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Here’s a little bit of trivia for you: What is the world’s busiest airport? If you answered anything other than Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, we’re sorry, but you’re incorrect. Since 1998 this airport has held the title of busiest in the world. Pretty much anywhere you start, you can get a direct flight into Atlanta.
The Atlanta Metropolitan area is the ninth largest in the country and the largest in the south. Over 5 ¼ million people call the greater Atlanta area home and, like many southern cities, it has been growing steadily since the 1970s. The city is a major business hub in the United States as well as a booming transportation hub in the south. The metro area is where corporations such as Coca Cola, AT&T Mobility, UPS, Turner Broadcasting, and Delta Airlines’ world headquarters are located. Atlanta’s gross metropolitan product accounts for more than 2/3 of Georgia’s economy.
Atlanta’s climate is similar to that of much of the southeast; however winters can be quite cold in the city, averaging 2.4 inches of snow annually. This may not seem like much, but in the south, it’s a blizzard’s worth. The average high temp is a comfortable 72, with the thermometer topping out around 89 degrees in July. January’s lows average 33 degrees and the yearly average low is 52; pretty comfy.
A beautiful city, Atlanta is known by many names, among them is the “City of Trees”. The city earned this title due to the lush greenery and interesting juxtaposition of trees, parks, and skyscrapers. The natural, green beauty of Atlanta, mixed with the comfortable climate makes it an excellent destination for outdoor activities. In fact, Atlanta is the 7th most visited city in the U.S., with more than 35 million guests each year.
In previous articles, we have suggested destinations such as zoos and museums for people to visit. Atlanta is different. There are so many options in this city it would be naïve of us to assume we could possibly cover them adequately. Considering that, let’s talk a bit about some of the reasons to visit.
Atlanta’s Georgia Aquarium is the world’s largest indoor aquarium. Over eight million gallons of water, more animals than any other aquarium, and more than 60 exhibits – including a dolphin exhibit – make the aquarium a major draw for aquatic enthusiasts of all ages.
The city hosts festivals, parades, road races, and is home to several museums. Among them is the High Museum of Art, the south’s premier art museum and among the most visited art museums worldwide. There are museums displaying artifacts from and commemorating many of the country’s most significant events. There are even several museums geared toward children.
Atlanta is a great place for the foodie in you too! The city’s cuisine is a mixture of southern dining, Americana, ethnic, and street corner urban. Added to the southern mixture, in true melting-pot style, are the more than one million immigrants in the city providing Asian, Indian, Cuban, Mexican, and Russian influences to the menu. Atlanta has many restaurants whose fare has earned national recognition.
Throw in a Falcons, Braves, or Hawks game and the ease of transportation throughout the city provided by ample taxis and the city’s public transportation system, the Marta, and you’ve got more reasons to visit Atlanta and fewer to call it a “layover stop”.
Of course, being the busiest airport in the world, you can expect several daily direct flights to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International from the Northwest Florida Regional Airport aboard Delta Air Lines and Vision Airlines.