Travel; Atlanta, Georgia
Ever since being founded in the 1800s at the intersection of railroad crossings, Atlanta has been an important city for transportation. In contemporary times, Atlanta is known for being the top commercial aviation hub in the United States, and also consistently ranks in the top 20 for business aviation locations in the country. Shoulder season for Atlanta starts in just a few weeks and builds up to peak season in June, which lasts through August.
The “Big Peach” is famous in the aviation industry for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL / KATL) for having the world’s largest airline hub, but several municipal airports also serve the area. DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK / KPDK) is the most popular general aviation airport in Atlanta, and Fulton County Airport (FTY / KFTY), Cobb County Airport (RYY / KRYY), Gwinnett County Airport (LZU / KLZU), Cartersville Airport (VPC / KVPC), Newnan-Coweta County Airport (CCO / KCCO), Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport (PUJ / KPUJ) and Atlanta Regional Airport (FFC / KFFC) are all available for business aviation aircraft. In-flight catering is available in Atlanta, but orders should be placed 48 hours in advance for any special requests.
If you enjoy professional sports, Atlanta has four teams for you to watch. The teams that represent the city are the Braves, Hawks, Falcons and Silverbacks. Another item on the Atlanta bucket list for sports fans is a visit to the Centennial Olympic Park. This landmark celebrates the legacy of Atlanta hosting the 1996 Olympic Games and hosts many public activities throughout the year. To see the park in all of its glory, visit during the warmer months to see the Fountain of Rings in action.
American history buffs, Atlanta has plenty of landmarks for you. This is your chance to explore the birthplace and life of Martin Luther King, Jr, and the life of former President Jimmy Carter. Be sure to book at tour of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birth home in advance since tours are limited in size. Five other distinct sites are available for learning more about his life and reflecting on his dream, including the World Peach Rose Garden. To learn more about Jimmy Carter, schedule a tour of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum and attend one of the events at the Carter Center.
Dining options in Atlanta are comprised of every type of cuisine imaginable. Some of the top-rated establishments in town are Canoe, Aviva by Kameel Mediterranean Grill, One Flew South (located at KATL) and South City Kitchen Midtown. Of course, being that Atlanta is the ninth largest city in the United States, it is best to research which restaurants are highly-rated for the part of town you will be visiting so you can avoid traffic and spend time relaxing, exploring and getting ready for your next flight.