Nothing beats exploring the Atlanta Metro on a glorious sunny day, expect an even more spectacular sunset with someone you love. From hiking locations in the great outdoors, to Metro restaurants with unbeatable libations, and from the hippest new hotels to Atlanta’s A-list attractions…these 12 spots are ideal for watching the sun fall into the horizon!
Trekking Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve
Just a few miles from Atlanta, Arabia Mountain’s landscape captures the imagination. Stand in the remnants of the Davidson Quarry, where workers blasted chunks of granite off of the mountainside; in some spots, slabs of rock sit, abandoned, on the ground.
And while Arabia has been quarried, it remains wild, with tiny diamorpha flowers thriving in sparse patches of dirt while moss, trees and other plants also cling to the mountainside. Life thrives in the ephemeral pools that dot Arabia Mountain as well, with tadpoles and aquatic plants growing in the warmer months. No matter what time of year, the sunset at Arabia is spectacular.
On clear summer days, the Atlanta skyline peeks over the treetops as the sun sets behind a sea of green. In winter, the skyline is even more clear, and as the sun sets, the desolate beauty of Arabia Mountain surrounds you.
Find it: 3787 Klondike Rd, Lithonia
Sitting at the Pool Deck At The Hotel At Avalon
After making a splash in the rooftop pool, relax with family and friends and watch the sunset on the adjacent outdoor terrace with comfortable seating and city views. It is the perfect spot to look west to Alpharetta‘s Avalon Boulevard and breathtaking sunsets.
The Hotel at Avalon and Alpharetta Conference Center provides an unbeatable location within the Avalon shopping center near the Ameris Bank Amphitheatre and North Point Mall. After diving into the local area, reside in upscale settings at our rooms and suites. The hotel features boutique décor, 55-inch flat-screen TVs and plush bedding for the ultimate luxury experience.
Order a meal to your door through our thoughtful room service or enjoy a date night at our on-site restaurant. South City Kitchen serves Southern cuisine amidst a rustic ambiance. There are also 18 event spaces available, plus bike rentals (from the city) and an outdoor rooftop pool, fitness center, and more.
Find it: 9000 Avalon Boulevard, Alpharetta
Floating on the Water at Lake Lanier Olympic Park
When you visit Lake Lanier Olympic Park you will experience so much more than rowing and canoe/kayak events. Today you can relax on the sandy beach, enjoy a picnic, stroll through the butterfly garden or take a walk in the park and enjoy the beautiful public art.
Lake Lanier Olympic Park offers several choices for enjoying the gorgeous North Georgia sunsets. Enjoy a romantic picnic in our grassy park or on our white sandy beach. If you feel more adventurous, paddle out onto the lake in a kayak or paddleboard (rentals available) to view the sun setting and shining down on the calm waters of Northern Lake Lanier.
Find it: 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville
Catching a Race at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Atlanta Motor Speedway is well known for its on-track racing action, but during the summer, the skyline over the track puts on its own show. The Speedway hosts two summer racing series events, Thursday Thunder and Friday Night Drags, and from the infield during these events you can witness some of nature’s finest work on display.
Find it: 1500 Highway 19/41 South, Hampton
Meandering the Banks of the Chattahoochee River
Roswell stretches along the slow-moving waters of the Chattahoochee River; the banks of which provide ample spots to catch a sunset. Walk out on the Roswell Riverwalk Boardwalk which comes out over the river in some parts and stretches over marshy areas in others.
Find a park bench at Don White Memorial Park, Riverside Park, or Azalea Park and sit a spell enjoying the view and the calm water. Looking to get out on the water to watch that Georgia sunset? Rent or bring your own canoe, kayak, tube or stand up paddle board and use the launch spots at the parks previously mentioned.
Find it: Don White Memorial Park: 925(B) Riverside Rd, Roswell;
Riverside Park: 575 Riverside Rd, Roswell;
Azalea Park: 203 Azalea Dr, Roswell;
Roswell Riverwalk: 9100 Willeo Rd
During Sunset Sips at The Chattahoochee Nature Center
There are few things better than watching a sunset when surrounded by nature. The Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell offers this opportunity during the summer months. Whether its date night canoe trips on the Chattahoochee River, or concerts and after-hours events, the sunset is always the star of the show.
