What to do in Atlanta
Atlanta HotelsAtlanta is the sprawling, glitzy capital city of the US state of Georgia. Blanketed with leafy trees and public green space, but stippled by flashy sky scrapers, Atlanta’s cityscape provides the perfect urban backdrop to explore its historical sights and thriving arts scene. From elegant arts galleries and national historic sites to old-world theaters and music festivals, Atlanta’s cultural core will keep you entertained for days. Splurging shoppers will be satisfied too, as Atlanta boasts a mix of upscale malls and niche boutiques. Things to seeCulture-fiends should start their sun-washed Atlanta morning by exploring the city’s top museums. Begin at the High Museum of Art in Midtown. The High, based in a bright white modern building, has over 14,000 works in its permanent collection, ranging from classic European masterpieces to American art-pioneers, like John Singer Sergeant. After, experience the city’s history, and visit the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, where you can take a guided tour of King’s old-fashioned boyhood home. For some classic Atlanta fun, spend an afternoon at the Georgia Aquarium - perfect for families - and marvel at its majestic whale-sharks and manta rays as they glide through immense water tanks. After, sports-fans can catch a game at the mighty Turner Field Baseball Park, while appreciators of nature amble around the idyllic flower-flecked grounds of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, in the city’s spacious Piedmont Park. Hotels in
AtlantaThose traveling on a budget will be happy to find a handful of cheap Atlanta hotels in central Downtown. These casual and comfortable hotels provide air-conditioned ensuite rooms with free WiFi, and immediate access to the energy of Downtown. For accommodation with classy contemporary decor and in-house restaurants and bar-lounges, stay in a 3-star Atlanta hotel. If you’re after a luxury getaway in a ritzy setting, the 4-star hotels in Atlanta are for you. Some are set in the city’s towering skyscrapers, where vast guestrooms overlook the rolling, green-rich Georgia countryside. Where to stayDowntown is Atlanta’s central area, and is a great place to stay for easy access to all of the city’s hip and happening sub-districts - there’s also a buzzing bar scene. If you want to immerse yourself in the city’s cultural hub, stay in Midtown. This chilled-out area combines oases of green-space with museums and landmarks - such as the iconic 1920s Fox Theatre. Midtown is ideal for foodies and shoppers too - grab a plate of fried chicken and cheese grits at a family-owned café, before heading to the Midtown Mile, a stretch of trendy boutiques. For an up-and-coming hip hangout, try East Atlanta, and enjoy the laid-back student vibe. How to get to AtlantaThe city is easily reached by air, with the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport based only 10 miles south of the center. This huge airport is a hub of worldwide aviation, serving flights from top European and Asian destinations, as well as dozens of domestic cities. From the airport, you can hop on an inexpensive MARTA train - the city’s light rail - direct to Downtown or Midtown. Once there, Atlanta’s individual neighborhoods are easy and pleasant to explore by foot. For longer trips hop on a public bus - make sure to purchase a Breeze Card first - or take a taxi.