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Skyscanner’s Ultimate Travel Guide to Atlanta

Atlanta is the capital of and most populous city in Georgia. It is a cosmopolitan city with a rich history worth exploring. Whether you're looking for top-class restaurants, exciting nightlife, interesting museums, or just want to come and enjoy the warm weather, you're sure to have plenty to do on a trip to Atlanta.

Top Attractions in Atlanta

Atlanta is packed with exciting experiences, natural beauty, and historical sites. One of the most popular places to visit in the city is the World of Coca-Cola. This world-famous brand originated in Atlanta, and this museum allows you to take a peek at how it all began. You can also taste Coca-Cola beverages from around the world. General admission is $17.

Sports lovers should catch an Atlanta Braves baseball game. Take the family to a Sunday home game where kids can get out on the field and run the bases after the game is over. At one game every season, you can even bring your dog! Tickets start at $15.

Head to Atlanta’s urban oasis at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The park has more than 30 acres of gardens and is located right next to Piedmont Park in Midtown. There are weekly shows and classes where you can learn how to grow your own edibles, do yoga in the garden, and tour the gardens with a floral expert. Admission is $22.

Explore Atlanta’s History

Atlanta has a rich history that’s easy to explore. Start at the Atlanta History Center. Here you’ll find the Atlanta History Museum, the 1928 Swan House, the Smith Family Farm, the Centennial Olympic Games Museum, the Kenan Research Center, the Grand Overlook event space, and historic gardens. Don’t be overwhelmed, though. You can purchase individual tickets for each place and visit over a period of several days. Tickets start at $21.

Other museums where you can learn more about Atlanta’s history are the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Museum, and the Historic Oakland Cemetery.

Around Atlanta

Just outside the city limits, the Georgia countryside opens up to offer amazing outdoor adventures. Stone Mountain Park is an incredible mountain range just a 30-minute drive from downtown Atlanta. It is home to the largest granite formation in the world. Stone Mountain Park also has an amusement park for kids and kids-at-heart to ride rollercoasters all day long.

One hour from downtown Atlanta is the beautiful Lake Lanier. This man-made reservoir is surrounded by hiking trails and a zip line. You can also go fishing or water skiing in the lake. There’s even an outdoor water park to cool you down during the hot Georgia summer.

Eating Out

The food scene in Atlanta is diverse. The city has quickly become known for its first-class restaurants run by celebrity chefs. Just be aware that there’s a hefty price tag to go along with these dining experiences. Dinner can cost between $80 and $100 a head at the more sought-after spots.

Staplehouse is one of the most popular restaurants in the city. Chef Ryan Smith is constantly recreating his menu to include seasonal concoctions that are unlike any dishes you’ve tried before. The beef tartare with smoked salmon flakes and chicken liver mousse is one of his most famous dishes. There’s also a weekend brunch. Just be sure to make a booking several weeks in advance.

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For local Atlanta produce cooked to perfection, Atlanta locals flock to the Miller Union. You can enjoy cornmeal fried okra, locally sourced farm-fresh baked eggs, and peaches for an appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Be sure to speak to the sommelier to match local wines to your meal as well.

No trip to the south would be complete without some barbecue. Heirloom Market BBQ serves southern-style barbecue with a twist. Order brisket alongside spicy Korean pork. Have a side of slaw and a side of kimchi. The line is always long here, no matter what the time of day, but the wait is always worth it.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Whether you’re looking for a funky bar with unique drinks, a live music venue, or a club to dance the night away, you’ll find it all in Atlanta after dark. Craft beer lovers rave about Brick Store Pub. They have constantly rotating taps with local and national craft beers and one of the best pub menus in Atlanta. Be sure to try their pork belly sandwich with your IPA.

St. James, Live! is the place to head on a Friday or Saturday night to enjoy live jazz music and sophisticated cocktails. It’s best to book your tickets online a few days before the night to avoid being disappointed. General admission usually costs between $15 and $20. The busiest night club in Atlanta is the Tongue & Groove. This open-plan club has bottle service, a VIP entrance, a huge dance floor, and a live DJ or performer almost every night. Since it’s one of the most popular clubs in town, be prepared to wait in line to get in.

Transportation

Atlanta is an easy city to navigate by public transportation. The MARTA train network runs throughout the city and into Fulton and DeKalb counties. A single ride only costs $2.50, no matter how far you travel along the line. Trains run every 10 minutes from 4:45 a.m. until 1 a.m.

You can also rent a car, take taxis, or ride the Atlanta Streetcar around the entertainment district.

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Climate

Atlanta is a humid, subtropical city with mild winters and incredibly hot and humid summers. Temperatures in winter can get down to 30 degrees Fahrenheit, while summers can reach highs of 90 degrees. There is no distinct wet or dry season, but December to March gets more rain than the summer months.

When to Go

If you want to enjoy warm weather without the sweltering heat, spring is the best time to go. If you’re willing to put up with the humidity in order to enjoy all the festivals and outdoor concerts, May to August is an even better time to visit Atlanta. If you do choose to visit during the summer, be sure to [book your hotel](https://www.skyscanner.com/hotels?na=1&s-f_iplace=ATL&fileName=Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson) in advance because it’s a busy time for tourists.

Flying to Atlanta

The Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest airport in the world. You can fly direct to Atlanta from every continent in the world and from most major cities in the United States. Since it’s only 7 miles from the city center, it’s easy to head straight into downtown Atlanta on the MARTA.

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