is the capital city and the most populated city of the state of Georgia
, USA. In both size and population, Atlanta is one of the top cities in the US, serving as the seat of Georgia's most populated county, Fulton. The city has grown over the years to be rated as a global city in all aspects; entertainment, education, finance, media, research, art, commerce, and technology, among others.
With a scenic surrounding of dense natural forestry, Atlanta has today become one of the top tourist attraction spots and is the cultural and economic hub of the entire Atlanta metropolitan region.
Centennial Park is one of the best spots to visit in Atlanta because it encompasses a world of outdoor fun and hosts the famous large Georgia Aquarium. More fun is experienced learning about the history and cultural development of Atlanta within the High Museum of Art. Exhibitions here feature renowned artists like Picasso and Rembrandt, among many others.
Downtown Atlanta is home to the world-famous Coca-Cola brand, renowned for the soft drink used across the globe. The CNN news agency has its headquarters in Atlanta, too, amid the modern glass skyscrapers within the central business district. Visitors enjoy shopping at the vast, luxurious Buckhead malls and numerous Bohemian shops, eating at the high-end restaurants, and later enjoying the night away in the vibrant hip clubs in the city.
When to visit Atlanta
The city of Atlanta experiences a humid subtropical climate that is Köppen classified as Cfa. The weather is characterized by short, mild, and lovely winters, and hot, highly humid summers. Winters may be mild but are very variable as they are modified both by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico air masses. Occasional episodes of snowfall, though rare, may be experienced, with periodic interjections of warmer weather.
Rainfall in Atlanta is moderately high and is spread out evenly through the year. The wettest month is July
, with 5.3" (134.6mm) in average precipitation from twelve days of rain, while the driest month is April
, with 3.3" (83.8mm) in precipitation, and only eight days of rain. Snowfall is rare, but because of the weather fluctuations, there is an average of half a day of snow every winter month.
Summer records highs of up to 97.3°F (36.3°C) on the hottest days and lows of 72.1°F (22.3°C) during the nights, with a relative humidity of 74.6%. There are up to nine hours of warm sunshine coupled up with up to thirteen hours of daylight. This period is the best time for outdoor fun, water activities, and touring the city.
Atlanta is an all-year-round travel destination owing to its lovely weather. However, the peak of tourism falls during the summer, from May
. This season has the warmest weather, and the majority of festivities and events take place during the period.
The Independence Day is held on the 4th of July amid parades, colorful decorations, and feasting with a culmination of beautiful firework displays. In September, Atlanta celebrates the Yellow Daisy Festival, done near the Stone Mountain, in a bid to appreciate the art and craft industry. Another popular event is Martin Luther King Junior Weekend, which is held in January
to commemorate the work and life of the veteran.