The Big Peach - Big City, Southern Hospitality.
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Back in 1837 Atlanta was little more than a hamlet existing to serve as a railway terminus; then came the Civil War that saw the town burned to the ground. Undaunted, 135 years later Atlanta bustles with more than three million people, and has been chosen by numerous leading international companies as the home of their corporate or regional headquarters. The lively, thriving city styles itself as the capital of the 'New South', and its dramatic skyline is littered with gleaming skyscrapers.
Atlanta attracts visitors both for holidays and business, with its plethora of entertainment, shopping and cultural attractions as well as innumerable top class convention and accommodation venues. The downtown Peachtree Centre pedestrianised precinct covers 14 blocks of retail space, including three massive hotels, dozens of restaurants and imposing office towers. There are also plenty of museums, galleries and centres for performing arts, as well as the world's largest aquarium.
Atlanta has not lost its pioneering southern spirit or charm despite its modern guise, and the city's symbol of the phoenix serves as enduring reminder of its troubled past and bright future. The energy that was embodied in its famous sons, Martin Luther King, Jr and Ted Turner (founder of CNN) still crackles in the air and the genteel olde-world atmosphere still lingers in the residential neighbourhoods. Above all, Atlanta radiates a warm welcome in the true tradition of Southern hospitality.
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There are regular direct flights to Atlanta from Ireland with Delta Airlines and numerous connections via the UK or USA.
Average flight time from Ireland to Atlanta is 8-9 hours.
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Getting to Atlanta
Flights to Atlanta from Ireland
There are regular direct flights to Atlanta from Ireland with Delta Airlines
The average flight time from Dublin to Atlanta is 8-9 hours.
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One of the busiest airports in the US, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport serves 89 million passengers each year on thousands of domestic and international flights to and from destinations like Paris, Toronto, Cancun, Dakar, London, Johannesburg, Seoul and San Francisco.
The enormous airport is made of two terminals connected by an atrium containing numerous services, shops, restaurants, and a food court. First-time visitors may find it difficult to find their way around, however the friendly staff members are always ready to assist, and a number of motorized walkways help to speed the long journey between gates.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is located seven miles (11km) south of central Atlanta, and is the main airport for Georgia, in addition to serving as a transit hub for many international flights to and from various US destinations.
The airport is situated 10 miles (16km) south of downtown Atlanta.
Transport in Atlanta
Atlanta's trains and buses reach most parts of the city, but they are not always the most convenient way to get around, and services are limited outside of the immediate city limits. The MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) network is inexpensive, safe and well-integrated, but travel can be slow. A one-way MARTA pass, good for travel anywhere on the system, costs $1.75. There are weekly, weekend and visitor's passes available for various rates that are even more economical.
Atlanta is a car-dominated city, so there is plenty of parking, especially at tourist sights, but traffic on the freeways and in the city centre can be very busy, particularly during rush hours. During conventions and big sporting and entertainment events, it is easier to use public transport to get around. 'The Buc' is operated by BATMA; it is a free shuttle service connecting the two MARTA rail stations with many hotels, shopping areas and businesses in the city.
Car rental agencies require an International Driving Permit only if the visitor's national license is not in English, and most prefer drivers to be over 25 years of age. Taxis are available, but it is easier to order one by phone than to find one on the street; they can also be found in taxi stands around the city. Visitors should be cautious of unlicensed taxis, and women travelling alone at night should order taxis by phone.
Home and birthplace of the iconic Martin Luther King Jr, Atlanta is far from short on history and culture, and the city's attractions bear testament to this. Visitors need look no further for stories of the south and for some of the United States' finest exports, such as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
History buffs will love the countless museums this city has to offer, from the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and the Atlanta History Center, to the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum and the Carter Center. A trip to the World of Coca-Cola is a must for lovers of the world's best known brand, while kids of all ages will love the Georgia Aquarium, and Zoo Atlanta, which features a panda exhibition. Wander through the Botanical Gardens or ponder at the magnificent artwork in the High Museum of Art, the choices are endless!
An Atlanta CityPass can be bought and is valid for nine days. The pass allows the bearer free admission to six of the city's top attractions. The CityPass booklet provides attraction information, transport directions and best times to visit as well as coupons and other special features.
