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Why fly to Atlanta?
Sitting in the lap of the Appalachian Mountains and south of the Chattahoochee River, Atlanta is a city of skyscrapers shooting up out of a perfectly serene natural setting.
The sweeping hills and hot climate make the capital of the state of Georgia a lovely place to visit. The city has an interesting history and has always been a little more progressive than its Midwestern neighbors. The country's Civil War demolished the city which is why Atlanta is virtually a new sky scraping city with few historical structures.
The city has been a commercial hub since the Civil War and today it has a booming economy and is the headquarters of global companies like Coca-Cola.
Atlanta is a lively performing arts city and is home to the Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Theater and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which means entertainment in the city is world class. Besides performing arts is the music scene, which has been forming ground for major hip hop artists.
Big attractions to the city include the home of Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. as well as the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and Georgia Aquarium. The food scene in the city is also a pull for many people as it is traditional Southern combined with a new age sensibility. New restaurants popping up in the past two decades have received national acclaim for their local ingredients paired with new fusion and technique.
Atlanta begins with its sleek glass skyscrapers, continues with its beautiful culture and fine art, but behind it all welcomes you with a little flavor of old southern comfort.
Atlanta is one hot place to be, not just because of its nightlife but also because when it gets hot it is super roasting hot. In the summer, the temperatures hit close to 40 degrees and it can be quite humid. In the winter the heat disappears and the temperatures drop down to 0 and light snow sprinkles the city clean. The city receives its fair share of rain throughout the year with plenty of it falling during the summer.
When to fly to Atlanta
Fall is a busy time to visit Atlanta as the weather is at the perfect stage between the heat of the summer and the cool of the winter. Flight prices to the city are typically more expensive as this is when folks generally tend to travel to the city.
The summer is not a very popular time to travel to Atlanta as the heat can be especially stifling for those that are not used to it. So, this means if you don't mind the heat you can score some pretty great flight ticket deals during the summer months.
Getting into Atlanta
Your flight to Atlanta will land at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International which is located just 20 minutes outside of the downtown area. From the airport you can get into the city quite easily. You have several options including bus, rail, taxi and shuttle
Getting around Atlanta
The city has a wonderful integrated public transportation system that will get you around town. You can use the subway system and avoid Atlanta traffic or public bus is also a great option, but if you're travelling during rush hour give yourself plenty of time. Alternatively taxis are plentiful or rent a bike and zip around the city using your own fuel while getting fit and staying green.
- Visit the Atlanta History Center for a great start to your trip. The center will shine a light on the city's history which will prove priceless during the rest of your trip. A tour through the site will take you through an old farmhouse as well as a mansion set in beautifully-manicured gardens among other exhibits.
- If you're interested in what happens behind-the-scenes at an international news station. Take a tour of CNN Atlanta headquarters and learn all about what it takes to be a 24-hour news station tour an exhibition detailing CNN's top 100 stories.
- Visit the Fox Theatre which has been designated a historic landmark. It was opened in the 1940s and today sits as a piece of history you can actually tour.
- The Georgia Aquarium is enormous. It is filled with 8.1 million gallons of water and a 100-foot long tunnel that makes you feel as though you are part of the underwater world. The aquarium also has numerous opportunities for learning with exhibits like River Scout and Ocean Voyager.
- The High Museum of Art Atlanta hosts a thoroughly interesting collection of work that can't be found anywhere else. From African art to unusual interpretations of art in the most unusual of places, open your mind to high art in Atlanta.
- If you've got a dinosaur lover in the family, head to the Museum of Natural History, which has a wonderful exhibit of the massive creatures as well as other equally thought-provoking exhibits.
- Head to the World of Coca-Cola and watch a 4D movie. Brilliant!
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