History & Culture Inspire Vibrant Atmosphere
Atlanta has a rich history and a progressive streak that continues to shape its future. With the world's busiest airport and three interstates running through the center of town, it's easy to get here, no matter where you’re coming from. And yet Southern hospitality remains a way of life – expect to be greeted by smiles and slow Southern drawls.
Atlanta is a city of charming neighborhoods, and you’ll quickly discover they are easily walkable. Start at Centennial Olympic Park, the expansive downtown refuge built for the 1996 Summer Olympics. You can stroll to such attractions as the World of Coca-Cola, the Inside CNN Studio Tour and the Georgia Aquarium.
If you’re looking for an enjoyable day trip, just outside of Atlanta is Stone Mountain Park, a wonder of nature (the mountain rises 251 meters above the surrounding area, and into it is carved a U.S Civil War bas-relief, the world’s largest). It’s also home to a theme park.
Atlanta’s culinary scene celebrates down-home Southern cooking while also being the center of New South Cuisine, featuring fresh-from-the-farm produce and meats, prepared by inspired chefs.
International fare is never far away. On Buford Highway, you’ll find authentic ethnic restaurants ranging from Chinese, Cuban, Filipino and Indian to Ethiopian, Korean, Mexican and Vietnamese.
Don’t miss The Varsity, the world's largest drive-in restaurant, which has been serving hamburgers, hot dogs and delicious fried okra for 83 years.
Pop Culture Sightseeing
From classics to modern favorites, the film and television industry has found a second home in Atlanta. Visit the locations where TV’s “Vampire Diaries” is taped, then take a guided tour around the city to see places Margaret Mitchell wrote about in “Gone with the Wind.” The Margaret Mitchell House and Museum plus the Road to Tara Museum in Jonesboro, Georgia are included.
A variety of other tours are available, including sets of the “The Walking Dead” and “The Hunger Games.”
Vibrant Art and Nobel Legacy
From notable museums (High Museum of Art) to street art (the Beltline and Krog Street Tunnel), Atlanta showcases an elevated collection of classic and contemporary imagery and history.
At Fernbank Museum, you can come face-to-face with dinosaurs, while the NatureQuest exhibit features interactive encounters and live animals.
At the Martin Luther King National Historic Site, tour the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s home, Ebenezer Baptist Church and Sweet Auburn neighborhood. Remember former President Jimmy Carter, another Nobel Prize winner, at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum/Carter Center.
Nightlife & Neighborhoods
When it’s time to relax, locals flock to the clubs and nightspots in Midtown (Peachtree Street’s “Midtown Mile”) and Atlanta’s Eastside.
In recent years, the latter neighborhood has become home to a young and vibrant population drawn to the hot spots in Little Five Points. Fun and funky, the Eastside also is attractive to those interested in Atlanta’s role in the U.S. civil rights movement.
The Buckhead neighborhood, less than 10 kilometers from downtown, features designer fashions at large malls, intimate boutiques and galleries, and trendy dining establishments.
Ever-expanding and always reinventing itself, Atlanta is among the most influential and most welcoming cities in the Southeastern USA.
Atlanta, Georgia Highlights
You'll know you're here when...
...gentlemen hold the elevator door and a southern accent greets you in the morning. Ladies, don’t be offended if someone calls you ‘ma’am’. They’re just being polite.
Don’t leave without tasting…
- The Varsity, the world's largest drive-in restaurant, has been serving up greasy burgers and hot dogs for 83 years. Order an ‘F.O.’ and a ‘naked dog walking’. Only the folks at the world’s largest drive-in will know that you’re asking for a frosted orange drink and a plain hot dog to go (takeaway).
- Award-winning southern cuisine. Fresh, locally-sourced meals prepared the way our grandmothers cooked is a trend that has been steadily moving across the U.S., but it started with Atlanta’s award-winning chefs.
Top photo opportunities
- After hiking across the world’s largest exposed mass of granite at Stone Mountain Park, you’ll be greeted with panoramic views of the city.
- For the best Atlanta skyline view, head over to Jackson Street Bridge for a sweeping view of the city. The picture-perfect location has also been made popular by The Walking Dead.
- Atlanta’s High Museum of Art showcases a collection of classic and contemporary art, as well as renowned architecture
- At Fernbank Museum, you come face-to-face with the world’s largest dinosaurs. The NatureQuest exhibit allows young visitors a chance to engage in more than 100 interactive encounters in a nature-inspired environment with live animals and hands-on learning
- At the Martin Luther King National Historic Site, tour his home, church (Ebenezer Baptist Church) and neighbourhood (Sweet Auburn)
- Trace the footsteps of the author of Gone With the Wind at the Margaret Mitchell House.
Want to stay up late?
The area surrounding Peachtree Street in Midtown is known for chic clubs, dance music and late nights. Check out Old 4th Ward, Sound Table or the kitschy Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium, where patrons compete at table tennis and sing organ karaoke.
Your child will always remember...
...swimming with whale sharks or interacting with beluga whales at the Georgia Aquarium. They’ll get a hands-on experience with some of the ocean’s rarest and gentlest creatures.
After seeing how Coca-Cola is made and bottled at the World of Coca-Cola, you’ll receive a special bottle to take home.
The hippest area of town is undoubtedly Atlanta’s Eastside. It has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, and Atlanta’s young and vibrant population has flocked to the area’s hot spots. While fun and funky, the Eastside is also a mecca for history buffs who tour the Sweet Auburn district and explore Atlanta’s role in the civil rights movement. Hop on the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail, a 2.4-kilometer segment connecting several intown neighbourhoods and the city's newest shopping and dining destinations, Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market.
Buckhead, just six miles north of downtown, features the latest from top designers at Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza, not to mention more intimate boutiques and galleries.
One-awe inspiring building
Look no further than the Swan House for all the grandeur you would expect of Old Atlanta. The home was built in 1928 by the Inman family and shows the South’s love of classical architecture. As part of the Atlanta History Center, you can tour the Swan House and learn the history of one of the city’s most recognised and photographed homes.