Building on the success of the 1996 Summer Olympics, Atlanta has awakened to opportunity, optimism and openness. Atlanta's thriving neighborhoods, cutting-edge architecture and cultural diversity will reshape your perceptions of the South. This Georgia peach is a world-class, modern city with a rich, passionate history. Experience how Atlanta is exactly what you make of it - where your moment in time meets the excitement around you.
With 80% of the U.S. population within a two-hour flight, Atlanta is one of the most accessible destinations in the country. Our facilities include five major convention centers and 2.1 million+ gross square feet of total exhibit space. Centennial Olympic Park, the heart of downtown's tourist hub, is marked by playful fountains that draw visitors to its pulse. From there, visitors walk to world-class attractions such as the Georgia Aquarium, the world's largest, The World of Coca-Cola, a dedication to a century of top-notch advertising and CNN Atlanta, the global headquarters of CNN and Turner Broadcasting. Sports fans congregate here too, to cheer the NFL Falcons and NBA Hawks in the Georgia Dome and the MLB Braves at Turner Field.
Atlanta, Georgia is a brave and beautiful City with an impressive legacy of leadership, progress and inspiration - and you are welcomed with open arms.
Only in Atlanta can you…
…see the largest fish through the largest window in the largest aquarium in the world.
- Head to the Georgia Aquarium, where you can see tens of thousands of animals in more than 8 million gallons of water. The world’s largest aquarium houses whale sharks, the largest fish in the sea and only whale sharks in an aquarium in North America. Visitors can even get up close and personal with these gentle giants in Georgia Aquarium’s swim and dive program.
- In April 2011, the Aquarium opened AT&T Dolphin Tales, a state-of-the-art dolphin exhibit including dolphin encounters, viewing windows and a dolphin show.
…try a “Coke and a smile.”
- Born and raised in Atlanta, Coca-Cola is synonymous with our city. Visit the World of Coca-Cola to learn the story of the famous soft drink, now celebrating its 125th year. Go back to the early years of Coke’s creation in Atlanta and follow the global brand through the decades. After you’ve refreshed yourself with more than 60 products from around the world, step out of the museum’s front door and into the hub of the tourism district.
- 25 years of Coca-Cola by Georgia artist, Steve Penley, is the newest exhibit currently on display in the Pop Culture Gallery of the World of Coca-Cola. This exhibit features a 48 ft. mural painted in honor of the 125th anniversary of Coca-Cola. On display through May of 2012, the mural highlights unique moments in Coca-Cola history through a series of seven paintings.
…stroll through the collections of art from around the world without leaving Atlanta.
The High Museum of Art, the premier art museum in the South, is in the midst of a multi-year partnership with The Museum of Modern Art. Through 2013, the partnership will bring many international exhibitions to Atlanta and past exhibitions have included masterpieces by Claude Monet and Leonardo de Vinci.
…find out why the greatest American novel was written in “The Dump.”
Atlanta is home to the Margaret Mitchell House, featuring the furnished apartment nicknamed “The Dump” by Mitchell and where she wrote “Gone with the Wind.” 2011 marks the 75th anniversary of the book as one of the best selling novels in the world, second only to the Bible.
…be a weatherman and news anchor, all in the same day.
Ride the world’s longest freestanding escalator to go behind-the-scenes of the first global news network at the Inside CNN Studio Tour. Learn how to report the weather using a green screen, watch the newsroom floor as stories from around the world unfold and keep your eyes peeled for a Robin Meade or Sanjay Gupta sighting!
…fly to the world’s most accessible airport.
As the principal airport of the southeastern United States, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport serves as a major origin destination and connecting point between America and the world. With 80 percent of the country within a two-hour flight and more than 100,000 international seats available each week, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport exceeds more than 90 million passengers every year, making it the world’s busiest and most accessible passenger airport. In April 2012, a new international terminal will be completed at HJAIA, allowing passengers to access the landside without having to use an automated people mover.