With so many varied things to do in Atlanta, it’s one of the best cities in America to visit and enjoy – whether you’re a local looking to rediscover the city’s wonders or an out-of-towner who doesn’t know the difference between sweet tea and Peachtree.
Since 1996, when Atlanta hosted the Summer Olympics, Georgia’s capital has enjoyed a slow and steady rise in popularity. Sure, countless business types pass through the city annually – here on a work trip for Coca-Cola, CNN, Delta, or any of the other major corporations who call the ATL home – but more and more leisure travelers have been coming through town, firmly positioning the area as one of the most popular and beloved destinations in all of the South. (Take that, New Orleans.)
And it's not hard to see why: The South’s largest city boasts historic sites and attractions, awesome music venues like the Fox Theatre, a vibrant nightlife scene and even an eclectic range of activities to tackle with the kids in tow. Be sure to come with an appetite, as Atlanta carries bragging rights for some of the country’s most delicious restaurants.
Just remember, (if you’re not familiar with the city’s sweltering summer weather) there’s a reason for the “Hotlanta'' nickname and you might want to position your visit for a cooler time of year, or else you might be finding yourself making a beeline for air conditioning whenever you can find it. Fortunately, many of these key attractions and activities are indoors, providing a handy, year-round option for those looking for something fun and interesting to do with their friends and family.