- Lori McMillen Brown for The AJC
If your perception of the Atlanta city skyline is merely the background noise to your crawling morning commute, then it's time you experience it in an entirely new way. The hustle and bustle can transform into vibrance, serenity, and even curiosity. It's all about how you view it!
Two revolving restaurants in Atlanta, The Sun Dial and Polaris, deliver a bold and majestic gaze across the Atlanta skyline. Get lost in the IMAX-like view of the city, dining window-side during your dynamic visual tour through changing examples of urban skyscrapers, architecture, and a rainbow mixture of twinkling and sculpted lights. www.sundialrestaurant.com. www.polarisatlanta.com.
"Walking Dead" fans will recognize Jackson Street Bridge, the now iconic cover photo from Season 1. Participants in Atlanta Movie Tour's Big Zombie Tour get to have a group photo at this undead personified skyline view. Zombie Tour Info at atlantamovietours.com. Get tips on taking your Jackson Street bridge photo from ajc.com.
Another haunting location, Oakland Cemetery, serves as the final resting place for notable Atlanta residents such as Margaret Mitchell and Maynard Jackson, as well as Civil War soldiers. Skyscrapers peek between stately oak trees and crypts in this garden cemetery as if two different worlds had collided. Guided tours run each weekend mid-March through mid-October. Views of the city, as well as tales and history of this green space and garden await you. Guided and self-guided tours are available if you dare. www.oaklandcemetery.com.
For a view that feels classically southern and serene, isolated from the noise and traffic that bombard its perimeter, Piedmont Park offers several options for peaceful interludes and great opportunities for photographing part of the silhouette of the city. Claim a swing along the back perimeter of the lake. Not only can you see the skyline in front of you, but a keen eye will spot the perfect reflection shot in the water. www.piedmontpark.org.
Overlooking Piedmont Park is Park Tavern, a popular wedding venue due to its combination of great city views coupled with the historic roots and beauty of the surrounding Piedmont Park acreage. Not lucky enough to muster up a wedding invite? No worries! Park Tavern offers daily restaurant service and events such as the seasonal ice-skating rink, concerts and lots of "Festival" events. www.parktavern.com.
For a more natural view that adds beautiful art, Atlanta Botanical Garden is the place to be. Here the skyline serves as the backdrop as your eyes wander across the gardens that are anchored in the middle by the twisting dream and creation of Dale Chihuly, Parterre Fountain. atlantabg.org.
For resident sky warriors, the best cityscape view happens the moment the place you hail from magically emerges through the trees and is visible from your plane. Home. Air-arriving visitors to Atlanta are greeted by our collection of towering progress insulated by a large vastness of trees, allowing one to understand Atlanta's reputation as the "city in a forest."
Not ready to reach as high as Delta will take you? Jump aboard the 200-foot tall SkyView Atlanta for panoramas of the city from the heart of the Lucky-Marietta District and Centennial Olympic Park. www.skyviewatlanta.com.