Atlanta's festival scene is thriving. Read on for more only-in-ATL events and attractions. (📷 Gene Phillips,

The Varsity in Atlanta is the only place anywhere to get a naked dog walkin'.

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival ushers in spring in Atlanta.

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Is Atlanta a Good Place To Visit? Here Are The Top 35+ Reasons

Super Bowl LIII fans who converged on Atlanta not only saw the game from their perches inside the fabulous Mercedes-Benz Stadium, they also discovered that there are countless reasons that Atlanta is a great place to visit. Travel+Leisure rates Atlanta one of the 20 most fun cities in America; Food & Wine loves our barbecue; and Billboard cites East Atlanta as a mecca for singer-songwriters and musicians. Read on for more reasons to enjoy a trip to Atlanta.


It seems there’s a festival nearly every weekend somewhere in Atlanta. Some focus on the arts, some cook up tasty food. Others are the reason Atlanta music festivals are legendary.


Atlanta is the No. 1 filming location for movies and TV shows in the world, according to FilmL.A. Furthermore, our city is the setting for the hit FX television series “ATLANTA,” which also is filmed here. To top it all off, creator and star Donald Glover is right at home here because he grew up in metropolitan Atlanta.  


There are legendary restaurants around every corner, featuring everything from naked dogs walkin’ to Korean barbecue, steak, dim sum and, natch, fried chicken.  


Atlanta is the shopping capital of the Southeast, with everything from designer wear to funky boutiques and one only-in-Atlanta store that defies description.


The Yankees burned Atlanta during the Civil War, and we have the Margaret Mitchell house (and the Atlanta author’s famous book) to underscore our Civil War history. A century after the Civil War, Atlanta became the spiritual center of the civil rights movement.

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One legacy of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta is Centennial Olympic Park. Stand in this beautiful green space smack in the middle of Downtown and take a look around at all the things to do, just a few steps away.

Arts & Culture

Whether it’s European art, street art or performing arts you love, find it in Atlanta.

Outdoor Fun All Year Long

Atlanta is in the South y’all, and that means the weather is pretty nice most of the time. Even if you visit in wintertime, chances are good that you can get outside for a walk, a hike or a bike ride.

If that’s not enough to convince you to plan a trip to Atlanta, try these 50 fun things to do. If you have visited some or many of Atlanta’s most popular attractions, here’s a list of alternatives that we call Done That? Do This!  

Journalist Carol Carter writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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