Atlanta lands on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2021 Hot List

The Big Peach is one of the destinations the publication is excited about

Atlanta ranks no. 21 among most-walkable large cities in the U.S., according to Walk Score Here are Atlanta’s top 10 most walkable neighborhoods 1. Georgia State University 2. Peachtree Center 3. Buckhead Village 4. Sweet Auburn 5. South Downtown 6. SoNo (South of North Avenue) 7. Midtown 8. Inman Park 9. Castleberry Hill 10. Old Fourth Ward

Atlantans may already know this, but the Peach State’s capital city is a popular place to visit.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Condé Nast Traveler’s Hot List and instead of focusing solely on the world’s best new hotels, the publication decided to expand its horizons.

“But as we’ve learned in the past year, everything is connected, which is why we’ve also expanded the scope of hot to include restaurants, transportation, and destinations, as well as more news we’re excited about set for later this year,” Condé Nast Traveler said.

That’s where Atlanta comes in.

The Big Peach has been recognized among places such as Singapore, Dubai and Zurich as go-to travel spots.

Along with the changes that have emerged following the 2020 election season, Condé Nast Traveler cited the city’s boom as the Hollywood of the South among the reasons why Atlanta has transformed in recent years.

“All of this is to say that if you haven’t visited in a while, it’s time. It’s a different place, with a palpable energy coursing through its neighborhoods,” the website noted.

Of course, residents are familiar with active filming taking place on any given day. This is the location where shows such as Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and films including Marvel’s “Black Panther” have shot. It’s also the filming location of the upcoming ABC hip hop drama pilot “Queens,” which stars rapper Eve and singer Brandy. Plus, HGTV’s new show “Property Profit” is shooting here as well.

“Creativity and cool are finally piercing Buckhead’s corporate façade with eateries like Garnet Gal’s, a Black-owned coffee shop that turns out organic pastries made with house-milled flour, and Kimpton Sylvan, a boutique hotel with a midcentury aesthetic,” the publication said. “Further south, the flourishing Summerhill neighborhood has newcomers like Talat Market, which serves piquant Thai dishes made with Georgia-grown produce. In nearby Downtown, The Bakery, a multiuse arts center with a social justice bent, showcases Atlanta’s up-and-coming creatives, from painters to drag performers”

Condé Nast Traveler also pointed out the Beltline. It’s a popular area for restaurants and taking a post-meal stroll or bike ride. Being active can serve visitors well to work off meals from Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall and a pint (or several) from New Realm Brewing among other hot spots. It’s also a place where you can soak up public art exhibitions and glimpse some tiny — or not-so-tiny — doors along the way.

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