While it’s been years since Atlanta became one of the trendiest cities in the U.S., it certainly hasn’t left the spotlight. There are countless reasons to plan a visit to what is widely considered the gateway to the southeast, but put simply: the Big Peach is just plain fun. From bustling markets and award-winning restaurants to ample green spaces, shopping centers, fascinating museums, pivotal historical sites, and a lively bar scene, Atlanta is undeniably full of charisma with something for every traveler.
Those interested in sampling local cuisine will be delighted at the impressive number of restaurants worth visiting in the city, from down-home barbeque joints to iconic restaurants and an ever-growing selection of new spots featuring global cuisines. Families will find no shortage of things to do with the kids, from biking through parks to visiting dolphins, sharks, and beluga whales at the famed Georgia Aquarium.
And of course, the great outdoors are just as much of a draw as the urban experiences in ATL. The city boasts lush parks like the BeltLine and Piedmont Park, ideal for long walks and bike rides. Keep in mind that Atlanta is only 90 miles from the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains, so those with time to spare should consider a quick trip north for hiking or backpacking.
Eastern Standard Time. Daylight Savings Time observed seasonally.
Best Time to Go
The shoulder seasons offer the mildest (and least humid) weather. Visit Atlanta in the spring, when the azaleas and dogwoods are in full bloom and parks are lush, or in the fall, when the temperature cools and the trees turn, providing a smoldering backdrop for outdoor concerts and festivals.
Things to Know
Currency: United States Dollar ($)
Electric: Type A two-prong plug or Type B three-prong plug
Atlanta has more than 65 streets with the name Peachtree.
Atlanta’s airport, Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world’s busiest airport.
Atlanta’s nickname is “City in a Forest” because it features rolling hills and dense tree coverage.
Centennial Park was built for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.
How to Get Around
Trains: MARTA, Atlanta Streetcar
Taxis: Available 24/7
Car service: Uber, Lyft