There's a reason that people call this place Hotlanta—Atlanta, Georgia, is a town that's got it all. From the bucolic peacefulness of Piedmont Park to the thriving bustle of internationally famed CNN Center, Atlanta truly is a metropolis that's graced with small-town Southern charm. In just a single afternoon in Atlanta, you can time-travel from an authentic 1880s village to an ultramodern television news agency. Just be sure to stay at one of the many Downtown Atlanta hotels so you'll be close to all the action.
Out and About in Atlanta
Your hotel near downtown Atlanta puts you within easy reach of Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the entire Western Hemisphere. This astonishing, 13-acre downtown attraction boasts tens of thousands of marine animals swimming in 10 million gallons of water. While you're downtown, hop on a MARTA train over to the CNN Center, the global headquarters of CNN News, where you can take the tour and learn how television news is produced. Ready for some beauty? The world's largest granite mountain is just half an hour away at Stone Mountain Park, where you can ride a historic train, visit Crossroads and a 19th-century village, and gape at all the scenic beauty. You can be back in Atlanta just in time for dinner.
Eating and Drinking in Atlanta
No matter where you go in Atlanta, you'll find someplace nearby that serves authentic Southern-style fried chicken and waffles, fried oysters, hush puppies, and Georgia pecan pie. Other regional specialties include Brunswick stew (a favorite at barbecue eateries) and homemade cornbread. Even the most elegant hotels in Downtown Atlanta don't shy away from down-home Southern cooking, but with a gourmet twist—such as grits with Gruyere cheese and panko-crusted fried catfish. Ready to book a vacation package to Atlanta? With the Travelocity Price Guarantee, Travelocity will match a lower price and refund the difference, so you can find flights to Atlanta to suit your budget.