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Atlanta overview

Atlanta is the capital of the state of Georgia, it is also the most populous city of Georgia.  The city of Atlanta was founded in 1837 at the intersection of two railroad lines and rose from the ashes of the American Civil War to become a national centre of culture and commerce.

Atlanta has a beautiful cityscape complete with skyscrapers,  rolling hills and dense tree coverage. The city has a  humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons and generous rain all-year-round. The summers are hot and humid which is why it is called "Hotlanta".  Winters are cool with a peak temperature of −17.8 °C.

Atlanta is popular worldwide for its music and art heritage and cultural diversity.  The city has played a major or contributing role in the development of various genres of American music. Performing and visual arts are also hugely featured in the city, they include opera (Atlanta Opera), ballet (Atlanta Ballet), orchestral music (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra), and theatre (the Alliance Theatre). Various of neighbourhoods of the city are known for different types of art, amongst the districts of Atlanta, Midtown is especially regarded as the art district of the city.

Various of neighbourhoods of the city are known for different types of art, amongst the districts of Atlanta, Midtown is especially regarded as the art district of the city. Midtown Atlanta's  Woodruff Arts Center attracts many touring Broadway acts, concerts, shows, and exhibitions catering to a variety of interests. There are also festivals showcasing arts and crafts, film, and music in the city, the most notable of which is the Atlanta International Pop Festival. Other festivals include the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, the Atlanta Film Festival, and Music Midtown, etc.

Tourists are also drawn to Atlanta for its culinary scene, which comprises a mix of urban,  traditional Southern and ethnic restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world, dining.  Atlanta has emerged as a sophisticated restaurant town. Some of the world famous restaurants in Atlanta are Bocado, Bacchanalia, and Miller Union in West Midtown, Empire State South in Midtown, and Two Urban Licks and Rathbun's on the east side.

There are so many interesting places to visit in the city. The Georgia Aquarium, in Atlanta the world's largest indoor aquarium. Other places to see are Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum, Zoo Atlanta, the Centennial Olympic Park, the World of Coca-Cola etc.

Best time to book a flight to Atlanta

The Peak Season

The summertime sees the most visitors, this makes airfare and hotel prices skyrocket. Guests stay on till the Spring and fall seasons also, this is also the time where thousands of college students gather for the start of a new school year in late August. This makes finding a hotel room difficult during this time.


The Offseason

Some tourists choose to avoid the summer heat but the winter months generally don't see that many guests. The winter months are also considerably popular among tourist who are looking to enjoy a mild winter with the Atlanta festive flavour and sights. Flight and hotel prices are considerably lower at this time.

Best time to visit Atlanta

The Best Time To Visit Atlanta Is From Late May To August, At This Time You Can Enjoy The Numerous Concerts And Outdoor Activities Happening Around The City.  Festivals Happening At This Time Are Atlanta Dogwood Festival (April), Atlanta Film Festival (April), Atlanta Jazz Festival's 31 Days Of Jazz (May), Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (June), AJC Peachtree Road Race (Fourth Of July), Atlanta International Fashion Week (July). The Springtime Of April Ad Early May Features Pleasant Weather, With The Occasional Thunderstorms. But If You Can Dodge The Occasional Storm, You'll Find There Are Plenty Of Outdoor Festivals Perfect For Taking Advantage Of The Mild Temps.

The Springtime Of April And Early May Features Pleasant Weather, With The Occasional Thunderstorms. However, It Is A Good Idea To Visit At This Time, If You Want To Beat The Heat. If You Can Dodge The Occasional Storm, You'll Find There Are Plenty Of Outdoor Festivals Perfect For Taking Advantage Of The Mild Temps.

On The Other Hand, The Mild Weather Of The Spring And Fall Might Be Better. To Save A Few Bucks, Try Planning A Winter Trip When Hotel Prices Dive And Cooler Temperatures Drive Visitors Away. But No Matter What Time Of The Year You Visit, You Should Have No Problem Finding A Good Deal In Atlanta.

If You Are Looking For Even Cooler Weather, You May Atlanta During The Winter. Atlanta Gets Very Little Snow, So Many People Enjoy The Biking And Hiking Trails, Tennis, And Golf.

Airlines operating flights to Atlanta

Here are some of the popular airlines that operate international flights to and from Atlanta Airport (ATL).

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Qatar Airways

Turkish Airlines

Virgin Atlantic

How long is a flight to Atlanta

Wondering how long it would take to reach Atlanta (ATL) by flight? Here’s a list of flight time to Atlanta from various cities around the world.



