. It was a great time with my best friend!
Sunday, we woke up, packed our things, and headed to Julianna’s Coffee & Crepes! The crepes were delicious and filled our hungry tummies!
We took a stroll through Piedmont Park before heading downtown. The weather finally felt like fall, the leaves were starting to change, and we had the perfect view of Atlanta’s skyline!
Melissa had been to Atlanta before so she kept insisting that I see Centennial Olympic Park! “Centennial Olympic Park was created as a 21-acre gathering spot for visitors and residents to enjoy during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.”
“Today the park performs a dual mission: it serves as Georgia's lasting legacy of the Centennial Olympic Games, and it anchors efforts to revitalize residential and commercial development in Georgia's capital city of Atlanta.”
We goofed around the park for a bit and then decided to head over to World of Coca-Cola.
“The World of Coca-Cola is a museum showcasing the history of The Coca-Cola Company that contains a host of entertainment areas and attractions. From the original World of Coca‑Cola® that opened on August 3, 1990 at Underground Atlanta, to the opening of the World of Coca‑Cola at Pemberton Place® on May 24, 2007, we are proud to have welcomed over 23 million guests in the past 25 years.”
The World of Coca-Cola is seriously so over the top! Between the 4D movie and a room devoted to tasting all the coke flavors around the world… how could I not cross this off my Atlanta bucket list?! We had so much fun acting like children and posing with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear for a photo!
“Immerse yourself in World of Coca-Cola, the one and only place you can explore the story of the world's most popular beverage brand. It's a place where anyone can experience moments of happiness and wonder. At World of Coca-Cola, inspiration is around every corner - from the vault where we secure our secret formula, to world-class art and memorabilia to more than 100 beverages to taste from around the world. With opportunities to meet the Coca-Cola Polar Bear and more - it's no wonder that the World of Coke is a must-see among the top things to do in Atlanta, Georgia.”
After exploring the World of Coca-Cola, we were “hangry”. We found a little pizza shop to grab lunch before our girl’s weekend came to an end. While posting photos of our trip on Facebook, my Aunt Amy realized I was in town. She reached out to me and we were able to meet up and grab dinner together before I had to head to the airport.
It was the perfect ending to my girl’s weekend in Atlanta! Not only was I able to spend time exploring a new city with my best friend, but I was also to catch up with my beautiful aunt and meet one of her lifelong best friends.