Atlanta Travel Guide
While it's been years since Atlanta became one of the trendiest cities in the U.S., it certainly hasn't left the spotlight. There are countless reasons to plan a visit to what is widely considered the gateway to the southeast, but put simply: the Big Peach is just plain fun. From bustling markets and award-winning restaurants to ample green spaces, shopping centers, fascinating museums, pivotal historical sites, and a lively bar scene, Atlanta is undeniably full of charisma with something for every traveler.
Those interested in sampling local cuisine will be delighted at the impressive number of restaurants worth visiting in the city, from down-home barbeque joints to iconic restaurants and an ever-growing selection of new spots featuring global cuisines. Families will find no shortage of things to do with the kids, from biking through parks to visiting dolphins, sharks, and beluga whales at the famed Georgia Aquarium.
And of course, the great outdoors are just as much of a draw as the urban experiences in ATL. The city boasts lush parks like the BeltLine and Piedmont Park, ideal for long walks and bike rides. Keep in mind that Atlanta is only 90 miles from the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains, so those with time to spare should consider a quick trip north for hiking or backpacking.
Eastern Standard Time. Daylight Savings Time observed seasonally.
Best Time to Go
The shoulder seasons offer the mildest (and least humid) weather. Visit Atlanta in the spring, when the azaleas and dogwoods are in full bloom and parks are lush, or in the fall, when the temperature cools and the trees turn, providing a smoldering backdrop for outdoor concerts and festivals.
Things to Know
Currency: United States Dollar ($)
Electric: Type A two-prong plug or Type B three-prong plug
Atlanta has more than 65 streets with the name Peachtree.
Atlanta's airport, Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world's busiest airport.
Atlanta's nickname is "City in a Forest" because it features rolling hills and dense tree coverage.
Centennial Park was built for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.
How to Get Around
Taxis: Available 24/7
Car service: Uber, Lyft
Things to Do
Neighborhoods to Know
Midtown: A mix of busy commercial action and a vibrant arts scene, home to dozens of attractions and many hotels and restaurants.
Downtown: Atlanta's central business district and home to Centennial Olympic Park, the Georgia Aquarium and the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Downtown Atlanta has a lot going on for all types of travelers.
Buckhead: Luxury shopping, sophisticated dining, and walkability make this one of Atlanta's chicest—and spendiest—neighborhoods.
East Atlanta Village: Music is the biggest draw at EAV. Catch live shows at both well-known music venues and hip bars, or check out the farmers market on Thursdays and windowshop at the eclectic local stores.
Old Fourth Ward: From the historic Old Fourth Ward, visitors can easily access the Atlanta BeltLine, explore Ponce City Market, and enjoy a meal at any of the neighborhood's trendy restaurants.
Little Five Points: Come for the fun people watching, stay for the wide variety of bohemian, funky shops and energetic vibes.
Atlanta can be very humid in the summertime, with July, the city's hottest month and January with the coldest weather. Atlanta can see up to 47 inches of precipitation in a year and 0.59 inches of snow. Like most southern coastal parts of the country, the city's hurricane season lasts from June through November.
The following are average Fahrenheit lows and highs by month.
January 33 - 54
February 35 - 58
March 42 - 66
April 49 - 74
May 58 - 81
June 67 - 87
July 70 - 90
August 69 - 89
September 63 - 83
October 50 - 74
November 41 - 64
December 35 - 55