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Atlanta airport

Harfield - Jackson Atlanta Airport is an international airport located 7 miles (11 km) south of Atlanta's central business district. It has been the world's busiest airport by passenger traffic since 1998.  The airport has international service to North America and to countries in South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

The airport serves as the primary hub of Delta Air Lines and Delta Connection partner ExpressJet, and is a focus city for low-cost carriers Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Spirit Airlines. The Delta Air Lines hub is the world's largest hub with just over 1,000 flights a day.

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport has two terminals, the Domestic Terminal and the Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. International Terminal, where passengers check in and claim bags. Gates are located in seven concourses between the Domestic and International terminals. while Concourses E and F are used for international flights.

The terminals and concourses are connected by the Transportation Mall, a pedestrian tunnel with a series of moving walkways, and The Plane Train, an automated people mover. The Plane Train has stations along the Transportation Mall at each of the seven concourses (including concourse F which is connected to the International Terminal).

Getting from Atlanta airport to city centre

Staying in Atlanta

If you're staying in Atlanta and want to take advantage of MARTA, the three parts of town you should consider are Downtown, Midtown, Decatur and Buckhead.



Downtown Atlanta has primarily been a business centre. Durig big events, like the Georgia Aquarium, CNN Center, World of Coke, College Football Hall of Fame, Imagine It! Children's Museum, Centennial Olympic Park, NCAA tournament, Georgia Dome, and Phillips Arena, the Downtown the streets are lively.  It is a very popular area among tourists and students. Downtown has a lot of up and coming bars and restaurants like a Hard Rock Cafe.




Midtown is a great blend of businesses, restaurants, shops, and residences. It is very pedestrian and great for strolling. It is common to see people walking to and from restaurants, eating and drinking at sidewalk cafes, walking dogs, jogging, etc. until late at night.

Although Midtown is relatively newer that Downtown and has several skyscrapers, Midtown has more of a neighbourhood feel. It has far more bar and restaurants than Downtown, the majority of which are local and unique as opposed to big chains. It is also a great place for shopping and experiencing the art and music culture.

From Midtown, you can walk to the High Museum, Piedmont Park, Fox Theatre, Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta Botanical Gardens. There are some areas to avoid, but they're generally not areas where tourists would find themselves anyway.

any large city caution when walking at night but that doesn't deter me from walking around whenever.




Buckhead is about a 20-30 minute MARTA ride from Downtown. This part of the city is a place for big things; upscale malls, upscale hotels and upscale restaurants like Phipps Plaza, Lenox Square Mal. Fewer people walk in this area,  preferring instead to drive from place to place, because of the way the neighbourhood is spread out. It would be wise to rent a car if you choose to stay here.

The food scene in Buckhead is amazing, it is also an area where you will find the Governor's mansion, Legoland Discovery Center and the Atlanta History Center. The Buckhead triangle skyline is marked by high-rise condos, apartments and office buildings. If you're going to Atlanta to shop, you will love Buckhead.



Decatur is a small town just to the east of Atlanta and is closer to the downtown and midtown area than a lot of suburbs that are within the city. The Decatur Square is a charming area with many unique restaurants, bars and boutiques, and the area has been described as a blend between Mayberry and Berkeley.

Decatur's restaurants frequently appear on local, regional, and national "best of" lists. There is a MARTA station in the Decatur Square, so it has easy access to Atlanta.



Types of Accommodation in Atlanta and Where to stay



Hotels are a great choice if you have a large budget and do not plan to stay for an extended period of time.   Some hotels in Atlanta are;


Artmore Hotel

Artmore Hotel is a boutique hotel located at 1302 W Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta The hotel is near the High Museum, Fox Theater, Museum of Design & Architecture, Piedmont Park, Atlantic Station, and Atlanta Botanical Garden. The hotel provides a fitness centre, a pool, free wifi, restaurant, bar/lounge and spa.


The Georgian Terrace Hotel

Located at 659 Peachtree Street, Midtown Atlanta, The Georgian Terrace Hotel in the heart of Atlanta's business and cultural district, and is a walking distance from the Fox Theatre. The hotel delivers southern hospitality making guests feel right at home.


Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

This luxury hotel is located at 3376 Peachtree Road. It is an iconic building which was designed by celebrated American architect Robert A.M. Stern. The hotel provides a fitness centre, a pool, free wifi, restaurant, bar/lounge and spa. The hotel is 35 minutes from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead

This luxury hotel is located at 3300 Peachtree Road. It is described as a  tranquil retreat within a vibrant urban setting. The hotel provides a fitness centre, a pool, free wifi, restaurant, bar/lounge and spa.


