The thing I love most about Atlanta is the ability to be in the city and also have some space and some nature. Trees seemingly hundreds of years old make all of the old neighborhoods very interesting. Plus the homes are beautiful and varied in style. From huge mansions to quant little cottages, you will see a little of everything.
I especially enjoy riding and running through the following neighborhoods:
- Buckhead: The most prestigious neighborhood in Atlanta. You will find the Governor's Mansion and many of the most opulent and amazing homes in Atlanta. Tuxedo Dr. is a must see if you want to see the best of Atlanta (inside the Perimeter at least). The famous Buckhead bar scene is also worth checking out (but only if you like crowds and lots of young party goers.
- Brookhaven: Make sure you drive around the Capital City Club. If you enjoy running, the loop is about three miles and the scenery is very nice.
- Virginia Highlands: This neighborhood is a little more eclectic and is near some pretty good night life. A great place to shop, relax or grab a nice meal.
- Midtown: Another eclectic neighborhood with great restaurants and Piedmont Park as the highlights.
- Emory: One of the older neighborhoods in Atlanta. Lots of nice homes, big trees and peace & quiet.
- Little Five Points: The most eclectic area in Atlanta (modeled after the Haight-Ashbury area in San Francisco). I say this in endearing terms, lots of freaks, interesting shopping, and colorful homes. Interestingly, some of the oldest and most beautiful homes in Atlanta are in this neighborhood including the homes of some of the early founders of Coca-Cola.
This is just the tip of the iceberg as far as Atlanta goes. Pardon me if I forgot some nice areas and one of these days I will add some thoughts on the areas outside of the Perimeter (a.k.a. family central).