Hatsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the primary hub for those arriving here from more than 150 domestic destinations. Interestingly enough, this airport is considered to be the busiest in the world in terms of passenger and aircraft traffic. It also serves an impressive 80 destinations from around the world. Hatsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is found only 10 miles south of the center of Atlanta and thanks to this proximity, arriving to and from the downtown district is easy. Rail services, public buses and taxis are all options.
Delta Airlines is the largest carrier within the airport while other airlines include ExpressJet, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines and American Airlines. British Airways, Air Canada and Air France also have hubs within the airport. Those who are arriving from New York City can expect an average flight time of approximately two hours. In the majority of cases, all flights are non-stop.
Things to do in Atlanta
From shopping and museums to exploring the natural surroundings, visitors here will always be able to experience some truly amazing attractions.
Atlanta is particularly well known for the variety of museums found within its confines. Perhaps the most famous is the Coca-Cola Museum. This venue is an excellent way to appreciate the interesting history of this world-renowned drink. The Margaret Mitchell House & Museum is known as being the venue where Gone with the Wind was originally written. The Woodruff Arts Center is both a performing arts center and a museum. Exhibitions and performances change regularly. Rhodes Hall is a Victorian mansion that has been transformed into a museum. This location is particularly known for its displays highlighting the culture of 19th century southern America.
There is also a great deal of fun to be had when visiting Atlanta. Sports fans can always observe a football game at Bobby Dodd Stadium or a basketball match at Hank McCamish Pavilion. Atlanta Symphony Hall offers regular performances from some of the best singes and musicians in the country while the Center for Puppetry Arts is an excellent way to spend a day with children and adolescents; its live shows and craft classes will keep the little ones occupied for hours at a time.
Atlanta is a very “green” city in the sense that it boasts numerous open-air parks to enjoy. Grant Park, Lullwater Park, Chastain Memorial Park and Ampitheatre, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield and Sweetwater Creek are only a few locations to be experienced. Still, the most well-known destination tends to be Centennial Olympic Park. Home to the 1996 Olympics, it is no less than eight hectares in size and is now home to numerous tourist friendly attractions as well as family-friendly activities such as sports nights and scavenger hunts.
Shopping is another popular Atlanta pastime, and for good reason. There are numerous retail districts to be found within its city center. Some of the most frequented will include the massive Mall at Peachtree Center, The Shops Buckhead Atlanta and Edgewood Retail District. There are countless boutique outlets found at these locations while major national (and some international) chains are also only moments away. Classy restaurants are quite close to this area, so grabbing a tasty meal is always a reality.
Atlanta is perhaps one of the lesser-known gems of the United States. While not nearly as large or as famous as cities such as New York, Chicago or Los Angeles, there is no doubt that the attractions found here will keep visitors coming back for more.