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Atlanta

Known for Live Music, Entertainment and Aquarium

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

How do you get to Atlanta?

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.

Things to do in Atlanta

This urban oasis offers walking paths, lawns for relaxing or playing Frisbee, and a series of public events to enjoy throughout the year.

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

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

Nature trails and theme park attractions surround the world’s largest piece of exposed granite, just outside the city.

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

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. 

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

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

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From old-school mansions to urban parks to a downtown that boasts the biggest skyline in the South, the sprawling city of Atlanta is a real peach. Cruise to landmarks like CNN Center on a bus, and hop off to uncover Atlanta's significant heritage at historic sites like Martin Luther King Jr.

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Atlanta CityPASS - Discover Atlanta's best attractions at one great price and skip most main-entrance ticket lines. Spend less, experience more.

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Delve into the fascinating undersea world of the Georgia Aquarium to encounter massive whale sharks, watch playful dolphins, and learn about the lives of beluga whales. With more than 100,000 marine animals in the largest aquarium in North America, there's no end to the undersea adventures that await your visit.

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Journey behind the scenes of “The Worldwide Leader in News” to see how a news broadcast is put together and aired. Inside CNN Studios offers an exclusive look at the headquarters of one of the largest and most venerable news organizations in the world.

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Experience the thrill of a lifetime on this skydiving adventure designed for first-timers. Feel the rush of adrenaline as you jump from a plane soaring at 14,000 feet (4,260 m) above the backwoods of Georgia, all while harnessed to an expert instructor to ensure you land safely back on solid ground.

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Fans of The Walking Dead and Zombieland find this walking tour absolutely hair-raising at stops including hospitals, medical centers, and bridges featured in the movie and the TV series. Sink your teeth into this tour for a groundbreaking look at infamous film sites.

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