This article was published on December 8th, 2019
Over the past decade Atlanta has developed a thriving queer scene. The entire city thrives on diversity and culture. It is easy to see why the gays are flocking to the largest city in America’s south. Endless food choices, vibrant nightlife, cultural experiences, and an exciting rainbow-filled atmosphere, Atlanta has become one of the hottest growing cities for gaycation destinations. Here’s why:
With one of the largest queer populations in the United States, Atlanta has a plethora of gay bars, nightclubs, and restaurants. The city continues to evolve, bringing exciting new establishments to entertain, feed, and quench the thirsts of the LGBT community. While Midtown is the most popular and well-known neighbourhood for the gays, throughout the city there are pockets of queer-owned and queer-friendly places. Get out and explore the city. Don’t miss out. These are great places!
Every year, millions of people fly in and out of Hartsfield-Jackson airport to come visit Atlanta. One of Atlanta’s busiest times of year is during Atlanta Pride. Hundreds of thousands of people sashay their rainbow-decked out selves to the Pride festival and the Atlanta Pride Parade. It’s the largest annual gathering of queer people in America’s south. Atlanta Pride is one of the best pride festivals in the world, where you’ll really get to experience the true meaning of southern charm.
Atlanta was the birthplace of the modern civil rights movement in America, and the city has come a long way as a queer-friendly and welcoming holiday destination with world class attractions. The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, part of the Atlanta CityPASS program, is an extensive, theatrical, and high-tech exhibit to learn about the cultural and historical significance of rights in America. The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a truly immersive experience with sights and sounds to engage visitors in the American civil rights movement. Touch screen video panels bring visitors face-to-face with human rights activists from the US like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and others from around the world.
Atlanta is the soft drink capital of the world. Also part of the Atlanta CityPASS program, the World of Coca-Cola Museum, factory and tour is located right beside the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. An Atlanta institution since the late 1890s, Coca-Cola has called the city home the entire time, with its headquarters and museum in the center of town. At the World of Coca-Cola, you’ll be able to jump into all things Coke in a truly hands-on, one of a kind experience. It’s the real thing.
Feed into the gay stereotype of shopping until you drop at Ponce City Market. Used from 1926-1987 by Sears, Roebuck, and Co. and then as City Hall East, the building Ponce City Market now calls home in is one of the largest man-made structures and buildings in the American Southeast. Ponce City Market has been transformed into shops, a food hall, offices, apartments, and a cultural hub for Atlanta. It also has an incredible rooftop with stunning views of the city.
Sports enthusiasts will enjoy visiting a piece of history at the Centennial Olympic Park. It’s the home of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Summer Games. You can still get a glimpse of how and where Atlanta hosted the world sporting events.
Just south of Midtown and Downtown Atlanta is the commercial hub that is the Five Points Neighborhood. Five Points is a busy area of Atlanta that’s also known for Underground Atlanta, a massive entertainment and shopping complex containing the indie music venue The Masquerade. Five points the name comes from the intersection of five major streets that connect to form a cute, gay-friendly neighborhood of the city: Marietta Street, Edgewood Avenue, Decatur Street, and two legs of Peachtree Street. Woodruff Park is a beautiful spot for brunch and people watching. Broad Street is an artist colony/space, the Mammal Gallery has murals from the Living Walls artists’ group, and there are many local restaurants in the area.
With a gorgeous face lift like something straight off a Beverly Hills surgeon’s table, the W Atlanta Midtown re-opened its doors in January 2019 with a new renovation featuring a fierce new interior and fabulous new guest rooms. With entertainment nearly every night, the hotel boasts its own private night club as well as two restaurants. Drag queen bingo hosted at the W Atlanta Midtown every Tuesday, too? And include the fact that they are the host hotel each year for Atlanta Pride! Consider our weaves snatched and ready to shack up for the night at the gorgeous W Atlanta Midtown.
As if you need any other reason to make Atlanta a future gaycation destination, keep in mind that more flights come in and out of Atlanta than any other place in the world. You can get to this Georgia peach from anywhere in the world. Start making all your HOTlanta plans now with Atlanta’s single greatest resource site: www.atlanta.net.
When you’re in Atlanta, pick-up the 2019/2020 Destination Gay Atlanta – Atlanta’s official LGBTQ travel guide. It will help you navigate the city to find even more gay-friendly experiences, accommodations, eateries, bars, and more!
Come to Atlanta and paint the town rainbow.