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Known as the City In a Forest, Atlanta is home to numerous green spaces and some of the nation's most important historic attractions. Discover all there is to know about visiting Atlanta, and start planning your trip to Georgia's capital city.

 

Best Things to Do In Atlanta
Family-Friendly Day Trips From Atlanta
Essential Atlanta Information
The Best Neighborhoods in Atlanta
How to Get Around Atlanta


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Best Things to Do In Atlanta

 

From historic sites to expansive parks to family-friendly attractions, there's so much to do in Atlanta. Add the following major attractions to the top of your list.

 

Soak up the fascinating history of Atlanta at the Atlanta History Center, which spans 33 acres. This is the place to learn about everything from Native American history and culture to life in antebellum Atlanta. Here you'll find the Atlanta History Museum, historic homes like the Swan House, and several miles of gardens and walking trails.

 

To learn about the contemporary history of both Atlanta and the United States, make your way to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. Start your visit with a tour of the civil rights leader's birthplace and grave, then head next door to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. Take a guided tour or visit the site on your own to see exhibits, landmarks, and museums that tell the story of the American civil rights movement.

 

Kids and news buffs alike will have tons of fun at the CNN Center, which offers a look into the network's headquarters. Here you can get a behind-the-scenes look at how the TV studio works with a tour of the production efforts behind various shows and the chance to sit behind an anchor desk. If you time your visit right, you can even watch a live broadcast while the network is on the air.

 

Go outside and enjoy the city's warm weather with a trip to the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Piedmont Park, which are adjacent to one another. The garden spans 30 acres and includes must-see attractions like the Fuqua Orchid Center, featuring numerous South American orchids, and the Fuqua Conservatory, which highlights fragrant tropical flowers and poison dart frogs. Nearby, Piedmont Park is the ideal place for a picnic, a long walk, or a bike ride.

 

Family-Friendly Day Trips From Atlanta

 

Feel like escaping the big city for a day? Hop in the car and check out these four family-friendly day trips.

 

Drive 90 minutes northeast of Atlanta, and you'll reach Athens, Georgia, home to the University of Georgia, several noteworthy bands, and a relaxed vibe. Shop for records, catch a show, or sit down to enjoy one of Athens' New Southern restaurants in the heart of the city's compact downtown.

 

Only 90 minutes northwest of Atlanta is Toccoa Falls, Georgia's version of Niagara Falls. Take a hike through quiet, wooded areas to find the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi. Pack a picnic lunch and plan a full day of fun on the road.

 

Known as the Little Grand Canyon, Providence Canyon State Park is well worth the two-hour drive southwest of Atlanta. The park spans 1,000 acres, and it's filled with a mix of rocky canyons and flora you won't find anywhere else. Spot the native Plumleaf Azaleas, gaze in awe at the pink and orange soil, and hike either easy trails or challenging backcountry ones.

 

If you can't get enough of the culture and history of the South, you won't want to stop with a trip to Atlanta. Drive two hours west, and you'll reach Birmingham, Alabama, which boasts an extensive civil rights history. Take a few hours to tour the city's historic highlights before dining at a Southern restaurant or joining one of Birmingham's many seasonal festivals.

 

Essential Atlanta Information

 

To fully enjoy the legendary capital of Georgia, it will help to know a few things about its history, neighborhoods, and how to get around. In addition to the following outline, check out Atlanta's official visitors' page.

 

The Best Neighborhoods in Atlanta

 

From hip and happening areas to historic spots, Atlanta's neighborhoods offer a variety of scenes. Be sure to explore some of the following highlights.

  • Midtown: Known as one of Atlanta's most walkable neighborhoods, Midtown is also home to many of the city's main attractions. Here you'll find everything from Piedmont Park to the High Museum of Art to the Fox Theater.
  • Downtown: Packed with attractions like the CNN Center, the Georgia Aquarium, and the World of Coca-Cola, downtown Atlanta makes for a convenient and fun base during any trip to the city.
  • Buckhead: With high-end shopping and luxury accommodations, Buckhead is one of Atlanta's most upscale neighborhoods. It's on the north side of the city but near Interstate 75, making it easily accessible by car.
  • Inman Park: Atlanta's first streetcar suburb still welcomes residents and visitors today. This neighborhood is home to several historic homes as well as family-friendly shopping and dining.

How to Get Around Atlanta

 

If you're traveling from out of state, you'll find that the easiest way to get to Atlanta is to fly into the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. From there, you can easily rent a car that fits the whole family comfortably.

 

As a large city that covers an extensive area, Atlanta is a destination that's easiest to navigate by car. Take care not to drive during rush hour, and you'll avoid the city's legendary traffic snarls. If you're planning to explore outside of the metro area, you'll be relieved to know that most highways and interstates around Atlanta are toll-free.

 

With ample history, nature, and culture, it's no wonder that Atlanta is a popular destination for families. Whether you're considering a weekend or a long week in Georgia's capital, start planning your trip today.

 

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