One of the most exciting cities in the United States, Atlanta is a great place for children on holiday to explore and enjoy. Steeped in a rich and diverse cultural and political history, kids can learn and discover while having a great time sightseeing - what more could a parent ask for?
Pack a picnic basket and blanket and head off to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens for a day of sunshine and fresh air, or for a slightly more active day, take the kids to the Six Flags Over Georgia Theme Park where plenty of fun and screams can be had enjoying the rides on offer. The Fernbank Science Center is a must for all inquiring minds and the wonderful outdoor trails to be enjoyed are great for kids of all ages, while the neighbouring Fernbank Museum of Natural History will simply amaze all who visit. Stone Mountain Park is must, where mountain trails abound, and after a day in the great outdoors, children will love the laser light show in the evening.
On quieter, days or when the weather is bad and outdoor activities with the kids is not an option, take the kids to one of the fantastic museums such as the Imagine It! Children's Museum of Atlanta where kids can crawl, paint, play and enjoy all the fascinating exhibits on display. Most of the shopping malls in Atlanta feature indoor playgrounds, but one of the favourite has to be HippoHop Indoor Playground, where kids will have fun jumping, climbing and playing on inflatable equipment.
Shopping in Atlanta is more of an activity than a pastime and with so much on offer, Atlanta's shopping malls, boutiques and markets are more than enough to meet every shopaholic's needs.
Head to Buckhead for some first class shopping opportunities or discover the trendiest boutiques, which can be found in Decatur, Virginia-Highland and Little Five Points. Some of Atlanta's best buys can be found at Lenox Square which is anchored by Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus and Macy's and features almost 250 specialty stores and 5 restaurants for weary shoppers to rest their legs.
For budget buys head to the North Georgia Outlets where just about anything under the sun can be found for a bargain. Most people won't leave without buying something. In addition to countless shopping malls, Atlanta also has some wonderful flea markets where antiques are a popular buy. Don't be afraid to haggle with the sellers as you are guaranteed to find some steals!
Most shops in Atlanta are open from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 9pm and on Sundays from 12pm to 6pm. The sales tax varies by city and state in the US and ranges from 4% to 15%. This is added to the price of goods at the point of purchase.
There is no system for refunding non-US visitors in Atlanta but large and expensive purchases are often tax-exempt if they are shipped from outside the state they are bought in.
Offering just about every type of cuisine under the sun, eating out in Atlanta is a sensory explosion and visitors with a taste for excitement and variety won't be disappointed. One of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States and the third largest city in the country, there are a lot of restaurants to feed a lot of people in Atlanta!
Atlanta locals love to dine out so visitors can expect restaurants to be bustling and dripping with atmosphere. From traditional Southern cooking like fried chicken, shrimp, fish and okra to the legendary peaches, pecans, peanuts and Vidalia onions that Georgia is known for, the food in Atlanta is second to none. Be sure to sample some peach cobbler and a slice of pecan nut pie for good measure.
You can't beat the hospitality of the south and the quality of the food isn't far behind. Head to Buckhead for trendy eateries and good home-cooked food, while Decatur, Midtown and Virginia-Highland can't be beat when it comes to international cuisine. Most of Atlanta's finest restaurants require reservations and it is customary to tip waiters 15%, while in expensive restaurants, tipping anything up to 20% is the norm.
The heat makes for a lethargic day, but the night air opens the bright doors of Atlanta's night owl hotspots. This flashy city can get downright gritty but in both cosmopolitan bars and street side clubs it is best to come dressed to impress.
Buckhead is a good place to start. The area has a festive night scene with a line of hopping nightclubs and rowdy bars. Here are dance clubs, pubs and a bit of something for everyone, although venues close at 3am. Downtown has some chic lounges and cocktail bars, especially in the large hotels. For a bit of trendy Atlanta nightlife, the Virginia Highlands regularly packs a young professional crowd into stylish clubs.
Smaller venues scattered around the city are perfect to revel in a bit of southern baritone blues. Others prefer one of four huge concert venues, part of any major band's American tour. Of course, Atlanta hip-hop features many clubs with line-ups of rising and returning stars.