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Atlanta
Travel Guide

Atlanta

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.

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Where to stay in Atlanta

Hilton Atlanta
Hilton Atlanta
4 out of 5
255 Courtland St NE, Atlanta, GA
The price is CA $141 per night from May 18 to May 18
Located in Downtown Atlanta, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of AmericasMart and Children's Museum of Atlanta. Centennial Olympic Park and World of Coca ...
3.8/5Good! (3,075 reviews)
"This hotel is the best they very staff,, clean and all I would stay here again again again"

Reviewed on May 13, 2021

Hilton Atlanta
Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown
Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown
4 out of 5
265 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA
The price is CA $132 per night from May 19 to May 19
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 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (3,768 reviews)
"The check in was extremely quick!! Wonderful! The event coordinator went above and beyond the call to help us. Every team member was exceptional. I told one team member he must have read Horst Schultze's book EXCELLENCE WINS. He had not but took out a pen and made a note to buy the book. excellent ..."

Reviewed on May 13, 2021

Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
4 out of 5
265 Peachtree Center Ave Ne, Atlanta, GA
The price is CA $108 per night from May 19 to May 19
Located in Downtown Atlanta, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of AmericasMart and Children's Museum of Atlanta. Centennial Olympic Park and World ...
4/5Very Good! (2,487 reviews)
"Cleanliness"

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

Atlanta Marriott Marquis
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Sonesta ES Suites Atlanta Perimeter Center East
Sonesta ES Suites Atlanta Perimeter Center East
3 out of 5
1901 Savoy Dr, Atlanta, GA
The price is CA $120 per night from May 17 to May 17
Situated in the suburbs, this aparthotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Murphey Candler Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of RE-MAX Greater Atlanta Stadium and Morgan Falls ...
4.1/5Very Good! (593 reviews)
"Everything was provided and the convenience"

Reviewed on May 9, 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Atlanta Perimeter Center East
Atlanta Mansion For Events/film/tv/holiday Party/weddings
Atlanta Mansion For Events/film/tv/holiday Party/weddings
Atlanta, GA
The price is CA $12,129 per night from May 15 to May 15
Situated in Atlanta, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, Cumberland Mall, and Perimeter Mall. Truist Park and Coca-Cola Roxy ...
Atlanta Mansion For Events/film/tv/holiday Party/weddings
Kasa Atlanta Downtown Apartments
Kasa Atlanta Downtown Apartments
4 out of 5
171 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA
The price is CA $167 per night from May 20 to May 20
Located in Downtown Atlanta, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta, Georgia State University, and AmericasMart. Martin ...
3.6/5Good! (8 reviews)
"Good location right on the GSU campus, there are also a few places to eat on the same street. Our apartment was spacious and clean. It was nice having a kitchen with plates, pots/pans, glasses, etc. We've stayed in some rentals that are seriously lacking but this one was great. Check in is totally ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 29, 2021

Kasa Atlanta Downtown Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Atlanta

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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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