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Overview Atlanta is the capital & most populous city in the U.S. state of Georgia; aside from being the cultural and economic center of the metropolitan area. Today, this historical city is major business nucleus and the primary transportation hub of the Southeastern United States which is easily reached through its highway, railroad, and air. Atlanta is popular for its robust cultural institutions, mild weather, dense tree coverage, and hospitable residents. Atlanta is the seventh most visited city in the United States, welcoming over 35 million domestic and overseas visitors per year. If you loved reading Gone with the Wind, Atlanta is the city of your fantasy.
Population 545,225 (2010 census)
Airport Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world's busiest airport as it provides air service between Atlanta and many national and international destinations. Delta Air Lines and AirTran Airways maintain their largest hubs at the airport. Situated 10 miles (16 km) south of downtown, the airport covers most of the land inside a wedge formed by Interstate 75, Interstate 85, and Interstate 285.
Climate Atlanta has a humid subtropical climate, according to the Köppen classification. It is hot and humid in summers and cool in winters that are occasionally cold by the standards of the southern United States. Atlanta receives abundant rainfall, which is relatively evenly distributed throughout the year, though spring and early fall are markedly drier.
Best Season Fall is one of the best times to visit the city. Spring is also a good time to visit as it is festival time for Atlanta
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To avoid In Winter, it gets bitterly cold, sometimes, but if you're coming from northerly climes it's not as bad as where you're coming from. The last weeks of Summer which are the last two weeks of August is the worst time to visit Atlanta.
Pros Atlanta is a center for services, business, higher education, information technology, and finance. Atlanta boosts of being the country's third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 75 percent of Fortune 1000 companies have business operations in the metropolitan area. Atlanta is the world headquarters of corporations such as The Coca-Cola Company, Turner Broadcasting, The Home Depot, AT&T Mobility, UPS, Arby's, Havertys Furniture, Cumulus Media, The Weather Channel, Chick-fil-A, Waffle House, and Delta Air Lines. Several major national and international companies are headquartered in metro Atlanta, including four Fortune 100 companies: The Coca-Cola Company, Home Depot, United Parcel Service, Delta Air Lines, AT&T Mobility, Newell Rubbermaid and headquarters for some major companies.
Cons In 2007, the American Lung Association ranked Atlanta as having the 13th highest level of particle pollution in the United States. Atlanta ranks number 2 for cities with the worst traffic congestion, costing drivers 60 hours per year.
Tips If you are traveling on a shoestring budget, billeting in an inn is an ideal spot. There are inns around Atlanta with amenities that you can go about your business each day fresh and rested. Many amenities are offered including complimentary internet access and free parking spaces. You can even bring your pet which will be charged with a very minimal fee.
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