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High Art and Living Walls

Recommended for : Local Flavor Culture

Grab a room at the affordable Highland Inn, a great central location for exploring the city's rich art scene. After a delicious vegan brunch at Soul Vegetarian No. 2, take the number 2 bus to Peachtree Street and North Avenue.


Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Fabulous Fox Theatre, learning about the strange history of this Shriners-temple turned movie-theatre turned concert hall. Then take MARTA, first Gold and then Red, from the North Avenue Station to Five Points. Grab a bite to eat at Busy Bee, another Atlanta landmark.


After chowing down on the best fried chicken in the city, hop back on the MARTA and take it to the Arts Center Station, right behind the High Museum. Spend as many hours necessary exploring the extensive collection of the most renowned museum in the southeastern states, and don't leave without visiting the gallery for American Art.


Walk to Piedmont Park and cross throughout to the Beltline. Use the map of street art from the Living Walls website to view by foot some of Atlanta's astonishing public murals.


Catch a show at Variety Playhouse, attend a concert at the Symphony, hear some blues at Blind Willie's, or see what drag events are happening at any number of the city's gay bars (this is RuPaul country after all).


Before heading in for the night, because it's Friday, attend Lips Down on Dixie's bawdy, hilarious midnight Rocky Horror romp at the Plaza Theatre, right down the street from Highland Inn. If it's a first time, be sure to let the cast know of this "virgin" status.