ATLANTA: Cheap Hotels in Atlanta
Atlanta is the capital city of the US state of Georgia, and thanks to it being home to the busiest international airport in the world, it is a tourist hotspot with many Atlanta hotels providing world class accommodation.
When to visit based on priceYour best shot at low volume of vacationers and better rates is to plan your trip between January and April. These are the least visited months, and although quite cooler than the rest of the year, still a nice time of year in Atlanta. Be aware that the winter holidays can get busy, and prices can be higher.
Key AttractionsA fun thing to do, and wise during winter months is a visit to Atlanta’s Georgia Aquarium, the worlds largest. You’re sure to warm up while walking through this aquariums enclosed glass tunnel, with sharks swimming only inches away. This fantastic attraction is host to over sixty exhibits, so plan a day, and enjoy.
Another fun adventure all year long in Atlanta is the Atlanta Zoo, where you get to enjoy the experience of well over 1000 animals, including a world class Gorilla adventure. Washington, DC isn’t the only place to view Giant Panda’s, because they live here too. Experience these precious animals in an environment as close as native as possible. These giant “teddy bear’s” look like cuddly pets, but in fact are anything but.
Having FunYou’re in theDeep South, so why not experience the history with a visit to the Atlanta Civil, War Museum. From the moment that you stroll into the museum, and your eyes take in the massive painting depicting the war in Atlanta, you’ll know your in for an experience. Experience some of the most interesting artifacts of the war, and learn Atlanta’s part in it.
Another great experience weather dependent is Atlanta’s Botanical Gardens. If your traveling with younger children, they may not get this experience, but Mom surly will.
Who doesn’t enjoy a day at an amusement park? Atlanta has one of the most exciting days ahead for you at Six Flags over Georgia, so why not spend a day holding your breath?
ShoppingLadies (and gentlemen), you will find yourself in shopping heaven in Atlanta. With endless opportunities, it would take you more than a day just to shop the Phipps Plaza Mall and Lenox Square.
A visit to the Buckhead shopping area is where you can find some of the finest Antique shops, as well as the area’s best art galleries.
If your looking for an area of Atlanta then the Bennett Street District is where you find interesting shops, museums, restaurants pubs and theaters.
Another excellent shopping experience is the more than fifty stores in Atlantic Station. You could probably spend a day here shopping and dining, with fine pubs, and even an ice-skating rink in winter months.
NearbyIf traveling with small children, a visit to BabyLand General Hospital might just be the ticket. This is the home of the Cabbage Patch Kids and amazingly, is free to visit. Your youngsters can still adopt a Cabbage Patch Baby, from infants to older with hair. This isn’t a five-minute stop as most visitors will spend 2-3 hours. Also may provide Dad with an opportunity to catch up on emails.
If the weather is being good to you, why not cool off with water slide or ten at Lake Lanier Beach and Water Park. This fun spot is open all year, and is only a half an hour from downtown Atlanta. From rental boats to horseback riding, there’s something for everyone. There’s even an 18-hole golf course for Dad and Mom.
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Mingle with local crowd on your Atlanta, Georgia Vacation 2017
It’s a given that the south loves their barbeque ribs, and we have an awesome local favorite for you to sink your teeth into some. It’s kind of funky on the outside, but open the door and let your nose bring you to the table. Fat Matt’s Rib Shack is locals “go to” for ribs, chopped pork sandwiches and much more. Evenings are the most crowded because this place jams with live blues after dark, so grab a table and enjoy.
Another popular place to literally rub elbows with locals is The Porter Beer Bar where you can enjoy a delicious pub style sandwich with your brew. And speaking of brews, they taunt you with over fifty craft beers on tap and over 800 bottled.
If you are into burgers, and I mean burgers that “challenge” your buds, you need to head to Atlanta’s Vortex Bar & Grill. This place seriously needs a visit from the Food Networks “Oh My God, are you really going to eat that TV show”? With burgers named Triple Coronary Bypass and the Greasy Spoon, how can you go wrong?
Another juicy destination for your burger is the Grindhouse, for a truly awesome burger on a potatoes bun, with all the fixings.
Here is a hint from locals on where they go after hours for a late night drink and some food. One of the best deals around is Argosy where if you buy two draft beers after 11 pm, your pizza pie is free! You just can’t beat that!
Atlanta being in the Deep South known for barbeque ribs, grits and fried chicken, does have a market for more “healthy” foods and restaurants.
One such restaurant is Venkman’s where not only can you enjoy live tunes, but also gluten-free and vegan plates. They have awesome salad plates with fresh shrimp, chicken, steak and tofu.
After being out all day visiting sites, and you want to rub elbows and clink glasses with locals in the evening, we have just the place. Manuel’s Tavern has been serving food and cocktails since the 1950’s and is still going strong. This is just one of those hangouts that caters to the neighborhood crowd, where sandwiches and mugs of beer rule. If you happen to be there on the first Saturday of the month, a special treat with comedy night is all yours. Another claims to fame as so many other U.S. Cities will state “President slept here”, Manuel’s can boast that a recent President of the United States, sipped beers here.
