Atlanta is known to many as “Hotlanta.” That’s because this southern city is both a hot destination and a place to experience the warmth of its inhabitants. Each day in the capital of the New South brings untold opportunities of discovery and activity. Those who have never traveled to the South won’t expect to find a city like this. Atlanta a cosmopolitan city, where the arts, music and culture mix with the everyday life of a truly international commercial center. Businesses from across the globe call Atlanta home, but yet it has been able to maintain a small town feeling for those who come to know it.
Call it a big city without the big city’s attitude. Even the relative newcomers to the city will extol the virtues of how friendly and helpful people can be and unlike Chicago, New York or Los Angeles, it is easy to take in sites without feeling closed in by crowds.
Atlanta prides itself on its history, though firmly having its sights on its future. Downtown has grown to be a destination of parks and museums sprinkled among the gleaming buildings. Midtown has become known for its restaurants and clubs along with the crown jewel, Piedmont Park.
Buckhead remains a shopper’s paradise and the place to see and be seen.
You can’t forget the neighborhoods. Atlanta is known as numerous neighborhoods – each with its own personality and a collection of unique shops and restaurants. The locals will toss out names like Old Fourth Ward, Virginia-Highlands, Inman Park and Westside just as often as they mention Buckhead or Midtown. Explore them and get to know them because they are where you will find the locals themselves. And they are the heart and soul of Atlanta.
It doesn’t matter what age, there is plenty to keep your interest. You can be as active as you want or let others show you the sights. The one thing you can’t be in Atlanta is bored. There is far too much to see and do and the culinary scene rivals any city across the globe.
Welcome to Hotlanta. Be prepared to want to stay.
Atlanta is a year round destination but it is never more beautiful than in the spring when everything is blooming.
Atlanta’s weather is considered moderate with temperatures in the fall and spring being in the 60s and 70s. Winter days are generally in the 50s to 60s, but there is always the possibility of a truly cold snap. the same goes for Summer. Temperatures are usually in the 80s, but during the dead of summer, they can spike to triple digits, so be sure to check the forecast.
Eastern Time Zone
MARTA (Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) is the public transit system and has train stops in most of the major areas of interest.
Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the busiest in the world, but unlike most major airports, the terminals were designed specifically for traveler’s needs and it can be relatively easy to navigate.
Taxis are located just outside the baggae claim on the north end.
If renting a car, a train outside baggage claim will take you to the rental car center. I-85 is easy access from the airport, with most visitors heading north to the downtown area.
Atlanta drivers are known for their speed and their lack of patience, so be prepared to be aggressive in your driving. Going into the city in the morning between 7:30 and 9:30am, expect slow going as well as when trying to get back to the airport between 4pm and 7pm.