Arriving flights to Atlanta will enter one of the following airports: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Dekalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK), or the Fulton County Airport (FTY). ATL is one of the busiest airports in the world—which is where most flights to Atlanta will arrive. There are big and small airlines that service the airport, with Delta Air Lines having a primary hub here. While passengers wait for their flights, they can enjoy the Wi-Fi networks available as well as fine dining or some hometown Chick-Fil-A. PDK or FTY are much smaller airports, normally used by individuals that are taking low-cost flights from nearby cities or connecting to other parts of Georgia. ATL is the only commercial airport, handling more than three-quarters of all air traffic to and from the city. Only municipal flights use smaller airports such as PDK and FTY.
Weather in Atlanta varies from cold to extremely hot. The summers in Atlanta can be hot and very humid, reaching into the 90s, with July being the hottest month. Winters in Atlanta can be quite cold on certain days and on others they are warm enough to avoid having to dress in heavy clothing. The snow never accumulates beyond flurries, but it does get cold enough to warrant some mittens. Atlanta is a heavily-used air traffic area, making the ideal time to purchase Atlanta flights the spring and fall when holiday travel is much lower.
Getting Around Atlanta
Visitors to Atlanta will be able to take advantage of several transportation modes once their flight lands at ATL. The Marta transportation service has vending machines at the airport where passengers from Atlanta flights can purchase Breeze Cards which are used to store your travel fare. Taxi cabs are all over and offer fair price to get to downtown, located 30 minutes away. Many visitors of the Atlanta area will find traveling by car the most convenient means of transportation. There are numerous car rental services available at ATL, and it is recommended you rent one with a GPS, as the city is very large and spread-out. Marta has web-like bus and train routes that have the whole city covered from corner-to-corner.
When your Atlanta flight lands, get your travel arrangements together because Hotlanta has many must-see attractions. Among the different attractions, the following should be considered:
- The World of Coca-Cola, a 60,000 square-foot exhibit where visitors can collect Coca-Cola memorabilia and taste over 60 different flavors of Coke
- Andretti Indoor Karting & Games, two indoor tracks for family fun or competition
- Atlantic Station, cafes, restaurants, and shopping boutiques along with a 16-Screen IMAX 3-D theatre
- Atlanta History Center, home to many cultural exhibits based on past events that took place in the city
- Zoo Atlanta, visitors can see a number of endangered animals at this zoo
Atlanta When to Go
Atlanta has four distinct seasons, but the climate is generally mild most of the year. Spring arrives early in Georgia, with short sleeves and sunglasses coming out as soon as March. A fit of blossoms and new foliage erupts in April and May, along with some of the city’s best annual events. The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is the unofficial start of spring, while the Inman Park Festival features one of the most bizarre parades of the year. Expect big crowds at both events.
July and August are perhaps the two least desirable months to visit, unless you like hot, sticky weather. Average highs hover around 89 degrees, and the humidity is infamous, making outdoor activities uncomfortable and leading to longer-than-average lines for indoor attractions. Summer’s warmth lingers well into autumn, though breezy days in October, with highs around 73 and lows in the 50s, are relaxed and pleasant.
Newcomers might be surprised to find temperatures that dip below freezing in December or January, but cold snaps don’t tend to stick. Barring a random extreme winter weather event, Atlanta usually sees snowfall only once or twice a year.
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