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24 Hours in Atlanta

Greater Atlanta is home to nearly 6 million people and has all the attractions of a big city, with "good old" Southern charm not too far away. Whether you're visiting alone or you're with family, Atlanta and the surrounding areas will keep you busy and entertained – when you're not attending Plastic Surgery The Meeting events, that is.

Atlanta's metropolitan area sprawls across a huge swath of land roughly the size of Massachusetts, with the city proper bounded on all sides by Interstate 285 – a boundary known locally as The Perimeter. Atlanta is large and diverse, with something for everyone. The restaurant scene is impressive – there are numerous great foodie locations in different neighborhoods throughout the city, with such offerings as fine dining, "Southern" BBQ, high-end casual spots and comfort food, to authentic cuisine that reflects the melting pot of Atlanta's diverse population.

The subtropical climate encourages outdoor activities, rooftop bars are open year-round and sports fans can attend matches or games in every season. We're proud to host elite professional sports teams such as baseball's Braves, basketball's Hawks, football's Falcons and soccer's Atlanta United. Many residents enjoy attending Falcons and United games at the new Mercedes-Benz stadium, and the new Braves stadium and surrounding Battery area have become very popular in the last few years.

A unique feature of Atlanta is the Beltline: a paved pathway lined with restaurants, bars and shops that follows the course of an old railroad through the heart of the city. The Beltline is a popular place to run, bike or simply stroll with friends. Atlanta also boasts excellent art and theater options, including the nationally renowned Atlanta High Museum of Art; the Fox Theatre; the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; and several other smaller venues.

Finally, while there's plenty to do in the city, if you have a few days before or after PSTM, the beauty and isolation of the Appalachian mountains are nearby and offer plentiful hiking, fishing, mountain biking and even rock-climbing opportunities to those adventurous (and athletic) enough to seek them.

Atlanta is home to many popular tourist destinations, including the Georgia Aquarium; the Atlanta Botanical Garden; the World of Coco-Cola museum and "brewery;" the College Football Hall of Fame; Atlanta Zoo; the CNN Center (our keystone hotel for PSTM); and Centennial Olympic Park. However, since your time is limited, we've created a list of a few "must-see" places that Emory residents like to visit:

  • The Atlanta Beltline: Whether you want to exercise, walk leisurely or chance your fate to a scooter, the 22-mile "redevelopment" loop/trail is a great way to appreciate Atlanta daily life. Plus, there are a variety of restaurants to satisfy any food or beverage craving – and which can be enjoyed with a view of the Atlanta skyline.
  • Piedmont Park: This is another beautiful, outdoor location in the heart of midtown. With access to the Beltline, the park is a great meeting spot. The dog lovers out there will be pleased to know that multiple dog parks and hiking trails are also nearby.
  • Inman Park: Here's a quaint neighborhood filled with trendy restaurants of all cuisines. Some of the residents' favorites include Barcelona (Spanish Tapas); Del Bar (Persian); Hampton and Hudson (American); and BarTaco (Mexican).
  • Dark Horse: For those who enjoy the spotlight and late-night adventures, Dark Horse Tavern offers Live Band Karaoke.
  • Rooftop/Patio Bar: Atlanta's skyline is breathtaking, so be sure to enjoy this sunset view at least one night during your weekend. Popular locations include New Realm, Whiskey Blue and the Roof at Ponce City Market.
  • Ponce City Market: A popular food hall located in the heart of the city, the market offers cuisine from multiple continents, along with a rooftop bar.
  • The Georgia Aquarium: You won't regret a visit to this aquarium, as it's the largest in the United States (3rd-largest in the world). The marine life will impress people of all ages, and walking the aquarium is a great activity if traveling with your loved ones. A new shark exhibit has opened, and visitors can view the incredible Ocean Voyager gallery – complete with a 100-foot-long tunnel and a 4,574-square-foot viewing window where endangered whale sharks can be observed up close.
  • More parks: There are plenty of other smaller parks within the city, such as Mason Mill Park and the incredible Chastain Park. These provide easy access to some of the hospital locations, for those of us who feel energetic and want a quick run after work.
  • North Georgia mountains: For those with a free weekend, an escape to the lower reaches of the Appalachians can be the perfect getaway. There are endless opportunities for hiking, camping, kayaking, mountain biking, fishing and rock-climbing.

As residents at Emory, we feel incredibly fortunate to train in plastic surgery in a beautiful city that has something to offer everyone – and we're excited to share our city with you.

Dr. Brown is PGY-4; Dr. Martin is PGY-3; Dr. Payne is PGY-5; and Dr. Losken is residency program director; at Emory University.