Ultimate Offbeat Guide to Weird Atlanta Road Trip Stops

Heavy metal karaoke, foreign soft drinks, and legal graffiti await you on a road trip through weird Atlanta!

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Created by Greg Newkirk - May 31st 2016

Atlanta is known for being one of the most beautiful cities in the South, a rap mecca, and home to the world's largest aquarium, but if you dig a little deeper, you'll also find it's one of the weirdest cities in America. If you're headed to ATL, use this Ultimate Offbeat Guide to add a little oddball fun to your visit.

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464 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, US

Junkmans Daughter

Billed as one of the 25 best independent stores in America, Junkman's Daughter is an assault on the senses. Filled with aisle after aisle of bizarre items, from punk rock paraphernalia to Captain Kirk cookie jars, you've never seen so much stuff you didn't realize you needed. Give this place a look if you're in the market for some weird souvenirs - it has to be seen to be believed.

Tip: Parking is five bucks, but if you keep your eyes peeled, you won't have a problem finding street parking.

816 N Highland Ave, Atlanta, GA, US

Dark Horse Tavern

The Dark Horse Tavern has the distinction of being of the most popular karaoke spots in Atlanta, but don't expect to roll up to the stage singing the latest Katy Perry single. The specialty here is Heavy Metal Karaoke. Five night a week, the tavern hosts Metalsome, where can belt out your favorite heavy metal hits with a live band backing you.

Tip: There's no happy hour here, but the drinks are way, way cheaper than anyone else around, so you'll come out on top no matter when you visit.

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2277 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA, US

Holeman & Finch Public House

1000 Robert E Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain, GA, US

Stone Mountain Park

As the world's largest bas-relief carving in the world (on the largest granite outcropping in the world), Stone Mountain is already worth the admission price, but the actual site is far more bizarre than you might imagine. As if having a gigantic stone carving dedicated to the Confederate leadership wasn't weird enough, Stone Mountain Park has morphed from a monument to the losing side of the Civil War into a kind of strange southern carnival, complete with funnel cake stands, laser shows, and live shows.

Tip: Tickets cost $15 a person, but expect to spend a lot more if you want to do a little bit of everything. Most attractions in the park cost extra.

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3687 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta, GA, US

Atlanta White House

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1302 W Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA, US

Artmore Hotel


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5920 Roswell Rd, Ste A-120, Marietta, GA, US

Battle and Brew

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131 Church St, Marietta, GA, US

Ghosts of Marietta

264 19th St NW, Atlanta, GA, US


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659 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA, US

The Georgian Terrace Hotel


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675 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA, US

Telephone Museum

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225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA, US

Georgia Aquarium

126 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA, US

The World of Coca-Cola

190 Marietta St, NW, Atlanta, GA, US

CNN Studios

924 Garrett St, Atlanta, GA, US


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1 Krog Street, Atlanta, GA, US

Krog Street Tunnel Street Art

1029 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, US

One Eared Stag

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789 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, US

Clermont Lounge

Whether you find yourself sipping a crazy vegetable-flavored Coke product, visiting the southern White House, or doing some speed-metal karaoke, Atlanta has enough bizarre stuff to add a little offbeat flavor to any southern road trip.

Greg Newkirk

Writer and video dude for Roadtrippers, pro monster chaser with Planet Weird, curator of the fantastic & the bizarre. Let's be friends!