Atlanta Sights

The greater Atlanta area embraces several different counties. The city of Atlanta is primarily in Fulton and DeKalb counties, although its southern end and the airport are in Clayton County. Outside Interstate 285, which encircles the city, Cobb, Gwinnett, and northern Fulton counties are experiencing much of Atlanta's population increase.

Atlanta's lack of a grid system confuses many drivers,

even locals. Some streets change names along the same stretch of road, including the city's most famous thoroughfare, Peachtree Street, which follows a mountain ridge from Downtown to suburban Norcross, outside Interstate 285: it becomes Peachtree Road after crossing Interstate 85 and then splits into Peachtree Industrial Boulevard beyond the Buckhead neighborhood and the original Peachtree Road, which heads into Chamblee. Adding to the confusion, dozens of other streets in the metropolitan area use "Peachtree" in their names. Before setting out anywhere, get the complete street address of your destination, including landmarks, cross streets, or other guideposts. Street numbers and even street signs are often difficult to find.

Atlanta proper has three major areas—Downtown, Midtown, and Buckhead—as well as many smaller commercial districts and in-town neighborhoods. Atlanta's Downtown is filled with government staffers and office workers by day, but at night the visiting conventioneers—and, as city improvements take hold, residents—come out to play. Midtown, Virginia-Highland, Buckhead, Old Fourth Ward, the Westside, and Decatur are the best places to go for dinner, nightclubs, and shows. Other neighborhoods like East Atlanta, Grant Park, Little Five Points, and Kirkwood have unique characteristics that merit exploration.

The city's public transportation system, MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority), operates bus and rail networks in Atlanta and Fulton and DeKalb counties. The two major rail lines, which run east–west and north–south (there's a northern spur, so consult a map before you jump on board), extend roughly to the edges of Interstate 285. MARTA is best for traveling to and from the airport and within Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead, and Decatur; if you plan to venture beyond those regions, call a taxi or rent a car.

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Sweet Auburn, the Old Fourth Ward, and East Atlanta 17

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Peachtree Center

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John Portman designed this skyscraper complex, built between 1960 and 1992. Across the street from this collection of shops and restaurants...

Piedmont Park

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A popular destination since the late 19th century, Piedmont Park is still expanding: 35 acres complete with a fountain and new sports...

Ponce City Market

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The old Sears, Roebuck & Co. building built in 1925 gets a modern face-lift as the hip place to live, work, and go to market. The...

SkyView Atlanta

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Take a seat in one of the Ferris wheel’s 42 climate-controlled cars perched 20 stories above Downtown for spectacular views of Centennial...

Stone Mountain Park

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At this 3,200-acre state park you'll find the largest exposed granite outcropping on Earth. The Confederate Memorial, on the north face...

Sweet Auburn Curb Market

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The market, an institution on Edgewood Avenue since 1924, sells flowers, fruits, and vegetables, and a variety of meat—everything from...

The William Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum

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The history of the Jewish community in Atlanta is told through a permanent exhibit called Creating Community . Other exhibits document...

Underground Atlanta

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Underground has seen more than its share of ups and downs. It was created from the web of subterranean brick streets, ornamental facades,...

World of Coca-Cola

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This shrine to the brown soda's image, products, and marketing is, at 62,000 square feet, twice the size of its previous building and...

Zoo Atlanta

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This zoo has more than 1,500 animals and 200 species from around the world living in naturalistic habitats. The gorillas and tigers are...

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