Atlanta Travel Resources
The Atlanta History Center features 32 acres of gardens, wildlife trails, and woodland areas. The complex includes the 1840s Tullie Smith Farm and 1928 Swan House mansion. The Museum offers exhibitions on the Civil War, African-American heritage, and Southern folk art, with a wing dedicated to the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games.
The area of "Sweet" Auburn was the center of Black enterprise from the 1890s to the 1950s. Auburn Avenue runs through this historic district, offering stops such as the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, with an array of locally-grown foods and unique creations.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site is located on Auburn Avenue, and is comprised of a visitor center; both his tomb and that of his wife, Coretta Scott King; the MLK Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change; his birth home; and the recently restored historic and new sanctuaries for Ebenezer Baptist Church, where three generations of the King family preached. The International Civil Rights Walk of Fame recognizes leaders of justice who sacrificed to make equality a reality for all, and is found along the promenade leading to the visitor center.
The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum recently underwent a $10 million renovation. The new look includes exhibits that chronicle Carter’s journey to the presidency, as well as the work of The Carter Center as it works globally to fight disease and promote democracy and human rights.
The Margaret Mitchell House in Midtown includes the restored apartment where Mitchell penned her famous "Gone With the Wind," a movie museum, and events such as the literary series featuring local and national authors.
Atlanta is one of the top 10 retail markets in the country and the shopper’s paradise of the Southeast. From malls to neighborhood shops to outlet centers, there is something for everyone.
Just six miles north of downtown, Buckhead houses two of the metro area’s most upscale malls. Since 1959, Lenox Square has served as the Southeast’s premier shopping destination, anchored by Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, and Macy’s, and features 250 specialty stores such as ADIDAS, Herve Leger, Michael Kors, Fendi, A/X, Microsoft, and coming soon, XXI Forever (Forever 21 concept). Just across Peachtree Street from Lenox, Phipps Plaza is anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and Belk. It also offers more than 100 stores, including Tiffany & Co., Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Juicy Couture, Elie Tahari, Barneys New York CO-OP, Versace, Vince, Michael Stars, Bottega Veneta, Arhaus Home Furnishing,s and Legoland Discovery Center.
On Midtown’s west side, the 138-acre Atlantic Station entertainment and retail complex showcases unique establishments such as Swedish clothing retailer H&M, superstore IKEA and the city’s only West Elm home store and also holds outdoor artists’ markets almost every weekend.
For savings of 25 percent to 65 percent every day, head to North Georgia Premium Outlets in Dawsonville, Ga., featuring 140 brand-name and designer stores including Burberry, Cole Haan, Gap Outlet, Hugo Boss, Polo Ralph Lauren, Restoration Hardware, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, and Williams-Sonoma.
Tanger Outlet Center in Commerce, Ga., features more than 85 name-brand outlets, including Calvin Klein, Coach Factory, Abercrombie & Fitch, Aeropostale, and Van Heusen, while the Tanger Outlet Center in Locust Grove, south of Atlanta on Interstate 75, has added Sanibel Sunglass Co. to its collection of 80 stores.
From new destinations to exciting events to celebrity chefs and more, Atlanta has emerged in recent years as a genuine foodie’s destination. The latest national dining craze has driven into Atlanta. Food trucks — mini kitchens on wheels — are a great way for both up-and-coming and veteran chefs to showcase their style without spending a lot of money on space. The mobile eateries turn up all over town, with the Atlanta Street Food Coalition spreading the word about where they’ll be next.
They can be spotted Wednesday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Underground Atlanta’s Upper Alabama Street; Thursday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the Midtown Mile along Peachtree Street (including Woodruff Arts Center); and various other spots around town including the Sweet Auburn Curb Market and Atlantic Station.
Adept chefs serve up delights that are tasty and affordable, including WOW! Food Truck, specializing in arepas (a South American dish of corn or cooked flour); Hummingbird Street Food, which turns out bistro dishes such as bolognese with handmade pappardelle and Gorgonzola salads; Just Loaf’N, with po’ boys, jambalaya and gumbo; and Westside Creamery, with handmade ice creams and sorbets. Barbecue, hot dogs, cupcakes, cookies, and a range of Southwestern flavors add to the mix, along with established restaurants like Pura Vida, Sheik Burritos, Souper Jenny and Taqueria del Sol.
Amazing Downtown Attractions
Your must-see things to do in Atlanta should start in downtown Atlanta with Centennial Olympic Park. Visitors can’t wait to experience this 21-acre legacy from the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, which boasts the Fountain of Rings (the world’s largest fountain shaped in the Olympic symbol of five interconnecting circles), along with family events such as Fourth Saturday Family Fun Days (interactive, entertaining and educational activities for children from spring to fall); live music at Music at Noon (Tuesdays and Thursdays, April-October) and Wednesday Wind Down (April-September); and ice skating and a Holiday in Lights celebration during December. Be sure to grab a bite to eat at the Googie Burger quick-service restaurant.
