How to explore Atlanta

Frequently referred to as the ‘capital of the south’, Atlanta is one of America’s most exciting cities. Epitomising the traditional southern values of warm hospitality and delicious food, Atlanta’s cultural heritage and architectural beauty create an intoxicating combination.

How to explore AtlantaAs the state capital of Georgia, Atlanta is a major financial, cultural and political hotspot. It’s where Home Depot has its headquarters, where the first Coca-Cola was sold and where the 1996 Summer Olympics were held. Dr. Martin Luther King remains the city’s most celebrated individual, with several museums and memorials commemorating the civil rights leader, but there’s no shortage of notable politicians, writers and actors whose roots remain firmly in Atlanta.

One of the world’s busiest airports, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International fields over 22 million passengers a year. Located seven miles to the south of the city centre, it’s well-connected both by roads and public transport. Atlanta’s traffic is frequently hectic, with numerous one-way streets that can perplex newcomers to the city, so it’s advisable to have a reliable GPS if you’re planning to travel by car. The MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) is highly efficient and serves most corners of the city, making it a more tempting choice for many residents. 

The Atlanta BeltLine provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy Georgia’s warm climate. This major redevelopment project, which is projected to continue until 2030, was initially proposed in a 1999 master’s thesis by a student at Georgia Tech. Utilising a historic 22-mile railway encircling the city, the Atlanta BeltLine so far consists of four trail segments and six new or renovated parks. Hikes, runs and exercise classes are frequently held along the BeltLine, with bus tours providing in-depth details of the project’s genesis and ultimate aims.

Many of Atlanta’s top-rated attractions can be found within walking distance of Pemberton Place. This is where you’ll find both the World of Coca Cola Museum, which tells the story of one of the world’s most iconic brands, and the Georgia Aquarium, where you can swim with their enormous but gentle whale sharks. The headquarters of CNN are located just around the corner; the Inside CNN Studio Tour provides a behind-the-scenes look at one of the nation’s biggest networks. 

A visit to this city wouldn’t be complete without paying homage to its role in the civil rights movement. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site encompasses a visitor centre, the preacher’s childhood home and a memorial garden, as well as the First Ebenezer Baptist Church where he delivered some of his earliest speeches. The Atlanta History Center in Buckhead narrates Georgia’s journey from the Civil War to civil rights and beyond, while the National Center for Civil and Human Rights focuses on the ongoing global battle for equality and opportunity. 

For the best view of the city skyline, head to the Jackson Street Bridge. Unlike many cities’ finest vantage points, it’s completely free to wander down here and capture a stunning photograph. Residents disagree over whether sunrise, sunset or midday provides the most compelling lighting, but either way, it is almost impossible to take a bad shot. 

To begin your search for an Atlanta property, contact Engel & Völkers. With offices in Buckhead, Intown and Brookhaven, our friendly local agents have in-depth knowledge of every neighbourhood in the city. 

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