Atlanta Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Atlanta

The best time to visit Atlanta is from March to May, when you can take advantage of mild weather while enjoying the city's concerts and outdoor activities. Though you'll also have access to various events between June and August, Atlanta summers are notoriously hot and humid, and room rates are at their highest. To save a few bucks, try planning a trip in December, January or February, when hotel prices dive and cooler temperatures drive visitors away. Foodies will especially love late winter's events. You may also find a good deal in September, October or November when one of Atlanta's large music festivals isn't taking place, but like summer, autumn falls during the Atlantic hurricane season, so you may encounter weather issues if a storm passes through.

Weather in Atlanta

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Average Temperature (°F)
52.3
34.3
56.7
37.8
64.6
44.1
72.5
51.4
79.9
60.3
86.4
68.2
89.1
71.2
88.2
70.7
82.2
64.8
72.7
54
63.7
44.4
54
36.5
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Average Precipitation (in)
4.2
4.67
4.81
3.36
3.67
3.95
5.27
3.9
4.47
3.41
4.1
3.9
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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

March-May

You may have to contend with the occasional thunderstorm (especially in March), but overall, spring features pleasant weather, with average highs in the mid-60s to upper 70s. This season also offers some of Atlanta's most popular outdoor events, including the Atlanta Dogwood Festival and the Atlanta Jazz Festival. Flight and hotel deals are fairly common this time of year, although rates may spike during the city's larger events, so plan accordingly.

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June-August

With high humidity and average daytime temps in the upper 80s, it's hardly surprising that Georgia's capital has earned the nickname Hotlanta. Despite the weather, summer is peak season for tourists, so make your hotel reservations early. Most festivals and outdoor events are held in the city's parks at night when temperatures cool down. Keep in mind: You may experience strong winds and heavy rains from a passing summer hurricane, though Atlanta's inland location means conditions are generally mild compared to coastal cities.

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September-November

September is the South's most active month for hurricanes, and rain showers are fairly common in September and November. However, fall ushers in comfortable daytime temps (in the mid-60s to low 80s). Prices are about average thanks in part to autumn's plethora of music festivals, but the changing of the seasons and the cooler temperatures are a pleasant alternative to visiting in the summer months.

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December-February

Winters in Atlanta can be rough: Low temperatures regularly sit in the 30s, and the area experiences ice storms more often than snow. When it does snow, the city shuts down thanks to a lack of snow removal equipment. But if you're on a budget, hotel and airfare prices tend to dip this time of year. Late January and February are especially popular times to visit if you love food; you'll have access to everything from beer and wine festivals to an event dedicated to oysters.

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Popular Times to Visit Atlanta

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Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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