All about Atlanta, GA
Getting to Know Atlanta
The options for Atlanta apartments are seemingly endless! What else would you expect in a city with top-ranking higher education institutions, a diverse and growing economy, and a cultural arts community that rivals other major cities across the country? Whether you rent an apartment downtown or in an outlying area, you’re well within reach of numerous local attractions and favorite local spots. Read on to explore this southern city affectionately known as Hotlanta and the ATL.
Atlanta Attractions and Culture
The renowned Georgia Aquarium is one of the world's largest, and a popular excursion among locals and tourists. Nearby, check out the iconic World of Coca-Cola, where you can take a tour, get a history lesson, and sample more than 100 different beverages. If you prefer art, take a trip to the High Museum of Art in Midtown Atlanta, or try the Fox Theatre for live performances.
Did You Know?
As a newcomer to the city, some parts of its geography may be confusing. The Perimeter is Interstate 285, which loops around the city. You’ll often hear someone referring to a place as inside the perimeter (ITP) or outside the perimeter (OTP).
Another confusing part is that almost everything is named Peachtree. According to the Atlanta Regional Commission, there are 71 streets with “Peachtree” in the name, such as Peachtree Road, Peachtree Street, Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, and Peachtree Battle Avenue, to name just four. Pay very close attention to your direction to make sure you’re really on the right street.
Best Places to Live in Atlanta
Here are our picks for the best places to live in Atlanta:
No matter where you decide to dig in, whether you score an industrial loft in the Westside or an eclectic apartment in Midtown Atlanta, you'll be impressed by this city's confluence of Southern heritage and modern flair.
Atlanta's public transportation system (MARTA) runs from the airport to Buckhead and beyond, plus east and west through the city's bustling neighborhoods. If you're milling about in the convention and entertainment district, you can catch a lift to the Sweet Auburn area using Atlanta's newest mode of transportation, the Atlanta Streetcar, which runs on a 2.7-mile loop.
Atlanta Business and Industry
If you've completed school and are now entering the workforce, you'll be pleased with Atlanta's growing economy and opportunity. Several Fortune 500 companies call Atlanta home, including Delta Airlines, The Coca-Cola Company and The Home Depot. There’s also a growing movie and TV industry in Atlanta, with major productions including The Walking Dead and Marvel movies being filmed at Pinewood Studios and many other locations around the city, in addition to Turner properties such as CNN and Cartoon Network that have been based in Atlanta for decades.
Fun Things to Do in Atlanta: Festivals and Events
Popular local events like Atlanta's Dogwood Festival attract long-time residents and visitors alike. Dogwood Festival artists and exhibitors come from all across the southern region to showcase their work. During the festival, the beautiful Piedmont Park turns into an outdoor, open-air art market featuring live music and food stands from local restaurants. Once you've moved in to your apartment in Atlanta, you can enjoy everything from festivals and the 10K AJC Peachtree Road Race to the summer outdoor movie series, Screen on the Green.
Free Things to Do in Atlanta
Maybe you don’t want to spend money exploring the city. Start with Centennial Olympic Park, home to the Fountain of Rings water feature that provides fun for kids and a cooling-off spot for park joggers. If you want to stay out of the water, it’s a mesmerizing backdrop for picnics in the park and the centerpiece for many outdoor events in Atlanta. For a feast for the eyes, head to Castleberry Hill in the Warehouse District and take the free guided tour of art studios and galleries.
Sports around the City
The ATL is famous for spectator sports, including MLB's Atlanta Braves at the new SunTrust Park, about 10 miles from downtown Atlanta. Bobby Dodd Stadium, located downtown, is home to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team. Not far away is Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United, a recent and very popular addition to the city’s sports scene.
Family Fun in Atlanta
For a fun family outing, check out Zoo Atlanta, featuring two playgrounds and more than 1,500 animals, including giant pandas. For even more interactive fun, plan an afternoon at Imagine It! Children's Museum of Atlanta, geared toward kids 8 and younger with exhibits designed to ignite creativity in children and adults alike.
You can find an apartment for rent near one of Atlanta's premier colleges and universities. Pursue advanced education in engineering at Georgia Tech, just five minutes north of downtown Atlanta or study business in one of the top-rated programs in the nation at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. Spelman College and Georgia State University offer residents of Atlanta great opportunities for education in a wide variety of disciplines.
This quintessentially southern metropolis comprises a number of great parks, including Piedmont Park, where you can take your pooch for a stroll, satisfy your competitive edge on the volleyball court or fill your grocery tote with fresh products at the Green Market. There are also many hiking trails along the Chattahoochee River, meaning you don’t even need to go outside the perimeter to spend some time in the outdoors.
Fun Day Trips from Atlanta
When you need to get away, pack your swimsuit and golf clubs and head four hours east to beautiful Hilton Head Island, SC. If cobblestone streets and horse-drawn carriage tours are more your speed, set your sights on Savannah, GA, just three-and-a-half hours east of Atlanta.