Apartment Hotel

Aparthotels are the choice for extended stay visitors as they are cheaper and provide homey comfort. Some apartment hotels available in Atlanta are;




Extended Stay America - Atlanta

Extended Stay America especially designed for longer stays, with all rooms featuring a fully equipped kitchen. The aparthotel offers free WiFi and a 24-hour front desk.

Every kitchen at Extended Stay America is equipped with a stove, microwave and a fridge. The hotel also provides guests with laundry and ironing facilities, upgraded bedding with extra pillows and a water filter in every room. Breakfast is free for guests at the hotel.

The property offers free onsite parking and free local phone calls.


Extended Stay America is located in several locations across Atlantaincluding;;  Vinings, Marietta - Wildwood, Perimeter - Crestline, Peachtree Corners, Duluth, etc.


Great places to visit Atlanta

Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere, housing thousands of aquatic animals. The aquarium consists of 10 million US gallons (38,000 m3) of marine and salt water and sees visitors 2.4 million annually. It is the second is the largest aquarium in the world and was only recently surpassed by Marine Life Park in Singapore in 2012.

The aquarium is divided into five galleries: Tropical Diver, Ocean Voyager, Cold Water Quest, River Scout, and Dolphin Tales. Its notable specimens include whale sharks, beluga whales, bottlenose dolphins and manta rays.

Cost: Tickets purchased onsite at Georgia Aquarium on the day of your visit costs the following

Adult: $39.95 + tax
Child: $33.95 + tax
Senior: $36.95 + tax

Tickets may also be purchased online at cheaper rates.


Fox Theatre

The Fox Theatre (often called the Fabulous Fox), is a performing arts venue located in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia, and is the centrepiece of the Fox Theatre Historic District. In December 2009, Billboard Magazine ranked the Fox Theatre Atlanta as "The #1 non-residency venue" worldwide for the decade.

It hosts a variety of cultural and artistic events including the Atlanta Ballet, a summer film series, and performances by national touring companies of Broadway shows. It also hosts occasional concerts by popular artists.

The Fox features a four manual (or keyboard) 42-rank pipe organ nicknamed the "Mighty Mo". It was custom built for the Fox by M. P. Möller, Inc. in 1929 in Hagerstown, Maryland. With 3,622 pipes, it is the second-largest theatre organ in the country.


Atlanta Botanical Garden

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is a 30 acres botanical garden located in Midtown Atlanta. The garden is home to the Kendeda Canopy Walk, a 600-foot-long (180 m) skywalk that allows you to tour one of the city's forests from 40 feet in the air through the treetops of the Storza Woods.

It is a great place to go for a family outing as your kids would love the Children’s Garden, swimming in the Sunflower Fountain, exploring the Venus flytraps in the Soggy Bog, and learning about honeybees in the observation hive.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden also hosts Weekly shows and classes such as Growing Edibles, Yoga in the Garden. It is especially beautiful in the winter with Holiday Nights lit with one million energy-efficient LED lights every holiday season.


Adult -  $21.95
Child (ages 3 to 12) -  $15.95
Child (under 3) - Free
Garden member  - Free

Group tickets

Self-Guided (min. 20 people) $18.95 per person
Guided Tour (min. 10 people, max. 60) $22.95 per person

Self-Guided Group tickets available during regular hours and require 2 weeks advance notice. Guided Tours are available Tuesday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. and require 4 weeks advance notice.


Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site is oe of the US  Civil Rights National Historic Sights. It consists of 35 acres with several buildings including Martin Luther King Jr.'s childhood home and the original Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where King was baptized and both his father Martin Luther King Sr., and he were pastors.

The visitor center contains a museum that chronicles the American Civil Rights Movement and the path of Martin Luther King Jr. An 1894 firehouse (Fire Station No. 6) served the Sweet Auburn community until 1991, and now contains a gift shop and an exhibit on desegregation in the Atlanta Fire Department. The "I Have a Dream" International World Peace Rose Garden is part of the site.
Annual events celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. like MLK Day in January,  Black History Month (February) and the anniversary of King's April 4, 1968, assassination in Memphis, Tennessee are commemorated at the site and typically draw large crowds. Speakers have included Presidents of the United States, national and local politicians, and civil rights leaders.

