With the world’s busiest airport and three interstates running through the center of the city, it’s easy to get to a place where Southern hospitality remains a way of life. Expect to be greeted by smiles and slow Southern drawls.
Atlanta is a city of charming neighbourhoods, 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, there are authentic ethnic restaurants, including Chinese, Cuban, Filipino, Indian, 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 favourites, the film and television industry has found a second home in Atlanta. Visit the locations where TV’s “Vampire Diaries” was 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.”
Nightlife and Neighbourhoods
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 neighbourhood 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 kilometres 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.
Major Airports: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta (ATL)
Fun fact: There are more than 50 streets in the greater Atlanta area with “Peachtree” in the name.