The city of Atlanta is a vibrant metropolis full of activities. Whatever the reason for visiting, it's easy to live it up in the A-T-L. From sporting events to high art to fabulous shopping, Atlanta, Georgia, has it all. Sports fans will be ecstatic to watch one (or all) of the five professional teams—Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Dream, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks, and Atlanta Thrashers—that call this city home. Theme park enthusiasts can play at Six Flags Over Georgia, Six Flags White Water, or Stone Mountain Park, home to the largest bas-relief sculpture in the world. Families can explore the nearly 40 acres of Zoo Atlanta and more than eight million gallons of water at the Georgia Aquarium. For more adult fare, take a tour of CNN; discover one of the oldest museums in Georgia, the Michael C. Carlos Museum; and end the day by sampling the beer at SweetWater Brewery. Be prepared to spend some cash because Atlanta shopping is top-notch, whether you prefer the antiques in Miami Circle or Bennett Street District, the designer labels in Phipps Plaza, or the unique items at Underground Atlanta. If free fun is more your style, then the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site or concerts at Centennial Olympic Park are attractive alternatives. As the busiest passenger airport in the world, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport serves more than 80 million domestic passengers each year. With so many people passing through, flights to Atlanta are easy to find from most cities.
With a nickname like "Hotlanta," many assume that Atlanta is boiling hot year-round. However, summer is the only time when temperatures really escalate, and is also the most popular time, as visitors come to enjoy the area's many water parks. Spring and fall see pleasant temperatures and plenty of outdoor activities, including picnics under the blooming dogwoods or afternoon drives through the changing autumn leaves. Winters bring cooler weather and fewer visitors, but many people come in December for holiday shopping. high season: May to September low season: January to April shoulder season: October to December