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AtlantaUnited States of America

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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Top hotels in Atlanta

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Atlanta
Hilton Atlanta
4 out of 5
255 Courtland St NE, Atlanta, GA
AU$400
per night
17 Apr. - 18 Apr.

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! (9,166 reviews)

"Everything was perfect until our heat stopped working. We contacted guest services twice and they were able to get us in a new suite quickly."…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2020

Hilton Atlanta
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
4 out of 5
165 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA
AU$1,761
per night
23 Apr. - 24 Apr.

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

3.8/5Good! (5,675 reviews)

"No free internet won't stay again. Parking 35 a day. Clean quiet room."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar. 2020

Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown
Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown
4 out of 5
265 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA

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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (6,695 reviews)

"The hotel was BEAUTIFUL. I had a lot of things coming in so having staff as knowledgeable and helpful as they were was very comforting. It was in a great location downtown, many restaurants and shopping in the area. Food options inside and out of the hotel, beautiful room and living set up, everything ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar. 2020

Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown

Popular activities in Atlanta

Georgia Aquarium
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Georgia Aquarium

4.5/5(3 reviews)

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

4.5/5(4 reviews)

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

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.

Fox Theatre
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Fox Theatre

4/5(2 reviews)

It's impossible to walk past this Atlanta landmark without wanting to peek inside.

CNN Center
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CNN Center

5/5(2 reviews)

Learn how the news is made at the headquarters of one of the world's biggest news networks.

Top activities in Atlanta

Georgia Aquarium Admission Ticket
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Georgia Aquarium Admission Ticket

86% of travellers recommend
AU$60
Per adult
Atlanta Sightseeing Bus Tour
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Atlanta Sightseeing Bus Tour

88% of travellers recommend
AU$122
Per adult
Southern Food Walking Tour
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Southern Food Walking Tour

96% of travellers recommend
AU$125
Per adult
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta Tickets
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LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta Tickets

74% of travellers recommend
AU$34
Per adult
World of Coca Cola and CNN Center Combo Tour with Transportation
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World of Coca Cola and CNN Center Combo Tour with Transportation

AU$105
Per adult
Dining at Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta with Priority Seating
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Dining at Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta with Priority Seating

84% of travellers recommend
AU$97
Per adult

Reviews of Atlanta

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

26 Nov. 2019

Good sports options available. Very good cultural activities available.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Sep. 2019

Great time had in Atlanta during the labour day weekend.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

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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