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Plan Your Atlanta Vacation

Originally built as the terminus of the Western & Atlantic Railroad, Atlanta remains a hub for transportation (with the world's busiest airport), industry (with the headquarters for Coca-Cola), art (with treasures on display at the High Museum of Art), and natural wonders (with the world's largest aquarium). The city's half million residents enjoy a mix of old-fashioned Southern charm, offbeat

artistic funkiness, chic luxury shopping, superb dining, and major attractions.

In the past, many of the city's big draws—Stone Mountain Park, for example—were outside the city limits. Today there's plenty in town to keep you occupied. The Georgia Aquarium draws visitors who want to get up-close and personal with whale sharks. At the Woodruff Arts Center, you can catch a performance by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra or watch films projected onto the exterior of the High Museum of Art. The fizzy World of Coca-Cola is dedicated to the hometown beverage. And the National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a beacon for justice and equality everywhere.

Atlanta continues to experience explosive growth. A good measure of the city's expansion is the ever-changing skyline; condominium developments appear to spring up overnight, while run-down properties seem to disappear in a flash. In Buckhead—once home to a noisy, raucous bar district—most of the taverns have been razed as developers hope to bring a Rodeo Drive of the South into being. Office and residential towers have risen throughout Midtown, Downtown, and the outer perimeter (fringing Interstate 285, especially to the north). Residents, however, are less likely to measure the city's growth by skyscrapers than by the increase in the already bad traffic, the crowds, higher prices, and the ever-burgeoning subdivisions that continue to push urban sprawl farther and farther into surrounding rural areas.

Known as "the city too busy to hate," Atlanta has become the best example of the New South, a fast-paced modern city proud of its heritage. Transplanted Northerners and those from elsewhere account for more than half the population, and they have undeniably affected the mood of the city, as well as the mix of accents of its people. Irish immigrants played a major role in the city's early history, along with Germans and Austrians. Since the 1980s, Atlanta has seen spirited growth in its Asian- and Latin-American communities. The newcomers' restaurants, shops, and institutions have become part of the city's texture.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. The Georgia Aquarium The world's largest aquarium draws visitors from all over the globe.
  2. A stroll through the park April in Paris has nothing on Atlanta, especially when the azaleas and dogwoods are blooming in the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Piedmont Park.
  3. Following in Dr. King's footsteps Home of Martin Luther King Jr., Atlanta was a hub of the civil rights movement. Tour the King Center and his childhood home on Auburn Avenue and see his personal documents at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
  4. Civil War history Artifacts in the city's museums—as well as at historic sites nearby—give you the chance to revisit those difficult times.
  5. Southern cooking, and then some Good Southern food has always been easy to find here, but Atlanta's proliferation of young, talented chefs and its ethnic diversity makes it a great place to sample a wide range of cuisines.
  6. The Georgia Aquarium The world's largest aquarium draws visitors from all over the globe.
  7. A stroll through the park April in Paris has nothing on Atlanta, especially when the azaleas and dogwoods are blooming in the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Piedmont Park.
  8. Following in Dr. King's footsteps Home of Martin Luther King Jr., Atlanta was a hub of the civil rights movement. Tour the King Center and his childhood home on Auburn Avenue and see his personal documents at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
  9. Civil War history Artifacts in the city's museums—as well as at historic sites nearby—give you the chance to revisit those difficult times.
  10. Southern cooking, and then some Good Southern food has always been easy to find here, but Atlanta's proliferation of young, talented chefs and its ethnic diversity makes it a great place to sample a wide range of cuisines.
  11. The Georgia Aquarium The world's largest aquarium draws visitors from all over the globe.
  12. A stroll through the park April in Paris has nothing on Atlanta, especially when the azaleas and dogwoods are blooming in the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Piedmont Park.
  13. Following in Dr. King's footsteps Home of Martin Luther King Jr., Atlanta was a hub of the civil rights movement. Tour the King Center and his childhood home on Auburn Avenue and see his personal documents at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
  14. Civil War history Artifacts in the city's museums—as well as at historic sites nearby—give you the chance to revisit those difficult times.
  15. Southern cooking, and then some Good Southern food has always been easy to find here, but Atlanta's proliferation of young, talented chefs and its ethnic diversity makes it a great place to sample a wide range of cuisines.

When To Go

When to Go

Atlanta isn't called "Hotlanta" for nothing—in the late spring and summer months the mosquitoes feast, and temperatures can reach a sticky and...

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