Date nights take groups out on the ‘Hooch during weekends for a relaxing and fun canoe trip down the river, offering the opportunity for a picnic beforehand. During the week, the Sunset Sips after-hours events allow visitors to wander the 127 acres of woodland and boardwalk at dusk while live local acts perform. Then on Sundays during the summer, the pavilion is lit up with great regional bands for the Sundays on the River concerts.
Find it: 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell
Exploring Vaughters’ Farm/Meadow Loop Trail
Step into an idyllic rural setting at Vaughters’ Farm, a former dairy landscape that is now part of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area. DeKalb County was once filled with farmland and Vaughters’ Barn gives you a glimpse into this agricultural past – as well as peaceful sunset views. Dairy farmer S. B. Vaughters raised livestock here for many decades before selling his land to the state in 2002 in order to conserve it from development. Now, songbirds sing and deer graze in the former cattle pasture.
You can enjoy the sunset either from the barn itself, or pick up the Meadow Loop Trail behind the barn and meander through Vaughters’ old pasture. At the far end of the trail, the trees clear to reveal rolling, forested hills where you can watch the sunset. Wildlife lovers will appreciate this hike as Eastern meadowlarks, deer, and other animals can all be found in the grass and woodland.
Find it: 3366 Klondike Road, Lithonia
Hiking with a Guide at Panola Mountain State Park
At Panola Mountain, see a landscape untouched by human hands. While other monadnocks (granite outcrops like Arabia Mountain) were quarried for buildings such as the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Panola was left intact. Stand on top of the mountain and see night fall over pine forest and bare rock, home to a diverse array of wildlife.
Watching the sunset here gives you a glimpse of prehistoric Georgia in a place that has been protected out of time. This is also the only place where you can see all three of Georgia’s monadnocks: Panola (you’ll be standing on it), Arabia, and Stone Mountains are all visible from the top of this state park.
If you lift your eyes from the natural setting around you, you can see Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and the towers of Atlanta in the distance, bringing you from the past into the present. Enjoy watching the sun sink over two worlds, the human and the natural, at Panola Mountain.
Please note that, while the park is not normally open after dark, guided hikes allow you to view the sunset from Panola Mountain. Check the park website for details.
Find it: 2620 Hwy 155 SW, Stockbridge
Imbibing on the Rooftop at Hotel Clermont
Hotel Clermont’s playful rooftop space features a rambling hodgepodge of activities, ranging from bites served from a (seasonal) old-school food cart to the rum-centric bar menu designed for a good time. To top the evening off, the bar’s pivoting list of drink specials and featured shots present the perfect recipe for modern memories… or lack thereof.
Assorted lawn games, AstroTurf and furniture reminiscent of an English country garden accentuate the stunning skyline views and the glowing neon of the original Hotel Clermont radio tower, which was restored to its original glory for the hotel’s reopening. Sunset views from the rooftop are unmatched in the area.
Find it: 789 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta
Catching the Midtown Perspective at O-Ku
Catch Atlanta’s skyline sunsets with one of the best rooftop views in the city at O-Ku. Though mostly known for its killer view, O-Ku’s 1,500-square-foot rooftop patio also boasts a pretty sweet bar.
The hot spots open-air rooftop offers groups plenty of room to chat, catch up and celebrate while sampling unique sushi creations and a list of ever-changing cocktails. On Mondays and Wednesdays, a special happy hour is offered where guests can nosh on half off rolls from 5 to 7 p.m. (available in the dining room and on the rooftop).
Find it: 1085 Howell Mill Rd NW A3, Atlanta
Watching from the Rooftop of Solis Two Porsche Drive
Overdrive Lounge is a chic rooftop bar and lounge located atop the eighth floor of Solis Two Porsche Drive. Boasting picturesque views of the Porsche Experience Center, planes landing on the runways at the nearby Atlanta airport and stunning sunsets, Overdrive features an elegant rooftop ambience akin to that of an intown, cosmopolitan destination. Open to hotel guests and the public alike, the lounge offers tableside service, a selection of shared plates from executive chef Derrick Green and an extensive cocktail, wine and beer list each evening.
Find it: 2 Porsche Dr, Atlanta
Lounging at the Spa at The Whitley
The Spa at The Whitley offers massages, facials, body scrubs…and delightful views of the setting sun. Located on the 9th floor in Buckhead, you can take in the sunset in complete peace. The Whitley was named one of the top hotels in the South by Conde Nast, so we recommend making it an overnight experience.
Find it: 3434 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta
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After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.
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