The sprawling city of Atlanta only came into being in 1837 as a terminus of a new railway. During the Civil War the city grew as a transportation centre and, because of this accessibility, the Confederacy Army developed their munitions industry here. Consequently the city was a major target for the Union Army and it was burned in 1864 in an act immortalised in "Gone With the Wind".
Recovery, however, was quick and the city was championed by many industrial giants who based their companies here, such as Coca-Cola. Considerable immigration swelled the population of the city, particularly from black Afro-Americans, so it is no surprise that Martin Luther King Jr. was born here.
The principal sights of the city include Underground Atlanta, the World of Coca-Cola, Centennial Park, which was home to the 1996 Olympic Games, and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.
Suggested itinerary featuring Atlanta
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Atlanta, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Atlanta
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Places near Atlanta
- Cherokee 135 miles away
- Birmingham 140 miles away
- Montgomery 147 miles away
- Asheville 166 miles away
- Nashville 216 miles away
- Savannah 223 miles away
- Charlotte 227 miles away
- Tallahassee 229 miles away
- Tupelo 250 miles away
- Jekyll Island 254 miles away
- Panama City Beach 261 miles away
- Charleston 267 miles away
- Fernandina Beach 273 miles away
- Winston-Salem 287 miles away
- Lexington 298 miles away
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Accommodation choices for Atlanta
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