Introducing the city

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About Atlanta

Dubbed 'The City Too Busy To Hate', the unofficial capital of the South, Atlanta, is an evocative and evolving metropolis.

Atlanta is a city of two sides - one of old southern charm, the other of surging multiculturalism. Alongside sleek skyscrapers and trendy eateries lie colonial-esque houses and tree-lined streets. It's burgeoning economy and booming population give a sense of fluidity, while it has enough historic blues joints to keep things down-to-earth. Home to the world's busiest airport, Atlanta has its fair share of top tourist sights. The Georgia Aquarium (one of the best in the world) is an absolute highlight as is the peaceful Botanical Garden.

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the Centre for Civil and Human Rights are a fascinating nod to one of the city's most famous ex-residents, while the Museum of High Art houses some contemporary greats. Make time to catch a baseball game at Turner Field before stopping off at a barbecue grill-house for ribs, grits and corn. If you've still got time wander around the Centennial Olympic Park or stop off at the wonderful zoo.

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When Should You Visit?

October has plenty of good events on and the weather isn't too stifling.

Atlanta enjoys a humid subtropical climate with mild, temperate weather all year round. The warmest month is July when average high temperatures can reach 32 degrees Celsius; the coolest is January with an average low temperature of around eight degrees Celsius. The wettest month is August.

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Travioor top tips

CityPASS
WHICH STREET?
ART MUSEUM

Insider Info

  • A CityPASS card (available at the tourist office or online through Viator) gives you discounted entrance fees to several of the city's main sights.
  • Rather bizarrely, the city has over 70 roads containing the word 'Peachtree.' If someone simply says 'Peachtree' they usually mean 'Peachtree Street' a major street that links north and south.
  • The High Museum of Art, home to outstanding work by the likes of Morris and Rothko is closed on Mondays.

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Food and drink

Main Course £9.52 | $12.12

3-Course Meal £39.67 | $50.49

Cappuccino £3.09 | $3.93

Beer £3.17 | $4.04

The Scene

Deservedly famed for its traditional southern American cuisine, Atlanta is home to some of the country's top restaurants. Be warned - portions err on the large size. There's a big emphasis on barbecued foods, including ribs, pulled pork and patties while crabcakes, corncakes and homemade biscuits are frequently served as snack food. Make sure you try grits, coarsely ground maize kernels mixed with milk, usually served on the side. Atlanta also boasts a wealth of eateries headed by celebrity chefs - book well in advance if you're planning to visit. It's also home to Coca Cola factory which offers guided tours.

Given the size of the city, it's no surprise that the nightlife is awesome. From quirky pop-ups in faux churches to sleek, contemporary bars, this truly is a 24-hour city. Some of the best spots are Blind Willie's for blues, Laughing Skull Lounge for comedy and Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium for sheer eccentricity.

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History

Atlanta's Story

Atlanta began life as a railroad hub in 1837 when Western & Atlantic chose it as the southern base for their expansion. It was severely damaged in 1864 during the Civil War but managed to rebuild itself in the subsequent years when it became the capital of Georgia. Gradually, it developed as a blossoming business hub, with infrastructure constructed, buildings erected and economic expansion.

During the mid-19th century, it came to be known as 'The City Too Busy To Hate' and was a consistent champion of minority rights in the southeast during the 50s and 60s. After successfully hosting the Centennial Olympic Games in 1996, Atlanta has continued to go from strength to strength; today it is considered the capital of southern USA.

Language

English

The official language in Atlanta is English. Given its location in the United States however, it also has elements of southern and midland accents, although essentially it varies from person to person. As an example, the following words may be pronounced as such:

'Bed' pronounced 'bead'

'Bad' pronounced 'bade'

'Get' pronounced 'gite'

Need to know

+1 404 Dialling Code
911 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Real-time (and free!) travel updates are available anywhere in Georgia by dialling 511.
  • If you're riding on the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) you'll need to buy a Breeze Card for $1. 
  • Atlanta is served by a wide range of transport options including an international airport (one of the world's busiest), Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses. 

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for the USA here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. HALF PRICE ART

The High Museum of Art offers half price tickets and free guided tours until 9pm on Fridays.

2. BALLET

For a glimpse of the creative energy that gives this city momentum make time for a trip to the Atlanta Ballet, which is the oldest professional dance company in America.

3. MARTA PASS

Save money by buying an unlimited journey pass for the MARTA. They're available in one, four or seven day options - worth it if you're planning more than two trips a day.

4. FREE ARTWALKS

On the first Thursday of every month Central Atlanta Progress offer free arts-walks around the the city's downtown galleries.

5. VINTAGE TREASURES

If you're looking to shop for something particularly unique then head to local favourite, Junkman's Daughter, home to everything from kitsch toys to neon wigs.


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