Atlanta sits at the intersection of Southern charm, creativity and sophistication. It is easy to fall in love with this beautiful city – its world-class attractions, award-winning dining and hidden wonders – and be inspired by the city’s endless possibilities.

Atlanta in 500 Words

Atlanta gleams amid glass and steel towers, but the heart of the South’s largest city is its people. Visitors are likely to be greeted with a big helping of “How y’all doing” hospitality. Atlanta may have birthed “Gone with the Wind,” yet today’s big, bustling city is more New South than old. This diverse population of more than 5 million residents is decidedly youthful – younger than the U.S. population and more racially diverse. You’re more than likely to meet people who came for a weekend and decided to stay a lifetime.

Atlanta began as a railroad terminus. It’s still a transportation hub, but with a 21st-century, global approach. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest airport in the world with direct, nonstop service to more than 150 U.S. destinations – 80 percent of those within a two-hour flight – and more than 75 international destinations in 50 countries. With MARTA located inside the airport, visitors can roll into town without a car.

Eternal Flame, The King Center 

Centennial Olympic Park

Centennial Olympic Park, the heart of downtown’s tourist hub, is marked by playful fountains that draw visitors to its core. The Atlanta Streetcar glides by carrying passengers on this modern-day trolley. Attractions abound at Pemberton Place with the popular Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola and the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Sports fans congregate here to visit the College Football Hall of Fame and to ”Rise Up” for the NFL Falcons at the Georgia Dome, NBA Hawks and WNBA Dream at Philips Arena, and the MLB Braves at Turner Field.

The city’s rich history comes to life in Sweet Auburn, once the wealthiest black community in America. The area is a mecca for civil rights travelers visiting the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and Ebenezer Baptist Church.

In Atlanta, chef-run restaurants dish up modern American cuisine in strikingly beautiful spaces. Among the cutting edge eateries are cozy diners, cafés and bistros. The ethnic mom-and-pop restaurants along Buford Highway offer menus with little English and lots of flavor. Locally-owned craft breweries pepper the city, creating an unofficial brewery trail for visitors to enjoy.

Beyond the city’s core, Atlanta’s intown neighborhoods are packed with personality. Midtown melds in-town glitz with the culture. The Westside has become a magnet for foodies, design enthusiasts and shoppers. Buckhead blends boutiques and galleries with fabulous dining, while Little Five Points lives on the edge of bohemian grunge paired with solid live theatre and music scenes.

Culture permeates throughout Atlanta. Emerging artists and designers pepper the city’s galleries and boutiques. For high-brow options, Atlanta boasts an award-winning symphony, opera and ballet. The city hosts nationally-acclaimed touring shows and world-class exhibitions. And visitors can catch homegrown talent at numerous local playhouses, theatres and neighborhood music venues.

Atlanta sits at the intersection of Southern charm, creativity and sophistication. It is easy to fall in love with this beautiful city – its world-class attractions, award-winning dining and hidden wonders – and be inspired by the city’s endless possibilities.