Atlanta First UMC is one of the Atlanta's oldest churches. It was built from granite stone harvested from Stone Mountain in 1903 and still has services today. Photo by Hayden Seay
Atlanta First UMC is one of the Atlanta’s oldest churches. It was built from granite stone harvested from Stone Mountain in 1903 and still has services today. Photo by Hayden Seay

Hayden Seay, Chattanooga, Tenn. –

Inman Park 

Two miles east of Downtown lies Atlanta’s first suburb, Inman Park. Founded in 1889, architect and founder Joel Hurt envisioned a neighborhood centered around the vast beauty nature offers, even if its lands were once part of the Battle of Atlanta in 1864.

Rich with history, tranquility and nature, elegant Victorian mansions line its long avenues. Coca-Cola magnate Asa Candler’s Callan Castle rises from the corner of Euclid Avenue and Elizabeth Street.

Completed in 1904, the mansion recently underwent a massive restoration to return the structure’s massive pillars and portico to its former glory.

But magnificent manors and relaxing walks are only a fraction of what makes Inman Park worth the trip.

The neighborhood offers a vibrant restaurant scene, including Folk Art and a dish called the Randy, bacon smothered in pancake batter and deep fried, and Barcelona, a Spanish restaurant with a 17-page long wine list.

On top of that, the neighborhood is home to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, the Variety Playhouse and the Inman Park Spring Festival, which falls on April’s last weekend.

Jackson Street Bridge

Besides setting the angle of Rick Grime’s entry into Atlanta in The Walking Dead, the Jackson Street Bridge offers a breathtaking view of Downtown.

Watching hundreds of cars zoom into the city in a matter of mere minutes and feeling the bridge tremble underneath your feet puts life in perspective. To make the view even more incredible, head there before the sun rises or sets, which creates an incredible backdrop for its skyscrapers.

Church architecture 

Beautiful churches, mosques and other religious centers are peppered around Atlanta’s many districts. Two churches, located right across the street from one another, are the Atlanta First United Methodist Church and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

With granite quarried from Stone Mountain, the Atlanta First UMC’s current building was constructed in 1903. It’s bell, which first rung in 1872, still rings to this day.

Commissioned in 1897, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus starkly contrasts its neighbor. Composed of pressed brick and terra cotta, the basilica has an unique red color.

Addie Whitlow, Chattanooga, Tenn. –

Central Park 

Located in the Old Fourth Ward of Atlanta, Central Park is definitely a destination that you don’t want to miss.

Shaky Knees [music] Festival of 2015 was held in Central Park, and there was ample room for festival attendees to migrate amongst the trees and grassy fields that Central Park has to offer. The Music Midtown festival has also been held at the park in years past.

In addition to the spacious fields and the variety of trees, Central Park also offers basketball courts, tennis courts, and multi-purpose fields for a variety of other sports. The park consists of roughly 17 acres, and it was previously known as the Bedford-Pine Park before 1999. The park was established as a result of the 1917 Great Atlanta Fire.

While the motivation behind the park is not exactly known, Central Park has drawn a variety of Atlanta residents and out-of-state residents to its scenic space in the middle of the bustling city.

The Masquerade 

If you’ve ever traveled to Atlanta to attend the concert of an alternative band, then you’ve no doubt been to the Masquerade. Also located in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, the concert venue was previously a DuPre Excelsior mill in the nineteenth and twentieth century. The old mill building was turned into a concert venue in 1990, and it’s still a widely popular concert destination today.

The venue boasts three separate stages in the old mill building, which are Heaven, Purgatory and Hell. In addition, there is also an outdoor stage, The Masquerade Music Park. The Masquerade provides an intimate concert experience because Heaven, Purgator y and Hell are somewhat smaller rooms, allowing attendees to better interact with one another and get closer to the band.

While the venue may be standing-room only, there is also a lounge area of sorts in the back for those who may want to take a break from the music and relax with a drink. The venue provides both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

From the street, the Masquerade may heavily resemble its heritage in the mill industry. However, once you get inside, you’ll realize that it may be one of the coolest concert venues Atlanta has to offer.