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Atlanta travel guide

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You're Going to Love Atlanta

Atlanta is easy to fall in love with. One of the jewels of the American South, Atlanta is large enough to have everything tourists could wish for – great food, theater, festivals, stores, and major sports teams. But the center is compact enough to make it easy to walk or cycle around. Few cities in America have both that kind of big city and small town vibe.

Imagine being there to watch the Braves hit a home run to clinch a home game, sparking the famous Turner Field fireworks into life, and lighting up the Atlanta skyline.

Smell the enticing aroma of pork and beef slow cooking over an Atlanta BBQ, then dine until your heart’s content on beautifully cooked meat. Sample gourmet soul food at Busy Bee, before trying out local brews at the Wrecking Bar Brewpub or cocktails at classy bars like the Pinewood.

You can also be transported back in time. Stand where Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone With the Wind. See where Martin Luther King, the famous leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement, was born. Relive the 1996 Olympics.

Only Atlanta blends history, food, and sporting experiences in this way. That’s why you’ll soon fall for its charms.

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What to do in Atlanta

When to Visit Atlanta

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The best time of year to visit Atlanta depends on whether you can deal with hot, sticky summer weather. If you visit in the heat of summer, you can enjoy the city at its most beautiful and visit events like the Atlanta Barbecue Festival, held in August. But for most people, the shoulder seasons are more inviting. Between April and June and September and November, Atlanta is warm but not too warm, and there’s plenty to do. Even the winters are mild, so a festive sight-seeing break isn’t out of the question.

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How to Get to Atlanta

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Where to Stay in Atlanta

Atlanta has hotels and guest houses to fit almost everyone’s budget and needs. The most convenient and safest places to stay are in the Five Points and Midtown area, where you’ll find popular hotels like the Georgian Terrace Hotel and the Hotel Palomar. If you need to be Downtown, the Hilton Garden Inn is an efficient, comfortable mid-range option near most of the attractions. Options near the Atlanta Braves Stadium in South Atlanta include the stylish Wyndham Atlanta Galleria and the Courtyard, which is a short distance from the airport.

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Shopping Streets

Atlanta has a huge retail scene and there are several districts for shoppers to check out. For upscale boutiques, head to Buckhead neighborhoods like Phipps Plaza, where you’ll find designer stores like Bally, Hugo Boss, and Omega. The Midtown Mile is fast becoming the premier shopping district in the city, with new stores appearing all the time. In the Downtown District, the six blocks of Underground Atlanta offer craft markets, street food, and specialist stores like Art of Makeup, Jeweler’s Choice, and Urban Outlet.

Groceries and Other

Finding supermarkets in Atlanta is never hard. There’s a wealth of places to buy groceries, including major names like Whole Foods, Publix, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Kroger, and Costco. You can also pick up specialist foods at delis like Reuben’s and the Morningside Farmers Market. Food tends to be cheaper than most cities, with 12 eggs costing around $2.40 and a bottle of wine about $13.

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Where to Eat in Atlanta

If you are looking for barbecue, soul food, seafood and Asian restaurants, Atlanta is as good as anywhere in the U.S.A. Great soul food joints include K&K or Paschal’s (both slightly outside Downtown), while fresh seafood is served up at the Optimist on Howell Mill Road. For a traditional Georgia slow roast barbecue meal, try Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q. Food from around the world is also represented, with superb Japanese options like Nakato, fiery curries from Tabla and Thai specialities at Nan Thai.

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