Atlanta is sprawling city. While some MARTA stations are in bustling hot spots, others are in quiet residential areas — great if you are a resident, but not so fun if you’re sightseeing Atlanta or looking for something to do. To make the most of your urban exploring or visit to Atlanta, see the list below for five of the most walkable areas next to MARTA stations based on Walk Score data.
5. North Avenue (90)
Near two major city landmarks (tallest building in the Southeast and the largest drive-in fast food chain in the world), the North Avenue MARTA station comes in fifth as most walkable transit station in Atlanta. Walk in one direction to Georgia Tech, the other to Publix grocery store, or go to a show at the Fox Theatre, dance at a club, stay at a hotel, cut your hair, have a beer at a bar or even walk to a hospital.
4. Decatur (92)
For a more relaxed adventure, head to the Decatur MARTA station on the blue line for downtown Decatur (pictured above). A small town next to Atlanta, Decatur has a square with a gazebo and courthouse, quaint shops, coffee and dessert spots, many restaurants, laid-back nightlife options and access to the PATH trail. Festivals and special events take place all year long, and almost every venue is a 10-minute walk away or less.
3. Midtown (93)
Midtown Atlanta is one of the most walkable areas in the entire city, with the Midtown MARTA station coming in third on the list of most walkable station areas. Not only are there residences, restaurants, nightlife, hotels, shops and businesses nearby, but there is also a grocery store, CVS Pharmacy, Ace Hardware and attractions including the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum, Federal Reserve Monetary Museum and Piedmont Park. The Arts Center and North Avenue MARTA stations and the Tech Trolley are also close by, which provide additional transit options.
2. Peachtree Center (96)
There is a hustle and bustle around the Peachtree Center MARTA station during the workday where you can experience a taste of city life. Step out of the station after an epic escalator ride to find towering office buildings, hotels, many restaurants and attractions including the Atlanta Streetcar, World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, SkyView and Centennial Olympic Park. Due to the high volume of tourists, business travelers and office workers, it is a one of the safer areas downtown for walking.
1. Five Points (98)
The central MARTA station and the transfer point between all rail lines, Five Points isn’t the safest station in the system, but you can walk to a variety of fast food restaurants, clothing stores, banks, pharmacies, Underground Atlanta, Fairlie-Poplar historic district, government offices and Georgia State University. Note that many eateries are closed on the weekend, and while the station is convenient to many everyday amenities, recreational activities are few, though Mammal Gallery is the place to be for art and music in the heart of the city.