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    Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
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    Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport: 6000 N Terminal Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30320

With its deep history, rich culture, warm climate and vibrant, metropolitan community, Atlanta, Georgia, has proudly earned its nickname of "Hotlanta." Located in the Appalachian foothills of the Piedmont Plateau, Georgia’s capitol city rises in the mid-northern portion of the state, flanked by majestic mountains to the west and the gorgeous Atlantic Ocean to the east. There is no reason to miss out on experiencing this city even if you are just staying one night in one of the Atlanta airport hotels for a long layover.

Atlanta Georgia (photo by Jon Gos)

Although Atlanta boasts three distinct skylines of contemporary skyscraping architecture, it is surrounded by green, rolling hills, lush valleys and sweeping uplands, and the city has earned the reputation as "the city of trees" for maintaining such a green profile, thanks to careful urban development planning. The beautiful Chattahoochee River provides Atlanta with its water, a northwestern city boundary and endless forms of recreation.

Stone Mountain

To the east is Stone Mountain, the world’s largest exposed granite formation. Stone Mountain is 26 miles from the airport (about 30-45 min) and is Georgia’s most visited attraction for its 3,300 acres of family-friendly theme park, entertainment and recreational activities. These activities include golfing, lodging, RV and tent camping areas, a large treetop adventure course called "Sky Hike," a natural amphitheater, and the Lasershow Spectacular, a stunning, choreographed musical lightshow with lasers and fireworks.

Centennial Olympic Park

Centennial Olympic Park (photo by Matt Howry)

Three more of Atlanta’s top attractions are located in the Centennial Olympic Park, which is only 11.9 miles from the Atlanta airport. The Georgia Aquarium opened in 2005 and is the world’s largest indoor aquarium; it is home to more than 120,000 marine animals representing 500 species in more than 8 million gallons of water. Across the street, visitors love the World of Coca-Cola museum and its historical exhibits, 4-D theater, and taste samplings of the iconic soft drink that was "born and raised" in Atlanta in 1886, when it was first concocted as a headache and hangover tonic. Nearby, the CNN Center’s Inside Studio offers behind-the-scenes tours of live national and global news broadcasting in action.

Arts and History Museums

Atlanta’s cultural arts and history museums are also favorite destinations for many travelers. The High Museum of Art (13.6 miles from the airport) doubled in size in 2005 and houses more than 11,000 American, European, African, folk art and photography works in its permanent collection and hosts many changing special exhibits. The Fernbank Museum of Natural History (14.5 miles from the airport) is the largest natural history museum in the Southeast and home to the world’s largest dinosaurs, with innovative exhibit galleries, interactive exploration areas, a large IMAX theater, and a children’s wing called Nature Quest.

Another special treat for children and families is the Imagine It! Children’s Museum (12.2 miles from the airport). The Atlanta Botanical Gardens are breathtaking, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site is awe-inspiring, and The Jimmy Carter Library & Museum is fascinating. The nation’s largest collection of Civil War memorabilia is displayed at the Atlanta History Museum in Buckhead.

Something For Everyone

Historic district and modern architecture tours are always interesting, and Zoo Atlanta is a traditional favorite. Atlanta offers something for every traveler with excellent restaurants, nightlife, theater, music, hotels, sports, shopping, festivals and recreational activities. Accessible via the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, or by several major interstates, Atlanta then provides visitors with the efficient MARTA rapid rail and bus transportation system for convenient traveling within its remarkably welcoming, vibrant, engaging city.

Atlanta History Center
Atlanta History Center

Atlanta History Center

Distance From Atlanta Intl. Airport: 17.8mi

A contemporary atmosphere marks this historical center, which holds the largest, most comprehensive Civil War exhibits in the South, and touches on aspects of Southern and Atlanta history, including the civil-rights struggle. Two historic homes on the 23-acre grounds of the center are open for touring: an authentic 1840s-working farm (The Tullie Smith House), and a 1928 grand Italianate mansion (The Swan House)

CNN Center

Distance From Atlanta Intl. Airport: 12.1mi

The global headquarters of the CNN News Group and Turner Broadcasting and also an entertainment-shopping-dining-hotel extravaganza. The crown jewel of the Center is the CNN Studios tour, a must-see for an impressive behind-the-scenes look at global news in the making.

Centennial Olympic Park

Distance From Atlanta Intl. Airport: 11.8mi

Centennial Park is clean and well-maintained space, featuring a decorative mosaic of grass-green patches and various geometric shapes composed in red brick. The Quilt of Remembrance, a memorial to those killed by the bomb planted here during the 1996 Olympics, is the most notable of the park’s many artistic adornments. Every day at noon sharp jets of water suddenly burst from the six rings of an Olympic logo in a beautiful water display that includes programmed music.

Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site
Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

Distance From Atlanta Intl. Airport: 10.2mi

A half-mile stretch of Auburn Avenue east of downtown is marked by its association with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. These sites include the Queen Anne-style house where he was born, Ebenezer Baptist Church where he preached, and the memorial tomb at the King Center where he is buried. The Visitor Center offers outstanding exhibits on the life and times of King.

Six Flags Over Georgia

Six Flags Over Georgia
Six Flags Over Georgia
Distance From Atlanta Intl. Airport: 16.7mi

Hours: Seasonal Hours. During the week 10:00am to 9:00pm Weekends 10am to 10pm A 331-acre, state-of-the-art theme park, Six Flags has over 100 rides, attractions, and shows. Water Flumes, roller coasters, stage shows, musicals, carnival food, restaurants, and more greet millions of visitors to this regional attraction each year. Check it out for a wild and fun time!

Jimmy Carter Library and Museum

Distance From Atlanta Intl. Airport: 11.4mi

The Only presidential library in the southeast United States honors the early life, political career, and presidency of Jimmy Carter. Museum open to the public 7 days; designed for a relaxed, leisurely visit. Enjoy a 30 minute historical film on the Presidency, visit the Oval Office and enjoy an exact replica of the beautiful Crown of St. Stephen, a gift from the people of Hungary. Ongoing temporary exhibits are offered. September thru April 1999, visitors will enjoy a realistic recreation of Camp David and participate in the 20th Anniversary of the signing of the Camp David Accords. Free cultural/educational programs featured throughout the year. The public is encouraged to picnic at concerts on the lawn, attend book signings of best-selling authors, or lunch on the terrace at the Copenhill Café. Stroll through the lovely gardens, sit by the pond, and take photos of Atlanta’s skyline.