Insiders Travel Guide to Atlanta
It's not called Hotlanta for nothing, and that's especially true in the summer. But don't let that scare you. Atlanta is an excellent and very affordable summer travel destination for individuals, couples and families.
The Main Attractions
Zoo Atlanta is one of the best places in the country to watch the different animal species in special habitats. Thrill seekers will enjoy Six Flags, which boasts the South’s largest water theme park. Have you ever been to the world’s largest aquarium? Well, here’s your chance, with the Georgia Aquarium right in the heart of Atlanta.
If you’re in the mood for shopping or just want to have some fun then swing by Underground Atlanta which includes restaurants, a shopping center, bars and nightlife entertainment. This city can intrigue the mind of any age with CNN global headquarters, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, and the Imagine It! Children’s Museum of Atlanta.
If you’re on a budget, there are still many ways to enjoy yourself. The Centennial Olympic Park was built when the Olympics took place in Atlanta in 1996 and now it is a 21-acre park with daily events including festivals, concerts, and art shows. The High Museum of Art contains some of the most elegant pieces of art from around the world and they periodically offer free days to visitors. If you enjoy the great outdoors, then be sure to check out the Silver Comet Trail about 15 minutes northwest of Atlanta, where visitors can walk, jog, bike, or roller skate along the paved 61-mile-long trail.
Places to Eat
Atlanta has many places to satisfy your hunger from nearly every ethnic background. Some of the city’s top restaurants include Rathbun’s, Benihana’s, Grand China, Luckie Food Lounge, Holeman & Finch Public House, and Crawfish Shack Seafood. More affordable restaurants are Buckhead Diner, Murphy’s, the South City Kitchen and Busy Bee’s.
Getting From Here to There
One of the best transportation systems in the country, Atlanta’s MARTA bus and train system is very easy to use and costs only $1.75 to ride. Not to mention that it has a station directly in the Hartsfield - Jackson airport right next to the baggage claim area. MARTA connects you directly to many attractions in the city and puts almost every part of Atlanta within reach up to about a half hour from the metropolis. The trains come to every stop within a maximum of 15 minutes and bus stops are on nearly every corner. Also, for an entertaining ride with the kids or significant other downtown offers horse and carriage rides around the city
Atlanta is a fun city all year round, but summer is an especially heavy tourist season. With lots of competition for airline tickets, hotel rooms and rental cars, priceline.com can come in handy for bargain hunters.
For a sample weekend Atlanta getaway July 30- August 2, we found airfares as low as $229 from Chicago, $243 from New York and $254 from Boston. Click (www.priceline.com/flights) to check airfares, schedules and availability from your city.
When searching for hotels keep in mind that rates during the week are more likely to be slightly cheaper than on the weekends. For a typical summer weekend, we found a 3.5-star hotel in Midtown Atlanta for $104 a night and a 3-star hotel in Buckhead for $99 a night on a Name Your Own Price basis. Rates tend to be lower in the Perimeter or College Park areas which are about 10 minutes from the city. There’s no telling what you deals you can get a hold of, just click (www.priceline.com/hotels) for more info.
When visiting Atlanta remember to pack light because this city is very hot in the middle of the summer. Also, you want to keep a bottle of water around when walking because the humidity can get a bit overbearing. However, this place is full of action and anyone who knows what a good time feels like is sure to have a blast.