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Atlanta, GA

Travel Guide
Georgia State Capitol showing a garden, flowers and heritage architecture

Once the home to Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1996 Olympic Games, Georgia’s capital is full of history, culture and fun for the entire family.

The South is known for its charm. Atlanta is no exception. Visit Georgia’s capital city for its variety of museums, nature and amusement parks, charming neighborhoods and notable historic landmarks.

Transport yourself to outer space in Fernbank Science Center’s planetarium and observatory. Understand the natural world through hands-on exhibits including a waterfall hologram at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Tour historic homes, gardens and Civil War relics in the Atlanta History Center. Learn about one of America’s most iconic brands at the World of Coca-Cola museum.

Meet over 120,000 sea creatures, ranging from massive whales to tropical fish, at the Georgia Aquarium. Zoo Atlanta has exotic animals from all parts of the world.

See journalists in action at downtown’s CNN Center, home of one of the world’s largest news networks. Watch a performance or show at the lavish 1920s-style Fox Theatre.

Explore Atlanta’s many parks. Walk past water gardens and the Fountain of Rings in Centennial Olympic Park, home of the 1996 Summer Olympics. Find walking paths, a lake, sports facilities and picnic areas in the centrally located Piedmont Park. Entertainment meets wilderness in Stone Mountain Park, a sprawling area surrounding a huge piece of exposed granite.

Learn about famous past Atlanta residents. At the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, see the humble birthplace and final resting place of one of the most important figures in the civil rights movement. In a small apartment building in Midtown, visit Margaret Mitchell House and Museum, where the author of Gone with the Wind wrote her famous novel.

Get cool and experience thrills at Six Flags White Water. Slide, splash and swim through the popular waterpark in Marietta, Georgia. Daredevils of all ages love Six Flags Over Georgia, a sprawling theme park in Austell with over a dozen roller coasters, water slides and other rides.

Explore Atlanta’s many neighborhoods. Outside of Downtown, discover a quirky side of the city in the musical hub of Little Five Points.

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Where to stay in Atlanta

Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
4 out of 5
265 Peachtree Center Ave Ne, Atlanta, GA
The price is $129 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 24
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 ...
3.9/5Good! (2,671 reviews)
"I like everything about my experience"

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2021

Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Hilton Atlanta
Hilton Atlanta
4 out of 5
255 Courtland St NE, Atlanta, GA
The price is $135 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 2
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 ...
3.7/5Good! (3,242 reviews)
"It was great"

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2021

Hilton Atlanta
Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown
Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown
4 out of 5
265 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA
The price is $151 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
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 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (3,906 reviews)
"Overall, the hotel and staff was great. The only downside was the location/time. We were trying to park, and it took about an hour and a half to get to the front to be told that valet was full. Then we had to pay for parking because the original garage was full. However, it’s beautiful on the inside ..."

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2021

Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown
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.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Atlanta Norcross
Home2 Suites by Hilton Atlanta Norcross
2.5 out of 5
5800 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Norcross, GA
The price is $97 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Situated in Norcross, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Thrasher Park, Lilian Webb Park, and The Forum on Peachtree Parkway. Best Friend Park is 2.6 mi ...
3.9/5Very Good! (1,015 reviews)
"The property was well kept. The staff was very polite and professional."

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Atlanta Norcross
Sonesta ES Suites Atlanta Alpharetta Avalon
Sonesta ES Suites Atlanta Alpharetta Avalon
3 out of 5
3980 N Point Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA
The price is $115 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 7
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! (661 reviews)
"Phone systems had been down for three days"

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Atlanta Alpharetta Avalon
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 $129 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 7
Situated in the suburbs, this aparthotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Murphey Candler Park and within 9 mi (15 km) of RE-MAX Greater Atlanta Stadium and Morgan Falls ...
4.1/5Very Good! (652 reviews)
"Serenity"

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Atlanta Perimeter Center East
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.

Getting around Atlanta

Renting a car is the best way to explore Atlanta, although traffic can be heavy. Take public transportation instead and you will still be able to get almost everywhere in the city, though it will take a bit longer. The MARTA rapid rail and bus networks cover all the most popular places for visitors. MARTA trains are faster and more frequent than the buses, but some areas of the city don’t have a station. Visit the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority website. Browse Atlanta rental cars.

Best time to visit

Visit Atlanta in the spring, between March and May, if you can. This is when temperatures are at their most pleasant, and there are lots of outdoor festivals and cultural events to look forward to. Coming to the city in spring also means avoiding the sweltering summer, when room prices have a tendency to climb as high as the temperatures. The city’s hottest month is July, with highs of 90 F (32 C).

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