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Atlanta travel guide

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Back in 1837 Atlanta was little more than a hamlet existing to serve as a railway terminus; then came the Civil War that saw the town burned to the ground. Undaunted by this tumultuous beginning, the Atlanta of today bustles with close to 500,000 people, and has been chosen by numerous leading international companies as the home of their corporate or regional headquarters. The lively, thriving city styles itself as the capital of the 'New South', and its dramatic skyline is littered with gleaming skyscrapers.

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 Peachtree Center pedestrianised precinct covers about 14 blocks of retail space, including massive hotels, dozens of restaurants and imposing office towers. There are also plenty of museums, galleries and centres for performing arts, as well as the world's largest aquarium.

Atlanta has not lost its pioneering southern spirit or charm despite its modern guise, and the city's symbol of the phoenix serves as an enduring reminder of its troubled past and bright future. The energy that was embodied in its famous sons, Martin Luther King, Jr and Ted Turner (founder of CNN) still crackles in the air and the genteel olde-world atmosphere lingers in the residential neighbourhoods. Above all, Atlanta radiates a warm welcome in the true tradition of Southern hospitality.

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Day Weather High Low
Saturday (White) Medium-level cloud 24°C 15°C
Sunday (White) Medium-level cloud 26°C 20°C
Monday Thundery shower (Day) 23°C 12°C
Tuesday Sunny (Day) 20°C 9°C
Wednesday Sunny intervals 15°C 7°C

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