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Introduction

Atlanta Downtown bei Nacht

Atlanta Downtown bei Nacht

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"Hotlanta," as Atlanta, Georgia is known by locals, is as the name suggests: Hot! Not only do summer temps top 100 °F for weeks on end with a 99% humidity rate, this capital of the south also is hip, hop & everything in between!

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Neighborhoods

Atlanta is composed of a variety of neighborhoods for all times of day & all types of travelers:

  • Downtown is the bustling centre of Atlanta in the day, for locals and tourists. If you're visiting the city, highlights like the High Museum of Art and Piedmont Park are prime attractions in this neighborhood.
  • Virginia Highlands is yuppie heaven, with fancy boutiques, restaurants, galleries, and tree-lined streets of expensive homes.
  • Little 5 Points has long been Atlanta's "alternative" neighborhood. Still the best place for people-watching south of Manhattan, "Little 5" is where to go for everything from organic food stores to tattoo parlors.
  • Decatur is a laid back reminder of the little town it used to be, with a picturesque old downtown replete with artsy shops & interesting restaurants. Often called "Dykatur," this is the center of the city's lesbian community, with clubs and queer-friendly businesses abounding. not surprisingly, Agnes Scott's gates open onto downtown Decatur.
  • Midtown is the masculine Decatur: pulling in higher incomes, Atlanta's gay population heads for the high rises, and in Midtown you can find "fabulous" restaurants, clubs, and other delights.
  • Buckhead used to be where the city's elite went to get away from it all and hunt. Now Buckhead is where the elite (and everyone else) goes to be in the midst of it all. At night, this neighborhood turns into the Hip-Hop capital of the world, with famous musicians and celebrities pouring into the neighborhood's top restaurants, bars, and clubs.
  • Cabbage Town is the new Little 5 & Buckhead rolled into one. Students come here to hang out & take pictures of themselves.
  • Atlantic Station is Atlanta's newest neighbor(hood), and artificially constructed complex of shops, restaurants, homes & entertainment not far from downtown.

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Sights and Activities

Museum of high arts, Atlanta

Museum of high arts, Atlanta

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Atlanta has impressive cultural offerings, from numerous theaters to the Atlanta Ballet, Opera, and Symphony Orchestra.

Around Atlanta

  • Chief Vann House and New Echota
  • Stone Mountain
  • Callaway Gardens
  • Chattanooga Aquarium

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Weather

Atlanta has a subtropical climate with generally warm to hot conditions and relatively high humidity. Temperatures range from around 30-32 °C from June to August to around 12-14 °C during the winter months of December and January. Lows during these times are around 20-22 °C and 2-4 °C respectively. Extremes can be as low as -23 °C and as high as 41 °C though. The average annul amount of precipitation is around 1,300 mm which is relatively evenly distributed throughout the year, though spring and early fall are somewhat drier.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max10.2 °C12.8 °C17.9 °C22.6 °C26.4 °C29.9 °C31.1 °C30.6 °C27.7 °C22.6 °C17.4 °C12.2 °C
Avg Min-0.3 °C1.4 °C5.8 °C10.1 °C14.8 °C19 °C20.8 °C20.6 °C17.5 °C11.1 °C6 °C1.7 °C
Rainfall120.6 mm122.2 mm146.6 mm108.2 mm109 mm90.4 mm127.3 mm93 mm86.9 mm77.5 mm98 mm110 mm
Rain Days9.78.49.17.17.88.410.386.35.37.37.9

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Getting There

By Plane

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is the gateway to Atlanta and is located about 7 miles (11 kilometres) from downtown Atlanta. Since more than a decade it has been the busiest airport in the world regarding the number of flights and number of passengers, with currently around 88 million passengers a year! Regarding international passengers, it's way lower though.

To/from the airport:

  • Rail: Hartsfield–Jackson has its own train station on the city's rapid transit system, MARTA. The above-ground station is inside in the main building, between the north and south terminals on the west end. The Airport train station is currently the southernmost station in the MARTA system.
  • A four-lane roadway across Interstate 85 connects the Hartsfield–Jackson Rental Car Center to the existing airport road network.

By Train

The Crescent , operated by Amtrak, travels between New York and New Orleans, stopping in Atlanta.

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Getting Around

By Car

Atlanta drivers are among the most insane in the country. Sadly, Atlanta is so poorly served by public transportation, that one practically needs a car to get around the city. Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Sixt rent a car Atlanta AirportHertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.

For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.

By Public Transport

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) provides fast public transport on some routes.

By Bike

Due to the rashness of local drivers, bicycling on the roads is not a great idea. However, Atlanta has a rails-to-trails bike trail running through the city.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
HELLO B&B1865 Windemere DriveGUESTHOUSE-
Super 8 Atlanta Airport2010 Sullivan Road College ParkHotel-
Hyatt Place Johns Creek11505 Medlock Bridge RoadHotel-
Red Roof Inn Kingsland GA1363 Hwy 40 E.Hostel-
Rodeway Inn - Six Flags4330 Fulton Industrial BlvdHotel-
AAE Welsley Inn1377 Virginia Avenue Hartsfield Jackson AirportHotel78
Quality Hotel & Conference Center1551 Phoenix BlvdHOTEL-
Red Roof Inn4840 Bill Gardner PkwyHotel-
Golden Hostel122 Silver Mine Trail AustellGuesthouse76
Norcross Inn and Suites6650 Bay Circle Norcross GeorgiaHotel-
Enota Mountain Hostel1000 Highway 180Hostel-
Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport North419 Seaside AvenueHotel-
Buckhead Hostel1964 Saxon Valley CirHOSTEL-
Buckhead Chateau1964 Saxon Valley CircleHostel-

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Learn

Undergraduate and Graduate Education

Private K-12 Schools

  • Arbor Montessori
  • Atlanta Girls School
  • Lovett
  • Marist
  • Pace Academy
  • Paideia School
  • Waldorf of Atlanta
  • Westminister
  • Woodward Academy

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 33.754487
  • Longitude: -84.389663

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