Cost: There is no entry fee. Enjoy your visit!



Piedmont Park


Piedmont Park is an urban park in Atlanta, Georgia, located about 1.6 km northeast of Downtown. The park hosts several miles of paved paths suitable for walking, running, biking, and inline skating. Skate Escape across from the park at the 12th Street entrance rents both bikes and skates. On weekend afternoons, skateboarders and inline skaters often share the open, paved area inside the 12th Street entrance.
Piedmont Park has picnic shelters with several picnic tables and benches throughout the park. Many visitors choose to picnic on the expansive lawns as well. There are 22 grills throughout the park for a great summer barbeque.
The Noguchi "Playscape" at the park is a great place for the kids. It includes a brightly coloured play set with a swing set, slide, sand pit, climbing dome and more.



High Museum of Art

The High Museum of Art (colloquially called the High), located on Peachtree Street in MidtownAtlanta, is the leading art museum in the Southeastern United States. It is a must visit for you if you are an art buff.
Special exhibitions at the High feature strong global partnerships with other museums such as the Louvre and with the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore and the Opificio delle pietre dure in Florence.

Open hours:
Monday:  Closed
Tuesday - Thursday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Friday - 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday- 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday - 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Hours are subject to change.

Every third Friday of the month the Museum is open until 10 p.m. for Friday Jazz.
Ages 6 and above: $14.50
Ages 5 and under: Free



World of Coca-Cola

The World of Coca-Cola at Pemberton Place celebrated opened on May 24, 2007. It’s the only place where you can explore the fascinating story of Coca‑Cola.

The World of Coca-Cola will give you an insider look into how Coke gets to the bottle and then to you. You can visit the vault where our legendary secret formula for Coca‑Cola is secured and taste 100+ beverages from around the world. You may even meet and take your picture with the Coca‑Cola Polar Bear.


Adult (13-64) - $17.00
Senior (65+) - $15.00
Youth (3-12) - $13.00
Toddlers (0-2) - Free with Adult
Open hours:

Friday & Saturday - 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday - Thursday - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm



Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta is a zoo located at 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta. It is a great place to relax with family on a beautiful summer day.

The zoo  houses an aviary of African birds, lemurs,monkeys, drills,  guenons, parakeets Malayan sun bears, racoon dogs, bush dogs, binturong, fossa, lions, African elephants, southern ground hornbills, meerkats,  warthogs, duikers and eastern bongos, to giraffes, zebras, ostrich, lesser kudu, otters, Komodo dragons, Sumatran tigers, giant pandas and red pandas, orangutans, snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises, frogs, toads, salamanders, black mamba, king cobra,  python. rattlesnake, timber rattlesnake, copperhead, water moccasin,  pygmy rattlesnake, bog turtle,  gopher tortoise, kangaroos,  cockatoos, goats, sheep, pigs etc.
Open hours: Zoo Atlanta is open 363 days a year, closed only on Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Zoo  grounds open at 9:30am.


Pre-booking your ticket online will be cheaper 

Adult (12+)  -  $22.99 ($25.99 at gate)
Child (3-11)  - $16.99 ($17.99 at gate)
Senior (65+) -  $18.99 ($21.99 at gate)
Child 2 & Under -  FREE
College Student  - $21.99




Adult (12+) - $18.99 ($21.99 at gate)
Child (3-11) - $13.99 ($15.99 at gate)
Senior (65+) - $14.99 ($17.99 at gate)
Child 2 & Under - FREE



Center for Puppetry Arts


The Center for Puppetry Arts, located in Midtown, the city's arts district is the United State’s largest organisation dedicated to the art form of puppetry.  It is one of the few puppet museums in the world. The  Center for Puppetry Arts is a great family destination as it not only offers education and performance of puppetry, the children also get a chance to put on a show themselves.
The Center’s museum and special exhibits present puppets from various time periods and countries around the world. Each year the Center for Puppetry Arts presents the Family Series, a collection of adapted classic stories and new works performed in a variety of puppetry styles by the Center company. Past shows have included an adaptation of The Shoemaker & The Elves set in 1940s Manhattan, Jon Ludwig's Dinosaurs, and The Ghastly Dreadfuls' Compendium of Graveyard Tales and Other Curiosities.
Cost: All prices vary by event or activity, date, and time


Open hours:

Ticket Sales Office
Monday-Friday: 9am-4:30pm
Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: 12pm-5pm



Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: 12pm-5pm


Museum Store
Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Friday: 9:30am-5pm
Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: 12pm-5pm


