Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is more commonly known as Atlanta Airport or just simply Hartsfield. The airport was built on a abandoned autocar racetrack and was previously named Candler Field after its former owner’s family which includes coca cola magnate Asa Candler.
The airport has flights to over 60 international destinations and numerous other domestic locations with carriers such as Air Canada, Air France and British Airways. Aside from the normal amenities such as wifi, shops and restaurants, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has a 1000 square foot dog park outside the Domestic Terminal South to accommodate passenger’s pets and/or guide dogs. The fully fenced-in park offers biodegradable bags along with flowers, grass, rocks, benches and two original pieces of art.
How to get around
To the city
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is located 16km south of downtown Atlanta. The best way to get to Atlanta is by train. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Red and Gold train lines link the airport, downtown Atlanta and many other Atlanta-area locations. The fares are affordable and they take approximately only 20 minutes and it is best to download a MARTA map from the website beforehand so you’ll know which station you need to alight at. Other ways to get downtown include the Greyhound Flightlink Buses, taxis, or private airport shuttles. Car rental services are also available.
Within the city
Atlanta is quite spread out, so if you’re familiar with the roads or at least confident with driving on the right side of the road (USA uses the Left Hand Drive system), driving is definitely your best option. Otherwise, the MARTA rail system will take you to most of the major tourists spots and if you’re going to the more suburban locations, you can transfer to one of the many bus services available. There are also many private rail systems, but those usually have more fixed schedules and cater to certain location only so be sure to check those out.
What to see and do
There is much to do and see in the capital of the state of Georgia. If it's your first time in Atlanta, start with the basics at some of the must-see attractions in Atlanta such as World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta, Inside
CNN Studio Tour, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, High Museum of Art and Atlanta History Center. Grab an Atlanta CityPass and save on tickets! If you intend to plan your trip before hand, head to the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau website. There, you can choose from one of their sample itineraries or build your own customized one.
Some other key places to visit include the restored Fox Theatre to catch a musical or show and the Atlanta Botanical Garden, which is full of unique exhibits that will excite and enthrall. If you’re visiting during the holiday period in December, be sure not to miss the spectacular light shows at night and see the gardens lit up in a kaleidoscope of colours.
If you have just a little more time and are a fan of the Hunger Games Movies, do not miss out on a trip to the beautiful and historic Swan House, which was where one of the scenes in the movie was shot. This elegant, classically styled mansion provides a glimpse into the glamourous lifestyle of the wealthy in the 1920s and 1930s and is definitely worth a visit.
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