Atlanta, GA

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

Big business, green space and a passion for history defines the Capital of the South.

The towering high-rises that dominate the Atlanta skyline reflect its reputation as a progressive, modern city. It’s the headquarters for large multinational companies, such as the Coca-Cola Company, and has one of the busiest airports in the country. Atlanta has produced big-name acts in hip-hop, and is known as the center of gospel music.

The Capital of the South prides itself on its history. Martin Luther King Jr. was born and raised in Atlanta, and his birthplace has been turned into a museum. The Martin Luther King Junior National Historic Site celebrates one of the most influential figures in U.S. history. Author Margaret Mitchell wrote the great American novel Gone with the Wind in an apartment in midtown. Visit the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum to learn about her life. The Atlanta History Center is an excellent introduction to the history of the Civil War and Atlanta’s growth into a center of commerce.

Atlanta lies at the bottom of the Appalachian Mountains and its landscape is characterized by rolling hills. Getting around is easy with a well-priced bus and train system. Rent a car to explore outside the city limits.

Locals make the most of the city’s hot summers and mild winters in city parks and surrounding forests. Piedmont Park features 180 acres (73 hectares) of green space right next to bustling midtown. Stone Mountain Park has walking trails and historical exhibits just a short drive northeast from the city.

Families will find a host of attractions aimed at younger visitors, from theme parks to museums. Georgia Aquarium in the heart of downtown is one of the biggest of its kind in the world and one of Atlanta’s most popular attractions. The Fernbank Science Center next door has a planetarium and observatory. At Zoo Atlanta enjoy the antics of America’s largest population of orangutans. Head further out of town to the Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water theme parks.

Atlanta’s live music scene centers around midtown and the outer suburb of Buckhead, which is packed with bars, clubs and restaurants. End the day watching a Broadway musical at midtown’s famous Fox Theatre.

Best time to visit AtlantaSpring and autumn are ideal times to visit; you'll love the moderate temperatures, lush vegetation in the neighborhoods, and beautifully landscaped parks. The best time to see the colorful display of blooming dogwoods and azaleas is during April. May and October are also great times to enjoy walking tours spotlighting the city's luminous natural beauty. Atlanta is a major convention and trade show destination, so try to find out what events will be occurring before you choose your travel dates; large conventions can increase hotel rates.

Peak Season: Autumn is a nice time to visit Atlanta, but it’s also one of busiest. Atlanta is a major convention and trade show destination, which keeps the city busy throughout the year.

Value Season: During the summer months (July and August), when the weather's warm and steamy, you may find some hotels offering discounts. You may also find reduced hotel rates during the holiday season.

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Where to stay in Atlanta

The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta
The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta
4 out of 5
210 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA
The price is ¥11,251 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in Downtown Atlanta, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of AmericasMart, Centennial Olympic Park, and CNN Center. World of Coca Cola and ...
3.8/5Good! (1,833 reviews)
"The environment and place friendly customers service"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
4 out of 5
265 Peachtree Center Ave Ne, Atlanta, GA
The price is ¥11,311 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 6
Located in Downtown Atlanta, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Design Atlanta and Georgia State University. Georgia World Congress Center ...
3.9/5Good! (2,663 reviews)
"From the structure of the hotel to the beautiful view we had, it was beautiful! I didn’t do much care for the long lines we had to wait in during check in and trying to get on the elevators"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Hilton Atlanta
Hilton Atlanta
4 out of 5
255 Courtland St NE, Atlanta, GA
The price is ¥12,889 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Located in Downtown Atlanta, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Design Atlanta and Georgia State University. Georgia World Congress Center and ...
3.7/5Good! (3,247 reviews)
"Loved it"

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Hilton Atlanta
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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 ¥11,758 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
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! (674 reviews)
"Recently Remodeled, Comfortable, Functional Suites and Centrally Located to so many of Alpharetta's Amenities!"

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Atlanta Alpharetta Avalon
Hotel Midtown Atlanta
Hotel Midtown Atlanta
3.5 out of 5
188 14th St NE, Atlanta, GA
The price is ¥16,891 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Located in Midtown, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Atlanta Symphony Hall and Fox Theatre. Georgia World Congress Center and Piedmont Hospital are also within ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Probably do valet
"Everything was easy, clean, comfortable. Very good location and no hassles whatsoever besides parking. The self park was $44 a night. Other than that it was great!"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Hotel Midtown Atlanta
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 ¥12,132 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
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! (661 reviews)
"Great Customer Service"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 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.

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