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Unofficially crowned as the US’s southern capital, Atlanta is a city not to be taken lightly. Boasting an ever-increasing population of more than five million residents, it stands as the capital of Georgia, and is renowned as the birthplace of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. It was host of the Centennial Olympic Games in 1996, which sparked a major refurbishment across the city. Even today, the city is continually expanding both upwards and outwards, to the point where three brilliant skyscraper skylines span its horizon. However, it’s not so much the size of Atlanta that awes travellers, but rather the plethora of exciting marvels that can be found around every corner.

This alpha world city is home to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, which has stood as the globe’s busiest air hub for the last 15 years. The commercial hive of Atlanta is the Downtown district, which is home to plenty of fascinating sights, including the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, and the CNN Center. Visitors shouldn’t forget Buckhead and Midtown too, which are continuously expanding commercial centres that now boast thriving shopping, dining and nightlife culture. Tourists are met with an astonishing array of hotels which generally stand close to the public rail and bus system known as MARTA. Nevertheless, the centre of the city is easily navigable on foot.

Sights nearby

Atlanta contains some of North America’s most impressive contemporary, historical, and natural landmarks. Many of these landmarks are located close to a wide variety of high-end, yet affordable, four-star accommodation options.

Centennial Olympic Park
This was the centre of the 1996 Olympic Games, but since this monumental event, Centennial Olympic Park has become the focal point of Atlanta’s tourism industry. There is plenty of action happening within and around this 21-acre green space year-round. Sites like the impressive New World of Coca-Cola and the world’s largest indoor aquarium, Georgia Aquarium, are found to the north of the park. Meanwhile, an ice-skating rink in the heart of the park, not to mention dozens of fascinating festivals and concerts, add to the splendour of this landmark. A wonderful selection of hotels exists around Centennial Olympic Park, including the likes of Omni Hotel CNN Tower.

Midtown museums
The Midtown district is a great place to spend an entire day exploring museums and galleries. One of the most important art museums in the southern US is Midtown’s High Museum of Art, which rests on Peachtree Street, close to the Fox Theater and Museum of Design Atlanta. Other popular art and culture landmarks include the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Tourists with a taste for culture and fine art will undoubtedly be in their element in Midtown Atlanta.

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
Despite Atlanta’s growth in precious modern attractions, one of the city’s undying treasures is the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Tourists can jump back in time to the Civil Rights Movement era, as a plethora of wondrous landmarks are located within the site. The Ebenezer Baptist Church where Martin Luther King Sr. and Jr. were pastors can be toured. Dr King’s childhood residence, the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, the World Peace Rose Garden, Gandhi Promenade and a host of historic, 19th-century homes can be found within this national historic site, too.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

Regardless of where tourists decide to stay, Atlanta is full of dining, shopping, and clubbing opportunities that cater for everyone. Underground Atlanta in the Downtown district is home to an impressive list of specialty stores, not to mention a range of late-night clubbing spots. When it comes to nightlife, Atlanta has a range of places to trial, depending on what tourists are after. Trendy, chic nightspots are often found in Buckhead, while the alternative crowd heads to Little Five Points. Two megamalls harmoniously co-exist in Buckhead, Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square. For a day (or even more) of shopping and dining, these massive market monoliths are the perfect places to visit. Accommodation like Glenn Hotel and JW Marriott are among the numerous high-end hotels close to these megamalls.

Public transport

Getting around the city is relatively easy due to the convenient and extensive public rail and bus system. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, commonly known as MARTA, extends throughout the central and suburban districts of Georgia’s capital. The rail network boasts four connecting lines, while more than 100 bus routes operate across Atlanta. Tickets are relatively inexpensive.

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