Atlanta Vacation Planning
An Atlanta vacation is the perfect getaway for a quick trip or an extended stay. Atlanta has many exciting attractions, great music venues and fascinating cultural landmarks. Fine restaurants coupled with a vibrant and diverse culture have made Atlanta one of the most popular cities in the United States.
As Georgia’s capital and largest city, Atlanta is a major Southern financial and cultural epicenter. Many people from all over the country flock to Atlanta’s boundless opportunities, mild climate, and physical beauty. Atlanta is a progressive and ever-expanding city with a southern hospitality and charm all its own.
With a multitude of things to see and do in Atlanta, take the time to plan some of the most important aspects of your trip so you don’t miss anything!
GETTING TO ATLANTA
Here’s a quick primer on the main highways in and around Atlanta:
- I-85N (the Northeast Expressway) connects Atlanta with Greenville, SC and Charlotte, NC. South of the city, I-85S (the Southeast Expressway) continues on to Montgomery, AL.
- I-75N (the Northwest Expressway) extends from Atlanta to Chattanooga and Knoxville, TN and on to Cincinnati, OH; Detroit, MI and the Canadian border. Below Atlanta, I-75S (the Southeast Expressway) is the route to Florida through the Georgia cities of Macon and Valdosta.
- I-20W (the West Expressway) goes from Atlanta to Birmingham, AL; Jackson, MS; Dallas, TX and beyond. I-20E (the East Expressway) continues to Augusta, GA and Columbia, SC, connecting with I-95 in Florence, SC.
- I-285 (the Perimeter) is the 62.77-mile road encircling Atlanta.
For more localized Atlanta traffic information, visit the GA Department of Transportation website at http://www.dot.ga.gov.
Known as one of the world’s busiest airports, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport serves as a valuable hub. It is located only 10 miles from downtown Atlanta. For more information, visit them online at www.atlanta-airport.com or call Customer Service at (404) 530-7300 / (800) 897-1910.
AMTRAK is the nation’s intercity passenger rail operator connecting America. Atlanta’s AMTRAK station is located at
1688 Peachtree Street, NW. For more information visit the AMTRAK website at www.amtrak.com.
GETTING AROUND ATLANTA
Major car rental companies are available throughout the city and at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. For more information see Passenger Information on the airport’s website at www.atlanta-airport.com or check out the Yellow Pages at www.yellowpages.com.
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) provides bus, rail, and shuttle service around the city. For more information on route maps, visitor passes, schedules or help planning your MARTA commute around the city, visit the MARTA website at www.itsmarta.com or call MARTA Customer Service at 404-848-4711.
Taxis are readily available throughout the city at local hotels, special events and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Consult the Yellow Pages at www.yellowpages.com for local listings.
There are shuttle services available in and around the metro Atlanta area. For more information, contact the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Ground Transportation Center for service to businesses, locations, hotels and residences. For more information, log on to www.atlanta-airport.com or call Customer Service at 404-530-7300.
In addition to the World of Coca-Cola, visit our list of Atlanta Attractions to make the most of your Atlanta vacation. After your visit to the World of Coca-Cola, be sure to check out some of the other great Atlanta museums and attractions.
Atlanta experiences all four seasons and has a relatively mild climate because of its geographic location. Summers are generally hot and humid, with mild and occasionally cold winters. Springtime in Atlanta is pleasant with warm and dry weather, and fall is characterized by warm, dry and sunny days with cool, crisp nights.
Atlanta’s year-round festivals highlight the city’s best art, music and food.
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is the largest film festival in Atlanta and the second-largest Jewish film festival in the U.S.
Atlanta Film Festival 365 showcases more than 160 independent films from 17 countries.
Atlanta Dogwood Festival celebrates spring and is one of the longest-running festivals in the city.
Inman Park Festival takes place in one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods and includes a tour of homes and a parade.
Georgia Renaissance Festival is designed to help visitors imagine that they’ve time traveled back to Elizabethan England, creating the fantasy with themed buildings and rides, costumed actors and creative entertainment.
Fiesta Atlanta is Atlanta’s premier and largest Hispanic outdoor festival, taking place every Cinco de Mayo weekend at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta.
Sweet Auburn Springfest boasts seven stages and Atlanta’s best gospel, jazz, blues and hip-hop greats.
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival makes its debut in 2011, and expects 3,000 chefs, tastemakers and foodies.
Atlanta Jazz Festival hosts more than 100 of the best jazz performers in Piedmont Park.
Virginia-Highland Summerfest kicks off with a 5K run and Tot Trot and continues with a mix of arts, food and local music.
National Black Arts Festival showcases the work of more than 1,000 artists from the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and the Americas.
Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain Park is a craft show with open-air shopping, live entertainment and food.
Atlanta Greek Festival brings all the aromas, sounds, tastes and traditions of Greece to life right here in Atlanta.
Taste of Atlanta offers food from more than 70 local restaurants and wines from around the world.
PRIDE celebrates lesbians, gay, bisexual and transsexual individuals with more than 300,000 participants throughout the Southeast.
Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade is the signature Halloween festival in the Southeast and one of the top ten Halloween events in the country.
Cabbagetown Chomp and Stomp incorporates individual and local restaurant entries in an annual chili cook-off event held along the streets of this old millworkers’ community.
ATLANTA FUN FACTS
- There are about 32 streets with the name “Peachtree” in Atlanta and 55 streets with the name “Peachtree” in all of Georgia.
- The Varsity, located in downtown Atlanta, has earned the distinction of serving the highest volume of Coca-Cola anywhere.
It dispenses nearly 3 million servings of Coca-Cola annually.
- Atlanta was the only city in North America destroyed by fire as an act of war, when General Sherman burned the city on November 15, 1864. Today, the city’s symbol is the phoenix, a legendary bird of Egyptian mythology that rose from its own ashes with renewed strength and beauty.
- Before Atlanta, Georgia had four previous capital cities: Savannah (from 1733-1786), Augusta (from 1786-1795), Louisville (from 1796-1806), and Milledgeville (from 1807-1868). Atlanta became the capital of Georgia in 1868.
The World of Coca-Cola has established partnerships with some of Atlanta’s best hotels. Please visit Atlanta Hotel Deals to see the list and make your selection.
ATLANTA TRIP-PLANNING RESOURCES
Check out our list of additional resources to help you plan your trip:
accessAtlanta.com showcases things to do in Atlanta such as concerts, shows, the arts, special events, movies & restaurants.
Atlanta Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is the official Atlanta travel guide. Find details on Atlanta events, attractions, dining, shopping, vacation packages, accommodations and more.
Atlanta CitySearch is the essential local guide for living bigger, better and smarter in Atlanta.
Central Atlanta Progress is a private nonprofit community development organization providing leadership, programs and services to preserve and strengthen the economic vitality of Downtown Atlanta.
AtlantaGa.gov is the official website for the city of Atlanta.
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce is your source for news, a local calendar, member events, public policy and visitor information.