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 Atlanta, the economic and cultural heart of the South, is a city full of traditional charm spiced up with modern flair. Known for its rich history, Georgia’s vibrant capital offers a blend of cultural experiences—from the bustling art scene in Midtown to the historic landmarks in Downtown. Stroll through eclectic neighborhoods like Little Five Points, enjoy world-class dining, explore the lush greenery of Piedmont Park, and visit iconic attractions like the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: www.ajc.com
Atlanta Business Chronicle: www.bizjournals.com/atlanta
Atlanta Daily World: https://atlantadailyworld.com

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Metro area: 6.1 million (2023)

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Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau
233 Peachtree Street, Suite 1400, Atlanta
+1 404 521 6600
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 9am–5pm

The City

From the outside, Atlanta looks like a typical American big city with a skyline dominated by tall buildings and iconic skyscrapers, large parks, plenty of cultural attractions and entertainment options, a diverse culinary scene, and a vibrant hub of activity nearly 24/7. However, there is so much more to explore in "The Big Peach."

Atlanta is a place full of American history, which predates the American Civil War. It is also the birthplace of several famous people, such as civil rights fighter Martin Luther King Jr. and Margaret Mitchell, author of "Gone With the Wind." It is home to the world’s most famous soda brand, Coca-Cola, whose headquarters and museum are still based here.

Sports enthusiasts will find a complete selection of options including Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves, the Georgia Dome hosting the NFL Atlanta Falcons, the Philips Arena showcasing NBA Atlanta Hawks, and the WNBA Atlanta Dream.

Atlanta is also a city of neighborhoods, each with its own unique charm and character. From the historic homes and tree-lined streets of Inman Park to the trendy boutiques and vibrant nightlife of Little Five Points. The BeltLine, a former railway corridor turned multi-use trail, connects many of these neighborhoods, providing a scenic route for walking, biking, and exploring the city's hidden gems.

Moreover, Atlanta boasts a thriving arts scene. The High Museum of Art, with its extensive collection of classic and contemporary works, anchors the city's cultural district. For those interested in performing arts, the Fox Theatre offers a grand setting for Broadway shows, concerts, and other live performances. With its combination of rich history, diverse culture, and modern attractions, Atlanta is a city that invites both residents and visitors to discover its many layers.

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Do & See

As the economic and cultural center of the south of the United States, Atlanta surely offers an interesting mix of attractions and activities. From the CNN and Coca-Cola headquarters to places rooted in history, such as the church where Martin Luther King Jr. used to preach—the range of cultural offerings and sports events is endless.

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World of Coca-Cola

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Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park & The King Center

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Stranger Things "The Upside Down" Film Locations Tour in Atlanta

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The Centennial Olympic Park

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The Punchline Comedy Club

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Margaret Mitchell House

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The Fox Theatre

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LEGO Discovery Center Atlanta

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Atlanta Botanical Garden

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Alliance Theatre

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Atlanta Braves & Truist Park

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Atlanta's Eclectic Neighborhoods

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Atlanta Falcons and the Mercedes-Benz Stadium

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Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Dream and State Farm Arena

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Atlanta History Center

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

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Georgia Aquarium

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Six Flags Over Georgia

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The Woodruff Arts Center

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Atlanta Ballet

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Center for Puppetry Arts

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Atlanta Opera

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Zoo Atlanta

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College Football Hall of Fame

Dining

Chitlins, grits, and collard greens are typical of Atlanta, but they are, by no means, the only thing you may expect here. Atlanta offers an impressive number of restaurants, ranging from fine dining to rustic roadside diners. There's something for every budget and every palate.

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Nikolai’s Roof

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Bones Restaurant

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Metro Cafe Diner

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Holeman & Finch Public House

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The Optimist

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Gunshow

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Ria's Bluebird

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Flying Biscuit Cafe

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Miller Union

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Ok Café

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Ray's In the City

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Aria

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Tomo Japanese Restaurant

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Silver Skillet

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Agave Restaurant

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The Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View

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Bacchanalia

Cafés

Atlanta's café culture is thriving, with a vibrant coffee scene that reflects the city's eclectic and dynamic spirit. From cozy, independent cafés in historic neighborhoods to sleek, modern espresso bars in the bustling downtown area.

