With green spaces and skyline views, Atlanta is a romantic destination with plenty of places to smooch your sweetie. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful spot by the river, a view of the city or something more offbeat, Atlanta is full of romantic venues perfect for your best lip-lock yet.
Jackson Street Bridge
Downtown, between Cain Street NE and Highland Avenue NE, is the Jackson Street Bridge, one of the city’s most iconic views. Head over at sunset, when the magic happens. The city lights start to twinkle and the sky fills with pink and orange hues. Even with the cars whirring by beneath you, there will be an undeniable whimsy in the air. To make this romantic spot even sweeter, it’s free to visit, as is the nearby parking. Stop by on your way to a romantic Valentine’s dinner in Inman Park or Old Fourth Ward.
You don’t need to go far for a dose of tranquility this Valentine’s Day. Just head down Paces Ferry into Vinings, where you’ll find Canoe, one of the city’s most romantic restaurants. Nondescript from the front, the restaurant is elegant on the inside and sits on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. After dining at one of the best brunches in town, wind through the restaurant’s on-site gardens and take a stroll along the river. There are also benches for some picturesque snuggling.
Don’t be scared. Though Oakland Cemetery is Atlanta’s oldest cemetery, it’s easily the most beautiful, too, and a top destination for tourists and residents alike. With extensive gardens, benches throughout and a backdrop of the city, it’s one of the most serene spots in town. Meander through the ornate gravesites and, should the spirit move you, plant one on your sweetheart. The iconic landmark is also home to several lovers. So many, in fact, that they offer the “Love Stories of Oakland” tour throughout the year, including Valentine’s Day.
Skyview Ferris Wheel
Take your romance to new heights and head downtown to catch a ride on Skyview. A relatively new addition the Atlanta skyline, Skyview popped up in the summer of 2013. With 42 air-conditioned gondolas, it stands 200 feet tall. The intimate space allows you to get close to your loved one, while taking in the sights. To really wow that special someone, splurge on the VIP experience with leather seats and an extended ride time.
Westside Provisions District
For an unexpected romantic spot, head to the Westside Provisions District (WSPD). What was once a meatpacking district by the railroad tracks has now been converted to an upscale shopping and dining district. The developers made the area shiny and new, while keeping a slightly industrial vibe. The most kissable spot to visit, perhaps after dining at one of their date night destinations is the footbridge over the railroad tracks. With the city backdrop and rustic charm of the train tracks, this will surely be an embrace to remember.
The eastside trail of the Beltline is frequented by runners, walkers and bikers alike. Despite the flurry of activity, the Beltline makes a surprising romantic destination. Stroll down the Beltline hand-in-hand, pausing beneath one of the overpasses for a quiet moment of outdoor affection. Love is art, so, you’ll fit in perfectly against the backdrop of bold murals and whimsical sculptures. Afterward, get cozy at one of the romantic restaurants right off the Beltline, like a fireside table at Barcelona Wine Bar.
Atlanta Botanical Gardens
What’s more romantic than canoodling in a tizzy of flowers? Head to midtown’s Atlanta Botanical Gardens and steal a kiss as you wind through their walkways bursting with flora, living sculptures, and fountains. An evening stroll at sunset is the perfect precursor to a romantic dinner at the garden’s on-site restaurant, The Café At Linton’s. Don’t forget to visit on Valentine’s Day for dancing, cocktails and desserts in the garden. The flower haven is also the site of weddings and vow renewals. Pucker up, buttercup.
Nothing says “making out” quite like a drive-in movie. For a classic Atlanta spot to steal a kiss, head over to the Starlight Drive-In, where four screens play the latest Blockbusters in Art Deco style. The cost of admission is only $9, which gets you a double feature at one screen. Which is good since you may be too busy necking to pay attention the first go-around. Pack a picnic basket for you and your honey (and maybe some chapstick!) and head out to the drive-in.
For couples looking to get in touch with nature, one of the best spots to kiss in Atlanta is just a two and a half-mile hike away. Head north up I-75 to Kennesaw Mountain, where you’ll hop on a moderately difficult (but quick) hiking trail. Work up a sweat on a trail winding through trees, massive rocks and check out some historic Civil War memorabilia. Once you get to the top, you’re rewarded with a spectacular view of the city and a perfect opportunity for a celebratory smooch.