The story of the ever-growing Atlanta started as a terminus of the Western & Atlantic Railroad. Hundreds of years later, Atlanta is still developing and reinventing itself, attracting tourists from all over the world.
From a railroad town to transportation hub
The heart of the South, Atlanta was at first a railroad town, from where travelers would find their way to the most remote destinations of the Southeast. Today, Atlanta has kept its importance as a transportation hub and having the busiest airport in the entire world. Moreover, Atlanta is the largest city in the state and home to 5.5 million people, earning its “nickname” as the capital of South. And like we said before, the city keeps growing and extending its boundaries.
A destination on the tourists’ map
Atlanta is indeed a busy metropolis, where the population focuses on creativity and where the racial tensions are almost inexistent. Described as “the city too busy to hate”, Atlanta doesn’t push tourists away because of its frenetic rhythm. On the contrary, it is inviting and charming, keeping the old southern charisma authentic and inspiring. Tourists have plenty of attractions to visit, with Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the world, and the World of Coca-Cola being among the favorites. The city’s artistic funkiness and its luxury boutiques and artisanal shops are also a magnet for tourists of all ages.
Nothing without nature
Atlanta is a bustling metropolis, with a skyline that continues to change dramatically as the years pass by. There is a continuous development of condominiums and skyscrapers, many of them being built in the Midtown and Downtown. But you will always find parks, trees and elegant homes in Atlanta. Moreover, the Stone Mountain Park, once situated outside the city limits, is now part of the city. Those who fancy hiking and spending a few days in the heart of nature have the Blue Ridge Mountains. The mountains are waiting for them, only 90 miles away from the city. Tourists will discover here beautiful parks and scenic walking trails. The BeltLine, in the past a railroad corridor, is now a 22-mile network of green spaces.
Landmarks for history aficionados
The city played an important part during the Civil Rights Movement that took place in the 1960s. One of the most important attractions in Atlanta is the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. The museum allows tourists to visit the house where Martin Luther King Jr. grew up, as well as the church where he was a pastor. Another important historical landmark is the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, an inspiration for justice and equality worldwide.
A burgeoning restaurant scene
The metropolis dazzles visitors with an impressive restaurant scene. However, this is not surprising at all, considering that Atlanta is home to world renowned chefs and superlative restaurants. Chef Kevin Gillespie, appreciated for his creativity and talent, awaits guests at the Gunsmoke. Angus Brown and Nhan Le’s Octopus Bar is the Asian restaurant where you just have to book a table while you’re in Atlanta.
Accommodation for all budgets
One of the advantages that tourists have when visiting a metropolis is that, when it comes to accommodation, they will have where to choose from. From worldwide renowned hotels, such as The Ritz Carlton, to boutique bed and breakfasts, like the Stonehurst Place, also considered to be the number one boutique hotel in the USA, Atlanta’s accommodation scene is as varied as its gets.
Entertainment for all ages and preferences
Whether you prefer to catch a performance by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at the Woodruff Arts Center or watch films at the High Museum of Art, you will be impressed with the performances. You can also support your favorite team at one of the many sports bars in the city or savor a cocktail at one of the chic cocktail dens. Atlanta assures you will be entertained. Nightlife in Atlanta is always rich with excitement and fun.
Shopping destination for the entire Southeast
Atlanta is a haven for shopaholics, who will find here everything their heart desire. From fancy designer boutiques to vintage shops, Atlanta is the place to visit for an extraordinary shopping experience, if you happen to visit the Southeast. Every shopping adventure revolves around Buckhead, where Lenox Square and Phipps, two impressive malls, as well as Buckhead Atlanta can easily take one or two days of your lives. If you’re more into small shops and locally owned boutiques, every neighborhood in Atlanta has its shopping surprises for you.
The best time to visit Atlanta is spring, when flowers are in bloom, especially azaleas and dogwoods. However, don’t hesitate to visit the city in fall, when the foliage that dresses the Appalachian foothill is absolutely spectacular. Just choose a period, book your plane tickets and accommodation! Embrace the old southern ambiance of a modern metropolis.