4-star hotel with an indoor pool and an upscale restaurant; close to Lenox Square mall in Atlanta’s posh Buckhead neighborhood
Hotel at a Glance: The Westin Buckhead Atlanta
The Westin Buckhead Atlanta is close to plenty of upscale shopping in Atlanta’s posh Buckhead neighborhood. It’s just a short walk from Lenox Square, a mall that counts Cartier and Neiman Marcus among its more than 250 retailers. But this 4-star hotel has its own luxuries, including a heated indoor pool where guests can relax after browsing the stores.
- In-room amenities include mini-fridges and coffee makers.
- Upscale dining: The hotel’s restaurant specializes in fresh seafood and aged USDA Prime steaks.
- Open 24/7: a fitness center with cardio and weight-training equipment, along with gear such as resistance bands
- Accolades: AAA Four Diamond Award.
Atlanta, Georgia: Urban Parks and Renowned Aquarium in Capital of the South
Named 1 of 50 Places of a Lifetime by National Geographic, Atlanta lies near the Chattahoochee River in Georgia’s northwest region known for its famed trees: magnolias, pines, and dogwoods. Despite a metropolitan population of more than five million and what is considered the world’s busiest airport by passenger count, Atlanta seems to always offer a relaxing escape. Stroll through the 185 acres of botanical gardens, hiking trails, and oaks at Piedmont Park, or study one of the country’s largest Civil War exhibitions at the Atlanta History Center.
Anchored by historical Peachtree Street, the city’s midtown area boasts a thriving arts-and-culture scene. Opened in 1929, the Fox Theatre features imposing Egyptian architecture and a custom-made organ with a network of 3,622 pipes. Tours take place on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. The High Museum of Art spotlights more than 12,000 pieces of contemporary and folk art, ranging from Renaissance paintings to photographs from the civil-rights era. Kids might better enjoy the Georgia Aquarium, located downtown at Centennial Olympic Park. One of the world’s largest aquariums with more than 8 million gallons of fresh and marine water and more than 100,000 animals, the aquarium is home to beluga whales, lionfish, whale sharks, bottlenose dolphins, and more.