Book a flight to Atlanta with Qatar Airways and you’ll be one step closer to experiencing one of the largest cities in the U.S. Atlanta truly is a feast for the senses, with its strong southern heritage shining through almost every avenue of its culture.
From the music and cuisine to the architecture and sports, you’ll find that the people of Atlanta don’t do anything by halves! Bold, bright and colourful, the city gives you options to dip back into its rich history or stay firmly planted in the 21st century and enjoy all that a modern metropolis has to offer.
Whether you’ve taken a trip to Atlanta before or if this is your first time, there will always be something new to see or do. If you want to immerse yourself in the city’s past, make sure you pay a visit to the Atlanta History Center, located in Buckhead. Set in 33 acres of beautifully-maintained gardens, the centre has four historic houses to explore, each displaying a different exhibition. Here, you’ll find engaging and entertaining installations, detailing everything from the American Civil War to modern events and innovations.
If you like your entertainment to be bigger, better and louder than anything else you’ve ever seen, then make sure you factor in a visit to the Georgia Dome on your trip to Atlanta. With its sweeping curves, the Dome is an instantly recognisable part of the Atlanta skyline. As one of the largest entertainment centres in the world, you can book a ticket to see a variety of spectacles, from American football to the gear-grinding stunts performed in monster trucks. And you can even get to see some of your favourite musicians in action.
If you want to take a break from the cityscape, take a trip to the Atlanta Botanical Garden. This is a spectacular place to visit, celebrating everything about plants. Within this expansive garden, you’ll find everything from plants native to the Andes Mountains to rare orchids and desert plants from countries such as Madagascar and Africa. You’ll also find an array of animals,-- from colourful birds and frogs to less-showy tortoises and camouflaged crocodiles.
Perhaps the best way to uncover a culture is to be immersed in its arts scene. If you want to experience some of the best performing arts in the region, then your trip to Atlanta ought to include a visit to the Fox Theater. Originally a movie palace, the Fox Theater is now a platform for Broadway shows and some of the biggest names in music. In addition to having hosted such luminaries as Elvis Presley and shows such as the Phantom of the Opera, the building itself is something of an attraction. There are tours available, allowing you to fully take in the sheer grandeur of the theatre’s opulent ballrooms and luxurious lounges.
Atlanta is an art lover’s paradise, with a huge and eclectic range of galleries to enjoy. Perhaps the most impressive is the huge Besharat Gallery, which showcases works by local and international artists and photographers. The High Museum of Art is another popular gallery, and thanks to its glass front, whitewashed walls and unusual geometric design, it’s one of the easiest buildings to recognise.
Atlanta is a versatile city, and this is probably most reflected in its cuisine and restaurants. You’ll find places to eat serving delicious dishes from virtually every corner of the world, including Japanese, Mexican and Italian cuisine. However, you can’t travel to Atlanta and not sample the local specialty: soul food.
Many of the meals you’ll find on upmarket menus have their roots in soul food: a fusion of African, Moroccan and Portuguese influences. Fried chicken and fish are popular and served with side dishes such as collard greens, black-eyed beans and 'grits'. Soul food might be uncomplicated cookery, but it tastes fantastic and is seen as a cornerstone of local cuisine.
Shopping is an important part of life in Atlanta and you’ll find shops to suit all tastes. Whether you’re looking for high-end stores, flashy malls, street markets or chic boutiques, you’re shopping satisfaction is practically guaranteed.
You’ll find the major malls in Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza. Shoppers looking for luxury goods should take themselves over to the Buckhead District, while the markets on Main Street are the perfect place to hunt out quirky and unique bargains.
Qatar Airways daily flights to Atlanta arrive at the Hatsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which is about seven miles from the city centre. It is well-served by cabs and there are plenty of car-hire facilities, should you wish to drive yourself.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Atlanta please check the visa and passport requirements.
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