Five million people call Atlanta home and unlike many American cities, migration there is booming as people flock to this modern and friendly city. The impressive number of skyscrapers downtown are home to many huge multinational companies, such as Coca-Cola, and with one of the busiest airports in the country, it's easy to do business and get here. Historically, the city might be on the new side compared to its counterparts on the east coast – it was founded in 1837 as the end of a railroad line – but there have been plenty of major historical events here since then. The city was burned to the ground during the Civil War, and the Atlanta History Center is an excellent resource for learning more about that period. The burning of the city was commemorated by Margaret Mitchell in her great American novel Gone with the Wind, and you can visit the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum to learn about her life. The city's most famous son though is civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. who was born and raised in Atlanta, and his birthplace has been turned into a museum, the Martin Luther King Junior National Historic Site.

The weather here is seasonal and temperate so make the most of Atlanta's hot summers and mild winters in its city parks and surrounding forests. The 73 hectare Piedmont Park is situated next to bustling midtown, while just a short drive from the city, Stone Mountain Park has plenty of walking trails – perfect for working up a sweat.

If you're travelling with children, they will have a ball in Atlanta. The Georgia Aquarium is one of the biggest of its kind in the world and is very popular with all ages. The Fernbank Science Center next door has a planetarium and observatory. And at Zoo Atlantayou can the States' largest population of orang-utans in action.

Just outside town, head to Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water, two theme parks that will provide plenty of amusement for the whole family.

As evening falls, Atlanta's justifiably famous live music scene centres around midtown and the outer suburb of Buckhead, where its bars, clubs and restaurants are packed with ready to party locals. Or for something less raucous, you could relax and enjoy a Broadway musical at midtown's legendary Fox Theatre.

Known for

Live Music, Entertainment and Aquariums

Top hotels in Atlanta

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
4 out of 5
165 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA
AU$158/night
20 Sep. - 21 Sep.
3.9/5Good! (4,539 reviews)

Located in Downtown Atlanta, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of APEX Museum, AmericasMart, and Georgia State University. Centennial Olympic Park and Underground ...

3.9/5Good! (4,539 reviews)

"The property was nice and neat. I didn’t like that fact that in order to use the WiFi there was a daily fee."…"

Reviewed on 16 Sep. 2019

Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
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Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown
4 out of 5
265 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA
AU$183/night
4 Oct. - 5 Oct.
4.2/5Excellent! (5,591 reviews)

Located in Downtown Atlanta, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of AmericasMart, Centennial Olympic Park, and World of Coca Cola. Georgia Aquarium ...

4.2/5Excellent! (5,591 reviews)

"Excellent property! Loved the Polaris restaurant at the top of the building!. It rotates around giving you a view of the entire city. ⭐🌟🌟🌟🌟"…"

Reviewed on 15 Sep. 2019

Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown
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Hilton Atlanta
4 out of 5
255 Courtland St NE, Atlanta, GA
AU$164/night
28 Sep. - 29 Sep.
4/5Very Good! (8,281 reviews)

Located in Downtown Atlanta, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Design Atlanta, AmericasMart, and Children's Museum of Atlanta. World of Coca ...

4/5Very Good! (8,281 reviews)

"Staff was great! Would definitely stay again. Close to everything."…"

Reviewed on 16 Sep. 2019

Hilton Atlanta

Popular activities in Atlanta

Centennial Olympic Park
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Centennial Olympic Park

Head to this much-loved and used park for fountains, fun, and music festivals.

Georgia Aquarium
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Georgia Aquarium

With more than 45 million litres of water, don't miss the world's largest aquarium in the heart of downtown Georgia.

World of Coca Cola
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World of Coca Cola

Celebrate and learn about the World of Coca-Cola in the city where it was invented.

Stone Mountain Park
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Stone Mountain Park

The world's largest piece of exposed granite is the cornerstone of this major Atlanta attraction.

Six Flags over Georgia
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Six Flags over Georgia

Enjoy roller coasters, water slides, go-karts and more at this family-friendly theme park located just outside of Austin, Georgia.

Zoo Atlanta
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Zoo Atlanta

Span the globe at this excellent zoo and experience Asian rainforests, African plains and the country's biggest band of gorillas.

Top activities in Atlanta

Georgia Aquarium Admission Ticket
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Georgia Aquarium Admission Ticket

AU$63

Delve into the fascinating undersea world of the Georgia Aquarium to encounter massive whale sharks, watch playful dolphins, and learn about the lives of beluga whales. With more than 100,000 marine animals in the largest aquarium in North America, there's no end to the undersea adventures that await your visit.

Atlanta CityPASS: 5 Must-See Museums & Attractions
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Atlanta CityPASS: 5 Must-See Museums & Attractions

AU$120

Atlanta CityPASS - Discover Atlanta's best attractions at one great price and skip most main-entrance ticket lines. Spend less, experience more.

Atlanta Sightseeing Bus Tour
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Atlanta Sightseeing Bus Tour

AU$102

From old-school mansions to urban parks to a downtown that boasts the biggest skyline in the South, the sprawling city of Atlanta is a real peach. Cruise to landmarks like CNN Center on a bus, and hop off to uncover Atlanta's significant heritage at historic sites like Martin Luther King Jr.

Zoo Atlanta
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Zoo Atlanta

AU$40

Over 1,500 animals from around the world are waiting for you at Zoo Atlanta. Home to America's only twin giant pandas and the country's largest collection of gorillas and orangutans, Zoo Atlanta is an exciting animal encounter the whole family can enjoy.

Inside CNN Studio Tour
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Inside CNN Studio Tour

AU$22

Journey behind the scenes of “The Worldwide Leader in News” to see how a news broadcast is put together and aired. Inside CNN Studios offers an exclusive look at the headquarters of one of the largest and most venerable news organizations in the world.

Inman Park Food & History Walking Tour
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Inman Park Food & History Walking Tour

AU$95

Explore Atlanta's favorite foodie neighborhood and hangout spot, Inman Park. Steep yourself in tree covered sidewalks while hearing the tales of the grand Victorian homes of Atlanta's first suburb. The local guide will give you the neighborhood backstory offering insight only a local can.

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Free Things to Do in Atlanta With Kids
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Free Things to Do in Atlanta With Kids

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