The city of Atlanta is the capital of the state of Georgia and is considered by many to also be the capital of the south. This culture rich city has plenty to offer visitors, with a bustling metropolitan centre filled with contemporary shops, restaurants and attractions and sprawling rural landscape that’s ideal for walkers and hikers as well as a rich African American history. The two main attractions in the city centre are the Georgia Aquarium and the new World of Coca-Cola, both of which attract thousands of visitors every year. Home to an array of great shops, indie book and record stores and quirky cafes is Funky Little Five Points. This unique area of the city is a great place to spend an afternoon wandering around. Atlanta has a humid subtropical climate. The city sees a fair amount of rainfall throughout the year. Summer boasts hot temperatures around the early thirties between July and August. Winters tend to be significantly colder.
The best car to drive in Atlanta is a saloon, especially along the freeways and highways that cut through the numerous suburbs and go around the airport.
Driving in Atlanta
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Important things to note
Avoid driving through the city at peak times such as the morning and evening rush hours – between 6:30am – 9:30am and 3:30pm-6:30pm respectively.
Roads can get very busy and congested on weekends, especially in the Downtown and Midtown areas as well as the area of Buckhead.
Street names can be confusing, as more than seventy street names include the word “Peachtree”. It might be worth planning your journey beforehand.
Highlights & Hotspots
The Georgia Aquarium is a must for families and for those with an interest in sea life. Now the biggest Aquarium in the world, visitors are likely to encounter a range of sea creatures during their visit, from the white sharks to beluga whales. There’s also an impressive dolphin show which comes at an additional fee.
There’s plenty to explore in this culture rich city, but for those who like to spend time admiring impressive architecture, then there’s an array of fantastic buildings widespread across the city. From the tall skyscrapers that make up the Atlanta skyline to the mansions making up the neighbourhood at Buckhead.
The High Museum of Art has a range of exhibitions which include works by both European and American artists and contemporary works from around the world. There’s also an exhibition dedicated to Georgian folk art.
A trip to the World of Coca-Cola has plenty to offer fans of the legendary fizzy drink. From round-the-world taste tests to watching a film in 4-D there’s more to the museum than just the company history.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is located approximately seven miles from the centre of Atlanta and is accessible via I-75/85 and I-285 roads.
The airport is pretty busy at most times of the year, particularly around Christmas and during the summer when people come to visit their families.