Southern traditions and modernity seamlessly merge in this sparkling city with an array of tourist attractions among the skyscrapers.

With more than 35 million visitors per year, Atlanta is one of biggest tourism draws in the United States. Many of its outstanding attractions are conveniently located close together – such as the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, the Centennial Olympic Park, the Georgia Dome, Philips Arena, and the CNN Center – making it comparatively easy to discover. There are plenty of museums, historical sites, fine dining establishments, performing arts venues, tranquil parks and festivities to ensure a fun-packed visit.

Things to know before you go

  • Though buses, trains and taxis are quite plentiful, cars are the most popular form of transport for this sprawling city. However, rush hours can be very busy and street names can be confusing. For example, more than 70 streets have "Peachtree" in their name.
  • If you plan to visit popular tourist attractions like the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium or Zoo Atlanta, investing in the Atlanta CityPass will save you a considerable amount on the cost of admission.
  • The city is incredibly green, with the highest tree coverage out of all major American cities at 36%.

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Ben West

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Ben West has written several guidebooks and many articles for numerous publications including The Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent and the Financial Times.