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

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

Yes, Atlanta is THE place to go! There are countless reasons why Atlanta is a great place to visit. Lonely Planet named Atlanta as the only U.S. city to visit in the global Best in Travel 2022, revealed that Atlanta is one of the top 8 trending destinations to explore for 2022 in the Travel Predictions 2022. With all these great accolades coming, read on for more reasons to enjoy a trip to Atlanta.


(📷 ONE Musicfest)

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.  


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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 center of the civil rights movement.

Downtown Attractions

(📷 Gene Phillips,

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.

Attractions and Landmarks

There is so much to see in Atlanta, a second and third visit will be needed to cover it all.

Family Fun

(📷 World of Coca-Cola)

Atlanta offers something for kids of all ages. A fun time is guaranteed when visiting popular attractions, landmarks and more.

Arts & Culture

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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 are off the beaten path

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

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