The beating heart of the American South, Atlanta is a bustling financial and commercial center that also boasts a thriving cultural community. Originally a railroad town that served as a gateway to more remote corners of the Southeast, the vibrant city is now the largest in Georgia and remains a crucial transportation hub. Home to world-renowned chefs, entrepreneurs, and media moguls, Atlanta’s magnetic charisma is grounded in its historic roots, but enhanced by its present-day charm and amenities.
Atlanta boasts everything from upscale gourmet cuisine to progressive variations of Southern staples, chef-driven restaurants and international fare. What makes Atlanta’s dining scene special is its variety. Atlanta restaurants are relaxed and welcome diners with open arms. You’ll find authentic ethnic restaurants too, especially on Buford Highway, just 20 minutes outside Downtown.
Atlanta’s arts scene spreads well beyond the city’s world-class venues. A new wave of visual art installations and street murals has rolled in, adorning parks, walls, tunnels and walkways with color and jumpstarting Atlanta’s independent artist scene.
Atlanta isn’t just another big city; it’s an urban landscape made up of nearly 45 in-town neighborhoods. Midtown is known as Atlanta’s “heart of the arts” and sits along the famed Peachtree Street, just a few miles north of downtown. It boasts the largest concentration of arts facilities and organizations in the Southeast. You can also visit the “Beverly Hills of the East.” Buckhead is a shopping haven for fashionistas across the Southern USA. Find the latest styles from high-end designers at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza. Neighborhoods on Atlanta’s Eastside are connected by the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail, a multi-use trail and greenspace that runs nearly five kilometers from Piedmont Park to Reynoldstown.