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The City of Atlanta: Overview

Atlanta is the capital city of Georgia and a sprawling metropolis with a distinct Southern charm. Nicknamed “The City in a Forest,” Atlanta has preserved a thick tree-cover in most of its neighborhoods, and many Atlantans are only a short walk from a park. The city began as a transportation hub for rail travel and eventually took to the skies with Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, now one of the busiest airports in the world. Atlanta holds one of the largest economies in the country, hosting global headquarters for The Coca-Cola Company, The Home Depot, and Delta Air Lines among others. The city is also a major media center, with Turner Broadcasting System and CNN based downtown. From its proud history of civil rights activism to its impressive transformation surrounding the 1996 Summer Olympics, Atlanta has consistently proven itself as a forward-thinking city with a lot to offer.

Around Atlanta

Atlanta is a city rich with history that’s exhibited in many museums and points of interest, such as the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park, High Museum of Art, Atlanta History Center, Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, and Fernbank Museum of Natural History. The city also offers many opportunities for fun indoor and outdoor activities that explore wildlife, like Zoo Atlanta, Georgia Aquarium, and the beautiful Atlanta Botanical Garden in Piedmont Park. CNN’s world headquarters, CNN Center, is located downtown and tours are given daily to let visitors see the newsrooms and facilities of the major news network. Atlanta is a beautiful city with historic architecture as well as access to wonderful natural attractions, like Stone Mountain and the Chattahoochee River.

Atlanta has some of the best dining and nightlife options in the region. Whether you’re in Buckhead, Midtown, or Downtown, every section of Atlanta hosts its own top-notch restaurants, bars, venues and clubs. Atlanta boasts exquisite fine dining spots like Miller Union, Bacchanalia, Kimball House, and Staple House as well as delicious Southern diners like Home Grown and a vibrant international dining scene with a plethora of Indian, Ethiopian, Vietnamese, Thai, Middle Eastern, Japanese, Chinese, and more within the intown neighborhoods and along international dining corridor Buford Highway. For a night out, Atlanta’s got it all. Live music and DJs bring the energy at venues like Tabernacle, Terminal West, The Fox Theatre, Variety Playhouse, and The Roxy. For dancing and mingling, there are hot nightclub spots throughout the city like Havana Club ATL and Koo Koo Room. For craft cocktails, try more low-key neighborhood spots like Ticonderoga Club, Leon’s Full Service, and Little Trouble.

Atlanta is home to the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, that’s easily accessible via the MARTA bus or rail as well as by car. Barring heavy traffic, it’s no more than 30 minutes away from any point in Atlanta. For public transportation within Atlanta, MARTA has two rail lines for quick train transportation across the city as well as bus stops in every neighborhood. For ride-share options, mobile services like Lyft and Uber are prevalent and accessible.

This eclectic, Southern capital is an exciting intersection of many unique cultures and lifestyles. For music fans, Atlanta has a vibrant local music scene and is one of the top cities for hip hop artists in the world. Atlanta has several major sports teams with a robust community of fans including Atlanta United soccer, Braves baseball, Falcons football, Hawks basketball, and more. Each neighborhood is distinct, from the upscale and active Buckhead to the hip and happening Inman Park. Old Fourth Ward and East Atlanta are gritty and artsy, while the burgeoning Downtown and Midtown areas are electric centers of business, dining, and entertainment. Each community creates a unique personality in conversation with the city as a whole.


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