Atlanta: Southern Hospitality with a Modern Twist
Since its establishment in 1847, Atlanta has been a crossroads. The original town was built on railroads, and now the largest city in Georgia is known having the world’s busiest airport, as well as being home to mega-brands like CNN, Coca-Cola and UPS. The Civil War scorched the city, but it rebounded with fervour to eventually become a focal point for the American civil rights movement and eventually host of the 1996 summer Olympic Games.
Now Atlanta is a vibrant and diverse city. It shed its Old South image early on, instead opting for modern, striking architecture. But the city retains its gentility, Piedmont Park, in the centre of town, is a bucolic respite for Atlanta’s residents. And the Chattahoochee River, which runs just outside the city limits, is a popular destination for local nature lovers.
Atlanta’s unique mix of contemporary culture and traditional Southern hospitality make it one of the most inviting and interesting destinations in the Southeast. The city boasts world-class museums like the High and Fernbank Science Museum, and top-end shopping at Phipps Plaza and Lenox.
When to go?
Atlanta’s humid subtropical climate means it’s never very cold. Summer temperatures can exceed 38°C (100F), and humidity in July and August can be stifling. April through June and September through November are warm and pleasant.
How to get there?
Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International airport is the home of Delta Airlines, which operates direct flights out of London Gatwick, London Heathrow and Manchester International. British Airways also offers direct service between London and Atlanta.
Apart from CNN Center, the World of Coca-Cola and the new Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta’s points of interest include the Martin Luther King, Jr , National Historic Site, Stone Mountain, the Margaret Mitchell House and the High Museum of Art. One thing not to be missed is the southern cooking. Chefs and residents alike do hold on to their Old South heritage when it comes to food. Among some of the longest-established and most-popular, Mary Mac’s Tea Room, Thelma’s Kitchen and Rib Shack, the Colonnade and Fat Matt’s Rib Shack (next door to Fat Matt’s Chicken & Fish Shack).