Atlanta Travel Guide
Atlanta Travel Guide
Georgia's lively capital has a lot to offer its visitors. When taking a trip to the American South you cannot possibly miss this vibrant city.
The Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site and other quality museums provide insight into US history, while attractions like the Six Flags Over Georgia amusement park, or Zoo Atlanta are perfect for the whole family. Art enthusiasts will enjoy the acclaimed High Museum of Art, and for those lovers of the outdoors, the Stone Mountain is only 20 minutes away. The nightlife in Atlanta is known for its eclectic mix of experiances, offering everything from laid-back lounges to chic and trendy scene in Midtown. Night owls will certainly find something to suit their taste and style in this city.
Many visitors to Atlanta are coming for business rather than pleasure, but the city guarantees visitors of all kinds a good time. Whatever your interest, you will be welcomed with that famous Southern hospitality and charm.
Best time to visit Atlanta
Spring (March and April) is the ideal time to visit Atlanta with its pleasant temperatures and cool breezes. Atlanta can be stifling in the summer. But if you can beat the heat and humidity, late May through August is a wonderful time to enjoy the best of Atlanta's concerts and outdoor activities. Winters are a good time to travel to Atlanta as the weather is mild and not considered uncomfortably cold. For more information read Georgia's Climate and Weather.
What to see in Atlanta
-Appreciate the views across Atlanta at the Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield.
-See talented performers at the Fox Theatre.
-Explore the Fernbank Museum of Natural History and gain insight into the history of the world.
-Admire the Ebenezer Baptist Church; the epicentre of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.
What to do in Atlanta
-Go back in time at the Atlanta History Center.
-Take a trip to the Georgia Aquarium where you'll find over 100,000 animals from 500 species.
-Discover your inner child and have some fun with your kids at the Imagine It! Children's Museum.
-Visit the World Of Coca-Cola and explore their interactive exhibits.
Only 50 minutes outside of Atlanta by car you'll find Madison, a town once voted the best small town in America. Madison has a great Southern atmosphere and is definitely worth the visit. For something a little different, take a trip southwest (only two hours by car) and explore the Providence Canyon State Park, also known as 'The Little Grand Canyon'. It has over 1,000 acres of deep, rocky canyons and beautiful native vegetation and wildflowers, making for a unique excursion. Of course the Georgia Mountains only a short distance away also offer hundreds of wooded hiking trails, streams, scenic lakes, and camp sites.
The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is considered the main point of commute in Atlanta. Located 10 miles (16km) south of downtown Atlanta, the airport is easily accessible. There are direct flights available from London, as well as other destinations like Paris, Toronto, Cancun, Dakar, London, Johannesburg, Seoul, and San Francisco. Get more information on Airports in Atlanta.
Did you know?
-Atlanta is home to varied dialects, accents, and languages due to the diversity of the population.
-The city got its name from railroad engineer J. Edgar Thompson. It's thought to be a shortened version of Atlantica-Pacifica.
-There are over 55 streets in Atlanta with the name 'Peachtree'.
-Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport is truly the busiest airport in the world.
Atlanta city lights © Rick_Austin
Combining old Southern charm with metropolitan sophistication, Atlanta is the business and cultural centre of Georgia. Bustling with close to 500,000 people, the city has been chosen by numerous leading international companies as the home of their corporate or regional headquarters. The capital of the 'New South', Atlanta is also known for its dense tree coverage, resulting in its resident's nicknaming it, 'the City in a Forest.'
Atlanta attracts visitors both for holidays and business, with its plethora of entertainment, shopping, and cultural attractions as well as innumerable world-class convention and accommodation venues. The downtown pedestrianised Peachtree Center covers about 14 blocks of retail space, including plenty of museums, galleries and centres for performing arts, as well as the world's largest aquarium.
Tourist must be sure to visit the sites dedicated to the Atlantan born Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These include his childhood home and the church where he preached and the first leaders of the Civil Right Movement met.