• Atlanta, Georgia, USA Piedmont Park skyline in autumn.

9 Places to Capture a Great Shot of Atlanta’s Skyline

Ever won­der where peo­ple go to get those great sky­line pic­tures of Atlanta that you see on Insta­gram?

These are nine of Atlanta’s most photographed from spots:

Jackson Street Bridge

Sit­ting pret­ty in Atlanta’s His­toric Old Fourth Ward, the icon­ic bridge rests above Free­dom Park­way pro­vid­ing one of the most wide­ly known posi­tions from which to pho­to­graph the city. From sun­rise to sun­set and even after dark, you real­ly can’t go wrong with a pic­ture from this beloved loca­tion. Map.

Lake Clara Meer

For an icon­ic pic­ture of the Mid­town sky­line, head to the south­east side of Lake Clara Meer at Pied­mont Park near Charles Allen Dri­ve any time of day, through­out the year.

Atlanta’s Restaurants

Polaris, Nikolai’s Roof, The Sun Dial, and Park Tav­ern all offer views of the city not to be missed. Polaris and The Sun Dial rotate, giv­ing pho­tog­ra­phers and din­ers a num­ber of dif­fer­ent pho­tog­ra­phy options. If you head to The Sun Dial, be sure to have your cam­era ready dur­ing the 85-sec­ond ride up 723 feet in a glass ele­va­tor. If you’re look­ing for more places to take in Atlanta’s sky­line, check out these six picks for restau­rants with a view.

Oakland Cemetery/Six Feet Under

See Atlanta from a dif­fer­ent angle, com­plete with the capitol’s gold dome shin­ing bright in the sun when you pho­to­graph the city from Oak­land Ceme­tery or the rooftop of their neigh­bor, Six Feet Under’s Grant Park loca­tion.

Grady Statue on Marietta Street

A cel­e­brat­ed Geor­gian in his day, Hen­ry W. Grady has two coun­ties named after him (in Geor­gia and Okla­homa), schools in sev­er­al states, a hos­pi­tal, and the mass com­mu­ni­ca­tions school at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Geor­gia. In 1891 the City of Atlanta erect­ed a stat­ue of him down­town at the inter­sec­tion of Mari­et­ta Street and Forsyth Street. Views of down­town Atlanta from the stat­ue fea­ture the orig­i­nal foot­print of the city.

The Gulch Parking Deck

If you want Philips Arena’s Atlanta all in one pho­to, there’s no bet­ter place than the park­ing deck just a hun­dred yards from the cor­ner of Mari­et­ta Street and Cen­ten­ni­al Olympic Park­way. Head to the top of the deck when it’s emp­ty to get the best pic­ture. Stretch your pho­tog­ra­phy prowess by (very care­ful­ly) tak­ing to the roof of your vehi­cle to try a dif­fer­ent angle.

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Arrive to see one of the garden’s many evening events at dusk when you’ll be able to take stun­ning pho­tographs of Mid­town build­ings com­ing to life at night, sur­round­ed by the sun­set from the Rose Gar­den, Great Lawn and steps to the Aquat­ic Plant Pond.


When you’re look­ing for an out­door event space in Atlanta, no venue screams “you’re in Atlanta” like Ven­tanas. From indoors, you’ll see the city through floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows over­look­ing the down­town area. Step out onto their Park Pavil­ion build­ing 14th and 15th sto­ry rooftop and you’ll see all the major down­town attrac­tions just wait­ing to be pho­tographed.

SkyView Atlanta

Whether you choose to see Atlanta’s sky­line from the top of the Fer­ris wheel in sum­mer, autumn, win­ter or spring, the view is always dif­fer­ent and worth pho­tograph­ing.

Need more? Here are oth­er places around town to get the best views of the city.


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Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.


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