Atlanta Travel Guide

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Atlanta Area Map

Neighborhoods

Georgia's capital is composed of 242 neighborhoods, each with their own one-of-a-kind charms. Central districts like the downtown area, Midtown and Buckhead are filled with gourmet restaurants, top-notch boutiques and can't-miss attractions, making them popular locales for tourists. Meanwhile, neighborhoods like the Eastside and the Westside lure trendsetters thanks to their chic art galleries, eclectic street art, upscale fashion outposts and highly regarded eateries.

Accessible via the Peachtree Center, Civic Center, Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center, Garnett, Five Points and Georgia State MARTA train stations.

Most of Atlanta's commercial activity happens downtown, and many of the city's popular attractions – including World of Coca-Cola, Centennial Olympic Park, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the College Football Hall of Fame and the Georgia Aquarium – sit relatively close to one another. Plus, the bulk of downtown's sights are conveniently situated near MARTA's central train stops (Atlanta's public transportation), so you can easily reach Atlanta's must-see attractions from central hotels and more removed properties. If you're a sports enthusiast, you'll also love downtown's Philips Arena, where the WNBA's Atlanta Dream and the NBA's Atlanta Hawks play.

Accessible via the King Memorial, Inman Park-Reynoldstown and Edgewood-Candler Park METRA train stations.

Head directly east of downtown and you'll reach the appropriately named Eastside area. Made up of the Sweet Auburn, Old Fourth Ward, Virginia Highland, Inman Park, Grant Park, Little Five Points and East Atlanta Village neighborhoods, this district is best known for its cool vibe. Quirky shops, bars and bungalows fill Little Five Points' streets, while Virginia Highlands is a haven for students attending nearby Emory University. Popular Eastside attractions range from kid-friendly locales like Grant Park's Zoo Atlanta to Sweet Auburn's Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, a protected area that features the iconic leader's birthplace and burial plot. What's more, Grant Park and Sweet Auburn are situated within walking distance of Oakland Cemetery, where Pulitzer Prize-winning author Margaret Mitchell and well-known amateur golfer Bobby Jones are buried.

Accessible via the Midtown, North Avenue and Arts Center MARTA train stations.

Just north of downtown and the Eastside, Midtown is dominated by tall skyscrapers and the regional headquarters of mega-corporations. In contrast is the lush Piedmont Park. The park's 200-plus acres lure joggers, dog walkers, picnickers and other city folks looking for a natural retreat. Head inside Piedmont to see the Atlanta Botanical Garden, which features a children's garden, numerous walking trails and the Fuqua Orchid Center. A few blocks west of the park, you'll find the Atlanta History Center's Margaret Mitchell House, the former home of its namesake. Midtown also houses a number of performing arts venues, including the famous Fox Theatre and the Woodruff Arts Center, which sits next to the High Museum of Art.

Accessible via the Buckhead, Lindbergh Center and Lenox MARTA train stations.

The city's nightlife is centered in Buckhead, located 6 miles north of downtown. Filled with luxury apartments and condominiums, Buckhead is also one of Atlanta's most affluent communities. Luxury hotels, restaurants, bars and upscale shopping malls are scattered throughout. The best places to spend some cash are at Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, two malls that sit near and compete with one another for buyers. Other noteworthy Buckhead locales include the main Atlanta History Center campus and Chastain Park, which features a tennis center, a golf course and an amphitheater.

Accessible via MARTA bus Nos. 1, 10, 12 and 37.

This small region south of Buckhead is where you'll find the West Midtown and Atlantic Station neighborhoods. Considered Atlanta's design district, the Westside offers an array of shops, plus specialty attractions, such as the Georgia-focused Millennium Gate Museum and the Bodies...The Exhibition Atlanta collection. The Westside's West Midtown area is especially popular with foodies thanks to its award-winning restaurants; many occupy spaces that were formerly used as factories and warehouses.

Although the main touristy areas are generally safe, you should still use common sense when maneuvering around a big city like Atlanta. Do not flash valuables and use caution when walking around, especially at night. Be extra mindful of your surroundings when visiting neighborhoods in southwest Atlanta.

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