Atlanta is an economic and cultural hub of Georgia and the South itself. Known for its association with the peach tree (the namesake of many of its streets), the city also boasts consistently nice weather for much of the year, and attractions such as the Georgia Aquarium (the largest in the world) and the New World of Coca-Cola. Atlanta has a burgeoning restaurant industry, with famous culinary talents bringing new interest to already vibrant neighborhoods. Modern luxuries and colorful history have created a new brand of Southern charm and trendiness for Atlanta travel. T+L’s Atlanta travel guide highlights the best of Georgia’s state capital and the surrounding area.
Things Not to Miss in Atlanta
• Visiting the summit of Stone Mountain, the largest exposed granite monolith in the world
• Leon’s Full Service French fries
• Farm Burger’s namesake creations
• Dolphins at the Georgia Aquarium
• Piedmont Park
• The High Museum of Art
When To Go to Atlanta
Most tourists visit Atlanta during the summer, but average temperatures often exceed 90 degrees during those months, and rain is frequent. The most humid days are in August, making Atlanta travel less than favorable during that time. Atlanta winters are usually mild, and fewer hotels and restaurants are booked. The best time of year to travel to Atlanta is the spring for the azaleas and dogwoods that are in full bloom, and the fall when the Appalachian foothill foliage is at its best.
Pitching a wang dang doodle (translation: catching a rollicking live blues show) at Blind Willie’s in Highland Park
Supping on chicken and dumplings and country-fried steak at Mary Mac’s Tea Room, a city institution for more than 60 years
An afternoon exploring the Martin Luther King Historic Site—which paints an inspiring portrait of both the civil rights movement and its champion