Atlanta Travel Guide

Photograph by Richard Nowitz, Nat Geo Image Collection
Why It's Worth It

Atlanta—the administrative and cultural hub of Georgia—is the unofficial capital of the South. Though other major cities below the Mason-Dixon line might beg to differ, it's hard to deny the regional synapse this former Olympic host (with a population of nearly 500,000, and a metropolitan area of around six million) represents. The park-strewn headquarters of Coca Cola, Delta, Home Depot, and UPS is a magnet for music lovers, a center of New Southern nouvelle cuisine, and a favorite shooting location for movies and TV shows. Atlanta is also home to the largest aquarium in the U.S. and the new Beltline, a leafy greenway for walkers and cyclists which will connect 45 neighborhoods over 22 miles. —Alex Crevar

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