Our final location holds intrigue as well as bragging rights to all your buddies who will truly be envious. Visiting Muss & Turners pub may seem interesting, but nothing really special. However, if you walk past the restaurant “prep” area, smile nicely at the hostess, she will guide you to a large freezer door. Yep! Open it and walk into the secret world of Eleanor’s Bar. It’s a dark and mysterious experience, but perhaps the best cocktail concoctions you will ever sip.
Super Atlanta Vacation Tips
Overall, we would tell you Atlanta is at its most beautiful in the spring when everything, including dogwoods and azaleas are blooming.
One of the biggest decisions on most vacation planning and especially for Atlanta is transportation. Do you or don’t you need a rental car? If you plan to use public transportation around greater Atlanta, by all means, don’t rent and save some bucks. The ten miles from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to your downtown hotel is easy. Taxicabs offer set prices from the airport; the MARTA transit system offers trains from within the airport. Another vehicle to think about is the over 200-limousine companies serving this airport.
Options, options, options! You will have so many choices, and all for you.
Once you are at your hotel in town, for sure the best way to get around town is on the Metropolitan Atlanta Transit Authority, or MARTA> There are four lines, covering both the city and suburbs. We highly suggest getting the easy to use “Breeze Card” and use it for traveling the system.
You may laugh and husbands may shudder, but one of the top reasons for visiting Atlanta is shopping! Not joking at all because it’s a well-known destination because of the boutiques, mega-shopping centers, and flea markets and for antique shopping, you can’t beat this town.
Atlanta known, as “The Big Peach” is the place to chow down on Southern specialties like sweet tea, fried okra and of course fried chicken.
For families looking for entertainment, that’s not a problem in Atlanta, with Six-Flags, the Aquarium, CNN Studios and the World of Coca-Cola to visit.
If your kids are into Jurassic Park and Dino’s, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History is a great destination especially on a rainy day. They will amaze you with remains up to 120 feet in length.
If you and or your kids are aquatics, we have an experience you won’t want to miss, the Georgia Aquarium. Atlanta’s aquarium is the largest in the United States, and it needs to be, because you can actually snorkel or dive with whale sharks here. That’s right, in a mega tank with these gentle giants. If size matters in a bad way for your nerves, there is also diving and snorkeling with beluga whales and otters.
Like so many other to destinations in the U.S. today, your little ones can spend hours building things with Lego’s, at the Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta. This Legoland has been built on top of the Phillips Plaza in Buckhead.
Another fun way to experience Atlanta is by taking a 90-minute narrated tour onboard the Historic Marietta Trolley system. Not only will you learn the history, but also the stories and legends that go with them.
Finally, Atlanta is home to the only Giant Panda twins in America, and perfect for a selfie with your children and or wife. The Atlanta Zoo is just a fun day outing, experiencing the smiles and laughter of children as well as adults.
Summertime in Atlanta Georgia is a vacationers dream come true
To begin with, lets talk transportation, and the fact that you really don’t need a rental car, so why not save some of your spending money? Well known for its public transportation, Marta can take you from the airport to downtown Atlanta, some 10 miles, and for about $3 a person, you’re downtown and ready to check into your hotel. First you will have to take the 10-minute airport shuttle to the Marta Station where you can choose which train will get you to your hotel.
During your visit, you can use the Marta system as well as the streetcar service that runs in a circle through the center of Atlanta, or just take a cab.
Let talk fun events for a minute, shall we? If your vacation falls on the 18th of June, you can cool off to some exciting and cold craft beers at the Atlanta Summer Beerfest. For the past six years this event has drawn quite the crowd to the Historic 4th Ward Park. Live music and over 200 micro-brewed beers to taste bring a sell out crowd. That being said, you might want to jump on the web and grab those event tickets in advance.
Looking for a wild “selfie moment” during your vacation in Atlanta? We have exactly that for you. The Georgia Aquarium is a fantastic place to view the thousands of sea creatures, but we can do that one better. How would you like to swim underwater with Giant Manta Rays and even a Whale Shark? That’s right, bring your waterproof GoPro or other waterproof camera and you can do just that here. And have no fear; whale sharks are friendly and “non-lethal”.
The Deep South is very well known for it’s fried chicken, and Atlanta’s got plenty of joints for that. We decided to give you a quick rundown on some of the best chicken wings in town. Sobban located in Decatur offers some excellent and tasty Korean/Southern wings with all the heat and some peanut/ginger sauces. The Bone Lick BBQ in Westside is interesting to say the least, as owner/chef Mike LaSage marinates his wings for two days the slow smokes them to a delicacy state of mind.
But our favorite is Burger Win in the East Village, a hot Chinese take out restaurant that doesn’t open until 4 pm in the afternoon. Why do we recommend this place you might ask? They deliver their most excellent wings to you, from 4 pm until 3 am. Great for an evening get together or party in your hotel room.
One of the most interesting ways to experience Midtown Atlanta is in the great outdoors, on a Segway Tour. No worries, they give you an instructional pre-ride training and safety procedures, and I know for a fact, it’s a lot of fun. You get to see and hear about the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Ansley and Piedmont Park, as well as get pointers for where to eat and grab a cocktail or two. For 2.5 hours of fun and the experience for under $60? What a deal, and the photo’s will impress your friends back home too.