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Welcome to Atlanta

Thanks to its rich history, lively cultural scene, and top-notch accommodations, Atlanta remains one of the top destinations in the South, as well as one of the most in-demand spots in the United States for meetings and events. Plus, it boasts a world-class airport, making it an accessible location for international event attendees. In addition to convention and meeting facilities of all sizes, the city also offers plenty of entertainment options, attractions, and restaurants, all with a dose of Southern hospitality.
Atlanta Highlights
Explore historic sites, tour museums, catch a sporting event, and more in Georgia's capital city. You’ll also find several attractions dedicated to the history of the civil rights movement and its leader Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as some quirkier things to do such as the World of Coca-Cola.
Georgia Aquarium
Learn about aquatic creatures such as whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, beluga whales, sea otters, African penguins, and more.
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
Discover where the leader of the civil rights movement was born, where he preached, and where he is buried.
National Center for Civil and Human Rights
This center features immersive exhibit spaces, including a rotating gallery of items from The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection.
World of Coca-Cola
Learn the story of one of the world’s most popular beverages, browse art and memorabilia, and taste more than 100 drinks around the world.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta
Ideal for families with younger children, this attraction features interactive play areas, master classes, theme rides, and more.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
See a rare collection of orchids never before grown in the Southeast at the garden’s Fuqua Orchid Center.
Piedmont Park
Home to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, this rambling park, located downtown, serves as the home to many of the city’s summer festivals.
Atlanta History Center
This history museum and research center is located in Atlanta’s Buckhead district and currently consists of both permanent and temporary exhibitions.
Georgia Aquarium
Learn about aquatic creatures such as whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, beluga whales, sea otters, African penguins, and more.
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
Discover where the leader of the civil rights movement was born, where he preached, and where he is buried.
National Center for Civil and Human Rights
This center features immersive exhibit spaces, including a rotating gallery of items from The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection.
World of Coca-Cola
Learn the story of one of the world’s most popular beverages, browse art and memorabilia, and taste more than 100 drinks around the world.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta
Ideal for families with younger children, this attraction features interactive play areas, master classes, theme rides, and more.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
See a rare collection of orchids never before grown in the Southeast at the garden’s Fuqua Orchid Center.
Piedmont Park
Home to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, this rambling park, located downtown, serves as the home to many of the city’s summer festivals.
Atlanta History Center
This history museum and research center is located in Atlanta’s Buckhead district and currently consists of both permanent and temporary exhibitions.
Atlanta Weather
Although the term “Hotlanta” really refers to the city’s lively nightlife scene, the city is known for its hot and muggy summers (July is typically the warmest month). Expect to encounter temperate weather in the spring and cool days in the fall. During the winter, you may experience the occasional snow or ice storm.
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Atlanta Weather Essentials
MonthHighLowPrecipitation
December54°36°3.9 in
January52°34°4.2 in
February57°37°4.7 in
March64°45°4.8 in
April72°52°3.4 in
May81°61°3.7 in
June86°68°3.9 in
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Mon, Dec 06
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Tue, Dec 07
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Wed, Dec 08
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Wed, Dec 01
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Precipitation: 0%
Humidity: 61%
Wind: 8.41 m/s
Thu, Dec 02
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Precipitation: 0%
Humidity: 54%
Wind: 9.82 m/s
Fri, Dec 03
68°
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Precipitation: 0%
Humidity: 44%
Wind: 7.2 m/s
Sat, Dec 04
68°
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Precipitation: 0%
Humidity: 60%
Wind: 6.2 m/s
Sun, Dec 05
68°
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Precipitation: 0%
Humidity: 52%
Wind: 8.39 m/s
Mon, Dec 06
55°
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Precipitation: 87%
Humidity: 76%
Wind: 14.05 m/s
Tue, Dec 07
50°
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Precipitation: 88%
Humidity: 43%
Wind: 11.05 m/s
Wed, Dec 08
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Precipitation: 100%
Humidity: 99%
Wind: 8.12 m/s
Atlanta Resources
Check out these local resources to help you plan your next meeting or event in Atlanta. Get the most up-to-date information and news, learn about the latest happenings, and discover what’s new in the city for planners and attendees alike. Plus, enjoy easy access to transportation sites including the area airport and mass transit system.
Get There
What is the best way to get to Atlanta?
Flying: Atlanta's main airport is Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which carries the distinction as being the world's busiest airport since 1998. Fortunately, it boasts an efficient layout that’s easy to navigate and doesn’t suffer from delays like many other heavily trafficked airports.
Train: Amtrak's Crescent train, which serves New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Charlotte, Gainesville, Birmingham, and New Orleans, stops in Atlanta.
Car: The principal interstates serving Atlanta are I-75 (which runs from Detroit to Florida), I-85 (connecting the Mid-Atlantic region to Montgomery, Alabama), and I-20 (which connects Texas to South Carolina). Expect the "Connector" (where I-75 and I-85 merge through Atlanta’s midtown and downtown) to be congested throughout the day.
What is the best time to visit Atlanta?
The spring and fall seasons are considered the best times to visit Atlanta. The summer is generally hot and humid and remains the peak season for tourists. The city also often experiences the effects of hurricane season (which runs from the start of June to the end of November) with heavy rains and sometimes high winds, which is why some consider the time between March to May to be the best time to plan a visit to the city. Expect music and food festivals throughout the year including the Atlanta Jazz Festival in May, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival in May and June, Dragon Con from August to September, and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in either December or January.
Get Around
Walking: Although Atlanta is considered a car-dependent city, most of its intown neighborhoods can be explored on foot, thanks to their concentration of bars, restaurants, and shops. Also, the Ambassador Force of Downtown Atlanta is available to help guide travelers around the convention and entertainment district.
Transit: Atlanta is served by MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority), which operates both rapid rail and bus networks, plus a streetcar that loops around downtown. MARTA offers six stations that service the convention and entertainment district.
Taxi: Travelers can usually flag down cabs near tourist attractions in the midtown and downtown areas. Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft are also available and may be preferable to traditional taxis, depending on your location.
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