Though Atlanta might be best known as the South’s hub for business, the region’s busiest city is also a hotbed for art. There are more than 1,000 murals spread across its metropolitan area—tucked under bridges, hidden in parking lots or adorned on office buildings you can’t miss. Some depict local heroes or promote social discourse while others simply provide a visual feast. Additionally, the City of Atlanta manages 127 permanent public sculptures and monuments. It's also spent years investing in bike infrastructure like greenways, bike lanes and racks. So naturally, the best way to experience ATL’s public art is from the seat of a bicycle.
Try either of the popular “art rides” detailed below. Both self-guided tours begin and end in the eclectic Five Points neighborhood, which has convenient public parking and plenty of restaurants for post-ride refreshments. You can also combine both loops into a larger figure-eight ride if you’re looking to cover more ground. Summer can be hot, so plan for plenty of rest breaks. Fall offers the best combination of cool temperatures and colorful foliage through notably dense trees of the so-called “city in the forest.” As you ride, keep an eye out for the unique bike-shaped racks designed and painted by local artists for the city’s Mural Bike Rack Project; there’s 18 located around the center of Atlanta.