Are you moving to Atlanta alone? This vibrant city, full of life, offers adventure, career growth, and romance opportunities. But, just like any city, it can also feel intimidating when you go on your own. From finding the right neighborhood, to navigating the public transportation system, relocating to ATL is no small feat. Fortunately, you will benefit from all of the advantages that come with living in an urban, yet distinctly southern, cultural mecca when you move to Atlanta. You’ll find yourself in a diverse and friendly city full of unique experiences. Of course, you may also face challenges, such as finding a job or making new friends. But, with the right planning and a positive attitude, you can make the transition to living in Atlanta as smooth and successful as possible.

Tips for Moving to Atlanta Alone

Finding Community

Southern charm and hospitality are no myth in Atlanta. Residents here come across as warm (just like the weather!) and friendly. They’ll wave as you pass by on the street, and don’t be surprised if a stranger smiles and says “hello” like they know you. 

With plenty of ways to get to know people and make friends, you’ll find your new community in no time. For outdoorsy folk, head to Piedmont Park in Midtown, or the Beltline to find many other alfresco lovers. With 22 miles of trails and 1,300 acres of parks to play, workout, or relax in, you won’t get bored anywhere on the Beltline

You can also check out your new neighborhood’s bars and restaurants. From happy hours to open mic nights and live music, these shared experiences will give you opportunities to start a conversation with a stranger nearby. 

How to Get Around

Atlanta might seem like a city that requires a car to get around efficiently, encompassing more than 130 miles with multiple interstates in and around it. But, it contains several ways to get around the city, depending on where you are and where you’re going. 

MARTA, the city’s rapid transit rail system, includes both a train and a bus system. There’s also the Atlanta streetcar, a new addition to the city’s public transportation options, with a 2.7-mile loop and 12 stops near the east side of Downtown Atlanta.

Naturally, you can still use a car. But, if you would prefer to give up your car, Atlanta also has plenty of shuttles, limos, and taxicabs to help you get around. Many of Atlanta’s in-town neighborhoods are also walkable. 

Tons of Activities & Events

If you want to go from Atlanta newbie to Atlanta native, you must check some landmark activities off your list. Start with a visit to Truist Stadium, home of the Atlanta Braves. Check out the Clubhouse Store and get your team gear before you leave.

You can’t miss out on a juicy, delicious burger and fries from the world’s biggest drive-in restaurant. Check out The Varsity in Midtown, taking up two city blocks and accommodating 800 people inside. Don’t forget to try a Frosted Orange.

Now a decade old, the Shaky Knees Music Festival in May incorporates food, fun photos, and more into its venue. The 2023 lineup has more than 60 acts, including Muse, The Lumineers, and Hozier. 

Spectacular Views of the City

Do you love the scene in the first The Walking Dead episode, where Rick Grimes rides his horse on a deserted freeway? Then check out the actual freeway and the most iconic view of Atlanta at the Jackson Street Bridge.

Skyline Park sounds like a green space, but it actually refers to the rooftop fun zone of Ponce City Market. Take a quick elevator ride to the roof and enjoy stunning views of Buckhead, Downtown, and Midtown. Check out their collection of vintage carnival games, three-story slide, and mini-golf while you take in the views. 

Skylounge offers a low-key, upscale vibe with a dedicated elevator and incredible urban views from 11 stories up. While free to visit on weekdays, they charge a $5 cover on weekends. Skylounge is perfect for a date night or a night out with new friends. If you’re looking for a place to celebrate the new year, check them out for a great view of fireworks from the patio. 

Top Resources 

Check out @discoveratlanta on Instagram for the best places to see and things to do in Atlanta. With a great combo of touristy and local vibes, you can explore Atlanta from every vantage point.

Also on IG, @adventuresinatlanta advertises events, concerts, and things to do in and around Atlanta. Their adventures may also inspire your own.

The City of Atlanta also has an IG account, @cityofatlantaga, where you can find more resources. They’ll provide updates on warming centers for those cold winter days, the art installations at Freedom Park, or AgLanta Eats, the hyper-local food festival that takes place each August. 

For information about moving to Atlanta, read up on the Cost of Living in Atlanta and Is Atlanta a Good Place to Live?

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