Some of Atlanta’s most-visited attractions have popped up around the popular park, including the Georgia Aquarium — the world’s largest aquarium, featuring a brand-new AT&T Dolphin Tales exhibit and theater showcasing the venue’s most requested creature in a multimillion-dollar exhibit; the World of Coca-Cola, at Pemberton Place, which brings the history of Coca-Cola to life through artifacts ranging from vintage bottles to a 1939 Coca-Cola delivery truck from Argentina; and Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, filled with interactive and educational exhibits ideal for kids ages preschool through 10.
Coming to the area in 2013 are the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, a $100 million center for continuing education, dialogue, and understanding civil and human rights issues that will house the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, and the College Football Hall of Fame, a $50 million, multilevel facility that will give football fans a shrine for recognizing the game’s top competitors. Nearby, the Inside CNN Studio Tour offers a unique view of the global headquarters of CNN, plus an exclusive visit to the "Morning Express with Robin Meade" studio to watch a portion of the live broadcast. The shopping and entertainment district Underground Atlanta spans six city blocks of renovated shop-fronts that sat at street level until 1929 (when the city covered the area with a viaduct system) and features restaurants, more than 100 specialty shops, Kenny’s Alley nightlife area, and the AtlanTIX half-price ticket booth.
Atlanta is known as the sports capital of the world for good reason. The city is home to four professional sports teams, boasts top-notch sports venues, and annually hosts top events such as the Chick-fil-A Bowl, Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic and SEC Championship, along with the PGA Tour Championship by Coca-Cola.
The Atlanta Braves compete at Turner Field April through October under the leadership of manager Fredi Gonzalez. Fans have plenty of reasons to catch a game, with All-Star catcher Brian McCann, fan favorite Jason Heyward leading the way at the plate, and Tim Hudson, Tommy Hanson and Kris Medlen anchoring one of the strongest starting pitching rotations in the majors. A highlight of a visit to Turner Field is the Ivan Allen Jr. Braves Museum & Hall of Fame, featuring more than 600 artifacts and photos. Fans also can take a tour of the stadium, including the Braves dugout, pressbox and broadcast booths and more.
Atlanta hosts numerous world-class golf tournaments, including the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola at historic East Lake Golf Club, the home course of the legendary Bobby Jones. After 33 weeks of the regular season and three playoff events, the top 30 players on the PGA Tour compete each fall to claim victory at the Tour Championship and to determine the winner of the FedEx Cup. For those who want to hit the links themselves, the metro area offers more than 100 courses, from intown spots such as Bobby Jones Golf Course to suburban links at Stone Mountain Park. The Peachtree Road Race — an annual Atlanta tradition that takes place every Fourth of July — features 60,000 recreational runners and world-class athletes. The race begins in Buckhead at Lenox Square mall, winds up Peachtree Street and ends in Midtown at Piedmont Park.
Ambassador Force of Downtown Atlanta
Visiting Downtown Atlanta and can’t figure out where you are on Peachtree Street? Or even if it’s the right Peachtree! Not to worry, help is right around the corner. One of the 67 Ambassador Force members will provide directions, not only in English but in French, Spanish, and Hebrew, to name a few. Our friendly Ambassadors will even escort you to your destination. You can’t miss their colorful, distinctive uniforms and pith helmets. For more information, call (404) 215-9600 or visit Atlantadowntown.com.
ACVB Visitor Centers
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau manages three Visitor Centers located throughout Atlanta. Each Visitor Center is staffed by Atlantans full of knowledge about the city and are ready and happy to assist you.
- ACVB Visitor Center - Underground Atlanta: 65 Upper Alabama St., Atlanta, GA 30303; (404) 577-2148.
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. noon-6 p.m.
- ACVB Visitor Center - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport: Located in the North
Terminal near baggage claim; (404) 305-8426.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. noon-6 p.m.
- ACVB Visitor Center - Georgia World Congress Center: 285 International Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30313; (404) 223-4016.
(Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authortity) - MARTA’s trains, buses and paratransit vehicles carry more than 450,000 people within the city of Atlanta and Fulton and DeKalb counties every weekday. MARTA provides public transportation that is safe and clean.
MARTA Hours of Operation
Trains begin service at 5 a.m. on weekdays and 6 a.m. on weekends and holidays, and run until 1 a.m. daily. Schedules are adjusted by time of day and station. Buses begin service at 5 a.m. daily and run until 1:30 a.m. on weekdays and 12:30 a.m. on weekends and holidays. Schedules are adjusted by time of day and bus route. Call (404) 848-5000 for schedule information or visit www.itsmarta.com.
How to Buy Your Breeze Card
MARTA’s fare system uses ‘Smart Cards.’ You can purchase your Breeze card online at www.BreezeCard.com ahead of time, or at one of the Breeze Vending Machines in any of MARTA’s 38 rail stations. Breeze Vending Machines accept cash, credit, or debit cards. You can purchase your card in person at the Airport, Five Points, Sandy Springs, and North Springs Station.
Contact Tara Spann, Tourism Sales Manager, email@example.com, 404-521-6638 for group information.