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Atlanta
Travel Guide

The Capital of the South is a booming tourist destination thanks to its sense of history and a wide array of 21st century attractions.

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.

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Where to stay in Atlanta

Top hotels in Atlanta

Hilton Atlanta
Hilton Atlanta
4 out of 5
255 Courtland St NE, Atlanta, GA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$132 per night from 8 Mar. to 9 Mar.

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

3.8/5Good! (2,832 reviews)

"I like the location, however oarty was really bad it took 4m30 mins to park."…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar. 2021

Hilton Atlanta
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
4 out of 5
265 Peachtree Center Ave Ne, Atlanta, GA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$124 per night from 8 Mar. to 9 Mar.

Located in Downtown Atlanta, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of AmericasMart and Children's Museum of Atlanta. Centennial Olympic Park and World ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,340 reviews)

"Staff was easy going and let you have a good time. Nice and clean rooms"…"

Reviewed on 3 Mar. 2021

Atlanta Marriott Marquis
The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta
The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta
4 out of 5
210 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$159 per night from 8 Mar. to 9 Mar.

Located in Downtown Atlanta, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of AmericasMart, Centennial Olympic Park, and CNN Center. World of Coca Cola and ...

4/5Very Good! (1,614 reviews)

"Property was great, parking was full but there’s a self park lot across the street"…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar. 2021

The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta
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Holiday Rentals in Atlanta

Sonesta ES Suites Atlanta Perimeter Center East
Sonesta ES Suites Atlanta Perimeter Center East
3 out of 5
1901 Savoy Dr, Atlanta, GA
The price is AU$138 per night from 10 Mar. to 11 Mar.

Situated in the suburbs, this aparthotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Murphey Candler Park, and within 12 mi (20 km) of RE-MAX Greater Atlanta Stadium and Morgan ...

4.1/5Very Good! (565 reviews)

"Very spacious, quiet. Nice environment, close to a lot of food. Very close to highway!"…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Atlanta Perimeter Center East
Staybridge Suites Atlanta - Midtown
Staybridge Suites Atlanta - Midtown
3 out of 5
23 Linden Ave Nw, Atlanta, GA
The price is AU$177 per night from 13 Mar. to 14 Mar.

Located in Downtown Atlanta, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Emory University Hospital Midtown and Fox Theatre. AmericasMart and Children's Museum ...

4/5Very Good! (470 reviews)

"I didn’t like that there was no balcony access because I’m a smoker. Otherwise, everything else was great."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb. 2021

Staybridge Suites Atlanta - Midtown
Staybridge Suites - North Point
Staybridge Suites - North Point
3 out of 5
3980 N Point Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA
The price is AU$131 per night from 8 Mar. to 9 Mar.

Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Avalon and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from North Point Mall. Golf Club of Georgia and Ameris ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (541 reviews)

"Very nice spacious suite. Nice and clean with a modern look. Staff was very friendly."…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb. 2021

Staybridge Suites - North Point
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Atlanta

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26 Nov. 2019

Good sports options available. Very good cultural activities available.

5/5 - Excellent

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3 Sep. 2019

Great time had in Atlanta during the labour day weekend.

4/5 - Good

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2 Sep. 2019

Do your research! Especially around sports!! They had the college football season kick-off on the only day we had to sightsee. Downtown was PACKED full of cars trying to find parking to get to the football. Didn’t get to see anything.

5/5 - Excellent

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7 Aug. 2019

Atlanta is amazing, the people are friendly, kind and bubbly.

4/5 - Good

Rylo

11 May 2019

Fat Matt’s ribs are excellent.

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