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JavaVino

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West Egg Cafe

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Joe's Coffeehouse

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Urban Grind

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Condesa Coffee

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Ok Café

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Bars & Nightlife

Atlanta has an exhilarating nightlife and a variety of bars and nightclubs. From Latin music to burlesque shows and everything in between, there is something for everyone. Midtown is the area to head to where sports bars are especially popular. Most of the clubs are open until 2/3am.

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Manuel’s Tavern

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Havana Club ATL

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Eleventh Street Pub

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Barcelona Wine Bar (Inman Park)

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Johnny’s Hideaway

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Smith’s Olde Bar

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Sanctuary Nightclub

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The Masquerade

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The Porter Beer Bar

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Red Light Cafe

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The Earl

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Blind Willie's

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Variety Playhouse

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Shopping

As Atlanta is quite cosmopolitan, it is easy to find what you are looking for, be it trendy or tacky, funky or fashionable, or anything you can think of in between. The city and its suburbs are teeming with malls, neighborhood shops, galleries, and antique stores.

For bargains, you have to drive a little out of the way to the North Georgia Premium Outlets in Dansville or Discover Mills in Lawrenceville.

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Ponce City Market

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Atlantic Station

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Lenox Square

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Buckhead

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Nordstrom Phipps Plaza

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Junkman's Daughter

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Criminal Records

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The Municipal Market

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YOUNG BLOOD

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Edgewood Retail District

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Hop City Craft Beer and Wine

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Tourist Information

Passport / Visa

Citizens of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the Kingdom of Brunei can visit the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa (as well as citizens of Andorra, Lichtenstein, Monaco and San Marino). Citizens of these countries must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling. All other travelers must obtain a visa before visiting the United States. International travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the country.

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Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Atlanta is during the spring (March-May) when the weather is mild, hotel prices are somewhat lower and the city hosts a few outdoor concerts and events, including the Atlanta Jazz Festival and the Atlanta Dogwood Festival.

Summers in Atlanta are known for being fairly hot and humid, hotel prices are high, and the city becomes crowded with tourists, but that's when most festivals take place, such as the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival and the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival. Be aware that September is hurricane season in Atlanta.

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)

Serving over 100 million passengers every year, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is currently the busiest airport in the world.

MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) operates light rail services from the airport to the city center and throughout the metropolitan area. Taxis are located in the Yellow Bus aisle. A taxi ride to Five Points can take from 15 to 60 minutes depending upon traffic – fares vary according to the number of passengers and the amount of luggage.

Car rental services are available a few minutes away from the airport via the SkyTrain. Hotel shuttle services are available on the Purple aisle in the Ground Transportation area at the west end of the Domestic Terminal.

Address: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

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Public Transport

A convenient and affordable way to travel around Atlanta and visit the main attractions is by MARTA, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. MARTA includes a network of buses and trains that serve the metropolitan area. The rail lines connect key locations such as Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, downtown Atlanta, and various suburbs.

A Breeze Card is a reusable, contactless smart card used for fare payment on the MARTA system. Riders can load the card with stored value or specific fare products, such as single trips, round trips, or multi-day passes, and simply tap the card at the fare gates to access MARTA buses and trains. Breeze Vending Machines are located at the MARTA stations.

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Taxi

While taxis are available in Atlanta, they are not as ubiquitous as in some other major cities. Hailing a cab on the street can be difficult outside of busy areas like downtown and Midtown. However, you can find taxi stands at major hotels, transportation hubs, and popular tourist spots. Many people find ride-sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft to be more convenient and readily available.

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Pharmacy

In Atlanta, you will find from the well-known chain pharmacies such as CVS, and Rite Aid to smaller neighborhood ones. Working hours may vary, but a few are open 24/7. Most large pharmacies sell prescription as well as over-the-counter medicine. Pharmacy signs are often in red and white and they can be also found inside department stores like Walmart.

Address: CVS Pharmacy - 842 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta

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Post

Both USPS offices and blue postal drop boxes can be found across Atlanta. General opening hours of post offices in Atlanta are from Monday to Friday 9am–5pm and Saturday from 9am to noon.

Address: United States Postal Service - 570 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta

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Time Zone

UTC/GMT -4 hours

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Telephone

Country code: +1

Area codes: Atlanta has several codes depending on the area (404, 470, 678, 770).

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Electricity

US standard voltage is 110-115V and the standard frequency is 60Hz. The sockets and the power plugs are of type A and B.

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