The so-called ‘Capital of the South’, Atlanta is a big city and one that’s growing all the time. There are plenty of big-ticket attractions here, but it’s also worth scratching the surface to discover a city that’s got its own rhythm.
Although the climate is generally mild all year round, there are four very distinct seasons in Atlanta.
Spring is a great time to visit. Usually kicking off in March, the sun starts to warm up the city and a number of festivals get things going. Dogwood and Inman Park are two of the season’s best.
Unless you like things very hot and sweaty, it might be best to avoid the high summer months of July and August. Temperatures can get up into the 90s and big crowds can mean long queues at all the attractions.
When things start to cool down a bit in late September and October, it’s also a good time to book flights to Atlanta. Prices for tickets to Atlanta are usually lower and hotels are cheaper too.
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There are numerous departures to Atlanta.
Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is the biggest and busiest in the world, handling a colossal 100 million passengers a year. It’s located around seven miles from the downtown area and is a hub for several major airlines.
It’s well served by the city’s public transport system, the MARTA, using the red and gold lines. And, as you would expect, there is a very comprehensive choice of car rental agencies, private shuttles and taxis. Road access is via Interstate 85 at exit 72, with connections to several other major routes.
To reach several of the airport’s major hotels and conference facilities, you can use the ATL SkyTrain.
Direct Atlanta flights are available from a number of different carriers.
The downtown area of Atlanta is generally very good for walking, with most of the major attractions within close proximity. Over the last decade a lot has been done to make the city more pedestrian-friendly. The Atlanta BeltLine is a former 22-mile rail loop that is in the process of being converted into a network of parks and trails.
Getting between various neighborhoods in the city is easily done on public transport, using the MARTA network. Bus and rail systems are connected and accessed using the same ticket or Breeze card.
Taxis are available around the city 24 hours a day but you might prefer to rent your own vehicle for more convenient travel, especially if you are staying outside the city center.
Atlanta boasts a varied mix of attractions, with enough to keep even the most adventurous travelers entertained.
Visit the World of Coca-Cola and find out more about the planet’s most iconic brand. Across the road is the Georgia Aquarium, which is the world’s biggest by volume of water. Take a tour of the CNN Center and Studio, finding out what happens behind the scenes at one of the US’s big news providers. And history lovers should not miss the Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site, which includes his birthplace and final resting place. Learn more about his work at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
As a large and rapidly growing city, Atlanta does suffer from many of the things that major urban areas are prone to. That includes heavy traffic, particularly around rush hour, so be aware if you’re renting a car that things can move slowly.
You should also be aware that as the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson is quite tricky to navigate. Don’t leave too little time to get to your return flight. Just getting to your gate can seem to take forever.
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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