A classic American city with history that soars decades, from Civil War to Civil Rights, Atlanta is a western pioneer in many ways. Home to a variety of historic downtown & midtown hotels, the locale makes it easy to enjoy the city’s roots at its core, but with a huge distance between the airport and downtown (9.5 miles), transportation can be a whole other factor to throw into the mix. Stay as close to the Georgia International Convention Center as the Atlanta Airport North Terminal by staying on the road that separates the two at Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway, or go simple with quaint perks provided by Days Inn on Best Road, which also offers free airport shuttles and close access to the Airport Subway Station. Remember that you can also reserve a ride of your own when you get the chance, whether it be a shared ride van to the city or quiet trip to the Westside Reservoir Park.
Get to know what’s waiting around the corner by finding something fun to do, heading to the Sweet Auburn neighborhood to check out the birth and resting place of Martin Luther King Jr, afterward checking out the countless landmarks scattered across Pemberton Place, from one of the world’s largest tanks at Georgia Aquarium to the unique soft drink experiments at World of Coca Cola. Explore the trendy SoNo district while you’re in the region, looking forward to eclectic street art Folk Art Park under the I-85 bridge as well as high-end performances within the historic Fox Theatre. Those with a ride of their own should drive to the northern neighborhood of Buckhead for a look at one of the ritziest communities of Atlanta, not to mention explore the pristine grounds & museum space offered at the Atlanta History Center.