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AtlantaUnited States of America

Big business, green space and a passion for history defines the Capital of the South.

The towering high-rises that dominate the Atlanta skyline reflect its reputation as a progressive, modern city. It’s the headquarters for large multinational companies, such as the Coca-Cola Company, and has one of the busiest airports in the country. Atlanta has produced big-name acts in hip-hop, and is known as the center of gospel music.

The Capital of the South prides itself on its history. Martin Luther King Jr. was born and raised in Atlanta, and his birthplace has been turned into a museum. The Martin Luther King Junior National Historic Site celebrates one of the most influential figures in U.S. history. Author Margaret Mitchell wrote the great American novel Gone with the Wind in an apartment in midtown. Visit the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum to learn about her life. The Atlanta History Center is an excellent introduction to the history of the Civil War and Atlanta’s growth into a center of commerce.

Atlanta lies at the bottom of the Appalachian Mountains and its landscape is characterized by rolling hills. Getting around is easy with a well-priced bus and train system. Rent a car to explore outside the city limits.

Locals make the most of the city’s hot summers and mild winters in city parks and surrounding forests. Piedmont Park features 180 acres (73 hectares) of green space right next to bustling midtown. Stone Mountain Park has walking trails and historical exhibits just a short drive northeast from the city.

Families will find a host of attractions aimed at younger visitors, from theme parks to museums. Georgia Aquarium in the heart of downtown is one of the biggest of its kind in the world and one of Atlanta’s most popular attractions. The Fernbank Science Center next door has a planetarium and observatory. At Zoo Atlanta enjoy the antics of America’s largest population of orangutans. Head further out of town to the Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water theme parks.

Atlanta’s live music scene centers around midtown and the outer suburb of Buckhead, which is packed with bars, clubs and restaurants. End the day watching a Broadway musical at midtown’s famous Fox Theatre.

Best time to visit AtlantaSpring and autumn are ideal times to visit; you'll love the moderate temperatures, lush vegetation in the neighborhoods, and beautifully landscaped parks. The best time to see the colorful display of blooming dogwoods and azaleas is during April. May and October are also great times to enjoy walking tours spotlighting the city's luminous natural beauty. Atlanta is a major convention and trade show destination, so try to find out what events will be occurring before you choose your travel dates; large conventions can increase hotel rates.

Peak Season: Autumn is a nice time to visit Atlanta, but it’s also one of busiest. Atlanta is a major convention and trade show destination, which keeps the city busy throughout the year.

Value Season: During the summer months (July and August), when the weather's warm and steamy, you may find some hotels offering discounts. You may also find reduced hotel rates during the holiday season.

Atlanta Travel Guide Video

Top Hotels in Atlanta

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Atlanta
Hilton Atlanta
4 out of 5
255 Courtland St NE, Atlanta, GA
CA $144
per night
Apr 10 - Apr 11

Located in Downtown Atlanta, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Design Atlanta, AmericasMart and Children's Museum of Atlanta. World of Coca ...

4/5Very Good! (9,144 reviews)

"Everything was perfect until our heat stopped working. We contacted guest services twice and they were able to get us in a new suite quickly."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 24, 2020

Hilton Atlanta
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
4 out of 5
165 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA
CA $125
per night
Mar 29 - Mar 30

Located in Downtown Atlanta, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of AmericasMart, Georgia State University and Tabernacle. Centennial Olympic Park and Underground ...

3.8/5Good! (5,630 reviews)

"No free internet won't stay again. Parking 35 a day. Clean quiet room."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 19, 2020

Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown
Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown
4 out of 5
265 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA

Located in Downtown Atlanta, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of AmericasMart, Centennial Olympic Park, and World of Coca Cola. Georgia Aquarium ...

4.2/5Very Good! (6,654 reviews)

"The hotel was BEAUTIFUL. I had a lot of things coming in so having staff as knowledgeable and helpful as they were was very comforting. It was in a great location downtown, many restaurants and shopping in the area. Food options inside and out of the hotel, beautiful room and living set up, everything ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 23, 2020

Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown

Popular things to do in Atlanta

Georgia Aquarium
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Georgia Aquarium

4.5/5(66 reviews)

Discover thousands of sea creatures at the world’s biggest aquarium.

World of Coca Cola
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World of Coca Cola

4/5(59 reviews)

Learn about the fascinating history of one of the world’s best-known drinks, in the city where it was invented.

Six Flags Over Georgia
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Six Flags Over Georgia

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Enjoy roller coasters, water slides, go-karts and more at this family-friendly theme park located just outside of Austin, Georgia.

Zoo Atlanta
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Zoo Atlanta

4.5/5(10 reviews)

Go from Asian forests to the African plains at this animal park that’s home to pandas, exotic birds, and the country’s biggest collection of gorillas. 

Fox Theatre
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Fox Theatre

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Catch a Broadway musical or a modern rock concert at this Atlanta landmark.

CNN Center
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CNN Center

4.5/5(38 reviews)

Go behind-the-scenes of the news at CNN’s global headquarters.

Top activities in Atlanta

Georgia Aquarium Admission Ticket
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Georgia Aquarium Admission Ticket

86% of travellers recommend
CA $50
Per adult
Atlanta CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Atlanta Attractions
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Atlanta CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Atlanta Attractions

94% of travellers recommend
CA $119
Per adult
Atlanta Sightseeing Bus Tour
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Atlanta Sightseeing Bus Tour

88% of travellers recommend
CA $97
Per adult
Zoo Atlanta Tickets
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Zoo Atlanta Tickets

82% of travellers recommend
CA $39
Per adult
World of Coca Cola and CNN Center Combo Tour with Transportation
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World of Coca Cola and CNN Center Combo Tour with Transportation

CA $96
Per adult
Breweries of Atlanta Tour
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Breweries of Atlanta Tour

CA $90
Per adult

Reviews of Atlanta

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 50.561797752808985%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 16.853932584269664%
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2 - Disappointing 1.1235955056179776%
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1 - Terrible 1.1235955056179776%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 17, 2020

Clean & Modern.

3/5 - Okay

A.Smith

Mar 3, 2020

We enjoyed the Martin Luther King NHP very much. The restaurants near the hotel were either counter-service or expensive. That central part of the city is pretty much a concrete jungle and they have a bit of a homelessness problem. Midtown is better

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 22, 2020

The city seems poor. There are lots of homeless or otherwise poor-seeming people around. The US needs to do a better job of sharing the wealth.

4/5 - Good

TC

Feb 3, 2020

Great food, great hospitality

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jan 17, 2020

Aquarium was awesome. The area around it was really nice as well.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 24, 2019

It’s always a fun place to visit.

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