If you are looking for a destination with world-class shopping, incredible food, and a plethora of exciting attractions (not to mention an extra touch of southern charm) Atlanta, Georgia, is the place for you to vacation.
Must See Attractions
The Georgia Aquarium : Relatively new to Atlanta, The Georgia Aquarium is actually the largest aquarium in the world! No trip to Atlanta would be complete without a visit to this amazing attraction; you will be sure to run into people from all over the world.
Parks and Gardens : Know for its many botanical gardens and parks, Atlanta is a great place to enjoy a stroll in the outdoors. Some must see parks include the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Piedmont Park, and Centennial Park.
Martin Luther King Jr .: Did you know that Atlanta was the home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? In his honor, many visitors to Atlanta take time out to visit the King Center and visit King's childhood home.
Civil War Museums : History buffs will be in heaven in Atlanta. Many rare Civil War artifacts can be found in museums scattered throughout the city, and there are many historical sites to visit as well.
Southern Food : Delicious, authentic southern restaurants abound in and around Atlanta. Some diners you don't want to miss include JCT Kitchen and Thelma's Kitchen. But no matter where you eat, you are sure to be delighted and full!
Shopping : Many of the neighborhoods in Atlanta are home to a variety of quaint shops. Some of these neighborhoods that you don't want to miss include Virginia-Highland, Little Five Points, and Inman Park. If a mall is more of your kind of shopping, then you should head directly to Phipps Plaza or Lenox Mall.
Other great attractions include a tour of the CNN Center and the World of Coca-Cola.
When To Go
If you are up for some sweltering hot weather, you can probably find some great discounts on hotels and airfare if you travel to Atlanta during July or August. However, if heat and humidity is not your thing, you want to travel to Atlanta in the spring or fall. But no matter when you travel, you can often find great airfare deals because the Atlanta airport is a major international hub.
A large city in its own right, Atlanta can be divided up into a few distinct areas. This might make it easier when you are trying to get around this large city.
Downtown : Full of restaurants, bars, and more, downtown Atlanta is very busy during the day and is a major economic region. Here you'll also find the Georgia Aquarium and the CNN Center.
Sweet Auburn : This area was home to Dr. Martin Luther King.
Midtown : Here you'll find the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Piedmont Park. Some of Atlanta's most ritzy people flock to this chic area.
Buckhead : Once known as the entertainment district, this area is now home to a lot of the most upscale shopping in Atlanta.
Virginia-Highland : Near Emory University, this area is also well known for its shopping and dining.
Little Five Points/Inman Park : This area is more off the beaten path than most of Atlanta. If you are into vintage clothing, you don't want to miss this area.