Atlanta, Georgia is a city rich with history and cultural wonders.
Okay, that might be a pretty unspecific place to start. After all, aren’t most cities in America filled with historical importance and amazing things to do? But speak to anyone from the South and you’ll know that Georgia holds a particularly special place in people’s hearts. If you’re travelling around America and want to see some of its most important cities, you must pay a visit to Atlanta. Here are some things to keep in mind when planning a holiday to Atlanta.
The airport is busy – very busy
Atlanta is home to the legendary Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Think you’ve seen in airports in your time? Wait until you see this one. In fact, if you’re not adequately prepared, you could find yourself a little overwhelmed. Since 1998, no other airport in the world has seen as much passenger traffic every year as this one. It also has the most landings and take-offs per year.
This all combines to give Hartsfield-Jackson a formidable title: the world’s busiest airport. Make sure you know exactly where you’re going and how you’re getting from the airport to your next destination before you arrive!
There’s a lot to see and do
Again, this goes for a lot of American cities. But there are a lot of places in Atlanta that you simply cannot miss. The Zoo Atlanta, the Center of Civil Rights, the World of Coca-Cola – those, and many more, are essential visits. (Even if the World of Coca-Cola is just one big advert for Coca-Cola, it’s still pretty fun!)
This means that you’re going to be using transport very often. The average tourist will find themselves zipping from one end of the city to the other to explore as much as it has to offer as possible. Make sure you consider all of your daily transport options. Cabs could end up being very expensive when compared to car rental, for instance. You can see Atlanta on a charter bus if you have the family with you and want to be extra comfortable!
It’s the birthplace of the Civil Rights movement
One of the most critical movements in American history – in international history – began right here in Atlanta. This city was the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as many other of the movement’s key people.
Appropriately, there are several places in Atlanta dedicated to the movement. There’s the previously-mentioned Center of Civil Rights. There’s the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, where you can learn more about the great man’s life and even visit his gravesite. Does it sound particularly cheery? Perhaps not. But remember what this movement achieved and you’ll be forever grateful that you took the time to visit.
It has the world’s largest drive-in restaurant
Atlanta’s The Varsity can hold around 800 hungry visitors. Its chili is world-famous. If you find yourself hungry at any point during your visit – and it’s safe to assume you’ll get hungry at some point – give the Varsity a go. It’s one of the city’s most beloved icons!