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Atlanta city lights
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Atlanta Travel Guide

Georgia's lively capital certainly has a lot to offer its visitors. When taking a trip to the American South you cannot possibly miss this vibrant city.

The birthplace of famed civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, Atlanta is not only a rich historical centre, but also great fun. The Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site and other high-quality museums provide insight into US history while attractions like the Six Flags Over Georgia amusement park, or Zoo Atlanta mean children can also be entertained. Art enthusiasts will certainly find what they're after in the acclaimed High Museum of Art, and for those lovers of the open air the Stone Mountain is situated only 20 minutes away. Nightlife is also prime in Atlanta because it is known for its eclectic mix of nightlife styles offering everything from laid-back lounges to the chic and trendy scene that is Midtown. Night owls will certainly find something to suit their taste and style in this city known to be a melting pot of fun.

Many visitors to booming 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 considered 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. For those looking for a good deal, 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.

Beyond Atlanta

Only 50 minutes outside of Atlanta by car you'll find Madison, a town once voted the best small town in America. A hospitable and friendly place, 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 and 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 that outdoors feel with hundreds of wooded hiking trails, streams, scenic lakes and camp sites.

Getting there

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 Georgia. 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.


Back in 1837 Atlanta was little more than a hamlet existing to serve as a railway terminus; then came the Civil War that saw the town burned to the ground. Undaunted by this tumultuous beginning, the Atlanta of today bustles with close to 500,000 people, and has been chosen by numerous leading international companies as the home of their corporate or regional headquarters. The lively, thriving city styles itself as the capital of the 'New South', and its dramatic skyline is littered with gleaming skyscrapers.

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 Peachtree Center pedestrianised precinct covers about 14 blocks of retail space, including massive hotels, dozens of restaurants and imposing office towers. There are also plenty of museums, galleries and centres for performing arts, as well as the world's largest aquarium.

Atlanta has not lost its pioneering southern spirit or charm despite its modern guise, and the city's symbol of the phoenix serves as an enduring reminder of its troubled past and bright future. The energy that was embodied in its famous sons, Martin Luther King, Jr and Ted Turner (founder of CNN) still crackles in the air and the genteel olde-world atmosphere lingers in the residential neighbourhoods. Above all, Atlanta radiates a warm welcome in the true tradition of Southern hospitality.

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