Atlanta, Georgia, is a true gem of the Southern United States. It anchors one of the largest metro areas in the country and acts as the economic and cultural engine of the region. There are about half a million people in the city limits, but if you draw back and look at the metro area as a whole, the number soars to almost six million. Atlanta offers a distinctive and vibrant experience for both visitors and the people who live there year-round. When the sun sets, the city is sometimes known as “Hotlanta,” but for those who aren’t interested in nightlife, rest assured that there’s plenty to do during the daytime hours as well.
Like many major American cities, Atlanta was built around the railroad system. Historically, the Battle of Atlanta in 1864 marked a critical turning point in the Civil War, but it also marked a point where Atlanta pretty much got burned to the ground. If you’ve seen Gone With the Wind, you probably remember the part where Rhett and Scarlett must flee the city to escape all the fire. Luckily, Atlanta rebuilt itself pretty quickly. Over 150 years later, your best bet for getting into the city is flying into Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which is located a few miles south of the city’s central business district. Based on passenger traffic, Hartsfield-Jackson has held the title of “world’s busiest airport” for almost twenty years now. It’s the main hub of Delta Airlines, but since the airport sees more than a quarter of a million passengers per day, you’ll have plenty of options and plenty of company regardless of which airline you choose.
After touching down and collecting your luggage, you’ll need to figure out how you’re getting to your hotel, friend’s house, or other form of lodging. Hiring an Atlanta airport transportation service to ferry you from the airport to your destination might be your best bet. Let someone else worry about navigating their way through the city traffic while you relax and recover from your flight. Like most big cities, Atlanta has plenty of traffic. It doesn’t help that seemingly every other street has “Peachtree” in the name, so it really helps to be a local when you’re making your way from the airport to the heart of the city.
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Filmmakers love Atlanta. It’s developed a reputation as the Hollywood of the South in recent years, largely because of incredibly generous tax incentives offered by the state. Shows like The Walking Dead and movies like The Avengers: Infinity War have filmed in or around Atlanta. There are even businesses that offer showbiz tours of the city.
We hope you’re hungry when you visit, because Atlanta is known for producing high-quality Southern staples like fried chicken and sweet tea. Dining on barbecue from a place like Fox Bros. is also an essential part of the Atlanta experience. You may have also heard that Georgia has a thing about peaches, and it’s true. You can get just about every kind of peach-based dish imaginable while you’re there.