Atlanta city lights
Atlanta city lights © Rick_Austin

Combining old Southern charm with metropolitan sophistication, Atlanta is the business and cultural centre of Georgia. Bustling with close to 500,000 people, the city is the corporate and regional headquarters of many leading international companies.

The capital of the 'New South', Atlanta is also known for its dense tree coverage, resulting in its residents nicknaming it the 'City in a Forest'. Atlanta attracts visitors both for holidays and business, with its plethora of entertainment, shopping, and cultural attractions as well as innumerable world-class convention and accommodation venues.

The downtown pedestrianised Peachtree Center covers about 14 blocks of retail space, including plenty of museums, galleries, and centres for performing arts, as well as the world's largest aquarium. Tourist must be sure to visit the sites dedicated to the Atlantan born Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. These include his childhood home and the church where he preached and the first leaders of the Civil Right Movement met.