Get your tongue around “y'all” and prepare for one of the friendliest welcomes in the United States of America. Atlanta, in the southern state of Georgia, is a pulsating and energetic young city, where the famed hospitality of America's south loses none of its charm just because you're under the bright lights of a big city.
Skyscrapers might reach for the skies above Downtown, but you don't have to venture far to find tree-lined avenues, trendy little café-bars and a real sense of peace and relaxation. The city is also packed with things to do for every kind of traveller. Plus, with state parks dotting Georgia, accessing the great outdoors is easy from Atlanta.
Hotels in Atlanta are generally modern, sticking to the American norm of offering at least two huge beds and stacks of space and facilities. The city's attractions are peppered across the many districts, so wherever you stay, you won't be far from tourist-friendly spots. Each district is quite unique though, so choose according to your style. And many hotels are found along the many highways with easy parking for your hire car and motel in style.
Look for offerings from all the major chains from Days Inn, Comfort Inn, Courtyard, Hampton Inn, Double Tree, Holiday Inn, Renaissance, Hilton, Sheraton and La Quinta. For luxury and cool, you'll find hotels by the W chain in the city.
Stay Downtown to take your pick from luxury skyscraper Atlanta hotels and renowned international hotel brands. Buckhead hotels reflect the neighbourhood: fashionable and glitzy. Funky Little Five Points, with its diverse nightlife and cool shops and cafés, offers both budget hotels and unique boutique-style accommodation.
If you love to mix food and travel, you'll love Atlanta. From classic southern favourites, such as fried chicken, and from fine dining in the Virginia Highlands district, to hip fusion food in Midtown, the flavours of Atlanta will sizzle their way into your memory.
Work those calories off and take a walk in Atlanta's Piedmont Park, or hire a canoe and discover the city's stretch of the Chattahoochee River, which flows from Georgia's stunning Appalachian Mountains, through Alabama and Florida.
Top five attractions
The King Center
A son of Atlanta, Dr Martin Luther King Jr, was a leader of the Civil Rights Movement and a national icon. The centre stands both as a museum and a memorial to King.
The world's largest aquarium is home to a massive variety of underwater species, including the city's famous Beluga whales.
It's only the city's fourth largest park, but Grant Park is home to Zoo Atlanta and the Atlanta Cyclorama, a huge cylindrical painting depicting a battle of the American Civil War and once the biggest painting in the world.
Book a ticket to see one of the best Major League Baseball teams in the business. The atmosphere is always electric.
Six Flags Over Georgia
Just half an hour out of Atlanta is one of the six sites in the famous Six Flags theme park chain. There are more than 100 classic and modern thrill rides.
Martin Luther King Jr Week; January: A week of religious services, concerts and other events surround the national holiday date.
Dogwood Festival; April: The dogwood trees are blooming in spring and provide shade for the performers and exhibitors at this lively arts festival. There's something for the whole family to enjoy.
Atlanta International Music Festival; August: Music of every genre graces the city in summer at various indoor and outdoor venues.