Cost of things in Atlanta

Average cost of food and drink at restaurants 

Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant  


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Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)                                


Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)                                


Cappuccino (regular)                                                          


Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)                                        


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Average cost of food item in the market


Milk (1 liter)


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Local Cheese (1kg)  


Chicken Breasts (1kg)                                                        


Beef Round (1kg)                                                                  


Apples (1kg)                                                                              


Banana (1kg)


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Onion (1kg)


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Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)


Average cost of transportation


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Average cost of accommodation

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Atlanta tips/advice

  • If you wish to change money, you can find various foreign exchange service providers in various parts of  Hartfield-Jackson Airport.  They are;Wells FargoType: Full-service bank branch
    Location: Atrium (Domestic Terminal)
    Tel: 404 974-9555
    Hours: Mon – Fri: 10:00am – 2:00pm, Sat and Sun: Closed
    Wells Fargo ATMsTheir 10 ATMs are located at:
    – Concourse A, B, and C Center point
    – Concourse D (Gate 11A)
    – Atrium NE, NW, SE, and SW
    – Concourse F Centerpoint
    – Concourse T CenterpointHours: open 7 days a week, 24 hours a dayCapitol City BankLocation: The Atrium
    Type: Full-service bank branch
    Services: Savings, cash advances, travelers’ cheques
    Phone: 404 766-81111
    Hours: Mon to Fri: 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Sat and Sun: Closed

    Capitol City Bank ATMs
    Located at the arrival and departure areas

    Services: Exchange of foreign currency, travelers’ cheques, drafts and wires, phone cards, travel insurance
    Atrium hall, Tel: 404 766-8767
    Concourse T: Gate T7, Tel: 404 767-3471
    Concourse A: Centerpoint, Tel: 404 762-7696
    Concourse B: Gate B16, Tel: 404 762-7996
    Concourse D: Center point, Tel: 404 767-4530
    Concourse E:
    – at Customs, Tel: 404 761-1406
    – Gate E12, Tel: 404 761-1941
    – Gate E26, Tel: 404 761-6331
    – Center point, Tel: 404 768-2465
    Concourse F:
    – Gate F6, Tel: 404 763-0900
    – Arrivals Area (Baggage Claim), Tel: 404 719-1175
    – Train/Customs Lvl

  • Foreign exchange services are available outside the airport at ATMs, banks and forex firms like CXI , Sterling Currency Group, etc.

Certain areas have a crowd of homeless people and beggars seen around the boardwalk. Don't worry, they aren’t aggressive and if you just say ‘no’ and walk away, they won’t bother you.

Keep careful watch of your belongings. Pickpockets are rampant so be aware of your belongings and surroundings.

Visitors are advised to stay away from Southern Atlanta, including Grant Park, the Bluff, and the I-20. These are the hubs of dangerous and illegal activity in Atlanta, and they are far from the tourist centres with the most appealing attractions. In these parts of Atlanta, you’re more likely to be hassled by strangers, and the conversation may turn dangerous.

East Atlanta is another unsavoury area. If you have to pass through these areas, avoid stopping there for whatever reason.

Northeast of the city centre is Kirkwood, the area where you’re more likely to see gang activity. The city is divided into parcels, or zones, that gang members consider to be their territory. Zones three and four, in particular, should be avoided.

Flight from local city to Atlanta

Here's a list of the most popular domestic flight to Atlanta


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Looking for other cities with sun, sights and sounds, the following cities are great for you.


Miami has a similar population as Atlanta and warm summers. In addition, Miami's access to Atlantic Ocean beaches allows for plenty of outdoor activity. Miami also ranks as one of the most walkable major U.S. cities behind only New York City, San Francisco and Boston.


San Diego

Atlanta and San Diego are most similar in average annual temperature, however, California's coast is undoubtedly a more inviting destination during the winter. San Diego is also a great place to enjoy the outdoors with its massive parklands, which makes up nearly one-quarter of the city's limits.


St. Louis

No other southern community parallels Atlanta as much as St. Louis. Both metro cities boast about the same number of restaurants per capita, too. St. Louis is warmer than most of its Midwestern counterparts, and the area is more walkable and bike-friendly than Atlanta.



If everything is indeed bigger in Texas, then it doesn't get much bigger than Houston. As far as major U.S. metro cities go, Atlanta and Houston rank near the top in overall land size



The closest and likely the most culturally similar area to Atlanta is, with warm weather and friendly natives. Charlotte ranks atop the country's major metro cities .