Welcome to Atlanta, one of the most beautiful and hospitable cities in the world!
- William P. (Billy) Payne, former President and CEO of The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games and Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club
The hometown of Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara has come a long way since the Civil War era. These days Atlantans are as likely to have moved here from elsewhere as to be born Southerners. The culture of this diverse New South metropolis reveals itself at the High Museum of Art, the bohemian shops of Little Five Points and the international dining scene found along Buford Highway. Don’t worry, there are still plenty of places to eat grits and buy a souvenir copy of Gone With the Wind in Atlanta.
- FROMMERS Guide to Atlanta
South of the North, yet north of the South, lies the City of a Hundred Hills, peering out from the shadows of the past into the promise of the future.
- W.E.B. DuBois
Atlanta? I think it’s the greatest city anywhere I know of.
- Ivan Allen, Jr.
In Atlanta, home of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, hospitality is more than a catchphrase. Described by National Geographic Traveler as one of the top 50 places (and top 20 urban spaces) to visit in a lifetime, Atlanta is a city that loves to play host, sparing no effort to make every visitor feel welcome.
Sample the vibrant culture of this diverse New South metropolis with a visit to such world-class institutions as the Woodruff Arts Center, the High Museum, the Fox Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Alliance Theatre and the Atlanta Ballet. Tour the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum and The Carter Center, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights (a recently opened attraction that commemorates and connects the American civil rights movement to today’s global human rights movements), the Georgia Aquarium (the largest aquarium in the world), Civil War battlefields, the Margaret Mitchell House, and CNN Center.
Treat yourself to some upscale shopping in Buckhead or browse the bohemian shops of Little Five Points. Play golf on some of the world’s best courses. Enjoy the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, aptly described by the National Park Service as an “Ancient River in a Modern City.” Or simply absorb the beauty of some of the city’s lovingly landscaped neighborhoods, many of them connected by the Atlanta BeltLine, a network of public parks and multi-use trails along a historic railroad corridor circling downtown, parts of which are lined with bars and restaurants. Known as a “city in a forest,” with more tree cover than any other major city in the U.S., Atlanta is lush with dogwoods, magnolias, and magnificent oaks.
Take in a game by the Atlanta Falcons (American football), the Atlanta Braves (baseball), the Atlanta Hawks (basketball) or the Atlanta United Football Club, which in 2017 broke the U.S. Major League Soccer (MLS) single-game attendance record (over 70,000 fans) and also leads the MLS in average attendance per game.
If parts of Atlanta look familiar during your first visit, perhaps you have already seen them in a film. Georgia was the world’s top location for shooting feature films in 2016, with 17 of the 100 top-grossing movies filmed here (ahead of the UK with 16 feature films, Canada with 13, and California with 12).
At the end of the day, enjoy some of Atlanta’s award-winning dining – described by the New York Times as a “new kind of sophisticated Southern sensibility centered on the farm but experienced in the city.” And if you’re still not ready to turn in for the evening, take in some famed “Hotlanta” nightlife and the city’s spirited music scene.