Atlanta is Georgia’s shiny skyscraping capital, where traditional southern charm meets modern cosmopolitan style. Steeped in a rich African-American history, the buzzing city is packed with world-class museums, theaters, and highbrow culture hubs, as well as numerous green spaces to unwind in.

    Here you can enjoy never-ending shopping sprees at The Mall at Peachtree Center and the label-laden Phipps Plaza, dine in rustic smokehouses or chic sushi bars, or explore fascinating neighborhoods like eccentric Little Five Points. From the colossal Georgia Aquarium to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, there’s no shortage of attractions and landmarks either.

    What to see & do in Atlanta

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    Things to do in Atlanta can range from animal encounters at zoos and aquariums to visiting art galleries, cultural installations, and even unusual and quirky museums. You can head for the Atlanta Zoo to see more than 1,500 animals in natural habitats or see the more than 120,000 marine animals at the Georgia Aquarium. Head for the Atlanta Botanical Garden and walk elegant, colorful paths. Learn all about the history... Read more

    Where & what to eat in Atlanta

    Food and Dining in Atlanta offer one of the most culturally diverse dining scenes in the nation, with specific regional takes on traditional ethnic dishes from all over the world. All over the city you'll find new popup restaurants with established celebrity chefs putting out astounding fusion meals with seasonal, locally-sourced produce and farm-to-table offerings. If you're looking for the scenes where the foodies go, head for... Read more

    Where to shop & what to buy in Atlanta

    Shopping in Atlanta offers some of the hottest boutiques, busiest shopping neighborhoods, vintage locales, funky finds, and phenomenal deals from big brands to independent outlets. Whether you're looking for high-end haute couture clothing or great deals on gently used items, Atlanta's shopping scene can please your inner shopaholic. Some popular shopping districts to explore in Atlanta include Little Five Points with its Krog Street market, Midtown with Atlantic Station... Read more

    Where to go & what to do at night in Atlanta

    Nightlife in Atlanta comes alive when the sun sets and the night heats up with lounges, bars, disco-style nightclubs, live music venues, and a world of other entertainments after dark. You can hit the dance floor or enjoy signature cocktails whipped up by famed mixologists. From secret doors to velvet ropes and craft breweries, you'll find it all waiting. Each neighborhood has its own personality. Downtown offers old-school... Read more

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    Atlanta's modern downtown is crowded with gleaming office towers, luxury hotels and world-class museums. But an Atlanta city break is also an opportunity to explore this city's historical and cultural roots. Book an Atlanta hotel and discover this city's southern charms.

    Get your bearings

    The intersection of the I-20 and I-75 expressways marks Atlanta’s Downtown, the city’s glass and steel business center. Immediately to the north is Midtown, artistic center and home of Georgia Institute of Technology. Sweet Auburn, south-east of Downtown, is Atlanta’s historic African-American neighborhood where you’ll find Martin Luther King’s birthplace and tomb. Quirky Little Five Points north of I-20 attracts an arty crowd to bohemian boutiques, while to the north, where I-85 and I-75 join, lies fashionable Buckhead, known for high-end shopping and galleries.

    Diverse museums

    More than 100,000 animals in eight million gallons of water make the Georgia Aquarium the world’s largest collection of marine creatures. The World of Coca-Cola tells the story of the world’s favorite soft drink. Sample sodas from around the globe in the tasting area at the end of your visit. The white, porcelain-tiled building housing the High Museum of Art is almost as impressive as the works inside. A large collection of Hudson River School paintings shows America as these 19th-century artists viewed it, with romanticised mountain vistas and idyllic farm scenes.

    Southern history

    Dig into southern history on your Atlanta city break. Begin with the Civil War, examining weapons, uniforms and photographs at the Atlanta History Center. Then explore the life of Atlanta’s great civil rights leader Martin Luther King at his birthplace, church and grave. Freedom Hall in the Visitor’s Center continues the story of the American civil rights struggle with artifacts and photographs.

    Green retreats

    When summer arrives in Georgia, Atlantans head for shady parks. Outside the city, spring wildflowers blanket the hiking trails that wind around Stone Mountain, carved into a memorial to the American Civil War. Downtown’s lush, green Centennial Olympic Park draws crowds to its fountain of five interconnected Olympic rings. Lake Clara Meer and mature live oaks refresh visitors to Midtown’s Piedmont Park, crisscrossed by running trails and home to the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

    Sweet tea and dim sum

    Grits (corn porridge) and sweet tea are staples of a Georgian’s diet, and they’ve been perfected at Mary Mac’s Tea Room. Flaky buttermilk biscuits, moist fried chicken and pork chops have had customers returning to this Atlanta institution since 1945. Southern fusion cooking combines traditional southern favorites with international ingredients, like Asian seasonings or South American vegetables, popular throughout Midtown and Bucktown. On the city’s north-east side. Korean, Venezuelan, Vietnamese and Salvadorian restaurants make up the multiethnic dining center of Buford Highway.

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