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Atlanta Travel Guide

Propelled into people’s imagination the whole world over by Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind, Atlanta lives up it’s romantic heritage with the charm of the old south blending smoothly into the modern world. The city has seven major districts. Decatur upholds the small town feel of Old Atlanta but infuse it with beautiful pathways, boutiques, bars and restaurants.

East Atlanta is alternative. South Atlanta is home to Atlanta braves and the airport. Buckhead and Midtown are ruled by nightlife and business. Commerce and politics go down in Downtown. West Atlanta is rich in homes and history. Altogether the city combines the best of weather, culture, food, history and romance.

Best Time To Visit Atlanta

Being in the south, Atlanta is a much cooler than other cities in the region. Winter temperatures can drop to single digits; and snowfalls are rare but not unexpected. Summers can be humid and hot, and temperatures constantly reach 32-degrees Celsius.

If you are visiting, try between May and August – the city comes alive in Spring and Summer. If you would like to save money, be sure to visit in winter when hotel prices decrease.

How To Reach Atlanta

Atlanta is very walk able within all it’s district. But if you’re going for a longer stretch, the MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) system is just brilliant. It works for both rail and buses. Ask around and see where you can get a Breeze Card (rail stations vending machines, Airport Ride Stores, Linden burgh Centre and Five Point Stations).

Rides are cheap ($2.50) and there are unlimited pass options ($9 for 1 day, $19 for 4 days, $23.75 for 7 days). The Red and Gold lines run north-south; the Blue and Green lines run east-west. They cross as the Five Points Station. If you’re using a taxi, it’s best to book it ahead. If you’re driving, the rush hours are 6:30 am - 9:30 am and 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm. Also, Atlanta addresses are confusing as anything. Check maps very, very carefully.

Tourist Attractions In Atlanta

Following are the best places to see and visit in Atlanta City:

  • Atlanta Botanical Garden: It is one of the most popular attractions in Atlanta. This 30 acre piece of land has got wildflower trails and beautiful grass. Recently they have added a 40 foot high bridge. There is the Edible Garden Outdoor Kitchen nearby if you are looking for something to eat or drink.
  • Atlanta Falcons At The Georgia Dome: This dome hosted numerous events over the years from the Summer Olympics to the Super Bowl.
  • Margaret Mitchell House & Museum: This is where Gone with the Wind was written. The Tudor Revival-mansion is preserved and there is much to see here.
  • History Center of Atlanta: This center is located in the south east region of the city. It is also one of the largest historical museums in the city.

Hotels & Restaurants In Atlanta


Budget Hotels

You will be able to find the perfect accommodation when staying in Atlanta, and if you are on a budget, consider the following:

  • Doubletree Hotel/Atlanta/Buckhead: It is situated in a great location, the rooms are spacious and the rates are very reasonable.
  • Other hotels are the Embassy Suites Hotel.

Mid-range Hotels

And if you are looking for something more mid-range to upscale, consider the following:

  • Atlanta Marriot Marquis: This is a hotel in downtown Atlanta and is found in Peachtree center. It connects with MARTA. Expect to pay a minimum of $149 per night in this hotel.
  • The other hotels you find are the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Ravinia and the Ellis Hotel just to mention a few.


People in Atlanta love to eat. It is common to see new dining places or restaurants at any corner. There are hundreds of places where you can have your breakfast, lunch or supper.

  • Silver Skillet: Here they serve breakfast any time of the day so you can sleep as late as you want. They serve chicken fried sticks, grits and green beans. You will not find dinner here.
  • Flying Biscuit Cafe: Here you will find breakfast served all day, from organic pancakes, omelettes, grits and fried tomato. So sleep late if you want to.
  • Fat Matt’s Rib Shack: You have to try the Brunswick stew. This is a tasty side dish that one could describe as a barbeque soup. Not to be missed!
  • Atlanta Fish Market: At the entrance you will find a fish sculpture and this will obviously tell you the kind of menu you are going to get inside. The service is good but the place usually gets crowded on weekends. They serve all kinds of fish here from the baked, steamed, fried or raw whatever your choice and taste.

Festivals & Events In Atlanta

Atlanta hosts a number of events throughout the year, and a couple of them are the Dixie Duncan, which consists of live music and concerts and the Resolution Tea, which is a wine and food event.

Travel Tips For Atlanta

Do's :

  • It is important to say ‘Hi’ when you meet someone. A handshake, a hug or a nod is not necessary unless they do so.
  • Do maintain a good eye contact while shaking hands. Americans are very particular about this.
  • An appointment should be taken while visiting someone.
  • Do get a small gift for someone you are going to meet.
  • Try and avoid taboo topics like suicide, polygamy, abortion, race, religion etc.
  • When you are going to a restaurant, do wait in front of the door, till the waiter leads you.

Dont's :

  • Don’t ask personal things like income or assets to anyone.
  • Don’t give white lilies as gifts.
  • Don’t remove your shoes when you go somewhere. It is considered to be a sign of disrespect.
  • Don’t smoke in front of others without permission.
  • Don’t use much make up in public.
  • Don’t forget greeting children.
  • Don’t ask for toothpicks in any restaurant.