The neighborhood once abandoned on weekends to stranded conventioneers is now the center of ATL attention, as Atlantans escape suburban sprawl for downtown's historic streets and super-sized attractions. Sports fans head directly to Philips Arena for NBA games, Turner Field for Braves baseball, and the Georgia Dome for Falcons football and killer marching band contests (as seen in the movie Drumline). Atlanta businesses shamelessly self-promote downtown, as you may discover on tours of CNN Center, at cola tastings inside the World of Coca-Cola, and mingling with the hip hop mogul crowd at Magic City strip shows. Between tradeshows and the annual Dragon*Con sci-fi convention at World Congress Center, don't miss dolphin shows at the world's largest aquarium: Georgia Aquarium, located in Centennial Olympic Park. The capitol of the New South can get mighty fancy, with its gold-domed State Capitol Building and a neo-Gothic City Hall as lacy as a Southern debutante ball. But downtown remains refreshingly down-to-earth along tree-shaded Fairlie-Poplar Historic District, and landmarked Hotel Row along Mitchell Street shows what Southern hospitality looked like a century ago.
Getting Around Atlanta
The easiest way to get around Atlanta is by car. Parking in entertainment, restaurant and hospital zones is limited to 4 hours, as designated by street signs, and is enforced from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ( Atlanta's transit agency, MARTA, operates four lines through the city ( MARTA Buses operate from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 5 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on weekends. MARTA Trains operate from 4:45 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekdays and from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekends. From 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. trains run every 15 minutes on all lines and every 20 minutes from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. (
Nearby Airports
  • Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport-ATL
Airport Taxis
  • $50-$60
Things to Do and See Near Downtown