Atlanta's Peachtree Streets: Our Top 5

There are many roads in Atlanta sharing the name of Peachtree. (Seriously.) Here are our favorites.

  • Peachtree Street and 12th is one good looking Peachtree Street.
    Peachtree Street and 12th is one good looking Peachtree Street.
  • What happens when two Peachtree Streets meet? You'll have to visit to find out.
    What happens when two Peachtree Streets meet? You'll have to visit to find out.
  • Peachtree-Dunwoody Road is one of more than 70 streets with Peachtree in their names.
    Peachtree-Dunwoody Road is one of more than 70 streets with Peachtree in their names.
  • Peachtree Battle Avenue was the site of the Civil War Battle of Peachtree Creek.
    Peachtree Battle Avenue was the site of the Civil War Battle of Peachtree Creek.
Comedians have two standard jokes about Atlanta. The first involves having to change planes at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on one's way to the Great Beyond. The other is how every street seems to have Peachtree in its name. 

And, both are nearly true.

Yes, we do love our Peachtree streets maybe because there aren't many — if any — peach trees in the city. But that suits us just fine because each Peachtree street is special and will take you to some of the best neighborhoods in town. Here are our top five Peachtree streets — out of, yes, more than 70.

  1. Peachtree Street is the daddy of all Peachtree streets, the city's Fifth Avenue and Champs-Elysees rolled into one. Peachtree Street starts at the financial district of Five Points, runs through Midtown up to Buckhead where it swerves right and becomes Peachtree Road. Once it goes outside the city limits, it passes through the Brookhaven neighborhood eventually entering Chamblee where it splits and you have Peachtree Road and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. Or, at Brookhaven, you can take a left and go up Peachtree-Dunwoody Road. You'll find great shopping along Peachtree Street (Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square), arts (Woodruff Arts Center, the Fabulous Fox and the High Museum of Art), iconic office buildings (Peachtree Center, the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Hotel and the Georgia Pacific Tower) as well as history (Tour the apartment where Margaret Mitchell wrote "Gone With the Wind.").

  2. Peachtree Circle is nestled behind Colony Square in beautiful Ansley Park. Ansley Park, located off Peachtree Street in Midtown, is home to historic homes that were built in the early 1900s, quiet parks and Ansley Golf Club. Piedmont Park is just across the street. 

  3. Peachtree Battle Avenue today is a lovely boulevard full of gorgeous Buckhead mansions, but it also goes down in history as the site of the Battle of Peachtree Creek and the first attack against Sherman's army as it blazed its way (literally and figuratively) through Atlanta.

  4. Peachtree-Dunwoody Road starts in Buckhead and makes it way up to the Perimeter area of Sandy Springs. In addition to residential housing and soaring office towers, Peachtree-Dunwoody is home to "Pill Hill," so named because Northside Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta are all at the intersection of Peachtree-Dunwoody and Johnson Ferry roads.

  5. Peachtree Center Avenue intersects with John Portman Boulevard, and that is very fitting. Famed Atlanta architect John Portman designed Peachtree Center, a minicity of office towers, restaurants, hotels, shops and AmericasMart, right in the heart of downtown

If you live in Atlanta or are coming for a visit, meet your friends on Peachtree Street – any one you choose. 

Journalist Mary Welch knows a lot about Atlanta and its Peachtree streets, having worked, eaten and, well, spent a whole lot of time on many of the city's Peachtree streets.

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